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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  
Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00am Mindful Yoga Flow
Wednesdays, 9:00-10:00am Mindful Yoga Flow
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

Forgiveness Meditation

For any way that I have caused harm to myself,

knowingly or unknowingly, in thought, word, or deed,

because of fear, anger, or confusion,

I offer forgiveness, as much as is possible in this moment.

For any way that I have caused harm to another,

knowingly or unknowingly, in thought, word, or deed,

because of fear, anger, or confusion,

I offer forgiveness, as much as is possible in this moment.

For any way that I have been harmed by another,

knowingly or unknowingly, in thought, word, or deed,

because of fear, anger, or confusion,

I offer forgiveness, as much as is possible in this moment.

 

 

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Dealing with a global pandemic is stressful.  Contending with social unrest and racism is stressful.  Facing an uncertain future is stressful.  Being sheltered in place and isolated from your social connections is stressful.  Given that stress is additive, we are living in one of the most stressful periods in our lifetimes.  MBSR was designed to reduce stress.   

Mindfulness involves paying attention to your present experience, including your thoughts, emotions and sensory experiences. Mindfulness helps you to be more accepting of what’s happening so you struggle less with your experience.  This approach is particularly helpful with stressors that are out of your control.

A growing body of scientific research on mindfulness has demonstrated other benefits including:

Psychological: reduces anxiety and depression.

Mental: increases mental focus and memory.

Physical: helps you eat and sleep better, boosts your immune system, and helps you deal with physical pain.

Social: enhances relationships and your feeling of social connectedness, helps you communicate better and feel more accepting of yourself and others.

In this 8-week series, Domonick will share the neuroscience behind how mindfulness can change your brain to be more peaceful and less reactive. (Research has found that this training increases the density of gray matter in brain regions linked to learning, memory, emotion regulation, and empathy). Further, you will receive support in developing a home meditation practice to continue to develop mindfulness after the course is finished.

You will leave the course with new tools to help deal with your stress more peacefully and to meet yourself and others with greater kindness and acceptance.

Eight Mondays:  
August 10th – September 28th, 6-8 pm.  

Sliding Scale:  $250-$350
                          Free for BIPOC 

Location: Virtual, Zoom

Register:  email Domonick

 

 

 

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