Abby Schwab YOGA FOR LIFE Newsletter
  

Positive Intention for the New Year - The Yogic Way

The talk of New Year's Resolutions has already started to come across my TV screen, computer monitor, phone,and email inbox and mailbox - all with messages and images telling me that I have lots of stuff to fix. Before writing this I did a search on the most commonly made and faded New Year's Resolutions.  They seem worthy of effort. If you consider how commercial messages may combine with our own inner dialogue or feelings, resolutions may become major put-downs, rather than positive motivation. They might include - "I'm too (insert your word)", "I'm not a good enough (insert your word)"," I need to be better at (insert your word)."

More than a Resolution
However, whether or not you are inclined toward making a resolution, this IS a time of year you may want to make some space for setting an intention, or sankalpa, a Sanskrit word meaning "will, purpose, or determination".  Two types are written about. 

The first is a stronger recognition of who you already are, and requires no specific action other than an on-going opening to a quality within you. It is formed from a statement such as, "I am peace", "I am contented", "Compassion is my true nature", "I am love".  This statement comes not from the thinking mind, but the heart and the energy we already are.  Our mind is then informed, as our path unfolds guided by the heart.

A more specific intention, or named objective, is the second type of sankalpa.  It includes greater awareness of moment-by-moment choices and why those choices are being made.  That awareness shines a light on how to direct your energy (thoughts, actions, inner dialogue) in ways that serve you, rather than deplete or shame.  This variation of Sankalpa is also stated in the present tense. Consider how the phrases "I am taking care of my body", "I am open to new possibilities" might resonate and support a chosen sankalpa.  

Pause, Listen and Plant the Seed
Choosing a sankalpa is a process that relies on a pause, a time of relaxed receptivity and opening to the wholeness you already are, such as in savasana (corpse pose) at the end of a yoga class, or meditation. With the body relaxed, mind quieted yet awake and focused; your heart and mind merge to bring about a statement. There is no need to force it, or time frame to be in.  As you stay open and present to your own True-self and inner knowing a phrase with purpose arrives.  During times of relaxed attentiveness, state it in the present, at least 3-5 times, as if you've planted a seed and are nurturing it. The foundation of this practice is being both consistent and mindful that your True-self of loving-kindness and compassion is unchanging.  

With gratitude & love, may all kinds of blessings shower upon you

- Abby

 

 


YOGA FOR LIFE CLASSES (Abby's home studio) JAN/FEB/MAR SESSION

 

Monday 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM 

(waitlist only)


January 5, 12, 19, 26 
February 2, 9, 23
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
$300

Monday 9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

(waitlist only)

  
January 5, 12, 19, 26 
February 2, 9, 23 
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

$300

Monday 10:45 AM -12:00 PM

(waitlist only)


January 5, 12, 19, 26 
February 2, 9, 23 
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

$300

Tuesday 5:30 - 6:45 PM

(limited space available)

  
January 6, 13, 20, 27 
February 3, 10, 24 
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

$325

Tuesday 

7:00 - 8:15 PM

(limited space available)

  
January 6, 13, 20, 27 
February 3, 10, 24 
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

$325

Wednesday 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM

(waitlist only)

  
January 7, 14, 21, 28 
February 4, 11, 25 
March 4, 11, 18, 25

$275

Thursday 8:30 - 9:45 AM

(waitlist only)

  
January 8, 15, 22, 29 
February 5, 12, 26
March 
 
5, 12, 19, 26

$275

Thursday 5:30 - 6:45 PM

(limited space available)

  
January 8, 15, 22, 29 
February 5, 12, 26
Marc
5, 12, 19, 26

$275

Thursday 7:00 - 8:15 PM

(waitlist only)

 

 

January 8, 15, 22, 29 
February 5, 12, 26
March 
5, 12, 19, 26

$275

 

Visit the Yoga for Life Studio website for additional details.

End of session make up date to be announced. 

 


NEW CLASSES and SCHEDULE CHANGES

 

Flex Appeal (Formerly TenXClub) (Memberships and Class Card Options)

Monday

    • Zumba 5:30 - 6:30 PM
    • Gentle Yoga 6:30 - 7: 45 PM

Friday

    • TaeBox Bootcamp 8:30 - 9:15AM
    • Yoga for All 9:30 - 10:30AM

 

Mystic Fitness (Starting in January)

  • Sunrise Energize 8:00 - 9:15AM
  • Gentle Vinyasa 9:30 - 10:45 

VALENTINE'S DAY COUPLE'S YOGA

 

Valentine's Day Couple's Yoga at Mystic Fitness, Saturday, February 14, 6:30 - 8:00PM $50.00/couple.  On-line registration at MysticFitness.com


 

Couple's Yoga creates an opportunity for connecting in a fun atmosphere while uniting it touch, offering and receiving support, exploring balance and strength, trust and communication. Come and feel good with each other. 


 

In case of inclement weather, this class would be rescheduled to February 15th.

 


NEW and RECENT ZUMBA AND YOGA MUSIC

 

New Zumba

  • Swagger by Sweets      
  • Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!) by Reagan James
  • Don't Ed by Sheeran
  • Problem by Ariana Grande
  • Come Get it Bae by Pharrell Williams
  • Am I Wrong by Nico & Vinz
  • King of the Dancehall by Beenie Man
  • Tus Ojos No Me Ven by Joey Montana
     

 Yoga

  • Sleep Eric by Whitacre Singers
  • Skin on the Drum by Michael Franti & Spearhead
  • Meditation with Tampura by Native Flute Ensemble
  • Intro by The xx
  • Eternal Om by Dick Stuphen
  • Mahamrityunjay Mantra 108 times by Ved Vrind
     

BRAIN BENEFITS OF MEDITATION ARTICLE

 

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2011/01/eight-weeks-to-a-better-brain/

 
INSPIRATION 

  


 


INSPIRATION

 

Our Naturally Radiant Mind

From Love Your Enemies by Sharon Salzberg & Robert Thurman


 

There's a very beautiful teaching in which the Buddha said, "The mind is by nature radiant. It's shining. It is because of visiting forces that we suffer." One of the things I have found breathtaking in Buddhist teaching is its inclusivity.  The Buddha didn't say that some people's minds are radiant and pure, but yours, well, not so much. He said that everybody's mind is radiant and pure. And the Buddha did not say that, because of these visiting forces we are bad people.  He said that, because of them, we suffer.


 

We know these forces well - anger, greed, grasping, jealousy, and fear among them. Sometimes when they arise, we give them all our power. They take over, define the moment, and define our sense of who we are and all that we will ever be. Or we feel frightened and aggrieved at their arrival, dismayed that once we again we can not control what comes to visit. (Though, really, how could we have controlled it?)


 

Whether we let our negative visitors take us over or we push them away, we suffer. Caught in their embrace, we identify with these unwholesome mind-states, either projecting those bad feelings onto others and creating enemies in the world, or making and enemy of ourselves with thoughts like, I am such a jealous person, and I always will be. This is who I really am. Once we give in to the visitors, we lose any choice in the matter: we're locked into a negative mind state.

Next time you are visited by a negative force - fear or anger, for example, experiment with a different perspective.  Instead of thinking as the visiting force as the enemy and rejecting it, or rejecting yourself for entertaining it, see it simply as suffering. That will give you a very different relationship to the fear or anger, one that is rooted in compassion.  We can cultivate a mind free of enmity toward our thoughts and feelings, while at the same time avoid being overcome by them.

 

Yoga for Life | Abby Schwab
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Framingham, Massachusetts 01701