February Museletter
For the Love of Heart

"A nation's culture resides in the hearts & in the soul of its people"
- Mahatma Gandhi

As I question whether or not the direction of the February Museletter should lean more toward the relevance of our practice to our physical heartscape or to lean more toward the spiritual beautifier of love as a gift from Source, within us, as a collective...

I find my wobble. Then I find my shake. Then I recognize my projection. Then my notion that no matter which way I go, the heart is all around. It is not an either/or. It is at the center of it all, both of science and of spirit.

I am planted into stillness, but underneath the surface there is something stirring like the seeds in the ground during this time of the year - Imbolc in the Gaelic tradition (2/1/19) - midway between Winter & Spring Equinox.

Then I bathe myself in it- this love, this churning. I feel the release. I envision it. I steep in it. The wave of love cleanses my body and engages my sense of being. I laugh! I weep! I feel! It's sacred, yet something that cannot be hidden and is an abundant joy to share.

The bird, it circles. The cage looks different now.

Be good to your hearts, friends, as it is an organ of knowledge. Whether you think of the heart in your left chest, to your right, near your stomach, as friend or foe, do remember that our awakening heart can help transform our lives - our direct presence, our sense of belonging, our capacity to trust and to move with grace and ease...to contradict ego and to heal chasms.

Love holds the Universe together.

Do you write to your heart? Sing to it? Shush it? Shame it? Believe in it? Embrace it? Get it pumping? What's with all this "love and light" stuff?

Imagine your heart chakra filling with light. Entering through any hard casings - finding its way, accepting positive frequencies & vibrating with this love beyond the chambers. Once you've filled yourself, see how you can share it intentionally with others, verbally or silently, and may it be good for your soul and our collective system.

In love and light,

Stepping onto the mat for a little yoga is one of the best things you can do for your heart. The latest research finds yoga enhances cardiovascular health in a number of ways, from calming the nervous system and reducing disease-causing inflammation to taming hypertension and boosting beneficial HDL cholesterol. It also improves circulation and lung function, and may even reduce heart disease risk as effectively as brisk walking and cycling. That’s good news for yogis of all levels, including men, who now account for nearly one in five people doing yoga. These relaxing yoga poses are particularly good for heart health.

They say what's good for your heart is good for your brain, too!

Staying physically active, socially connected, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are key in both preventing or delaying diseases like Dementia, and living well despite any diagnosis!


Qoya with Marina Logan Fridays 6:00-7:30
has a theme each week (Next up, 2/8, Endless Love) and now has a dedicated Facebook page, Qoya Hendo .

B.O.D.Y. Mapping with Emily
Wednesdays 4:00-5:15
is now being re-branded as a class for woman-identified only. Sorry, men!

MEN- We would love to hear from you about what some of your needs may be for a special class with you in mind!

Yo-Lates with Pam
Wednesdays 11:15-12:30 starts February 13th through April 17th
Iron Pilates will meet on February 6th and return again in late Spring!

Healthy, Happy, Holy with Jagdeesh

Vinyasa Flow with Jamie has been cancelled.
Thank you to those who attended Jamie's Saturday classes. We look forward to better timing for Jamie to join us at The Shift.

Embodiment Series: Moving through the Tissues with Erin
Tuesdays 6:00-7:30 for 4 weeks, starting February 5th
We all know that muscles make us move, but do we know what it feels like to be in all our tissues when we move? What does it feel like when we focus on our skin, fascia, or bones? In this 4-week series we will explore what it feels like to initiate movement from different tissues and to "listen" to what each "says". We will also explore what it feels like to "share energy" throughout the rest of the body with areas that feel depleted or less energetic than others. 

Beginner Belly Dance with Erin
Thursdays 6:45-8:00pm through February 28th
Focus will be on how belly dance can improve posture, energy, core strength, and a healthy lower back outside of class. 

"The Voice of Knowledge" with Michele Laub, MS
Wednesdays 11:30-12:45 February 13th-March 6th
(Small Studio/Treatment Room)
“Before We Ate the Lies of Knowledge, We Lived in Truth”   don Miguel Ruiz
Join me in re-opening the door to` to a reality of joy, love, truth and beauty in this workshop series. It is not necessary to read the book unless you choose to. I will guide us in the re-discovery of who we were when we children as we lighten our spirits and embrace the perfection and joy of who we truly are.
Reading the book The Voice of Knowledge is helfpul, but not required.

ELDOA with Jennifer Armstrong
Tuesdays/Thursdays 6:15-7:30 March 5th-March 21st
To reserve your space, contact Jennifer:
(828) 243-8353 or email info@armstrongintegrativemovement to sign up
$60 for 6 classes (may be purchased in person)
Drop-ins will be allowed at $12/class. The Shift Members 10% off.
“Only with good awareness is it possible to ask the body to correct itself. You are your own best therapist." - Dr. Guy Voyer, DO

Class cards are welcome for all regular classes.
Bring a friend, or two, if you'd like -
the first class at The Shift for local newcomers is free!

Studio Events in February

So matic Pelvic Floor Yoga Nidra  A dynamic marriage of neuroscience, mind-body enhancements and positive neuroplasticity.
$30 if paid in advance . $40 day-of. 20% off for Shift Members.

Singing gently at the thresholds of life in over 200 communities around the world. Traditionally, the choir sings at bedside of those at end-of-life. This community Song Bath is a tremendous opportunity to experience the gentle voices, simple songs, sincere kindness, soothing and reassuring presence for families, caregivers, anyone experiencing a threshold in life. Join Michele Skeele and other local Threshold Choir members in this unique opportunity to be bathed in song!

Learn practical, yoga-based tools that will help you:
– Manage episodes and break cycles of anxiety and depression
– Establish preventative practices that strengthen emotional and neuropsychological resiliency
-Develop a relationship of safety, care-taking, and radical kindness toward yourself.

