February 2016 focus and class schedule

How are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? Are they beginning to fade away? The deep groove of habits is not easy to change. If you find yourself slipping into the old habit patterns you thought you wanted to change, do not condemn yourself! Instead, ask yourself, “What do I really want?” Let that question come from the depths of your inner being. The answer that comes deep from within will come with the spark of sankalpa shakti, or willpower. Nothing can change without this spark of determination.

If you find yourself needing a little boost or inspiration, check out this article on Yoga International. In it, the author cites research into three concepts—willpower, self-compassion, and surrender—that are essential in overcoming temptation.

‘Tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus.
Our bodies are our gardens
to the which our wills are gardeners. —William Shakespeare

Join us in practice this month to tend the garden in your asana practice…

February updates:

  • Super Bowl Sunday classes. We will hold our full class schedule on Sunday, February 7, with all three classes meeting as usual: Carly will teach the 10 a.m. Basics class, and Chie will teach the 4 p.m. Basics and the 5:45 p.m. Restorative.
  • Talk/meditation session on Friday, February 19. This month, Juanita will offer this session on Friday, February 19, at 6:45 p.m. As always, there is no charge for this informal gathering, which provides an opportunity to ask questions about and discuss meditation and to experience a short meditation.
  • Living Our Yoga class continues on Friday, February 26. Thank you to those of you who attended and shared feedback about the Yin class that Alice and Angie team-taught in January! We will offer another session of this special class on Friday, February 26. The class introduces readings and teachings to enhance students’ experience and to create conditions that may take them deeper into the mind, body, and spirit aspects of this wonderful gift of yoga. Practicing the traditional yin asanas will remain the same as in our classic yin class
  • Welcome new teacher, Cre Dye: Dr. Lacretia “Cre” Dye is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at WKU. As a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a National Certified Counselor, Dr. Dye has served her local, regional and national community with Heart, Mind and Body Wellness for over 15 years. Dr. Dye is a Certified Yoga Calm Instructor & Trainer, Adult Yoga Instructor (RYT-200) and licensed Professional School Counselor. She is currently conducting research on mindful yoga and graduate student well-being.

For a full list of February classes, please see the the calendar page or pick up a hard copy available at The Pots Place. Note, too, that we post daily updates on our Facebook page, should you prefer to keep up with us there.

Inclement weather policy: During inclement weather, we decide whether or not to cancel classes independently of area school districts’ decisions. However, if we do need to cancel a class, we publicize that information at least one hour before it begins, and we announce all class cancellations in these three ways:

  • an update to the online schedule of classes
  • an email to all members of our list  (please let us know if you want to be added to this list)
  • a status update on our Facebook page

Accessing studio after class has begun: Remember that even if you are running late when the gallery downstairs is closed, you can still join us for class. If the front door is locked, come to the back door of The Pots Place (look for the blue building) and ring the buzzer. The teacher will then unlock the door remotely for you to enter through the pottery studio.

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