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what’s in store for April

The studio theme for April is Embraceholly holt

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

Bella DreizlerGrow 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 meditationSinging Meditation with Jeanne Munoz

Sunday 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.

Radiant FriendChant & Be Happy

with Radiant Friend
Saturday April 22, 7 – 8:30pm

Join Radiant Friend, a multi-instrumental Kirtan band led by Alicia Patrice, for call and response chanting, a practice that unites us with our highest, happiest selves. We will repeat mantras–words, phrases and syllables– to quiet our minds and allow the integration of the meaning of the mantras into our consciousness.

No musical experience necessary. Sing, listen, dance, recline or meditate to the chants.

No online signup necessary! (Cash or check at the door.)

Kim WagamanYoga for Scoliosis Support

with 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.

new moon yogaApril 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… 

Beginner's YogaHatha 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!

ahimsaYoga 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.

yoga book club

Wisdom Pages 

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.

See the full flier.   Please RSVP here.

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New Year Changes and Announcements

Happy New Year from It's All Yoga, SacramentoAnd off we go on another trip around the sun!

As we look into the year at IAY, we are excited about a few changes at the studio, workshops to keep you in-the-know and a 10 year birthday in June. Joan Didion said, “Life changes in an instant,” and we look forward to living out those moments, one at a time, on and off the mat with you.

The first of our new endeavors is a studio theme for each month. (The theme for January is transitions.) You might hear teachers offering insights or interpretations in class, see quotes or inspiration on FacebookPinterest or the bulletin board or see a workshop supporting the idea. We hope these monthly themes are fodder for your own reflections and growth.

The second cool new thing for 2015 is our monthly Home Ec class. Would you like to know how to ferment veggies? Learn some tricks to finding a meditation posture that’s actually comfortable? Make a sweet little pot of summer succulents (practically impossible to kill)? The IAY Home Ec classes are intended to enhance our skills and enjoyment of home and community…as well as expose our instructors’ hidden talents! Best of all? The monthly classes will be free. Be on the lookout for the upcoming schedule.

In sadder news, it was hard to grant Alicia’s wish to let go of her Sunday evening class. We tried tying her to the desk, but, well, she’s a yogi and she’s pretty nimble. In the end, how else do you support someone you love whose self care looks like a sabbatical (like I’m one to talk)…you thank them for 8 years of teaching at IAY (longer in general) and make them promise to come around regularly for hugs.  If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of meeting Alexa, join her on Sundays at 6 as she shares her poetic musings and love of teaching.

So here’s what you really want to know: Did you win a prize from the 12 Days of Yoga raffle? Winners are listed at the bottom of this newsletter.

We have some great events coming up, all offered in support of your health and well-being. As always, if you have questions or comments, send a note!

Thank you for making IAY a place to be grateful for every day…
Michelle and the IAY family

Kim Wagaman - Yoga for ScoliosisYoga For Scoliosis Support & Community Practices with Kim

Sunday, January 18, 11am – 1 pm Inviting our yoga community with scoliosis to come together in practice and support. We’ll explore yoga postures and breath awareness to attain greater alignment and more physical ease. $20 per class. All levels welcome. Sign up online.

Madeleine Lohman - Introduction to the ChakrasChakra 101: An Introduction to the Chakras with Madeleine

Saturday, January 31, 2-5 pm What are the chakras and how can understanding them enhance your yoga practice and day-to-day life? (Come find out.) $60. All levels welcome, no experience necessary. Sign up online.

Scoliosis Training for TeachersYoga for Scoliosis Teacher Support & Training with Kim

Thursdays, February 19 & 26, 6-7:15 pm Teachers: Wondering how to best support your students with scoliosis? What they shouldn’t do and what would be useful? Join our resident expert Kim and deepen your teaching skills. If you are a yoga student and have a scoliosis, pass this on to your teacher so they can be more informed about how to keep you safe. $50. Sign up online.

Yoga for Scoliosis Series at It's All YogaYoga For Scoliosis: A 2-Day Intensive Workshop with Kim

Saturday & Sunday, February 21-22, 1-4pm Through a blend of yoga postures and breath awareness, we’ll explore greater alignment, flexibility, openness, and balance amidst our curves and twists. $85. All levels welcome. Sign up online.

Introduction to Yoga - Yoga Basics Series at It's All Yoga with Madeleine LohmanYoga Basics with Madeleine

Thursdays, March 5-April 9, 6-7:15 pm Our wildly popular Basics series includes 6 weekly Basics classes, a 2-week unlimited class pass, and some of our favorite yoga goodies! $120. Sign up early to save your spot.

The Enrichment Program with Michelle MarlahanThe Enrichment Program with Michelle

Saturdays, March 7-April 4, 1-4 pm Spend five consecutive Saturdays learning about the founding philosophy of yoga, exploring more detail about the poses, and dipping into home practice, meditation and pranayama (breathing techniques). Includes audio recordings, a collection of resources, a new depth of understanding in your practice and support, encouragement and accountability. $349. Open to all. Sign up online or email for details.

Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat at Ratna Ling with Michelle MarlahanYoga and Ayurveda Retreat with Michelle and Traci Joy

April 9-12, 2015 at Ratna Ling Retreat Center Have you been wondering what a yoga retreat is all about? Do you want to do some personal spring cleaning? This retreat is special because you’ll get the attention and love of two teachers, special treats, posh accommodations and four days in the redwoods by the ocean (in addition to two yoga classes a day and all gourmet meals). $895 early bird paid in full by January 31; $1100 after. $400 deposit reserves your room. (Only 9 spots left — the super early birds were super early.) Get more details or sign up online

Costa Rica Yoga Retreat with Michelle MarlahanCosta Rica Retreat – Winter Remedy

February 14-21, 2015 It’s been cold here…like, see-your-breath cold. You know where the sun is shining and the waves warm? Costa Rica. Join Michelle at the Iguana Lodge on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica February 14-21, 2015. Seven nights and eight days of heaven in an eco resort situated at the edge of the jungle on a private beach cove. See photos and read more about the retreat here.  Email Michelle to save your spot on the beach!
WINNERS of the 12 Days of Yoga raffle! Gift Certificate prizes courtesy of Downtown Grid: Gunther’s Ice Cream – Joshua MacAran Vic’s Ice Cream – Robin Spalty Ju Hachi Japanese Restaurant (x 2) – Barb Conlan and Linda Blackmarr  Sunlight of the Spirit – Danielle Eichhorn Cuffs – Lillie Shiroi Lusty Maca-Chaca face mask – Karen Ewing and of course… the IAY Love Pack (lavender bag, water bottle and shirt of choice) – Ruth Pierroz (and because I wanted more people to win….) IAY water bottle x2 – Janice Cooper and Polly Schack IAY lavender bag x2 – Jan Lee and Peter Saucerman  and FINALLY the IAY Month of Unlimited Yoga – Betty Stafford!  Congratulations, friends! You can pick your prize up at the desk.
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