Over the holidays, I received a book of poems. I flipped through the pages and, as the universe would have it, landed on this poem by Charlotte Perkins Gilman:

I Resolve

To keep my health,
To do my work,
To live,
To see to it I grow and gain and give,
Never to look behind me for an hour,
To wait in weakness and to walk in power.
But always fronting onward toward the light
Always and always facing toward the right,
Robbed, starved, defeated, fallen, wide astray-
On with what strength I have
Back to the way!

It was a timely message. I was just starting to think about New Year’s Resolutions, and these words – words with the conviction of a female poet and activist in the late 1800s – resonated. This poem speaks to that which I’ve prioritized for the coming year: health, work, growth, and giving. I like this idea of moving “onward toward the light” and “always facing toward the right.” It has been helpful for me to write down these intentions and meditate on them. Intention-setting is a practice, after all. It’s a matter of self-study, quiet reflection, and always moving toward the light.

I shared this poem at our New Year: Renewed event and thought you all might like to read it too.

Honoring the light within,
w/ Levana Melamed

FRIDAY, January 18th 2019
Supporting: Our Caring Hearts

by donation // pay what you wish
w/ Mary Anne Buvens

SUNDAY, January 20th 2019
5:30-7 p.m.

regular class pricing
w/ Brooke Smokelin

SATURDAY, February 2nd 2019
2-4:30 p.m.

Come to the Sacral Chakra Activation Workshop and gain the yogic "tools" – postures, breathing techniques, sounds, visualizations, meditations, affirmations – to nourish and strengthen this essential aspect of Who-You-Are.

Dates for other 2019 Chakra Activation Workshops at BYSYC:

Navel Chakra: Sunday, 3/3 from 2-4:30 p.m.
Heart Chakra: Sunday, 4/7 from 2-4:30 p.m.
Throat Chakra: Sunday, 5/5 from 2-4:30 p.m.
Third Eye Chakra: Sunday, 6/2 from 2-4:30 p.m.
Crown Chakra: Sunday, 7/28 from 2-4:30 p.m.

These LEVEL 1 workshops are open to yoga students of ALL LEVELS, even those brand new to yoga, as well as massage therapists, healers, counselors, and other people interested in gaining an experiential understanding of the yogic chakra system.

****18 CEUs are available for registered Yoga Teachers through Yoga Alliance if you complete the entire Level 1 Chakra Activation Series.

Cost: $50 Each
w/ Brooke Smokelin

SATURDAY, February 2nd 2019
5-6:15 p.m.

Cost: $20 advance/ $25 door
w/ Ali Popivchak

SATURDAY, February 9th 2019
12:30-6:30 p.m.

This training is open to anyone including, yoga instructors, healthcare professionals, senior caregivers and school teachers. Previous yoga certification is not required.

6 CE credits available to RYTs through Yoga Alliance.

Cost: $85
w/ Stefanie Zito

SUNDAY, February 24th 2019
2-4:30 p.m.

Cabin fever got you down? Time to hit the yoga playground! Yoga asana can sometimes get quite serious, but the act of play can certainly enrich our knowledge of self (svadhyaya), so it seems imperative to add a healthy dose of play to our work on the mat. This workshop will involve creative individual, partner, and group work, so come ready to learn, discover, and play well with others in this non-competitive and fun practice!

Cost: $35