Finally, the answers to all your questions!
WHAT IS YOGA?
Finally, the answers to all your questions!
WHAT IS YOGA?
Don’t you just love those crisp fall mornings with the clear sun, the feeling of freshness, the smell of morning dew … This season is such a natural time to come back inside physically and mentally, reconnecting with yourself, returning to familiar routines, and remaining attuned to circadian rhythms. Much as I love this time of year, I also know how hard it can be to find your way onto the yoga mat on the cooler and darker days. The body’s just a little bit stiffer, whines a little bit more, makes all kinds of excuses why now is not the best time to fit in your yoga practice.
Well, that’s where I come in. I’ve got a full spate of classes for the fall months with plenty of morning and evening options. So whatever suits your temperament best, choose a time and keep your date on the mat!
Step 1: Check out my Fall Teaching Schedule. There are a few changes to note: September 27 will be my last Tuesday morning Gentle Yoga class at Thomaston Yoga Studio. And from October 12, my Thursday evening Yoga+Meditation class in Thomaston will shift to Wednesdays at 6:30pm [note time change].
What will I do with my Thursday evenings? I’m excited to announce that for 6 weeks starting in November, I’ll be teaching a short course (off the mat!) on the contemporary History of Yoga at the Dancing Elephant called “What is Yoga?”. Have you ever wondered about what’s at the core of “yoga” as it goes more mainstream; and what is ‘authentic’ among all of the different classes offered at studios these days; or where yoga comes from in general? Are you a history buff who just loves to delve into specific topics and learn what was going on ‘way back when’? Look no further. And mark your calendars now. It’s going to be a nice stretch for the brain muscles – nice, gentle, and soothing, aummm.
More information, including registration, can be found on the Dancing Elephant website or by contacting me. Further details will follow shortly, so watch this space!
What a beautiful Maine summer. Who can blame you if you spent it outside drinking in the warm sunshine, sea breezes and cool water, and if maybe you lost your yoga practice somewhere back in June or July? At least you were getting plenty of exercise and fresh air, right?
Suddenly the days start getting shorter, the nights cooler, and the body starts to register this shift in the seasons. Much as we want to hang onto every last ray of summer sun, the fall rhythms and autumn foliage bring back that comforting feeling of routine. We are reminded of the ephemerality of all things, that summer will come around again next year, and the year after that, and so on. Short of a vacation to the tropics, we can’t escape the cooling temperatures and growing darkness any more than we can reverse our own aging process. As Patanjali writes in the Yoga Sutras, “Clinging to life, flowing by its own potency, exists even in the wise.”
Resistance to change may be natural, but it’s also avoidable. Yoga reminds us that we can come back to ourselves, to our own body and breath, and notice how we’re feeling after another quarter turn around the sun. We come back to our yoga practice (sadhana) and welcome the warming asana flows on a cold morning, the inner light of calming meditation on a dark evening, and the fellowship of sharing these practices in community (sangha) in the context of a group class.
This is another way of saying that no matter how long you’ve been away, the mat will always welcome you back. The body and mind will always thank you for taking the time to return to your practice. We may not be able to stop the flow of time, but we can ease our own suffering by not resisting the flow of life. And yoga practice helps us to do this. So as the leaves begin to turn, take a moment to reflect on your practice, on the goals and intentions you want to set for the next season, the changes you’d like to make, and how you want to find your flow this autumn – through yoga practice or otherwise.
My weekly class schedule remains mostly unchanged through the Fall, and will be confirmed over the coming weeks. For now, I’m pleased to announce a new (for me) Wednesday morning Vinyasa Flow class, 9am at The Dancing Elephant, Rockland, which I will be teaching from September 14 onwards. This means that Wednesday morning Prana Kriya Yoga will no longer be offered in Thomaston; but the Friday 9am PKY class will continue as normal in Rockland. More changes to come; watch this space.
Wherever you find yourself this season, keep practicing. And if you happen to be in midcoast Maine and in search of your daily yoga fix, don’t resist: come join in the fun! Namaste.
Wow, where has this summer gone? Suddenly it’s August and time for a Yoga Mala! YES!!!
Join me and Kristi Williamson on Tuesday, August 9, 6pm at the Dancing Elephant as we complete 108 salutes to the late-summer sun. We’ll perform this in 4 sets with breaks in between, so don’t worry if that triple digit number is intimidating. Yes, it is physically intense, no doubt. But the collective energy will build through the process and culminate in a lovely relaxation with live music, meditation, and refreshments to follow.
It will be a very special evening, and I’m getting very excited for it. 108 rounds of breathing in unison … Ahhhh… I highly encourage you to come and challenge yourself, experience the power of this group practice, and step outside of the typical class context for a magical evening of sweat and sangha!
Note, this will be in place of my Tuesday evening 5:30 vinyasa flow class, and begins at 6pm. The Mala (108 sun salutations) will take approximately 2 hours, with the last half hour devoted to music, chanting, and meditation. Give your practice a boost, experience the community of local yogis, and send your spirit soaring.
This is an event not to be missed! See you on the mat. Om.
Happy Summer! How’s your yoga practice? Between summer solstice, the full moon, and International Yoga Day, what better way to begin this new cycle than by either recommitting to your practice or starting down the yoga road for the first time? None that I can think of. So get on your mat; take the yoga journey.
Great weather in the first solid week of summer means most Mainers may not set foot in a studio – but yoga practice should be a constant companion rather than a fair-weather friend. As B.K.S. Iyengar writes, “The person who practices yoga regularly will not become a victim but a master of his or her circumstances and time. The yoga practitioner lives to love and serve the world. This is the essence of life. Peace within, peace without, and peace in the individual, in the family unit, in society, and in the world at large.” Do yoga for peace, yoga for your health, or yoga to find your Self – whatever your motivation, keep practicing. The benefits will be endless.
Point of story: seasons change; the practice remains. Plus, long summer days means there’s plenty of time to fit in a class and still enjoy the great outdoors. This is just a friendly reminder from the teacher to not let the summer sunshine distract you from your practice… And also a courtesy notice that I’m adding more classes to my teaching schedule – so there are more opportunities than ever to find a convenient class to fit into your week.
Do you yearn for a simple, authentic yogasana class to get grounded and centered? I’m excited to announce that I’ll be teaching Hatha Yoga at the Samoset in Rockport from the first of July. Come practice Friday afternoons at 4 p.m. (starting July 1) and Sunday mornings, 10:15-11:30 a.m. (starting July 3). More details to follow, but start getting ready for July in Rockport!
Wait, there’s more: I’ve also added a Tuesday evening class at the Dancing Elephant in Rockland. No more fat Tuesdays: from 5:30-7 p.m., we’ll be doing Vinyasa Flow to get the body, breath, sweat, everything flowing. Come join me starting next week, June 28, and we’ll salute the summer sun, getting stretched and toned, and radiating light from within. Ahh….
Keep up the great work, I’ll see you on the mat!
Exciting times: Today a new place was added to the yoga map in cyber space. Yoga with Kath began on Facebook, and now it’s taken over my WordPress site. Yes, folks, I have claimed YogaWithKath.com for my own. No more long *.wordpress.com names to remember; now it’s all streamlined in one easy phrase. What’s in a name, you may ask. Well, I suppose we shall see. Onward and upward in the Yoga with Kath revolution!