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November Full Moon Yoga with Carol Daly and Kathy Broghammer  

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Please join us this Sunday, November 10, from 6:00 – 7:15 pm in Studio A (second floor on the west side of the building) for November’s Full Moon Yoga with Carol Daly and Kathy Broghammer.
 

In this class, we take the full moon as inspiration for our Hatha yoga practice with the intention of balancing the action oriented sun energy of daily life with the moon energy that feeds our creativity and imagination.  This month, our practice is blessed by the presence of sound healer, Kathy Broghammer. Kathy will close out our practice playing her beautiful Himalayan and crystal elemental bowls.  Full Moon Yoga is an all levels yoga class appropriate for all ability levels.  Mats and props are available on site.

CONTACT : firststreetyoga@gmail.com with questions. Pre-registration is not required – please come as you are able!

COST: One Class Punch or $15 for Drop-In

Namaste Sunday!

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Some time ago, Sunday was reliably a day of rest, but in today’s world it might be a regular work day, a day of worship, or at the very least, a day to squeeze in kids activities, shop for groceries, and make those overdue visits to people we really do love.  But, somehow through all the choices and busyness, Sunday feels like its own special day.  

Sandwiched between Saturday and Monday, Sunday is the day where we take stock of the end of one week and the beginning of the next.  Like the phases of the moon, the flow of the week is an ever present reminder of change. Sunday can be the day to press the reset button and take some time to restore and prepare, to pause and reflect, to locate/relocate our own personal North Star.

If yoga is one of the tools that you use to “press the reset”, come and join us at First Street Community Center for Restorative Yoga on Sunday, November 3, from 4 – 5:15 pm and/or Full Moon Yoga on Sunday, November 10, from 6 – 7:15 pm.  To learn more, check out our First Street Yoga “CLASSES” page or contact us directly at First Street Yoga firststreetyoga@gmail.com 319-895-8060.

KAY Kids Yoga at First Street Community Center

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In this fast-paced, hustle and bustle world we live in, we often don’t realize how much stress and pressure our kids face. This can get in the way of their inner peace and joy.  KAY (Kidding Around Yoga) Kids Yoga can help counter these pressures and can be beneficial in so many ways. It helps with flexibility, strength, endurance, coordination, and body awareness. It allows kids to connect more deeply to their inner self and build confidence and self-esteem. The techniques and poses we learn in KAY Kids Yoga help us increase concentration, focus, and a sense of calm. During class we weave in fun and silly games and songs with positive themes and messages like kindness, sharing, and compassion in a non-competitive environment. We stress inclusivity and focus on the self. This allows kids to master new things and increase their determination and perseverance.

In KAY Kids Yoga we learn breathing and relaxation exercises to help calm the nervous system and manage emotions. We reflect inward so they can recognize what they need and handle difficult situations properly. Everything we do in KAY Kids Yoga encourages healthy habits and a positive mind-body connection, which are very important tools to serve them for the rest of their lives!

KAY Kids Yoga is taught by Devon Olberding.  Class is scheduled from 4-4:45 on Mondays for kids ages 5-12.  The cost is $40 for a five punch card or $80 for a ten punch card or $10 drop in.  To register contact First Street Yoga at firststreetyoga@gmail.com or call 319-895-8060.

Restorative Yoga – The Art of Rest

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RE-STOR-A-TIVE “having the ability to restore health, strength, or a feeling of well being”

You may have heard about restorative yoga and wondered what exactly it is.  During restorative yoga, props are used to support the entire body in a position of comfort.  Because we are comfortable, it becomes effortless to rest in a position designed to release tight muscles.  As we deeply relax, the body has an opportunity to replenish stores of energy and recover a sense of calmness.

Restorative yoga can be a complement to our more active physical practices of yoga and sports.  And, by preparing the body for stillness, restorative yoga is also a complement to our contemplative practices of mindfulness and meditation.

Restorative yoga is individualized making it appropriate for all ages and fitness levels.   We hope you will join us at First Street Yoga for Restorative Yoga on the first Sunday of the month.  Our next class is Sunday, October 6 from 4 – 5:30pm. To register, email firststreetyoga@gmail.com or call 319-895-8060.  The cost is one class card punch or $15 for drop-in.

Yogis in The News!

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As part of our new First Street Yoga website, we hope to connect you to First Street Yoga classes and events through this “Yoga Blog”.  But, because we believe in connections, we also plan to also use this space to share important things that are happening in our community.

This week we have the pleasure of sharing the good news that Laura Rega’s book has been published and is now available on Amazon / Kindle in e-format AND paperback.  Do Turtles Walk Backwards?: Tales of Aging is a book of short stories that cover both simple and complex aspects of aging.  As stories are meant to do, this beautifully written book invites reflection and conversation about the inevitable changes that occur with aging.

To read more or to purchase click here to go directly to Amazon.  And, don’t forget to give a shout out to Laura when you see her around town or in a First Street Yoga class!