OWY Blog

  • New Classes on the Winter Schedule

    Yoga Basics with Valerie, 4:30-5:45pm Tuesdays

    Valerie finished our teacher training in February of 2016.  If you come to class, you've seen Valerie, she spends a lot of time practicing at the studio.  She has a very thorough and thoughtful practice which comes through in her teaching.  We’ve had requests from school teachers for a class at this time, so spread the word.


    Fixed Flow with Brian and Mallory, 6-7:15pm Thursdays Mallory and Brian will pair up to teach a class that will begin with the same consistent vinyasa flow every week.  The second half of the class will vary according to each teacher’s flavor but will draw from a loose set of predetermined poses.  We're big fans of this type of structured repetition.  Practicing this way allows the body to sink quickly and deeply into the poses and it offers a way to track our progress as we do the same poses week after week.  It also supports a more meditative atmosphere and gives more freedom for the teacher to pay attention to students.


    Yoga Flow with Brian, 9-10:15am Wednesdays

    This is our general All Levels class.  Options will be given for both advanced and beginning students.


    Open Practice with Shannon and/or Brian, 10:30-12pm

    This was formerly named Study Hall which created some confusion about what we do during this time.  Not so onerous as high school study hall, this is really an open practice time, so we've renamed it:  Open Practice.  Come practice yoga in your own individual way.  What do you want or need to work on?  Do it here.  Be inspired by others, ask questions, seek guidance.  Sometimes a small group ends up taking turns working on a pose such as forearm balance, giving each other support and encouragement.  You may need to get out of your house and away from distractions to work on your practice or use the time to ask for more depth about poses or ideas that we can't cover in general classes.  Meditation, pranayama, philosophy?  Sure, it can all happen here.


    Community Class, 12-1pm Sundays

    The teachers for this class will come from the current pool in our teacher training program.  The class is free and generally has a somewhat informal vibe, so it can be a good place to bring someone who is newly interested in yoga. 


    The rest of the classes you know and love from the fall schedule are unchanged.  See you at the studio!

    -Brian and Shannon

  • Welcome to The Fall Schedule!

    I'm very excited about the studio class schedule and the number of interesting workshops lined up between now and the first of the year.  Most of the changes to the schedule are shiftings of teachers to different time slots.  Follow your teacher if you can, and also check out the new teacher in your favorite slot.  There's something to be learned from every teacher on the schedule!

    New This Fall

    Sunday Meditation 6-7pm:  These will be lead by our visiting yogi, Jen Divis.  She will lead the sessions in the style of Dharma Yoga, the institution where she is finishing her 500 hour RYT program.

    Sunrise Yoga, Wednesdays 7-8:15am:  This class isn't brand new.  Mary taught this time slot for the summer and has graciously agreed to continue on through the fall.  We're thrilled to have her teaching this All Levels class.

    Shifting Personel

    The weekday 9:00 am slot is where the shifts occurr.  

    Mallory will be teaching Body Sculpt on Tuesday mornings and Shannon will teach Body Sculpt in the Thursday 9:00am slot. This duo presents a lovely twice a week practice opportunity for those of you interested in this style.  One of things they both have in common is that the classes are both Good Solid Yoga, as I like to say. None of their yoga expertise is lost with the Sculpt emphasis.

    Jen Divis will be bringing us Dharma III Flow all the way from NYC!  Wednesday morings at 9am.

    Sherrena will be teaching the Friday 9:00am Yoga Flow class.  This will be a general All Levels class, infused with Sherrena's welcoming warmth and well planned flows.

    My 9:00 am Monday class, Yoga Basics will stay as is.  I'm really enjoying teaching this class, slowing WAY down.  Many of our more seasoned practitioners have been attending.  They tell me that they get a lot out of it, tweaking their alignment in some basic poses.

    Shannon and I are in our Saturday and Sunday 9:00am spots as usual.  It's a nice week of classes at that 9:00 am slot.

    All the times and teachers in the evenings are the same.  Jen Divis will teach a Dharma III Flow class Thursdays at 6:00pm.  I'll write more about Jen and what she'll be teaching in a later post.

    Stay tuned for info on our great selection of fall workshops!

    Yoga Immersion and Teacher Training:  
    This year's group is shaping up and we still have a limited number of slots open for this fall's training.  If you've been considering it, it's time to commit! 

  • Monday Meditation

    Monday Meditation

    Meditation is often the last thing I get to in my practice and as such it often gets left off, so on Mondays I put meditation on the top of my practice list.  

    I have a few different meditation practices that I do.  One is to simply sit still for an hour, no moving.  If you have tried this yourself you know it's not as easy as it sounds.  As soon as the timer starts, I get an itch on my nose or I remember the laundry needs put in the dryer or that I need to send a text.  I'll confess that I rarely get through the full hour in one sitting, but that's ok.  I allow myself to accumulate time in smaller chunks when needed, 10 minutes at a time or so. There are things about not moving that are advantageous to a meditation practice.  One is that it puts space between desire and action. "My nose itches...I want to scratch it....no, I'm not moving...ok....sit with it....feel the itch…don’t react to it, just experience it…breath into it"  Often, it goes away.  

