A Shift in Focus
Summer is coming to an end and so is my energy... Which means it's time to refocus and set some priorities! I've decided to cut back on my studio classes to focus on private lessons and yoga at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto (where I currently volunteer as an assistant in their yoga classes and will be joining the teaching staff soon).
First, the bad news
I will no longer be teaching at Worlds Yoga Milpitas (beginning next week) or Blue Iris Studio (beginning in October). I have enjoyed working with all the students and staff of these studios! Please keep in touch and swing by my classes at Avalon in Palo Alto if you have a chance.
My classes at Avalon will continue with one minor change (see below). As always, check my online schedule for an up-to-date class schedule.
What the heck? Then what's the good news?
There's so much good news! First of all, I'll have more energy to focus on all of you in my classes going forward.
Private classes for adults and "tweens"
My new schedule allows me to take on more private lessons, so let me know if you are interested in digging a little deeper and getting some personal attention.
I recently started teaching private yoga classes to an 11-year-old and a 12-year-old and it's one of the most fulfilling avenues of teaching I've experienced.
This is an age that can really benefit from yoga, which teaches us how to deal with stress and to be compassionate, confident, and self-aware. My classes with these "tweens" have focused on themes including: Stress, Compassion/Self-Compassion, Making Mistakes, Peace/Relaxation, Gratitude, and Mindfulness. After only 4 lessons, my students said:
"After yoga, I am able to have more fun during the week and I feel like my sense of humor is coming back. I lost it for a while. And I use our light/dark meditation when I feel really overwhelmed."
"When I feel stressed out at school, I say our affirmations to myself. I like the one that says, 'I am peaceful.'"
And their favorite part of our classes? "Talking about what stresses me out and the breathing and meditations we do." Go figure.
So if you or anyone you know has kids that could benefit from some one-on-one, or one-on-two yoga classes, shoot me an email.
Yoga for veterans
I am incredibly excited to be continuing my involvement with the VA yoga program (first as a volunteer and soon as part of the teaching staff). The VA has some great classes for veterans at many of their locations around the Bay Area. Let me know if you would like more information.
Thank you all for being the awesome students that you are. There are a couple online resources below that I'd like to share with you. Have a wonderful last few days of summer!
All my best,
Schedule change: Yin at Avalon
My Tuesday Yin class at Avalon, formerly 1:30pm – 2:45pm, is moving a half hour earlier to 1:00pm – 2:15pm THIS WEEK. This will make it a easier for anyone who wants to take my Flow + Restorative class and my Yin class black-to-back.
Future resource?: My Blog
I've been saying for a while that I'd like to start a blog (beyond these class updates that I post)and I hope that by putting it into writing here, I will be forced to make it happen! Right now, I'm narrowing in on my focus.
One thing that I'm interested in digging into are all the topics, practices, and anatomy principles that I bring up in class that we just don't have time to cover in detail at the studio.
If you have any burning questions or things you'd like to discuss, let me know and I'll do my best to answer or share relevant resources when the blog gets rolling.
Resource: The Yoga Sutras
You've probably heard yoga teachers referencing The Yoga Sutras in class. The Sutras are a text from around 400 CE that most yoga traditions today are based on. It speaks to the goals, ethics, and practices of yoga. It is a collection of aphorisms which makes it pretty easy to read. You can download a free PDF of both the Sanskrit and English translations here. Let me know if you have questions!
I was reminded recently of Bernie Clark's website about Yin Yoga. It is a great resource for anyone who is interested in learning more about the yin practice. His full book, YinSights, is published on the website, too. Here's the table of contents. The site also goes through each yin asana in detail here.
A quote to leave you with...
"I have this theory. You ready? So we are on earth for a finite amount of time. And time is a manmade perception. And we perceive time passing through change — seasons, aging, things like that. So to expand our time on earth, we must incite as much change in our lives as possible." – from a 'Humans in New York' facebook post