February 2015 Newsletter

Welcome to Winter!!

When there is new snow it may be slippery! The parking spaces on Arizona usually dry up first!! Please park where it is clear so you can be safe. If you are unsure about a change in the schedule due to bad weather, call us at 846.2325. I will answer the call or a special message will be on the recording. Otherwise class as usual!!

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One change to the Winter Schedule!

Let’s begin the early morning open class in the summer!! It was really nice to try this class in December! We’ll put it on hold during the cold months, and I’ll start it up again when it gets warmer. This is the 6:30-7:45 morning open mat. The rest of the schedule is the same!

Mondays: Pilates 5:30pm-6:15pm

Tuesday: Yoga 5:30pm-6:30pm

Wednesdays: Pilates 5:30pm-6:15pm

Thursdays: Yoga 5:30pm-6:30pm

Fridays: Gentle Yoga 8:30am-9:30am

Saturdays: Slow Yoga 10am-11am

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LAVA Yoga Teacher Training

The next session of our 200­ hour yoga teacher certification begins May 15th.

  • There are 4, 3­day weekends to complete the first 100 hours of training.

  • This certification is registered with Yoga Alliance and focuses on how to be the most effective teacher, extensive anatomy and physiology training, asana proficiency and fascinating philosophical study.

  • Class size is very limited.

The required reading list is substantial. It’s good to get an early start to see if this is the next step in your practice.

All required reading must be finished before training begins. Basic asana proficiency must be demonstrated before training begins.

If you or someone you know is interested in this unique training call Jean at 846.2325.

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We also teach private classes. If you would like your own class or would like to take classes with just your friends or family contact the studio to check available times and rates.

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Beginners Intensive Training Block

If you are new to yoga or have been looking for a great place to start your practice anew, here is the class for you! To really explore the full potential within your yoga practice it will takes more training than attending a general class once or twice a week. This training is designed to begin to build your strength, flexibility, balance and attention. You will become familiar with the mechanics of the physical postures and basic breathing and sitting exercises.

Come see what you are capable of!

Beginners Training begins Tuesday February 14

This 4-week class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays

6:45pm-7:45pm

Pre-registration is $95

Registration after Feb. 13 is $115

Call Jean at 846.2325 for more info

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Join us on Saturdays!

Slow Yoga​​ gives beginners time to get into and out of the poses and allows experienced folks to have a few more breaths in each pose. Class meets from 10am to 11am. This is included in your punch cards and monthly passes.

Philosophy Discussion Group: Saturday February 14th from 12:30 - 2pm.

This session we will discuss Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. Try and read it if you can before group. I have a few copies if you need to borrow one. There is no fee for this group, but please RSVP if you plan to come.

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Mindfulness Group: Come and explore meditative practices with a group of terrific people! This month the guest moderator is Alexander Serafini. This group meets at the studio on Sunday, February 8 at 11am. There is no fee for this group.

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Noah’s Ark News

Night out for Noah’s is Thursday February 19th.

​Please have a wonderful breakfast, lunch or dinner out at any of our participating restaurants including Wendy’s, Nana & Nano’s, Brix, Bella Luna and Bob and Earl’s. Let these fine establishments know you are supporting them on behalf of Noah’s Ark.

Noah’s Ark Thrift Store On Main Street!

We have an amazing selection of sporting goods, unique clothing and jewelry, housewares, furniture and shoes! Really cute purses, too!

Come and visit us at 147 E. Main St.

10am­ - 6pm M­ - F

10am­ - 4pm Sat.

Donations are accepted during store hours!

This week clothing, shoes, purses and JEWELRY are 50% off!!!!!

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WHAT IS BALANCE?

I usually ask new students what they hope to develop in their practice, and balance is almost always part of the answer. Sometimes they are thinking of better balance in walking or standing, and sometimes the balance we seek is a more peaceful life. Let’s examine the concepts of balance we have in our minds.

Of course there is an image of a set of scales in which each side is the same mass as the other and they sit level with each other. We see the symmetry and decide that this is balance and this is good.

There is also a sense of equality and equal sharing of resources. When someone has more than they need and someone else has less, this registers as unbalanced.

Moderation is also seen as balance. Not too much of any one thing. These are some of the concepts we bring to our practice and that we are consciously or unconsciously measuring our practice against. What does balance look like in the studio, on the mat? It can look like standing on one foot in stable stillness. It can look like holding a lunge or plank position while breathing long steady breaths. It can be a smooth and graceful movement from one end of the mat to the other.

All of these examples require strength and focus. And each of these examples do not necessarily look like two equal parts cancelling each other’s weight.

This is one important way the asana practice helps us move beyond the level of concept and into real experience. We ​experience​ balance and know it without needing an explanation or description. We experience balance without comparing it to an image of balance we liked and have been holding on to for years and years.

This real­time experience­ without the obscurations of concept and opinion and idea ­is where peace is found, according to many wise teachers through the ages. We practice it in small movements and postures in class and suddenly that is the state in which we experience the rest of the world.

But don’t take my word for it or even the words of the wisest teachings of the wisest people in history. That would only be an intellectual exercise. Experience must be done through your own body.

Incorporate the balance of steady breath and measured movement into your yoga practice and into your daily activities. See what happens!

Bishi and Elektra’s Blanket Statement

"We miss Gramma.

We loved to sit on her lap for road trips. She always told us we are beautiful and smart. Gramma let us wash the dishes when we had dinner at her house. We like to help in the kitchen. It was a special time for us.

Gramma loved us and she also loved all the other dogs in the world. She helped the lost dog shelter here and she helped dogs with family planning in Arizona. She also helped a lot of groups around the world who protect wild animals and family animals. We all miss her. Daddy is especially sad, but he also likes to tell stories about her adventures and her feisty nature. We think we inherited that from her. We love you Gramma!!!!!"

~We all do miss you Sylvia! Death is so mysterious. You made the transition beautifully and love remains in the space you left.~ Love from your family!

See you all in class.

Namaste

Jean

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