Here we are again entering the month of December! It seems like our culture creates a manic episode called “the holidays” to dissociate from the dark and cold of winter, thus delaying the inevitable period of hibernation that hits in January. This phenomenon is a great example of being caught up in the vicissitudes of duality.
The three yoga sutras that address perfection of the posture suggest that we transcend the effects of duality by mastering the posture. Last month, with sutra 2.47, we talked about the strategy of balancing effort with surrender. In this month, sutra 2.48 suggests that when we master the posture, our minds are under control; then we are in a calm, still place inside ourselves, like the hub of a spinning wheel.
Once you experience this balanced, still, neutral inner space, you can make adjustments off the mat to get back to that place of inner calmness or coherence. You can find this place by cultivating balance between effort and release or doing and receiving, discovering that is possible to feel that balance even while going through a very busy day. Bring your focus to positive emotions of what you are doing and notice your breath so that it becomes even and deep. Focusing attention in the heart center will also help with this exercise.
Wishing you a peaceful and joyous holiday season!
December updates and special events:
- Holiday Meditation + Movement classes with Debbie. Unplug, relax, de-stress, and renew with a mindfulness-based meditation and movement class guided by Debbie Marquette on Sundays in December. The class will meet every Sunday except Dec. 23 at 5:40 p.m. Candles, simple instructions, chairs, floor props, and accessible movement will combine to create opportunity for all levels—including beginners—to pause and discover poise of the soul during this holiday season.
- Solstice class with Cassandra. Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya: lead me from darkness to light. Join us for 90 minutes of restorative gentle movements with meditation and Aarti (Light giving) Ceremony. If you would like to offer Light to someone special [person or pet(s)], then please bring a picture or a small token symbolic of meaning to you and that Being. The fee for this special class will be $10.
- Yoga and Meditation at The Downing Museum. In December, Debbie will teach the Yoga@the Museum class on Sat., Dec. 8, and Alice will lead the Meditation@the Museum session on Sat., Dec. 15. Both classes meet at The Downing Museum at 10:30 a.m. For details and to register, follow the links above—both classes are filling fast, so please sign up soon.
- Re-introducing Sydni Elhubishi. Sydni begin her yoga practice seriously in 2015 as a supplement to other forms of exercise and completed her teacher training at the Asheville Yoga Center in 2018. Her focus since then is to help others to bring more awareness to the body and mind, to slow down, and to find strength and power within.
- Holiday schedule. As is tradition at 4yoga, we will close on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and offer mixed-level classes on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Beshka will teach at 9 a.m. on New Year’s Eve, and Debbie will teach at 10 a.m. on New Year’s Day; in addition, the New Year’s Day class is followed by our year-welcoming potluck brunch. Feel free to come for class and stay for brunch or just to join us at 11:30 a.m. to ring in 2019 together in the lounge.
- Living Our Yoga Yin class. On Fri., Dec. 28, Angie concludes this year’s monthly Living Our Yoga series. This class combines a traditional sequence of Yin poses with an exploration of this month’s yoga sutra, 2.48: tatah dvandvah anabhighataha.
For a full list of December classes, please see the online calendar—or pick up a hard copy at The Pots Place. We also post the day’s class(es) each morning on our Facebook page, should you find it convenient to keep up with us there.
Accessing studio after class has begun: If the front door is locked when you arrive, you can still join us for class: come around 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.