UPCOMING EVENTS BY DATE:
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Dec 21, Winter Solstice 108 (morning)
Dec 21, Restorative Yoga with Liz (afternoon)
Dec 31, New Year’s Eve Celebration with Sita Miriam
Jan 1, New Year’s Day Class at 10am
Jan 11, Restorative Yoga with Liz (special date this month)
Jan 17, The Teachers’ Topic – A Practical Kirtan Workshop with Sita
Jan 23, 2015, RYT 200-hour Teacher Training Course begins
Winter Solstice Tradition
A Yoga Mala – 108 Sun Salutations
Sunday, December 21 at 8:00am
In celebration of the Winter Solstice and to honor our teacher, Sri K Pattabhi Jois, The Yoga Shala invites all interested students to join in as we repeat the sequence of the sun salutations 108 times!
This event is free and all are welcome. No pre-registration is required, but a sign-up sheet is at the shala. Donations will be accepted in support of our ongoing karma yoga work with Dorothy Day Hospitality House in Danbury. We will be excepting non-perishable food items and/or monetary donations.
Not up for 108…just do the amount that feels right, rest, rejoin or sit and meditate in support of the group. The sun salutations take about an hour…stay after for a bit to share some chai and visit with your fellow yogis.
Note: The 10am Mysore session and the 11:30am basic classes will meet, as scheduled.
Restorative Yoga Practice
with Liz Wendel
Sunday, December 21 from 3:00 to 4:30pm
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼To relax is to rest deeply….This rest is different from sleep.
The session begins by bringing awareness to our breath and a guided pranayama emphasizing internal observations. Followed by a slow, easy movement to feel and notice our body relative to our surroundings. Then we move to fully supported rest, where with the aid of our props, we alternately stimulate and relax the body to move towards balance. Each pose is held for a period of time, and each pose creates physiological responses that are beneficial to our health. Savor the feeling of the deep relaxation of a restorative practice…give yourself this opportunity to fully surrender.
Class is held with a minimum advanced registration of 6 students.
Class size is limited to 14 students. Register online or at the shala.
With Love & Grace
New Year’s Eve with Sita’s Light
December 31st, 8:30pm-12am
Join Sita’s Light for a joyous night of sacred music, ecstatic chanting, dancing, chai, sweet goodies, community, peace and love to get the new year vibes aligned in the perfect way! This will be a fourth year of offering an alternative to the usual hum-drum New Year’s Eve events. Consider yourself INVITED to participate in an AWESOME night! All are welcome ~ no experience necessary. Only the wish to be a part of a unique and meaningful entry into 2015. Bring your friends and a pillow, blanket and/or backjack to be comfortable.
$30 RSVP to Sita on or before 12/27
$40 at the door
The Teachers’ Topics…
A Practical Kirtan Workshop:
For your yoga practice and life
with Sita Miriam Zernis
Saturday, January 17th
3:00 – 5:00pm
Kirtan (or sacred chanting) is an ancient, yogic tradition that can add deeper levels of spirituality to your yoga practice and help your mind experience a pure meditative state. It is the practice of Bhakti Yoga – the yoga of devotion. Chanting focuses on the sound vibrations created by our voices and how they can be used to produce a feeling of euphoria as well as to make the mind clear and present.
The practice of learning Kirtan is a subtle combination of inspiration, dedication, relaxation and devotion that we can all benefit from in some way.
Miriam will guide in first understanding the essential elements of Kirtan – mantras, bhajans (sacred songs), the energy of the Deities and Sanskrit, then in engaging in the full experience with harmonium and easy chants that can quiet the mind and open the heart. ALL voices are welcome.