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Candlelight Yoga Nidra, 10/27, 11/17, and 12/15

Join us for these special, monthly classes from 7-8:15pm on Sundays; next up: October 27, November 17, and December 15!  Candlelight 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.

$18 – AutoPay Members receive 10% off. Reserve your spot online here.

Backbend Clinic, 11/10

Move thorough an exploration of invigorating backbends! Backbends powerfully open the heart and hips, increase flexibility and strength, bring balance to the body, and create optimal back health.

Emily will mindfully guide how to achieve deeper, healthier backbends in your practice. This workshop begins with a flow through preparatory poses aimed at opening up and strengthening areas of the body that support back-bending.  You’ll then work with backbends like upward dog, wheel, and camel and explore more advanced and lively variations.

This workshop is appropriate for anyone who has a good foundation with yoga and wants to deepen their backbending practice.

Sign up in advance!

$30. Autopay members receive 10% off.

Thanksgiving Flow, 11/28

Come flow with an attitude of gratitude! Join us on Thanksgiving for a special hour of yoga from 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 in advance as this class fills up!

Enjoy this time of gratitude with your friends and family!

Thanksgiving Yoga

Inversion Workshop, 12/7

Get upside down!

Inversions like handstands can be invigorating and fun! They increase circulation, build strength, help overcome fear, and build self-confidence. Learn techniques and alignment essential to practicing inversions safely and confidently. Join Lindsey as she guides you through an overview of anatomy that relates to inversions and uncover key actions that will assist you in working towards headstand, handstand and forearm balance.

No prior inversion experience required, though you should have a steady yoga foundation.

Date: Saturday, December 7th 2019
Time: 2-4pm

$30. Autopay members receive 10% off.

Sign up in advance!

If you are a yoga instructor, Lindsey is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider and time in her classes qualifies for YA continuing education credit.

Flip your perspective! Join us on 12/7 from 2-4pm.

Wanderlust Festivals and 108

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 loved the Oahu Festival this year and are looking forward to the brand new 2-day Seattle Festival. We 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.**

 

Keep Your Yoga Practice Alive

By Shanti, E-RYT 500

Mudra Yoga

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 for You

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 (For those with a Student or Wise Elder discount, this is just $90/month). 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 up to twice a year for 1-3 months with at least 2 weeks’ prior notice and a $20  administrative fee. eMail info@eugenemudra.com for adjustments to your membership.

Holiday Reminders

Happy Holidays!  Mudra will be closed at times when classes naturally thin December 23-25; and New Year’s Day, January 1. We also have a reduced schedule 12/31 (no regular 5:30pm Vinyasa or 7pm Restorative – instead join us for a special NYE Intention Flow – see here for details).  Join us for healthy, supportive yoga to stay grounded, joyous and feeling great. Then continue to have a wonderful time celebrating with friends and family during the holidays!

Winter Solstice 108, Dec 21, 6pm

This class is full! If you missed this one, check out our other two holiday events – Candlelight Yoga Nidra on 12/30; NYE Intention Setting Flow on 12/31 – and sign up early.

On Winter Solstice the days are short and the nights at their longest reach. There is much hope this day as the light begins to make its return and we have the opportunity to set intentions for Winter! To celebrate this seasonal phenomenon, we’ll hold a traditional 108 Sun Salute session on Winter Solstice, Friday, December 21, 2018 at 6pm.

The 108 practice is truly one of dedication and moving meditation. You may find yourself in your head at the beginning, but will be firmly rooted in the body and the flow by the end and full of abundant energy! Do not fret if you feel you might not be able to do 108 full salutes – we’ll offer modifications and resting options if you need to sit any out. Check out this article to find out more about the significance of the 108.

More details:

  • We will talk about salute adaptations at the beginning of the session to make this practice accessible.
  • We’ll practice in rounds and will have time in between to steady the breath.
  • Please bring a water bottle or travel mug (we’ll have Mountain Rose Herb’s chai to nourish you after the practice!) and a small towel for perspiration to have handy during practice.
  • The practice will take about an hour and 20 minutes and we’ll finish with a gentle cool down and savasana.0
  • As our gift to you, pricing will be the same as regularly scheduled classes.
  • Please sign up through our online schedule.

 

Baby & Me (pre-crawlers) Series, 10/8 -11/12

Come build strength and community in this special 6 week Baby & Me yoga series!

Baby & Me is open to postnatal women and their new babies (newborn to pre-crawling). Anne-Marie, and her little one, will guide you through mindful, steady, and strength-building yoga asana to help you reconnect with your core and pelvic floor muscles. This is a great opportunity to build community and play with your baby at the same time! The class creates a safe, encouraging, and empowering space for all women. Be sure to get your doctor’s approval for this activity before registering. Sign-up here!

Dates: Tuesday’s October 8th – November 12th
Time: 1:30 – 2:15pm
Cost: $96 – AutoPay Members receive 10% off.