On & Off The Mat – A Yoga Blog

by Christy DeBurton

 

We had such a good time at our first ever R&R 1/2 Day Retreat here on The Yoga Room grounds. The morning Yin yoga class set a peaceful, relaxing tone for our day. Afterward, everyone enjoyed a lovely plant-based lunch al fresco (prepared by yours truly, with help from my awesome husband!). Then there was time for hanging out by the pool, reading and chatting with friends before getting into the warm 85 degree water for a fun Aqua Yoga session. I think everyone would probably agree that the floating Savasana at the end was the best part. So relaxing! 

 

Want to join us next time? Sign up soon for our July 22 R&R Retreat HERE. There are only a handful of spots left–don’t miss out!

 

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I’ve gotten lots of requests over the years for audio sessions of my popular ‘Journey Through the Chakras’ 8-week session. Here they finally are! Explore the physical and emotional aspects of each chakra–or energy center–in your body and use these 1 hour ‘slow flow’ sessions to clear energy blockages and regain balance in your body and in your life. Purchase individually or buy the 8-session ‘box set’ for the price of 7! 

 

PURCHASE HERE

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SATURDAY, JULY 22, 10:30AM-2:30PM
My first R&R 1/2 Day Retreat of the summer is sold out and students have been asking if I’m going to host another ‘spa day.’ The answer is yes! As a complement to our active ‘Yoga for Your Summer Activities’ session, we are going to immerse ourselves in rest and relaxation during this 1/2 Day Retreat:
*Light-hearted Aqua yoga class with floating Savasana*
*Free time to relax by the pool*
*Light lunch on the patio*
*Meditative Yin yoga practice*
This retreat only has 7 spots available, so click HERE for more details and sign up soon to reserve your spot!

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Finding Time for Rest & Stillness:

A Half-Day Retreat

Saturday, June 24, 2017

10:30am – 2:30pm

**SOLD OUT**

 

It’s not ‘how do we make time for rest and stillness’ but ‘why are we not committed to that, and what stands in the way of that?’ As a complement to our active ‘Yoga for Your Summer Activities’ session, we are going to immerse ourselves in rest and stillness during this 1/2 day day retreat.

 

Relax, de-stress and enjoy an oasis of calm away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You will create space to show yourself compassion and lovingkindess so that you may leave here feeling a greater sense of well-being and be more in touch with what really feeds your soul.

 

Our retreat will begin with a light-hearted Aqua Yoga session and relaxing floating Savasana (bring your own floaty) in the heated pool. Afterwards, enjoy time for poolside relaxation and a light lunch on the patio. Our retreat will close with a meditative Yin yoga practice.

 

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While Marta is away on maternity leave this spring her Monday 6pm Yin class will be subbed by yours truly! Her Thursday 9:30 AM Hatha class will be subbed by my good friend and former Yoga Room teacher Colette McLogan. Some of you ‘old-timers’ will remember Colette from when she taught here many years ago, and she and I led yoga retreats together at Song of the Morning. During the last few years she has dedicated herself to studying and practicing Vipassana meditation, as well as serving as a board member for the Michigan Vipassana Association.

 

Colette and I both became yoga teachers way back in 1998. She is an accomplished 500 E- RYT in both yoga and Ayurveda. She completed her studies in Yoga with Jonny Kest at the Center for Yoga, Michigan and Ayurveda with Dr. Lad at the Ayurveda Institute, New Mexico. She co-founded Yoga Therapy of Michigan, Inc. and has conducted several teacher trainings, workshops, retreats and well over a thousand classes!

 
As a Registered Nurse with a Bachelors degree in Science, Colette understands the holistic aspects of healing. Her classes are both challenging and introspective, going from gross to subtle in body (asana) mind (meditation) and awareness (breath).

 

Check out Colette’s class on Thursday mornings this May & June!

 

 

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Yoga can help us transform many aspects of our life, including our diet. It helps us cultivate mindfulness so that we look at what we eat in a new light, and notice how different foods affect our energy & health. Yoga also nurtures a greater awareness of the ethical and environmental implications of our food choices.

 

Whether you’re curious about eating a healthier diet but lack the resources & support, or you have already been making healthy changes and want to go even further, this Immersion is for you. Through fun field trips, a potluck & movie night, reading and group discussion, learn how eating healthier really can be easy, delicious and so much better for you, your family & our planet!

 

 

VEGAN POTLUCK & MOVIE NIGHT ~ SAT, MARCH 18, 6-9PM

GROUP BOOK DISCUSSION ~ SAT, MARCH 25, 10:15AM-12:45PM

VEGAN RESTAURANT & FARMERS MARKET ~ SAT, APRIL 22, 11:30AM-1:30PM

FIELD TRIP TO LOCAL FARM ~ SAT, APRIL 29, PM TIME TBD

 

 

You will come away from this Immersion with greater insights about where your food comes from and lots of valuable resources to help you eat a healthier, more vegetarian/vegan diet.

