Stop Scrolling, Come Together

We are all just walking each other home. ~ Ram Dass
 
Yesterday I came across the quote above and my heart Immediately said YES and my eyes became misty. Viscerally, I felt the loss of physical presence and the “come together” moments, large and small, that once made connection feel more solid.
 
What could feel more unlike coming together than living in an infectious pandemic during a volatile election year that has highlighted racial injustice and social inequities? How do we walk each other home right now? What might we do to stay engaged in a meaningful way while remaining awake and aware?
 
When envisioning this month’s Find Your Center Retreat, I intuited many would be in the midst of uncertainty, doomscrolling social media, caught somewhere between the need to know and the aversion to reading of more catastrophe. As a contrast, Natalie Akins and I designed a morning of connection, quiet contemplation and grounding practices to evoke both calm and awareness.
 
Find Your Center has been a focus of alleyCat from our inception, and there is no better time than NOW to root into that path. Come together In retreat and explore practices that center you personally and unite us collectively as we walk each other home.
 
Join Natalie and me, Saturday, October 24, 9:00-Noon. Come together, get centered and reenter life grounded, awake and aware. 
 
~Jai Bhagwan
Susan

21 Days to Abundant Joy

Every summer for many years, alleyCat Yoga practitioners have embarked upon an early morning ritual of practice at sunrise (6:00 – 7:15 a.m.) for 21 days straight. And this year anyone from around the world can take the class LIVE ONLINE over Zoom. Why on earth would someone do that, you might ask? Answer: Because it could change your entire life. 

No joke. After 21 days of getting up and practicing yoga before you start your day, I’m convinced that you will experience one or all of the following benefits: You will feel like a new person. You will have more energy. You will be more confident. You will have better health. You will have more clarity and insight into how you live your life. You will be more loving toward yourself and others. You will be stronger and more flexible in your mind and body. You will love the morning.

This year the 21 Day Sunrise Yoga Adventure will be structured around the first and second steps of the yogic eight-fold path—the Yamas and the Niyamas. These are the ten ethical practices from the yoga sutra that help you live your life with more grace and kindness on and off the mat. Read More »

Safe and Sacred Space–Reopening Update

At alleyCat Yoga our intention is to create a safe and sacred space so that the benefits of the practices of yoga can be fully realized by all.
~Ken McRae
 

I hope all is well with you. I want to fill you in about what is happening at the studio as the community around us begins to stir and contemplate reopening. Personally I have had some fear about this transition as I am faced with making difficult decisions in the midst of uncertainty.

After considerable reflection and information gathering I find solace in the original mission of the studio to hold both safe and sacred space. At this time that space is created in our Live Online classes and it feels right and ethical for that to continue for now.

In order to maintain safety, alleyCat will NOT resume In-studio classes when the Stay at Home Order ends on May 4. We will continue LIVE ONLINE classes through May 15 and most likely through the entire month of May.

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Live ONLINE Classes

ALL Scheduled Classes are LIVE ONLINE via ZOOM

So how are we going to do this and what do you need to know? Let’s get right down to it. You need your practice now more than ever and we want and need you to stay committed to your practice and to your yoga community. Here are things you need to know:

How Do I See the Live Broadcast

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Flattening the Curve: Classes Go LIVE ONLINE

Wow, things are moving quickly in our country, around the world, in our community and in the yoga community. These are the times when we must dip in to the depths of our practice and act with intention. Our country and the globe is in a crises and we are all being asked to do what we can to Flatten the Curve. Today I have made the decision to take that action.
 
In a time when we need one another most, what we must do is limit contact in order to protect one another and our most vulnerable population and lessen the spread of COVID-19. Fortunately, we live in a time where we can connect on the phone, on social media and online in order to pull together and support one another.
 
After watching this situation closely and taking advice from experts at at the CDC, WHO, as well as Yoga Alliance, all classes will move to ONLINE LIVE STREAMING ONLY beginning Wednesday at 8:30 am.
 
As a result of the efforts of Tula Software, our studio software, you will be able to practice with your teacher from wherever you are, easily and simply through the View Broadcast links on the Studio Schedule website page. This will allow your teacher to see who is participating in the class and to teach to you, their student, just as they always do. You will also be able to communicate with the teacher before and after the class and talk with other students before and after the class.
 
The View Broadcast link will appear on the Schedule for classes in which you are registered WHEN you are LOGGED IN to your Student Account.