Dear All,

Welcome to the Holiday Season. I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving and are looking forward to a wonderful, albeit different, Holiday season, whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanzaa. Oh yeah, and a good New Year.

Love is a feeling to be learned. In 1992 (or earlier) I met a yoga teacher named Rama Jyoti Vernon. She had just returned from Russia where she had been working on peace negotiations. A keynote speaker at the conference I was attending, I was amazed by her presence and ability to bring yoga into her work. The stories she shared were about living the concepts of yoga: equanimity of mind, and thus finding truth through the heart connection rather than the mind. Living in awareness of where we source beliefs, she taught us to know our self and "step up." She challenged me to go beyond what I thought I could do.

She took 56 groups of professional people who practiced yoga and introduced them to business people in Russia. She did peace negotiations in the middle east. She laughed because she kept going places where they told her there were enemies and all she could find was fellow humans, wanting to connect. She was in refugee camps teaching yoga to help traumatized women claim their life again.

Moving forward over the years, I took classes with her, I roomed with Rama, we served together on two Board of Trustees, co-taught workshops, I became part of her teaching staff for her yoga teacher training program, and sponsored her to teach her in Colorado. In other words, Rama became a teacher, a mentor, a friend and I learned to really love her wisdom, laugh, smile, and caring, as a person carrying light into the world.

She passed away last week. She was one of those people that was supposed to be eternal. And, I realize she is eternal as her light transitioned from being on the earth plane to shine through the heart and teachings of her students.

I still love everything she is. There is an emptiness and a joy. Heartache and peace. How totally awesome? Another chance to learn . . . and at a time of Thanksgiving! Another teaching from Rama -- learning through the duality, in this case, sadness and Thanksgiving.

Today, in honor of a wonderful woman, I am sharing some pictures of her with some of our students. Ask any one of them to share a story of her teaching and they will beam as they remember . . .

And, I can have Rama daily, because God gave us memory so that we could have roses in December.

Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with the heart and soul, there is no such thing as separation. ~Rumi

Jai Bhagwan
Hansa
Learn about our Upcoming Events
Online Meditation
With so many events happening, presidential change, COVID, travel restrictions, and more, we may think we are powerless. Yes, Mother Teresa says, "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." From your own living room, you can call a friend, write a Christmas card, have a zoom lunch, etc. It is a ripple that says, "I care. I am here to make a difference."

In this meditation time, it is about showing up fully present. And, through that, responding to life events: Making a difference one breath at a time.
Look for an email coming with a quick link into the Zoom meeting,
we'll send it out the day before.
Yoga Classes
Thank you so much for joining!
All are welcome! See below for details.
Monday
with Hansa @ 8:30 - 9:45 a.m. &
@ 4:30 - 5:45 p.m.

Tuesday
with Sandy @ 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday
with Hansa @ 12 - 1:10 p.m.

Thursday
with Hansa @ 8:30 - 9:45 a.m.
Registration is required for all attendance, even those by donation (every 4x).
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Special Zoom Meditation on Thursday
12/31/2020 --- 9:45 - 10:30 a.m.
A meditation and sharing of prayers and poems of the heart for 2021 
Bring one you like or Hansa will share hers 
Complimentary extension to the Zoom Yoga Class and you may also do the meditation only
Christmas Gifts for a Yoga Friend
How about a yoga book?
Many books in the shop are 30% 40% and 50% OFF!

If you are interested in browsing through the books, contact the studio to make an appointment around Hansa's regular yoga class times (see schedule above). If you want to buy books by email, we are happy to send them plus shipping and handling.
Yoga Teacher Training
Gift yourself this experience, apply now!
Contemplative Yoga Teacher Training
For students wanting to deepen their experience of yoga and build a strong foundation. The training schedule is meant to compliment busy lifestyles and invite assimilation into a yogic way of living through its duration.

Guidelines for Coronavirus Safety may still be in place. We will build this into a hybrid class. We can teach the didactic components online, including Yoga Sutra, Anatomy and Physiology, Bhagavad Gita and more. Then, live sessions based on the guidelines.

Begins January 14th, 2021 

265-hour program over 10 months
Meets weekly on Thursday from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
as well as a monthly Sat+Sun session

Register before the end of year holiday break, space is limited! Contact us with any questions.
Workshops
See each for registration info: some Open to All, some Advanced Training only
PYTT Advanced Yoga Training (PYTT)
Our Training Program has core and elective classes; designed for a generally balanced education or the option to have a specific focus. Contact us if you have questions about expanding your education (you must be an RYT200 or equivalent). And, let us know what you would like incorporated for your pursuit of advanced training!
Join Kerry for a Zoom review of the Astrology for 2021

Sunday, January 3
9 - 11 a.m.
Online - Open to All
See the forecast for December below under our Astrology Corner
The sessions may be attended separately, but the whole series is required for those pursuing Yoga Therapist training.
Deepening Practices series with Hansa
must be RYT 200 or permission of the Instructor

full series offered this summer: June 7 - August 2
see topics below

Expand beyond what you already know!
Whether deepening your work as a yoga teacher, considering yoga therapy or preparing to enter a yoga therapy training, these classes explore important concepts, philosophy, and tools that will Grow Your Yoga.