 

 

$150 early reg by 3/5; $160 after

Click HERE for more details & to register.

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In this 2-part Immersion we will spend time examining which of our chakras is out of balance—as a result of physical or emotional issues that may require our attention. We will then work individually with each chakra to find balance and healing through:

 

*YOGA ASANA

*MANTRAS

*MEDITATION

*CONTEMPLATION

*JOURNALING

 

 You will come away from this workshop with a more relaxed mind & body, greater self-awareness and some tools for self-care.

 

Saturdays, January 21 & February 11

10:15am-12:45pm

$105 early reg by 1/7; $115 after

Click HERE to register!

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Back by popular demand! As many of you know, I take the opportunity during the 2-week holiday break from regular classes to offer some fun, interesting drop-in classes that you don’t see during the rest of the year. I’ve extended the Early Registration Deadline to the day of each class so you can still save $5/class! Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Sign up early as classes will likely sell out. Sorry, these classes may not be used as make-ups.

 

 

**Visit my Square Store HERE to reserve your spots online.** 

 

 

Monday, Dec 19, 6-7:15pm
Winter Solstice Yin Yoga *SOLD OUT! ASK TO BE PUT ON THE WAIT LIST!*

 

Join us (a little early this year!) for our always popular Winter Solstice class–a calming and meditative Yin practice-the perfect antidote to the high energy activity of the holiday season. Take some time for yourself to slow down, relax and de-stress with a peaceful, quiet practice. This class may have extra spots available in the loft for those who carpool!

 

 

Tuesday, Dec 20, 9:30-10:45am
Align & Refine: Hatha 

 

During this class we will take a little extra time to ‘workshop’ some postures that we commonly see in our Hatha practice but don’t always have time to break down in class: Warrior 3, Prayer Pose, 1/2 Moon, Cobra, Plank, Forward Bends, Revolved Triangle, Boat, Reverse Table, etc. Take this opportunity to get your alignment checked, ask questions and learn modifications. Bring your requests!

 

 

Tuesday, Dec 20, 6-7:15pm
Align & Refine: Vinyasa

 

During this class we will take a little extra time to ‘workshop’ some postures that we commonly see in our Vinyasa practice but don’t always have time to break down in class: Chaturanga, Up Dog to Down Dog transition, Jumping through to Forward Bend & Sitting, Balances, Wheel, Plow to Fish pose transition, etc. Take this opportunity to get your alignment checked, ask questions and learn modifications. Bring your requests!
Thursday, Dec 22, 6-7:15pm
Holiday Rx ‘Energy Flow’

 

Here’s your prescription for spending time with family and friends over the holidays! We’ll begin our practice with the Kundalini yoga kriya to brighten and protect our aura/energy field, and then move on to an immune system-boosting Vinyasa flow appropriate for all levels. Come fortify yourself!

 

 

Tuesday, Dec 27, 9:30-10:45am
AM Shoulders, Neck & Upper Back Clinic *SOLD OUT! ASK TO BE PUT ON THE WAIT LIST!*

 

Do you have tight, tense shoulders or back pain? Do you slouch? Do you sit at a desk or in front of a screen for a good part of your day? Has your yoga teacher recommended this class to you? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, reserve your spot ASAP! We’ll stretch tight muscles in the front of the body, ‘wake up’ weak muscles in the back, work on softening tense shoulders, focus on improving posture, and alleviate common shoulder, neck & back problems. 

 

 

Tuesday, Dec 27, 6-7:15pm
PM Shoulders, Neck & Upper Back Clinic

 

Same class as above, but an evening time!
Thursday, December 29, 6-7:15pm
Yuletide ‘Detox’ YIN-YASA 

 

We’ll warm up in the first half of the class with a detoxifying Vinyasa flow appropriate for all levels (think twists!), and then melt into some luxuriously long Yin stretches for the second half of the class to help us unwind and relax during this busy holiday season.

 

 

**Visit my Square Store HERE to reserve your spots online.** 

 

 

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In the summer of 2016 The Yoga Room moved into a beautiful new studio! Located in a quiet neighborhood on the outskirts of Ann Arbor, the poolside yoga studio has lots of windows that look out over sprawling gardens, a cork floor, meditation loft, high ceilings, lots of natural wood and a peaceful, spa-like setting. Take a look! (You can click on each picture for a larger view.)

 

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Halfway through week two of our ‘Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga’ session our second law, the Law of Giving & Receiving, took on a whole new meaning. In the wake of a very divisive presidential election, many of us came into the yoga studio feeling shocked, saddened, scared, frustrated, betrayed and confused. At times like this it is so important to draw upon our yoga and meditation practice for inner peace and clarity.

