September 2015 Newsletter

Get your calendar out!

Here are the drop-in classes!

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

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

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

Saturdays: Slow Yoga 10am-11am

The rest of our Yoga, TaiJi, QiGong and Meditation classes are by registration. You can always find out which classes are available on the website or by calling the studio. There are many levels of training and these classes are continuous.

Private lessons are also available.

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Practice TaiJi and QiGong!

These exercises are slow, gentle and build concentration and coordination skills.

Jean has been practicing QiGong since 1999 and has been teaching since 2001. Learn from and practice with the most experienced QiGong and TaiJi teacher in Trinidad.

We will practice several forms from the Chen Family Style Spiral Tai Chi Chuan.

We will also begin Learning Soaring Crane QiGong.

Next class begins August 25th

This 4-week class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays

9:30am-10:30am

Fee for this class is $80

Please register by August 24th.

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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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New Beginer Intensive

Phase I - The Basics:

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!

Beginer Training begins Tuesday, August 25th

This 4-week class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays

5:30pm - 6:30pm

Pre-registration is $95

Registration after August 21st is $115

Call Jean at 846.2325 for more info

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Join us on Saturdays!

Slow Yoga​​: New summer schedule for Slow Yoga!

This very popular class gives beginners time to get into and out of the poses and allows experienced folks to have a few more breaths in each pose. Join Jacki from 9am to 10am, and start the weekend right! This is included in your punch cards and monthly passes.

Philosophy Discussion Group: Saturday, September 12th from 12:30 - 2pm.

Open Topic!

We can talk about whatever is interesting or perplexing to you in the moment.

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 group meets at the studio on Sunday, September 13th at 11am with Noah.

There is no fee for this group.

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The Month’s Events At A Glance:

August 21: Early registration deadline for Basics Intensive

August 24: Deadline to register for TaiJi/QiGong

August 25: Taiji/QiGong class begins 9:30­am - 10:30am

August 25: Basics Intensive begins at 5:30pm

August 29: Mission:Wolf visit

September 12: Philosophy Discussion 12:30­pm - 2pm

September 19: Sharon's Self-Care workshop

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~Sharon’s Turn~

Feeling Cranky?

Learn to Nourish Yourself

Learn a simple daily practice to bring balance,

increased energy, lower stress and improved

breathing and sleep.

Join Sharon Qualls - Licensed Massage Therapist for an afternoon of self-care and rejuvenation.

Saturday September 19th

10:30am-3pm

Snacks will be provided $25 per person

Call Sharon at 719.492.9207 to Register

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5 Fun Massage Facts

In 10 years a massage therapist will have…

-Applied 7.2 gallons of massage cream/oil

-Done 3,750 loads of laundry

-Changed 7,500 sets of sheets

-Asked “is the pressure ok?” 15,000 times

-Affected up to 6,375,000 muscles

And last, but not least, inspired countless clients.

(Brandon Twyford-Massage and Bodywork Magazine 2/15)

Be Inspired!

Schedule a massage!

Call Sharon at ​719.492.9207

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Mission:Wolf

Visit to the Wolf Sanctuary

Saturday August 29

9am

Meet at the City Hall parking lot next to Safeway to carpool and caravan.

It takes about 2 hours to drive up and we will stay to help feed the wolves and have lunch.

There is no fee to enter, but they rely on donations so you can bring money for that and they also have a cool gift shop!

As you know, our studio sponsors 2 wolves Zeab and Rosie. This is your chance to meet them!

Call Jean at 846.2325 for more info

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Noah’s Ark News

Night out for Noah’s is Thursday, September 17th.

​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:

Did you know that all Men’s and Ladies’ tops and bottoms are only $1!!!!!

There are weekly sales on all kinds of things!

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

It’s guilt­free shopping! You can imagine you are helping dogs and cats return home or find a new home every time you shop!

Come and visit us at 147 E. Main St.

10am­ - 6pm M­ - F

10am­ - 4pm Sat.

Donations are accepted during store hours!

There are new sales every week!

Check out all the cool retro housewares and clothing!!!

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In the Studio

For the past few weeks I’ve been on a Campaign Against Leaning​. I know you’ve heard it in class A LOT. And I think it it so important.

Often when folks ask me what kind of yoga we do, I want to say “well, sometimes it’s an exploration of how we hold ourselves up and how we stand on the ground.” Which is true, but maybe not the most effective elevator speech. But it’s true. And isn’t that exactly what leaning is not? Leaning is passive and heavy and torpid (best word EVER) and is basically propping ourselves up to create space between our body and the ground to which it is being sleepily drawn. Attentiveness is curious, ready to respond, awake and alive. This is what we do in class! We don’t just stand on top of the ground, hoping, with our fingers crossed, that our weight settles into a place where we won’t fall over. We extend our weight through the ground or push actively against it.

This push away from the ground exerts force in the other direction which is UP. This is our lift and tallness and the direction that makes it possible for us to stand on one foot or two feet or to move from one place to another with grace and steadiness and some amount of certainty. This is the opposite of leaning!

Lately I am so much more conscious of when I am leaning, whether I’m waiting in line, puttering in the kitchen and even when I’m sitting. I’m also noticing that when my posture is learning it’s easier for my mind to lean and zone out and be less curious and awake. Hmm.

For the rest of the week, let’s all notice when we are leaning and how our quality of attention changes when we stand and sit tall. Ask yourself at different times of the day, “How am I standing on the ground? How am I holding myself up?”

Investigate. Report back

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Quote of the Month

"Become conscious of being conscious."

- Eckhart Tolle

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Bishi and Elektra’s Blanket Statement

"Well Momma says we can’t visit the wolves with her this time.

Last time we went to the sanctuary with our family, but we did not greet our majestic brother and sister wolves.

Did you know that we are genetically identical to wolves. I’m not really sure what that means, but sometimes Momma calls us baby wolves and I think it has something to do with that. We want to go to the wolf sanctuary on feeding day so Momma and Daddy will remember that we also want to be fed large amounts of meat. It is what we are genetically identical for. I think the wolves will also want us to eat this way.

Remember to give them love and meat and support and tell Zeab and Rosie hello for us (yes, that means you have to greet them the way we would…)"

See you all in class.

Namaste

Jean

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