Touching Autumn, the Cooling Earth
"True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived. Yoga doesn't care about what you have been; yoga cares about the person you are becoming. Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose, and for it to be truly called yoga, its essence must be embodied." 
~ Aadil Palkhivala (header photo by Alex Greenshpun Photography)

Hello, yoga family!

It's with so much interest in the changes created during this season of transition that I write to encourage you to maintain the practices that keep you feeling grounded. Part of what I love most about sharing the teachings of yoga is that I get to inspire others to discover the tools that work for them. 

During uncertainty and transition, I, personally, find comfort in physically challenging asanas, (physical practice: movements & poses), athletic activities like running and working out, and friendly competition (friendly as the operative word :). It also helps me to spend time in nature (yes, barefooted on moss and in grass), like hiking, climbing boulders and taking walks and runs with friends. Connecting and really diving into relationship with others helps me feel grounded. The diet that works for me during the more blustery and change-y Autumn days includes lots of root veggies and rich, soulful foods. I journal, noting doubts or worries; I re-read favorite books and re-watch favorite films. I explore meditations and thoughts that remind me to embrace the impermanence of everything; I read, listen to, and reach for words and scripture that comfort me during times of transition.

"Change is not only inevitable, but always happening. When you truly embrace this concept of change being constant, the only thing left to do is grow, detach, venture inwards, touch the spirit and find your source - the one responsible for keeping you grounded through the ever-changing seasons of life."
~ Julie Weiland

I avoid start brand new things for a bit, and instead settle into feeling more comfy among the changes that are occurring.

Breathe Yoga & Wellness is my vehicle for sharing these things with you! Delivering time-honored practices, our top-notch teachers are just absolutely so loving/empathetic/highly-trained... I hope you find in their classes and workshops exactly what you need this season for embracing change in your own life.

This month, we offer several programs that will be ongoing in some capacity, so read on for details so these might be incorporated into your study or your practice, including Kids Yoga, Thai Massage, Yoga & Wine, and a new book study around a book by Dr. Judith Lasater, who has been one of the true leaders of yoga in our modern times as a teacher and writer since 1971.

As always, please share with me your wishes for our yoga home and I'll do whatever I can to accommodate! 

Stay courageous! Warmly,


Rhonda Cook, c-IAYT, RYT500
Certified Yoga Therapist for Somatic
Health, Post-Trauma Care, Pain Reduction,
Addiction Recovery Support
p: 828-475-5775
Breathe Yoga & Wellness
131 West Union Street, Morganton

Kids Yoga Class

Saturdays Oct 14 & Oct 28, 2017 from 11:00 - 11:45am
Led by Shelli Welch, RYT200

Yoga stories, yoga games, partner fun, yoga songs, kid-friendly, yoga movement, breathing & meditation!

For school-age kids (approx 5-11, inquire with questions). PARENTS ARE INVITED TO JOIN THE KIDDOS OR WAIT IN THE STUDIO.

$7 per person (including parents/grandparents/guardians)

Learn more about the class and about teacher, Shelli Welch HERE. Reserve your kids' spots  HERE.

Yoga & Wine

Fridays, once monthly beginning Oct 20, 2017 from 6:00 - 7:30pm
Led by Erica Baxter, e-RYT

Join yoga teacher Erica Baxter for an evening of fun and relaxation. We'll start with a stretchy, flowy, feel-good yoga class, followed by wine, light refreshments and time with friends.

No prior yoga experience needed. Must be 21 or older to participate; no exceptions.

Cost is $10 for Breathe Members / $12 for non-Members OR pay $20 for two.

Reserve your spot or spots  HERE .

Book Study: Living Your Yoga, Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life by Dr. Judith Lasater

Sundays beginning Oct 22, 2017 at 4:00pm
Led by Erica Baxter, e-RYT

Do you want to take a dive into yoga philosophy? Or maybe just dip your toes in?  Living Your Yoga by Judith Lasater is a fantastic place to start. It's an introduction to the most important yogic philosophical concepts, and offers suggestions on how to take your yoga off the mat and into your life.

