Why Worry

As a new month rolls around we are expectantly looking forward to its newness. Especially now as we approach summer we have the promise of plenty - plenty of fun, plenty of fresh produce and plenty of love and friendship. May it be so for you and yours!

Yesterday I did a presentation on Meditation at VEEVA, a new Cloud Software Engineering company, recently expanded into Columbus. This brings the growing interest in meditation to the forefront of my mind.

The truth is that we live our lives on the ‘razor’s edge’. The path we walk on is sharp. It is narrow. It should be straight. A misstep on this precarious journey can topple our balance and break the equanimity.

Meditation classes offered at YWB are not popular. They are not popular since the general perception is that there is no immediate need for it. Life is too busy. Contrary to this belief, it is a skill we need to cultivate early and regularly for that proverbial rainy day.
Ruth Asawa , Untitled, c. 1967
Image credit: Xyz1018, CC BY-SA 4.0
It should be a daily practice when things are good, when times are bad. Just everyday. Without ceremony or ritual. It is simple and very hard. It is simple in that we need nothing extraneous, just trying to get our body and our spirit in the same place with focus. It is hard because our minds are untrained and out of control, never having been trained in any way. Would you let a child go untrained? Consider the consequences!

The key is daily practice and SILENCE is the medium through which meditation comes alive. (It is not the ambient and heavenly tones playing through the device.) Connect the silence outside with the silence within. Find a physical place which allows for silence. Suddenly everything dissolves into infinite space in which the ego based ‘I’, ‘me’ and ‘mine’ fade away.

According to a wise Tibetan monk, (paraphrased)
If you have a problem and you can fix it, why worry?
If you have a problem and can’t fix it, why worry?
Namaste,

sipra
YWB Sustaining Membership - Available now
Commit to your yoga practice with a YWB Sustaining Membership, an automatic monthly payment plan.

Save 25% on monthly unlimited passes when you sign up to purchase each month via auto-pay. That's just $67.50 per month (regular price $90).
  • Choose to be charged on the 1st or the 15th of the month
  • Contract runs for one year
  • Option to cancel with 30 days notice after completion of six months

BONUS: Sustaining Members receive a loyalty reward each month.
Monthly bonus for May: A bag of cinnamon to make delicious YWB Cinnamon Tea.
Activities, Events and Workshops
At YWB many activities, events, and workshops are currently taking place. More are planned for the weeks and months ahead. Class packs pay for all classes and are listed under the category 'Classes' in MINDBODY, and all other events are listed as 'Workshops' even if not a training workshop. Workshops may have a fee associated with them and are located in a separate tab on the MINDBODY webpage called WORKSHOPS.

For our Sustaining Members, who pay a fixed, low-rate auto payment each month we have added many benefits such as discounts, workshops and gifts.

May

  • The Yoga for Well-Being class on May 12 at 9:30 is a celebration of Mother's Day. Bring your parent or child to class for free. Contact us if you are interested.
  • Meditation: Create a meditation practice to deal with life's stresses. Offered on Tuesday evenings. This is part of your membership and will count as a class.
  • Book Club: 'Wherever you go, there you are' an easy to read and enjoy book, perfect for Sunday afternoons. We'll read together! See below for more details.
Studio closure
Yoga-Well-Being will be closed on Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day
Class Changes
Two of our weekly classes are changing their names and focus:

  • Fridays, 4:00-5:15 PM with sipra - Yoga: Keeping It Simple: Simple moves including floor work, chair work and use of a variety of props such as rollers, balls and weights. Breath work and meditation will be included in each class. (Replaces Mat Work and Meditation but with similar characteristics.)
  • Saturdays, 11:00-11:45 AM with sipra - Restorative Yoga: This is a releasing, relieving, relaxing class using lots of props, breathing techniques and meditation focus. However, you will not be passive. Great for recovering from physical or mental/emotional stress and pregnant women, it's still going to be a good workout. You will leave feeling energized and content. (Replaces Meditation class at that time.)
Monthly Kirtan Returns in June
Our monthly singing and chanting event with Spanda Xpress is cancelled this month due to Memorial Day weekend. It will return next month on Saturday, June 29, 2:30 to 4:30 PM.
YWB Book Club
Next Session:  Sunday, May 12, 1:00-2:30 PM

Read and discuss books with other members of the YWB community. This is a free event, but donations are appreciated ($5 suggested). Bring a drink/snack to share.

You do not need to have read the book. Bring a copy or we can share, or let us know and we'll buy you a copy.  Email us  if you would like us to have a book for you to use or purchase.
 
Current book: 
Wherever You Go, There You Are” by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness is taken from the Buddhist concept of being present in the present moment. It is not a religious practice. Learn to be in touch with yourself - your true self that is aware, conscious, and awake to the present moment. This is an ancient practice studied and practiced for thousands of years, Kabat-Zinn has demystified and simplified the process of mindfulness practice through this book full of short stories, incidents and practices that is ideal for the modern, busy Westerner with a busy, stressed life. We will read, discuss, analyze ourselves and practice mindfulness as meditation.

