*** Wiser Yoga on Zoom on Saturday mornings is back! The next Sat class is on Sat Sep 18 at 9:30 *** And a new weekly class has been added: Wednesday afternoons at 4:30 ** Join us by simply emailing me your e address and I will send you the meeting ID for each class **
New CD! *** Wilder is now available on Spotify and iTunes as well as a real CD *** The CD is only $20 for a bunch of new, original songs and it’s also a fundraiser – $10 from each sale will go directly to a charity of your choice *** How to buy it: 1. Send me an email with your mailing address and I’ll send a copy to you. You can send an e-transfer to pay for it. 2. Send me an email or text me and we can arrange to meet at a coffee shop (or anywhere local) and I can give to you directly, with all the Covid protocols in place 3. Spotify or iTunes or Google Play all have it available to buy. Maybe check out a track first? *** Over $250 sent to the charities so far ***
Strange days, no? A global pandemic, entire countries shut down, lining up to go into my IGA, no more handshakes or hugs…..
I mean, it just feels so surreal. My inner thoughts haven’t changed, but my outer world has been turned upside down.
And this is where Yoga helps.
For me, Yoga is all about balance – the balance of breath, the balance of movement, the balance of emotions. And ultimately, the balance of the inside world with the outside world; still surreal but now ok.
I teach 2 styles of Yoga: Wiser Yoga for the (approximately) 45 to 75 year-olds and Seniors Yoga Singalong.
*** Wiser Yoga is a traditional Hatha Flow class but created for those of us with perhaps a more limited flexibility and a few other physical issues (no backbends or arm balances here!)
*** Seniors Yoga Singalong is a class for those living in retirement homes. I have really cut these classes back as it is taught by Zoom and not every retirement home is set up for this format. Yet. ***
(Special Note: Check out the online issue of the Tri City News for an article about my Seniors Yoga Singalong classes. It’s at tricitynews.com, a May 10, 2020 article with the headline ‘Yoga Minstrel’. Another article was published on Dec 31, 2020 as an update to the May article)
What can be said about Yoga that hasn’t already been said?
Especially about a way of life almost 5000 years old and practised today by tens of millions?
Probably not a lot.
So allow me to get personal. Just for a minute.
I Practice / Teach Yoga Because…..
* It helps my sore back (I’ve got a little osteo arthritis between L5 and S1)
* It gives me a full hour to clear my thoughts, turn my gaze inwards, focus my breath and explore the limits of my body (with a roomful of friends!)
* It keeps my weight stable and my muscles toned
* It energizes me and increases my awareness of the present moment
* Finally, Yoga gives me Hope. Hope that I’ll age with strength, flexibility and grace in this magic machine I’m currently inhabiting
Is Yoga really a magic balm for the ageing body? I don’t know for sure, but looking for the answers never felt so good.
Zoomers are simply Baby Boomers with a zest for life and a strong sense of vitality. Born between 1946 and 1964? Technically we’re boomers. And maybe zoomers.
Yoga can transform people. Yoga allows people to connect their body to their mind and then to their soul. Or not. It’s completely up to the individual….Often the physical asana practice is enough to bring about significant change to one’s holistic health.
Yoga can mean something different to everyone. One aspect of my teaching is to knowledgeably guide the class in practice and assist in a deeper understanding of Yoga.
With clear guidance and a positive class atmosphere, I believe that students will become lifelong yogis and yoginis.