Week 2 of Journey into Spring: The Element Air


The most obvious connection between Air and yoga is breath, and in the past, if I’ve brought this element into my classes, it’s as pranayama. However, when we unpack the symbolism of the element Air there is so much more there. And since our practice focuses on breath to begin with, I thought it was about time to get a bit more creative.

Air is associated with Spring, change, transformation (winds of change); it can be chaotic and admittedly feel ungrounded. It is associated with mental energy, ideas, and inspiration.

Last week we concentrated on beginning, setting intentions, looking within to connect with inner longing and yearning, this week we’ll be connecting with some powerful energy to help us toward our destinations. While we can’t control the energy of the wind, we can choose how we adjust our sails.

 

 

Infinity News for the week of March 18th

In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.
―Mark Twain

Thank you to everyone who attended last Monday’s Community Yoga class, it was so fun to greet new people and get to practice again with those of you I haven’t seen in a while!

This week, we have some more free events for you, beginning with Mollee’s Gentle Yoga class at the Co-op. Then Celebrate the Vernal Equinox with Eri on Wednesday at 7am, and begin Alanna’s new series on Thursday at 5:50pm.  There’s more information below.

Elle

Upcoming Free Classes and Events

Lunchtime Gentle Yoga at the Co-op
Tuesday March 19th 12:05-12:50pm
Mollee’s regularly scheduled class is held in the community room at Bluff Country Co-op. Register early to reserve your space: 507-452-1815.
Equinox Celebration
Wednesday March 20th 7-8am 
Join Eri Fujieda for a Sun Salutation Practice to celebrate the equinox!
 
Asana with Alanna
Thursday March 21st 5:50-6:50pm
Join Alanna for a free class as she begins her next 8-week series. 
 
SomaYoga with Eri Fujieda
Tuesday April 2nd 8:15am
Soma Yoga brings wisdom into our yoga & meditation practice.

Class Themes

Mollee –  Opening to Change
*Class held at Bluff Country Coop, information below
Alanna – Standing Poses
Elle – Week 2: Air

Upcoming Events:

Lunchtime Gentle Yoga at Bluff Country Co-op

The logo for Bluff country Co-op. Green background depicting a tree with a fork for a trunk.When: Tuesdays 12:05-12:50pm
March 19th

Cost: Free
Space is limited. Please RSVP at 507-452-1815.

Instructor: Mollee Sheehan

Make a lunch date with your yoga mat at the Co-op!

Bluff Country Co-op has partnered with us to offer you a free yoga class in the Co-op’s Community Room on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. De-stress and re-focus while getting your yoga fix during the lunch hour. This all-levels 45-minute yoga sequence will help create balance in the body and mind and, of course, connect with and honor the light within us all.

Equinox Celebration

When: Wednesday March 20th 7am

Cost: Free

Instructor: Eri Fujieda

Join us for an hour of Sun Salutations to celebrate the Spring Equinox. This even is free so invite your friends!

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with April

A woman lying on a yoga mat propped up with bolsters and pillows. Great care was taken with her comfort.When: Sunday March 31st 6pm

Cost: $10 drop-in or Infinity Card Punch

Instructor: April Herndon

Would you like to bring more relaxation to your week and help your body in its natural healing processes? If so, Restorative yoga and Yoga Nidra are great choices for you. After some gentle movements and restorative yoga, we will settle in to a Yoga Nidra practice.

 

SomaYoga with Eri Fujieda

Tie Die Background with mobius strip image and the words Mobility, Stability, and Strength. The symbol of SomaYogaWhen:Tuesday, April 2nd, 8:15-9:15am

Cost: Free

Instructor: Eri Fujieda

SomaYoga: Somatics is a way of re-educating the way our brain senses and moves the muscles. Soma Yoga brings this wisdom into our yoga & meditation practice. Chronic tension patterns change as the body regains its innate ability to self-correct to ease and efficiency. These practices promote agility, equanimity and quiet mind. Suitable to all individuals with various physical abilities and conditions.

Journey into Spring Mini-Retreat

When: Sunday May 19th 1-3:30pm.

Cost $35

Instructor: Elle Newman

The next 9 weeks will culminate in a mini-retreat giving us time to explore our practice a little deeper.

If you are interested in the retreat make sure to attend class regularly and register to let Elle know you’re coming.

Schedule for March 18-24

Unless otherwise noted, all classes run an hour.

Monday March 18

8:15am Forrest Inspired VinyasaElle
4:30 pm Forrest Inspired BasicsElle

Tuesday March  19

12:05-12:50pm Lunchtime Gentle YogaMollee
7pm  Interval FlowHailey 

Wednesday March 20

7am Spring Equinox Salutation Celebration – Eri
8:15am
Forrest Inspired BasicsElle
9:30am T’ai Chi & Qi GongLynn
12:05-12:50pm Pilates FusionDeb

Thursday March 21

9am  Nia – Miranda
5:50pm Asana with Alanna

Friday March 22

8:15am  Forrest Inspired Vinyasa Elle
9:30am T’ai Chi & Qi GongLynn

Saturday March 23

9am Qi GongLynn
10:45am Gentle Yoga – Elle

Sunday March 24

6-7:15pm Restorative and Yin YogaApril

Set Intentions and Begin (Again)

This week we will begin our Journey into Spring Series and all of my classes will have themes around Intentions and Beginning (Again).

It can be a challenge to bring a beginner’s mind to a practice you do regularly. Heck, part of the inspiration for this series was finding a way for me to organize my own practice and my teaching in a different way. I invite you to join me and be intentional about bringing a beginner’s openness back into your practice.

Here are a few questions that might help:

  • What assumptions do you bring to the mat and why? For instance, if you always opt out of a pose and do your own thing, what’s behind these choices? Are there health reasons, or are you perhaps limiting yourself?
  • When was the last time you felt inspired on the mat? What did that feel like? See if you can remember where in your body you felt inspired.
  • What are things you love about your current practice?
  • When does your practice get challenging?

On Monday and Wednesday you’ll have opportunities to set your own goals for yourself for the next 10 weeks. I’ll hand out cards for you to write them on; these are just for you. Bring them to class, set them up under your mat, keep them with you.

I invite you to use the opportunity to think about your life off your mat as well. What are the things you are passionate about drawing into your life?Where are areas that need some extra energy? Are there areas you are looking to transform? There’s a sanskrit word, sankulpa, which translates as “inner resolve.” While we can resolve to work towards anything we think we want, I have found it’s most effective to combine this with getting to know ourselves and learning to listen to what our hearts yearning. Friday and Saturday classes will end with guided meditations that can be helpful to form one’s own sankulpa.

Infinity News for week of March 11th

As is your desire so is your intention. As is your intention so is your will. As is your will so is your deed. As is your deed so is your destiny.
―Deepak Chopra

It might not be spring yet outside, but at Infinity Studio we’re already beginning to celebrate with a number of free offerings. Not only are we hoping to lure some hibernating yogis out of their cozy caves but we want those of  you who show up for class every week — sometimes several times a week — to know much we appreciate practicing with you. So these classes are on us. We love you!

