Wow, where has this year gone?! It seems like just a few minutes ago I was trying to convince all of you Mainers to take time out of your sporty summer days soaking in the coastal sun to remember your yoga practice. Now it’s frigid, approaching winter solstice, and the yoga mat is calling in a different way. “Please, help me stretch out this cold, creaking skeleton,” your body whines. Or maybe it says “YAY! Give me more yoga! I hope we do plenty of those leg balances!”
In any case, winter’s here, the holiday season is in full swing, and, if your mind’s like mine, it’s constantly listing all of the things that need to get done before the holidays or the end of the year. Best antidote to all of the madness – and the cold and dark weather? Yoga and meditation, of course.
Through yoga you can find the inner calm, the inner light that will literally make you feel warmer and sunnier in the darkest month of the year. It’s a great practice; try it. Dynamic movement and steady breathing is also a powerful way to stay grounded and centered through all of the busyness of the holidays. Give yourself the gift of that hour or so of being present on the mat; it’s one thing that you never regret!
Then I get to be a student again: In January I fly south to India for warm sun and yoga sadhana. Exhale…. Beyond that, I’m planning my teaching schedule for 2017, which will include yoga retreats at the ashram where I’ll be in South India, and in Stowe, Vermont. Watch this space for more info regarding dates for these.
Looking back, it’s been a great year of teaching for me, and I feel so much gratitude for all of my lovely students from whom I’ve learned so much. Wherever you are, I wish you the best on your yoga journey and hope that it carries you through many more seasons.
Sending warm wishes and blessings for this holiday season and the new year.
Weekly Schedule – December 2016
Tuesday, 5:30p – Vinyasa Flow @ The Dancing Elephant, Rockland
Wednesday, 9a – Vinyasa Flow @ The Dancing Elephant, Rockland
Wednesday, 6:30p – Yoga+Meditation @ Thomaston Yoga Studio, Thomaston
Friday, 9a – Prana Kriya Yoga @ The Dancing Elephant, Rockland
Friday, 4p – Hatha Yoga @ The Samoset, Rockport
Saturday, 8:30a – Gentle Yoga @ Thomaston Yoga Studio, Thomaston
Saturday, 10:30a – All Levels Yoga @ The Dancing Elephant, Rockland [December 17 only!]
Sunday, 10:15a – Hatha Yoga @ The Samoset, Rockport