Yoga Check-in and Summer Schedule Addition

Hello, Yoga Friends,

Our Spring Session will officially come to a close following this Thursday morning’s Gentle Yoga and Chair Yoga classes.  Thank you all so much for your dedication to your practice.

We have a happy addition to our summer schedule:  July Weekend Workshops, “Yoga Fundamentals,” a great opportunity for those who have never experienced a yoga class, or those relatively new to yoga practice.  Click or tap here for full details and descriptions.  Consider passing this information along to anyone you think might be interested.  And please know that if your friend or family member wants to attend but is hesitant and doesn’t want to go alone, you may join in at no cost.  This way you can reap the benefits of “starting over” while being a great support partner!

If you’ve never attended an outdoor yoga class, consider trying Yoga on the Lawn this year.  It’s not your typical studio experience.  Practicing outside

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“Voyager,” sculpted by Linda Brunker. Photo by M.D. Swank.

helps us let go of the need to orchestrate everything “just so.”  Instead, we step into nature, and she is in control:  the wind blows when it wants, the sun shines, the clouds cast shadows, the temperature changes, the deer peek out from behind the trees, and an ant or two find their way beneath our downward dogs.  I’m reminded each year, “Ah, yes, this is Yoga Practice!”  With no walls or ceiling to set our boundaries, the sky inspires us to expand and open ourselves up to possibility; and the uneven ground beneath our feet challenges us to embrace “imperfection,” to laugh and to stop taking ourselves so darn seriously.  Yoga outside is one of life’s simple joys.   (If you would like to receive text notifications regarding Yoga on the Lawn cancellations, please click or tap here for sign up instructions.)

Finally, we might have a Yoga for Life Benefit Class opportunity open up sometime this summer, so keep your eye out for another addition.  Hospice of North Central Ohio and the Landree Rennpage ’03 Memorial Scholarship Fund are both very thankful for your generous gifts earlier this Spring.

I’ll leave you with my current favorite prayer, and offer faith and hope that all will be well with your soul.

Happy Practicing,

The Catholic Yogi

“My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think that I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you
does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always,
though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death,
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone. ”
~ Thomas Merton

 

 

Yoga on the Lawn is Back for the Summer

Hello Yoga Friends!

I’ve had some inquiries about the fun Yoga on the Lawn series, and I’m happy to announce that it’s back for a 4 week summer session in July.  Hope to see you there!

Yoga on the Lawn

Saturdays, 9:30-10:30am
Mansfield Art Center, On the Lawn
No set fee.
(Donations appreciated ~ a portion of which supports the MAC.)
July 8, 15, 22, & 29

Yoga on the Lawn is a gentle, all-levels class in which we will cultivate mindfulness through movement and breath work. We will practice postures and mindful breathing to create space within the body for healing and to bring about an overall sense of well-being.

Dew-soaked grass and sunny skies can make for an invigorating yoga practice, and surrounding trees can provide ample shade.  Please bring a mat, blanket, towel, or even sunglasses as you see fit.  As this class is held outdoors, inclement weather is a concern. Please register by visiting the contact page at thecatholicyogi.com (or signing up to follow,) so that you will be notified if class is cancelled.

Happy Practicing!

The Catholic Yogi

New Yoga Class Offerings ~ Summer 2014

Long days, short sessions ~ Summer Yoga Class Offerings

Summer brings change. Please read through the new class offerings (and locations) below.  Additional classes or workshops might be added to the schedule in the near future.

Yoga for Life Benefit Class

Sunday, June 1, No Limits Studio
6:00pm-7:30pm
Donation

Yoga for Life is an easy-going all-levels class. We will engage in a mindful exploration of breathing and moving that will not only benefit our bodies, minds, and spirits, but will also benefit the members of our community through our donations. You are enthusiastically invited to give items that will help stock the food pantry at Catholic Charities in Mansfield. No pre-registration is needed, and you need not participate in class in order to donate!

Two Short Sessions

Family Yoga

Mondays, 9:00-9:45am, No Limits Studio
Session 1: June 9, 16, 23, 30; $48 per family group
(or $15 drop-in fee with instructor permission)
Session 2: August 4, 11, 18; $36 per family group
(or $15 drop-in fee with instructor permission)

Family Yoga is a class dedicated to the child’s yoga journey as parents, grandparents, caregivers and their children share the joys of mindful breathing and moving. Each class will explore a different imaginative landscape. Come breathe, laugh, and play! (Ages two and up, though baby siblings are welcome to hangout in mom’s arms and enjoy the vibe.)

(Pre-registration required. Contact amysecrist6@gmail.com)

Power Yoga

Wednesdays, 5:15-6:45pm, No Limits Studio
Session 1: June 4, 11, 18, 25; $40 ($15 drop-in with permission from instructor)
Session 2: August 6, 13, 20; $30 ($15 drop-in with permission from instructor)

Power Yoga is a focused, 90-minute, all-levels class designed to build strength and flexibility through vigorous movement and the use of the ujjayi (victorious) breath. We will spend time working on individual poses, as well as cultivating the “flow,” linking movement to movement through the breath, which is one of the joys of vinyasa (moving and breathing at the same time on purpose). We will learn modifications that support us where we are weak and ones that challenge us where we are strong. This class is open to beginners, however, it is not recommended for those recovering from illness or injury. Please be prepared to work hard, as many of the sequences are physically demanding.

(Pre-registration required. Contact amysecrist6@gmail.com)

Yoga on the Lawn

Saturdays, 9:30-10:30am, Mansfield Art Center (on the lawn)
No set fee. (Donations appreciated.)
Session 1: June 7, 14, 21, 28
Session 2: August 9, 16, 23, 30

Yoga on the Lawn is a gentle, all-levels class in which we will cultivate mindfulness through movement and breath work. We will practice postures and mindful breathing to create space within the body for healing and to bring about an overall sense of well-being.

Dew-soaked grass and sunny skies can make for an invigorating yoga practice, and surrounding trees can provide ample shade.  Please bring a mat, blanket, towel, or even sunglasses as you see fit.  As this class is held outdoors, inclement weather is a concern. Please register so that you will be notified if class is cancelled.

Locations

No Limits Studio:
Upper Level, 106 Delaware St., Lexington, Ohio 44903; 419-545-1148. (Keep in mind, the studio is located at the top of a large flight of stairs.)

Mansfield Art Center:
700 Marion Ave., Mansfield, Ohio, 44906; 419-756-1700

Pre-Registration

You may pre-register for class and secure your place by mailing your payment to Amy Secrist. Please email amysecrist6@gmail.com for mailing address. Simply state the class you wish to register for in the memo line.

Contact

Feel free to email questions or comments to amysecrist6@gmail.com.