    This space between desrie and action can be useful in our lives.  Think of the times you may be upset and feel like sending an angry text.  Give the feeling some space.  Allow yourself to experience it.  Don't repress it.  Don't act on it.  Simply feel it.  Sometimes it softens.  When I can manage to let myself have this space, I never send those texts and am always glad I didn't.  

    Another example I like to use is with hunger.  A natural desire for sure, but our conditioning gets in the way.  Hunger arises and if we act habitually we can end up making choices that aren't so good. (I head for donuts.)  Putting a little space between the desire to eat and the action can give us the opportunity to make better choices. Pause, experience the hunger, get in touch with what the body really wants, then act.  Here's another way of putting it:  act rather than react.

    Sometimes I soften the practice and allow some movement to occur, but I'm deliberate about it.  For instance I may make small subtle motions rocking my pelvis back and forth.  It feels good in the spine and helps me find a good seat.  And it's not like anyone is watching or keeping score.  If you need to move, then move, but do so consciously and deliberately, with intention.  "I'm going to scracth my nose now.  I'm moving my right hand up to my face..."  Think of minimizing movent.

    Give sitting still a try and see how nicely it affects the rest of your day.  Choose a nice quiet place with no distractions and find a way to sit as comfortably as you can.  Sitting on a bench or low table can be really comfortable.  Settle into stillness and set your intention not to move.  Try to find the stillness from deep within your body and let it radiate outward rather than imposing it from the outside. Meditation can be challenging.  It doesn't always feel good when you're doing it (though sometimes it does), awareness of the benefits can show up after practice, later in the day.  Pay attention to what comes up.  Don’t react, just let it be.  5 minutes a good place to start.  If it feels good, you can always do another 5!

    (This photo was taken at Old Woman Creek, on one of those rare spring days when it was possible to sit outside in the warm sun AND not get bothered by bugs!  So nice.)

  • This Fall at OWY!

    I’m very excited about the new fall schedule. We’ve added some excellent new teachers and a few new classes.

    Some highlights:  

    • Sunday mornings OWY teacher Keelie will be leading a Meditation Class.  Keelie has been meditating for many years and has very calm and grounded presence.  We're excited to be adding dedicated meditation time to the schedule.
    • Heather is teaching Monday mornings at 9am. Heather has been subbing for us this summer so you may have seen her already.  She completed her yoga teacher training in India last year and comes to the studio with a strong foundation in Astanga yoga. Although she’s not teaching a strictly Astanga class, her training in this practice comes through loud and clear with an emphasis on alignment and breath. I’ve been to a few of her classes and they are fresh and fabulous.
    • Tricia and Karyl are also new additions this season. Both completed OWY's teacher training program and we’re thrilled that they will be teaching at the studio. When you go to their classes you will notice that they bring some familiar OWY elements to their teaching, but they also each bring individual styles as well. Tricia teaches Monday evenings at 5pm and Karyl teaches Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm.
    • My Mother (Bev) is teaching a class called Senior Stretch. We’ve been developing this class over the past year with our Tai Chi students. In addition to stretching, the class contains exercises for balance, joint health, breath work and strengthening. The class meets Tuesdays at 10:30am. Regardless of name, this class would be a benefit to all practitioners no matter the age.  If you are looking for a good gentle stretch, give it a try!

    Teacher Training starts the weekend of September 26th. For those of you enrolled, be sure to have your books by then. We have copies of them for sale in the studio.

    1. Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Swami Muktibodhananda
    2. Light on Yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar
    3. Anatomy of Hatha Yoga, David Coulter
    4. Teaching Yoga, Mark Stephens
    5. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Swami Satchinanada

    During the first weekend we’ll be looking at Sutra 35 in Book One, so if you would like a bit of a preview into the things we’ll be exploring you can have a look.

    Finally, we're adding kids yoga this fall.  Liz Kelley (another new OWY teacher) will be leading story based yoga on Tuesday mornings for ages 3-5 and Thursday evenings for ages 6-8.  Here's the flier for the full story!

  • Teacher Training 2015/2016!

    Teacher Training 2015/2016!

    Program Fee:   $2000.

    • $300 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration.  
    • Early registration discount of $200 ($1800 program total).  For early registration discount, register by Sept 1 for the fall session, by December 10, 2015 for the winter session.
    • All classes and workshops are free from the date the program is paid-in-full through the end of the Group Training Sessions.  

    Pay in full now and start coming to classes for free!

  • Summer School! (for Fall Teacher Training)

    Accumulate some hours toward Fall Teacher Training (beginning the weekend of Sept. 26) by attending our TT Summer School sessions.  Register now for the Fall Teacher Training and you can attend one or more of the following summber sessions:

    Noon to 3 PM on:
    June 10
    June 24
    July 8
    July 22  

    The focus of these sessions will be teaching practice and correct exeution of standard yoga asana.  

    Register early!  Register now because all classes and workshops are free from the date the program is paid-in-full through the end of the Group Training Sessions.  

    Visit our Teacher Training Page for more information about our program.