August 2016 Newsletter

LAVA SCHOOL OF YOGA

828 Arizona ~ 846.2325

lavaschoolofyoga.com

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Thank you!!!

Thank you Rene Vaugeois!

For our fabulous new website!

Thank you, Ruth, for the awesome article in the paper last week!!!

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LAVA School of Yoga

Teacher Training

This fall begins Session I of our 200­-hour yoga teacher certification.

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 philosophical study.

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

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Summer Drop-in Schedule

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

Mondays: Yoga 6:30pm-7:30pm

Tuesdays: Yoga 5:50pm-6:30pm

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

Wednesdays: Yoga 6:30pm-7:30pm

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

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

Fridays: Restorative Yoga 5:30pm-6:30pm

Saturdays: Slow Yoga 9am-10am

Restorative Yoga ​takes us to the floor for gentle supportive stretches and lots of time to reflect on the week. Truly the most “unrushed” class!

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 is from 9am to 10am every Saturday. This is included in your punch cards and monthly passes.

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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Philosophy Discussion Group

Saturday, July 23rd from 10:30am - noon

Come discuss the most important ideas on your mind with intelligent, grounded people! There is no fee for this group, but please RSVP if you plan to come.

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Noah’s Ark News

Night out for Noah’s is Thursday August 18th!

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!!!

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Inside the Studio

What is the difference between adjusting and fidgeting?

I‛ll admit I have some bias against fidgeting. When I see people who can‛t stand or sit still it makes me feel fidgety, too. I feel itchy somehow.

I think that fidgeting makes it harder to listen to what‛s going on around you. One is distracted by the constant adjusting of clothing and pushing of hair behind ones ears. Of scratching and squirming. This may be the result of sitting in a stiff chair for hours. Or one might be trying to get comfortable despite pain or soreness in the body. But it may also be some lack of focus that makes us fidget. It‛s hard to even know that we are doing this until someone asks us to be perfectly still for a few moments. Try it. Sit or stand perfectly still and see how long it takes before you have an itch or you really need to wiggle and stretch your arms. Better yet, have someone else watch how long it takes for you to move when you are trying to be perfectly still for just a few minutes.

If this constant unconscious movement is a lack of focus, what can we do?

Focus is a learned skill. A skill that is an integral part of our yoga practice. Combining the focus of breath, gaze and movement is what distinguishes yoga from just a stretching class.

How do we know if we are making adjustments in class or just fidgeting?

I think that as long as the small movements we make in practice are deliberate and conscious they can legitimately be considered adjustments. If we automatically start to wiggle as soon as we arrive in mountain pose, then it may be fidgeting.

I am encouraging students in class this week to make themselves take several breaths of stillness and attention when they come back to the top of the mat after a pose or a sun salutation. In your own practice this week, try making yourself stay very still for a few breaths in between poses or sequences before you scratch an itch or adjust your clothing.

Put space between the urge to move and the actual movement. Make all your movements deliberate in practice.

Report back!

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Bishi and Elektra’s Blanket Statement

Bishi and Elektra usually write this column, but please allow me to introduce myself. I am Jonathon. Cat. I may have been mentioned in previous articles, and I am often content to cast my opinions from the sidelines, but I am very excited about something and I simply must express myself.

I heard that there is a new park in town where cats can run safely within secure fencing. Where my feline brothers and sisters can congregate on pristine, manicured lawns and, should we feel the call of nature, our finished business will be swiftly collected and deposited in a receptacle specifically designed for such a purpose. This is a breakthrough indeed! Surely a proper use of locally garnered funds!

Now, the girls are calling it a “dog park”, but I feel sure that they are mistaken. Who would build such a monument to recreation and socialization just for dogs? Dogs are content to develop toilet patterns ​outside​in ​rain​even. It‛s hardly civilized. I‛m sure this new park is for cats. Surely dogs won‛t even be allowed in. How can they be expected to behave with the dignity and decorum with which such a grand institution requires? Really!!

I expect that any minute now I shall be gathered into my special carrying vehicle and transported to the new “exquisite park for extraordinary cats” where I will enjoy a delicate brunch and many hours of stimulating feline banter. (We may also expel undigested balls of fur).

I expect the dogs will someday come to their senses and see the world for what it really is.

I bid you all adieu.

Jonathon - Cat

See you all in class.

Namaste

Jean, Jacki, Terry, Crystal, Blaine

Elektra and Bishi

and

Jonathon

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