You’ll also want to consult the schedule for a few changes this week. Lynn is traveling and won’t lead her Wednesday and Friday classes. Alanna is also taking the week off, her next session starts March 21st.

Elle

Upcoming Free Classes and Events

Community Yoga Class
Monday March 11th 4:30-5:30pm
Join Elle Newman for an all-level, beginner-friendly practice. Elle combines Forrest Yoga core work and unique sequencing with Vinyasa openness to bring you a class that leaves you feeling strong and open. We’ll also be celebrating the beginning of our Journey into Spring series, read more about this below.
Lunchtime Gentle Yoga at the Co-op
Tuesday March 19th 12:05-12:50pm
Mollee’s regularly scheduled class is held in the community room at Bluff Country Co-op. Register early to reserve your space.507-452-1815.
Equinox Celebration
Wednesday March 20th 7-8am 
Join Eri Fujieda for a Sun Salutation Practice to celebrate the equinox!
 
Asana with Alanna
Thursday March 21st 5:50-6:50pm
Join Alanna for a free class as she begins her next 8-week series. 
 
SomaYoga with Eri Fujieda
Tuesday April 2nd 8:15am
Read More Below.

Class Themes

Mollee –  Happy Hips
Jacque – Breathe with the intention of creating space for the unknown.
Elle – Set Intentions and Begin (Again)

Upcoming Events:

Journey into Spring with Elle

When: Elle’s regularly scheduled classes, beginning with a free class on Monday, March 11th at 4:30pm

Mini-Retreat Date: Sunday May 19th 1-3:30pm. Cost $35

Instructor: Elle Newman

Each week’s theme will be centered around  different healing practices. You don’t have to do anything special, just continue to attend classes regularly.

If you are interested in the retreat make sure to attend class regularly and register to let Elle know you’re coming.

SomaYoga with Eri Fujieda

Tie Die Background with mobius strip image and the words Mobility, Stability, and Strength. The symbol of SomaYogaWhen: Wednesday, March 13th 7-8:15pm,

Free Class: Tuesday, March 20th 8:15-9:15am

Instructor: Eri Fujieda

SomaYoga: Somatics is a way of re-educating the way our brain senses and moves the muscles. Soma Yoga brings this wisdom into our yoga & meditation practice. Chronic tension patterns change as the body regains its innate ability to self-correct to ease and efficiency. These practices promote agility, equanimity and quiet mind. Suitable to all individuals with various physical abilities and conditions.

Lunchtime Gentle Yoga at Bluff Country Co-op

The logo for Bluff country Co-op. Green background depicting a tree with a fork for a trunk.When: Tuesdays 12:05-12:50pm
March 19th

Cost: Free
Space is limited. Please RSVP at 507-452-1815.

Instructor: Mollee Sheehan

Make a lunch date with your yoga mat at the Co-op!

Bluff Country Co-op has partnered with us to offer you a free yoga class in the Co-op’s Community Room on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. De-stress and re-focus while getting your yoga fix during the lunch hour. This all-levels 45-minute yoga sequence will help create balance in the body and mind and, of course, connect with and honor the light within us all.

Equinox Celebration

When: Wednesday March 20th 7am

Cost: Free

Instructor:Eri Fujieda

Join us for an hour of Sun Salutations to celebrate the Spring Equinox. This even is free so invite your friends!

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with April

A woman lying on a yoga mat propped up with bolsters and pillows. Great care was taken with her comfort.When: Sunday March 31st 6pm

Cost: $10 drop-in or Infinity Card Punch

Instructor: April Herndon

Would you like to bring more relaxation to your week and help your body in its natural healing processes? If so, Restorative yoga and Yoga Nidra are great choices for you. After some gentle movements and restorative yoga, we will settle in to a Yoga Nidra practice.

Schedule for March 11-17

Unless otherwise noted, all classes run an hour.

Monday March 11

8:15am Forrest Inspired VinyasaElle
4:30 pm Yoga with Erin Drummond

Tuesday March  12

12:05-12:50pm Lunchtime Gentle YogaMollee
7pm  Interval FlowHailey 

Wednesday March 13

8:15am Forrest Inspired BasicsElle
12:05-12:50pm Pilates FusionDeb
7-8:15pm SomaYoga – Eri

Thursday March 14

9am  NiaJacque

Friday March 15

8:15am  Forrest Inspired Vinyasa Elle

Saturday March 16

9am Qi GongLynn
10:45am Gentle Yoga – Elle

Sunday March 17

6-7:15pm Restorative and Yin YogaApril

Studio News for Week of Feb 4th

Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
― Mary Oliver

The days are getting a bit longer and brighter and many of us are looking forward to spring. I’ve noticed a slew of posts lately about spring cleaning and beginning again, clearing out clutter. While at the same time the snow still covers us, and many of feel like we’re not quite ready to be done hibernating.

At infinity things are beginning to shift. We have some series coming to an end and some new ones starting.  Mollee’s last Candlelight Class is this Wednesday. I hope lots of you will show up.

Eri is extending her Wednesday SomaYoga class a week and will now end on March 20th. She’ll be offering a free morning class on Tuesday April 2nd so make sure you put it on your calendar.

Alanna’s next series starts on March 21st at 5:50pm with a free class. I am beginning our Journey Into Spring series on March 11th with a free community appreciation class on Monday March 11th at 4:30pm.

See you Soon!
Elle

Class Themes

Mollee
Lunchtime Gentle Yoga – Chakra Balancing
Candlelight Yoga – Opening to Change

Upcoming Events:

When: Wednesday, March 6th
7-8:30pm

Cost:  $10 per class or Infinity Card with Registration, $15 at the door

Instructor: Mollee Sheehan

Theme: Opening to Change

Monthly Candlelight includes a gentle yoga sequence designed to calm the nervous system, heal stress, and shift into a more relaxed state. This 90-minute class includes an additional practice such as meditation, mantra, yoga nidra, energy work or breathing practices.

Journey into Spring with Elle

When: Elle’s regularly scheduled classes, beginning with a free class on Monday, March 11th at 4:30pm

Instructor: Elle Newman

Each week’s themes will be centered around  different healing practices. You don’t have to do anything special, just continue to attend classes regularly.

SomaYoga with Eri Fujieda

Tie Die Background with mobius strip image and the words Mobility, Stability, and Strength. The symbol of SomaYogaWhen: Wednesday 7-8:15pm,
March 13th

Instructor: Eri Fujieda

SomaYoga: Somatics is a way of re-educating the way our brain senses and moves the muscles. Soma Yoga brings this wisdom into our yoga & meditation practice. Chronic tension patterns change as the body regains its innate ability to self-correct to ease and efficiency. These practices promote agility, equanimity and quiet mind. Suitable to all individuals with various physical abilities and conditions.

Lunchtime Gentle Yoga at Bluff Country Co-op

The logo for Bluff country Co-op. Green background depicting a tree with a fork for a trunk.When: Tuesdays 12:05-12:50pm
March 19th

Cost: Free
Space is limited. Please RSVP at 507-452-1815.

Instructor: Mollee Sheehan

Make a lunch date with your yoga mat at the Co-op!

