I am happy to announce that I will open the door to The Clearing Studio for live Yoga Classes on March 16. I have invited returning students to participate on:
Tuesdays: 11:00 - 12:15 Beginning/Moderate Level
12:30 - 1:15 Moderate/Advanced Level
We will follow protocals for safety; masks, social distancing, bring your own props. Good news is Boomers/Front Liners will be vaccinated including me! I can serve 5 students in each class and will need to know weekly if you will be coming. I will not be advertising to the general public but True North patients will be welcomed. I hope to add a couple more classes next month on Thursdays. Contact me with ANY questions.
Cost will be $10 donation.
Almost a year ago I walked out of a class with Matt Sanford at Mpls Yoga Center Retreat and hugged an owner good-bye as they were shutting their studio down. I knew I'd be doing likewise. I drove home in a daze leaving my adult daughter to navigate alone on crutches and a knee down scooter (she was recovering from surgery on her right foot.) Situational Stress plus some health issues caused me to wonder if I'd have a melt down. So yes, in the months that folIowed I certainly did, but I'm here to tell you that through it all I did my practice and other simple interventions daily. I didn't feel any better at the time but my Higher Self witnessed the perfect storm of physical, mental, and emotional challenges. And when I started to recover positive change occured quickly. I am living proof that Yoga offers healing power as long as you;
Breathe, Relax, Feel, Watch, Allow. BRFWA. If you want more coaching on this, Sangha, depth classes LMK! It is my honor and calling to be a guide on your journey of being fully ALIVE.
Take Care Friends, Ambi
The Clearing Studio is still closed as of today, 2-1-2021, but I am thinking about opening the doors again fairly soon. Mid Feb. or @ end of the month I may invite the same small groups of students I had coming in to return $ follow the same protocal. As more people get vaccinated I can add new students. Video taping is still on hold until it safe to do so. And maybe later this summer I'll do workshops?? I have had many Creative Ideas (meaning my default mode is on overdrive during pandemic.) But some are definite possibilities. Meanwhile.....
Weather talk; A frigid cold front is moving in this weekend so it will feel like "normal" Northern Minnesota weather. I have to confess that our weird, mild temperatures have been both disturbing and a godsend. I wander the nearby swamps and often do pranayama, forward folding, and standing like a tree. I do Warrior poses in my boots. But I really miss teaching live, I miss the deep connections, I miss my old yoga clothes, and I miss you!! Buddha said "patience is the greatest virtue." May we all remain patient and be virtuous. May we all keep practicing yoga at home. I'm sending out light to you, so continue to send it on. Jai Bhagwan, Ambika
New Beginnings for 2021 can be simple. Stay safe, remain patient as we wait to get vaccinated, and ride the waves of Covid fatigue. Changing up your Yoga Practice might help you ride the waves. I wish I could be teaching in The Clearing Studio and expanding our sangha but it will remain closed until further notice. And the videos I was making are also on hold. But here are a few ideas that change up and charge up my own practice:
ZOOM in with our great local teachers or other teachers around the country. Mpls Yoga Center Retreat is where I'm resuming practice. I was there scheduling a meeting for Guest Teaching on the day that Mpls shut down but they have stayed open and like many other training centers deserve a big shout out! Also Kripalu Connect has great online videos that can be reasonably purchased.
Postures outside?! Minnesota is having a mild winter so I'm practicing in my mucklucks, have held tree pose in the trees, and Goddess with snowshoes on. No acreage is needed if you have a yard or are in the park. And you can do this with friends!
More pranayama. How about learning or adding new breathing techniques, using them with poses, or committing to daily practice of one or two that calm your CNS like alternate nostril breathing.
Share yoga! You don't have to be a Yoga Teacher, maybe those you are sheltered in with might be open to try some breathing and stretching.
Read! There are so many great books on every aspect of Yoga, ancient texts as well as current authors. I'm recommending Pranayama by my friend/collegue Allison Gemmel Laframboise on the work of Yoganand Michael Caroll.
Order some new yoga pants!?? I got some as a gift. I have ols worn out ones (very comfy) but the new ones inspire me because they fit right and are cool looking! The same thing can be said about music, I found new tunes that put either put me in the flow mood as well as help me sink deeper in relaxation poses.
Connecting your mind, body, and emotions is Yoga. Being in your body & noticing sensations without pushing them away is Kripalu Yoga. This Kripalu Yoginni wanted to push them all away in 2020 as daily living became more and more surreal ! But my practice is always there for me and it is my heartfelt wish that it is there for you too. ANY time you want or need to have a conversation about your practice DO get ahold of me. And continue to check this blog page for notification of when we can meet again live.
Om Shante Peace, Ambi-karen JAI
Every week I've been speaking about the possibility of putting classes on hold and the time has come to do so. Governor Waltz has requested that we all Pause for the next 2-4 weeks to halt the further spread of the virus. I cancelled Thur. Nov 19 class and will not teach again until it is clear to do so (Governor says Dec 18.) But stay tumed to this blog! If it is safe to return to The Clearing sooner you will be the first to know! I have put the brakes on videos but if by some miracle I warm up to Zoom I'll let you know that too. Feel free to call me my Dear Sangha, and others that want to chat about Yoga.
I'm spending quality time on the mat, take this time to deepen your practice. Find gratitude and above all Be Well. Peace, Ambi K!
I am happy to announce that I've added a yoga class on Tuesdays and the schedule for the remainder of the month is;
TUESDAYS: 4:00 - 5:10 (70 min) Gentle/Moderate Level
5:30 - 6:45 (75 min) Seasoned Kripalu Practioners
THURSDAYS: 11:00 - 12 :10 All Levels
** Adding a 12:30 class is an option as well, stay tuned
NOTE; I have mapped out the floor and want to have less people in the room (covid) adding classes for even better safety makes sense in addtion to offering different practice levels. "Seasoned Practioners" are those that have been practicing Kripalu Yoga (or another tradition) for quite some time. Also I may start classes earlier on Tuesdays once it get really cold. Prices remain the same. Scroll below to see my other entry from this month. BE WELL, contact me with any questions! Namaste