The studio theme for April is Embrace.
Embrace :: to hold or take into one’s arms, to welcome, to accept, to support, take to one’s heart, to include, to embody, to hug. You might explore any one of the many meanings of this word this month… Embrace.
Like the age-old advice of an apple a day, I’ve heard that 12 hugs a day is good for one’s health. That’s a lot of hugs! I’m totally counting the hugs from my dog. Or, like Holly, you could embrace a bolster!
Embraced is how we hope you feel every time you walk into the studio. Actual hug is optional.
In the philosophical sense, we are asked again and again to embrace what is. My teacher Mary often uses the phrase, This is what’s happening… right now. The “right now” suggests that it won’t always be this way — for good or bad. Yet peace, ease, joy and eventually change, are possible only when we meet the reality of the moment as it is.
This is easy to say and harder to do. Our practice of Yoga supports us in developing the necessary skills and self awareness. It makes me think of the philosophy that we’ll be covering next month in The Daily Craft. Practical, usable skills for life, especially helpful in challenging times.
Two other exciting pieces of news this month:
Book Club! It’s All Yoga is starting (actually resuming) a book club called Wisdom Pages and our first meeting will be on May 7th with The Book of Joy. Completely free, just let us know you’ll be coming so we have enough snacks.
Second is a teaser about a very special IAY celebration of National Poetry Month. The full announcement will come next week. For now, look for hints at the studio…and get ready to hear some of your teachers’ favorite poems.
That feels good in embrace…
Michelle and the IAY fam
Grow Loose, Long & Strong
with Bella Dreizler
Saturdays April 8, May 6, 1 – 4pm
Loose, Long and Strong moves to chapter 2: Grow Strong. What you learn in Grow Strong makes the benefit of rolling more than a temporary fix. This three-hour health care investment stands alone: thirty minutes of roll review followed by an awakening of the subtle power of your extraordinary core, your vibrant center.
Go home totally video-supported and motivated to take on the 10 minute daily-do that will keep many common physical challenges to a minimum.
Read more here.
Singing Meditation with Jeanne MunozSunday April 9, 1 – 2:30pm
Singing is a powerful tool for transformation. It can make a gloomy day brighter by encouraging rhythmic breath and the release of authentic, healing sound.
Singing Meditation is different from a formal kirtan practice, which usually has a call-and-response element. This is a opportunity to simply sing your heart out and feel the voice reverberate in the body and in the room.
Smiles, laughter, conquering fear, and reduced stress are some of the side effects of singing. No experience necessary.Get in tune here.
Chant & Be Happywith Radiant Friend
Saturday April 22, 7 – 8:30pm
No musical experience necessary. Sing, listen, dance, recline or meditate to the chants.No online signup necessary! (Cash or check at the door.)
Yoga for Scoliosis Supportwith Kim Wagaman
Sunday April 23, 1 – 4pm
These 3-hour classes for yoga practitioners with scoliosis are designed to support those who want to deepen their awareness and understanding of their bodies and refine the practice to meet their specific and unique needs.
Practitioners will learn modifications to commonly practiced yoga poses that can limit rather than intensify the conditions of scoliosis. All levels welcome.Register by email to Kim Wagaman.
April New Moon Practice
with Jeanne Munoz & Alicia Patrice
April 26, 7:30-8:45 pm
Celebrate the darkness and renewal of the New Moon in Taurus with Jeanne & Alicia! Knowing these two, the evening will certainly be infused with music!
Your spot is waiting here…
Hatha Yoga Basics with Gina
Mondays May 1 – June 12, 7:30 – 8:45pm
(no class on Memorial Day)
Read Gina’s love letter for Basics…During this 6 weeks, you will be given the foundations of your yoga practice – alignment, breath awareness, and a vocabulary of poses you can take with you anywhere. This is followed immediately by a special 2 week unlimited class pass during which you may taste as many items as you like in our yoga class buffet.
Get yourself in the series here. Only a few spots left!
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.
Do you want more grounding and guidance in your life?
Do you want tools to help you through the challenges of our times?
Do you wish to deepen your practice and relationship to yourself and the world?
Have you had the feeling that there’s “more” to yoga and you want to know what it is?
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.
Sunday, May 7, 3-4:30pm
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 practice, snacks and thoughtful discussion.