Archive for April, 2020


Poetry and Zoom Yoga!

Greetings Zoom Yoga goers, and those who practice on their own! Here is a poem I read this week in classes, when my internet bandwidth was weak– and thus words dropped! I offered the poem in the context of all of us taking time away from the challenges of living in this particular moment, in the sense of finding inner refuge. Yoga, a practice of discovering the place of non fragmentation, of communoin within ourselves could provide a deep sense of Inner Home; Marie Howe’s poem has resonance for me in relation to this pursuit. Hope this finds each who reads these words well. For those in the Zoom classes, I will be sending the next link email soon, with some encouraging news about better connectivity!

   (after Stephen Hawking)

Do you sometimes want to wake up to the singularity
we once were?

so compact nobody
needed a bed, or food or money—

nobody hiding in the school bathroom
or home alone

pulling open the drawer
where the pills are kept.

For every atom belonging to me as good
Belongs to you.   Remember?
There was no   Nature.    No
them.   No tests
to determine if the elephant
grieves her calf    or if

the coral reef feels pain.    Trashed
oceans don’t speak English or Farsi or French;

would that we could wake up   to what we were
— when we were ocean    and before that
to when sky was earth, and animal was energy, and rock was
liquid and stars were space and space was not

at all — nothing

before we came to believe humans were so important
before this awful loneliness.

Can molecules recall it?
what once was?    before anything happened?

No I, no We, no one. No was
No verb      no noun
only a tiny tiny dot brimming with

is is is is is

All   everything   home

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These fellows reorganized themselves it seems, just outside the yoga shrine! They were sitting side by side, and now one leans with joy into the other. Their intimacy seems especially poignant in the days of distancing. The heart rock arrived along the river, and Jillian planted with the enlightened duo.

Error Correction on Zoom Classes!

Greetings! A student points out that on my blog post I sent incorrect information. The Spring session via Zoom begins this coming week, and is just six weeks long, due to the uncertainties of the moment. Below I offer the accurate email I sent to those who were enrolling, minus the Zoom links. Please get in touch with me at elizabethkerwinyoga@gmail.com if you would like to join the classes, and have not already received the links.

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I am grateful for the technology which allowed some of us to come together this past week to practice yoga online! 
I am offering Spring series online as a 6 week session, and this would mean a schedule of classes 6 weeks long, beginning this week on Tuesday April 14th, and Wednesday April 15th, in the usual times. And what has become the usual place: YOUR HOME! The series culminates with the Wednesday class on May 20th. You are welcome at this time to do makeups in the alternate class. I will evaluate a month or so from now, to see if the next series makes most sense as continuation online, or the old way where we meet at Turtle Haven! 
I will include both links here, for signing on to the Zoom classes; please be sure to click on the correct link for your day and time. 
PLEASE NOTE:
At the end of the Winter Quarter, as the Pandemic chapter emerged, we were unable to complete two classes that were make ups for snow and ice days! Those students who were in the Winter Quarter, wishing compensation for those missed classes can see the tuition possibilities below, and pay less for Spring. I am wanting to be sensitive to those who are truly in need at this time, suffering from loss of work and income, so will certainly invite you to connect with me if tuition as it stands is not possible. Additionally, I am working on inviting people who are working on the frontlines during this time, offering some scholarships to them for some relief from stress and strain with a yoga practice. 
For paying tuition, please send a check payable to Elizabeth Kerwin, mailed to 6551 Rutsatz Road Deming, WA 98244  If this is not possible for any reason, please inquire about other possible ways to pay your tuition!
FULL TUITION FOR 6 CLASSES: $80
NOTE: **** IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DEDUCT FOR THE TWO MISSED CLASSES,  AND YOU WERE FULLY PAID FOR WINTER QUARTER, YOU CAN ADJUST YOUR TUITION SUBTRACTING $25 FROM THE TUITION ABOVE.
IF YOU NEED FURTHER ADJUSTMENT, PLEASE DO LET ME KNOW! 

 

 

Zoom Classes and Scholarships for Frontline Workers

Greetings! Here is the email I sent out this morning, just in case you are wanting to come, and you have not received the email. You would need to be in touch for the Zoom links, if you wish to enrol! I am offering scholarships for some people who are working on the front lines, working with the public directly, and might get relief from doing some yoga;  please pass along my email address to the person you think may want to attend: elizabethkerwinyoga@gmail.com

 

 

