Free library: new contributions welcomed!

Many of you have both contributed to and borrowed from the “free library” that we started at the studio in March 2016.  We have enjoyed talking about shared reading experiences and making recommendations for each other over the last 17 months.

A recent user was especially eager and borrowed all of the remaining books, causing the shelf only to have magazines remaining.  If you happen to be cleaning out your home book collection, then, and find any books that you would like to donate to the library, now would be an ideal time to share them with our community!

If you enjoy reading magazines, now is also a good time to check out some of the new contributions of those publications.  Remember that you may either borrow or keep (or even pass on to others) anything from this community resource!

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The bookshelf looks forward to being restocked with books!

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Eclipse Viewing Party! RSVP to join us on Mon., 8/21

If you are looking for a place to view totality, please join us on the deck off the lounge at The Pots Place on Mon., August 21!  Kathie is generously providing wine, cheese, and viewers; you are welcome to bring a dish or beverage to share or just to bring yourself.  We will begin gathering at noon, and totality will begin at 1:27:23.

To make sure we have enough supplies, please RSVP by completing this Google Form or sign up on the sheet at the studio.  We look forward to experiencing the eclipse with you!For more information about this eclipse and what to expect, see the Great American Eclipse site.

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August 2017 focus (tapas) and class schedule

What better month than August to focus on the third niyama, tapas?  (After all, the root of this Sanskrit word is “heat”!)  When you feel the light of your divine nature, fueled by your indomitable will and motivated by your highest desire, you shine and radiate that light within you.  The light within me sees the light within you. Practices that give power to this light are tapas.

When we are driven primarily to satisfy the primitive urges of our animal nature—of needing food, sleep, sex, and self-preservation—we can become slothful and suffer from inertia. Yet, we need to satisfy those urges so that our bodies can be healthy vehicles for our spirits. To apply tapas to any practice is to sit with the discomfort of not giving into the demands of the senses.

For example, you feel hunger because you were rushing and skipped a meal.  Now you are in the grocery and smell cinnamon rolls being baked. You cave in and eat two cinnamon rolls to satisfy the hunger.  Applying tapas to the situation would have you ride out that immediate craving and, instead, use the fire of the discomfort to apply discipline and adjust your future schedule in order to provide time for nourishing meals and to keep your body healthy.

In a yoga class, you can apply tapas as you practice endurance while breathing through a plank pose with an intention to use that “fire” for transformation and not cave in to the desire to be comfortable. However, notice the difference in intention between “pushing” yourself in the service of the ego and enduring discomfort as purification and transformation of the lower nature to shine with divine light.  Namaste.

August updates and special events:

  • Supplies drive for BGWCHS.  To accompany our fundraising Kitten Yoga classes and to benefit the Bowling Green-Warren County Humane Society, we are hosting a supplies drive Aug. 1-5 at the studio.  Feel free to drop off any items from the shelter’s wish list either downstairs at The Pots Place or upstairs at the studio, and we will deliver them to the shelter on Aug. 5.  We have also posted a flyer listing the most needed supplies.
  • Workshop with Raquel Bueno.  On Sun., Aug. 20, we welcome Raquel Bueno, owner and founder of Liberation Yoga in Nashville, to 4yoga!  From 1-3 p.m., Raquel is offering a workshop appropriate for all levels of students.  Pre-register at the Liberation website to reserve your space!
  • Classes at The Downing Museum.  In August we continue visiting The Downing Museum for our second-Saturday yoga class and fourth-Saturday meditation class.  The class fee remains the same as at the studio ($5), and we are grateful for the demand for these classes and for the opportunity to practice in such a beautiful space twice each month.  See this post for links to the online registration forms.
  • Tapas focus for Living Our Yoga.  This month’s Living Our Yoga class, on Fri., Aug. 25, focuses on the third niyama, tapas. Team-taught by Alice and Angie, this class combines the traditional yin asanas with thematic readings and teachings to enhance students’ experience and to create conditions that may take them deeper into the mind, body, and spirit aspects of their practice.
  • Sunday edition of Restorative class.  In addition to the ongoing weekly 7 p.m. Thursday Restorative classes, Angie will continue to offer a monthly Sunday-night Restorative class.  This month, it meets on Aug. 6 at 5:45 p.m.  Create your own mini-yoga-retreat by combining Nicole’s 4 p.m. Basics class with the Restorative class that follows.
  • Eclipse viewing party.  On Mon., Aug. 21, The Pots Place will host an eclipse viewing party in the lounge and on the deck!  Kathie will provide wine, cheese, and eclipse glasses.  We encourage you to bring a dish or beverage to share and to join us at noon for a downtown view of this historic event.  To help us prepare, please RSVP by completing this brief form.

