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One Space Remaining,
Starting Tomorrow!
Core and Upper Body Strength Basics for Yoga
Visit Monica's website for a full series description
The first three weeks of this six-week series go slow and are packed with information about anatomy and physiology illustrated with visual aids. Small, isometric movements allow students to connect and inhabit their bodies in a new way. The last three classes are asana-based movement designed to offer a safe, intentional opportunity to apply new body / breath awareness.

Wednesdays, October 10 - December 5
5:30-6:45 pm
Bethany Church, Montpelier, VT
6 classes for $72 (Payable by cash, check, credit card or ApplePay)
Email Monica with questions or to register

This series offers a chance to experience better body awareness while building strength and integrity in a supportive environment. Topics will cover:
  • Pelvic and shoulder girdle anatomy
  • Proper adjustments necessary for individual bodies within specific poses (asana)
  • An in depth exploration of movement focused on hips and shoulders to begin retraining somatic memory and movement
  • The relationship between core integrity and proper breathing practices (pranayama)
The first three classes offer an in depth, anatomical understanding of core muscles including the transverse abdominous and psoas muscles as well as their relationship to the respiratory and pelvic diaphragms. Also included in the first three weeks, students will learn about shoulder girdle anatomy and feel in their own bodies opportunities to release old holding patters that create strain, tension and pain. The final three classes will offer participants gentle-moderate, posture-based classes to build confidence and clarity in yoga practice. Great for beginners or intermediate practitioners wanting to go deeper.

Previous participants of the Core and Upper Body Series are welcome to participate in the last three classes or retake the entire series at a discount.
Email Monica with questions.

 
Additional Workshops This Fall
Two-hour Sacred Sunday Workshops
Offered at Embodied Yoga Studio

7 Main Street, Montpelier
Release and Open with
Psoas-Focused Asana,
Metta Meditation, & Haptic Drawing


Sunday, October 21, 1:00-3:00
Register through Embodied

Do you long for ease of being? How can you loosen the constrictions and burdens placed on you by life, relations, society and even yourself that manifest as creative blocks, feeling “voiceless” or as a sense of alienation? Explore hidden tightness in the body with yoga movement (asana) to tone and nourish the psoas muscle. Discover how this important muscle relates to the respiratory and pelvic diaphragms and yogic breathing (pranayama). Lovingkindness or Metta meditation will build a compassionate practice of non-judgmental self-acceptance. Automatic or "haptic" drawing exercises will free your mind and creative spirit. Surrender the burdens that no longer serve you while learning to adapt to the free flowing nature of a changing world.
No previous drawing experience required.
 
 Build Connection with
Zen-inspired Practices



Sunday, December 2, 1:00-3:00
Register through Embodied

Explore the differences between “brain” and “mind” as you dive into prajna, or inner wisdom, to discover the answers within. In the first half of class, the Japanese Zen disciplines of zazen or seated meditation (on the floor or in a chair) and kōan practice offer you an opportunity to contemplate a paradoxical parable as you gain a deeper understand of yourself and the world. What appears might surprise you. In the second half of class, experience the creative freedom and liberation of flow in the whole of your being through movement meditation. Choose between being fully blindfolded, or simply having eyes closed, for movement meditation that will untangle discursive thoughts and ingrained physical behaviors manifest in your physical form as tension. Release into a state of seamless connection with the universe.
Fall 2018 Weekly Classes!
There are a few changes to my weekly teaching schedule...

The invigorating and strengthening Core and Upper Body Yoga Fusion class offered at Embodied has a new time, 3:20-4:20. If you've never tried this class before, Embodied is running a few specials for September, all new-to-you classes are $10 for drop-in and teachers receive $10 off a ten-class card!

Folks at the Montpelier Senior activity Center asked for an additional weekly offering of Yoga for Focus and Fitness - you got it! In addition to Thursday, this class is also happening Friday 1:30-2:30.

To make room for the additional Yoga for Focus and Fitness class, Gentle-Moderate Yoga has a minor time change on Friday, 2:45-4:00. (NOTE: There was a misprint in the original release of the fall catalog for this class.)
Yoga for 50+

Hosted by
Montpelier Senior Activity Center
See their website for cost and registration details
Registration still open!

Yoga for Focus and Fitness
Wednesdays, 1:30-2:45 pm

Fridays, 1:30-2:30 (Additional class!)
 
Do you enjoy physical activities such as running, crosscountry skiing, dancing, biking, hiking and rollerblading? This intermediate class is suitable for anyone with an active life. 

Gentle/Moderate Yoga
Fridays, 2:45-4:00 pm (New time!)

Stretch, decompress and clear mental space with this Friday afternoon class designed to ease you into the weekend. Students are guided to find harmony between breath and movement and to be present moment to moment. 
Weekly Drop-in Classes

Hosted by Embodied
Drop-in cost: $16 / $12

Core and Upper Body Yoga Fusion
Thursdays, 3:20-4:20 pm
(New time for teachers' schedules!)

Bodies are a complex series of relationships that can sometimes loose the connections necessary to function as an integrated system. Rebalancing the relationship between the pelvic and shoulder girdles will stabilize the spinal column and protect the spinal cord. This whole body stabilization will harmonize the diaphragm and pelvic floor to support healthy breathing patterns including pranayama. Experience safe, nourishing movement while creating the strength you need to support a deeply satisfying asana practice. 
 
Vitality Yoga
Fridays, 12:00-1:00 pm

 
We are in the body we are born with for the long haul, including all the accumulated experiences along the way. The beginning of class will peacefully ease in to the place where you are right now, establishing a whole-body union. Followed by gently intensifying, gliding moments, practice will deepen, building strength and flexibility with a clear mind. Pose variations will be given for those recovering from injury or on the newer edge of intermediate asana exploration. Open the channels of free-flowing energy for a renewed sense of your vital Self on the path of life. 
Private Classes with Monica
Monica offers one-on-one classes in your home or a quiet, private, sunny studio in a convenient downtown Montpelier location.
She has a first-hand experience combining yoga, meditation, an anti-inflammatory diet and other wholistic healing modalities perfect for managing and healing autoimmune conditions. She holds a deeply compassionate, empathic approach to the well-being of her clients.
Email with questions or to set up a time.
Cost: sliding scale $50-70 / hr.
Poet's Corner...

Aware
by Denise Levertov

When I found the door 
I found the vine leaves 
speaking among themselves in abundant 
whispers. 
My presence made them 
hush their green breath, 
embarrassed, the way 
humans stand up, buttoning their jackets, 
acting as if they were leaving anyway, as if 
the conversation had ended 
just before you arrived. 
I liked 
the glimpse I had, though, 
of their obscure 
gestures. I liked the sound 
of such private voices. Next time 
I'll move like cautious sunlight, open 
the door by fractions, eavesdrop 
peacefully.

 
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