I see people getting frustrated in my hot classes. They look around the room, like, did she seriously just ask us to do that? Or, it’s too hot in here, right? I understand, because finding that sweet spot between effort and ease is hard for me, too. In yoga we try to balance sthira and sukha; we are firm and resolute in our muscles and minds, but happy and open in our spirits. Sometimes we get sloppy and lazy and lose our strong effort. Sometimes we try too hard, get angry and distracted, and lose our “good space.”
When you walk into the yoga session, don’t expect it to be easy. Don’t expect it to be hard, either. Instead of having expectations, just focus on your own right effort, and your own happiness and ease within it. Put your ego in its place. Watch where your practice loses its balance during class, and make the appropriate adjustment. “I can’t do this! This sucks,” means bring your focus back to your own mat, not worrying about anyone else. That chatter in your brain is what we’re working to still. If you are just going through the motions, mindlessly flowing about, return to right effort.
Vinyasa means “the act of setting an intention and taking steps to reach it.” So move deliberately, cultivating strength and courage.
As Sensei Donato Helbling says, “The way you do anything is the way you do everything.” So practice being your best self on your mat! And remember: it’s ok for things to be hard. If everything was easy, we’d never grow.
At the BE you can flow your own way. But, what does that really mean? If you’re looking for answers or ideas, this workshop is for you. Katelyn is passionate about helping her students quiet the mind enough to hear the call of the body. This workshop will help you find your inner teacher and empower you to move intuitively in your yoga practice.
In this module the focus is Sun Salutes. We’ll look at options for vinyasa and for stepping forward. Consider this a powerful stepping stone to customizing your personal practice in a group setting.
CARSON WUZ HERE
WE PUSHED OURSELVES
A big thanks to everyone who challenged themselves with Carson Calhoun. He was here all week, offering a variety of arm balance and inversions workshops. We will bring him back soon!
Happy student Candice wrote, “Another great workshop at the BE! Carson is fantastic and irreverent. He really has a gift for bringing students together through collective silliness. I got a great workout, learned new ways to float and flow, and got upside down. It was rad.”
You asked for it…so let’s do it! Join us for an evening practice on the longest day of the year. 108 Suns will be led by Jessica Mihm with DJ Menscha providing the jams. Dress for a sweaty practice. Bring your intentions, your mat, and afterward stick around and meet fun people.
Lock into our annual and autodebit membership prices now and that price will never go up as long as your membership stays current. After five years, and growing our schedule from 16 classes to 56, we’re raising our monthly unlimited plan from $60 to $70, and our annual from $600 to $700. Increases for new members will go into effect July 1. Autodebits must be set up in person at The BE.
Prices for accompanied minors have been cut in half, valid for drop-ins, One Month, and Annual.
Baby & Toddler Yoga with the Wheelers
This Saturday, June 9 from 9-9:45am
And every Second Saturday
$7.50/little, handlers are free, Unlimited members get a +1 gratis
Through interactive songs, storybooks, and movement, toddlers will learn basic yoga. We will cover basic yoga postures like: cat, cow, cobra, tree, triangle, and down-dog, along with music, stories, basic counting and singing.
Wednesday, June 13 at 5:30pm and every Second Wednesday
Would you like to delve deeper into conversations about how to bring our yoga practice into our lives off the mat? Come to book club to discuss books by yoga teachers and practitioners, as well as books that reflect upon a mindful way of life. Alsace Walentine of Tombolo Books facilitates the discussion.
Because sometimes there’s news you can use there! Like, please don’t park out front along the utility strip because the police will ticket you! And we’re halfway through our 30 classes in 30 days challenge, with PRIZES. And….we’re getting our very own app soon which (hopefully) will make all things BE easier for you. And SUP is moving to a new location TBD. And pretty pictures and stuff like that. Thanks for reading. <3