May 2016 Newsletter

LAVA School of Yoga

828 Arizona ~ 846.2325


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Get your calendar out!


Here are the drop-in classes!

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

Tuesdays: 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 9am-10am

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.


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 practice quiet sitting meditation.

Next class begins Tuesday, May 17th

This 4-week class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays


Fee for this class is $75

Please register by May 16th.


~Beginner's Yoga~

Evening Edition

If you are new to yoga, have been looking for a great place to start your practice anew or fine-tuning the basics, 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 Monday, May 23rd

This 4-week class meets Mondays and Wednesdays

6:30pm - 7:30pm

Pre-registration is $95

Registration after May 20 is $115

Call Jean at 846.2325 for more info


*Early Morning Yoga*

This class is perfect for beginning students and experienced students alike!Start your day breathing and moving.

Class begins

Tuesday May 24

This 4-week class meets

Tuesdays and Thursdays


Pre-registration is $95 Registration after May 20 is $115 Call Jean at 846.2325 for more info


Taoist philosophy has contributed to human wisdom for over 5,000 years.

That’s a long time.

This Taoist symbol, called the TaiJi, is largely misunderstood in the West. Did you know that it is a scientific shorthand describing certain relationships in the natural world?

Come and learn the insights one small picture tells us.

Friday May 6 5:30pm Carnegie Public Library

This is a free lecture and discussion Jean Crisler has been practicing in the Taoist traditions for 17 years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and she currently teaches many forms of TaiJi, QiGong and Yoga.


Join us on Saturdays!

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 May 28 10:30am - noon “The Meaning of Life” Isn’t that what all these discussions are about anyway?

There is no fee for this group, but please RSVP if you plan to come.


Noah’s Ark News

Night out for Noah’s is Thursday May 20th!

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

Did you know that all Mens’ and Ladies’ tops and bottoms are only $1 each! There are weekly sales on all kinds of things!

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

It’s guilt ­free shopping! You can remember 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!!!


Inside the Studio

A few weeks ago, one of your fellow students uttered a profound insight. He had been practicing more regularly than usual and he noticed, “I’ve been pretty gentle with my practice lately not pushing to my extreme limits, but the diligent, regular practice has taken me deeper into my yoga than I’ve ever gone.”


Practice is just that. Doing the practice. Practice is not“being able to do something”. Practice is the actual act of doing something. And then doing it every day.

.In the last year or so I have been doing my personal practice at the same time every day. As a result, I look forward to practicing at this time each day even when I’m tired or extra busy. I’ve also gotten stronger, and I am more patient with myself because I know that my practice is a continual process; I don’t get hung up on any one difficult day.

With this renewed understanding of the crucial importance of my personal practice I have been reminding my students and all of you to practice at home and explore your practice on your own every day.Yes, come to class, too because all your friends would miss you and I probably challenge you to do a few more chaturangas than you might require of yourself! But have some time each day to build on the skills we develop in class.

Regular practice=deeper than intense occasional practice.


Quote of the Month

"I have never let my schooling interferewith my education."

- Mark Twain


Bishi and Elektra’s Blanket Statement

We don’t know why everyone is taking pictures of us lately. Usually we are just sleeping or sitting quietly in our beds and then we are momentarily blinded by a flash of light. Then we look up and try try to give our best “displeased with the situation” look. The photographers are unmoved. We think there are many pictures out in the world of us looking bothered and inconvenienced.

Where do all these pictures go?

Many are on the phones that momma and daddy carry around. Why do phones have cameras?

Why does it take so long for them to just take the picture and move on?

We don’t know the answers to these questions.

We think all this interest in candid dog pictures may have something to do with the new website that will be out soon. We know sometimes the pictures turn up on our facebook page. But to be honest we don’t really know what a website or a facebook page is.

So, we just continue to look beautiful even while we are sleeping. It’s just how we are.

See you all in class.



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