“Free your mind and your ass will follow.”
This Thursday, November 17 will mark the 6th year anniversary of our studio. In light of this mini-milestone, and as a response to last week’s political events and the divisiveness they revealed, I have decided to make some changes around the studio. It is quite clear that now, more than ever, is the time for remembering our common ground. The word yoga literally means “union method,” and so it seems perfectly appropriate that we investigate this age-old practice that was designed to make people feel more even-keeled and more harmonized with the greater environment. We need techniques that will help us experience the wholeness within ourselves first, then with the planet second, then with our so-called enemies third. If we are to avoid the trap of perpetuating fear and divisiveness during times of intense discord, then we need to see with our own eyes and feel in our own bones the truth that explicit opposites are actually implicit allies.
And so in order to form a more perfect union (pun very much intended), I believe that we need to harness the full potential of the Hatha yoga repertoire. This means going back to the basics of what has worked for hundreds of years while at the same time discerning what is going to be most useful to our current situation. I plan on structuring all of my public classes for the foreseeable future on the classic Hatha model of asana(posture work), pranayama (breath absorption), and seated meditation. This specific sequence feels particularly potent to me. It’s the way I like to practice, but up until now, it hasn’t been the way I’ve always taught. To accommodate more pranayama and meditation, I have added 15 minutes to all of my hour-long classes. I have also added another level 3 class to the schedule so that we can continue to dive deeply into subtlety, and each level 3 class will now be 90 minutes long. Click on the big Schedule button below, and you’ll notice that we moved Yoga for Every Body with Adero to Thursday evenings at 7pm in order to encourage more people who think that yoga is not for them to just give it a try. We also added another Begin at the Beginning class on Wednesdays at 7:15pm with Shelley, but note that it doesn’t start until after Thanksgiving.
The last announcement is that we’ve slightly raised the price of drop-in classes, class packages, and private lessons, so please don’t be surprised when you see a different amount than usual on your email receipts. And if you know that you are in need of the equanimity that yoga bestows, but you just can’t make it to the studio during any of our public class times, then please click on the big button below to view some of our free demo videos. These are some of my favorite recipes for feeling strong, grounded, and centered in a short amount of time.
Hope to see you soon!