February 2018 focus and class schedule

The first three yoga sutras are like reading the inside cover of a book; they give you an overview of what is to follow. First, you have come to pick up this book. Second, you discover the task is to master, integrate, still, and regulate the thought patterns of the mind field. Third, you learn that the goal of these practices is to rest in the awareness of your true self and not the false identities of the small ego. Then you become the witness and master of your thoughts, emotions, and actions, not the slave to them.

As a starting practice to master the patterns of the mind field, understand that your mind can be in one of these five states (from the lowest to the highest): disturbed, dull, distracted, one-pointed, and mastered. At any given moment, ask yourself this question: what state is my mind in now? Awareness of the current state will help you to remove the obstacles to moving up to the next level. The condition of your body—including diet, fitness, and illness—can all impact the state of your mind. When the body is healthy, it is not an obstacle to the higher states of mind.

Here we are deep in winter hibernation, hopefully feeling successful in those resolutions to be healthy in the new year. No matter where you are, you can start now to tune in to your body and take care of it with the goal of having a focused and peaceful mind.

February updates and special events:

  • Book Club: Why Buddhism is True. Join us in the lounge on Sunday, February 18, at 1:30 p.m. for what promises to be a lively discussion of Robert Wright’s recent book, led by Cassandra. We’ll provide hot tea; please bring a vegetarian snack to share.
  • Yoga for All Series #2 on Sundays. To secure one of the remaining spaces in the February installment of Ashley’s 4-week Yoga for All series, which will continue meeting on Sundays at 2 p.m., complete this brief registration form.
  • Yoga and Meditation opportunities at The Downing Museum. Join us for our ongoing monthly classes at The Downing Museum. This month Leslie will teach the yoga class on Saturday, February 10, and Alice will continue to lead the meditation class, which meets on Saturday, February 24.  Register at these links:  Yoga@the Museum, Meditation@the Museum.
  • Saturday-afternoon Basics/Restorative class continues. At 4 p.m. on Saturdays, Chie continues to enhance our weekend schedule with this hybrid class that begins with a more active yoga practice and concludes with relaxing, restorative poses.
  • Living Our Yoga Yin class. On Friday, February 23, Alice and Angie continue the Living Our Yoga Yin series, which combines a traditional sequence of Yin poses with exploration of selected yoga sutras.

For a full list of February classes, please see the online calendar–or pick up a hard copy at The Pots Place. We also post a brief update each morning on our Facebook page, should you find it convenient 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. If we cancel a class, we publicize that information at least one hour before it begins, and we announce all class cancellations in these three ways:

View from the studio
Jan. 18, 2018

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Register now for February’s @the Museum classes!

In preparation for February, we have opened registration for our upcoming classes at The Downing Museum! We hope that you can join us to practice in an especially beautiful space, especially since these classes are available for our usual, affordable fee of $5!

To reserve your space, use the link(s) below.  After you complete the form, Angie will send you a confirmation email; then, near the time of the class, she will email a copy of the museum’s policies.  If you do not receive the confirmation message, you have not submitted the form—please complete it again.

Yoga@the Museum, taught by Leslie: Sat., 2/10, 11 a.m.—tinyurl.com/yoga-themuseum

Meditation@the Museum, led by Alice: Sat., 2/24, 11 a.m.—tinyurl.com/meditation-themuseum

If you click on the link and discover that the class is full, email us at yoga.me@gmail.com to be added to the wait list. In your message, please 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 us immediately so that we can offer your place to someone from the wait list.

Should your February schedule make you unable to join us, keep an eye out for our March class dates. And the folks at The Downing Museum welcome you to visit the museum and/or the arboretum any time they are open!

Exhibit at The Downing Museum

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Just added: February Yoga for All series!

Have you been participating in the January Yoga for All series and would like to continue practicing with Ashley?  Or maybe you would like to begin or to re-start your yoga journey with a four-week series that emphasizes yoga’s accessibility for all bodies?

We are delighted to announce the February series of Yoga for All—see the flyer below for details, and use this registration form to sign up!

February Yoga for All series just added!

For more information about Ashley and her Yoga for All training, check out our Training Thursday post.

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Gentle class returns to Ephram White Park: Mondays at 11:30 a.m.

We are excited to announce that the Gentle class is making a return visit to Ephram White Park in 2018!  Beginning on Jan. 22 and running for six consecutive Mondays at 11:30 a.m., Angie will offer a weekly, abbreviated Gentle yoga class to the clients of the Warren County Parks & Recreation Department Senior Center.

Mats and all props—including chairs—are all provided, and students who prefer to use the chair throughout class are encouraged to do so.  Classes will initially last 45 minutes and will work up to 60 minutes if students wish.  Because Warren County is paying Angie’s teacher fee, there is no charge to participants.

