Ashley is our outdoor yoga extraordinaire, unique hashtag creator, and resident harmonium player. This week, it's her turn to share the love.

I don’t know about you, but so far 2018 has been a series of big transitions for me. This quote from a recent Chrissy Carter article says it all: “Transitions are rarely a straight line from where you’ve been to where you are going. Life doesn’t roll out the red carpet to usher you into the next chapter; it challenges us at every turn as if to test our resolve to make change.” Transitions by their very nature are times of upheaval; the movement of energy from one place to another... sometimes that is smooth and sometimes it’s not. Don’t get me wrong, I am feeling BOTH anxious AND excited about the new things happening for me personally, at work, and in my communities, but it can be a lot to process with so many things changing at once. Then I think, where is the practice of Yoga in this…? because, after all, yoga is everywhere! After reflecting, here's how I’ve been taking my yoga practice "off the mat":
1. Mindfulness: Working to be mindful through these transitions. I think to my self, "One moment at time. One breath at a time." I want to pay attention, intentionally, non-judgmentally to my experiences through the changes inside and out.

 2. Anchoring: What’s rooting me down so that I can rise up? It's been my asana practice, devotional practices, chanting, & the support of the kula (an intentional heart community). 

 3. Steadiness & Ease: A steadfast commitment to my practices has been really important; it’s what has been helping me find ease through the challenging parts.

 4. Devotion: Yoga Sutra 1.14 states: "Our yoga practice becomes firmly rooted when well attended to, for a long time, without break, and with devotion.” When I remember that my intention is to live a life of service, love, & devotion, everything somehow seems less overwhelming, immediately. Devotion is a lifelong practice, so keep practicing! 

That’s what BYS Yoga has been for me over the last 11 years: a place to cultivate mindfulness, anchoring, steadiness, ease, and a place to share my offerings of devotion to something higher, something bigger than me. Being apart of this community has brought so much love and light into my life. It has been a place of anchoring & support through ALL of my life’s transitions over the last decade. I invite you to think about what BYS has been for you… Why do you love BYS Yoga? What keeps you coming back to your mat each week? What are you devoted to in your life? What keeps you grounded through times of transition? Finally, I leave you with these wise words from one of our beloved teachers, Anna Gilbert-Zupon, that I come back to again and again: “If you are going to overwhelmed, be overwhelmed with joy."

In Service, 
Ashley
THIS WEEKEND
w/ Alana DeLoge and Zach Rock

FRIDAY, February 23rd 2018
6:30-8 p.m.

supporting: 412 Food Rescue

by donation / pay what you wish

NO PRE-REGISTRATION NEEDED
w/ Paul Richards

SUNDAY, February 25th 2018
5:30-7 p.m.

regular class pricing
WINTER WEATHER REMINDER:
We are fortunate to be in a walkable neighborhood in which many of our students and instructors reside. While our intention is never to cancel classes, the winter weather does occasionally impact our schedule. If you are ever in doubt on whether class will be held, please visit our website and check social media for updates.
UPCOMING EVENTS
w/ Lynn Rescigno

SATURDAY, March 10th 2018
1-3 p.m.

This ALL LEVELS Roll Model Workshop will explore the use of Yoga Tune Up® balls. This methodology can help eradicate pain, improve posture, and enhance performance through a unique blend of Corrective Exercise, Self Massage, and Yoga.

$20 in advance
$25 at the door
w/ Levana Melamed

THURSDAY, March 22nd 2018
2-5 p.m.

In our everyday routine there are always situations to which we can choose to react or to respond... here is where mindfulness plays a big role! Being mindful of our thoughts, intentions, and actions can help us achieve a better understanding of ourselves and it can give us a different, perhaps better, perspective of life! When we become mindful of our actions and decisions we can be happier and we can serve others better! We'll start this workshop with intentional movement, focusing on using movement and breath as a way of letting go of unproductive ideas and thoughts. This practice will prepare us to dive into the mindfulness field. 

$30 in advance
$35 at the door
SATURDAY, March 24th 2018
door 7:30 p.m. / show 8 p.m


$10 in advance
$15 at the door
w/ Alana DeLoge & Holly McIntosh

SUNDAY, March 25th 2018
1-4 p.m.

After an introduction on how to incorporate essentials oils into your everyday yoga and meditation practices, you will be led through a gentle practice that incorporates oils for the spring season. There will be plenty of opportunities to sample oils during the workshop and participants will receive a small kit to take home.

$30 in advance
$35 at the door
BYS Yoga | Historic South Side | Pittsburgh | 412-481-YOGA (9642) | www.bys-yoga.com