Deep Stretch

All Levels

This experiential class utilizes asanas (postures), several meditation practices and pranayama (breathing techniques) to slowly open the body and direct awareness inward. A quiet, slow-paced class ideal for all levels of students, Deep Stretch emphasizes holding postures longer so the muscles can relax, leading to deeper states of clarity and freedom of movement. The class assumes no prior knowledge, experience or specific level of flexibility or strength and is open to all interested in exploring the deeper practices of yoga. In this class all or most postures are done on the floor. Saturday 10:30 

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alleyCat Yoga Pilgrimage to Kripalu: Yoga, Restoration and Loving Kindness Retreat

Yoga, Deep Restoration and Loving Kindness Retreat

Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Lenox Massachusetts

Sunday, October 20-Sunday October 27

with Trip Leader, Susan Mathis

Join Susan Mathis on an epic week of yoga, meditation, study, and deep restoration at our first alleyCat group pilgrimage to Kripalu. Relax into the retreat atmosphere and restore yourself through daily yoga and meditation while drinking in Fall on the beautiful grounds of Kripalu while partaking of nurturing meals. Supported by powerful teachers, yoga practice and study will guide you into the heart of yoga. Choose from a 5-day Yoga and Deep Restoration Retreat with Jennifer Reis or a 5 day R & R Retreat, each followed by a weekend of The Practice of Loving Kindess led by Sharon Salzberg and Stephen Cope. Find deep connection to the roots of yoga at Kripalu and experience transformation, growth and restoration.

In addition to the program selected, registrants may participate in early morning, noon and afternoon yoga classes as well as a variety of other quality offerings at Kripalu. Shared accommodations and private rooms are available for this experience. As dorm and shared housing is a priority, early registration is encouraged. Those choosing dorm accommodations will be housed with others in the group and shared rooms can specify roommates. The group may travel together or independently under the guidance of Susan as she takes you to her spiritual home. Find out more about this retreat and registration by contacting susan or by calling her at 573-864-4132 .  Pre-register through the link below and Susan will contact you with specific details on how to register through Kripalu

Don’t miss this opportunity to visit the spiritual center of the Kripalu tradition and experience the powerful essence of Kripalu Yoga. Reset and renew at Kripalu this October. 

Retreat programming begins at 7:00p Sunday, October 20 and ends at Noon Sunday, October 27

Pre-Register Here for More Details at No Cost or Commitment
Kripalu Trip – Kripalu Retreat Option 1

Sunday-Friday Yoga and Deep Relaxation Retreat Led by Jennifer Reis
Friday-Sunday The Practice of Loving Kindness Retreat led by Sharon Salzburg & Stephen Cope

October 20-27, 2019

Program Cost *Room Cost Accommodations Total Cost*
*20% Discount applied on Housing when 5 or more guests register
670
668
Dormitory
1338
Hall Bath
670
872
Shared Room
1542
 
Hall Bath
670
1501
Shared Room
2171
Private Bath
670
Options available
Private Room
from 2200
Private Bath
  * Private Room Rates depend on specific room location
Kripalu Trip – Kripalu Retreat Option 2

Sunday to Friday: R & R Retreat Led by Kripalu Center Faculty
Friday-Sunday The Practice of Loving Kindness Retreat led by Sharon Salzburg & Stephen Cope

October 20-27, 2019

Program Cost *Room Cost Accommodations Total Cost*
*20% Discount applied on Housing
 
750
668
Dormitory
1418
when 5 or more guests register
 
Hall Bath
 
750
872
Shared Room
1622
Hall Bath
750
1501
Shared Room
2251
Private Bath
750
Options available
Private Room
from 2300
Private Bath
  * Private Room Rates depend on specific room location

 

What is Included:

  • 3 amazing organic and locally grown meals per day
  • Twice Daily Gentle, Intermediate or Vigorous Kripalu Yoga Classes
  • Outdoor Guided Hikes and Activities-morning and afternoon
  • Access to the spa, lake, hiking trails, labyrinth and grounds
  • Kripalu Evening Program
  • R & R Only Workshops and Programs for R & R Registrants

Restorative Yoga

What is not included:

  • Bodywork and Ayurvedic treatments
  • Transportation from airport (Shuttle Available or Group Car Rental can be arranged)
  • Airfare 

Registration is done through Kripalu Registration 866.200.5203. Specify the group trip alleyCat Yoga Pilgrimage to Kripalu

Please read the Retreat Options through the links below. An additional program option is available for teachers and advanced asana students. 

Kripalu Trip – Kripalu Retreat Option 1

Kripalu Trip – Kripalu Retreat Option 2

Learn More and Pre-Register for More Information by registering below. There is No Cost or Commitment to Pre-Register. Susan will contact you personally and provide more details.

Register for alleyCat Trip to Kripalu: Pre-Registration for Information

Walking the Line of Doing Fine

“How are you? Are you ok? How are you feeling. “

I’m not an “ok-er”. I’ve come to know this about myself. As philosophical as I am, as much as What Does It All MEAN tends to drive my life I see I am also I realist and a practical person.  

I am NOT ok. Yet of course, I am OK in that way that only someone who knows that All is Well can know. But I also know that the Susan part of me is not ok. I hope that is ok with you because I’m just into being real. If you need me to be like perfect or always ok then don’t read this. (and I’m also ok with the fact that this might not be ok with you).

Everything has changed now. And of course everything is always changing but everything has REALLY changed. And I’m angry. And I’m sad. And I’m grateful. And I’m ecstatic. And I’m afraid. And I am not afraid of anything. And I’m curious. And I just want everything to go back to how it was.

Brave people grieve. Vulnerable people grieve. All people grieve. Do you see the pattern here?

Grief is a walk on the line between acceptance and attachment, letting go of yesterday just enough to accept and live today yet never letting go of the joy of flying through the sea, the wonder of your child reaching for your hand the first time, the sweetness of love given by your partner who knew you at your core and loved you exactly as you are—all of your amazing, neurotic, wonderful, ok-ness even if you never put the toilet paper back on the holder. Read More »

Restore and Connect

This class begins with 30 minutes of restorative yoga poses which help unwind and release stored tension in the body in a gentle and supportive way. A strong focus on the breath cultivates a calm, open and introspective experience and settles the mind. We build on this foundation, using Pranayama (breathing exercises), to consciously direct, focus and balance our energy. These practices are preparation for a deep meditation in the last 15-20 minutes of class. Using these techniques we enhance our awareness of our own deep knowing and develop a sense of equanimity, an ability to stay open and engage in the reality of every moment no matter what life brings. Friday Noon

Yoga Nidra

 Restorative, Meditative

Yoga Nidra, an ancient Tantric Yoga practice (literally “sleep of the yogis”), is a method of inducing complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation while remaining totally alert and aware. Yoga Nidra is practiced to reduce stress, overcome insomnia, solve personal problems, resolve trauma, and overcome fear, anger and depression. As well, it is an experience of inquiry and meditation designed to facilitate awakening to one’s true nature. Yoga Nidra is a reclining, guided mediation. No asana (postures) are done in yoga nidra. Wednesday Noon

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