If you’ve been following the IAY news the past couple of weeks, you know that I’m smitten with The Book of Joy. (Even if the book club doesn’t work in your schedule, I highly recommend reading the book.)
And it’s great timing for what I’m immersed in at the studio — the next daily craft module, Yoga Philosophy for Today’s World.
Different language, same practical support.
And like the accountability of having a book group (which I knew was the only way I’d make it through an entire book), the support of others is critical to learning and growth.
Are you interested in taking the effects of yoga into your life off the mat?
Here’s the lowdown on the series:
Ten weeks, one concept per week.
Each class includes a discussion about the concept, experiential play on the mat and suggestions on how to apply it in real life.
You’ll get reading materials to engage with during the week, should you choose.
Along with a daily craft personal journal for notes and reflections.
If you need to miss class(s), you will still get materials, notes and a recorded version of the session.
The last time I did this series, some of the feedback was:
“This study was the highlight of my week!”
“Awesome and vital information.”
“I’m paying more attention to my thoughts about others, situations and things.”
These are not small beans. This is big work, and the payoff is commensurate — increased empathy, more perspective in challenging conversations, better boundaries in difficult/all relationships, more kindness toward yourself.
Alicia and I will both be at these classes to facilitate discussion and offer ideas. We look forward to being with you.
Two Post Scripts:
The theme for May is Voice.
And be sure to scan the upcoming offerings below…we’re announcing a few new events!
Yoga Philosophy for Today’s World
Thursdays May 4 – July 6, 6-7:30pm
The philosophical basis of Yoga is what sets it apart from exercise. You’ve already experienced many of the qualities — kindness, resolve, self awareness — in class and as a result of your practice. These foundational principles create the toolkit we use to examine ourselves and develop as human beings.
Each class includes study, asana, meditation and discussion.
Let’s investigate and deepen together. Read more here.
Grow Loose, Long & Strong
with Bella Dreizler
Saturday May 6, 1 – 4 pm
Loose, Long and Strong moves to chapter 3: Grow Long. This three-hour health care investment stands alone: an hour of Grow Loose and Grow Strong review followed by the unique experience of what it means to Grow Long. The basics—essential stretches back, arms, legs—are only the beginning. Home traction and restorative techniques included that there is never time for in the scope of an hour class. Learn how to create length, alignment and symmetry from the center to the periphery—in your poses, in your life.
Read more here.
Sunday May 7, 3 – 4:30 pm
The IAY book club is back (10 years later). Join us for our first meeting on The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu.
Club meeting includes a short asana practice, snacks and thoughtful discussion.
See the full flier. Please RSVP here.
May Full Moon Practice
with Gina Langbehn
Wednesday May 10, 7:30 – 8:45 pm
Join Gina (and special massage therapist guest) for a night to embrace May’s Karmic Full Moon. We will allow the lunar energy of a positive transformation to flow through us in Moon Salutations and complete the class with rejuvenating restorative poses with optional gentle massage. May the positive karma be with you.
Your spot is waiting here…
Gentle Yoga & Aromatherapeutic Massage
with Michelle Marlahan
Saturday May 13, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Join Michelle for a special class of warming and restoring yoga practice, accentuated by supportive touch and the medicine of aromatherapy.
BONUS: Everyone leaves with an aromatherapy goodie for the season!
A wonderful way to spend your Mother’s Day weekend – come with your mom or daughter (or bonus-mom or bonus–daughter).
Only 4 spots left! Get one here.
Break it Down: Handstand
with Gina Langbehn
Wednesdays May 17 – 31, 7:30 – 8:45 pm
Three weeks of tips on getting into (and staying in) a handstand and videos to support your home practice. This class is for you if you haven’t done a handstand since 5th grade…and if you did one yesterday.
All levels welcome. Get upside down here.
The Chakras from the Ground Up!
with Mary Paffard
Saturday May 20, 1 – 4 pm
Our final session with Mary!
Our exploration of the 3rd Chakra – Sustaining the Flame – will bring us into the warmth of summertime and the going forth from the program, taking our interior journey to the world of community, family, work, teaching and beyond…wherever we are called!
Get your spot now.
with Ann Sibbet
Fridays, 11:30 – 12:15 pm
We’ve known Ann for years, so when she contacted us this winter about moving her intriguing Gyrokinesis class to a new home, we happily offered the space. Check out her website for more information on this practice and pricing for her class (bonus: members are by donation). Welcome, Ann!