Welcome Summer!

Summer begins our second year at Marshall Yoga Shala, and we are so thankful for all of the amazing students who have come through our doors! You are the reason that we are here!

Once again, this summer, we are offering a donation based class in the Park. We will be at Independence Park Sunday mornings 8:30 - 9:30. It's a great opportunity to enjoy an outdoor practice, whether you are new to yoga, or have been practicing for years! Please remember to bring sunscreen, a water bottle, and a yoga mat or large towel.

We are sad to be losing Danielle at the end of June, but happy for her that she will be returning to her home in South Dakota and preparing for her wedding! This also means that we are hiring! If you or someone you know has a passion for yoga and would love to share that passion, contact us. We have an opening for one to 2 classes per week and are flexible with schedule.

Some schedule changes for the summer:

  • Prenatal Yoga will not be on the regular schedule this summer, but I will have some availability for private prenatal classes and our Flow classes are perfect if you are expecting.
  • Our next Beginners Series starts on Tuesday, June 20th. We are moving Beginners to Tuesdays, and that means that Wednesday, beginning June 21st, will be a flow class at 5:30pm.
  • Also, beginning Thursday, July, 6th, Yoga Sculpt will move to 5:30pm.

We will have some special events to mark our official 1 year anniversary in our studio space, and we will be adding some new series this summer, so look for more information on that soon!

Namaste

The Holidays, and what comes next?

Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Small Business Saturday

Thanksgiving is over, and we certainly hope you were able to spend time with those most important to you! 

This was our first time participating as a local business for Small Business Saturday, and downtown  has been busy with shoppers taking advantage of beautiful weather and awesome deals! 

As a way to say "thanks", we've had a great special running on gift certificates yesterday and today, and several of you were able to take advantage of  that.

So, here's what's coming up next:

Prenatal yoga starts next Tuesday, November 29th. This class will be held twice a week, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings 6:15 - 7:30. I am so looking forward to teaching this class as I strongly believe in the benefits of this practice for pregnancy and labor, and beyond.

Our next Hot Yoga weekend is December 3-4. Remember, this includes a Sunday morning traditional Hot Yoga class at 10:00!

We are planning a special New Year's Day class, so stay tuned for more on that!

We will be publishing the 2017 winter schedule soon. make sure to subscribe to our Facebook events to see all the most current happenings!

Give Back During the Holidays!

We are very proud to be sponsoring Women's Rural Advocacy Programs this holiday season! Attend any regular class between December 26th and December 31st, and Marshall Yoga Shala will donate $5 to Women’s Rural Advocacy Programs.WRAP serves victims and children of Lyon, Lincoln, Redwood, and Yellow Medicine Counties. http://www.letswrap.com

Wishing you a warm and happy holiday season!

Namaste

 

The season of gratitude!

November already! where has the time gone? We've been in our space just three months now, and we have a lot to be grateful for!

Some of you know that my daughter, Sarah  was married in October. What a beautiful day and a beautiful wedding! I couldn't be more proud of her and my new son-in-law, Christopher. I spent that whole day being purposefully mindful and present. I didn't want to miss a thing. I took very few photos because I just wanted to "be there".  My thoughts throughout the day were all about gratitude and joy. 

All the smiling happy faces coming through our doors prove that this space is exactly what we hoped it would be, a place of yoga, where everyone can learn, share and grow! What an awesome gift we've been given!

Danielle Pietz joined our Shala in September, and we couldn't be happier. She has such a bubbly, fun personality, and it really comes through in her classes!

We completed our first Beginners Series, and have a new one starting on the 9th. We love the fact that through this class we are able to share the benefits of yoga with so many new students. 

This month we are also very excited to announce a new Monday Morning Rise & Shine Yoga class featuring our dear friend and fellow yogi Terri Wiblemo. Every Monday morning in November at 8:00. This will be 30 minutes you won't want to miss! 

We also feel very fortunate to be able to offer a workshop in November to help share the benefits of essential oils. We both use and enjoy essential oils in our daily lives as well as our yoga practice, and we want everyone to share in that experience. This is coming up on Saturday, the 12th with Jennifer Nawrocki. You won't want to miss this!

Anne Marie is nearing completion of her advanced teacher training. This means she has completed nearly 500 hours of intense yoga study, what an accomplishment! I feel very grateful for her experience, wisdom, and guidance.

I recently had the opportunity to complete a Level 1 Prenatal Yoga training at Blooma in Minneapolis. This was such a rewarding experience and we are so excited to be able to begin offering prenatal yoga classes in our community! We would love your input on schedule options, and if you have friends or family members who could benefit from prenatal yoga, please share this news with them. Check out our poll on Facebook and submit your feedback!

In addition, we are thrilled to announce that Sue Einerson will teach Mommy & Me yoga coming in January! We really can't wait to add this as a fun bonding experience for Mom's and kids! By the way, this class will also be open to Daddy's! We also have a Facebook poll for this class since we would love your input on scheduling!

So much happening! we are busy working on our schedule for 2017, so be sure to subscribe to our newsletter and our Facebook events to get all the latest! 

The holidays are coming, and since we want everyone to enjoy their time with family, we will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. As a thank you to our community, we will have a special sale on gift certificates on Small Business Saturday, so watch for more details on that! These gift certificates can be used for any purchase and are a great way to say "happy holidays" to a friend, family member, a co-worker, or even for yourself!

