Sunday, November 20, 2011

Thanksgiving Yoga ~ A Blessing, Part 2

In "Thanksgiving Yoga ~ A Blessing, Part 1", I told you about the blessing that guided our Thanksgiving Yoga Savasana, our time of deep relaxation that comes toward the end of a yoga class.

But, you knew I couldn't let class end without just a few more words about gratitude.

After all, each week I am filled with deep gratitude for the people who take time out of their busy days and lives to join me on their yoga mats.  I am so uplifted and inspired by the yoga practices of those of you who unroll your mats with me each week.  I'm overwhelmed by your coolness, your kindness, your wisdom, and your sense of humor and adventure!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

And so, as in all of our classes, we end with a bit of stillness, a bit of meditation.  And ... for our Thanksgiving class this year ... these words:

“When we become more fully aware that our success is due in large measure to the loyalty, helpfulness, and encouragement we have received from others, our desire grows to pass on similar gifts. Gratitude spurs us on to prove ourselves worthy of what others have done for us. The spirit of gratitude is a powerful energizer.” — Wilferd A. Peterson

Feeling Blessed? Here's more on gratitude from our Yoga classes ...

Click here for a guided Savasana and the Energy Bridge of Gratitude: Thanksgiving Yoga ~ A Blessing, Part 1

To Read the timeless and inspiring Thanksgiving Blessing from W.E.B. DuBois click: A Grateful Heart

For a Beautiful Poem of Gratitude from Harriett Kofalk click: I Give Thanks

And, here The Buddha explains why we should be thankful, click: So, Let Us All Be Thankful

Thanksgiving Yoga ~ A Blessing, Part 1

This week was our Thanksgiving Yoga class ... one of my favorite classes, and I love to share it with people who have been unrolling their mats with me for nearly 10 years now, as well as with those who have just come to enjoy and benefit from a yoga practice.

For nearly a decade, I closed my Thanksgiving Class with the beautiful and sweet blessing from W.E.B. DuBois "Give Us Thankful Hearts".  If you don't know it, I encourage you to give it a click.

This year, I offered two blessings. 

The first came during Savasana, our time of relaxation and release.  While absorbing the fruits of our yoga practice we lit the fire of our true heart of kindness.  And, then we connected our warm heart light with the hearts of those for whom we are grateful ... friends, family, and others ... who inspire, uplift, support, and care for, and about, us through good times and bad.  We built an energy bridge ... our heart connected to the hearts of so many others.

And, the blessing that guided us was this:

"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us."    ~ Albert Schweitzer

Of course, we needn't wait until Thanksgiving to build an Energy Bridge of gratitude to those who care for us.  But, it's a nice reminder just the same.

The Thanksgiving blessing for our meditation during class is beautiful, too.  So beautiful that it deserves its own entry ...

Feeling Blessed?  Here's more on gratitude from our Yoga classes ...

Click here for a meditation of gratitude that served as the ending moments of our Thanksgiving Yoga class: Thanksgiving Yoga ~ A Blessing, Part 2

To Read the timeless and inspiring Thanksgiving Blessing from W.E.B. DuBois click: A Grateful Heart

For a Beautiful Poem of Gratitude from Harriett Kofalk, that served as the foundation for another Thanksgiving Class, click: I Give Thanks

And, here The Buddha explains why we should be thankful, click: So, Let Us All Be Thankful

Saturday, November 19, 2011

No Yoga Classes Thanksgiving Week

Peaceful Hands Massage & Yoga will be closed Thanksgiving week ~ November 21 thru November 27.

So ... no yoga classes next week.  But, that doesn't mean you can't unroll your mat at home!

In the meantime ... here's a link to a beautiful poem of Thanksgiving by Harriett Kofalk that I have shared in previous yoga classes: I Give Thanks.

(I will also post the blessings used in this year's Thanksgiving Classes soon!)

May you have much to be thankful for this holiday season. I know that I am especially thankful for all those friends who unroll their yoga mats with me each week!

The Holiday Yoga Session resumes on November 28 in Madison and November 30 in Orange.  I hope to see you then!

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Holiday Yoga: Orange & Madison Schedules

I know how busy this time of year can be.  The Holidays and Year-End stress seem to make it impossible to treat yourself to anything.  

It’s an endless race isn't it?  Too busy in the spring … then vacations and summer plans get in the
way … fall is a rush of commitments. 

But, really … if not now, when?

Researchers have found that those who spend an hour or so in a stress-relieving yoga class or who receive a massage get that time back (and then some) in renewed energy, improved clarity, and a stronger, healthier immune system.  It’s like recharging your cell phone.  You do that all the time … so why not give yourself that same opportunity to recharge?

Anyhoo … we’ll have yoga class in Madison and Orange through the holidays … and I hope you’ll join us. 

Here are the Holiday Session schedules ... and note the different lengths of the Madison and Orange sessions; that's just how the calendar worked out.


The current Fall Session runs through next Monday, November 7.

The 4-class holiday session will be on the following Mondays:

Monday, November 14 & 28 and December 5 & 12

(No Classes Thanksgiving Week.)

$32 for the Session or $12/class

Madison Yoga is on MONDAYS, at WETSEL MIDDLE SCHOOL LIBRARY (next to the
high school on Route 29).  Classes are at 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.


The ORANGE 6-CLASS HOLIDAY SESSION will be on the following Wednesdays:

Wednesday, November 2, 9, 16, & 30 and December 7 & 14

(No Classes Thanksgiving Week.)

$48 for the Session or $12/class

Orange Yoga is on WEDNESDAYS at PEACEFUL HANDS YOGA STUDIO (145 Byrd Street, a half-block from the Main Street/7-11 intersection in Orange).  Classes are at 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

For general yoga class info, including directions, fees, what to wear, etc, click: General Yoga Info