We're excited to include more BYS Yoga instructors in upcoming e-newsletter posts and this week's introduction is from Ashley O'Hara:
“We'd all like a guarantee before making a decision or taking a risk, but the irony is that taking the risk is what opens us to our fate. It's like wanting to know what things will taste like before putting them in your mouth. It just can't be figured out that way. I always seem to be relearning that real commitment comes before I know where anything is going. That's what listening to your heart is all about. Without jumping off its perch, the bird would never fly. Without jumping out of your heart's silence, love is never possible. Without asking to be whole, the divine essence waits inside everything the way bread hardens if never bitten into. For me, as I look back, being a poet came after committing to speak though I had no idea what I needed to say, and the grace of being loved has come into my life after admitting freely that I wanted to love though I wasn't sure how. If we devote ourselves to the effort to be real, the Universe in all its forms will find us, the way that wind finds leaves and waves find shore.” ~Mark Nepo

We all have certain books we return to again and again for inspiration. At BYS Yoga studio, we love Mark Nepo’s, The Book of Awakening . Last Saturday, Alana shared this quote about commitment and risk. I like how this reading relates to our yoga practice. How can it really grow unless we commit to it fully? How will we ever know what we can do unless we give it a wholehearted try? Where will our efforts take us? As Mark Nepo states, the real commitment comes before we know where anything is going.

As we worked on variations of wheel and handstands and transitioning from one through the other [yoga tick tocks] using the wall for support, it brought up a lot of fears coming from handstand to a backbend: How far away is the wall? Will I be able to reach the ground with my foot? Am I strong enough? What if I fall? Can my body even do this?

So, what’s a yogi to do? I committed to giving it a wholehearted try, but I couldn’t do it alone. I asked Alana to spot me, and with her support the wall didn’t seem as far away and with some verbal reassurance, my feet found the ground as I situated myself in the backbend once more. That whole process started with my commitment to taking the risk and giving it a go, without knowing the outcome.

Thanks Alana. Thanks Yoga for these opportunities to practice the heart skills for real life! There are a lot of new paths brewing for 2018, I’m setting the intention to commit to what’s important to me even though I have no control over the outcomes! 

In service,
Ashley
Our DECEMBER SCHEDULE starts tomorrow! We'll be moving through these darkest days of the year with both regular classes and special events - including our annual end of the year CANDLELIGHT YOGA CLASSES for the last 2 weeks!
THIS WEEKEND
w/ RaeLynn Gigler

FRIDAY, December 1st 2017
6:30-8 p.m.


by donation / pay what you wish

NO PRE-REGISTRATION NEEDED
w/ Mary Anne Buvens

SUNDAY, December 3rd 2017
5:30-7 p.m.

regular class pricing
DECEMBER SPECIAL EVENTS
FRIDAY, December 8th 2017
w/ Alicia Broudy-Clawson
supporting: Give Hope

FRIDAY, December 22nd 2017
w/ Kristi Rogers

FRIDAY, December 29th 2017
w/ Ashley O'Hara
supporting: POWER

6:30-8 p.m.

by donation / pay what you wish

NO PRE-REGISTRATION NEEDED
w/ Paul Richards

SUNDAY, December 10th 2017
2:30-3:30 p.m.

$15 per family
w/ Kristen Kolenda

SUNDAY, December 10th 2017
5:30-7 p.m.

regular class pricing
w/ Nicole Zellie Lann

FRIDAY, December 15th 2017
6:30-8 p.m.

by donation / pay what you wish

NO PRE-REGISTRATION NEEDED
w/ Ashley O'Hara & friends

SUNDAY, December 17th 2017
5:30-7 p.m.

regular class pricing
MONDAY, December 18th 2017
w/ Kristen Kolenda
TUESDAY, December 19th 2017
w/ Amy Burk
WEDNESDAY, December 20th 2017
w/ Lynn Rescigno
THURSDAY, December 21st 2017
w/ Paul Richards

TUESDAY, December 26th 2017
w/ RaeLynn Gigler
WEDNESDAY, December 27th 2017
w/ Jesse Bueno
THURSDAY, December 28th 2017
w/ Holly Koenig

6:30-8 p.m.
(only one evening class each day)

regular class pricing
SAVE THE DATE
FRIDAY, January 5th 2018
6:30-8 p.m. - Free Community Yoga Class
8-10 p.m. - Open House w/ Refreshments

It's almost time for our annual NEW YEAR: RENEWED event! A fun and thoughtful way to celebrate the beautiful practice of yoga with the BYS Yoga Community and a chance to welcome the New Year with awareness and intention! The BYS Yoga instructors will team teach a special complimentary all levels yoga class to say " thank you" to existing students and " welcome" to new students!
BYS Yoga | Historic South Side | Pittsburgh | 412-481-YOGA (9642) | www.bys-yoga.com