This November we’re adding two new yoga classes for you! Kasandra will lead a Vinyasa class at 9:15am on Fridays. Mariah is introducing a purely Restorative Yoga class on Tuesday evenings at 7pm. The Restorative Yoga class will consist of using props to settle into insanely relaxing, meditative poses. There may only be 4-10 poses in one class and each designed to calm and completely rest your body and mind. Both classes begin the second week of November – Tuesday, November 6 for Restorative and Friday, November 9 for Vinyasa. Be sure to check both out!
Join us on Thanksgiving for a special hour of yoga at 9-10 am. The class will focus on burning calories through active vinyasa flows, steadying minds in preparation for the socialization to come – and setting the body up for good digestion. Come alone or share the session with family and friends to start the day on a note of rejuvenation, peace, and gratitude. All regular/unlimited class passes apply. Sign up early as this class often fills!
Join us for these special, monthly classes from 7-8:15pm on Sundays; next up: November 25, December 30 and January 20! Yoga Nidra escorts the mind into a deep, meditative, relaxed awareness or “yogic sleep”. The practice allows the wisdom of the body to facilitate natural healing work. Yoga Nidra is incredible in soothing tension and anxiety. Aricha draws from a deep foundation of study in the Integrative Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra.
The class consists of an approachable asana sequence designed to clear and prepare the body and mind, followed by gentle and effortless guided meditation while resting amongst bolsters and blankets . The beauty of Yoga Nidra is that one need not have prior experience with yoga nor meditation to drop in to the purity of this relaxation. Usher in the week ahead with a sense of clarity, peace and grounding.
While the studio is warm, it is wise to layer up and bring socks to wear while you’re lying still during the guided meditation.
Join Kasandra for a special evening of Yin Yoga immersion on Thursday, December 6, 7-8:15pm. Seated and supine poses held for several minutes guide the mind and the muscles to relax and increase flexibility and stretch to the connective tissues. Yin Yoga reminds us that it is the path that matters, not the destination. The slow, passive approach allows for the release of physical, mental and emotional tension. Experience the deep body stretch and meditation of yin yoga.
Wear comfortable clothes and layers to stay nice and warm during held postures.
Want to learn from seasoned instructors while basking in stunning locations? Wanderlust Festivals offer brilliant opportunities to enjoy yoga, music, adventure, community and scenery! We’re looking to the Oahu Festival this year, February 28-March 3, and would love to have you join us, but you can attend any Wanderlust event – they are all amazing and unique! Click here to discover more and purchase tickets.
**Note that there are 25% discounts off 1-4 day Festival Passes for people ages 18-25 and students with the promo code STUDENT; and for military personnel and their family using the promo code: MILITARY at checkout. If you happen to live in a particular festival area and can prove it with current ID (if you live in: O’ahu, West Virginia, Vermont, Pemberton, Squawmish, Whistler or Mont Tremblant area), you can also qualify for 20% off with the code LOCALS.**
By Shanti, E-RYT 500
Imagine a beautiful garden, lush and green blooming with the fruits of your labor. Think about the time and attention it would take to not only grow the garden but to maintain it and work with it’s changing needs. Now imagine how the garden would look if it was not tended to for a week, a month, or a year. At first it might not look much different but over time the lush green would fade, the fruit would dry, and weeds would begin to take over. In many ways our yoga practice is like the garden. Without constant care and attention it too, can begin to fade and become dry.
With the hustle and bustle of life, family, children, friends, work, play, etc., sometimes our yoga practice can take the backseat. Perhaps we have just become bored or stagnant in our practice. There have been times in my life where I definitely have fallen into both of those traps and I always pay for it physically, mentally, and emotionally. A consistent and inspired practice is key in maximizing it’s benefits.
We are all creatures of habit to one degree or another. In our yoga practice it is perfectly natural to gravitate toward a style, teacher, or schedule that is comfortable to us. This can present a challenge in our practice in the sense that if we always stay in our comfort zone we might be stunting our growth. Lack of growth can mean fizzled inspiration. It is easy to lose interest if there is no excitement about progress. Our inspiration is the “key” ingredient in a consistent and growing experience. This is not to say one should always be changing styles and teachers. Consistency and routine are also important in maintaining a grounded practice.
