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!

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 carolt.daly@gmail.com