January Museletter
The Beauty of Mistakes

Maybe you know Bob Ross - the painter that just keeps painting through "mistakes", turning blots and unplanned strokes into something completely tolerable - and often even more majestic. He believes that "There are no mistakes, just happy accidents...E ver make mistakes in life? Let's make them birds. Yeah, they're birds now." 2018 was for the birds..here we are in 2019, with wings.

As I channel Bob Ross's amazing sense of ease with these moments of unpredictable mistakes as a disciplined artist, I think about how I feel when I make mistakes (usually far larger and heavier than a brush of paint) - far from inspired or comfortable, more often than not. It takes a lot for me to say "Let it go. What did you learn? Now what?" or "OH, how wonderful! This is exactly what needed to happen!" It's a stretch to feel ecstatic when we are faced with our mistakes, but there is a beauty in this moment when we realize we can bow to the process.

Many of us know this, but it bears repeating.

I often easily forgive others in their mistakes, but tend to criticize myself much more harshly. I would imagine many of us are this way. There is something so incredible when another human being expresses compassion and forgiveness to us and when we extend that to others; why do we so often neglect ourselves of this feeling from within?

Is there a mistake too large or too small to fit into this concept that we can move on from it without it tarnishing us permanently somehow? Will we allow ourselves to connect in these moments to something larger, an innate part of the master's web? I bring with that the "matter of scale" - be it mole, be it eagle, be it a mistake that I'm only aware of, or one that was made publicly. Does the size or shape of our mistake determine how we must manage it, or how long we must hold on to it? The inner voice of criticism kicks in and those mistakes usually stay with me through at least one night's worth of sleep, large or small. Some nibble at you, some chomp, and others have a funny way of sneaking back into your system when you think they're gone. How can you banish them? Where will you put your energy to use?

It is my intention this year to be kinder to myself when I make mistakes, as kind as I would be to others and as quickly as possible. To release myself of "autocorrect" and "red pen syndrome"...to embrace the fact that I am not my mistakes. To do my best, of course, but to know that there are times where these lessons from our errs can lead us to the things that were beyond our imagination...and perhaps even more incredible than we once planned. Heck, I may even laugh at my mistakes! (What a concept!)

I hope you know that feeling - when you can truly let something insidious out...a mistake, a secret, a trauma, whatever the burden may be for you...that is magic. Or maybe it wasn't that insidious to begin with, until it ate away at your core.

"If you want to grow, you need to get over any fear you have about making mistakes."
-John Maxwell

May you all be blessed in 2019 with feather-lite spirit and solid connections. Together, through our mistakes, embracing the beauty of awareness in our lives.

With every new year we reconsider how each day is an opportunity to grow, to love, to be inspired...knowing that how we spend each day is how we spend our lives. May the momentum of this time of year bring you inspiration and vulnerability - to make mistakes and to admit them, to grow from them. With no mud, there is no lotus.

Rise, friends.



B.O.D.Y. Mapping with Emily
Wednesdays 4:00-5:15
starting January 16th
explore the Branches of Divine You with Emily in this movement class designed with somatic principles in mind to shape your physical & emotional bodies - we invite your innate wisdom to prompt your body to move through space blissfully
January 8th will be the last Quieter Side of Yoga practice with Emily for now. Join her on Tuesday, 1/8, from 4:30-5:45 for this restful class.

Iron Pilates with Wendy
Wednesdays 11:15-12:30 for 6 weeks,
starting January 2nd
Don't let the "iron" intimidate you-
light weights in core poses help strengthen, tone, and "take it up a notch"

The Art of Living Prosperously with Daya Narayan
Thursdays 5:00-6:30 for 8 weeks,
starting January 3rd
Engage in the technology of Kundalini yoga as we enter our year of abundance and joy

Vinyasa Flow with Jamie
Saturdays 11:30a-12:45pm, through February
*class may continue ongoing, contingent on success
this is a flow class designed with Yoga philosophy in mind, to build heat and focus as well as deepen awareness through breath and asana

Yo-Lates with Pam
Tuesdays 6:00-7:15pm for 4 weeks,
starting January 8th
this is a blend of Pilates & Yoga geared toward the beginner

Beginner Belly Dance with Erin
Thursdays 6:45-8:00pm for 7 weeks,
starting January 10th
come learn the basics for posture, core and lower back support!
This is a Specialty Series, therefore class cards may not be used.

Class cards are welcome for all regular classes.
Specialty classes may be purchased separately.

Bring a friend, or two, if you'd like -
the first class at The Shift for local newcomers is free!
Studio Events in January
Year-Long Members of The Shift receive 20% off workshops and 10% off Specialty Classes. Use CODE MEMBERS20 to purchase workshops online and SPECIALTY for available online Specialty Series.

Ah-Choo!: Ah, B.R.E.W!

We are delighted to announce that Elderberry BREW will now be available for purchase at the studio. You can find it in the refrigerated case by the check in desk for $35 a pint. Cash, card, check toThe Shift.

Samara will also be at The Shift on January 22nd at 3:30, directly after our Acupuncture & Guided Meditation event to offer samples and answer questions. She looks forward to meeting you here!
It’s that time of year again. A chill is in the air and we tend to spend more time indoors in close proximity to one another’s germs. A perfect storm for cold and flu season!

Enter, Blue Ridge Elder Wellness with Elderberry BREW , a delicious elixir of elderberries, spices, and honey! For ages elderberry syrup has been credited with combatting respiratory viruses this time of year. It’s effects seem to both prevent illness and lessen the duration and severity of symptoms.* We consider this a win-win. The fact that it is tasty too makes it all the better!

Samara Price started brewing syrup about 4 years ago. Originally she was a hobbyist focused on producing for family, friends, and neighbors. However as the reputation of her syrup got around she was encouraged by her community to expand her scope. She is very pleased she did. The response has been exciting to say the least. Samara remains committed to prioritizing local ingredients and has built relationships with local landowners and apiculutralists (bee-keepers) to source as much as possible from Buncombe and surrounding counties.

Although we no longer have Kathleen Sweeney or Char Snyder jewelry and art available here in the studio for now, each of these amazing artists can be contacted directly for special orders or purchases from their home studio/gallery. Char has graciously allowed select artwork to remain on some of the studio walls. Check them out!
Click below to contact.

Kathleen Sweeney - handmade semi-precious stone or pearl jewelry & leather goods
Char Snyder - handmade jewelry & nature paintings
Saturday February 2nd, 2-4pm

Early Bird Registration  (by January 27th) $45 per couple

Standard Registration (by February 1st) $55 per couple

Space is limited; registering in advance is required.
Partner Yoga Playshop

Facilitated by Jenne Sluder, C-IAYT and Ellen Morrissey, C-IAYT

Come explore the playfulness and juicy stretches of yoga-in-relationship! Bring your friend, sweetheart, yoga buddy, or a family member to share your practice with. Releasing tension by offering and receiving support from others is a joy. This playshop is suitable for everyone, including beginners.

Expect creative and accessible stretches, opportunities for deep relaxation, lots of laughter… and chocolate.
Did your 2019 resolutions include more YOGA, more TRAVEL, more time connecting with the beauty of NATURE, HEALTHY FOOD, and a verve for hospitality? Mark your calendars for Yoga Italia and travel with our very own Sandi Hartz, the women of Virago Journeys, and friends as you chart your course. Visit Virago Journeys online for more information.

"A person who has never made mistakes has never tried anything new."

-Albert Einstein

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