OWY Blog

  • Up and Coming: Special Winter Events

    We've planned some great winter worshops and special events!  You'll be hearing more about all of these in the new year, this is just to give you an idea what's coming up so you can set aside dates.

    Sampler Class

    An introduction to several of our standard class options.  In this workshop we will devote 25 minutes each to t’ai chi, yoga and meditation.  The same class will be held at two different times to accomodate scheduling needs.

    Wednesday January 14, Noon - 1:15
    Saturday January 17, 11 - 12:15

    Beginner's Yoga Series

    Another round of beginner's yoga.  This class will teach you everything you need to know to feel comfortable in any of our regularly scheduled classes.

    5 weeks, Monday evenings 7:30 - 8:45:  1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9

    Beginner's T'ai Chi Series 

    An rare opportunity to start leaning T'ai Chi starting at the very beginning with other beginners.  Absolutely no previous experience required.

    4 weeks, Tuesday mornings 9:00 - 10:00:  1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17

    Rise and Shine Challenge

    A community oriented early morning class that will begin with long holds that ease into a more active practice.  Start your day off right!   Advanced registration required.

    6 weeks, Thursday  mornings 6:00 - 7:00:  1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12

    Yin Yoga Workshop

    Yin is a great way to calm your mind and create deep physical relaxation.  Perfect for any level - yin will deepen your practice no matter if it is your 1st or 1000th time on the mat.

    Saturday February 28 10:30 - noon

  • Christmas and New Year's Holiday Hours

    We have special holiday hours from Tuesday December 23rd - Friday January 2nd.  Keep an eye our for our New Winter Schedule which we'll be posting soon.  The new schedule will begin Saturday January 3rd.

    Tuesday 12-23:  6:00 PM Yoga Basics with Brian

    Wednesday 12-24:  Closed, no classes

    Thursday 12-25:  Closed, no classes

    Friday 12-26:  Noon Yoga Flow with Shannon

    Saturday 12-27:  9:00 AM Yoga Flow with Shannon

    Sunday 12-28:  9:00 AM Yoga Flow with Brian

    Monday 12-29:  6:00 PM  Gentle Yoga with Keelie

    Tuesday 12-30:  6:00 Yoga Basics with Mary 

    Wednesday 12-31:  9:00 Moring Yoga with Jamie 

    Thursday 1-1:  Closed, no classes

    Friday 1-2:  Noon Yoga Flow with Shannon 

  • Savasana: OWY Focus Pose of the Month

    (or Final Relaxation)
    “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” 
     John Lubbock, from The Use Of Life

    Savasana, also called corpse pose or final relaxation, is probably the most universal pose in yoga.  Almost every tradition recommends spending at least few minutes in savasana following an asana practice.  Because it is so common and is thought to be easy it is often taken for granted and given little attention.  Since we are entering what for many is the most stressful season of the year, savasana and it’s focus on deep relaxation seems like the perfect focus pose this month.  
    Savasana is a useful pose for for developing mind-body awareness.  “When the body is completely relaxed, awareness of the mind develops.” (Pradipika p.99)  One of the things that makes savasana different from other asanas is that you take away as much physical sensation as possible. This gives the body and mind time to process the many releases that take place during yoga practice and encourages awareness of the movements of mind.
    Savasna appears to be a simple pose, but it’s apparent simplicity is deceptive.  It can be very difficult to completely relax the physical body and even more difficult to still the mind.  If you've been wanting to practice yoga at home, give a 5 minute savasana a try.  Do it right... no music, no moving.  Be still and pay attention.  5 minutes of this is better than a nap!
    Shannon says:  
    Last month I had to have emergency abdominal surgery.  It was frightening and painful, needles to say it created a lot of stress.  On the day I was released from the hospital my doctor told me, “No yoga for 4 weeks.”

    Yikes.  I felt like the main tool I use for healing had been taken from me right at the moment I needed it most.

    But as soon as I got home I realized that the doctor (like most people) had a limited understanding of yoga.  I needed to follow the spirit of his instructions (not the letter) and the spirit was that I should rest and avoid taxing my body in any way.  So, I thought of the least taxing pose I could imagine... savasana.  I got off the couch and lay down on the floor.  At first I had to work into it, holding my knees up and gradually straightening them.  Once I got my legs to the floor I would lay there and breathe as deeply and calmly as I could.  Laying there breathing, the internal shakiness I was experiencing would subside, I felt soothed and calmed.  I just lay there breathing and trusted my body to heal.  It did and I began to understand why savasana is such a potent pose.
    Savasana Benefits:
    • According to the Pradipika, “...savasana is beneficial no matter what the condition is, even in perfect health, because it brings up the latent impressions buried within the subconscious mind, and the mind which operates during waking consciousness relaxes and subsides.”
    Savasana Pose Warnings:
    In general savasana is a very safe pose, there are no counter-indications that we know of, but here are two modifications for specific conditions.
    • If you have lower back pain, bring the knees up so that the soles of the feet are flat on the floor and prop the knees.  Placing a rolled up blanket under the knees is a really nice and relaxing way to do this.
    • During pregnancy raise the chest and head slightly - with a pillow or other prop.
    Tips for Savasana:
    Brian also explored savasana during a period of time when he was dealing with health issues.  In typical Brian fashion, he took it to the extreme, attempting to practice this pose 8 hours a day.  In order to stay alert for long periods of time he would drink a double espresso before he lay down.  To this day he advocates a shot of espresso for an alert savasana experience.

  • Holiday Hours

    There will be no classes on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday the 27th).

    We are also canceling our 7:30 PM Yin Yoga class on Wednesday and our 9:00 AM Morning Yoga class on Friday.  All other Wednesday and Friday classes will follow the regular schedule, so come on out for some holiday stress relief!

  • Winter Warming with the Womacks at OWY

    Winter Warming with the Womacks at OWY

    It's getting to be that time again... come on out and connect with your local food, yoga, music and art scene at OWY's Winter Warming on Decmeber 12th.  The event page is up on Facebook so follow the link and join to stay up to date on all the details.  

    Hope to see you there!