March 30th, 2021
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Greetings!
Over 30 years of practicing and teaching I have had several teachers guiding me on my journey. Some of them face to face, others through their writing or recordings. A few have had a major impact on me through their guidance both on and off the mat, and I am forever grateful for how they led me on a journey of curiosity and exploration, patience and humility.

In my role as a teacher they have also helped me with language. Sometimes their words help me find a way to describe my own experiences on the mat, which I then can use to help guide others. It is not easy to put English, or Swedish words for that matter, onto the internal subtle experiences of the practice. And yet it's important to find a way to encourage others. To be able to hint at the indescribable experiences of yoga, without defining them so that we go searching for someone else's experience, not our own. A task that I still find challenging and interesting. My teachers also helped me to form my own language throughout the years, simply by leaving enough room and space for me to have my own journey.

Just this morning I realized that there is a word I haven't used much in my teachings, but that beautifully and simply describes how I slowly but surely started to live life in my 20's. I chose to live my life deliberately. I still choose to live my life this way, as the dictionary defines it, consciously and intentionally. To me this entails making choices. Lots of them. Each and every day. Some of these choices are major lifechanging ones, and some are smaller, everyday choices. But they are all choices. The opposite of letting life happen to me the way the society dictates it, but rather in a way that my heart can blossom and soar. So that love and compassion can grow and my days are filled with meaning.

I know that for some of you, this past year has opened new doors. That you have woken up to see that there is a different way of living, that there are choices that you actually can make, even though before they didn't look like choices to you. Your mind did not see it that way. To me, this is waking up to the possibility of living a more deliberate life.

If you are already there, I urge you to continue asking yourself how you want to live each and every day, within the boundaries of what you can change, and what you can't. And if you are not there yet, perhaps your question today can be: how do I want to live this day? Can you break free from your own habitual, conditioned way of thinking? How do you choose to go about your chores, your work and interactions with others? It does mean that you have to pause for a few moments, to open up to what is here, right in front of you, right now. Remembering that yoga is after all about the "how". How do you want to live this precious day?


"Intentional living is the art of making our own choices

before others' choices make us."

R. Norton

 
Please note that I will not be teaching Wednesday the 31st through Sunday the 4th of April. But the two recorded Sunday classes will be available to stream.

Also note that the free breathing session on Saturday mornings will take a pause during the month of April.

All other weekly classes will be held according to schedule.


I wish you all a beautiful start of April, and peaceful holidays.



Lena


Weekly classes via Zoom


Wednesdays:

Yoga Nidra/Guided Meditation 7:30pm - 8:15


Thursdays:

Mixed Level Class 9:00am - 10:15


Saturdays:

Level 2/3 Class 9:00am - 10:15

(Free breathing practice 10:30am - 10:50 - Pausing in April)


Sundays:

Mixed Level Class 9:00am- 10:15

Gentle Beginner's Class 10:30am - 11:30



The zoom ID : 355-453-9271

The passcode: 2468

This is the URL for the classes for those of you who can't download the app:





Class Exchange


Asana classes: 1st class in a week: $20 and 2nd in a week: $15

Yoga Nidra : $15


Payment options:

Zelle

CashApp

Venmo

All you need for either of these is my email: lena@lenamadsenyoga.com

If you can't use these electronic options please put a check in the mail to:

Lena Madsen

P.O. Box 845

Nyack NY 10960



To join me

Download Zoom App

Download the free "Zoom Meeting" app on the device you want to be using.

If you do not have a device on which you can download the app, you use the URL above. Your options are different if you do this, but you can still follow along.


Video on or off

You have a choice to keep your video on, or, to turn it off.


Important before class

Turn off all other devices that stream media in your home during class.

Place the device so you can see it easily from the mat for the mixed level classes. Although understand you might have to move it when we practice.


Props

I know some of you have props, but if you don't, you will be fine. Look around your home and find things that will work for you. Folded blankets or bath towels for sitting, a thick book or two for a block, especially for you that need them in a standing forward bend. A belt, tie or hand towel to use instead of a belt. Have them all ready before we start, so if you need it, you have it.