This week's newsletter takeover is brought to you by the lovely Stefanie Zito. You can catch Stef on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.!
I love BYS. When I am within the walls of BYS, I don’t just do or teach yoga—I feel yoga. I feel the essence and presence of yoga quite tangibly within the physical space, and I feel a greater sense of being yoked with that essence. And as one translation of yoga is “yoked,” this sensation is particularly interesting to me.

Regardless of what the rest of my day previously held, or what I anticipate to follow, each time I step into the studio, I take a deep breath in and feel a sense of peace…

I think there is even something magical about climbing the steps to the space—it’s like its own little epic journey with which you finally ascend into a beautiful, safe space that was there all along, though hidden from view around the corner, just beyond what you could see from street level. The light and spacious high ceilings make for a magnificent haven—a yoga sanctuary.
The quality and discovery of spaciousness is an important one to me, and is a word I hear myself use a lot when I teach. In a society that loves categories and ways to pin and identify, the idea of expansion feels at times like rebellion—in my opinion, one with great potential for beauty as we unfold, disentangle, and blossom.

I was listening to an On Being podcast this past week called "The World is Our Field of Practice." Zen priest angel Kyodo williams had this beautiful quote that I have been mulling over for the past few days. She said, “The way that I think of love most often, these days, is that love is space. It is developing our own capacity for spaciousness within ourselves to allow others to be as they are—that is love. And that doesn’t mean that we don’t have hopes or wishes that things are changed or shifted, but that to come from a place of love is to be in acceptance of what is, even in the face of moving it towards something that is more whole, more just, more spacious for all of us. It’s bigness. It’s allowance. It’s flexibility.”

This quote to me is our very practice of yoga, on and off the mat. And the beautiful space of BYS, physical and otherwise, is a treasured arena to explore that expanse.


Photo by Shannon DeFerrari
 
THIS WEEKEND
w/ Alicia Broudy-Clawson 

FRIDAY, April 27th 2018
6:30-8 p.m.

supporting: Dress for Success Pittsburgh

b y donation / pay what you wish

NO PRE-REGISTRATION NEEDED
w/ Mary Anne Buvens

SUNDAY, April 29th 2018
5:30-7 p.m.

regular class pricing
UPCOMING EVENTS
w/ Aymara Baquero

SATURDAY, MAY 19th 2018
1-3 p.m.

What to expect for the workshop:
  • One hour yin yoga and myofascial release practice
  • Discussion about fascia and its role in yin yoga
  • Different ways to use therapy balls (MFR balls) for self-treatment

There are no beginners, intermediates, or advanced practitioners in yin yoga. Everyone is welcome!

$25 in advance
$30 at the door 
w/ Ashley O'Hara and Friends

SATURDAY, MAY 19th 2018
7-9 p.m.

b y donation / pay what you wish
We're an official studio partner of Wanderlust Festival again this year! Join us at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia the weekend of June 8-10, 2018.

For for 10% off your ticket use code: BYSYoga