September Museletter
Unity is Strength

"Three Sons and a Bundle of Sticks"

Once upon a time, an old man lived with his three sons in a village. The three sons were hard workers. Still, they quarreled all the time. The old man tried a lot to unite them, but he failed. Though the villagers appreciated their hard work and efforts, they made fun of them on their fights.

Months passed by and the old man fell sick. He told his sons to stay united, but they didn’t listen to him. So, he decided to teach them a practical lesson so that they would forget their differences and stay united.

The old man called his sons. He told them, “I will give you a bundle of sticks. Separate each stick and you will have to break each stick into two. The one who breaks the sticks quickly will be rewarded more.”

The sons agreed.

The old man gave a bundle of 10 sticks to each of them and asked them to break each stick into pieces. They broke the sticks into pieces in minutes.

And again they started to quarrel among themselves as to who came first.

The old man said, “Dear sons, the game is not over. Now I will give another bundle of sticks to each of you. You will have to break the sticks as a bundle, not as separate sticks.”

The sons agreed and tried to break the bundle of sticks. Though they tried their best, they could not break the bundle. They failed to complete the task.

The three sons reported their failure to their father.

The old man replied, “Dear sons, See! You could easily break the single sticks into pieces, but you were not able to break the bundle! So, if you stay united, nobody can do any harm to you. If you quarrel every time with your brothers, anyone can easily defeat you. I request you to stay united.”

The three sons understood the power of unity and promised their father that whatever be the situation, they would all stay together.

The theme of unity is very strong for myself and many of my friends and family right now. We may have constructed a life where we find ourselves trying to "do it all" or perhaps we have isolated ourselves for whatever reason. I wanted to share this parable to inspire you to follow this principle in your own lives. A great source of strength, coming together with the gift of community is a healing salve to wounds created by quarrel and divisiveness. May you find peace, humility, grace and togetherness.

Yours in Union,

Studio Events in September-

All Month Long
Active Aging Month
Over the Hill & Onto the Next
Various Events & Locations

Those who register are guaranteed a space. Please RSVP if possible in the case that we sell out.
Energy Exchange $15 (cash, check or card, in person or online)

will meet in the front treatment room. Due to classroom size, please RSVP.You may use two class cards or a sliding scale of $10-$20.

Join Bitsy Merriman for one or all of these three Lower Chakra workshop sessions.

Wednesday, September 25th 1:00-4:00pm, Yoga for Arthritis & Osteoperosis Led by Jenne Sluder , Cost is $40 for non-members & 20% off for Shift Year-Long members. Registration required.

Last Saturday Gong Meditations, September 28th with Jagdeesh Kaur, 6:30-8:00pm RSVP appreciated, but drop-ins are welcome. $10-$20 sliding scale. No one turned away due to inability to pay.

NEW TIME 2:00-4:00pm
please pre-register to reserve your spot!
Class Updates:

Christie Alexander is getting rave reviews! Find Christie on Tuesdays for Slow Flow & Mindful Movement at 11:15am and Fridays with Mythic Yin at 4:00pm. She may be our best kept secret, but we don't want to keep it that way!

Kundalini Yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays has a new time of 5:30-7:00pm each week!

Yoga Nidra on the last Sundays of the month has a new time! 2:00-4:00pm (formerly 3:00-5:00pm)

New Class Alerts!! Both classes are included in membership.

Bitsy Merriman is with us on Fridays from 11:30-12:45 for Y2 = Yin +Yoga Nidra for 8 sessions! No Class 9/27 or 10/11. Series ends Nov. 8th. Class cards welcome.

Lois Pasapane brings us the gift of Ageless Grace , every Thursday 2:30-3:30. Class cards welcome. $8 Drop In.

Returning Series Alert!!
Barre for All Bodies (Lunch at the Barre) is here for Wednesdays in September, 11:30-12:30 with Wendy Schuchart! Class cards welcome.
What is Bitsy up to now?

Bitsy has been updating her web site,, as well as building a new class and workshop series here at The Shift.

