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The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy” Martin Luther King, Jr.


Live-Streaming Yoga from The Opener:
Strength amidst the Struggle

We need our peace-making tools now more than ever.  Living amidst social unrest, managing a global pandemic, worrying about our safety and financial security all take a toll independently.  Together, they can leave us at our wit’s end.   I am concentrating our class themes to help you keep your brain sane, keep your lungs healthy, and to keep your hearts open during this struggle for racial justice.  Thank you for showing up for yourself and for your community.  May your practice continue to be a solace to you in these uncertain times.

For my white students, I encourage you to continue your self-education and development in anti-racism.  I include this link to a valuable information on Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources.  Let’s take responsibility for making this country a safer and more just place for our brothers and sisters of color.

These mindful yoga classes are open to all-comers looking for a way to reduce their stress during the Corona Virus pandemic.  We will focus on practice that help you feel more grounded and calm amidst this uncertainty.

Online Classes

With Namaste Yoga’s closing, I will continue my online classes through Lemon From Heaven.  You can sign up and pay for these sliding scale classes ($10-$20) through the Lemon from Heaven website or jump to the section below by clicking this button:

Book a class

 

SCHEDULE  
Mondays, 4:00-5:00pm Mindful Yoga Flow
Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00am Mindful Yoga Flow
Wednesdays, 9:00-10:00am Mindful Yoga Flow
Wednesdays, 10:30-11:00am Breathing for Anxiety
Fridays,  9:00-10:00 am Gentle Yoga
Saturdays, 9:30-10:30am Mindful Yoga Flow

 

PRICING

The Opener classes have sliding scale pricing.  

  • The base fee for an hour class is $15/class.
  • If you are experiencing financial hardship related to the Coronavirus epidemic, you are welcome to attend for $10.  
  • If you are faring well and want to fill in gaps for other yogis in our community who are experiencing financial hardship, you can opt to pay $20.  
  • You’ll find the discount $5 or add $5 on the during the booking process 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
First, I appreciate your patience as I navigate this new medium of teaching. This transition gives us all ample opportunities to use our mindful tools to be more accepting of ourselves as we figure things out. Recognize, it may not go perfectly the first time (as I have already noticed).

Q:  When should I should join the Zoom call for a particular class?
A:  We will let people in approximately 5 minutes before the class start time. You can join anytime thereafter.  

Q: Will I be seen in my house as I am practicing?
A: The video will spotlight the teacher’s practice, others will not see you.

Q: Can I ask questions during the practice? Or talk to the the teacher after class?
A: Yes, either unmute yourself temporarily or type you question into the chat area of the Zoom call. After we finish, you can unmute your speaker to say hello or ask a question.

Q: What should I do if the audio or video connection is choppy? What should I do if I have technical issues?
A: Click “Stop Video” within the Zoom call and see if that helps. If you believe your connection is strong, try restarting the Zoom app. For other issues, drop a note into the Zoom call chat area and someone will assist you.

Q:  What do I do if I get disconnected from the call during the class?
A:  Return to the same Zoom call and you’ll be let back in.

Q: What is the best browser to use for virtual classes?
A: Zoom works best from the mobile or desktop apps. If necessary, you should use Chrome for the call.

Q: Will you be teaching any evening classes?
A:  If you are interested in a class outside of the 9-5 schedule, please let me know.  If I have adequate interest, I will add a class to accommodate those still working 9-5.

Today’s Poem

Speak this to yourself

until you know it is true.

I believe that I woke up today

and my lungs were working,

miraculously,

my voice can sing and murmur and ask,

miraculously.

My hands may shake, but they can hold

me, or another. 

My blood still carries the gifts of the air

from my heart to my brain,

miraculously.

Put a finger to my wrist or my temple

And feel it: I am magic. Life 

and all its good and bad and ugly things

scary things which I would like to forget

beautiful things which I would like to remember

— the whole messy lovely true story of myself

pulses within me.

I believe that the sun shines

if not here, then somewhere.

Somewhere it rains,

and things will grow green and wonderful.

Somewhere inside me, too, it rains,

and things will grow green and wonderful.

Sometimes my insides rain from the inside out.

And then I know

I am alive

I am alive

I am alive

                                    -Eve L. Ewing

 

 

Yoga for Anxiety

Dealing with a global pandemic is stressful.  Navigating racial tension is stressful.  Dealing with the uncertainty of the present time further contributes to being more anxious.  When your anxiety gets turned on by circumstances like these, it can get stuck in overdrive, and you feel more emotionally volatile.  Little things that normally you could take in stride bother you more.  Your fuse is shorter, and you may get upset more easily with loved ones.  
 
Yoga and mindfulness provide tools designed to help you cope with anxiety.  In this workshop, you will learn some simple mindfulness techniques to help you notice how you are reacting, and find space to react from a place of peace, rather than from of fear.  You will also learn some simple, but powerful breathing techniques that help to quiet your body’s fight or flight response so that you can feel calmer and sleep better. 
 
Please note, this workshop is not a standard posture practice, but instead uses a few yoga poses to help relieve tension so you can breathe more easily.  It relies more on pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation (mindfulness) to deal with your anxiety. 
 
To support our brothers and sisters of color, this workshop is offered free of charge for POC. Open to all students.   
 
Domonick brings his background in cognitive neuroscience to help you understand how these techniques affect your brain to help relieve anxiety.  

 

Saturday, July 22nd, 6-8 pm.  

Sliding Scale:  $25 – early bird, before July 15th
                          $30 after July 15th
                          Free for BIPOC 

Location: Virtual, Zoom

Register:  Yoga Kula

POC Free Registration: email me

 

 

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