Allow Life to unfold in the most gentle of ways.
Yoga Basics: Dancing Lotus Center:
Thursday and Thursdays, 4 – 5 PM
First snow on Mount Edith and Mount Baldy, welcome Fall. The new fall schedule is in place, the berries picked and the down comforter is back on the bed. Ahhhh, Autumn. I invite you to stop a moment, see the clear sky after the rain, smell the fecund Earth and breathe in the season. Deep, long inhales and lingering, soft exhales. Why rush?
Beginning the month of August I will be teaching two classes at the Dancing Lotus Center: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 – 5 PM.
“The antidote to stress is relaxation. To relax is to rest deeply. This rest is different from sleep. Deep states of sleep include periods of dreaming which increase muscular tension, as well as other physiological signs of tension. Relaxation is a state in which there is no movement, no effort, and the brain is quiet.” Judith Hanson Lasater, Relax and Renew
Friday June 14th 6:30-8 p.m. Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra
Saturday, June 15th 9-11 a.m. Touching the Sacred ~ Diving into the Chalice of the Sacrum and Pelvic Floor. Explore subtle shifts and care for this key energy center, co taught by Kelly and Kim,
$50 for both sessions and 5 punches on your card or Friday class, $25 (2 punches) Saturday, $30 (3 punches).
June 17-21st all restorative yoga week, plus Two extra classes: June 20th, 10-11:30 a.m. and June 21st, 4-5:30
*Open to all levels
**Recommend at least 5 classes for full benefit.
Find true rest as you find Summer-you can do both! Kelly 431-0809, Kim 431-6780.
On Saturday, April 26, fly into San Francisco or Oakland and take the Santa Rosa Shuttle (or you may want to rent a car)or fly directly into Santa Rosa.We begin our time in Santa Rosa. We will pick you up from the shuttle drop-off point and take you to the Hotel La Rose in Santa Rosa, a beautiful old hotel on the plaza.
Sunday morning, there is time to explore Santa Rosa before our departure to Mayacamas Ranch We will take out time along the way for wine tastings and a light lunch.The gardens are in full bloom, lavender lines the trail to our lunch spot. Upon our late afternoon arrival at Mayacamas there is time to rest, explore and settle in before dinner.
Monday we have left the morning open to immerse ourselves in the beauty of the ranch and the unwinding of our travel. There is time for a walk, yoga, a swim or time to yourself before lunch. Early afternoon we will head to Calistoga to enjoy the hot springs, spa treatments and meandering through this old town. We will base ourselves in this area for the afternoon. Late afternoon we’ll head back to Mayacamas, wine by the pool followed by dinner.
Wednesday the 30th is departure day, we will have a leisurely morning before leaving for Santa Rosa. Book your flight back home in the afternoon.
Brass Tacks: Cost of the adventure is $999, per person, for a double room or $1695 for a single room. This includes all hotels, most meals and transportation to/from Santa Rosa. Does not include transportation from SFO/OAK to Santa Rosa, a breakfast, lunch and dinner, wintery entrance fee and treatments at the spa.
A $200 (non-refundable) deposit will hold your space; the balance will be due, March 18th, check only, please. Please email or give us a call to reserve your space and send your $200 deposit to:
PO Box 73
Helena, MT 59624
Oh how lovely it is to contemplate a verdant April in California on the winter day in Montana. We hope you will share this reawakening with us. If you want to extend this invitation to a friend so you have a favorite roomie please do, any friend of yours is a friend of ours.
Kim and De
STRESS RELIEF: Yoga reduces the physical effects of stress on the body by encouraging relaxation and lowering the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Related benefits include lowering blood pressure and heart rate, improving digestion and boosting the immune system, as well as easing symptoms of conditions such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, asthma and insomnia.
PAIN RELIEF: Yoga can ease pain. Studies have demonstrated that practicing Yoga asanas (postures), meditation or a combination of the two, reduced pain for people with conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, auto-immune diseases and hypertension as well as arthritis, back and neck pain and other chronic conditions.
- BETTER BREATHING: Yoga teaches people to take slower, deeper breaths. This helps to improve lung function and trigger the body’s relaxation response.
- FLEXIBILITY: Yoga helps to improve flexibility and mobility, increasing range of movement and reducing aches and pains.
- INCREASED STRENGTH: Yoga asanas (postures) use every muscle in the body, helping to increase strength literally from head to toe. Yoga also helps to relieve muscular tension.
- WEIGHT MANAGEMENT: Yoga (even less vigorous styles) can aid weight control efforts by reducing the cortisol levels, as well as by burning excess calories and reducing stress. Yoga also encourages healthy eating habits and provides a heightened sense of well being and self-esteem.
- IMPROVED CIRCULATION: Yoga helps to improve circulation and, as a result of various poses, more efficiently moves oxygenated blood to the body’s cells.
- CARDIOVASCULAR CONDITIONING: Even gentle yoga practice can provide cardiovascular benefits by lowering resting heart rate, increasing endurance and improving oxygen uptake during exercise.
- BETTER BODY ALIGNMENT and BALANCE: Yoga helps to improve body alignment, resulting in better posture and improved balance.
- FOCUS ON THE PRESENT: Yoga helps us to focus on the present, to become more aware and to help create mind body health. It opens the way to improved coordination, reaction time and memory.
Everyone has fears. It is a natural part of being human. Fear can protect us from harm by sending a rush of adrenaline to help us physically deal with potential danger. But there are times when fear may keep us from participating fully in life. Once we realize that fear is a state of mind, we can choose to face our fears, change our minds, and create the life we want to live.
Our minds are powerful tools to be used by our higher selves, much like computers, sorting and using data to make connections between thoughts and responses.We have the ability to observe and choose differently, no matter where the fear came from, we can create new connections by choosing new thoughts. This journey requires many small steps and the practice of patience and courage through the process. Mindfulness and meditation are excellent tools for quieting the outer world, stepping into your inner world and allowing courage to rise. It is not the absence of fear but rather the courage to take action anyway that brings success.