April 2016 focus and class schedule

Spring!  An upward, outward burst of energy that we feel in our step as we perceive this force all around us in the natural world. From the coiled stillness of winter, Spring does indeed seem to explode into blossoms and color and new life. Contemporary poet Billy Collins captures the essence in his poem “Today“:

If ever there were a spring day so perfect,
so uplifted by a warm intermittent breezethat it made you want to throw
open all the windows in the house

and unlatch the door to the canary’s cage,
indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,

a day when the cool brick paths
and the garden bursting with peonies

seemed so etched in sunlight
that you felt like taking

a hammer to the glass paperweight
on the living room end table,

releasing the inhabitants
from their snow-covered cottage

so they could walk out,
holding hands and squinting

into this larger dome of blue and white,
well, today is just that kind of day.

Often an asana practice will end with a reclining twist, the perfect pose to experience this upward spiral of energy. As you twist, imagine that whatever issues you may be dealing with associated with the lower chakras–safety, fear, pain/pleasure, isolation (sound like winter?)–are released to move upwards to the heart center where we can melt them with love and compassion as the twist opens the chest. The sensation may be one of expansion and spaciousness.  A lotus flower bursts open from your own heart!

If you experience this powerful transition of Spring to be overwhelming, remember to bring balance with grounding poses such as lunges and standing warriors, poses that focus on sending root energy down from the tailbone through the legs into the earth.

April updates:
  • Gentle class teachers.  Kathie has decided to take a break from teaching the Tuesday Gentle class, and we welcome Frances as its April teacher.  We also appreciate Susan’s willingness to teach the Friday Gentle classes this month.  As many of you know, Susan will soon be leaving us to devote her time to Be Happy Yoga & Salt Cave, so be sure to enjoy her 4yoga classes while you can!
  • Talk/meditation session.  This month, Juanita will host this session on Friday, April 22, 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 Yin class.  Angie and Alice will continue this series on Friday, April 29, with a focus on the next yama, Brahmacharya (non-excess).  The class includes 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. The traditional yin asanas remain the same as in our classic yin class.

For a full list of April classes, please see the attached schedule, the calendar section of our website, or 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.

Community bookshelf:  We have recently added a community bookshelf to our community yoga studio!  Please browse its offerings during your next visit and take anything that you would like to read.  Or, if you have magazines or books that you would like to share with our community, please drop them off for others to enjoy.

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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