Reminder #1: Schedule
With Thanksgiving upon us, we have a limited schedule this week! On Wednesday, November 23, we will have Noon class, but no 5:30pm garden class or 7pm studio class. And of course, there won't be any classes on Thursday, November 24.
I encourage you to get some yoga in anyway-- maybe some deep breathing to help you get centered, some side stretches to open up the torso, or happy baby to help you...release. You can bet your turkey I'll have my legs up the wall after that final helping of pie.
Reminder #2: Sleep
Rest assured...you haven't missed the nidra sessions! This practice is perfect for you if you've been struggling with anxiety, stress and/or sleeplessness. Recent research has proven Yoga Nidra to be a low-risk treatment for insomnia and stress.
And there's still time to sign up for the Yoga Nidra today, 11/22, from 6:15 to 6:45pm (immediately following the 5:30 to 6:15pm Stretch & Release class). Let me know you are joining us for the ultimate stretch & release by clicking here.
If you'd rather enjoy a post-Thanksgiving nidra session, save your spot for Monday, 11/28, from 1 to 1:30pm (immediately following the Noon yoga class) by clicking here.
This practice is the ultimate integration: conscious sleep. A systematic surrender where your body remains quiet and still(as though you were sleeping) but your mind stays tethered to a guide. Let me be your guide...sign up today!
Reminder #3: So grateful
I am so thankful that a few years ago, a life altering question was brought to my attention: What if you woke up tomorrow with only what you were grateful for today? Talk about a gratitude check!
As it turns out, daily acknowledgment of the things we tend to take for granted is a powerful practice. Gratitude can help us reframe anything. To oversimplify, a grateful attitude is like putting a new lens on our perspective. It zooms us out of whatever mini-drama we are absorbed in, and gives us a bigger picture.
Maybe this question will inspire you to express deep appreciation as a part of your daily routine. From the moments that are less desirable to the moments that make us jump for joy(and all the mundane moments in between), let's practice giving ourselves frequent gratitude adjustments.
This reminds me of the "scavenger hunt" we did at the Fall Mini-retreat. Inspired by one of my favorite poets, Mary Oliver, we practiced her instructions for living a life: pay attention, be astonished, tell about it.
Using the prompts below, we went outside to observe our surroundings, collect our thoughts and then shared at our meal. Perhaps you, too, would like to practice living a naturally grateful life... feel free to save and print the list below! Be aware, it will probably give your dinner table something to talk about.
I am so grateful for you, reader. Enjoy your week!