July Museletter

In my mind I automatically go back to grade school and some of the first statements on what Liberty is. As an adult, I have read opinion articles about liberty being "just" a word, or one that is often chosen to be replaced by other words like equality , or used as an explanation of political viewpoints.

The torch is a symbol of enlightenment. The  Statue of Liberty's torch lights the way to freedom showing us the path to  Liberty . Even the  Statue's  official name represents her most important symbol " Liberty  Enlightening the World "

What does liberty mean to you?

Where do you find it? How do you sustain it? How does it feel, look, smell, taste, or sound?

By now you may have experienced liberty in a number of ways; even the fact that you are reading this shows you've flexed your liberty muscle and decided to delve into this musing. So as we reflect on our ability to act as we please, what is pleasing to us in the way that we act? Are we being true to ourselves? What would you keep doing or not doing...and what might you change?

More than likely your view of liberty is shaped by your beliefs, roles, experiences, and what's important to you. Also likely your understanding of liberty has shifted from your adolescent to teen years, into adulthood and throughout our legacy years.

Nonetheless, the question is posed...what is this virtue, this 'liberty' as we call it?

As we decide for ourselves how to flex our liberty muscle, here is an article from Yoga International with a view on the parallels between Yoga Sutras and the 4th of July.

Yours in Light & Love,

Studio Events in July-

please pre-register to reserve your spot!
Minimum 4 students-must contact Michelle no later than July 4th!

please pre-register to reserve your spot!

please pre-register to reserve your spot!

please pre-register to reserve your spot!

Class Updates:

We are so grateful for Kathleen to sub Sandi's MW classes while she is out. Coming up on Saturday 7/6, Emily will be subbing 10am Vinyasa Flow & Core and Loretta will be back on Saturday 7/13!
PM Yin on Mondays & Wednesdays at 6pm is on hiatus . In August we will be offering a Yin series on Wednesdays at 4pm with Polly.

Lunch Crunch Pilates begins this week! Fridays 12-1pm through August with Lucie Nelson. Class cards and drop ins welcome!

On July 18th we have some changes to Thursdays...we welcome Integral Yoga ("Just Yoga") at 8:30am (75 mins) and Gentle Movement w/Tension Release at 10:00am (60 mins) with Kathleen.

ELDOA with Jennifer Armstrong returns to The Shift in August, MW 6:00-7:15pm. See website for details. This will be a specialty class and registration is strongly encouraged.

We have postponed Meditation for the Love of It and our focused series on The Four Agreements , but the fall will be here before we know it. Please let me know if you are interested in attending the meditation series with Gayle Ray or the Four Agreements series with Michele Laub by shooting me a quick e-mail to indicate a raised hand and preferred availability. (click to connect).
Friends of The Shift
Shift members!

The Shift monthly and year-long members may obtain services ala carte at Acu-Na for $72 instead of $90 without having to sign a contract!

Acu-Na is in Fletcher and we encourage you to visit their website and book a HOLISTIC HEALTH consult with Mary or one of their treatments!
The Shift monthly and year-long members will get an unlimited month of high intensity workouts for $99 instead of $130!

Root Performance Fitness is right here in Hendersonville. Check out their website for more information:
For information about our monthly and year-long memberships to access sweet deals like these and other member perks, visit us online:

Acu-Na Wellness,
Mary Jane Houge

From Acu-Na:

Celebrate FREEDOM from PAIN & Vibrant Health!

It's time to live the life you want to live, and enjoy your favorite activities with family and friends without being held back by pain.

At Acu-Na, we believe in restoring  VIBRANT  health so you can live your life to the fullest.

We hope to help you gain freedom from pain and remove any obstacles to your optimal well-being.
Root Performance Fitness (RPF),
Michelle Romero Stanly

From RPF:
Root Performance Fitness! Where trainers are hands on, and always checking for perfect form. Our workouts are high intensity and always in a team environment.
There are classes for all levels of fitness enthusiast. Each class will push you to your limits and keep the calories burning long after the workout is over.

We incorporate Corrective Exercises within each class, for a pain free workout. We also provide free one on one assessments for members.
Come join our community, the start to a healthier you.

Aerial Yoga Weekend Immersion
Sept. 21st and 22nd at The Shift!
You don't have to be a Yoga teacher to attend! We encourage you to come get a new understanding of your practice with anti-gravity silks that help you stretch & heal in a new way. Young adults are welcome to attend as well. Contact Heather for more information. We have just a few remaining aerial spaces left!
Next Thursday I will be attending a session led by Kristine Weber, teacher and creator of SubtleYoga, the training that Jenne and Maria have completed. This will be open to the public, by donation, at Integrative Family Medicine on Depot St.

Would anyone like to carpool?

Thursday, July 11 at 6:30 pm .
Free for members. Donation for non-members (see below)

While the benefits of cardiovascular exercise have been widely researched and promoted, the benefits of slow, meditative yoga are not as well studied or understood. In this class Kristine Kaoverii Weber, yoga therapist and founder of Subtle® Yoga, will discuss recent scientific findings that suggest important neurobiologic benefits of regularly practicing slow, mindful movement that differ from those of hard exercise. These benefits include reducing inflammation, promoting nervous system resilience, and encouraging neuroplasticity. The practice style can be tailored to support different body types/physical abilities and those with chronic health challenges. *This will be a lecture that focuses on the science of how yoga benefits different body types and addresses chronic pain; some sitting poses will also be demonstrated.

Kristine Kaoverii Weber, MA, c-IAYT, eRYT500 has been studying yoga and holistic healing for 30 years, teaching since 1995, and training yoga teachers since 2003. She is the director of the Subtle® Yoga Teacher Training for Behavioral Health Professionals program at MAHEC in Asheville, NC, and presents workshops and trainings internationally. Find out more at www.subtleyoga.com.

The class is free for Integrative Life Members. There is a suggested donation of $5 for non-members. Donations will go to our monthly non-profit beneficiary.

*Please note that the event will be held in the Glen Rock Community Room at 372 Depot Street, Asheville, NC 28801. This is at the top floor of the building where our clinic is located. It's easiest to enter from Ralph St., directly behind the clinic, around the corner from PennyCup Coffee. Look for the ramp entrance, then take the elevator to the top floor.


“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves.”
-Abraham Lincoln

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