For a full list of August activities, see the calendar page or pick up a hard copy at The Pots Place.  We also post updates each morning on our Facebook page, should you find it convenient to keep up with us there.

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Supplies drive to benefit the BGWCHS! (Aug. 1-5, 2017)

Many of you have asked how you can demonstrate your support for the Bowling Green-Warren County Humane Society even if you are unable to participate in the upcoming Kitten Yoga benefit classes.  We are partnering with The Pots Place to host a supplies drive for the shelter!  The flyer below lists the supplies that the shelter needs most, but the folks there will be grateful for anything you provide (see the wish list section of the shelter’s website for a comprehensive list).

To donate bring your item(s) to The Pots Place anytime between August 1 and August 5 at 1 p.m.  We will place collection bins both downstairs and upstairs and will deliver the items to the shelter when we return the kittens and donate the class fees after the second yoga class!

 

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Training Thursday: Angie completes 45 hours of Anjali Restorative workshops

Thanks for checking out this new and occasional series on our blog, Training Thursdays!  One of the many amazing things about yoga is that we all continue to learn more about it every day, and this series highlights some of our teachers’ ongoing learning experiences.

In this installment in the series, we report on Angie’s training in a special style of restorative yoga.  Since December 2016, Angie has been studying with Shannon Paige, the creator of Anjali Restorative yoga, to learn how to share this style of intentional rest with members of our community.  As Alex Soojung-Kim Pang notes in his 2016 book, Rest:  Why You Get More Done When You Work Less:

Rest is not something that the world gives us.  It’s never been a gift.  It’s never been something you do when you’ve finished everything else.  If you want rest, you have to take it.  You have to resist the lure of busyness, make time for rest, take it seriously, and protect it from a world that is intent on stealing it.

Angie looks forward to completing the fourth and final module of the Anjali Restorative training in September; this module will certify her as an Anjali Therapeutic Yoga Provider.  As a provider, her training will also qualify her to work not only in class settings but also with individual clients to develop and guide them through personalized Anjali Restorative sequences.

In addition to immersing her deeply in the study of restorative yoga, these modules also count as electives toward Angie’s 300-hour training program at Sanctuary for Yoga in Nashville.

To experience the deep relaxation of Anjali Restorative for yourself, join Angie on Thursdays at 7 p.m. or one Sunday a month at 5:45 p.m. (July 30 this month, Aug. 6 next month).

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Registration now open: August’s @the Museum classes

As we prepare the August schedule, we have opened registration for next month’s special @the Museum classes.  Because space in the gallery is limited, we require pre-registration to manage the class sizes and are unable to accommodate drop-in students.  Therefore, to join us for one or both of these classes, offered at our usual class fee of $5, use the link(s) below to reserve your place.

Yoga@the Museum, taught by Leslie:  Sat., 8/12, 11 a.m.—tinyurl.com/yoga-themuseum

Meditation@the Museum, led by Alice:  Sat., 8/26, 11 a.m.—tinyurl.com/meditation-themuseum

If you click on the link and discover that the class is full, email Angie at yoga.me@gmail.com to be added to the wait list.  Include your first and last names, your preferred email address, and whether you will bring your own mat.

If you register and later find that you are unable to attend, please email Angie immediately so that she can offer your place to someone from the wait list.

Should your August plans keep you from joining us, remember that we offer the yoga class on the second Saturday and the meditation and movement class on the fourth Saturday of each month.  And the folks at The Downing Museum welcome you to visit the museum and/or the arboretum any time they are open!

June’s Meditation@the Museum
photo credit: Cassandra Cantrell

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Kitten yoga classes: Aug. 5, benefit the Bowling Green Warren County Humane Society

UPDATE: We are grateful for the amazing interest in these classes and the support our community is showing for the BGWCHS! Both classes are now full, but we will host a wish list drive the week prior to them so that we can supplement our financial donation with a supply one.

We are excited to announce a pair of special classes to benefit the Bowling Green Warren County Humane Society!  On Sat., Aug. 5, Cassandra will lead students in a yoga practice with our special guests, felines from the shelter.

