December Museletter
OM for the Holidays -
We may have heard sayings like "too blessed to be stressed" or "let go of traditions that leave you broke, overwhelmed & tired."
What is summoned for you when you hear these things?

Let me pose the question...what kind of poser are you?

I think about "pose" and many different meanings come to mind - the literal physical shaping of our bodies into a particular position, as well as to copy, and also to "fake it til we make it". Literally, "pose" has been described as "to set forth or offer for attention or consideration", to "present" or to "set in place", to "assume an attitude or posture for artistic purposes", and to "puzzle" or "baffle".

Beyond the asana, how do we take our practice with us in our daily lives?

Around the holidays, especially, do we find ways to share our light or to dim it? Do we maintain our mindfulness or do we wrap it up and put a bow on it, waiting for a moment to unpackage and perhaps even glorify it? Or, perhaps, do we feel like we've lost it somewhere between to-do lists and price gouging and keeping our families happy?
Some may even say that their mindfulness simply hibernates. Do we slip back into our comfortable traditions that may not serve us any longer? Do we forgive ourselves when we do? Do we acknowledge our sense of discernment? Of service? Of hospitality?

How do we bring our practice into this season? How do you go OM for the holidays?

It takes practice to have faith. No matter what your religion, the context of faith is of a living tradition and a culture, shared beyond our time on Earth.

Maya Angelou said, "We can only try to be Christian". The book Practicing our Faith defines Christian practices "as things Christian people have done together over time to address fundamental human needs in the light of and in response to God's grace in Jesus Christ."

From, "s ometimes simply affirming how intimate we already are with various forms of mystery can liberate us from the feelings of fear and needing to control life…"

In the book, The Logic of Faith , there is a Buddhist quality that "faith is a thorny subject these days. Its negative expressions cause many to dismiss it out of hand...for faith is really nothing but our natural proclivity to find certainty in a world where certainty is hard to come by...a truth beyond the limits of 'is' and 'is not', to open ourselves to the whole wonderful range of human experience."

What is the nature of "posing" for you this holiday season? Maybe you've seen the "reverse" Advent calendar, or you already plan on volunteering for Bounty of Bethlehem, or you would like to host a family in need. Perhaps you are there for someone who is questioning their faith, or you are leading by example in your service, or you are recognizing the impact you have on someone in your life you are caring for, and/or are tending to your body as your temple. You are doing your best to be impeccable with your word and not taking things personally?

Let's pose, and pause, together as 2018 comes to a close in clause...whether our rituals and celebrations are same or different, the spirit in me salutes the spirit in you.

OM, om, OM

Yours in Faith,
Bring Your Own Presence:
Home for the Holidays
Standing Yoga, Movement & Labyrinth
Denise McDorman

Series: December 4th, 11th, 18th
Tuesdays, 1:45pm-3:00pm

On Tuesday, December 4th, the class will be accompanied by a live Cellist!
Come to one class, or come to them all!

Give a gift of The Shift- experience and transformation!
We also have Gift Certificates available at the front desk.
upcoming class series
Iron Pilates (6-weeks)
Begins January 2nd
Wednesdays 11:15a-12:30pm.
Wendy Schuchart
Class cards welcome.

Post-Holiday Recovery: Kundalini Yoga (8-weeks)
Begins January 3rd
Thursdays 5:00-6:30pm
Daya Narayan Betsy Perry
Class cards welcome.

Beginner's Pilates (4-weeks)
Begins January 8th
Tuesdays 6:00-7:00pm
Pam Hester
Class cards welcome.

Beginner's Belly Dance ( Specialty, 7-Weeks)
Begins January 10th
Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm

Embodiment Series ( Specialty, 4-weeks)
Begins February 5th
Tuesdays 6:00-7:30pm

Matters of the Heart: Kundalini Yoga
Begins February 3rd
Sundays 4:00-5:30pm
Class cards welcome

Children's Yoga:
We will be sharing more information about upcoming series for Children. The last regular BloomingKids class is on 12/15 from 11:30a-12:45pm with Polly. The new year will bring new opportunities for sharing the JOY of yoga with our younger counterparts as well as giving them important tools for their education, growth, connection and relationships.

ELDOA Update:

ELDOA Workshop has been rescheduled for
January 19th 10a-12p
Cost: $50
20% off for members - Please purchase in advance which guarantees your reservation. Minimum of 5 ppl, register by January 12th.

This very special intensive class blends spinal decompression and myofascial stretches for relief of upper-body chronic pain and tightness. No ELDOA experience necessary!

We will have another ELDOA series in March, for 3 weeks. This will now be a Specialty class and we hope to offer it bi-monthly in 2019. Members will receive 10% off class packages. Registration will be required. More information to come.
Studio Events in December & January

Sunday, December 16th, 6:00-7:30
Winter Solstice Celebration, an Evening of Bhakti with Jenne (By Donation)

Monday, December 17th, 2:30-3:45
Heart of the Matter Active Meditation with Laura Uherka (By Donation)

Saturday, December 22nd, 10:00-5:00
Winter Solstice Gathering & Full Moon Women's Circle with Jessica Ricchetti (Purchase & Reservations Online)

Saturday, December 29th, 6:30-8:00
Gong Meditation with Jagdeesh
there will be no Gong Meditation in January

Saturday, January 4th, 1:00-5:00
Liberate Your Muse: Yoga & Writing Workshop with Robin Greene

Sunday, January 13th, 4:00-6:00
Stretching & Intuition Workshop with Erin Passarello

Saturday, January 19th, 9:00-11:00
ELDOA Workshop with Jennifer Armstrong

We will resume Labyrinth Walkshops in January, with Chuck Hunner

Members of The Shift receive 20% off workshops and 10% off Specialty Class Packages. Members use code MEMBERS20 for online workshop orders and SPECIALTY for online specialty purchases.

In-person payments for classes, series and workshops are accepted by Heather or our regular instructors; although the fastest way to pay is online.

Reminders :

Please be mindful about scents , including fragrances like perfumes as well as essential oils, and body odor. Other students and instructors may have allergies or sensitivities. Smells can alter the experience of neutrality. Please use our bathroom amenities to freshen up anytime you'd like. There are hair ties, hygiene products, cleansers and First Aid supplies.

Unless otherwise specified, class cards are welcome for regular classes.

Bring a friend if you'd like - the first class at The Shift for local newcomers is free!

Well-behaved children ages 10 & up are welcome to attend classes with parental discretion. For workshops, please discuss with the facilitator as to suggested age for maximum benefit and level of appropriateness.

If you'd like to come solo, your children may enjoy Drop & Play, conveniently located just two blocks away! Bring your child to Drop & Play and receive 15% off Class Packages!
Hello! My name is Erin Passarello, and I am a licensed physical therapist in North Carolina. I have a passion for movement in many forms.

My heart is with movement in the form of play- modern dance, sacred belly dance, hiking, and biking. 

I also love playing with my dog (who happens to be a great trail buddy!). My passion is with helping people who have a similar journey-a passion for movement. 


“There is a voice that doesn't use words. Listen."

The Shift Studio, 708-B Fleming St., Hendersonville, NC 28791