 

The Law of Giving & Receiving reminds us that we are all part of the same life force energy, that we all breathe the same air, that we are all interconnected. We must remember this at all times, not just when it is easy or convenient. We must not stop the circulation of love, kindness, acceptance and compassion. 

 

With that in mind, I wanted to let you all know that one of my long-time Yoga Room students, Sandy Momper, an associate professor of Social Work at U of M, is headed to Standing Rock this Wednesday to join the peaceful protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline that is slated to traverse through sacred Sioux land. I asked her if there was anything I or other Yoga Room students could do to help. She sent me a list of needed supplies (below), but said probably the best way to contribute would be through monetary donations, and she would be happy to take any checks made out to Sacred Stone Camp with her. Please remember that part of the reason people are protesting this Pipeline is because it will have a negative impact on the Sioux’s water supply. The election of Trump, who just tapped a climate-change skeptic to oversee the EPA transition, should have us in the Great Lakes state concerned about our beloved lakes and our water supply as well. It is time to take action! If you are so called, please give to this good cause–by either bringing in a check to the yoga studio that I can give to Sandy, or contributing on your own–and keep circulating the love!

 

NEEDED SUPPLIES (For more info, check our FAQ)

Supplies, cash, or check donations can be sent to:

Sacred Stone Camp P.O. Box 1011, Fort Yates, ND 58538

or

202 Main Street Fort Yates, ND 58538 We also have an Amazon Wish List.

>>At this time we have a surplus of clothes and are only seeking very warm, good condition coats, sweaters, and other winter wear.

>>>Please be aware that we only have limited solar and wind power at the camps.

TOP NEEDS

* FIREWOOD (PREFERABLY OAK, MAPLE, ASH)

* TIPIS/TIPI POLES/TIPI LINERS FOR WINTER

* PICK-UP TRUCK W/ 4 WHEEL DRIVE

* TRAILERS/CAMPERS (FOR WINTER SHELTERS)

* SNOW TIRES – VARIOUS SIZES

* GIFT CARDS FOR LOWES OR MENARDS (THERE IS NO HOME DEPOT NEARBY)

* WALL TENTS WITH WOODSTOVES AND POLES

* SLEEPING BAGS FOR SUBZERO TEMPERATURES (INC. MILITARY STYLE)

FULL SUPPLY LIST

* BANNERS, SHEETS (WE LOVE IT WHEN YOU MAKE BANNERS AND SEND THEM TO US!)

* BATTERY PACKS FOR CHARGING PHONES

* CANVAS – HEAVY DUTY ONLY PLEASE

* CAR PORTS

* CARTS AND WHEELBARROWS FOR HAULING WOOD

* CIGARETTES-MARLBORO REDS AND CAMELS

* COME ALONGS

* FIREWOOD (PREFERABLY OAK, MAPLE, ASH) <<< THIS IS ONE OF OUR BIGGEST WINTER NEEDS

* FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

* PROPANE

* FUR BLANKETS

* TESORO GAS CARDS

* GAS GENERATORS

* GIFT CARDS – LOWES/MENARDS, AMAZON, VERIZON

* INSULATED CARHARTT TYPE COVERALLS, OVERALLS, COATS

* LIGHTERS

* MATERIAL FOR TOBACCO TIES (ALL COLORS)

* MONEY

* PAINT (INC. SPRAY PAINT)

* PICK UP TRUCK

* POWER INVERTER

* PROPANE HEATERS (SMALL)

* ROPES, TIE DOWNS

* SHIPPING CONTAINER 20 FT

* SLEEPING BAGS (FOR 0 DEGREES F AND LOWER – PLEASE NO WARM WEATHER BAGS AT THIS TIME)

* SNOWMOBILES

* SNOW TIRES (INQUIRE FOR SIZES)

* SOLAR CHARGERS FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICES

* SOLAR PANELS, INVERTER

* STORAGE BINS – HEAVY DUTY – ALL SIZES

* TARPS – HEAVY DUTY ONLY

* TIRE CHAINS

* TENTS (THAT CAN STAND UP TO HIGH WINDS, SNOW, SUBZERO TEMPS)

* THERMAL BED ROLLS

* TIPIS AND TIPI POLES

* TIPI LINERS FOR WINTER

* TOW STRAPS

* WALKIE TALKIES WITH LONG RANGE, CB RADIOS

* WATER BUFFALO (TANK)

* WATER TANK WITH HEATER

* WINTER COATS (FOR VERY COLD TEMPS, GOOD CONDITION ONLY PLEASE)

* WINTER SALT FOR ROADS

* WOOD STOVES (MOSTLY SMALL ONES FOR TIPIS)

* YOUNG WARRIORS!!

 

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