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Spring Yoga classes

Here is the Spring flyer for classes that begin next week! Contact Elizabeth with any questions.


In the Words of Mr. Iyengar

The Invocation to Patanjali – Youtube videos

For those wanting more of a chance to practice or listen to the chant – the invocation to Patanjali – that Elizabeth leads at the beginning of each class, here are a couple of choices from Youtube.

In this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14HIfxNj_yY there’s an American guy who pretty much walks you through what we do in the beginning of class, how to sit, how position your knees and hips, and then he chants aum three times and does the chant, very similarly to how Elizabeth does it, with sanskrit words scrolling across the screen.

In this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5SAf6LbJ7E there are various colorful images and in a voiceover an Indian woman sings the chant. It’s very pretty to look at and her voice is pleasant and it’s a nice variant to experience.

Mercycorps Vision Statement

I thought I would put the “mission” statement on my blog, for Mercycorps. By the way, their assistance is WORLDWIDE, icluding our own country! Their website is full of interesting information, in case you wish to visit. Here is the larger vision as they describe it, pasted below. For me, their efforts reflect yogic action in the world, and they are nonsectarian which is wonderful considering the diversity of philosophical and faith traditions to which my students seem to consider their own.

Our Mission:

Alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.

Our core values:

We believe in the intrinsic value and dignity of human life.

We are awed by human resilience, and believe in the ability of all people to thrive, not just exist.

We believe that all people have the right to live in peaceful communities and participate fully in the decisions that affect their lives.

We value stewardship of the earth’s health, pledging to accountably and efficiently preserve and manage its resources.

We believe that it is our duty to be effective stewards of the financial resources entrusted to us.

March 26th Fundraiser Results

I had a wonderful time teaching backbends, as well as in discussing Sutra 1-33 and guiding pranayama and meditation. I must say, before even leaving the studio at 9 p.m. I added up the money that flowed in for Mercycorps, and experienced delight in knowing that our collective efforts, and donations will bring $276 to the work of Mercycorps, bringing housing, medicine and food to people around the world most deperate for these nessessities. If you have not visited the Mercycorps website, please go…. you will be inspired, and impressed with the organization’s record for efficiency in using funds! I send much gratitude to all those who participated in classes last evening!

Greetings! Here is a quick reminder that I will teach a backbends for all levels class from 5:30-7:00, followed by an exchange on Yoga Sutra I-33, (Focus on compassion) and a pranayama and meditation circle on Monday evening, March 26th, this next week at 8 Petals Yoga; please let me know if you plan to come. YOU ARE WELCOME TO COME TO EITHER CLASS, OR BOTH. REMEMBER, THESE TWO CLASSES ARE FREE, or MAKE A DONATION, 100% of WHICH WILL BE GIVEN TO MERCYCORPS FOR THEIR GOOD WORK!
I am suggesting $10 to $15 per each of the two classes with proceeds in full to be donated to Mercycorps International.
Hoping this finds you well, Elizabeth