Much love and gratitude!

Namaste

 

 

Labor Day Weekend

It's Labor Day weekend, already! where did the summer go? It's been a busy summer for us at the Shala, but in such a wonderful way! We've been in our beautiful new space for just over a month, and have already met so many awesome new friends! We feel so blessed and honored to be able to be a part of this community in a way that truly creates positive energy.

Labor Day was established to honor the American labor movement the and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. 

Have a safe, happy holiday. Enjoy time with friends and family. Make memories that you will cherish, and at some point during your time away from work and stress, take a moment to acknowledge why this holiday exists; why we get to have this time for the things and the ones we love.

Namasté my friends!

 

Fall is coming, believe it or not!

And with Fall, comes our updated class schedule, and a new face at Marshall Yoga Shala.

We are very pleased to announce that Danielle Pietz will be joining us right after Labor Day! Danielle has been teaching Hot Yoga for the past three years in the Aberdeen, SD area. She enjoys practicing all sorts of yoga from Restorative to sculpt yoga with weights. Danielle loves nearly all forms of exercise: water sports, bike riding, cardio classes, and running. Danielle joined the Avera Marshall team in mid-April, and will continue her Administrative Fellowship there through June of 2017. 

Starting on September 6th, Danielle will be teaching two classes a week at the Shala.

Check out the new Fall schedule

Two important Days This Week - Summer Solstice, International Day of Yoga

The Summer solstice is a special day. It’s the longest day of the year, and a great excuse to spend time in nature! Making this day even more special, tonight will be a full moon! Check it out!

Tomorrow is the International Day of Yoga, so make a point to spend at least 5 minutes on your mat, being grateful for your practice. Yoga is for all, so why not share it with someone you care about?

In 2015, On the Summer Solstice, which was also the International Day of Yoga, I did my Ashtanga practice outside in the backyard, under the big silver elm tree. Nothing but the sounds of nature accompanied me. Birds singing their songs, cardinals and robins, mostly. And the grey squirrels rustling around in the black walnut tree in the corner of the yard, occasionally dropping one to the ground with a gentle thud.

My practice felt more peaceful than it ever had been with the sun warming me as I moved through the Sun Salutations. I felt a new sense of calm and oneness with nature. There was a new sense of ease in my body, not the awkwardness I had feared from practicing “in the open”. The time seemed to pass quickly as I moved through the Surya Namaskaras.

It was a different kind of savasana. Rather than lying eyes closed, focused on my breathing, I opened my eyes and watched the squirrel above me navigating the branches, noticed the leaves moving in the gentle breeze, and the sun’s soft rays filtering through them, making them different shades of green. I smiled at how long it had been since I laid under a tree and looked up at the natural wonder above me. I felt the urge to get my smart phone and take pictures to preserve the memory of it, but in that same instant, I knew if I moved, the moment would be lost. So, I lay there, soaking it in, preserving it in my mind. I felt my body truly supported by Mother Earth as never before, cradled in her soft embrace. I felt at peace.

In the evening, I created a fire ceremony. My husband had gone to visit his oldest son, and my children and other family live elsewhere, so I was alone, but I brought the dogs out with me. Earlier, I had taken a piece of tissue paper and written out my prayers. I lit my small fire, and spoke the invocation shared by my yoga teacher Mary Beth Nehl, written by Dr. Alberto Villoldo of The Four Winds Society:

“To the winds of the South – Great Serpent, help us to shed the past the way you shed your skin. Teach us to walk in beauty and touch everyone with beauty.
 
To the winds of the West – Great Jaguar, walk among us. Show us how to live fearlessly. Teach us the way of no enemies in this world or the next.
 
To the winds of the North – Hummingbird, Grandmothers and Grandfathers, Ancient Ones. We honor you who have come before us, and you who will come after us, our children’s children. 
 
To the winds of the East – Great Eagle, Condor, come to us from the place of the rising Sun. Keep us under your wing. Teach us to fly wing to wing with the Great Spirit.    
                              
Mother Earth – We’ve gathered for the honoring of all your children. The Stone People, the Plant People. The four-legged, the two-legged, the creepy crawlers. The finned, the furred, and the winged ones. All our relations.
 
Father Sun, Grandmother Moon, to the Star Nations – Great Spirit, you who are known by a thousand names. And you who are the un-namable One. Thank you for bringing us together”.

I then placed my written prayers in the fire, and I closed the sacred space in the same way that I had opened it – acknowledging the four directions, Mother Earth and Father Sky. I thanked my ancestors, releasing their energies to return to the four corners of the Earth. 
 

Namaste

Coming soon!

Marshall Yoga Shala will open it's doors at 227 West Main Street in Marshall, MN on August 1, 2016!

We are so excited to bring this studio to the Marshall community! We have plans to bring some fun workshops to town, focused on well-being. We look forward to our friends, old and new, joining us in this welcoming space!

In the mean time, we invite you to join us for Yoga In The Park, Sunday afternoons in June and July from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.  Classes will be held at Liberty Park (bandshell) in Marshall, MN, and will be gentle and calming, focused on relaxation. Free will offering. Bring your own yoga mat or a towel. In the event of inclement weather, class will not be held.

Contact us at marshallyogashala@gmail.com or on Facebook at Marshall Yoga Shala.