Updated: Feb 20
I can hardly believe all of the joyful goodness that has been spilling into Jaya Spirit Yoga over these strangely warm, winter months. The snowdrops are in bloom at the farm and so much community love is popping up all over the place.
In this update, you will find:
New, in-studio courses & classes (Wa-hoo!)
Happy News about Hanover Area Yoga for 12-Step Recovery
A Prayer, A Quote, A Concepts & A Poem for your consideration
Jaya Spirit Yoga Studio Opens in March!
Wow! After a year of getting duckies in a row, Jaya Spirit Yoga Studio in Glenville, PA will open its doors! Our home-studio is cozy, offering space for 5 students. All props and mats will be provided, all you need to do is sign-up and come to class! We will also have opportunities for outdoor yoga in the sunshine on the farm alongside the stream, horses & chickens of Knucklehead Creek. Though the duckies might not be in a perfect row, our family is excited and beyond blessed to be able to open our doors to you. Check out the courses & drop-in classes below.
Courses & Drop-In Classes
"Begin with Me" Foundations of Yoga 6 Week Course
Wednesday Evenings, March 22 - April 26, 6:30 - 7:45 PM, $115
Join together with others who seek to explore yoga asana (poses & movement) practices & yogic philosophy as tools for cultivating personal peace. Each class will include a mini-discussion about yoga philosophy and an hour long practice to center into our hearts. Beginner-friendly.
All mats & props are provided. All you need to to is reserve your space and bring your beautiful self class. 🥰
"𝘓𝘦𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘣𝘦 𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘯 𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘩, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘭𝘦𝘵 𝘪𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘮𝘦!"
Living from the Soul: Book Club Meets Yoga Class! 7 Week Course
Wednesday Evenings, May 3 - June 14 6:30 - 7:45 PM, $135
(Registration Opens in April)
Yoga with a twist! Each week will feature discussion & yoga practice based on a chapter from Sam Torode's book, Living from the Soul: The 7 Spiritual Principles of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Who knew Emerson was a yogi in disguise? Through yoga, self-study & exploring ideas, we can deepen our faith & live our purpose joyfully. Torode's book is a comfortable, illuminating & important. Perfect for springtime. The book is included in the course! I mean, how fun is this!
Read Emerson's 7 Spiritual Principles
1. Trust Yourself
All that you need for growth and guidance in life is already present inside you.
2. As You Sow, You Will Reap
Your thoughts and actions shape your character, and your character determines your destiny.
3. Nothing Outside You Can Harm You
Circumstances and events don’t matter as much as what you do with them.
4. The Universe Is Inside You
The world around you is a reflection of the world within you.
5. Identify with the Infinite
Center your identity on the soul and your life’s purpose will unfold.
6. Live in the Present
The present moment is your point of power. Eternity is now.
7. Seek God Within
The highest revelation is the divinity of the soul.
Rooted & Rested Restorative Yoga Class
Friday, April 7 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Come for an hour of peaceful relaxation, allowing your mind to unwind, your nervous system to soften, and your heart to be filled with calm. We will use props to support us as we restore our balance. All props and mats are provided. No yoga experience is necessary to root and rest into your authentic self.
Earth Day Outdoor Yoga by the Creek
Saturday, April 22 at 10 - 11:00 AM
Celebrate our beautiful Earth in the sunshine alongside Codorus Creek and the chickens and horses of Knucklehead Creek Family Farm. Bring your own mat and a towel for underneath incase the ground is damp.
Hanover Area Yoga for 12-Step Recovery is On the Move!
Three amazing partnerships have been formed this month to support our beautiful community. Jaya Spirit & The Guthrie Memorial Library in Hanover, Pennsylvania will host Yoga for 12-Step Recovery from 6:00 - 7:30 PM on the second Monday of each month. Each class will include a theme, a sharing circle, and a beginner-friendly yoga practice. This is a donation-based class. You are more important than your money!
Check out these links to explore how Recovery is for Everyone and the ins & outs of Y12SR (Yoga for 12-Step Recovery).
I'm also thrilled to share that all donations gathered from Y12SR classes will be shared with The Freedom House, a faith based re-entry home located in Hanover. The home is an opportunity for male veterans and men who are pursuing freedom & second chances from incarceration, rehab or any addiction.
Finally, we received a very special grant from the Give Back Yoga Foundation of 9 lovely Gaiam yoga mats for community use for our Yoga for 12-Step Recovery classes. This is a great blessing and help! Now, participants can reserve their mat and simply show up, just as they are. Thank you, Give Back Yoga & Gaiam!
Phew! So much goodness in the power of community & connection!
Looking forward to seeing everyone at our first gathering Hanover Area Yoga for 12-Step Recovery at the Guthrie Memorial Library on Monday, March 13 @ 6 PM!
Some Thoughts on Attachment & Faith
For Your Consideration & Contemplation
The following "A Prayer, A quote, A concept and A poem" weave together the the concepts of letting go, a gift that yoga offers us every time we step on the mat. We can choose to let go or hold tight, but we must be honest with whichever choice we are making. You are welcome to share your thoughts in this in the comments below.
Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
The courage to change the things I can
And the wisdom to know the difference.
"Peace comes when we loosen our attachments to our own "rightness," judgements and critiquing ways."
Adele Ahlberg Calhoun, Invitations from God: Accepting God's Offer to Rest, Weep, Forgive, Wait, Remember And More, 2011.
Is it faith or fear
that rises to the fore,
affirmation or negation
as the very core
and center of the self?
Will it be light or dark
within the heart today?
The icy grip of fear
that knots and sours
leaving me to cower
in the shadows?
There is another way -
I know it surely as I
know the scent of Spring.
The choice of faith
invites, invokes, calls forth
from all creation
both the blessing
and the lesson
of the day.
Whether faith or fear,
the choice is mine alone.
Each moment, choose,
stepping through the door,
trusting that the path
beyond will surely
lead me home.
- Danna Faulds
Go In and In: Poems from the Heart of Yoga, 1997
What choice will you make? What are you holding on to so tightly? What, if you loosened your grip, could actually open the doors to something better, something more radiant? Where is your ego standing in the way of your luminous joy?
Thank you for your time, dear reader.
Please send me a note if you have any questions or thoughts.
In Peace, Gratitude & Love,