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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.

Full Moon Yoga with Carol Daly

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Have you noticed the light of the moon against the dark clear sky the last few nights?  I’ve found it spilling through windows into unlit rooms creating that soft luminous glow that only comes from the moon.  

In the tradition of yoga there is a fundamental recognition of the impact nature, including the cycles of the moon, on our day to day experiences.  The bright and warm daytime sun supports us in the active, outward focus that is needed to get things done. The moon, on the other hand, is cool and reflective with an inward focus that helps us to move toward rest and renewal.  

According to Yoga International, “The aim of hatha yoga is to balance our lunar and solar energies…”.  Our Full Moon Yoga classes are designed to do exactly that. During this 75 minute special class we take the full moon as our inspiration to balance the warm, active, and outwardly oriented sun energy of daily life with the cool, receptive, and inwardly focused moon energy that feeds our creativity and imagination.  

Please join us for Full Moon Yoga THIS SUNDAY, October 13, from 6 – 7:15 pm in Studio A!  To pre-register, email Carol at carolt.daly@gmail.com or call 319-895-8060.  The cost is one class card punch or $15 for drop-in. Full Moon Yoga is an all levels class appropriate for all abilities.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!  Carol

Fall Yoga

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Ahhhh, the beginning of fall…all of a sudden the days are a little shorter, the horizon that was lush and dark green just a few weeks ago is taking on the slightest tinge of yellow, and there is that subtle sweet smell as the leaves begin to fall and pile up.  Like every change of season, fall reminds us of transitions and the opportunity to shift our thought patterns and our behaviors.   

Transitions are ever present in our yoga practice where they appear as the space between postures when we move through a sun salutation, and more subtly, as the “space” between the inhalation and exhalation in our breath.   Taking the time to be fully present during times of transitions isn’t necessarily something we think about doing in our day to day lives.  But, according to nurse, journalist, and yoga teacher, Carmella Cattuti, the way that we approach transitions in yoga “reveals how we approach those undefined, ambiguous areas in our lives.”

Take a deep breath and enjoy the space of transition that THIS fall presents to begin or renew your yoga practice!  Our regular schedule includes early morning, evening, and daytime classes.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Following the transition theme, this website will soon be changing from Elliott’s Uptown Fitness to First Street Yoga We will be posting yoga information, current updates on classes and workshops. Please revisit often!