Beginner’s Workshop

Truly, one of my happiest (and scariest) moments in the studio is when someone walks in and says, “This will be my first yoga class ever!” Beginners are welcome to all of our classes at the studio except the Tuesday and Thursday evening intermediate classes. Yet I know it still takes a lot of courage to show up for your first class ever, probably imagining that you’ll be the only one who is not a regular.

Mindy’s got you covered.

Join us for this weekend intensive workshop. You’ll leave knowledgeable about body basics of yoga and ready to drop in to any of our group classes.

Please email Mindy directly to register. (See contact info below.)

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Week 3…Already!

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Thank you all for showing up, trying different classes on the schedule and being patient and supportive as we make our way through this first month!

Email List

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Events

Take a peek at the brand-new Events page. The studio space is being rented on some Saturday and Sunday afternoons for special events that may or may not be yoga classes but will definitely help you cultivate your practice off the mat (lectures, workshops, etc.)

Family Yoga Saturday, January 21 @ 11 a.m.

Fun, playful time to discover the joys of sharing yoga with your little one. Ages 1 through 6 are welcome with caregiver. $14 for 1 child + caregiver. $3 per additional child. Sign up for all 3 classes (1/21, 2/18, 3/18) for $36 and $1 per additional child. Songs, games, partner poses and obstacle courses are all on deck. Wear comfortable clothing and be ready to MOVE! Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Please email valleyglowyoga(at)gmail(dot)com to register or sign up in the studio.

Candlelit Restorative Yoga w/ Meredith

February 2 @ 7 p.m. Meredith’s regular class will end at 6:30 p.m. that evening to allow time to set up for this luxuriously relaxing candlelit restorative class. Meredith has trained with the Judith Hanson Lasater, yoga queen of restorative yoga, and candles always make everything more magical.

There are only 12 spots for this class. Please reserve your spot early. There is a sign-up sheet at the studio or you can email valleyglowyoga(at)gmail(dot)com to register. $14 for everyone. Unfortunately, class cards cannot be used for these special classes.

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Om, shanti.

 

 

 

 

Family Yoga

It’s Here!

Saturday, January 21, 2017 @ 11:00 a.m.

Misa will be leading Valley Glow’s first Family Yoga session Saturday, January 21, 2017, from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. This is a playful session of songs, games and movement that allows both caregiver and child to experience the joy of sharing yoga. Ideal for children age 1~6. No yoga experience required! No ability to sit still required!

Pre-registration by 9:00 a.m. Friday, January 20, is necessary for Misa to be able to appropriately plan activities. Please register by email (valleyglowyoga(at)gmail(dot)com) and include Caregiver’s Name/Child’s Name/Child’s Age.

Cost is $14 for caregiver/child. Additional children are $3.

$36 to register for all 3 sessions (January 21/February 18/March 18), additional children only $1.

Studio class cards/unlimited passes may not be used for Family Yoga, special classes or workshops.

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Community Yoga Special This Weekend

Friday 5:30 p.m. & Sunday 4:00 p.m. w/ Misa

All donations will go to a medical fund for Zelda Brooks’ (local Waitsfield resident and Thai Yoga massage therapist) father, who was recently diagnosed with esophageal cancer.

Also, see our new Events page for a list of upcoming special classes and workshops!

 

Creating a New Vision Workshop

11 a.m. ~ 1 p.m. Sunday, January 8, 2017

Creating a New Vision for 2017 with Jennifer Degen & Angela Andrews

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Are you looking for an opportunity to dig into your deepest longings and greatest desires? Would you like to be witnessed as you envision your road map for the next year? Are you creative and do you like to think outside the box as you lay the foundation for and discern how you will step into this year with confidence and clarity?

Jennifer Degen and Angela Andrews will facilitate conscious intention setting at a deeper level (Sankalpa), a mindfulness based yoga practice, followed by manifestation meditation, and a vision boarding activity that will support your vision of your highest road map for yourself.

