One of my goals for 2013 was to begin teaching yoga again.
Lucky for me, a brand new studio with good floors, vintage chandeliers and fairy lights opened up five minutes from my house. Last week I taught my first class in more than a year. The practice is shaking off dust, greasing a creaky joint or two and shedding light on corners I’ve let grow dark and cold.
People often say, ‘I can’t do yoga because I’m stiff,’ but that’s like saying, ‘I can’t go to dinner because I’m hungry.’ If you made a New Years Resolution to try yoga, come see me at Serenity Yoga in Mineola. Your first class is free. Or if you want to try at home first, visit:
Do Yoga With Me -A solid resource, chock full of free yoga classes, taught by good practitioners – some in lovely seaside locations. There are plenty of beginner classes along with anatomy lessons, breathing practices and meditations. All free! You can also purchase dvds to support the site.
And for my Christian readers who are leery of yoga because of its Hindu roots, please get over it. Yoga isn’t about worship, it’s about mindfulness and practice and growth. Its purpose, as my teacher is fond of saying, is “to impose order on chaos,” to breathe through all manner of stress and challenge; that has practical implications no matter what your faith.
Plus, after a bit of practice, you can stand on your head in stunning alpine locations.
Who doesn’t want to do that?
4 thoughts on “Try Yoga Free.”
Hi Erin! Liz Alley in Pagosa here. Love your Web site and great explanation to Christians. I’m a Christian and have been doing Yoga (off & on) since I was pregnant with my 2nd child. I would LOVE it if the next time you and Sam are in Pagosa if you would call me so I can show you my nonprofit family center. One of the first things I wanted to do was have a yoga studio somewhere in there, but it just hasn’t manifested…yet. You can view us at pagosanurturingcenter.org. We do have a new mom’s breast-feeding group called, get this, The Pagosa Lactivists! They’re awesome! We also host the Pagosa Hour Exchange Time Bank group. The rooms we do have and descriptions aren’t in there yet though. Love seeing what you’re doing, and miss you! Liz.
Hey Liz! I saw Pagosa Lactivists and I can’t remember how I got there. I didn’t know you were behind it. Great name! So cute, so clever. I will absolutely come help however I can. We plan to get up to Pagosa this summer. Have you checked in with Nikki at ecoliving studio? She might be able to help you – very accomplished yogini, community-minded too. Can’t wait to see you guys. Hug Mikey for me!
I can’t take credit for the name or the group — that’s the brainchild of Kiersten Conner-Renner, who is also an amazing photographer. We just host and support their efforts. I have been networking with one of Nikki’s children’s yoga teacher about another matter. She and her husband build straw-bale homes. That’s my next goal — to have a straw-bale Nurturing Family Center. Check out “Community Rebuilds” out of Moab, Utah. One of their founders use to build straw-bale homes in Pagosa. Are you still gardening, and “horsing” around? I tried horse therapy at Medicine Horse in Durango with a domestic violence victim. She loved it but I found horses scare me in my old age, so I got a piano instead (Lol). Take care & see you this summer!
Check with Margaret Burkesmith too. She’s amazing in a million ways. xoxoxo