I’ve been searching this afternoon for the wisdom of others to help me know what to put on this YogaBlog post. And, what I’ve concluded is that the most important thing that I can do right now, is to be as authentic a yoga teacher as I can possibly be. For me, this means sticking to my own yoga practice and teaching from those experiences. I know that we can shift the way we think and the way we feel through the ardent effort of our practice. But, I also know that this is not easy! Finding that thing that we describe as awareness and coaxing it toward the sensations of our own living being is not necessarily familiar. But it is something that we can learn. And, the results are far reaching – improved physical health, improved sense of well-being, and better sleep to name just a few.
While we are unable to practice yoga classes in lovely Studio A of First Street Community Center, we are still practicing together using Zoom video conferencing. Please check out the description of our online classes on the First Street Yoga website “Classes/Schedule” page and think about joining us! And, feel free to email* with any questions that you may have.
As we often do at the end of class, I’m closing this post with the Loving Kindness Meditation. Thinking of all of you. Namaste, Carol
May you be safe and protected from inner and outer harm,
May you be peaceful and happy,
May your body be strong and healthy, and heal itself over and over,
May you take care of yourself with ease and joy.
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Everything around us is changing day to day and often minute to minute. When we posted just 8 days ago we expected that life would be returning to normal by April 5. Right now we know that the First Street Community Center Building is closed until April 13 so First Street Yoga is suspended until at least that time. We will be in touch by email and through our website YogaBlog posts to let you know what we are offering for yoga classes at First Street Yoga.
Dear First Street Yoga Community,
Like so many of you, we are finding that our understanding of the Coronavirus pandemic is changing daily – and sometimes from moment to moment. Yesterday, Yoga Alliance, the body that provides accreditation of yoga teacher training programs and registers yoga teachers (RYT-200, RYT-500), sent a communication recommending that all in-person community based yoga class instruction be cancelled until the need for social distancing has past. This news was quickly followed by Governor Reynolds’ announcement of expanded community spread of the Coronavirus in the state of Iowa and a recommendation for school closings across the state.
Because of this new information, we have decided to suspend all First Street Yoga classes until April 5 at which time we will reassess the situation. This decision is based on recommendations and evidence, but most importantly on our sincere concern for each of you and for our community. As many are reminding us, social distancing is not done solely out of fear or selfishness. It is an act of caring and compassion intended to reduce interactions that may become the vector for the transmission of a serious illness.
We will stay in touch. Please feel free to contact any of us if you have questions or concerns.
Carol Daly firstname.lastname@example.org
Jen Zimmerman-Bronder jenniferzim
Ann Fleckenstein ann.ccre@gmail.
Devon Olberding devonmcd@hotmail.
I don’t know about you, but it feels like I’m in some kind of “in between” place where at any moment winter could turn into spring or visa versa! It’s hard to know how many layers to put on in the morning or what kind of coat to put on in the afternoon. And, then there is the question of how to spend one’s free time – inside with a good book or outside on a hike?
With time seemingly weirdly suspended, I’ve been working to figure out how I can use my yoga practice to help me find a sense of stability and ease. The word yoga means “union” and often is interpreted to mean the union between the body, breath, and the mind. The choices that we make in on our yoga mat potentially impact all three. Here are a few examples for times that you may want to make a shift in how you feel.
Strengthen and Lengthen – If winter has meant too much time on the couch, yoga can be a great way to build strength and increase the flexibility you need for spring and summer activities. When you want a strength-based practice think about downward facing dog to strengthen the arms, shoulders, and back while stretching hamstrings and calves, plank pose to build the core, and triangle pose to build leg strength and endurance.
Energize – When you are looking for more energy think about expansive standing asanas that emphasize opening the chest and deep breathing and adding backbends like camel, cobra, and locust pose once you are warmed up.
Calm – When you feel like there is just too much going on think about including child’s pose, crocodile pose, simple twists, and legs up the wall.
No matter what combinations of asana you choose, combining breath control with movement is key to the final link that yoga promises to make between body, breath, and mind. At the beginning of your practice, take the time to tune into the sensation of the breath and keep checking in throughout your practice. “One to one” breathing (inhale and exhale equal in length) and breath connected movement (expanding on the inhale and softening on the exhale) not only make the physical exercise of yoga more attainable – they create the sense of calm and ease we are looking for during AND at the end of our practice.
Thanks for being part of the First Street Yoga community. Looking forward to seeing you soon.