Donation-Based Community Yoga
Downtown @ Grace Lutheran Church – 1124 N. Third Street
The Service of Donation-Based Community Yoga Classes
I value what yoga allows us to discover about ourselves – body, mind, soul, the world around us, and how it all connects. My intention is to be a guide for us to explore this together.
I do not think there should be any limiting factors keeping anyone from experiencing the benefits yoga can offer to their health, wellbeing and values. Donation-based classes ensure that everyone who would like to participate and benefit from yoga, are able to do so. While some people may be able to offer less, someone else may be able and willing to offer more.
Yoga means “to join” – to connect. My hope is to create a space for people to compassionately connect to themselves and enhance their health and well-being. In doing so, this creates a ripple effect of health, connection and compassion beyond the individual to the world around them. Integrated, healthy individuals, create integrated, healthy communities. Yoga is just one of many ways to do this.
My deepest gratitude to Grace Lutheran Church for making these classes a possibility.
Please thoughtfully consider what you can offer. If you can offer more, you participate in the gift and service of those who have less. Donations go to ensuring you have consistent, quality instruction.
(5 $ – 15 $ suggested, not required)
Tuesdays 5:30 – 6:30 pm ~ Embodied Contemplation
“Action is the stream, and contemplation is the spring.” ~ Thomas Merton
This unique yoga class is a blend of classical yoga poses and mindful exploration of movement, woven together with the breath and built around a contemplative or meditation practice. Along with the contemplation/meditation inherent in yoga, other practices from wisdom traditions including mindfulness meditation, compassion meditation and Christian contemplative practices will be integrated into classes.
These practices allow us the stillness and space to become aware our interconnected thoughts, emotions, beliefs, experiences, actions and interactions with the people and environment around us. It also helps many of us connect to something bigger than ourselves. Many of these wisdom tradition practices have been long known for (and now scientifically studied) their ability to create a shift from unhelpful reactions to more helpful, compassionate responses. Additionally, they have body/mind health enhancing effects.
Integrating these practices into the body-based practice of yoga embodies the practice.It is contemplation in action and meditation in motion.
Each group can include anything from a scientific, philosophical or spiritual/religious reflection on life. Each practice and perception is in it’s own depth and fullness. The practices allow you to explore their value whether you are uncertain of what you believe, or if you are deeply rooted in your faith tradition. We allow science and mystery to exist in harmony and inspire us — to breathe life into us. Whether you are seeking stillness, presence and awareness in mind and life, connecting to yourself, connecting to your faith and God — all are welcome and we all welcome each other in common humanity.
No matter what religion, race, socioeconomic status, or any orientation in life you have, you are invited to join us at Embodied Contemplation.
My hope is to create a space where we embody grounded awareness, presence, reflection, value, connection, harmony, service, and compassion in community.
(Class is held in the main sanctuary. Go to large doors in front of church facing 3rd Street. Please arrive about 5 minutes early.)
To be advised of any cancellations, please check Facebook or text/call 602-930-7739