All topics, see dates for open sessions:
Introduction to Deepening Practices
Therapeutic Yoga Tools

Study of Ancient Yoga Texts
January 4 - January 25, meets Mondays from 12-2:30 p.m.
Online presentation
10 CE hours for PYTT

Subtle Body Anatomy
January 23 & 24
Online presentation
15 CE hours for PYTT
Jyotisha for Yoga Practices
with Amit, Helgrid & Hansa
February 6 & 7
Open to All - 15 hours PYTT
Online

Grow your personal practice and individualize your experience even further.
For those teaching, gather insight into personalization for your students.
Enhancing the Power of Asana:
Integrating Marma with Hansa
February 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9 and 13-14, 2021
24 hours PYTT & APD
Online

Yoga Teachers: Offer yourself and your students a different awareness of the body through the use of Marma points.
IAYT Approved Professional Development (APD)
For C-IAYT Yoga Therapists
The Cancering Journey
January 9 & 10, 2021
15 hours - Online

Grow your skills and knowledge to support clients through the cancering process, includes awareness for post-diagnosis, pre-treatment, during treatment, and rehabilitation.
Subtle Body Anatomy
January 23-24, 2021
15 hours - Online

A popular favorite that explores the many dimensions of self so we can see the physical body as the silent communicator of the Spirit.
My Body Says What!
Body Reading for Yoga Therapists

postponed to honor health and safety
this class must be in-person

- stay tuned for a summer date -
Enhancing the Power of Asana: Integrating Marma
February 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9 and 13-14, 2021
24 hours - Online

Yoga Therapists: Grow your toolbox to include the knowledge of marma points
to individualize your teaching for every client.
Yoga Therapist Training
The full training begins August 2021!

Our yoga therapist training offers so much for students to develop into the profession through a unique schedule with a comprehensive curriculum.
PranaYoga Cikitsā:
The Therapeutic Application of Yoga 
is accredited by the 
International Association of Yoga Therapists. 

For more information, visit: www.iayt.org

Get a taste of how the program is taught with the required Deepening Practices bridge course! It's required for the full training and counts as advanced YTT.
The current bridge course can be joined at a new session and then
either completed or taken fully this Summer:
June 7 - August 2, 2021
Contact us with questions.

Link through for specific details.
PranaYoga's Cikitsā Training of 1370-hours is the most extensive training program offered in the United States. We teach tools that expand your understanding and practice of yoga into a therapeutic approach.

Schedule includes an online weekly class and a monthly in-person 3-day weekend.
If you live at a distance . . . still consider joining our training.
Accommodations will be made for safety with COVID-19.

The training has other requirements, contact us now to be sure you meet them!
Our sister not-for-profit organization
sanga
Robert and Norma Johnson Scholarship Fund
Sanga supports the needs of students pursuing Yoga education. Contact us or see more through our application:
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Developed on a monthly basis and shared with us
by Kerry Shamblin

Visit her website: www.planetaryinfluence.com

Here is a link to the latest forecast;
below you can read an excerpt.
After the total lunar eclipse at the full Moon of November 29-30, the Moon is waning during the first half of December. On December 14, the Moon and Sun join at 29º Scorpio to complete the eclipse pair with a total solar eclipse. Both Venus and Mercury join Sun and Moon in Scorpio, giving us a quiet moment to turn inward and feel to the depths of our connections.

Just after the new Moon eclipse, the Moon moves to Sagittarius, followed by the Sun on December 15 for his one-month transit. Sagittarius is a relatively protected space at the moment, which could collectively give us some light and guidance as we recover from the eclipse pair, not to mention all of 2020!

Mercury moves to Sagittarius, joining the Sun on December 16, which could give our capacity for analysis, marketing, networking and management a boost.

The big day in December comes at the winter solstice, December 21, which is the day that our two great outer planets that are visible to the eyes, Jupiter and Saturn, make a conjunction in the early part of Capricorn. This type of conjunction happens about every twenty years and may feel like a major re-set in some department of life.

On December 23, Mars moves into his own sign of Aries, creating some powerful momentum for initiation that will carry us into the new calendar year. Aries is relatively free of difficult aspects and equally free of positive aspects, so keep an eye on the fiery power of Mars through January.
2020 comes to an end with a full Moon in the sign of Gemini on December 29, showing some amount of hope and enthusiasm for how to get forward to a new normal. For many, this year has been an unprecedented year of unexpected events, unparalleled suffering and unfathomable loss. To all who are grieving, may the light shine brightly enough to lead you away from dark places and may what you learn from those dark places enrich you as life moves forward.
And,
don't miss her 2021 Astrology review!