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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.

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

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

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.