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5:31 pm

Self-Compassion and the Practice of Loving Ourselves by Mara Nery

When we breathe in, we are expanding our lungs to accommodate air. When we practice meditation or engage in svadhyaya we expand our minds and our consciousness. When we practice yoga asana, we expand our physical bodies. And when we practice compassion, gratitude, joy, we expand our hearts. Take a moment to turn inward- what is in your heart? Who or what do you hold in this sacred space? Loved ones, pets, places, and even precious memories reside here. Now look again…. Do you reside there, too?

As yogis, we often practice compassion for others; turning our love outward and extending it to those dear to us, and even to strangers. But how often do we turn that same compassion and love toward ourselves? When a friend comes to us with a burden or heavy heart, we listen, we comfort, we create a safe space of non-judgment and acceptance, and most of all we love them. But when we encounter obstacles, face shortcomings, or go through rough times, do we extend this same compassion to ourselves?

When we offer ourselves the same kindness, love, and acceptance, this is the practice of self-compassion. Next time you are struggling with something, notice how your inner voice sounds. Is it critical and judgmental? Or is it comforting, gentle, and kind? When you have a tough time or are struggling through the muck of it, do you take the time to comfort yourself and create a safe space of non-judgment where you can experience your feelings? Can you accept yourself, just as you are, in this moment? This is the practice of loving and caring for yourself, and believe me, it takes a lot of practice.

Breathe in. Expand your heart to include yourself. Breathe out.

Mara teaches Cultivating Self-Compassion for Health starting 8/27/15. Sign up Here.

2:23 pm

Change Happens

"The only thing that is constant is change" spoke the wise Heraclitis around 500 BCE. Clearly, humans have been struggling with change for a long time.  As we come into August, a number of changes will be happening to the studio schedule.  I wanted to give you a heads up of the details.  You can find specifics in the online schedule (which will include any substitutions) and we have hard copies of the August schedule available at the front desk.

Change #1:  Kate will be on an extended retreat in August and early September and then starting graduate school in October. She will be letting go of her current classes (MTW) starting August 1.  She will be back in  late August for a brief time, subbing some classes for Lisa and leading an in-house urban retreat August 28-30 (see below for more details). She'll return to weekly teaching on Sunday September 20th when she will take over the Sunday morning classes.  We've got great people stepping in to teach Kate's classes:

Change 1a:  Stacey Detwiler will be teaching All Levels Flow Yoga Mondays at 5:30pm.
Change 1b.  Stacey Detwiler will be teaching All Levels Flow Yoga on Tuesdays at 12pm.
Change 1c: Lissy Goralnik will be teaching Level 2 Ashtanga Improv on Wednesdays at 5:30pm. There will no longer be a Wednesday 4pm Ashtanga class as of the first of August.
Change 1d: Jennier Cramer will be teaching All Levels Flow on Mondays at 8:45am.

Change #2:  This is a temporary change, Lisa will be in Italy August 15 to September 8. A variety of folks will be subbing her classes during that time. Check the online schedule for details.

Change #3: Angie has changed the format of the Thursday 5:30pm class to Yoga, Strength & Stability.  This class is a creative mix of Yoga and Strength training for a healthier body.
Change 3a: Mara Nery will be teaching all levels Flow Yoga on Fridays at 8:30am.

Change #4: Angie will be starting a job with the Corvallis School district in September.  She will be keeping her evening and weekend classes but letting go of the Friday morning class. Which leads to:

Humans are generalists.Our brilliance as a species and as individuals is our ability to adapt to a changing landscape. Change builds strength and resilience. Change is good for your body and mind. 

Mix things up. Learn from someone new. Challenge your old ideas. Your mind and body will be grateful in the long run, even if it might feel a little uncomfortable in the beginning. 

See online schedule with re-arranged teachers here
See you soon,

Love! Lisa

4:20 pm

Matthew Remski is coming to town!

I'm always excited when Matthew is in town. He is one of the smartest, most articulate, and thoughtful modern yogis of our day. Clearly committed to the heart of yoga practice, he is unafraid of questioning yogic dogma. What should we keep and what should we release of the ancient teachings?  What applies to modern life? What is no longer useful, or perhaps even detrimental.  On Monday evening, August 3rd, Matthew will address the philosophy of yoga in a presentation entitled "What Would Patanjali Do?" On Tuesday evening, August 4th, he addresses modern postural yoga in a presentation of his current research "What Are We Actually Doing in Asana?"  We hope you will join us for one or both of these presentations.  Members and students receive a 10% discount to these Matthew's workshops.  

Here's a sample of Matthew's writing from the book Threads of Yoga:  

You begin to lengthen a muscle. At the first pulse of pleasure it takes the reigns and lengthens itself.  Your breath seeps into a forgotten place. A limb straightens. A network of unseen contractions disengages.  Flesh and thought soften to neutral. Thought pauses it forward rush, and flesh reverses its retreat. A page goes blank in the script of identity. Pain diffuses with a flush of hot circulation.  The pregnancy of future concern delivers the presently known and felt. Yoga happens to you….

A child triggers an internal laugh. A dog slaps her thick tail against your shin. Every single object that gives you life surrounds you. If you really were alone you would not exist.  You did not make the air you breathe. You can't say where the inside of your flesh begins. You are naturally reaching out as something reaches into you.  No one and everyone taught you this. You surrender to the always-already-there, and yoga happens around you, through you. (from Threads of Yoga, pages 163-164)