Bluff Country Co-op has partnered with us to offer you a free yoga class in the Co-op’s Community Room on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. De-stress and re-focus while getting your yoga fix during the lunch hour. This all-levels 45-minute yoga sequence will help create balance in the body and mind and, of course, connect with and honor the light within us all.

Equinox Celebration

When: Wednesday March 20th 7am

Cost: Free

Instructor:Eri Fujieda

Join us for an hour of Sun Salutations to celebrate the Spring Equinox. This even is free so invite your friends!

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with April

A woman lying on a yoga mat propped up with bolsters and pillows. Great care was taken with her comfort.When: Sunday March 31st 6pm

Cost: $10 drop-in or Infinity Card Punch

Instructor: April Herndon

Would you like to bring more relaxation to your week and help your body in its natural healing processes? If so, Restorative yoga and Yoga Nidra are great choices for you. After some gentle movements and restorative yoga, we will settle in to a Yoga Nidra practice.

Schedule for March 4 – 10

Unless otherwise noted, all classes run an hour.

Monday March 4

8:15am Forrest Inspired VinyasaElle
4:30 pm Yoga with Erin Drummond

Tuesday March 5

12:05-12:50pm Lunchtime Gentle YogaMollee
7pm  Interval FlowHailey 

Wednesday Feb 27th

8:15am Forrest Inspired BasicsElle
9:30am  Qi Gong and T’ai Chi – Lynn
12:05-12:50pm Pilates FusionDeb
7-8:15pm Candlelight Yoga – Mollee

Thursday Feb 28th

9am  NiaJacque
5:50pm Asana with Alanna

Friday March 1

8:15am  Forrest Inspired Vinyasa Elle
9:30am  Qi Gong and T’ai Chi – Lynn

Saturday March 2

9am Qi GongLynn
10:45am Gentle Yoga – Elle

Sunday March 3

6-7:15pm Restorative and Yin YogaApril

Studio News Week of Feb 25th

Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together.
― Brené Brown

For those of you missing April’s Yoga Nidra this evening, she will lead it next week instead. Bring your blankets!

Erin Drummond’s series ends tomorrow on Feb 25th and Mollee’s last Candlelight Class is on March 6th.

Eri’s SomaYoga series ends on March 13th, expect some special classes from her in the near future. If you are interested in taking SomaYoga on an ongoing basis please reach out to us. We are trying to find the right time for this very special offering.

I will begin teaching Monday 4:30pm classes in March as the Yoga Journey begins, culminating in a mini-retreat in May. More information coming soon! .

Stay warm and safe!

Much Love,
Elle

Teacher Feature

This week I had a blast talking to Alanna about why she created the Asana with Alanna series and creating this video.

Watch it to gain a better understanding of what Asana with Alanna has to offer your practice.  Her next series begins on March 21st with a free class so make sure to mark your calendars!

Weekly Themes:

AlannaForward Folding
Mollee – Supple Spine
Jacque – The Nine Movement Forms

Upcoming Events:

Yoga with Erin Drummond

Black and White photo of woman dancing on edge of oceanWhen: Monday 4:30-5:30pm
Feb. 25th

Cost: $10 drop in or use your Infinity Card

Instructor: Erin Drummond

Join Erin for a unique class including elements of Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga. Experience asana, pranayama and meditation.

SomaYoga with Eri Fujieda

Tie Die Background with mobius strip image and the words Mobility, Stability, and Strength. The symbol of SomaYogaWhen: Wednesday 7-8:15pm,
Feb 27 and March 13th

Instructor: Eri Fujieda

SomaYoga: Somatics is a way of re-educating the way our brain senses and moves the muscles. Soma Yoga brings this wisdom into our yoga & meditation practice. Chronic tension patterns change as the body regains its innate ability to self-correct to ease and efficiency. These practices promote agility, equanimity and quiet mind. Suitable to all individuals with various physical abilities and conditions.

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with April

A woman lying on a yoga mat propped up with bolsters and pillows. Great care was taken with her comfort.When: Sunday March 3rd 6pm

Cost: $10 drop-in or Infinity Card Punch

Instructor: April Herndon

Would you like to bring more relaxation to your week and help your body in its natural healing processes? If so, Restorative yoga and Yoga Nidra are great choices for you. After some gentle movements and restorative yoga, we will settle in to a Yoga Nidra practice.

When: Wednesday, March 6th
7-8:30pm

Cost:  $10 per class or Infinity Card with Registration, $15 at the door

Instructor: Mollee Sheehan

Theme: Opening to Change

Monthly Candlelight includes a gentle yoga sequence designed to calm the nervous system, heal stress, and shift into a more relaxed state. This 90-minute class includes an additional practice such as meditation, mantra, yoga nidra, energy work or breathing practices.

Lunchtime Gentle Yoga at Bluff Country Co-op

The logo for Bluff country Co-op. Green background depicting a tree with a fork for a trunk.When: Tuesdays 12:05-12:50pm
March 19th

Cost: Free
Space is limited. Please RSVP at 507-452-1815.

Instructor: Mollee Sheehan

Make a lunch date with your yoga mat at the Co-op!

Bluff Country Co-op has partnered with us to offer you a free yoga class in the Co-op’s Community Room on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. De-stress and re-focus while getting your yoga fix during the lunch hour. This all-levels 45-minute yoga sequence will help create balance in the body and mind and, of course, connect with and honor the light within us all.

Schedule for Feb 25-March 3

Unless otherwise noted, all classes run an hour.

Monday Feb 25th

8:15am Forrest Inspired VinyasaElle
4:30 pm Yoga with Erin Drummond

Tuesday Feb 26th

12:05-12:50pm Lunchtime Gentle YogaMollee
*Located at Bluff Country Co-op
7pm  Interval FlowHailey 

Wednesday Feb 27th

8:15am Forrest Inspired BasicsElle
9:30am  Qi Gong and T’ai Chi – Lynn
12:05-12:50pm Pilates FusionDeb
7-8:15pm SomaYogaEri

Thursday Feb 28th

9am  NiaJacque
5:50pm Asana with Alanna

Friday March 1

8:15am  Forrest Inspired Vinyasa Elle
9:30am  Qi Gong and T’ai Chi – Lynn

Saturday March 2

9am Qi GongLynn
10:45am Gentle Yoga – Elle

Sunday March 3

6-7:15pm Restorative and Yoga Nidra- April

Infinity News for Week of Feb 17th

At the centre of your being, you have the answer. You know who you are, and you know what you want.
Rumi

The Heart Chakra, abstract green painted picture with circle pattern, mandala of anahata chakra

The love continues this week, and every week here at Infinity!

If you’re looking for a way to show your love and appreciation to our teachers, show up for some very very special series that are coming to a close!

Erin Drummond’s series ends on Feb 25th. Eri’s SomaYoga series ends Feb 27th. The last Candlelight Class is on March 6th, appropriately themed Opening to Change. If you can’t make it but still want to let these teachers know how much you love and appreciate them, I will pass on any messages that come through Infinity.

In the case of the Monday evening class I will resume teaching again this week, and it will be part of the Yoga Journey I’m leading my students through this spring. For those attending regularly, this will culminate in a Forrest Inspired Mini Retreat! I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to this!

