21-Day Spring Cleanse And Seasonal Shift | Wild Open Heart Charlotte Clews

For the past several years, I have been doing spring cleanses with Charlotte Clews. I highly recommend her approach, and plan to offer supportive yoga classes locally if there is interest.

Join Wild Open Heart’s 7th Annual Spring Cleanse and Seasonal Shift!

Participate from anywhere with a user friendly online forum, group phone calls, live and recorded webinars and a comprehensive guide including menu plan and recipes.

 

NEW This Spring

Each participant will commit to one new daily habit for the 21 days. You will check-in every day to confirm your daily commitment (by email, on the forum, text or by passenger pigeon. . .) I’ll provide a list of suggested diet and lifestyle habits but you can also choose your own if there’s something that you’ve been wanting to commit to.Register by April 1 and save $25!

Source: 21-Day Spring Cleanse And Seasonal Shift | Wild Open Heart Charlotte Clews

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A new cycle

Which way do you run to
Are you coming out or in
When one cycle goes around
Another one begin, begin, begin

This song by Trevor Hall is my “ear worm” right now, because it speaks of change and its cyclical nature. As surely as the seasons, we will pass this way again. A little over two weeks ago we observed the cross–quarter day between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox (Imbolc). We’re more than halfway to astronomical spring. The moon, after having been full on Presidents’ Day, is waxing to fullness.

The most external reason for that has to do starting a new regular class at what is for me a new studio. While I have been subbing since my second shoulder surgery in March 2015, this will be the first time I’ll be on a studio schedule. I’m pleased to report that beginning tonight (Thursdays), at 5:30 PM, I’ll be teaching a class at Discover the Wonders Yoga in Dracut, MA. Dracut is an old–school town full of farmland and hard–working people, right next to the historically industrial town of Lowell. A beautiful community has grown up in that studio. Right down the street there is a conscious café expanding its offerings of fresh, local, organic products. Beyond there is much fertile farmland, some of it being leased to small nonprofits. The people of Dracut are not only hardworking, but politically savvy and well–connected. It’s a very interesting place to find so close to a major city in the northeast corner of a northeastern state.

And I start with a trifecta! As it is school vacation week, I also get to sub at the same time tomorrow night, and at the primo slot on Saturday at 9:30.

It’s a wonderful new beginning that evokes an openness to experience I am already feeling in the rest of my life.

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Good News

I have some good news to share on what is a snowy and reflective day for me. I am fortunate not to have University classes to teach on Fridays, and I decided to forego traveling to my “goto” Friday morning public class because of the weather. Home practices are in order.

One of the most delightful practices I engaged this morning is to prepare a yoga class for a studio to which I am applying to teach on a regular basis. I haven’t been on the schedule at a studio for a year. When I haven’t been recovering from a second shoulder surgery, and rebuilding my own practice from it, I’ve been mainly subbing for Roberta Dell’Anno and Linda Moran.

I get to prepare this class for a group in teacher training; for colleagues, then. I get to do so when this month, I mark seven years since I immersed myself in Anusara Yoga. The decision to do so took my practice and my life in directions which have not yet seen their full fruition. It has given me the gift of vital and decisive friendships I’m committed to treasure without consideration of cost or effort. The maintenance of these relationships has become a practice in itself.

It is one of these improbable friends who introduced me to the studio to which I am applying. The opportunity to teach is something which had “come together” more than which I had to overeffort to seek. So the aphorism on the Yogi Tea bag is appropriate. I welcome it.

A teacher of mine suggested we don’t fully appreciate the wisdom of the assertion of Jois, “Practice, and all is coming.” We think it means practice improves our lives. That’s the half of it. Practice, and all is coming: joy, sorrow, ease, challenge, love, and conflict. In some sense, the greater capacity we presumably develop to live and to savor life means our spirits grow. Larger spirits seem to attract bigger challenges precisely because of this greater capacity to grow from them.

It is with this in mind that I embrace the sacred duty to theme and sequence this practice. I treat it as a challenge, rather than take it lightly. Should I be extended the opportunity to teach at this studio, I will post that outcome here, with great relish, I must add. For I teach to share. The sharing makes the practices sweeter.

Fall Teaching: Noontime Nourish

noontime nourish

Thursdays at noon, starting 9/18/14

I am pleased to announce that after a long recovery from rotator cuff repair, I will be returning to teaching yoga at Sangha Yoga Collective on September 18. On many levels, my injury has been my teacher. I hope to bring to you an enhanced knowledge of shoulder alignment, and an appreciation of the tools yoga may afford for dealing with life’s little surprises.

I am trying something new this fall, a one-hour noontime class I’m calling “Noontime Nourish,” for nine Thursdays beginning September 25, with a free preview on the 18th. The idea is that we’d practice some yoga at noon, and then whoever was available could hang around with a brown bag lunch to talk about yoga philosophy, Ayurveda, or conscious eating.

Personally, I always find Thursdays to be the most difficult day of the week to get through. It has all of the stress of Friday with none of the relief of looking forward to the weekend. What a great day to offer respite in the middle of the day.

For all the details please see this lovely postcard provided courtesy Sangha: Noontime Nourish Postcard.

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Staff Pose: Dandasana Seated Yoga Poses

Dandāsana (staff pose)

This is the pose in which I landed when I slipped on snow and fell on Monday, February 3. A trip to the ER kept me from teaching class at Sangha Yoga Collective that night. I am happy to report nothing broken. I will need to rehabilitate my right shoulder some: my laptop bag had driven my right arm into the shoulder socket, causing some pain, weakness and limited range of motion. But this will not keep me from teaching my regularly scheduled classes, or the Free/By Donation Community Class on Sunday, February 16. I hope to see you then, and/or at my regularly scheduled class!

Staff Pose is a basic and simple stabilizing pose that is the foundation for all seated asanas and has several benefits:

via Staff Pose: Dandasana Seated Yoga Poses.

Fall Open House at Sangha Yoga Collective in Lowell, MA

Autumn trees

I’ll be offering some free yoga at Sangha Yoga Collective’s Fall Open House on Sunday. Come join us!

fall open house
sunday, september 15
11:00 – 5:00pm

come meet our teachers and learn about all we have to offer……

  • enjoy some refreshments and FREE yoga & meditation classes all day
  • special pricing on our collective card ~ just $100 for 10 classes
  •  special pricing on our upcoming sessions of classes

schedule of free classes

11:30am – 12:00pm     all-levels ashtanga w/ isla glaister

12:15pm – 12:45pm     slow flow yoga  w/ linda moran

1:00pm –  1:30 pm     all-levels kripalu w/ marie marchand

1:45pm –  2:15pm     TBA

2:30pm –  3:00pm    aligned flow yoga w/ richard hudak

3:15pm –  3:45pm     introduction to meditation w/ lisa tiernan

4:00pm –  4:30pm     restorative flow yoga  w/ lena yakubowski

via holiday open house.

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