Join BitsYoga for these wonderful offerings with an instructor who we all love.
Y2 = Yin + Yoga Nidra

Class Series, Fridays 11:30-12:45
through November 8th.
No class on 9/27 or 10/11

Y2=Yin+Yoga Nidra (Friday Series)-Allow your body, mind and spirit to melt into your weekend with a mellow mindful Yin class coupled with a guided meditation (yoga nidra) customized to the season, energy channels and chakras, the moons or key body areas such as hips or shoulders. Bitsy sets the stage with twinkle lights and candles and dims the room lights to encourage your inward journey within Yin poses. 

Poses are held from 1-10 minutes with modifications and props, using stages of sensation to explore a pose and customizing it to your body’s needs.

Yin Chakra Workshop Series: The Lower Chakras

Join Bitsy for a magical exploration of the chakras through a yin based yoga practice coupled with breath work, mudra and yoga nidra. The journey through your chakras will illuminate your energy centers opening up pathways to spiritual awakening and development that can affect your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Each chakra session will be 1.5 hours.

A diffuser with organic oils may be used during class with scents designed to match the chakra energy.

Session starts 6:00-7:30; plan on an extra 15 minutes post class to absorb the practice and meditation and allow yourself to come back to the present moment and be ready to drive home.

Year-Long Members 20% off, Early bird till 9/18 : 2 Class Cards Welcome, or $25/session After 9/18, Drop-Ins are $35, or you may purchase 3 or 6-session packages (for the Lower & Upper Chakra classes -

Yin: Lower Chakras +Yoga Nidra October 16. 23. 30
Root, Sacral and Solar

Yin: Upper Chakras + Yoga Nidra Dec 4,11,18

Acupuncture & Guided Meditation with Crystal Bowl Sound Healing at The Shift Studio
Tuesday, September 10th 12:30 - 12:45 Arrival
Guided Meditation 1:00 - 2:00pm
Facilitated by Mary Houge and Karen Benson

Karen Benson, Certified Health Coach and Mary Houge, Licensed Acupuncturist, have teamed up to provide a wonderfully synergistic combination of acupuncture and guided meditation for well-being in a group setting. Mary will insert micro acupuncture needles in your ears (you may opt for ear seeds instead). Then while the acupuncture transcends you into deep relaxation, opening you to possibilities, Karen will lead you through a beautiful guided imagery for balancing your chakras as Mary enhances your journey with sound healing using crystal bowls with the frequency of each chakra. You will be able to continue balancing your chakras at home using a healing touch method that Karen incorporates into the meditation.
Why Ageless Grace?
Thursdays 2:30-3:30 with Lois Pasapane
No Cost to Silver Sneakers and United Healthcare Members
$8 Drop In
Class Cards & Members Welcome
$60 for 8 Class Package

21 Simple Tools for Lifelong Comfort and Ease

Ageless Grace is a cutting-edge brain fitness program based on neuroplasticity that activates all 5 functions of the brain - analytical, strategic, kinesthetic learning, memory/recall, creativity and imagination - and simultaneously addresses all 21 physical skills needed for lifelong optimal function. Created by Denise Medved, the program consists of 21 simple exercise Tools designed for all ages and abilities. These exercises, based on everyday movements that are natural and organic, focus on the healthy longevity of the body and mind.

The 21 Tools have creative, imaginative names, so they are easy to remember. They are simple to do at home. The movements are designed to be performed seated in a chair, yet they can be done on a bed, standing near or behind a chair, down on the floor, or standing. Almost anyone can do them, regardless of most physical conditions. 

The Ageless Grace Program is ideal for anyone who wants to stay cognitively fit and vibrant through stimulation of neuroplasticity, all health and fitness professionals desiring brain health skills on their resume, special populations including those with physical or mental limitations, and caregivers working with special populations.


“A single twig breaks, but the bundle of twigs is strong."
The Shift Studio, 708-B Fleming St., Hendersonville, NC 28791