I also want to call your attention to a free lecture series hosted by Infinity practitioners. The next one is coming up on Thursday Feb 21st: Go with Your Gut by Dr. Kristin Noble.

Much Love,
Elle

Weekly Themes:

AlannaTwisting poses
Elle – There’s more right with you than wrong
Mollee – Heart Flow at the Co-op
Jacque -Upper Extremities with the intention of adding expression to movement.

Upcoming Events:

Yoga with Erin Drummond

Black and White photo of woman dancing on edge of oceanWhen: Mondays 4:30-5:30pm
Feb 4th- Feb. 25th

Cost: $10 drop in or use your Infinity Card

Instructor: Erin Drummond

Join Erin for a unique 6-week series including elements of Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga. Experience asana, pranayama and meditation.

Lunchtime Gentle Yoga at Bluff Country Co-op

The logo for Bluff country Co-op. Green background depicting a tree with a fork for a trunk.When: Tuesdays 12:05-12:50pm
Feb 19th

Cost: Free
Space is limited. Please RSVP at 507-452-1815.

Instructor: Mollee Sheehan

Make a lunch date with your yoga mat at the Co-op!

Bluff Country Co-op has partnered with us to offer you a free yoga class in the Co-op’s Community Room on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. De-stress and re-focus while getting your yoga fix during the lunch hour. This all-levels 45-minute yoga sequence will help create balance in the body and mind and, of course, connect with and honor the light within us all.

SomaYoga with Eri Fujieda

Tie Die Background with mobius strip image and the words Mobility, Stability, and Strength. The symbol of SomaYogaWhen: Wednesdays 7-8:15pm Jan 30 and Feb 13, 20, 27

Instructor: Eri Fujieda

SomaYoga: Somatics is a way of re-educating the way our brain senses and moves the muscles. Soma Yoga brings this wisdom into our yoga & meditation practice. Chronic tension patterns change as the body regains its innate ability to self-correct to ease and efficiency. These practices promote agility, equanimity and quiet mind. Suitable to all individuals with various physical abilities and conditions.

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with April

A woman lying on a yoga mat propped up with bolsters and pillows. Great care was taken with her comfort.When: Sunday Feb. 24, 6-7:15pm

Cost: $10 drop-in or Infinity Card Punch

Instructor: April Herndon

Would you like to bring more relaxation to your week and help your body in its natural healing processes? If so, Restorative yoga and Yoga Nidra are great choices for you. After some gentle movements and restorative yoga, we will settle in to a Yoga Nidra practice.

When: Wednesday, March 6th
7-8:30pm

Cost:  $10 per class or Infinity Card with Registration, $15 at the door

Instructor: Mollee Sheehan

Theme: Opening to Change

Monthly Candlelight includes a gentle yoga sequence designed to calm the nervous system, heal stress, and shift into a more relaxed state. This 90-minute class includes an additional practice such as meditation, mantra, yoga nidra, energy work or breathing practices.

Schedule for Feb 18th-24th

Unless otherwise noted, all classes run an hour.

Monday Feb 18th

8:15am Forrest Inspired VinyasaElle
4:30 pm Yoga with Erin Drummond

Tuesday Feb 19th

12:05-12:50pm Lunchtime Gentle YogaMollee
*Located at Bluff Country Co-op
7pm  Interval FlowHailey 

Wednesday Feb 20th

8:15am Forrest Inspired BasicsElle
9:30am  Qi Gong and T’ai Chi – Lynn
12:05-12:50pm Pilates FusionDeb
7-8:15pm SomaYogaEri

Thursday Feb 21st

9am  NiaJacque
12pm Go With Your Gut – Dr. Kristin Noble
5:50pm Asana with Alanna

Friday Feb 22nd

8:15am  Forrest Inspired Vinyasa Elle
9:30am  Qi Gong and T’ai Chi – Lynn

Saturday Feb 23rd

9am Qi GongLynn
10:45am Gentle Yoga – Elle

Sunday Feb 24th

6-7:15pm Restorative and Yin YogaApril

Yoga Journey and Forrest Inspired Mini Retreat

 

Yoga Journey
Beginning the first week in March each week’s themes will be centered around Forrest Yoga concepts including bringing elements from the 4 directions into our practice. It’s a way for me to share with my students in a deeper way some of the healing practices of Forrest Yoga. You don’t have to do anything special, just continue to attend classes regularly.

My Saturday morning classes will continue to be Gentle Yoga classes but we will be along for the journey as well. These  are more meditative by nature which makes them the perfect time to explore deeper aspects of healing practices.

Forrest Inspired Mini-Retreat
Our journey will culminate in an opportunity for a longer practice. We’ll begin with a decadent warm up and have a chance to go deeper into our practice as well as spend longer in meditation.

Since this is for my students, I would love your input. If you are interested in participating in something like this, please fill out this doodle and let me know when you would be able to attend.

If you’re not able to attend at least once a week but still want to attend the mini-retreat, please talk to me about it. If you’ve been a regular student of Jen’s in the past and are familiar with Forrest Yoga but can’t make my regular classes, I’d love to see you!

When: To be determined. Please fill out this doodle if you’re interested in attending.
Cost: $30 early bird, $40 at the door.

Weather Related Cancelations

Infinity Office is closed tomorrow and there will be no Lunchtime Gentle Yoga. As of right now Hailey is still planning on holding class but make sure to check back if the roads are iffy tomorrow evening.

Be safe and take care of yourself!

~Elle

Infinity Studio News for the week of Feb 11th

A world where it is safe to love is a world where it is safe to live.
Serena Anderlini-D’Onofrio

The Heart Chakra, abstract green painted picture with circle pattern, mandala of anahata chakra It’s not an accident that the heart chakra is green, the color of healing. Loving relationships, most importantly our loving relationship with ourselves, are powerful forces for healing in our lives.

This week we are celebrating love in all its forms. We even have a very special event offered by Alanna and April, Valentines Partner Thai Yoga and Yoga Nidra. Read below for more information.

I am attending a silent retreat on Saturday next weekend. April is subbing for me, so everyone has two chances to enjoy a Restorative and Yin practice this week.

I also want to call your attention to a free lecture series hosted by Infinity practitioners. The next one is coming up on Thursday Feb 21st: Go with Your Gut by Dr. Kristin Noble.

Much Love,
Elle

Teacher Feature

This week I have the pleasure of being Infinity’s featured teacher and I’d like Headshot of Elle Newman wearing green yoga shirt and smiling broadly. to use this opportunity to announce an upcoming Forrest Inspired Yoga Journey, and long class.

Forrest Inspired Journey
You don’t have to do anything special, just continue to attend classes regularly. Beginning the first week in March each week’s themes will be centered around Forrest Yoga concepts including bringing elements from the 4 directions into our practice. It’s a way for me to share with my students in a deeper way some of the healing practices of Forrest Yoga.

 

Mandala depicting elements of nature.

Forrest Inspired Mini-Retreat
Our journey will culminate in an opportunity for a long practice. We’ll begin with a decadent warm up and have a chance to go deeper into our practice as well as spend longer in meditation.

Since this is for my students, I would love your input. If you are interested in participating in something like this, please fill out this doodle and let me know when you would be able to attend.

