November’s RESTORATIVE Yoga Class — When Tired, Rest — This Sunday, November 15th, 1-3 p.m. & Donation-Only Gentle Movement Class This Sunday, November 15th, 11:40 a.m.-12:25 p.m.

Good Monday Morning All,
 
The tone of most conversations I have been having with people lately is how busy we all are.
 
It seems as though people hardly have time to do what is on their calendars, let alone take time for themselves, and there seems to be no release in sight.
 
We have gone from busy summer schedules and activities right into busy fall and holiday schedules and events. That is the call and allure of Vata energy. Vata whispers to all of us, “Stay busy and keep moving no matter what.”
 
Yet, when I teach, students are asking for more rest and meditation. Yes!
 
Less, I learn, over and over is most definitely more.
 
Having studied with yoga teacher Mary Paffard last weekend, I love that the topic of self-care came up a lot! She mentioned a book by Claudia Welch, Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life. Mary spoke about the basic tenets of self-care, that occur in both Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine. that hopefully when we feel hungry, we eat; when we feel thirsty, we drink; and when we feel tired, we rest, right? Well, often, when we feel tired, we think something must be wrong and may do anything and everything other than slow down, take a nap or, please forgive me, actually sit and lie down and rest.
 
This is the quote from Welch’s book that I think Mary was referencing:
 

If we feel tired, we think something is wrong. Nothing is wrong. We are just tired. We need rest. Sometimes a lot of it, if we’ve gone for years vetoing our body’s signals.

 

Acknowledge all that you do accomplish every day, and let yourself rest and recover. If you have been feeling deeply tired, deeply rest. You will feel better and actually have more energy for all that you want to do.

Please reply below 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, November 15th
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $24 or Bring-a-Friend Offer (and save $5 off the total!)
RSVP: Kindly requested by this Wednesday, November 11th. Just reply below, and I will send you a confirmation email.

THIS CLASS HAS A MINIMUM REQUIREMENT AND A MAXIMUM LIMIT.

Unless class is canceled by me, prepayment is nonrefundable.

No yoga experience necessary.

REMEMBER
: To plan ahead, monthly Restorative Yoga Classes usually happen the third Sunday of each month and have been filling up. The last one of 2015 will be December 13th. If a Restorative becomes full, I will create a waiting list and always let you know by the Friday before class.

December 13th (Payment Due: Wednesday, 12/9/15)

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PLEASE NOTE: This month’s Donation-Only/Pay-What-You-Can Gentle Movement Class will also occur this Sunday, November 15th, 11:40 a.m.-12:25 p.m. Please come!
 
Just a Little Bit of Movement
 
This Sunday, November 15th, is the sixth 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.
November 15th — This Sunday!
Holiday Date: December 6th
 
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.
 
I am wishing a week, or at least moments, full of “less” for all of us.

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

Namaste,

Nicole

Happy November! A Gratitude Practice and Next Sunday’s Yoga for Digestion Workshop

November 2015 Quotes
A Little Space Yoga & Tai Chi

The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”

American Poet and Author and Civil Rights Activist
Maya Angelou (4 April 1928-28 May 2014)

There’s release in knowing the truth no matter how anguishing it is. You come finally to the irreducible thing, and there’s nothing left to do but pick it up and hold it. Then, at least, you can enter the severe mercy of acceptance.”
Southern American Writer
Sue Monk Kidd (b. 12 August 1948)
Happy November Day, All!
I hope you enjoy this month’s quotes. I was trying to find some that spoke to the subject of acceptance — ourselves, others, life as it is as we head, sometimes charge, with our head first, into the holidays. Finding such quotes, I learned, may be more difficult than you may imagine.
In last Thursday afternoon’s Yoga for Every Day class, I mentioned the idea of a Gratitude Practice for November. Please join us for 21 days of writing down every day a gratitude list. It does not have to be long or short. There are no real rules, except 21 days. If you miss a day or do not receive this until tomorrow, start when you are ready. Some days, you might be able to only connect with one or two things that inspire gratitude; other days, the list may run off the page. Perhaps some of you already do this.
This is also something that can be helpful in falling asleep.
For example, some times when I cannot sleep, I think (I do not necessarily get up to write things down) about what I am grateful for, just lying there: my family, my health, a blanket, a pillow, a roof over my head, socks, etc. Oftentimes, I will drift off with such a list. If this is interesting to you, I will be speaking about more such practices at December’s Workshop on Nonviolent Communication and Ideas for Better Sleep (Sunday, December 6th).
Please share any experience with this that you are willing. I may be sharing my lists here and there.