Because the original class, at 11 a.m., filled very quickly, we have added a second one, at 12:30 p.m.  Please note that reserving a place in this class is a two-stage process:

  1. Register online at tinyurl.com/kittenyoga .
  2. Drop off your class fee ($15) at The Pots Place at 428 East Main (on Fountain Square) before Thurs., Aug. 1.

photo credit: Photography by Anz

Many thanks to Photography by Anz for taking beautiful pictures of the shelter kittens and allowing us to use them for this event!

We look forward to extending our support of the shelter and welcoming everyone to the studio for what promise to be fun and unpredictable Basics-level classes!

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Transmute: an August workshop with Raquel Bueno of Liberation Nashville

We are delighted to welcome Raquel Bueno of Liberation Nashville to Bowling Green for a 2-hour workshop on Sunday, August 20. We invite students of all levels to join us at 1 p.m. for this opportunity to practice with Raquel!

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We expect this workshop to fill in advance, so use this link to register!

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July 2017 focus (santosha) and class schedule

When is the last time you could say you were content? Mid-summer seems like the perfect time to practice being content while enjoying the long, warm days. In July, the theme of our monthly Living Our Yoga class will be santosha, the practice of removing obstacles (such as being trapped in a mode of being that focuses on conquering “the next thing on the list“) to just being present with what is true in this moment and feeling gratitude for all that is in this “now,” contentment.

Santosha is indeed a practice, not a future goal. You can be content right now! Stop and check in with your thoughts. Contentment does not depend on anything external or to be obtained in the future; it is a state of acceptance and gratitude for what is, for your breath, for your senses, for what you care about, and for what brings your heart joy. Use your next class as an opportunity to practice contentment by feeling gratitude for the life force or prana that flows through your body and by being aware that your yoga practice can remove obstacles to this flow of life force. By practicing santosha, you can experience your true self, which is free of fear, feels connected to others and the environment, and is empowered and blessed.

July updates:

  • 4th of July weekend. During the holiday weekend, we offer eight opportunities to practice. All classes on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday meet as regularly scheduled. Then on Tues., July 4, join Cre at 9 a.m. for our traditional mixed-level holiday class.
  • Classes at The Downing Museum. In July we continue visiting The Downing Museum for our second-Saturday yoga class and fourth-Saturday meditation class. The class fee remains the same as at the studio ($5), and we are grateful for the demand for these classes and for the opportunity to practice in such a beautiful space twice each month. See this post for links to the online registration forms—which will be disabled when the classes are full—and instructions about how to be added to the wait list.
  • Santosha focus for Living Our Yoga. This month’s Living Our Yoga class, on Fri., July 28, focuses on the second niyama, santosha. Team-taught by Alice and Angie, this class combines the traditional yin asanas with thematic readings and teachings to enhance students’ experience and to create conditions that may take them deeper into the mind, body, and spirit aspects of their practice.
  • Sunday edition of Restorative class. In addition to the ongoing weekly Thursday Restorative classes, Angie will continue to offer a monthly Sunday-night Restorative class. This month, it meets on July 30 at 5:45 p.m. Create your own mini-yoga-retreat by taking Shigeko’s 4 p.m. Basics class that afternoon and then staying for the Restorative class.

For a full list of July classes, please see the the calendar page or pick up a hard copy available at The Pots Place. We also post updates each morning on our Facebook page, should you find it convenient to keep up with us there.

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Registration now open: July’s yoga and meditation classes at The Downing Museum

In preparation for July, we have opened registration for our special monthly classes at The Downing Museum.  Because space in the gallery is limited, we require pre-registration to manage the class sizes and are unable to accommodate drop-in students.  Therefore, if you would like to join us for one or both of these classes, offered at our usual class fee of $5, use the link(s) below to reserve your space.

Yoga@the Museum, taught by Cassandra:  Sat., 7/8, 11 a.m.—tinyurl.com/yoga-themuseum

Meditation@the Museum, led by Alice:  Sat., 7/22, 11 a.m.—tinyurl.com/meditation-themuseum

If you click on the link and discover that the class is already full, email Angie at yoga.me@gmail.com to be added to the wait list.  Include your first and last names, your preferred email address, and whether you will bring your own mat.

If you register and later find that you are unable to attend, please email Angie immediately so that she can offer your place to someone from the wait list.

Should your July plans keep you from joining us, remember that we offer the yoga class on the second Saturday and the meditation and movement class on the fourth Saturday of each month.  Of course the folks at The Downing Museum welcome you to visit the museum and/or the arboretum any time they are open!

June’s Meditation@the Museum
photo credit: Cassandra Cantrell

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