If you’re not able to attend at least once a week but still want to attend the mini-retreat, please talk to me about it. If you’ve been a regular student of Jen’s in the past and are familiar with Forrest Yoga but can’t make my regular classes, I’d love to see you!

When: To be determined. Please fill out this doodle if you’re interested in attending.
Cost: $30 early bird, $40 at the door.

Weekly Themes:

AlannaHeart Opening
Elle – Moving from Love
Mollee – Chakra Balancing
Jacque -Upper Extremities with the intention of adding expression to movement.

Upcoming Events:

Valentines Partner Thai Massage and Yoga Nidra

2 smiling yoga teachers named April and Alanna. Alanna is giving April a shoulder massage. When: Thursday Feb 14th, 7:15-8:30pm

Cost: $20 per pair ($10 each)
*Be sure that when you enroll you have your partner enroll with you!

Instructor: Alanna and April

Experience a playful, enriching, and fun way to enjoy yoga, and connect with a partner as you support and stretch each other.

Bring along a friend, significant other, sibling, parent or someone else who deserves it! Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and prepare for an evening of bliss. No experience is necessary.

Yoga with Erin Drummond

Black and White photo of woman dancing on edge of oceanWhen: Mondays 4:30-5:30pm
Feb 4th- Feb. 25th

Cost: $10 drop in or use your Infinity Card

Instructor: Erin Drummond

Join Erin for a unique 6-week series including elements of Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga. Experience asana, pranayama and meditation.

SomaYoga with Eri Fujieda

Tie Die Background with mobius strip image and the words Mobility, Stability, and Strength. The symbol of SomaYogaWhen: Wednesdays 7-8:15pm Jan 30 and Feb 13, 20, 27

Instructor: Eri Fujieda

SomaYoga: Somatics is a way of re-educating the way our brain senses and moves the muscles. Soma Yoga brings this wisdom into our yoga & meditation practice. Chronic tension patterns change as the body regains its innate ability to self-correct to ease and efficiency. These practices promote agility, equanimity and quiet mind. Suitable to all individuals with various physical abilities and conditions.

Lunchtime Gentle Yoga at Bluff Country Co-op

The logo for Bluff country Co-op. Green background depicting a tree with a fork for a trunk.When: Tuesdays 12:05-12:50pm
Feb 19th

Cost: Free
Space is limited. Please RSVP at 507-452-1815.

Instructor: Mollee Sheehan

Make a lunch date with your yoga mat at the Co-op!

Bluff Country Co-op has partnered with us to offer you a free yoga class in the Co-op’s Community Room on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. De-stress and re-focus while getting your yoga fix during the lunch hour. This all-levels 45-minute yoga sequence will help create balance in the body and mind and, of course, connect with and honor the light within us all.

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with April

A woman lying on a yoga mat propped up with bolsters and pillows. Great care was taken with her comfort.When: Sunday Feb. 24, 6-7:15pm

Cost: $10 drop-in or Infinity Card Punch

Instructor: April Herndon

Would you like to bring more relaxation to your week and help your body in its natural healing processes? If so, Restorative yoga and Yoga Nidra are great choices for you. After some gentle movements and restorative yoga, we will settle in to a Yoga Nidra practice.

Schedule for Feb 11th – Feb 17th

Unless otherwise noted, all classes run an hour.

Monday Feb 11th

8:15am Forrest Inspired VinyasaElle
4:30 pm Yoga with Erin Drummond

Tuesday Feb 12th

12:05-12:50pm Lunchtime Gentle YogaMollee
7pm  Interval FlowHailey 

Wednesday Feb 13th

8:15am Forrest Inspired BasicsElle
9:30am  Qi Gong and T’ai Chi – Lynn
12:05-12:50pm Pilates FusionDeb
7-8:15pm SomaYogaEri

Thursday Feb 14th

9am  NiaJacque
5:50pm Asana with Alanna
7:15-8:30pm Valentines Partner Massage and Yoga NidraAlanna & April

Friday Feb 15th

8:15am  Forrest Inspired Vinyasa Elle
9:30am  Qi Gong and T’ai Chi – Lynn

Saturday Feb 16th

9am Qi GongLynn
10:45amRestorative and Yin YogaApril

Sunday Feb 17th

6-7:15pm Restorative and Yin YogaApril

Studio News for Week of Feb 4th

Welcome to February!

abstract green painted picture with circle pattern, mandala of anahata chakraWe are motivated by love at Infinity Yoga Studio. We love what we do, we love our students, and we recognize the healing qualities of love. I’m honored to work with such a warm hearted bunch.

This month you’ll notice the heart chakra adorning our newsletters, many heart and love themed classes, and a very special valentines event offered by Alanna and April. Make sure you get all the information below!

Love,
Elle

Teacher Feature

This week’s featured teacher is Mollee Sheehan so let me begin by reminding you all that this Wednesday is Candlelight Yoga and this week’s theme is heart nourishing and loving kindness. These 90 minute classes include gentle yoga sequences designed to calm the nervous system, heal stress, and shift into a more relaxed state of mind.

To learn more about Mollee and what inspires her as a teacher check out this piece she wrote!

Weekly Themes:

AlannaFolding Forward/ Turning Inward
Elle – Moving from Love
Mollee – Happy Hips (Tuesday), Heart Nourishing (Wed)
Jacque -Core of the Body with the intention of increasing mobility in the three body weights: pelvis, chest, and head.

Upcoming Events:

Yoga with Erin Drummond

When: Mondays 4:30-5:30pm
Feb 4th- Feb. 25th

Cost: $10 drop in or use your Infinity Card

Instructor: Erin Drummond

Join Erin for a unique 6-week series including elements of Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga. Experience asana, pranayama and meditation.

Candlelight Yoga

When: Wednesday, Feb. 6th,
7-8:30pm

Cost:  $10 per class or Infinity Card with Registration, $15 at the door

Instructor: Mollee Sheehan

Theme: LOVE + metta meditation

Monthly Candlelight includes a gentle yoga sequence designed to calm the nervous system, heal stress, and shift into a more relaxed state. This 90-minute class includes an additional practice such as meditation, mantra, yoga nidra, energy work or breathing practices.

SomaYoga with Eri Fujieda

When: Wednesdays 7-8:15pm Jan 30 and Feb 13, 20, 27

Instructor: Eri Fujieda

SomaYoga: Somatics is a way of re-educating the way our brain senses and moves the muscles. Soma Yoga brings this wisdom into our yoga & meditation practice. Chronic tension patterns change as the body regains its innate ability to self-correct to ease and efficiency. These practices promote agility, equanimity and quiet mind. Suitable to all individuals with various physical abilities and conditions.

Lunchtime Gentle Yoga at Bluff Country Co-op

When: Tuesdays 12:05-12:50pm
Feb 19th

Cost: Free

Instructor: Mollee Sheehan

Make a lunch date with your yoga mat at the Co-op!

Bluff Country Co-op has partnered with us to offer you a free yoga class in the Co-op’s Community Room on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. De-stress and re-focus while getting your yoga fix during the lunch hour. This all-levels 45-minute yoga sequence will help create balance in the body and mind and, of course, connect with and honor the light within us all.