Next Sunday is the annual Yoga for Digestion Workshop.

 

The Eating and Visiting Season:
Self-Care for Digestion Through the Holidays and Beyond
Sunday, November 8th (Payment Due: Friday, 11/6/15)
1-4 p.m.
$45 (There will be food and eating!)
 
This is the workshop where we will talk about and practice yoga ideas to do before and after eating as well as talk a bit about food and ways to be mindful when eating. There will be a smorgasbord of foods for us to learn more about and try. Digestion in the holidays is not just about food, but it is also about how to savor and allow room for ourselves and others during all the festivities and visiting that often arrive hand in hand with food during the holidays. Can we stay present with ourselves, our feelings and our needs during the holidays? Or are we already prepared to give up everything for others? Be aware that giving up everything often leaves us empty, depleted, run down and, even, sometimes sick. Remember, we do not have to become sick to say, “No.” Plan now to feel and be well during the holidays and to say “No” when you really mean “No,” “Yes” when you really mean “Yes” and “Maybe” when you are unsure. Happy, Healthy Holidays to all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just reply below to sign up by this Friday, November 6th, and I will send you a Confirmation email. This workshop is a little longer and a little more expensive due to the food and eating aspect.
I am grateful for each of you, my teachers, these practices, the opportunity you give me every week to share my love and respect for these practices and life, and our ability to accept ourselves as we are and be transformed just by that every day.

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

Happenings Around A Little Space This Weekend: Mary Paffard/Brigit Saint Brigit Opens ARMS AND THE MAN/First Central Annual Book Sale/Master Singers’ “Soup, Sip & Song”/Eating Workshop Next Weekend!

Hi All,
Happy Almost Halloween! What are you going to be? When was the last time that you dressed up and played? Even one little silly costume piece can be fun. Try it!
Here are some happenings around A Little Space this weekend:
1. I will be studying once more in town with lovely visiting yoga teacher Mary Paffard. See the attached flyer. There may still be room. Contact Karla on flyers if interested. Mary has influenced much of my “rooting” — pelvic floor, kidneys, feet — in my practice and teaching.
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2. Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre has again been rehearsing at the Church for several weeks now. They will open their play and their 2015-2016 season with Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw tomorrow night, Friday, October 30th, in Memorial Hall at the Church. The play will run through November 15th. They are a great local theater company who is always present classic work with much thought and care. I always have left their productions thinking more about the play and its characters. Go!!! Support Local Arts! Tickets are only available for purchase online:
3. First Central is having another big Book Sale, which started yesterday, October 28th, and will run through November 14th. They will also have Christmas decorations for sale. See attached card.
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4. Another regular working neighbor of A Little Space is the Master Singers of Omaha. This weekend they are hosting what looks like a fun event:
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Mastersinger of Omaha <mastersingersomaha@gmail.com>
There is still time to make your reservations for this Sunday’s Soup, Sip, & Song!
Don’t miss this fall tradition, email your reservation request in today!

5. Next Sunday, November 8th, is A Little Space’s Annual Yoga for Digestion Workshop (inspired by Mary Paffard!), where we practice, talk about eating, actually eat, and practice again. 1-4 p.m. $45. Just email to sign up.
​Besides all these wonderful events, Nature has her own gifts. Be sure to step outside, breathe, and admire them. Every day.
May we all hold space for ourselves to breathe, to be, to feel human once more.
Namaste,
Nicole

Need Some Pampering? Need Some Rest? Tomorrow, Friday, October 23rd, Is the Last Day To Sign Up for Restorative Yoga WEEKEND! Saturday, 10/24/15, 3-5 p.m. & Sunday, 10/25/15, 1-3 p.m.

