July 3rd, 2022
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Greetings!
I had the great pleasure and fortune to spend last week in Santa Fe and it's surroundings. My partner and I enjoyed hiking, art, food, wine, rest and Life itself. It was all in all a lovely vacation and we were blessed with easy travels both ways.

As I look back at that week, what stands out to me the most, is how life filled us with great beauty and joy, a sense of wholeness and contentment. And at the same time, it showed us the complete opposite. The news about the decision by our supreme court to overturn abortion rights hit us both hard. The sadness and the hollow sense of disbelief made our hearts very heavy. I can see why, and how, this is happening, but it's really difficult to understand and accept that this is where we are at in 2022. And still, when we wandered out into the gorge of the Rio Grande, when we hiked up the hills outside Cuba, and when I sank my body into the cool waters of the Rio Grande, I felt completely whole. Life made sense. And for that I am so very grateful. The fact that if I spend time out among the trees, flowers, mountains and rivers, I can have that experience. I can clearly feel the power of Life itself.

It seems important to me that we all figure out, and revisit, what it is that allows us to feel this way in the midst of the madness of our world. I personally don't think I could do this life without knowing, and regularly seeking time with, the places and the activities that allow me to feel whole and one with Life.

I hope, from the bottom of my heart, that you do the same for yourself this summer. As much and as often as you need it. Finding this balance makes it possible for me to be with the painful. But I know, and have known for a long time, I am the only one that can create this balance for myself. I also know that listening to others about how much time I can or "should" spend this way, is not necessarily helpful. Some of us need more then others, and the only thing that matters is that we all figure out our own needs one day at a time. It's like rooting one foot steadily into Life on a large scale, and root the other in the every-day experience of the society we live in. The way I see it, both are equally important. It's what makes it possible to keep walking forward, with hope and trust that we will keep moving in the right direction. And that even though we just took a gigantic step backwards in our country, we will be taking two steps forward again. Perhaps not as soon as I would like, but that we will.


"Hope is being able to see that there is light

despite all the darkness."


Desmond Tutu
 

There are no cancelled classes during the month of July. All weekly classes will be offered according to the schedule below.


Peace and love,

Lena


Weekly classes via Zoom or Outdoors



Thursdays:

Mixed Level Zoom Class 9:00am - 10:15


Fridays:

Mixed Level outdoor class 9:00am - 10:15


Saturdays:

Level 2/3 Zoom Class 9:00am - 10:15


Sundays:

Mixed Level Zoom Class 9:00am- 10:15



The zoom ID : 355-453-9271

The passcode: 2468

This is the URL for the classes if you can't download the app:





Class Exchange


Zoom Asana classes: 1st class in a week: $20 and 2nd in a week: $15

In person outdoor classes: $25

Yoga Nidra: $15


Payment options:

Zelle and Venmo.

All you need for these is my email: lena@lenamadsenyoga.com

Cash when in person.


To join me

Download Zoom App

Download the free "Zoom Meeting" app on the device you want to be using.

If you do not have a device on which you can download the app, you use the URL above. Your options are different if you do this, but you can still follow along.


Video on or off

You have a choice to keep your video on, or, to turn it off.


Important before class

Turn off all other devices that stream media in your home during class.

Place the device so you can see it easily from the mat for the mixed level classes. Although understand you might have to move it when we practice.


Props

I know some of you have props, but if you don't, you will be fine. Look around your home and find things that will work for you. Folded blankets or bath towels for sitting, a thick book or two for a block, especially for you that need them in a standing forward bend. A belt, tie or hand towel to use instead of a belt. Have them all ready before we start, so if you need it, you have it.