Space is limited. Please RSVP at 507-452-1815.

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with April

When: Sunday Feb. 24, 6-7:15pm

Cost: $10 drop-in or Infinity Card Punch

Instructor: April Herndon

Would you like to bring more relaxation to your week and help your body in its natural healing processes? If so, Restorative yoga and Yoga Nidra are great choices for you. After some gentle movements and restorative yoga, we will settle in to a Yoga Nidra practice.

Schedule for Feb 4th – Feb 10th

Unless otherwise noted, all classes run an hour.

Monday Feb 4th

8:15am Forrest Inspired VinyasaElle
4:30 pm Yoga with Erin Drummond

Tuesday Feb 5th

12:05-12:50pm Lunchtime Gentle YogaMollee
7pm  Interval FlowHailey 

Wednesday Feb 6th

8:15am Forrest Inspired BasicsElle
9:30am  Qi Gong and T’ai Chi – Lynn
12:05-12:50pm Pilates FusionDeb
&-8:15pm Candlelight YogaMollee

Thursday Feb 7th

9am  NiaJacque
5:50pm Asana with Alanna

Friday Feb 8th

8:15am  Forrest Inspired Vinyasa Elle
9:30am  Qi Gong and T’ai Chi – Lynn

Saturday Feb 9th

9am Qi GongLynn
10:45am Gentle Yoga – Elle

Sunday Feb 10th

6-7:15pm Restorative and Yin YogaApril

4 Questions with Infinity Yoga Teacher Mollee Sheehan

Mollee Sheehan answers questions about herself and her teaching style. Read on for Mollee in her own words!


1.  What is your teaching philosophy?

white water lilly flower

My short answer: Ancient + Modern.

I have a deep reverence for the ancient intentions of yoga as a path for self-realization and transcending human suffering.

I also make space for modern science and the ability of yoga to heal modern-day suffering — chronic stress, distraction and disconnection, and its impacts like anxiety, attention issues, and depression.

2.  What are your classes like?

By holding close to yoga’s ancient roots, the yoga I teach might not look like yoga often practiced in America today. The word yoga translates to union. I focus on supporting union of breath and movement, of body, mind and spirit. And building and strengthening not just the body but our relationship with ourselves, the outer and inner.

A student once said, “Your class didn’t seem like yoga. Yoga is so difficult and puts your body in all kinds of uncomfortable positions. Your class felt different. I feel so good! I feel so calm! What did you do?” My first thought: I was doing yoga!

The word for yoga postures, asana, is defined as a “steady, comfortable posture.” I guide students to find comfort and steadiness — physically and mentally. It’s rewarding to see tension soften when they are given permission to be themselves and let go of the struggle to “perform” a pose or look a certain way. The result is greater ease in mind and body.

3.  What is your teaching background and style?

I bring trauma-informed principles to every class I teach — whether teaching to the general population or leading healing-focused series.

That isn’t how I started. In the late 90s, I was a fitness instructor at the YMCA when yoga was beginning to gain popularity in the fitness world. So to my kickboxing and step aerobic repertoire I added fitness-style yoga as a physical fitness tool.

I eventually found my way to Iyengar Yoga, which taught me alignment and introduced me to the idea that yoga was much more than physical postures — that there were eight limbs of yoga, and physical practice was only one. I was intrigued at first Om. 😉

I taught at the Y until 2005 or so when career and family took priority. I left teaching but continued practicing and learning.

A few years ago, I experienced an extremely traumatic event I didn’t think I’d come back from. I haven’t yet. Not completely. I’ve made tremendous progress but am still healing.

The most significant therapy I experienced on my recovery path from PTSD is trauma-informed yoga. It’s saved my life, and I felt inspired to share this powerful healing tool with others.

I enrolled in a 200-hour yoga teacher certification program to develop my teaching, and became certified to lead trauma-informed yoga.

I’m continuing on the therapeutic yoga track and am finishing my 500-hour and Yoga Therapy training. I’m also completing Ayurveda and holistic wellness counseling training — that applies the tools of yoga, Ayurveda and modern psychology to support healing and thriving through one-on-one and group work.

4. Why do you teach yoga?

As a dedicated student, I’m continuously learning and evolving my understanding of this rich practice; the classes I teach shift and evolve along with me. I enjoy being on this journey alongside those who join me. We’re exploring and growing together.

Yoga has been one of the greatest gifts and healers in my life. I am honored to share it with anyone and everyone!

Studio News for Week of Jan. 28th

Hi Everyone,

When the weather gets cold like this I appreciate the warmth of Infinity Yoga Studio — both the physical warmth provided by our heaters and the emotional warmth emanating from our amazing students and teachers.

Speaking of classes and special events to get your warmth flowing, right now we have two special ongoing series: Erin is teaching Monday nights at 4:30pm for the next 5 weeks, and Eri’s SomaYoga is continuing on Wednesday evenings. And while you’re in the habit of treating yourself to movement and meditation on Wednesday evenings, make sure to register for Mollee’s next Candlelight Yoga event on Feb 6th!

See you on the mat,
~Elle

Teacher Feature

Alanna is sharing her teacher feature spotlight with April to highlight a very special offering they have coming up on Valentines day, combining partner Thai Massage and Yoga Nidra. Read more about it here.

Bring your friends, sweethearts, siblings or anyone you know who deserves an hour of self care. No experience in either Thai Massage or Yoga Nidra is required.

Weekly Themes:

AlannaRestorative
Mollee – Ground and Grow
Jacque -The Base of the Body: feet, ankles, knees, and hips

Upcoming Events:

Yoga with Erin Drummond

When: Mondays 4:30-5:30pm Jan 28th – Feb. 25th

Cost: $10 drop in or use your Infinity Card

Instructor: Erin Drummond

Join Erin for a unique 6-week series including elements of Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga. Experience asana, pranayama and meditation.

SomaYoga with Eri Fujieda

When: Wednesdays 7-8:15pm Jan 30 and Feb 13, 20, 27

Instructor: Eri Fujieda

SomaYoga: Somatics is a way of re-educating the way our brain senses and moves the muscles. Soma Yoga brings this wisdom into our yoga & meditation practice. Chronic tension patterns change as the body regains its innate ability to self-correct to ease and efficiency. These practices promote agility, equanimity and quiet mind. Suitable to all individuals with various physical abilities and conditions.

Candlelight Yoga

When: Wednesday, Feb. 6th,
7-8:30pm

Cost:  $10 per class or Infinity Card with Registration, $15 at the door

Instructor: Mollee Sheehan

Theme: LOVE + metta meditation

Monthly Candlelight includes a gentle yoga sequence designed to calm the nervous system, heal stress, and shift into a more relaxed state. This 90-minute class includes an additional practice such as meditation, mantra, yoga nidra, energy work or breathing practices.

Lunchtime Gentle Yoga at Bluff Country Co-op

When: Tuesdays 12:05-12:50pm
Feb 19th

Cost: Free

Instructor: Mollee Sheehan

Make a lunch date with your yoga mat at the Co-op!

Bluff Country Co-op has partnered with us to offer you a free yoga class in the Co-op’s Community Room on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. De-stress and re-focus while getting your yoga fix during the lunch hour. This all-levels 45-minute yoga sequence will help create balance in the body and mind and, of course, connect with and honor the light within us all.

