Yoga by Cindy's Winter Session: Exploring Ways to Live Well in 2017

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Yoga by Cindy’s Winter Session: Exploring Ways to Live Well in 2017

cindys-labyrinth-walk-low-resThe first week of our winter session has welcomed several new faces, and we are thrilled to add to our Yoga by Cindy community! I often say that in yoga everyone is a beginner, no matter how many classes we’ve taken or taught, myself included. There is something that can be learned from each shared yoga experience. I’m thankful we’ve created a community that’s all-inclusive and welcoming to yogis of all experience levels. If you know someone who is interested in trying a class, please encourage them to join us and not to be concerned if they are new to yoga or our practice! The focus for this 12-week session is on poses that embody an ethical code for living well for optimal health. The idea is that if you live right, you’re mentally and physically well and you can accept your limits, the daily struggle will be less and the path toward overall wellness will be easier to travel. In yoga, the ethical and moral codes are referred to as “yamas” and “niyamas.” These principles can serve as a valuable guide for how we relate to others and how we take care of ourselves. Yamas are social restraints, while niyamas are self disciplines. This first week of this new Yoga by Cindy session has been an introduction to these 10 principles. We’ll focus on one each week, then conclude with a review of them all. The regular structure of Yoga by Cindy’s classes remains the same, with an introduction to the theme, the physical practice and then a relaxing meditative experience at the end. Contemplating these ethical principles is anticipated to help students become more aware of themselves both in and out of the yoga studio.We’ll continue throughout the session working into poses that encourage us to focus on issues that affect all of us, including ways to avoid violencecindy-sitting-on-steps, lying, stealing, wasting energy and possessiveness, which each underline the five yamas. The five niyamas encourage practitioners to embrace cleanliness and contentment, to purify ourselves through heat, to continually study and observe our habits, and to surrender to something greater than ourselves. Marcia Evans, who often fills in for me and will do so in January and February, as well as Jaime Beckler, who teaches our Tuesday and Thursday evening classes along with filling in for our Kids Yoga class, are both well-versed in our theme for this session. We’re excited to embark on this creative journey to stretch beyond the normal yoga class into a practice that benefits us on many levels. Please consider joining us during this session. To find a class that fits your schedule, visit and click on “yoga.”


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