Wear comfortable clothes, bring your favorite magazines and pens. Jennifer and Angela will supply vision boards, some pens and magazines.

This workshop follows the Sunday drop-in Slow Flow yoga class, which Jennifer will lead.

$14.00 Slow Flow drop-in
$26.00 workshop add-on for non-pass holders
$20.00 workshop add-on for pass holders
*Pre-registration required. Sign-up in the studio or email jennifer@jayalilaretreats.com.

Family Yoga–Fun for Parents & Kids

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July’s Family Yoga class at IndyYoga was for parents and children, so that parents could learn some simple songs, games, and postures for practicing yoga at home with their kids. I promised parents that I’d post some pictures and some reminders about how to take it all home with you. So here it is!

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Keep It Playful

Sing, dance, laugh, fall over, have fun, move like no one’s watching you, put your whole heart and soul into. The more energy you put in, the more your kids will be enthused to practice with you. In your yoga pose, you can become an animal, a plant, an object…anything really!

Keep It Consistent

Kids thrive with routine. Begin with the same signal each time, maybe a chime, maybe by taking out a yoga book, or maybe sitting on some fun pillows and saying OM together. I suggest doing a few postures consistently for a few days so your children can feel like they really know it. That’s when your children will be able to whip out a warrior or settle into butterfly pose on their own and say, “Look, Mommy/Daddy! I’m a butterfly!”

Keep It Spontaneous

Sometimes, though, you just have to let the routine go and be spontaneous. If you are taking a walk and something you see reminds you or your child of a yoga pose, bust it out! If you thought maybe you’d do some partner poses today, but your children seem like they really want to be independent with their bodies, go with the flow and do something else.

Keep It Balanced

Just like with everything else, kids do best with balance. Try some really energetic poses (buzzing around like a bee, stomping your elephant feet and waving your elephant truck), then follow them with calming, relaxing poses (child’s pose, relaxation).

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Burlington Yoga Conference

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Hooray for people gathering with a shared love of yoga in every form! The Burlington Yoga Conference took place April 2 &  3, 2016, and for me, it represented the start of yoga festival season. Summer trainings, workshops, outdoor yoga, SUP yoga, and days-long yoga festivals are all just around the corner. Get excited!

Here’s why I particularly love the BYC:

  1. It is close to home.
  2. It celebrates the amazing local yoga teachers we have here in Vermont as well as international speakers and instructors.
  3. It offers a variety of workshops, including full-length classes with introductions to yoga philosophy, lectures, pure meditation sessions, sound yoga, and workshops on specific postures or areas of the body.
  4. Good food and a fun marketplace showcasing local healers, jewelry, and studios.
  5. Friendly happy people!

Every session I attended reminded me why I love yoga, especially practicing with other people, and how different each practice and teacher is, which is really what makes going out to new classes so inspiring.

 

Yoga Nidra Workshop @ Yoga Mountain Center

Occasionally I will post about yoga events or workshops held outside of the valley, but which may still be of interest to locals. Usually these will be events that I personally plan to attend. If you are interested in carpooling, please email me using the contact information on the About page.

This Saturday, May 2, 2015, yoga instructor Lindsay Armstrong will lead one of her bi-monthly Yoga Nidra workshops from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Yoga Mountain Center in Montpelier, Vermont. Yoga Nidra, also called “yogic sleep,” is a form of guided meditation and relaxation often performed in a supported savasana (relaxation pose) with bolsters and/or other props. Based on the workshop description, Lindsay’s class will provide an overview of this practice followed by some flowing movement and a guided Yoga Nidra experience, involving affirmations, meditation, and breathing.

This deeply relaxing practice is for everyone! No prior yoga experience is required. If you have been to my classes, you may know that I often lead a guided relaxation prior to final savasana, in which we use our minds to consciously calm our bodies and quiet our brains. Now imagine this wonderful feeling for 60+ minutes on a late Saturday afternoon . . . Ready to sign up?

 

Yoga Mountain Center/ 7 Main Street, 2nd Fl/ Montpelier, VT