Hi All,
How busy are you? This is one of the busiest weeks that I have had in a really long time. Most of what I am doing I enjoy. It is just a lot in a short amount of time which can often equal STRESS.
I am hearing from some of you that I am not the only one who is busy. It is when we are so busy that we need yoga and tai chi, rest and relaxation, slowing down and meditation the most. Oftentimes, that is absolutely what we do not do. We do not believe we have time. And that thought feeds on itself, and time becomes smaller and smaller. Try dropping into the present moment throughout the day and see what happens. The present is wide and vast, deep and still, and there time is big. Do only one thing at a time when you are actually doing it. A fun practice is to break up what you are trying to do into 10-minute intervals. Notice how much you ARE actually getting done!
Realize you will leave this earth with things undone. Life is not a To-Do List.
Tomorrow, Friday, October 24th, is the last day to sign up for this weekend’s Restorative Yoga classes. See info in posts below. Just leave a reply below. It would be lovely to have you.
Sending You This Moment,
Nicole

SATURDAY! RESTORATIVE Yoga Class Added This Month, This Saturday, 10/24/15, 3-5 p.m./One Spot Left for Sunday’s Restorative, 10/25/15, 1-3 p.m.

Hello All,
Thank you for your interest in making the world a more peaceful place through taking care of yourself and relaxing. There was enough interest that I decided to offer a Second Restorative Yoga Class this month this Saturday, October 24th, 3-5 p.m., so it is now a Restorative Weekend! I have room for two or three more students for this class.
I still have one spot for an experienced Restorative student on Sunday, October 25th, 1-3 p.m.
Just reply below, and I will send you a Confirmation. Please specify whether you want to attend Saturday or Sunday’s class. The spots are first come, first served.
What: Monthly Restorative Yoga Class WEEKEND!
Location: A Little Space Yoga & Tai Chi
at First Central Congregational Church
421 South 36th Street
Old Parlor on the Third Floor
Day, Date, Time: This Saturday, October 24th, 3-5 p.m., and This Sunday, October 25th, 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $25 or Bring-a-Friend Offer (and save $5 off the total!)
RSVP: Kindly requested by this Friday, October 23rd. Just email me, specifying which day, and I will send you a confirmation email.
THIS CLASS HAS A MINIMUM REQUIREMENT AND A MAXIMUM LIMIT.
Unless class is canceled by me, prepayment is nonrefundable.
No yoga experience necessary.
Reminder: If you are a regular weekly student who has signed up for a six-week session of yoga or tai chi, you can use up to two missed classes toward a Restorative class (or workshop). So that’s up to $20 off for two missed yoga classes or up to $12 off for two missed tai chi classes. After the 1st of the year, this may no longer be offered.
Enjoy Autumn,
Nicole

All Are Welcome! Fifth Class of NEW Monthly Pay-What-You-Can/DONATION-ONLY GENTLE MOVEMENT CLASS This Sunday, 10/18/15, 11:40 a.m.-12:25 p.m.

Hello All,
 
Happy Friday and Weekend!
 
I hope this finds you happy and well.
 
Just a Little Bit of Movement
This Sunday, October 18th, is the fifth 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, energized and excited with some simple ideas of how to take care of yourself throughout the entire month. We will be talking about Posture this 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.
Just a little bit of movement is a good thing.
 
NEW! Monthly Sunday Donation-Only Gentle Movement
This Sunday, October 18th, 11:40 a.m.-12:25 p.m.

 

This Sunday’s class, October 18th, from 11:40 a.m.-12:25 p.m., will be the fifth meeting of this new class — Donation-Only Gentle Movement. No need to sign up, just show up. All are welcome — those who signed up for the Monthly Restorative Class, those who did not, those who have done yoga or tai chi, those who have not. We will meet in the back of the Sanctuary, not upstairs, and may move from there, but only to a space on the Second Floor, not the Third. (This month’s class will not be followed by the Monthly Restorative Yoga, which will now be next week.)

This Sunday, October 18th, is the fifth meeting of the following monthly class. Read below for a more in-depth description:

NEW! Monthly Sunday Donation-Only Gentle Movement, This Sunday, October 18th, 11:40 a.m.-12:25 p.m.
 
If you suffer from pain or arthritis, movement can help. It is finding the right movement and the right amount of movement that is important. I hope that you enjoy your weekend.

Monthly Sunday (These will happen on generally the same Sundays when the monthly Restorative Yoga class is scheduled.)

Donation-Only Gentle Movement
11:40 a.m.-12:25 p.m.

Autumn Dates
October 18th
November 15th

Donation Only

No need to sign up, just show up.

This class will meet in the Church Sanctuary a few minutes after service ends and then will possibly move to another room on the Second, not the Third, Floor, to make this easily accessible to all.