We look forward to returning to this community center, to sharing yoga with existing friends there, and to making new friends this year!

All are welcome at Ephram White Park!

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Book Club: Why Buddhism is True on Sun., Feb. 18, 1:30 p.m.

Looking for something to occupy your snow day today?  Why not start our next book for the 4yoga book club?

Our quarterly book club will next meet on Sunday, February 18, at 1:30 p.m.  We look forward to discussing Robert Wright’s Why Buddhism Is True:  The Science and Philosophy of Enlightenment!  If you prefer borrowing to buying, check out the Warren County Public Library, which has both print and electronic audio copies available.

We welcome everyone to join us, regardless of how much of the book you are able to finish.  Please bring a vegetarian snack to share—we will provide a selection of hot teas, plates and utensils.

Why Buddhism is True
our Feb. 18, 2018 book club book

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January 2018 focus and class schedule

Now that we have crested the holiday wave, gifts have been exchanged, Christmas lights are turned off, and you don’t want to see another cookie or piece of fudge for a long, long time…we find ourselves again in the trough of that wave. (What comes up must go down.)

Instead of resisting the darkness and absence of activity, use it to light the flame inside your heart.  To help you do so, we are sharing a beautiful mediation/contemplation written by Jack Stucki, subtle energy researcher from Beulah, Colorado.

From the point of LIGHT within the mind of LOVE, may all awaken to that same LIGHT within our own mind.

From the point of LIGHT within the heart of LOVE, may all awaken to that same LIGHT within our own heart.

From the center where the will of LOVE is known, may all awaken to serve the purpose of this will; the purpose of which the awakened know and serve.

From the center where the race of humans is known, let the plan of LIGHT and LOVE work out to engage in dance with the darkness.

Let the power and purpose of LOVE and LIGHT guide our awakening to ONENESS.

We look forward to seeing you in 2018:  for the new year’s holidays, in our ongoing classes at the studio and The Downing Museum, and in our new weekend series and class!

January updates and special events: 

  • New Year’s Eve class.  On New Year’s Eve, Frances will offer our usual holiday schedule, a 9 a.m. Mixed-level class.  Join her to conclude your year with yoga!  Please note that this will be our only class on this Sunday.
  • New Year’s Day class and Potluck Brunch.  On New Year’s Day, Angie will teach at 10 a.m., and then we will gather in the lounge for our traditional potluck brunch to ring in the new year together.  Please join us for class, for the potluck, or for both!
  • Wellness Series on Saturdays.  In January, Cassandra and Angie are excited to offer a 4-week wellness series on Saturdays at 11 a.m.  Each week one of these 90-minute classes will explore another aspect or two of self-care:  Pilates, hatha yoga, mindfulness meditation, Anjali Restorative yoga, somatic (body-focused) meditation, and mindful eating.  To read more and access the registration link, check out this post.
  • Yoga for All Series on Sundays.  Limited space remains in Ashley’s 4-week Yoga for All series, which will meet on Sundays at 2 p.m. and provide an accessible introduction or re-introduction to yoga.  For more information and to register, see this post.
  • New Basics/Restorative class on Saturday afternoons.  Chie enhances our weekend schedule with a new hybrid class combining the best of both a more active yoga practice and relaxing, restorative poses.  Join her on Saturdays at 4 p.m.
  • Yoga and Meditation opportunities at The Downing Museum.  If one of your goals for 2018 is to visit local treasures, join us for our monthly classes at The Downing Museum.  This month Angie will teach the yoga class on Saturday, January 13, and Alice will continue to lead the meditation class, which meets on Saturday, January 27.  For details and to register, see this post.
  • Living Our Yoga Yin class.  On Friday, January 26, Alice and Angie kick off the 2018 Living Our Yoga Yin series, typically held on the last Friday of each month.  As in past years, the classes will be team-taught, offer conventional yin asanas (poses), and address aspects of yoga that go beyond the poses.  In 2018, we are excited to be exploring several of the Yoga Sutras together.

For a full list of January classes, please see the online version of the calendar 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.

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

Accessing studio after class has begun:  Remember that even if the front door is locked when you arrive, you can still join us for class. Just 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.

The studio is waiting for you!

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Registration open: January 2018 classes at The Downing Museum

In preparation for 2018, we have opened registration for next month’s classes at The Downing Museum! We hope that you can join us for these special opportunities to practice in an especially beautiful space.

Because room in the gallery is limited, we require pre-registration to manage the class sizes and cannot accommodate drop-in students at the museum. 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 Angie: Sat., 1/13, 11 a.m.—tinyurl.com/yoga-themuseum

Meditation@the Museum, led by Alice: Sat., 1/27, 11 a.m.—tinyurl.com/meditation-themuseum

If you click on the link and discover that the class is full, email us at yoga.me@gmail.com to be added to the wait list. In your message, please 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 us immediately so that we can offer your place to someone from the wait list.