This monthly group book study session is offered by donation, which will go, in part, to a charity of the teacher's choice. There will be time for reading, reflection and dialogue in each group meeting, which will be held monthly for 7 months.

Would you like to read a more complete review of the book or more about the author? Follow this  LINK. Reserve your spot  HERE. Inquire with your book order or questions at before Oct 15, 2017.

Rest & Be Stretched! Thai Massage Day

Sunday, Oct 29, 2017 from 11:30am-5:30pm
with Nick Pfaller, LMBT & Sage Glass, LMBT

Back by popularity! Thai Massage bodywork demonstrations sessions will be available again in one-hour appointments at the end of the month.

Follow this link  or  watch a video  on Thai Massage to learn what to expect during this wonderful, relaxing treatment as well as licensed bodyworker bios.

$55 per one-hour Thai Massage Session.

Looking ahead....

Saturday Jan 6, 2018 from 10:30am - 12:30pm
$15 for Breathe members, $20 for non-members

$30 for Breathe members, $35 for non-members

Stay informed by visiting our Events page or by subscribing to this e-newsletter if you are not already receiving it in your inbox.

Cell-Phone Free Space & Studio Etiquette

It's not romantic or lovely, but we occasionally have to review our studio policies in order to create that safe capsule of time and space for the most people -- students AND teachers -- through which to provide the beauty that is yoga.

If you're new to Breathe Yoga & Wellness, or if you just need a refresher on our studio policies, please visit our page called Showing Up / Class Etiquette.

Although it's sometimes not possible to avoid, we encourage you to leave your cell phone and other electronic devices in your car. If you must bring it inside, please turn off or silence all electronics, including phones, pads, pods, beepers or anything that might ring or buzz. This even applies to devices left in the cubbies or in a back in the dressing room, or back rooms! In the event that you DO forget to turn yours off and it rings (we're imperfect; it happens!), please just let it ring out... it can be more distracting to a class and to the teacher for you to run out of the classroom to turn off your phone than it would to just let it stop ringing on its own. This is for the presence of mind for not only your fellow yoga students, but also for the teachers' focus and ability to hold space for the class.

  • Teachers have the right to lock the doors at the start of class to honor a safe, nurturing space for all students. Please arrive 10 minutes before class. If you do come in right as class is starting, find a spot quickly and silently;
  • The main studio area is a shoe-free zone. Stash your shoes and belongings in the cubbies in the front area or in the cubbies in the back dressing room as you enter;
  • Please honor the energy and environment created by the teacher in each class. Some classes are more extroverted; some are more introverted. Some teachers will ask for silence before and/or after class. Please honor this and direct all comments or questions to the teacher him/herself in a quiet voice before or after class.
This last suggestion ^^^ means that while we LOVE that you enjoy meeting up and visiting with friends at yoga, some people are coming to class for a reprieve from so much external stimulation and are seeking a quiet, meditative space. Thank you so much for practicing these simple guidelines to promote the most peace, serenity, and healing possible for our yoga family!

Member Benefits: Mat Storage

This is to remind you that Monthly Members get access to in-studio mat storage in the back dressing room or in the front unit near the desk. 

If you're a Monthly Member and are storing your mat with us, please be sure to have your name visible on the outside of your mat or mat bag so that we know it belongs to you, and to avoid it ending up in Lost & Found.

Thank you, Members, for being the roots of our beautiful yoga family tree!!!

Sacred Spaces Radio

If you've enjoyed one or more of our Sacred Spaces Radio podcasts, or if you have not yet had a chance to check them out, visit the podcast menu for audio that you may not have heard, pop in some ear buds, and give them a listen!

Visit the web page and menu of episodes HERE.

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131 West Union Street
Morganton, NC 28655

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