Space is limited. Please RSVP at 507-452-1815.

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with April

When: Sunday Feb. 24, 6-7:15pm

Cost: $10 drop-in or Infinity Card Punch

Instructor: April Herndon

Would you like to bring more relaxation to your week and help your body in its natural healing processes? If so, Restorative yoga and Yoga Nidra are great choices for you. After some gentle movements and restorative yoga, we will settle in to a Yoga Nidra practice.

Schedule for Jan 28- Feb 3rd

Unless otherwise noted, all classes run an hour.

Monday Jan 28th

8:15am Forrest Inspired VinyasaElle
4:30 pm Yoga with Erin Drummond

Tuesday Jan 29th

12:05-12:50pm Lunchtime Gentle YogaMollee
7pm  Interval FlowHailey 

Wednesday Jan 30th

8:15am Forrest Inspired BasicsElle
9:30am  Qi Gong and T’ai Chi – Lynn
12:05-12:50pm Pilates FusionDeb
&-8:15pm SomaYogaEri

Thursday Jan 31st

9am  NiaJacque
5:50pm Asana with Alanna

Friday Feb 1

8:15am  Forrest Inspired Vinyasa Elle
9:30am  Qi Gong and T’ai Chi – Lynn

Saturday Feb 2

9am Qi GongLynn
10:45am Gentle Yoga – Elle

Sunday Feb 3

6-7:15pm Restorative and Yin YogaApril

Studio News for Week of Jan 21st

Hi Everyone,

We have a lot going on this week. Erin Drummond begins teaching her 6-week series tomorrow, Monday Jan 21st at 4:30pm, and this Friday Alanna is teaching a very special Bedtime Family Yoga from 7-8pm. You can learn more about it from this short video Alanna created. 

Please note that Pat will be teaching Pilates for Deb this Wednesday. For those of you who miss practicing with Pat this will be the perfect time to catch up with her.

Hope to see you on the mat soon!

~Elle

Teacher Feature

In January, Jacque introduced a new Nia routine: Source. You can read about this and Jacque’s explanations about what makes Nia such a unique form of movement here. 

Hopefully many of you have already experienced Nia classes with Jacque and know firsthand how inspirational they are. If you’re looking for more information on Nia you can check out the beautiful Nia website. If you’re looking for more information on Jacque check out her personal site.

Weekly Themes:

Elle – Be Yourself on the Mat
AlannaInversions
Mollee – Heart Flow
JacqueNatural Time

Upcoming Events:

Yoga with Erin Drummond

When: Mondays 4:30-5:30pm Jan 21st – Feb. 25th

Cost: $10 drop in or use your Infinity Card

Instructor: Erin Drummond

Join Erin for a unique 6-week series including elements of Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga. Experience asana, pranayama and meditation.
Themes:
Riding the waves: yoga of conscious transformation.
Fire in winter: yoga for revitalization.
Erin Drummond:
Erin first got very into yoga while living in Brooklyn nearly fifteen years ago.  It stirred her out of a deep depression and she went on to study intensively and become a teacher at 7 Centers Yoga Arts in Arizona, training in the lineage of the Bihar school, with additional study in Kundalini and Ayurveda. She has continued her studies and teaching in the years since, along with working as a freelance modern dancer and choreographer.  She holds an MFA in Dance and currently directs the dance program at Winona State University.

SomaYoga with Eri Fujieda

When: Wednesdays 7-8:15pm Jan 23, 30 and Feb 13, 20, 27

Instructor: Eri Fujieda

Jan 9th is a free class, please register by calling 507-453-7941 in advance to hold your space.

SomaYoga: Somatics is a way of re-educating the way our brain senses and moves the muscles. Soma Yoga brings this wisdom into our yoga & meditation practice. Chronic tension patterns change as the body regains its innate ability to self-correct to ease and efficiency. These practices promote agility, equanimity and quiet mind. Suitable to all individuals with various physical abilities and conditions.

Bedtime Family Yoga with Alanna 

When: Friday Jan 25th 7-8pm

Cost: $15 a family up to 4 people. $5 per extra person. *Registration required call 507- 453-7941 to reserve your place today.

Instructor: Alanna Pelowski

 

Did you know that self soothing yoga postures can reduce bedtime stress and help your children sleep better?

Join experienced children’s yoga instructor Alanna Pelowski for a very special edition of Family Yoga. You’ll leave ready for a great night’s sleep and everything you need to create your own bedtime yoga routine at home.

Come in your PJs, bring your favorite blankets and pillows.

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with April

When: Sunday Jan. 27th 6-7:15pm

Cost: $10 drop-in or Infinity Card Punch

Instructor: April Herndon

Would you like to bring more relaxation to your week and help your body in its natural healing processes? If so, Restorative yoga and Yoga Nidra are great choices for you. After some gentle movements and restorative yoga, we will settle in to a Yoga Nidra practice.

Candlelight Yoga

When: Wednesday, Feb. 6th,
7-8:30pm

Cost:  $10 per class or Infinity Card with Registration, $15 at the door

Instructor: Mollee Sheehan

Theme: LOVE + metta meditation

Monthly Candlelight includes a gentle yoga sequence designed to calm the nervous system, heal stress, and shift into a more relaxed state. This 90-minute class includes an additional practice such as meditation, mantra, yoga nidra, energy work or breathing practices.

Lunchtime Gentle Yoga at Bluff Country Co-op

When: Tuesdays 12:05-12:50pm
Feb 19th

Cost: Free

Instructor: Mollee Sheehan

Make a lunch date with your yoga mat at the Co-op!

Bluff Country Co-op has partnered with us to offer you a free yoga class in the Co-op’s Community Room on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. De-stress and re-focus while getting your yoga fix during the lunch hour. This all-levels 45-minute yoga sequence will help create balance in the body and mind and, of course, connect with and honor the light within us all.

Space is limited. Please RSVP at 507-452-1815.

Schedule for Jan. 21-27

Unless otherwise noted, all classes run an hour.

Monday Jan 14th

8:15am Forrest Inspired VinyasaElle
4:30 pm Yoga with Erin Drummond

Tuesday Jan 15th

12:05-12:50pm Lunchtime Gentle YogaMollee
7pm Interval FlowHailey 

Wednesday Jan 16th

8:15am Forrest Inspired BasicsElle
9:30am  Qi Gong and T’ai Chi – Lynn
12:05-12:50pm Pilates FusionPat
&-8:15pm SomaYogaEri

Thursday Jan 17th

9am  NiaJacque
5:50pm Asana with Alanna

Friday Jan 18th

8:15am  Forrest Inspired Vinyasa Elle
9:30am  Qi Gong and T’ai Chi – Lynn
7pm Bedtime Family Yoga – Alanna

Saturday Jan 19th

9am Qi GongLynn
10:45am Gentle Yoga – Elle

Sunday Jan. 20th

6-7:15pm Restorative Yoga and Yoga NidraApril

New Nia Routine: Source

 

In Nia, we believe that every person can discover, explore, unleash, and enhance their individual potential to live a healthy and meaningful life by engaging their senses and listening to their bodies.  