In Divine Reciprocity, Love Donations to the studio are appreciated!
A community gathering to trade/barter/exchange/gift sacred items and receive new-to-you sacred items. We will also sip some delicious herbal tea, and have heart-centered sister connections new & old.

This month's Walkshop will be on Labyrinth Rituals. Come meet Chuck, walk the Labyrinth, engage with your ability to transform with this ancient tool.
By Donation, RSVP appreciated

$60 ~ price does not include Yamuna® Foot Fitness tools; tools will be provided for use and available for purchase for home practice.
Early Bird price ~ by Feb. 1 $50, must pay by Feb. 15 to hold your place
Yamuna® Foot Fitness quickly and effectively restores healthy foot function, heals & prevents injury and develops strong, flexible, pain-free feet at any age.

By Donation, RSVP appreciated
$20, Register Online

Year-Long Members of The Shift receive 20% off workshops Use CODE MEMBERS20 to purchase workshops online


The focus for this workshop is Yamuna® self-care solutions for the feet, ankles and calves, but you may be surprised to see how the whole body benefits! 

Bunions, flat feet, heel pain, hammer toes, shin splints, achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, knee pain, hip pain, back pain, even neck pain can be relieved by a little self-discovery and a committed self-care practice of Yamuna® Foot Fitness. Happy feet! Happy life!
Meet Michelle Arington, RYT- 500, IINHC, C-IAYT

Michelle Arington, from Athens, Ga, is a certified Integrative Nutrition Mind-Body Health & Wellness Coach, SilverSneakers® and NASM certified fitness trainer; Ageless Grace™ Educator, Nia White Belt and trauma-informed IAYT Yoga therapist; Yamuna® Body Rolling & Foot Fitness practitioner and Yamuna® teacher trainer.

​Michelle maintains a private wellness coaching practice in Athens, Ga., and offers public classes, workshops and corporate wellness programs that focus on the topics of self-care, and pain, stress and mood management using the tools of nutrition, fitness, yoga, mindfulness, meditation and Yamuna®.

Saturday, February 23 / 2-4pm

$60 ~ price does not include Yamuna® Foot Fitness tools; tools will be provided for use and available for purchase for home practice.

Early Bird price ~ by Feb. 1 $50
Must pay by Feb. 15 to hold your place
Please  contact Michelle Arington  to register and pay
Ignite Your Sacred Center

Through out the phases of our lives, our wombs have many roles. Some we embody for a season, others overlap several, while a few remain with us for the entirety of our lives. Having a deep and resonant connection to the muscles and neural structures of your pelvic floor and energetic womb will bring a heightened sense of aliveness to your everyday life.

In our time together we will use Somatic Yoga and Yoga Nidra to:

    + Strengthen your pelvic floor muscles
    + Reestablish a coherent brain-body-yoni connection    
    + Awaken your physical and emotional vitality    
    + Re-sculpt your feminine presence

Whether it’s your time of full fertility or the other end, time to explore your creative expression, this workshop will lead you to elevate your sense of aliveness, playfulness and creative expression while stimulating a re-birth from the inside out.

I have the match.                          

Are you ready to be a flame?

Second Saturdays, 1:30-3:30pm
Registration Recommended.
Meet JeanMarie Murphy, RYT 500 

As part of recovering from years of bookkeeping (and only teaching yoga as a hobby) Jean Marie entered the world of mind-body medicine earning her RYT 500 as a Kripalu yoga teacher.

From the Integral Yoga Institute (Satchidananda Ashram) she received a cardiac yoga teacher certification and within that training she learned Laughter Yoga (1997). As her version of post graduate work, she received certification from The Academy for Guided Imagery and The Muscular Therapy Institute.

 In these extensive multi-year trainings she developed her passion for neuroscience, psychoneuroimmunology, anatomy and physiology and her skill as a conscious embodiment coach.
After years of teaching to the patients and staff in hospital and hospice settings, her focus of enhancing somatic awareness and consciousness embodiment has shifted to working with individuals taking up the leadership of their lives.

As a process called Engaging Your Wholeness, she teaches Yoga Nidra, Laughter Yoga and her specialized pelvic floor somatic yoga series for women transitioning into peri-menopause and menopause. She hosts a monthly program called Feed Your Juicy that includes a monthly themed yoga nidra recording and a free Q & A tele-seminar on the New and Full Moon. JeanMarie can be reached at  engagingyourwholeness.com  
Have you heard about Healing Touch for Health?

Healing Touch is a  compassionate energy therapy.

Holistic  practitioners use their hands in a heart-centered and intentional way to facilitate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health and  self-healing .

Healing Touch uses gentle, light or near body touch to balance and energize the human energy field leading to deep relaxation and improved health and wellness.

Ruth Ann  828 230 5439 or  Suzie  828 689 3292 
Visit Healing Touch for Health right here at The Shift!

Free Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Classes -Share with a friend. Registration Required. Heather Bauer & Suzanne Tindol

Tuesday, March 5th
1:00-3:00 Embrace Calm - Age with Confidence
with guests Karen Wolfrom, Jill Hart, and Laura Uherka

Tuesdays, beginning March 12th
12:45-1:45pm Chair & Standing
with Denise McDorman

Thursdays, March 7th-28th
4:00-5:30 Kundalini
with Daya Narayan

Workshops, By Donation:

Tuesday, March 12th, 2:00-4:00
Yoga for Falls Prevention
Tuesday, March 26th, 2:00-4:00
Yoga for Healing Injuries
Leslie Ferree Morrill, IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist, E-RYT 500, Duke Integrative Medicine Health Coach


"Living simply makes loving simple."

-bell hooks

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