Without movement, the body becomes rigid and stiff. It might even feel like it is stuck and not flowing. The body is designed to be moved. Feel the best you can feel, even with just a little bit of movement.
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.

May we all hold space for ourselves to breathe, to be, to soak in the season, to feel human once more.
Namaste,
Nicole

October’s RESTORATIVE Yoga Class — Soaking in the Season — Next Sunday, October 25th, 1-3 p.m. Is FULL!/Sign Up Now for Waiting List and/or Next Month/Gentle Movement This Sunday, October 18th, 11:40 a.m.-12:25 p.m.

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Hi All,
 

I hope every day of this fall season you are able to absorb how nature is shifting and the beauty that she is sharing with all of us as she does. It is her gift to us. Even if you are driving and simply observe a couple of small trees showering down leaves as if on cue. Or watch one lone leaf quietly float its way through the soft air to the firm ground below. Or enjoy the show of squirrels busy rustling with loudly chewing seeds in the trees, birds lined up to fly through and refresh themselves in a sprinkler on a hot day or bees and butterflies drinking in the last bits of nectar and residual summer warmth in a warm flower. Each season can fill us up with beauty and inspiration for our hearts and our health.

Feeling run down? Already have a cold? It is time to lie down and do nothing for a few moments, soak in the season and what it means to you. What are you telling yourself? What do you want to be telling yourself? Like nature, try shifting your mantra and see what comes of it.Restorative Yoga helps stimulate the Relaxation Response which supports the immune system:
Relaxation techniques: Breath control helps quell errant stress response – Harvard Health

This month’s Restorative Yoga Class has been moved from this Sunday to next Sunday, October 25th, and is currently full. I am taking names for a waiting list, however. 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
Day, Date: Next Sunday, October 25th
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $25 or Bring-a-Friend Offer (and save $5 off the total!)
RSVP: Kindly requested by next Wednesday, October 21st. Just contact me, and I will send you a confirmation email.

THIS CLASS HAS A MINIMUM REQUIREMENT AND A MAXIMUM LIMIT.
Unless class is canceled by me, prepayment is nonrefundable.
No yoga experience necessary.
REMEMBER: To plan ahead, monthly Restorative Yoga Classes usually happen the third Sunday of each month and have been filling up. November’s will be the 15th. If a Restorative becomes full, like this month’s, I will create a waiting list and always let you know by the Friday before class.
November 15th (Payment Due: Wednesday, 11/11/15)
December 13th (Payment Due: Wednesday, 12/9/15)
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PLEASE NOTE: This month’s Donation-Only/Pay-What-You-Can Gentle Movement Class will still occur this Sunday, October 18th, 11:40 a.m.-12:25 p.m. Please come!
 
Just a Little Bit of Movement
 
This Sunday, October 18th, is the fourth 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, energized and excited 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.
October 18th — This Sunday!
Autumn Dates: November 15th
 
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.
May we all hold space for ourselves to breathe, to be, to soak in the season, to feel human once more.
Namaste,
Nicole Le Clerc
A Little Space
Yoga & Tai Chi
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Year TWO! Seasonal Meditation & Breathing Workshop for Autumn — Letting Go and Rooting Down: Practices for Grief and Anxiety, THIS SUNDAY, 10/4/15, 1-3 p.m.