If we want to grow, we have to accept discomfort that may come along with what we need personally for that growth. The moment we are called outside of our comfort zone we tend to begin resisting. Speaking from experience, the times that I have grown from the most have been some of the most challenging. I had to seriously fight through fear, discomfort, and resistance to come out the other side. That growth, strength, and inspiration can be like fertilizer for our practice and fuel for the challenges that lay ahead.
Applying this to our choices is fairly simple in theory. Our yoga practice should be enjoyable but also offer us an environment to investigate places we resist or feel challenged by. For example if you like to be challenged physically perhaps it would be beneficial to try a more restorative class or even a more restorative variation of a pose you typically practice with more strength. If you gravitate toward gentle yoga, maybe it is time to challenge yourself with something more strengthening or a more advanced variation of a pose you have been working on.
Does all this mean that to grow we have to practice in a way that doesn’t feel comfortable or natural all the time? No! It is more about cultivating balance. Consistently try something new. Challenge yourself to push through resistance internally and physically. This will keep you inspired, your body strong and supple, and your yoga practice alive. You will gain insights to yourself that might transform you on and off the mat.
AutoPay allows you Monthly Unlimited yoga for just $100/month with a 3-month commitment – after this period, the contract will continue to auto-renew (Just $90/month for Students & Wise Elders). In addition to the unlimited yoga, you’ll also have the added bonus of 10% off all non-sale merchandise and workshops! We also hold special members-only events from time to time. If you are attending at least twice a week this is by far the best deal! (To get the most out of yoga, we suggest attending 2-3 times a week at minimum.)
You can sign up with a credit or debit card at any time online through the Mindbody or in the studio. If on-line, you’ll find this deal and more details on the Online Shop “Contracts” tab. Students and Wise Elders should purchase in-studio so that we can apply your discount.
*AutoPay Memberships may be paused once a year for 1-3 months with at least 2 weeks’ prior notice. A second pause will incur a $20 administrative fee.
If you are new to Mudra and live in Lane County, the best way to try out the studio is to sign up for our First-Timer’s Special. It allows you to come to unlimited classes for 30 days from purchase – for just $50. We know that students seek teachers and styles that suit them best, so this is the perfect way to try out all of our teachers and every class style you are interested in! You can purchase the pass and sign up for classes online (just remember that the 30 days start on the day you purchase) or simply purchase the pass when you come in to the studio.
We look forward to meeting you at Mudra!
Maintain and promote your own self care with yoga so that you can continue to comfortably help others. Learn poses and techniques that ease and strengthen areas of the body that therapists use repetitively. Discover grounding techniques that you can use before and after engaging services with clients to stay relaxed, focussed and prepared to deliver your best. Appropriate for anyone who physically serves others – from rolfers to P.T.s, from estheticians to craniosacral therapists. 2 CEUs for Oregon LMTs.
When: 12:30-2:30pm, Saturday, November 3
Where: Mudra Yoga, 199 E 5th Ave. Ste. 33
Registration: $25. Sign up online today!
Prepare the body and mind for labor, delivery and motherhood. Yoga poses, breath work and meditation designed specifically for pregnant women will promote strength, flexibility, good posture, and stress relief. Prenatal yoga is a wonderful way to connect with your baby, calm your mind and prepare your body for birth. This class is further intended to support mothers and build community. No prior experience is necessary, but do check in with your doctors to get their approval throughout.
The Instructor: Louise has trained with Mamaste Yoga and taught prenatal yoga in Hawaii, Florida and now in Oregon. She spent several years with an organization which works to improve the health and well being of pregnant women, infants and young children. This allowed her to work with a diverse range of pregnant women; many in high risk situations. Louise practiced yoga through both of her pregnancies. She especially felt the benefits of prenatal yoga during her second pregnancy as she prepared for a VBAC.
When: 1:30-2:30 pm, Thursdays, October 18-November 15 at Mudra Yoga, 199 E 5th Ave. Ste. 33 (Upstairs from Steelhead)