“You can never go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” –  C.S. Lewis

I was at a meeting the other day and the person leading it began with this quote. It immediately resonated with me. As it always happens, the beginning of the year brings a sense of energy and excitement to start over again. I embrace the opportunity to make better life choices. It is helpful that there is a natural support system surrounding us because everyone is working on something. We have #accountabilibuddies, group challenges, and friends and loved ones to lean on. I am ready to revisit the resolutions I started last year (and the year before, and before that) and really take them head on. 

But then I started thinking, why am I working on this again? Why did I give up halfway through the year (or month if we are being honest)? I considered my approach, which has always been one of willpower and perseverance. The "I can do this mind over matter" sort of mentality. Part of that is true: the mind is a very powerful tool when it is being used correctly. But the constant push is an unforgiving method that leaves you feeling defeated when you have even one little setback. The mind wants to put you in a state of comfort, so you begin to let things slide. 

So this year I am going with a new approach, and I found two books to be very helpful. I am still in the process of reading them (New Year’s resolution #5: read more!), but so far they have been very insightful. The first is by Amy Johnson, called  The Little Book of Big Change: The No-Willpower Approach to Breaking Any Habit . The second is by Annie Grace, called  This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol (This book is useful for any habit, not just alcohol. It just happened to be the thing the author was struggling with.). Both books offer a mindful approach to taking control of habits and urges. What I like most is that it is not black and white. There is room for forgiveness and making mistakes. Mistakes are also a learning technique we sometimes try to ignore or hide. Being aware of the urges that create the habit and realizing that  you  are in control (not the habit) is a message from both authors. There does not have to be a new beginning every time there is a setback. The beginning has already been written. 

What is the next chapter in your journey?
RaeLynn
THIS WEEKEND
w/ Alicia Broudy-Clawson

FRIDAY, January 31st 2020
6:30-7:30 p.m.

by donation // pay what you wish
POP UP KIRTAN WITH SPECIAL GUEST YAMUNA BIHARI
SATURDAY, February 1st 2020
6-8 p.m.

Kirtan is a form of devotion found in the Bhakti tradition. Bhakti Yoga is all about love, service and surrender to the Divine. Simply put, Kirtan is the practice of singing the names of the Divine. It's a mantra meditation that gets you out of your analytical mind and into your heart. It’s a opportunity to let your heart sing and be heard.

Come experience the magic of mantra meditation through Kirtan... and with our special kirtaniya, Yamuna Bihari Dasa, the founder of Jivanam and part of The Bhakti Center in NYC! More information about Yamuna can be found on his website  jivanamwellness.com.  

This Kirtan will be team lead. Please feel free to come and go from the event as needed. We will provide chairs and/or blankets to sit on and room to dance if desired. No yoga mat required. Just your voice!

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

SUNDAY, February 2nd 2020
5:30-7 p.m.

regular class pricing
UPCOMING EVENTS
w/ Lynn Rescigno

SATURDAY, February 8th 2020
 12:30-2 p.m.

This class/event is a sampling of the 200-Hour Pittsburgh Classical Yoga Teacher Training, which begins in April 2020 . The class will include:

  • Meditation instruction and practice
  • Asana practice with a deeper look at alignment
  • Study of Patanjali's Yoga Sutra
  • Q&A


regular class pricing
w/ Lynn Rescigno

Six training weekends, beginning SATURDAY, April 18th 2020

This Yoga Alliance-approved Teacher Training is for both aspiring teachers (Teacher Track) and serious students of yoga (Self Enrichment Track). Based on Lynn’s background of Jivamukti Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Viniyoga, and Iyengar Yoga, this program includes: proper pacing, Sanskrit pronunciation, synchronization of breath and movement, yogic philosophy, anatomy, verbal & hands-on adjustments, pranayama, mantra, and yin & restorative yoga.

***early bird pricing ends March 18th 2020***
SATURDAY, April 25th 2020
SUNDAY, April 26th 2020

We are thrilled to welcome Chrissy Carter back to BYSYC in 2020. Stay tuned for more details!