Looking for a customized class for your community or church group? Here are a few ways gentle yoga can come to you in the comfort of your own space. These sessions are about delving deeper, refreshing inward and exploring self.
Host space provides open, clean floor space with temperate climate around 73 degrees. If chairs and/or open wall space are available, they will be incorporated into the session. Access to space needed 30-40 minutes prior to beginning time and about 15 minutes for cleanup afterwards.
Classes do regularly include changing levels from lying down to kneeling and standing. Chair classes are available by request.
~ Saturdays: June 24, July 29 & August 26 from 12:30 – 2:30 pm ~
This playful series at Yoga On the Square will cultivate melting deeply with gentle yoga postures of the mind, body and spirit blended with time and prompts for reflective writing. Expand your inquiry. Each month will focus on a rich theme of self exploration. Attend one or all!
Bring a soft scarf for covering the eyes and gently wrapping the head. Bring paper and pens, pencils or markers that inspire you. No prior experience needed for this low-key free writing, doodling or simply mindful reflection.
Series early registration by 6/20 $55 ~ Pre-register $20 ~ Drop in $25 ~
Pre-register at www.yotspgh.com or
in person at the studio.
Class led by Charity Leonette, 500 RYT and BA in English with Creative Writing focus. She blends writing, prayer, and stillness into her practice and believes that yoga is for everyone. Her special interest in yoga service is supporting the body for rejuvenation and through transitions.
Yoga dives into these wonderous places. Awareness. New spaces. Releasing. Re-knowing. Being held. Balancing. Gentle movement and touch awareness create part of the experience. Building newness, re-arriving.
This week the tension of my gut started traveling into my neck and throat and head. There was tension, holding and little red flags that my body was throwing up. Today gentle massage therapy (gentle movement and touch awareness) helped my body remember and find equilibrium again. My tight center left my thoracic diaphragm pulling on my low ribs, tight breast bone, achy front of heart and rippling effects head to toe to mood.
Today my front heart softened, jaw balanced, diaphragm relaxed. Ah breath! I yawned and my stomach made noises. Just lovely. My heart remembered it can rest in center with support of the back rather than rushing forward. My left hip moved back into place and my talus found home.
Leaving the chicken and the egg behind as to what holding pattern rippled into another, I feel well now and will saver this and re-remember comfort, rest, peace in my body and whole self.
Our minds, bodies and spirits are beautifully and wonderfully made, beautifully woven, dancing together.
Where do you need some tender loving care? Observe your balance of giving and receiving and support. What will you re-remember? How will you rest? How will you dance?
So what’s your story with these cards, I was asked by a co-worker today. It feels good to be asked our story. To speak a bit of who we are.
My photo cards began this way. A friend began making cards for a another sweet friend who was in treatment for breast cancer. She decorated her cards with her own photos of nature and the psalms and gracious words.
I began making cards when this friend began treatment for ovarian cancer some years later. My cards are different in shape and size, while similar in inspiration, photos that I had gathered on walks with God and my dog, and a scripture to keep inspiration nearby.
So that’s my story with the cards. I have kept making them in memory of my friend, as a personal creative process, my photo therapy, and to spread a little joy.
Private message me if you would like to receive an inspirational photo card. What’s your story today?
Today I was ready — it was the perfect time. I had lunch with me. I drank a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon in my friend’s favorite fashion.
I decided to meet myself where I was at in the moment because that’s what I loved most about my friend — her honest gift of meeting people in the moment. She was present, non-judmental.
Since my friend’s passing to the next life, I have often wondered what she would say to me, if she would be proud of me or disappointed. Today I realized that she would have met me, talked with me, been present and loved me no matter what. So I gave that gift of friendship to myself today.
What are your reflections on friendship?
How do you love, and how do you experience the love of friends?
What gifts have you received, and what gifts will you give to yourself?