Yoga Updates

Greetings Fellow Yogis,

This week we are on a break between Winter sessions with classes resuming the week of March 5th and finishing with week of Mar 19th.  Check out the Current Class Schedule for details.

I’m currently working on the Spring Schedule (with the welcome addition of Chair Yoga) and will post it soon.  Spring classes will begin the week of April 16th, with Benefit Classes being held April 9th and 12th.

In the meantime, I encourage you to hop on your mat for a happy home practice.  Resist the urge to pressure yourself into practicing for a full 60 or 90 minutes.  Start small.  Really small.  Shoot for 5 minutes and see how you feel. You might find that’s just the right amount, or, that you’d really love to do more.  Remember that the length of the practice isn’t the most important thing.  What matters is the quality of your practice, and whether or not you’re enjoying it.

You can move and breathe the way we do in class, check-in with your favorite online yoga teachers, or get creative and listen to your body, making up your own sequence of poses, breathing practices, and meditation.

I know how difficult it can be to practice at home (believe me), but there really is a joy to it.  Keep it light and simple.  Laugh when you’re interrupted (all fourteen times), and try not to take it all so seriously.

Be well, Be well, Be well.

Happy Practicing!

The Catholic Yogi

David Swenson on Developing a Personal Practice

Rather than simply moving from asana to asana, feel that action from deep within.  Listen to your breath.  Can you ride the breath like a bird on a breeze?  Where is the mind?  Can you maintain your focus and remain calm even when approaching a posture that you dread?  Enjoy yourself.  I have never had a practice that I regretted.  Not once have I finished a routine and thought, ‘Oh, I wish I hadn’t done that.’  But there have been days that I didn’t practice and later wished I had.  Keep it fun.  Take just a few minutes and spend it with yoga.  The rest of your day will be better.  Yoga is a scenic journey to our deepest spirit.  Do as much or as little as feels correct….It is always better to do a little than none at all.”

From:  Ashtanga Yoga:  The Practice Manual