Midwest Yoga 2019

Yogis in the News – Midwest Yoga Festival!

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As we talked about several weeks ago, one of our goals at First Street Yoga is to encourage connections and community through yoga and news that is important to you (see Yogis in the News – Do Turtles Walk Backwards? blog post dated Sept 25, 2019).  With that goal in mind, I wanted to share information about the upcoming Midwest Yoga & Oneness Festival (MWYF) November 15-17 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque.  

The MWYF has been going on since 2016 and by all accounts achieves its mission to create inspiring, fun, transformative experiences through “an exploration of yoga for all levels, shapes, and sizes…” I’m thrilled to report that this year two of my teachers from 500 Hour Teacher Training at the Himalayan Institute will be highlighted at the Festival.  

Pandit Rajmani Tiguanit, spiritual head and chairman of the Institute, will present the keynote address, Yoga of Inner Radiance, on Saturday afternoon.  In this session, Panditji will present the system of meditation described in ancient texts concluding the lecture by leading participants in meditation.  Shari Fredrichsen, a key facilitator at the Himalayan Institute’s Teacher Training and Professional Certification programs, will be presenting workshops on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Shari’s unique style integrates movement and breath awareness to lead her students into an experience of yoga that truly supports body, mind, heart and soul.

I hope you will have a chance to attend this year’s Midwest Yoga & Oneness Festival event.  Festival passes are available for part day, single day, or multiple day attendance. And, when you go, you’ll have a chance to hear two of the world’s most knowledgeable and loved yoga master teachers without driving to the east coast!

Contact us for any questions!

Looking forward to seeing you there! – Carol

Pranayama and Meditation Workshop – Sunday, September 22!

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If you’ve looked at the health news recently, you will already know that meditation is one of the most evidence based and universally recommended mindfulness practices.  But, there are many things that may get in the way of an intention to give meditation a try. I know that I’ve told myself that “I just can’t sit and do nothing!” or “I’ve tried, but I couldn’t stop thinking about other things.”  or even “I don’t know, maybe meditation is part of a religion?”  

Well, the truth is that meditation isn’t about religion, turning off your thoughts, or becoming a different person.  According to Wikipedia, meditation is “ …a practice…to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state”, and …”Meditation may be used with the aim of reducing stress, anxiety, depression, and pain, and increasing peace, perception, self-concept, and well-being.”  

Pranayama and meditation are cornerstones of yoga and are equally accessible to people with a regular yoga practice as they are to those with little or no experience with yoga.  During the Pranayama and Meditation workshop we will learn basic breathing techniques and follow that experience with a short instructor led meditation. Join us this coming Sunday, September 22 from 4:00 – 5:15 to explore how a systematic approach that includes focused breathing can make meditation accessible.  The cost is one class card punch or $15 for drop in.

To Register, contact First Street Yoga Instructor, Carol Daly, at [email protected]