October 2015 Quotes
A Little Space Yoga & Tai Chi
Wisdom is oft-times nearer when we stoop
Than when we soar.”
— English Romantic Poet William Wordsworth
(7 April 1770-23 April 1850)
Hi All,
Happy October!
This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of offering monthly workshops, both seasonal meditation and breathing workshops and topical workshops (digestion, knees, low back, hips, feet, shoulders and neck), at A Little Space.
Thank you for the opportunity and inspiration to learn more and practice putting 20 years of deep study together in some sort of understandable and hopefully, more than anything, practical format on a wide range of subjects.
I have really enjoyed it!
In the next year, there may be some repeats of some workshops (November’s Digestion Workshop) and possibly some new additions (December’s Nonviolent Communication/Better Sleep Workshop). If you have any special requests for workshops, please let me know. I would love to know what is interesting you in your practices and in your life. Just email to sign up, and I will send you a Confirmation email.
Letting Go and Rooting Down
Practices for Grief and Anxiety
Seasonal Meditation & Breathwork
for the Autumn Months
Sunday, October 4th (Payment Due: Friday, 10/2/15)
1-3 p.m.
$30
We are fortunate to experience all the seasons in the Midwest: the beauty and hope of spring, the fullness and fun of summer, the fireworks of fall foliage in autumn, and the quiet vastness of winter in its skies, empty trees and building for new beginnings. What does each season mean to you? How does each affect you? For instance, do you suffer from “seasonal allergies” in the spring and fall? Or Seasonal Affective Disorder in winter? Or does the heat really bother you in the summer? This is some of what we talk about in the Seasonal Meditation & Breathing Workshops.
Through all the seasons, knowing a few different methods of self-care and ways of practicing and considering daily habits can be very helpful for maintaining a sense of balance in activity and well-being. Here are some for Autumn:
  • For instance, starting to slow down from all the busyness of summer as we head into fall can be helpful for starting to develop some routines of daily care and attention to support calm feelings and possible healthy immune systems that may support us mentally and physically through what many call the “Cold and Flu Season.”
  • Another simple idea for health and comfort in the fall (and winter) months is to start to wear a scarf, especially on windy days.
  • In your movement practices, try focusing more on rooting down through the lower body, feet and legs, and sensing the strength and stability of your body being rooted in and supported by the earth.
  • Inhale. Exhale. Fully let go of all that is unnecessary.

If the weather allows, please be prepared to walk the Labyrinth for a walking meditation practice.

May we all hold space for ourselves to breathe, to be, to enjoy each season fully, to feel human once more.
Namaste,
Nicole Le Clerc
A Little Space
Yoga & Tai Chi
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BIG NEWS: The Announcement of Up-and-Running Website FINALLY!!! — alittlespaceyoga.com — Please Visit Often and Tell Me What You Think

September 2015 Quotes
A Little Space Yoga & Tai Chi
Look at your feet. You are standing in the sky. When we think of the sky, we tend to look up, but the sky actually begins at the earth. We walk through it, yell into it, rake leaves, wash the dog, and drive cars in it. We breathe it deep within us. With every breath, we inhale millions of molecules of sky, heat them briefly, and then exhale them back into the world.”
— American Poet, Essayist and Naturalist Diane Ackerman (b. 1948)
Hi All,
I hope you are well this Sunday and enjoying your day! And the Super Moon Lunar Eclipse tonight! http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/09/25/blood-moon-lunar-eclipse-super-moon-need-to-know/72790162/
I announced the BIG NEWS in all the classes this week.
I finally have the Little Space website up and running! It is one week and one day old today!
This has been a long and challenging process for me for a variety of reasons that I am not sure I could even explain except on a counselor’s couch : ) This summer marked 20 years of studying yoga, and this December will be 14 years of teaching it! And I finally have a website up.
Some of you have heard me mention “the website” along the way. Thank you for never giving up!
I have owned and been paying on the domain name for a very, very long time.
I have had the domain name and a basic page up for a few years, but now it finally has more information on it — main tabs, pages and subpages. Please visit the website and browse through it, and visit often as it is a work in progress, and I still have more info and fun planned for it. More pages and features will be added along the way, and the look may even change, but the main goal I always want for it is that it will represent our lovely little space and that practical information is easy to find and access for all: classes, schedule, costs, location, etc. Everything else is icing on the website, so to speak.
And, yes, eventually there will be a way to even pay online for classes and workshops.
The website means that hopefully you may receive less emails from me; although, I will still be sending basic emails about end of sessions, signing up, cancellations, etc., but they will be shorter as I will no longer be including the schedule at the bottom of most emails and my monthly news and writing will now be online. I may just send a brief email to say I posted something new.
I am doing the website all by myself, which is a feat in itself.
Most of the photographs so far, except the ones of me, are by me. Photography is a secret, or maybe not so secret, passion of mine.
Please view the logo on the About page, which the local artist Jackie Sterba designed and crafted a few years back after several discussions about my thoughts and ideas for it. I hope you will see more of it in a few different versions. It represents a lot to me. Thank you, Jackie!!!
I am so grateful for all of you! Without, I could not do or dream of any of this. And it definitely would not be nearly as much fun!
May we all hold space for ourselves to breathe, to be, to feel human once more.
Namaste,
Nicole Le Clerc
A Little Space
Yoga & Tai Chi
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