I am very excited to let ya’ll know that the “It’s Good To Be New” Seven Week Intro to Yoga Series has been added to the schedule on Nine Mile Road as a weekly class. The initial seven weeks were inspired by the chakra system. Moving forward we’ll focus on the importance of breath in practice and proper alignment for yoga postures while balancing strength and flexibility. See you Sundays at 2 pm! (new Nine Mile location)
I’ve been watching classes grow at Uru Yoga and Beyond and it’s incredible to watch such a beautiful process. One of the things I’ve noticed about my Monday class in particular is that folks new to the studio are transitioning out of some of the strictly introductory classes and are dipping their toes in the waters of open level and slow flow classes.
It’s all very exciting. I’ve changed the structure of the Monday class, which is an hour and fifteen minutes, to address the growing population of feisty Yogis! I’m changing the 4:30 pm class to an open level class appropriate for all levels of experience. Here’s the class description from the website:
New and seasoned yogis are welcome in this invigorating hour and fifteen minute yoga session. The class is structured to introduce new students to a faster pace of practice while gently and playfully challenging practitioners of all levels of experience. Students can also expect breath practices and concepts of yoga philosophy to inspire the class.
The 6 pm class on Monday is still Divine Balance and Flow, which I lovingly call my Grab Bag class. You never know what you’re going to get when you arrive; restorative, invigorating arm balances and back bends or maybe a sampling of Kali Natha Yoga when I return from a weekend intensive with Swami Jaya Devi.
I am currently very inspired by Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 pm. In these two classes I want to get back to the true essence of Slow Flow, in which practitioners gain strength and flexibility by concentrating on steady and slow guided yoga postures. The roots of your practice will grow deep with this concentration and balance of effort and ease. The practice takes on a rhythm reflective of the natural and constant flow of breath, reminding us that the most sacred part of the practice is our own presence.
Thursdays at 4 pm I plan on spending the hot summer months slowing the pace way down in the Intro to Flow class. We’re going to invest our energy in letting the breath cue the movements. This slowing allows us to move more gracefully from the inside out into the world, rather than being influenced by outer influences and internalizing them.
At Chip’s Gym in Gulf Breeze, starting in July, you have a chance to win a Jade Yoga Mat (my favorite and the official yoga mat of my personal practice). On July 3rd I’m installing a super fancy coffee can with accompanying slips of paper. When you come to yoga at Chip’s you get to put your name in the coffee can. If you bring a friend, you get to put your name in twice. That’s right, I said it. Your friend also gets to add their slip of paper to the can. In August we’ll have a drawing. Chip’s yoga is Tuesday at 3 pm and Friday at 3:30 and is free for members.
Be on the look out for a monthly class staring in the fall called Workshop Your Home Practice. It’s a chance to bring your home practice to the studio and ask questions. I’ll guide the opening and warm-up to help everyone settle into their practice, but for about forty-five minutes it’s all about discovery and playfulness on the mat. I’ll just be there serving in an advisory capacity. It’s going to be so much fun!
Please remember that the Light for Nepal fundraiser is this Friday at Uru at 6 pm. All proceeds benefit those effected by the recent earthquake. The silent auction is on right now, please stop by the yoga studio and have a look. And thank you. Really.