I am grateful for the technology which allowed some of us to come together this past week, to practice yoga online!
My current direction is to offer the Spring series online as a full quarter, and this would mean a schedule of classes 10 weeks long, beginning this week on Tuesday April 14th, and Wednesday April 15th, in the usual times. And what has become the usual place: YOUR HOME!
If by chance, we have exited the need to be at home, we can work out the details of that later; but most indications suggest we will be in a cautious mode still for some weeks longer.
I will include both links here, for signing on to the Zoom classes; please be sure to click on the correct link for your day and time.
At the end of the Winter Quarter, as the Pandemic chapter emerged, we were unable to complete two classes that were make ups for snow and ice days! Those students who were in the Winter Quarter, wishing compensation for those missed classes can see the tuition possibilities below, and pay less for Spring. I am wanting to be sensitive to those who are truly in need at this time, suffering from loss of work and income, so will certainly invite you to connect with me if tuition as it stands is not possible. Additionally, I am working on inviting people who are exposed and on the frontlines during this time, offering some scholarships to them for some relief from stress and strain with a yoga practice.
For paying tuition, please send a check. If this is not possible for any reason, please inquire about other possible ways to send your tuition!
FULL TUITION FOR 6 CLASSES: $80
NOTE: **** IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DEDUCT FOR THE TWO MISSED CLASSES,  AND YOU WERE FULLY PAID FOR WINTER QUARTER, YOU CAN ADJUST YOUR TUITION SUBTRACTING $25 FROM THE TUITION ABOVE.
IF YOU NEED FURTHER ADJUSTMENT, PLEASE DO LET ME KNOW!
A poem of Hope:

 

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Yoga Tonight!

Greetings! We had our first online Tuesday class yesterday; I will send a follow up email with details for enrolling in forthcoming classes, after this evening’s free class, for both Tuesdays and Wednesdays. At present time, I am grateful for the interest in Yoga Nidra classes, and will be holding off until further notice. Part of the teaching for me in this extended “moment” is in releasing overwhelm, and finding enough “slow time!”  Based on yesterday’s experiment, please take note that the email I sent with Zoom links, had two links– one for each class– please use the link specifically for the Wednesday class, or you won’t find the rest of us! Yesterday a couple of students met up in the Wednesday link classroom. So sorry if the two links were confusing!  Technology learning is deep at present. I welcome feedback from all of you, as I learn a new way of being present with yoga community! See some of you this evening.  I hope all of you who read this are finding your way in this current time of  collective changing of habits.

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Yoga Classes Launch Tomorrow, 4/7/20

If you have decided to try out yoga classes via Zoom with me, you will receive the email invitation later today via email. Let me know if you have questions, or have not received the invitation by the end of today, Monday,  April 6th, despite having expressed your interest!
THIS WEEK CLASSES ARE WITHOUT CHARGE FOR ANYONE WHO WISHES TO EXPLORE THE VIABILITY OF ATTENDING! I have been having surprisingly wonderful experiences with others via Zoom this past week, and I welcome your participation if you feel moved to partake in this experiment. I hope this finds you well in your life at home, in these remarkable and deeply challenging times.

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Zoom Classes

Just in case you have not indicated your interest in classes via Zoom, but still have curiosity, here is the next installment of information I sent out in an email to those who had let me know of their interest in joining:

Greetings! I am working on a launch, and am grateful for your interest in “coming” to a class. My plan is to begin with a class to which you would be invited without charge, unless you then decided to continue with a series; this way you could see what it’s like before committing! The tuition I will request for those who commit will certainly be on a sliding fee scale. The series will be shorter than a usual quarter, since we are uncertain about what is next, in terms of “home boundedness.” I plan to offer low prop classes, with an emphasis on building immunity, working with asana and breath, and restoration of a sense of groundedness in this time of uncertainty.

I am setting up the Zoom meetings, and will send invitations. There will be two options, one on Tuesdays at 9:45 am and the other Wednesdays at 5:45 pm.
Would you please send a confirmation of your interest, and also let me know if you know others who might be interested so I may send them an invitation? A couple of you mentioned this possibility! If you have time flexibility, and can come to EITHER class, please inform me of that as well. I have decided that for my own schedule, and for the rhythm of students who have been attending at Turtle Haven, it is optimal to maintain the usual schedule of classes.
I will possibly offer the Yoga Nidra class, as well, on Thursday evenings, but would need to hear of others interested in this option. I have been engaged in yoga and meditation classes online, and found them quite surprisingly wonderful. The Yoga Nidra would allow for a subtle connection with self and community, in deep rest and inner nourishment without any challenges based in physical limitations.
I am grateful for your interest, and hopeful of starting this coming week, on April 7th and 8th. Please confirm your interest as requested above, along with your class preference. Once I have a confirmation of your desire to be in the opening class, I will send you a Zoom invitation link.
May this find you well, and finding your way in this challenging moment for all of us. Warmly, Elizabeth
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Walking on the river, we found this wonderful message left by an anoymous river wanderer!

Class/Zoom Updates

For those interested in Zoom classes with me, I am planning to launch next week, exact details to follow! In the meanwhile, for those of you with trepidation or lack of knowledge as to how to utilze Zoom, here is a tutorial from the Zoom website. You would certainly need to download the app, and then from there it will be simple to join the class through an invitation email I will send you prior to the class. IF YOU HAVE NOT YET LET ME KNOW OF YOUR INTEREST, PLEASE DO; AND ONCE I HAVE THIS LIST FINALIZED, I WILL BE SENDING  FURTHER DETAILS THROUGH EMAIL. I hope you are managing to find your way in this potent time of an at least temporarily reorganized “landscape,” and that yoga and meditation may serve you in finding ground.

https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting

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Pansies offered by Frances at the Patanjali shrine at Turtle Haven!

Inspiration and Insight

This video came to me via Jillian, and we found it to be one of the richer inspirations received in this challenging moment. Click on the link to view: while it is also available in English, we found it most moving in its original Italian with subtitles: