April’s Restorative Yoga Class! — Taking Care of Yourself First! Unfolding and Unfurling the Tendrils and Breath of the Body — This Sunday, April 17th, 1-3 p.m. & Donation-Only Gentle Movement Class This Sunday, April 17th, 11:40 a.m.-12:25 p.m.

IMG_6130April 2016 Quotes — A Little Space Yoga & Tai Chi
So if you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now.
And when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.”
From The Secret Life of Water by Japanese Author and Researcher,
Masaru Emoto (22 July 1943-17 October 2014)

Hi All,

Last week in classes, I brought up how my experience with Baxter Bell’s yoga workshop, some of which was on his main focus of Yoga for Healthy Aging, the weekend before brought up the idea and importance, again, of taking care of one’s self. You would think that is what we are always doing, but it is so easy to become distracted and begin to believe that other people’s needs are more important than our own. They are not!

For those of us who may periodically fall into the place of caring for other people more than ourselves or defining ourselves through this preoccupation, I will pose the question: Are they and you really better off when your needs are not tended to and cultivated? I truly believe that taking care of one’s self may actually be one of the most selfless acts, yes, self-less, we can do because we will be healthier and more present and available for those we love.  Whenever we feel unwell or tired or exhausted or resentful, guess who pays the price? All of us. And it actually becomes all about us eventually, if it is not already, in this scenario.

Do us all a favor, including yourself, water and nourish your own roots firs and make sure you have the support you need to take care of you. As Judith Lasater says about loving one’s self, “Love yourself first, not only, but first.”

One of the most powerful ways that I do this and some of my favorite movements is to just roll around on the floor over various yoga props or none at all. These movements remind me of all the subtle and monumental movements happening under the earth this time of year. I often find this type of practice immensely, and more, helpful for waking up the body and breath in ways and understanding what it truly going on within me and what I may be needing than a standard active and upright practice might reveal.

Practice rolling around in this way and gently unfolding and unfurling the tendrils and breath of the body this Sunday and most of all taking care of you! Please email me to sign up, and I will send you a confirmation email.

What: Monthly Restorative Yoga Class
Location: A Little Space Yoga & Tai Chi
at First Central Congregational Church
421 South 36th Street
Old Parlor on the Third Floor
Day, Date: This Sunday, April 17th
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $25 or Bring-a-Friend Offer (and save $5 off the total!)
RSVP: Kindly requested by this Wednesday, April 13th. Just email me, and I will send you a confirmation email.

Unless class is canceled by me, prepayment is nonrefundable.

No yoga experience necessary.

: To plan ahead, monthly Restorative Yoga Classes usually happen the third Sunday of each month and have been filling up. The next class will be May 22nd. If a Restorative becomes full, I will create a waiting list and always let you know by the Friday before class.

May 22nd (Payment Due: Wednesday, 5/18/16)

May 15th (Payment Due: Wednesday, 5/11/16)
June 12th (Payment Due: Wednesday, 6/8/16)
July 17th (Payment Due: Wednesday, 7/13/16)
August 21st (Payment Due: Wednesday, 8/17/16)


: This month’s Donation-Only/Pay-What-You-Can Gentle Movement Class will also occur this Sunday, April 17th, 11:40 a.m.-12:25 p.m. Please come!
Just a Little Bit of Movement
This Sunday, April 17th, is the ninth meeting of the Monthly Donation-Only/Pay-What-You-Can Gentle Movement Class.
Meet us in the back of the Sanctuary at 11:40 a.m. for 45 minutes of gentle movement and gentle stretches and leave feeling better with some simple ideas of how to take care of yourself throughout the entire month.
No experience necessary. No need to sign up. Just show up. Bring a friend if you would like. It is always more fun with a friend! Be motivated together to feel the best you can.
Monthly Sunday
Donation-Only Gentle Movement, 11:40 a.m.-12:25 p.m.

April 17th — This Sunday!
May 22nd
June 12th
July 17th
August 21st

DONATION-ONLY GENTLE MOVEMENT: If you are unsure of yoga and tai chi and what they mean, you may want to try this Gentle Movement class. This class is exactly what its title says: pay only what you can afford and move gently. Learn to approach the body and yourself in a gentle manner through mindful movement, stretching and breathing and discover the effects that just a little bit of gentle movement can have on you and your body. We all deserve to feel the best we can feel, no matter what age or what ailment.
Take care of you!

May we all hold space for ourselves to breathe, to be, to feel human once more.