New Schedule (Fall 2013)

New Schedule (Fall 2013)

“Do not kill the instinct of the body for the glory of the pose. Do not look at your body like a stranger, but adopt a friendly approach toward it. To be sensitive is to be alive.”

-Vanda Scaravelli

Wow, so many exciting things are happening here at FSY. Our first Advanced Studies/Teacher Training Program kicks off this evening, our new desk and smooth sign-in system will be installed tomorrow, and our new schedule (based on your feedback from the survey) will begin on Monday. I’ve combed over the results from the survey many, many times to get an accurate assessment of what the majority of you would like. I think you’ll find that the changes aren’t too drastic; we’ve shifted some class times to start either 15 or 30 minutes earlier or later. To those who are already grumbling about the Tuesday/Thursday night classes beginning at 6:30pm instead of 6:15pm, I personally pledge to end on time. I realize that punctuality has never been my strong suit, but I figure that if I’m asking you to change your habits, then so can I.

You’ll also be excited to see the addition of new classes! For instance, based on popular demand we’ve added a permanent Learning the Ropes class on Sunday mornings at 11:00am. We’ve also added another noon class on Mondays that will be taught by Frances. And we are happy to announce that Shannon Hill is back in her old Friday morning slot. Oh, and for those of you who begged for an advanced class, you’ll be happy to see a level 3 class on Thursdays at 9:30am where we will focus on inversions, arm balances, deeper forward bends/backbends/twists, and pranayama. Please check out the new website and schedule whenever you have a chance through the following link: New FSY Website and New Schedule!

While this new schedule officially starts on Monday, October 7, I did want to point out that Claiborne’s 6:00-7:00pm class will still meet tonight (for some reason it’s not showing up). Notice too that Veronique’s 4:30pm Saturday class has been cancelled this week due to teacher training and henceforth since she will be participating in the training. And finally, please note that Cheryl’s popular Sunday evening class will begin at 5:45pm instead of 6:00pm from here on out.

“But wait a minute, Geoffrey! I just tried to go on line to pre-register and the new system is asking me to pay. I swear that I just bought a new pass last week and I should have remaining class credits.” Fear not, o ye of great faith. The remaining data from our old software system should be converted to the new MindBody system by the end of the weekend. Hopefully by Monday you’ll be able to go on line to manage your account, i.e. see how many credits you have left and purchase new class passes. In the meantime, just don’t worry about pre-registering for classes. Come on in to class as usual. We will be issuing you a key fob that you’ll hold under a scanner to check in. (Won’t that be so much faster and better than wasting paper? And why on earth have I been making you put your signature next to your name for all these years?) If your class credits were not transferred electronically, we will be happy to do it manually at the studio.

“Alright, Geoffrey, that sounds fair enough. But I’m confused as to why you changed the leveling system from 1-2 and 2-3 to 1+, 2+, and 3.” I made this change in part because 62% of the people who filled out the survey voted for it. I also felt like it was a clearer delineation of what types of poses were going to be taught in class. 1+ classes will emphasize fundamentals, such as the standing poses, and are ideal for beginners and beyond. 2+ classes will feature sun salutations with standing poses woven in and introduce hip opening, shoulder opening, and backbending poses. The level 3 class will provide a healthy dose of inversions. Please don’t let the title of the class dissuade you from attending the time slot that you currently enjoy. Remember that one distinguishing feature of our studio is that we take the time to observe the needs of the students, and in this way we are able to offer both modifications and variations for all levels of practitioners.

I know we can get through this. I know it’s going to be better in the long run, even though there might be some quirks in the short run. Thank you so much for your patience with me and the rest of the team during this transition. Thank you so much for your continual support of FSY.

Hope to see you soon!

Take care,
Geoffrey

Geoffrey