Everything I want to say in this newsletter is wrapped up in an entry that I've been swimming in lately from the Radiance Sutras, which was inspired by classic yogic text that dates back about 1,200 years. The focus of the Radiance Sutras is openness to full-body experience in ways that cannot be tasted, smelled, touched, seen or controlled. Experience that comes to us as if from a sense that is not of the 5-physical senses.
It is what we experience as Yoga when we come to our mat, not knowing what we'll learn about ourselves. It's about being unattached to what the lesson will be on or off our mats.
Then skim down to view the great offerings at Breathe Yoga & Wellness this April & May, and an important message from a teacher from our yoga family who has been one of the pillars of our flourishing wellness community. We will miss Annaliese as she travels with her partner this year!
I hope you're loving more courageously than you thought possible.
Rhonda Cook, c-IAYT, eRYT
Certified Yoga Therapist
Breathe Yoga & Wellness
131 West Union Street, Morganton
sarva sroto nibandhena prāṇa śakty ordhvayā śanaiḥ
pipīla sparśa velāyām prathate paramaṁ sukham
Rivers of power flowing everywhere.
Fields of magnetism relating everything.
This is your origin.
This is your lineage.
The current of creation is right here,
Coursing through subtle channels,
Animating this very form.
Follow the gentle touch of life,
Soft as the footprint of an ant,
As tiny sensations open to vastness.
Power sings as it flows,
Electrifies the organs of sensing,
Becomes liquid light,
Nourishes your entire being.
Celebrate the boundary
Where streams join the sea,
Where body meets infinity.
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| April Yoga & Wine
Friday April 20, 6:00 - 7:30pm
Led by Erica Baxter, eRYT
Join yoga teacher Erica Baxter on Fri for an evening of fun and relaxation. We'll start with a stretchy, flowy, feel-good yoga class, followed by wine and time with friends.
No prior yoga experience needed. Must be 21 or older to participate; no exceptions.
Cost is $12 for Breathe Members / $15 for non-Members OR pay $22 for two. Inquire about special group pricing!
Follow this link to reserve your spot or spots.
| Rest & Be Stretched! Thai Massage Day
Sunday April 22, 2018
One-hour sessions starting at 11:30am
watch a video
on Thai Massage to learn what to expect during this wonderful, relaxing treatment as well as licensed bodyworker bios.
$60 per one-hour Thai Massage Session. $55 for active Breathe Monthly Members.
Learn more here about booking, payment, and cancellations.
Book an appointment by
following this link
Spring Guest Teacher Workshop w/ Anne Lowell:
Yoga Beyond the Mat
Three-hour workshop S
aturday, April 28, 2018, 11am - 2pm
You may have heard the phrase "take your yoga off of the mat" but what does that really mean? And more importantly: how do you do it and what's the point? This workshop will deepen your practice and grow your understanding of yoga through group discussion and self-reflection.
Besides teaching yoga, Anne is an ACSM certified personal trainer and completed her 500 hour yoga credential at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Anne wrote a beautiful blog post with us to share more about her yogic path and philosophy here.
FREE Sample Workshop for this 5-Part Story Medicine Series
Sunday, April 29, 2018, 2 - 4pm
Story Medicine is an ancient indigenous modality for healing that uses writing, ceremony, and community for healing trauma. Story Medicine Worldwide provides instruction and support for visionary healers and writers at various stages of expression, collaborating to present and grow our very unique work locally and beyond.
Ready to take your practice deeper? Or have you been wanting to begin a new practice?
Private yoga sessions are geared specifically to YOUR needs. We want everyone to have a home practice that supports the learning of essential concepts that will help you prioritize your OWN wellness goals!
- Book Private Sessions, 60 or 90 minute (for 1 or 2 people) led by highly trained yoga teachers
- Small Group Sessions (3 or more)
- Consults & Therapies >> Thai Massage 1-hour sessions led by licensed body workers
- Yoga Therapy led by certified Yoga Therapist
Yoga Therapy is a person-centered approach, is led by specially trained instructors, and takes into account a student's total wellness, physical and mental health conditions, and is centered around a specific goal, such as sleep regulation, support of healing from injury or surgery, reducing effects of chronic conditions, pain reduction. Evidence-based modalities are offered along with full assessment, recommendations and follow up.
For both general private yoga sessions and Yoga Therapy, the instructor
may request a phone, in-person, or written assessment to gauge the student's individual needs.
Breathe Yoga & Wellness offers discounts for the booking of multiple sessions, along with discounts for professional referrals.
Referring wellness practitioners should email their patient's or client's name to us
Private sessions can be booked by following this link
or by email inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
While the only insurance we can use for covering private sessions are HSA or FSA debit cards, Breathe Yoga & Wellness offers discounts for the booking of multiple sessions, along with discounts with a written referral by any wellness practitioner for yoga or meditation.
Brand-New to Yoga
2-hour Beginners Workshop
Saturday May 19, 2018 from 11am - 1pm
Led by Erica Baxter, eRYT
This is a 2-hour workshop is offered again by popular demand, and is for beginning yoga students who want to learn the practice of yoga.
The instructor will progressively take the class from very basic yoga postures to standing and moving in a slow flow movement, linking movement with breath.
This workshop will help give new students the tools needed to easily move towards a mixed-levels class with confidence.
Cost is $20 per person.
Reserve your spot
WATCH FOR MORE INFO about a special discount that will be offered to workshop participants for a private or small-group pack of sessions following this workshop.
| Ecstatic Dance gathering
Friday April 13, 7:15 - 8:30pm
Led by Elizabeth Williams at Breathe Yoga & Wellness
This is YOUR space to explore whatever movements come naturally. There are no boundaries and you can literally move/dance in any way you feel compelled to. Benefits of ecstatic dance include bliss, healing, awakening of the senses, energy raising, connection, and community ~~~
Yogini Elizabeth Williams will generously hold space, welcome, and guide you, and Rhonda will offer a few beginning warmups, Pranayama & movements to get you started.
Suggested entry is $3-$5
Learn more about the Ecstatic Dance gathering
Lake James Weekend Retreat & A Message From Annaliese
Reconnect and Rejuvenate during this
weekend of total relaxation, healing, and reset with:
- yoga & meditation led by Annaliese Koltermann
- high quality, fresh foods
- sound & transformational energy healing
- access the beautiful Lake James
- time to rest, nap, swim, journal, bathe - whatever your hearts desire
"This (retreat) will be my last in person retreat in the area! I'm going on the road traveling with my beloved in our new lil home!"
"It has been a complete joy and honor to serve this community alongside a powerful and inspiring group of leaders at Breathe and beyond. This area has a special community of people that truly value service, human connection, healing, and longevity. Yay Morganton - you have helped me grow and I'm so grateful.
I'm available to check in after scheduled classes at breathe if you have questions or want to connect with me!"
We will miss you,
Annaliese! (tip: ask her for pics of her "new lil home"! :-D
Bookmark Friday May 11th for a tentative workshop led by Annaliese; 100%
love offerings for this donation-based class will go to our local Big Brothers Big Sisters. Details TBA.
for our complete schedule, class descriptions and more!