Should your January schedule keep you from joining us, keep an eye out for our future class dates. And the folks at The Downing Museum welcome you to visit the museum and/or the arboretum any time they are open!

Courtyard at The Downing Museum
photo credit: Alice Simpson

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January Wellness Series: 4 weeks of self-care exploration

At 4yoga, we practice wellness and want to share what we consider several foundations of wellness with our community! To allow you to sample different options and determine how each one might enhance your life, each week in the series will emphasize a different method.

We welcome anyone who is interested to join us for this series—we have designed it to be accessible to all, so experience is neither needed or expected!  We also have mats and yoga props available at the studio:  all you need to bring is yourself.

These 90-minute classes meet on Saturdays in January at 11 a.m., and, after each class concludes, we will provide light snacks in the lounge and host an optional discussion with students who have questions or topics to explore further.

Week 1 (1/6): introduction to and practice of Pilates.  This week we will review the history of this modality, including its founder, Joseph Pilates.  In addition to exploring what Pilates is and is not, Cassandra will lead us through Pilates exercises to learn how to practice safely to strengthen and tone our bodies.

Week 2 (1/13):  Introduction to and practice of hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation.  This week we will practice not only moving with intention but also setting intentions for 2018; in addition, Cassandra will guide us through mindfulness meditation techniques that we can apply to reduce stress.

Week 3 (1/20):  introduction to and practice of Anjali Restorative yoga.  This week Angie will lead us through a class in the Anjali style of restorative yoga, which is a rich practice of deep and meditative support, both physically and emotionally. We will be held by bolsters, pillows and blankets for sustained periods of time in deeply rejuvenating postures.

Week 4 (1/27):  introduction to mindful eating and how to apply mindful eating practices to enhance our health year-round.  In this session, Cassandra will also lead a gentle yoga practice with a somatic (body-focused) meditation.  Finally, we will re-visit previous weeks’ content and discuss other wellness options.

To join us and begin 2018 with this exploration of wellness, use this link to register:  https://tinyurl.com/4yoga-wellness .

For this four-week series, the fee is $50.

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January Yoga for All series: registration open!

1/1/18 update:  we have now reached capacity for this series–thank you for your interest!  If you’d like to be added to the waitlist or to receive an email about additional Yoga for All series or classes, please send an email to 4yoga.me@gmail.com.  You may also be interested in our other January series, focused on wellness, and you can read more about it and register here.

We are excited to announce that registration for the 4-week January Yoga for All series is now open!  See the flyer below for details, and use this registration form to sign up!

Yoga for All flyer: January 2018 (Flyer credit: Ashley Chance Fox.)

For more information about Ashley and her Yoga for All training, check out our recent Training Thursday post.

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Training Thursday: Ashley completes Yoga for All training

Thanks for checking out this occasional series on our blog, Training Thursdays!  Today’s installment reports on Ashley’s recent completion of the five-week online Yoga for All program.  Ashley shares these thoughts about what that training provided:

As someone in a larger body, I understand being the “big girl” in a yoga class.  I felt uncomfortable, frustrated, and deflated when I couldn’t get into a pose because I wasn’t offered alternatives or modifications.  Those of us in larger bodies sometimes need different ways to get into and out of poses.

The Yoga For All training prepares yoga teachers to carefully create a class sequence using props and alternatives for those with different body shapes, sizes and abilities.  The class emphasizes how to use body positive, welcoming and inclusive words and phrases. We have lifelong access to numerous videos of modified sequences and full classes, one on one support and an online discussion group.

In addition, Ashley’s current students note the benefits of her training on their classes together:

“She’s my favorite! If you think you CAN’T do yoga, go to her class.  She will meet you right where you are and change your life. #miracleworker”—JS

“Ashley truly believes that yoga is accessible to ALL body types and she provides the supports needed to make it so. I was in the worst physical shape of my life when I went to my first practice, she adapted moves and added supports to make stretches and poses accessible to me—all in a supportive and nonjudgmental way that empowered me to do more than I thought I could. A couple of months later, my body feels better, stronger and looks better too. More importantly, I feel better about myself and am excited for my next yoga practice with her!”—JCS

“Before attending Ashley’s class I did not think my body was capable of yoga. However, after just a few classes I realized it was only my thoughts holding me back. Ashley met me where my body was with guidance, patience, and accommodations that fit ME.” —HB

To learn more about Yoga for All, check out the program’s website.  And, to enjoy classes with Ashley, watch for her appearances on the 4yoga schedule—particularly on December 28, 29, and 30—and in a special 4-week series coming in January!

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