October 2022

Yoga Newsletter

October Practices


Last September practices this week!


October 'Live' Online Yoga Practices
October 5 - 28
'Live' or by Recording

Chair Practice - Wednesdays, 10:30 - 11:45am 
Centering Practice - Fridays, 9:00 - 10:15am 

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Join Attune to Nature's Rhythms Retreat


After completing the summer/fall, in person, Saturday morning Essence of Practice series, and setting my sights on the Attune to Nature's Rhythms Retreat at Aldermarsh in January, 2023, I'm savoring the transitional time between endings and beginnings and the simultaneous sensations of empty and full: completeness. 

Read practitioners' comments about their experiences in the series below. 

Being close to nature on Whidbey during a traditional time in India to honor ancestors, I've had clear memories of my maternal grandmother. As a child my sisters and I would spend late summer helping her preserve harvest from the garden and fruit trees. Her root cellar, lined with meticulously dated and carefully placed jars of multi-colored fruit, is etched in my mind and lives in my body. Perhaps that's why I was drawn to the Mary Oliver poem Answers, below.

In Person Essence of Practice Comments:

" It was a true gift to practice in person. The class time just flew by and I soaked in every moment. You are a gifted teacher. Your comments are both subtle and profound. They resonate deeply with my body.." ~ Sharon B.

"I have very much enjoyed your in person series this summer/fall. It has been beneficial for me physically to move in areas of my body that seem stuck. Your verbal guidance has allowed me to be kinder to myself in many ways."

~ Janine J.

"As a PT, I too am an 'anatomy nerd', and I so appreciate your pacing, and direction for focus . . . visualization and cuing. I have tried yoga guidance from others with less awareness of how the body and its structures relate to one another, and time needed to respond, especially as we are aging . . . which is what I especially appreciate about your teaching." ~ Colleen C.

Answers ~ Mary Oliver

If I envy anyone it must be
My grandmother in a long ago
Green summer, who hurried
Between kitchen and orchard on small
uneducated feet, and took easily
All shining fruits into her eager hands.

That summer I hurried too, wakened
To books and music and circling philosophies.
I sat in the kitchen sorting through volumes of answers
That could not solve the mystery of the trees.

My grandmother stood among her kettles and ladles.
Smiling, in faulty grammer,
She praised my fortune and urged my lofty career.
So to please her I studied - but I will remember always
How she poured confusion out, how she cooled and labeld
All the wild sauces of the brimming year.

In This Newsletter

  • A restorative asana to rest and rejuvenate during Autumn season.
Abundant Blessings,


Centering or Chair Practices
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Centering & Chair Practices

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Asana - Side-Lying Restorative 

Side-Lying Restorative Asana enhances the capacity for movement of the intercostal muscles on the sides of your body and your diaphragm. These muscles lift the ribs during inhalation and draw the ribs down during exhalation. When these muscles are tight, movement of the rib cage and respiration are limited. By releasing tension breathing is enhanced, 

Setting Up:

Lie over a stack of two or more single-fold blankets or bolster so your left waist is well-supported at the center. Neither your hips nor your shoulders should touch the floor. Make sure you are lying on your side, not rolled onto your front or back body. Stretch your legs in a scissored position, right leg over the left when on your left side.

When you are on your left side, you should feel a moderate sensation along the right side of your body. To add intensity, raise your arms overhead and let them rest on the floor or on a support. Let your head rest on your left arm. Balance the stretch of your arms by stretching your legs and rooting down through your feet. 

Being There: 
Stay for 30 seconds to several minutes, gradually increasing the time. Take natural, slow breaths, feeling the breath in the right (top) side. Open to the movement of the breath, to the release, and to the pleasant feeling that can come from this asana. This will also provide a release for the muscles of your hip, thigh, and stimulate the function of your liver. 

Coming Back:
When you feel ready, bend your knees, place your palms on the floor, press down, and slowly sit up. Turn and lie on your right side and repeat. On the right side in addition to the tissue release, you will stimulate the functions of the stomach and spleen. 

If you experience lower back discomfort, make sure you are not rolled toward your abdomen or back. Try moving the support, up, down, or lowering the support. If nothing relieves discomfort, skip the form for now. 

Do not practice this asana if you are more than three months pregnant, have a hiatal hernia, or during menstruation.

From Relax & Renew, Judith Lasater, Ph.D., P.T.
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