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New Year's Offerings

December 29, 2018
Happy New Year! I hope you've enjoyed a festive season of togetherness and celebration. And perhaps, like me, you are turning toward 2019 with both fullness and a yearning for a bit of sweet tranquility and peace.

Winter invites us to turn inward, to rest deeply and to practice the fine art of surrender. Accepting this invitation offers us the opportunity to rebalance, retune and revitalize our lives in ways that nourish both equanimity and ease.

I hope you'll consider joining me this winter for our weekly classes, which offer opportunities to practice both movement and stillness. On Monday evenings from 6 to 7 PM at the Mansfield Art Center, we meet for discussion, instruction and group meditation. Our group includes both experienced and brand-new practitioners, all of whom are seeking ways to live with deeper presence and care. This is a very special group of wise, witty and wonderful people who welcome newcomers with enthusiasm and interest. Please join us, beginning January 7!

And on Wednesday mornings from 9 to 10:30 at the First Congregational Church, we meet for movement, breathing and stillness. This Mindful Movement class continues to be grounded in the practice of yoga, but also includes exploration of many complementary practices, including qigong, tai chi, Feldenkrais and more. We have been enjoying the fresh inspiration that comes with opening the doors and windows of the practice to new ways of moving, breathing and being in the world.

Our Wednesday morning sessions are gentle, quiet and open-hearted. Participants are invited to practice in their own way while attending to their own unique needs and interests. Please join us - even if you aren't sure yoga is for you. We will do our best to convince you that Mindful Movement can help bring balance, strength, ease and happiness to your life. Our first class of the year is January 2.

All of my classes this winter are offered in the spirit of what is called dana, or generosity, in Eastern spiritual traditions. Instruction is offered freely to all. A donation basket is left out for those who are inspired to support the programming. No pre-registration is required - just show up!

I am also thrilled to share with you that my book of yoga-inspired essays, Inside Out and Upside Down, will be published in January. I've been writing about yoga since 1995, and I'm so happy that all of my words will soon be in one place, in between the covers of a book. I look forward to sharing it with you soon!