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New Dance & Yoga Classes Start June 2017

 

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A new 6-week series of yoga and belly dance classes starts Monday June 5th at the Mystic River Dance Studio!  The studio location:

First Congo Church

1000 S. Cooper

Memphis, TN  38104

 

To register, email graceflowyoga@aol.com

 

 

Yoga & Belly Dance Class in Memphis

happy-hips-flyerA new 6-week session of classes start Tuesday night, October 18, 2016.

Learn the ancient art form of belly dance or just come to yoga and chill.  Good times either way.

 

 

Special Offer on Drop-in Yoga Class Tonight!

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Join us for yoga tonight – March 1, 2016 at 7:00 at Mystic River Dance studio in First Congregational Church.

 

 

New Year, New You

Let’s get moving!  Start the New Year off with confidence, grace, and poise. All levels are welcome – No experience necessary.

New dance and yoga classes Tuesday nights starting January 12, 2016.

 

Memphis Dance Class

Yoga & Pilates Home Practice Videos

Greetings Friends!

Naturally I’m all in favor of group exercise classes. The benefits are numerous. First off, they are a great way to meet new people who share your values (health, fitness, and fun!!) and who are likely to keep you motivated and inspired to meet your goals.  Practice time seems to go by a lot faster when you’re with a group.  Another advantage of group classes is consistency. Having a regularly scheduled class can help you develop a regular routine.  A third benefit is that instructors are generally trained to offer safe and effective exercise programming.  We take into consideration the need for warm-ups, cool-downs, focus on particular muscle groups, etc.  When we practice on our own, it’s human nature to skip poses that seem “boring” or to focus on our favorites.

All that said, sometimes we just have to practice on our own due to scheduling or logistics.  For that reason, I’ve compiled a few of my favorite yoga and Pilates videos below.

Blogilates – Cassey Ho has a bunch of videos with core-strengthening exercises. She’s so upbeat and peppy that she makes me smile even when she’s hurting me.

If you’re looking for a more mellow style, Tara Stiles is great – she has a wide range of yoga videos for beginner and intermediate practice.

Yoga Journal has a lot of practice videos geared to specific activities and populations. For example, here’s a sequence recommended for trail runners:

http://www.yogajournal.com/video/cross-training/yoga-trail-running/

Rodney Yee has some excellent videos as well for a variety of levels.  He practices in gorgeous places with pretty cool music.

Have you found any videos that you love?  Please share links below!

Donations Yoga Class Tuesday, March 3 & 10, 2015

Dear Friends,

I hope you will join us this week for a restorative yoga practice. Support your own health and well-being while supporting the health and well-being of your community.  Win-win.

Donations Yoga March 2015

Finding Courage & Joy in Stress

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Nope, we won’t be meeting for core awareness class tonight, I decided with a twinge of disappointment as I flailed and skated down the driveway on a solid sheet of ice. I’ve been stuck in the house for two days straight and I was really  looking forward to getting some exercise and seeing the faces of friends. The disappointment faded as I stood taking in the scenery around me: the icicles adorning the magnolia tree and a pansy’s petals unfurled against the ice.  I remembered two things in that moment. First, I had not intended the core awareness class to be merely physical exercise, but an exploration of the core in body, mind, and spirit. Second, I recalled excerpts from Parker Palmer’s words on winter:

The rigors of winter…are accompanied by amazing gifts…One gift is beauty…I am not sure that any sight or sound on earth is as exquisite as the hushed descent of a sky full of snow. Another gift is the reminder that times of dormancy and deep rest are essential to all living things. Despite all appearances, of course, nature is not dead in winter – it has gone underground to renew itself and prepare for spring.

That these memories were triggered by the sight of a pansy seems fitting as the pansy is a symbol of remembrance. Pansy comes from the French word pensée, which means thought. Given the hardiness of the flower I wonder why the word is sometimes used to imply wimpyness when it could be used as a compliment indicating one can flourish, despite harsh conditions.  Why yes, I am a pansy, thank you.

In lieu of tonight’s class, I hope you’ll take some time to watch a talk on resilience by health psychologist Kelly McGonigal, to make time for deep rest, and to consider Palmer’s words:

Our inward winters take many forms – failure, betrayal, depression, death. But every one of them, in my experience, yields to the same advice: “The winters will drive you crazy until you learn to get out into them.” Until we enter boldly into the fears we most want to avoid, those fears will dominate our lives.  But when we walk directly into them – protected from the frostbite by the warm garb of friendship or inner discipline or spirital guidance – we can learn what they have to teach us.  Then, we discover once again that the cycle of the seasons is trustworthy and life-giving, even in the most dismaying season of all.