Also consider joining a Meditation Class at YWB.
Online Streaming
YWB is excited to restart online interactive streaming classes at our new studio! If you have a computer, tablet, or phone with a webcam, you can attend class from home. Limited number of students can join from home. Email us if you are interested.
Weekly Schedule
Sunday
9:30-10:45 am Yoga for Well-Being with sipra

Monday
9:30-10:45 am Yoga for Well-Being with sipra
6:00-7:15 pm Let’s Flow with Kris
7:30 to 9:00 Open studio available for YWB instructor led private class, or to rent the space for your group

Tuesday
5:30-6:15 pm Meditation with sipra
6:00-7:00 pm Five Senses Yoga with Troy

Wednesday
9:30-10:45 am Yin Yoga with Veda
6:00-7:15 pm Back to Basics with sipra
7:30-8:45 pm Yoga for Well-Being with sipra

Thursday
9:30-10:45 am Yoga for Well-Being with sipra
6:00-7:15 pm Yoga for Well-Being with sipra
7:30-9:00 pm Kundalini Yoga with Tatiana

Friday
12:00-1:00 pm Re-Treat Yoga with Kevin
4:00-5:15 pm Yoga: Keeping It Simple with sipra
5:30-6:30 pm Zumba with Audrey

Saturday
9:30-10:45 am Yoga for Well-Being with sipra
11:00-11:45 am Restorative Yoga with sipra
12:30-1:30 pm Flow & Build Strength with Michael
Independent Practitioners
Yoga-Well-Being rents space to other like-minded businesses. While these businesses are not affiliated with YWB, we encourage you to explore what they have to offer. If you are interested in sharing space with us,  let us know!

Currently at YWB:

  • Check out the services of Radhika Mehta, an independent practitioner sharing our studio doing palmistry and numerology, both ancient sciences from India.
  • Also check out Lash Loft, in room 1 by the main entrance, for all your eyelash needs!
Let's Help Each Other!
YWB is more than a yoga studio; it's a community. That's why we're happy to publicize our community needs. Let us know if there's anything you would like us to announce. This month we have two announcements:

  • Anna Bolger is looking for work. Anna is a volunteer and student, who is smart, kind, and generous with sharing her gifts. Are you looking for creative work (film, social media, art, design etc), personal/virtual assistant, pet care or need an extra hand running errands? Contact Anna at bolger.anna1@gmail.com 
  • Geri Snider, a long-time YWB student, recently moved into assisted living. (Remember her with a cane and treating her MS?). Her cats, Ansel and Rousseu (pictured) have been living alone in her house since March, and her caregivers are hoping to place them together in a new home. They are indoor cats and around 6 or 7 years old. Contact YWB if interested.
Don't Forget!
  • Signing up for classes in advance (preferably three hours beforehand) helps both you and us. If we need to cancel a class due to extreme weather or the like, we can notify everyone who has signed up. In case you can't make it after registering, be sure to remove your name before the start time for a class so as not to get charged for it.
  • Check out our YWB Rewards Program. Referring a new student is worth 500 points. Get a $10 discount on any purchase after earning 1000 points.
  • Renew expired but unused classes by paying a Reactivation Fee of $15, and at the same time purchasing an additional membership of $60 or more.
  • Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook for regular updates and inspiration. Share the posts you have enjoyed. Tag @YWByoga and share pictures with YWB on Facebook and Instagram if you find something worthwhile and worth sharing.
  • If you have liked an instructor or style leave us a review on our website at YWByoga.com, Google, Facebook or Yelp. If you were not happy with your experience, contact us so we can remedy the situation.
  • If you have a medical constraint that prevents you from practicing yoga, or other justifiable excuse, please let us have a Doctor's Note (email sent from their official account), and we will suspend subscriptions to membership for as long as you need. Please let us know in advance or as soon as practical. If you wait till you come back to class it is too late to redeem expired classes without reactivation fee plus the purchase of new class packs.
  • Even if you're late for class, show up! No need for apologies! Doors will be locked after 10 minutes. If the door is locked please call 614.432.7553.
Reminder: Our new location
If you haven't seen our new studio yet, please come and check it out! We are now located at 296 W. 4th Ave., on the third floor of Fourth Avenue Christian Church. Park in the Neil Ave. parking lot and enter by the small door off the parking lot set far back on the right in the picture below. Lots of street parking is available as well.
Not only is it a beautiful yoga studio, but we have a classroom, meditation room and small rooms to sublet for various occasions. Call us and visit us to find out more.
Yoga-Well-Being | (614) 432-7553 | info@YWByoga.com | YWByoga.com