My teacher is my life experiences and my teacher has taught me that “the harder you are on anything, the faster you destroy it.” So in pushing your body hard to achieve the generic prototype, the body is abused. Yes, you will get bigger and stronger or more flexible as the body responds to the abuse, but we are actually damaging ourselves and end up breaking ourselves down instead of building ourselves up. We still do not have proof that prettier, skinnier, stronger or more flexible people are healthier or happier. Yet if all you know pertaining to fitness is to push and be aggressive (“no pain, no gain”), then you will actually be doing this in your yoga practice, rendering it malevolent. So, let’s bring some awareness into our yoga practice, so we are not breaking ourselves down but building ourselves up.
Calendar for Instructors
7 Kathleen Owen
14 Sue Weinstein
21 Jennifer Wester
28 Nikki Hebert
4 Connie Pease
11 Kelly Sibthrop
18 Sue Weinstein
25 Nikki Hebert
2 Connie Pease
9 Sue McElroy
16 Connie Pease
23 Sue Weinstein
30 Nikki Hebert
6 Kelly Sibthorp
13 Connie Pease
20 Sue Weinstein
The Barn Studio ( Yoga at Connies) welcomes classes & events in the arts, movement, healing & transformation and is available to rent for your classes, workshops, group meetings, small performances and events. Starting in October….
With 1200 square feet of teaching space, Refurbished barn, beautiful natural light, an additional prop/cloak room, and entry lobby . The Barn offers a warm, simple and quiet space. The Barn is located on the Pease Family Farm . It is a place filled with life, laughter, connecting with each other, and inquiring within.
Amenities: We have 20 folding chairs, 25 bolsters, 50 woolen blankets, cotton blankets, straps, blocks, wedges, eye pillows, and an Bose docking station. The studio has various lighting options from cozy to bright. A small lobby with sign-in desk, and 1 Restroom is available.
Rates: Call for pricing.
Special Weekend and Daylong Rates for workshops.
Attendance: We estimate that the room can comfortably hold about 30 people for yoga and about 45 for seated events.
Ample parking is available at the building.
Advertising: We are happy to include your class or event in our newsletter , e-news and on our website, as long as we receive your information prior to printing/posting dates.
Insurance: Yoga/movement instructors & therapists/healers need to carry professional liability insurance which names the studio as additional insured—contact us for specifications. Others generally do not need insurance to rent the space. Note: Insurance is required for some types of events. Please contact us for details.
Cleaning: You are responsible for leaving the studio as you found it. Renters need to plan time to clean up the studio after a workshop, performance or event.
Pets: Please no pets in the studio unless it is an assistance animal.
The owner, Connie Pease, reserves the right to partake in events, workshops, and classes held at the studio free of charge.
Contact Connie for more info -217-620-3306
Sept. 14th 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Silent Vipassana Meditation
6:00 pm Greeting and Question Time
6:15 pm – 7:15 pm Meditate
7:15 pm Snack
7:45 pm – 8:45 pm Meditate
8:45 pm Reflection and Question Time“One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.” — Leonardo da VinciContact Connie 217-620-3306Fee- 10.00
( Money will be donated to Oasis)
Enjoy your week, Connie
It’s time to debunk myths and set the record straight about the tuck. I’m talking about the pelvic tuck, also known as the pelvic tilt. For a while now, the tuck has become far too popular in fitness vocabulary. The word “tuck” has been used by weightlifters and CrossFit coaches to teach athletes to how to engage their glutes and open their hips; think at the top of a squat or a box jump. Yoga teachers have also taken to using the term to cue a flattening of the spine to prevent low back crunching. The tuck originated as a well-intentioned correctional cue. However, the tuck has taken on a life of it’s own. From a biomechanics perspective, the tuck is causing more harm than it is good as people are misunderstanding it’s proper use and purpose. If you have pelvic floor dysfunction or a diastasis recti or other core issue, the last thing you want to do is tuck your pelvis under you as it creates a reduced curve in your lumbar spine (your spine needs its curves for balance), it tightens the pelvic floor muscles, and it creates muscle imbalances in the hips and core. Having a pelvic floor dysfunction or core issue resolved by becoming aware of a tucked pelvis is very gratifying.
The true meaning of APARIGRAHA ( letting go)
This week has been troublesome. My father has COPD and was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday for breathing issues. He could not catch his breath which is life, and all I could think about was he was losing his. I wanted him to try harder because I know when the breath is held too long that what nourishes us can turn toxic. The hospital room was full of chaos that Wednesday evening before a nurse took my dad’s hand while he was grasping and began to pray for breath. There was a calm that came over the room, and at that moment there was peace. The nature of aparigraha is impermanence – everything changes. Falling back to the breath and watch the rise and fall of each inhalation and exhalation, we can feel the truth of the transience of all things. My dad’s fear was gone as he returned to his breath. Dad told me later he felt he had only a few breaths left that night. In my heart, I knew he was right.
APARIGRAHA means nonpossessiveness and can also be interrupted as nonattachment, nongreedy, clinging, better said “letting go.” Our journey in this life should be light while caring and enjoying thoroughly.
Why is aparigraha so hard to practice? Still unable to shake the worry and stress, so I then decided to dive deep into trying to understand better what practicing Aparigraha meant. Is it just letting go, detaching yourself? Or is there more to it. I wonder how many suitcases of expectations, plans, resentments, and unforgiven moments I carry around with me on a daily basis. “Aparigraha is taking what we need: taking what serves us and letting go when the time is right. Aparigraha allows us to become more present by letting go of expectations.” I remembered this quote from a yoga tape I once watched, and I wrote it down for moments like these. I sat for a long time in silence, contemplating these two sentences. I dropped into a place of mental stillness that had been evading me for days. My faith in God and art of the practice is finding space to think clearly enough to discern what needs to be held closely and what needs to be let go. “Aparigraha isn’t about letting go of all things – it’s about letting go of the right things at the right time.” Practicing trust will keep us in check and keep us open to life’s unfolding.