No class Labor Day

This is a reminder that Flow and Restore at Pause Yoga Amesbury is cancelled tonight, Monday, September 4, on account of the Labor Day holiday. See you Tuesday at Hour of Power. Check out the new fall schedule for Pause Yoga Amesbury, which includes some special events.

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Yoga Basics

Powwow Hill Panorama​As summerlike, late spring weather has descended upon us, I’ll be doing some substitute teaching for some of my colleagues at Pause Yoga Amesbury, starting with the Yoga Basics class, on Saturday, May 20, from 10:30 – 11:45 AM.

I love a good “basics” class, for indeed, the same basic principles of practice apply to practitioners at all levels. As some of my teachers and colleagues are fond of pointing out, those with more time on the mat can find depth in fundamentals, and those with less find the exact same benefit in working the exact same actions.

In this still expansive late spring, we’ll find freedom in the hips, still sloughing off the constrictions of winter. I hope you will be able to join me.

Yoga and Poetry Night

Friday, April 7th, 6:30 – 8pm

Blend the sweet sounds of inspiring poetry with the sweet moves of a yoga practice to celebrate National Poetry Month. Join Jennifer, Barbara & Richard for an all-levels yoga practice inspired by their favorite poems. This 75-minute class will be shared by all three teachers; modifications and options will be given for all to enjoy this inspired practice. Special introduction given by Amesbury Poet Laureate and Pause Yoga student, Lainie Senechal.

$15 in advance; $20 at the door

Pre-registration strongly suggested

Refreshments offered after class, so please stay for social time afterward.

The Winged Energy of Delight

On Friday, as a part of Pause Yoga’s celebration of Poetry Month in the Town of Amesbury, MA, I will be offering a people and some asāna. The selection I am offering will be found in the volume I mention in this blog post from 2011.

The Considered Kula

Torn leaf of Basho
Four poems lost to me right now
Who could have done this?

Lately, every time a yoga teacher reads a poem in savasana, whether I have heard it before or not, it has gone straight to my heart. What started this recent trend was the following:

Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt—marvellous error!—
that a spring was breaking
out in my heart.
I said: Along which secret aqueduct,
Oh water, are you coming to me,
water of a new life
that I have never drunk?

Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt—marvellous error!—
that I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
And the golden bees
were making white combs
and sweet honey
from my old failures.

Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt—marvellous error!—
that a fiery sun was giving
light inside my heart.
It was fiery because I felt

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