One thing that makes Nia unique is how much intention goes into everything.  Instructors have a focus and intention before every class they teach. While we may practice the same routine for many weeks, the intention changes each time.  We may focus on the knees, the breath, or maybe listening to the music. We are able to experience movement and our bodies in unique ways each week as we apply the focus.  

This same intention goes into the creation of full Nia routines. In January we will be dancing to the new routine, Source.  In this routine, the focus is the EYES with the intention to engage the spine and direct attention. Have you ever free danced with your eyes? Curious?  You can learn more from creators Kelly Rae Oien and Kevin Vereecke in this video:

I hope you will join us!

Best,

Jacque
Nia Black Belt and 5 Stages Certified Instructor

 

Bedtime Family Yoga is Here!

Help your children sleep better with yoga

Instructor: Alanna

Did you know that self soothing yoga postures can reduce bedtime stress and help your children sleep better?

Join experienced children’s yoga instructor, Alanna Pelowski, for a very special edition of Family Yoga. You’ll leave ready for a great night’s sleep and everything you need to create your own bedtime yoga routine at home.

Come in your pj’s, bring your favorite blankets and pillows.

Studio News for week of Jan 14th

Hi Everyone,

We have some exciting events coming up!

Erin Drummond is back and is going to be teaching a 6 week series starting Monday, Jan 21st from 4:30-5:30pm. For those of you who usually attend my Forrest Inspired Basics class at this time, this means you can easily take advantage of this special opportunity to study yoga with Erin. Read more below.

On Friday, January 25th Alanna is teaching a very special Bedtime Family Yoga from 7-8pm. Come in your PJs, bring your favorite blankets, and leave with a plan to revolutionize your bedtime routines.

Don’t forget that Lunchtime Gentle Yoga with Mollee is held at Bluff Country Co-op this week. If you haven’t already reserved your space, call  507-452-1815 today.

~Elle

Teacher Feature

These past few weeks I’ve had the pleasure of talking with April Herndon about how her own practice is changing to support what her body needs. As always with April, I was impressed with her willingness to be real. She embodies the truths that all bodies can do yoga. And talking with her reaffirmed for me how beneficial—and indeed intense—a quiet restorative yoga practice can be.

April just returned from a yoga retreat where she explored the subtle aspects of a yoga practice and the intensity of going within. Please read her personal reflections on this experience and her growing practice.

Weekly Themes:

Elle – Breath
AlannaSeated Postures
Mollee – Gentle Yoga at the Coop, Neck and Shoulders

Upcoming Events:

Lunchtime Gentle Yoga at Bluff Country Co-op

When: Tuesdays 12:05-12:50pm
Jan 15th, Feb 19th

Cost: Free

Instructor: Mollee Sheehan

Make a lunch date with your yoga mat at the Co-op!

Bluff Country Co-op has partnered with us to offer you a free yoga class in the Co-op’s Community Room on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. De-stress and re-focus while getting your yoga fix during the lunch hour. This all-levels 45-minute yoga sequence will help create balance in the body and mind and, of course, connect with and honor the light within us all.

Space is limited. Please RSVP at 507-452-1815.

SomaYoga with Eri Fujieda

When: Wednesdays 7-8:15pm Jan 16, 23, 30 and Feb 13, 20, 27

Instructor: Eri Fujieda

Jan 9th is a free class, please register by calling 507-453-7941 in advance to hold your space.

SomaYoga: Somatics is a way of re-educating the way our brain senses and moves the muscles. Soma Yoga brings this wisdom into our yoga & meditation practice. Chronic tension patterns change as the body regains its innate ability to self-correct to ease and efficiency. These practices promote agility, equanimity and quiet mind. Suitable to all individuals with various physical abilities and conditions.

Yoga with Erin Drummond

When: Mondays 4:30-5:30pm Jan 21st – Feb. 25th

Cost: $10 drop in or use your Infinity Card

Instructor: Erin Drummond

Join Erin for a unique 6-week series including elements of Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga. Experience asana, pranayama and meditation.
Themes:
Riding the waves: yoga of conscious transformation.
Fire in winter: yoga for revitalization.
Erin Drummond:
Erin first got very into yoga while living in Brooklyn nearly fifteen years ago.  It stirred her out of a deep depression and she went on to study intensively and become a teacher at 7 Centers Yoga Arts in Arizona, training in the lineage of the Bihar school, with additional study in Kundalini and Ayurveda. She has continued her studies and teaching in the years since, along with working as a freelance modern dancer and choreographer.  She holds an MFA in Dance and currently directs the dance program at Winona State University.

Bedtime Family Yoga with Alanna 

When: Friday Jan 25th 7-8pm

Cost: $15 a family up to 4 people. $5 per extra person. *Registration required call 507- 453-7941 to reserve your place today.

Instructor: Alanna Pelowski

 

Did you know that self soothing yoga postures can reduce bedtime stress and help your children sleep better?

Join experienced children’s yoga instructor, Alanna Pelowski, for a very special edition of Family Yoga. You’ll leave ready for a great night’s sleep and everything you need to create your own bedtime yoga routine at home.

Come in your pj’s, bring your favorite blankets and pillows.

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with April

When: Sunday Jan. 27th 6-7:15pm

Cost: $10 drop-in or Infinity Card Punch

Instructor: April Herndon

Would you like to bring more relaxation to your week and help your body in its natural healing processes? If so, Restorative yoga and Yoga Nidra may be good choices for you. After some gentle movements and restorative yoga, we will settle in to a Yoga Nidra practice.

Candlelight Yoga

When: Wednesday, Feb. 6th,
7-8:30pm

Cost:  $10 per class or Infinity Card with Registration, $15 at the door

Instructor: Mollee Sheehan

Theme: LOVE + metta meditation

Monthly Candlelight includes a gentle yoga sequence designed to calm the nervous system, heal stress, and shift into a more relaxed state. This 90-minute class includes an additional practice such as meditation, mantra, yoga nidra, energy work or breathing practices.

Schedule for Jan. 14th – 20th

Unless otherwise noted, all classes run an hour.

Monday Jan 14th

8:15am Forrest Inspired VinyasaElle
4:30 pm Forrest Inspired BasicsElle

Tuesday Jan 15th

12:05-12:50pm Lunchtime Gentle YogaMollee
*held at Bluff Country Co-op reservations required.
7pm Interval FlowHailey 

Wednesday Jan 16th

8:15am Forrest Inspired BasicsElle
9:30am  Qi Gong and T’ai Chi – Lynn
12:05-12:50pm Pilates Fusion Deb
&-8:15pm SomaYogaEri

Thursday Jan 17th

9am  NiaJacque
5:50pm Asana with Alanna

Friday Jan 18th

8:15am  Forrest Inspired Vinyasa Elle
9:30am  Qi Gong and T’ai Chi – Lynn

Saturday Jan 19th

9am Qi GongLynn
10:45am Gentle Yoga – Elle

Sunday Jan. 20th

6-7:15pm Restorative Yoga and Yoga NidraApril

Retreating into Softness by April Herndon

Over the last few years, my yoga practice has become much slower and more methodical because that’s what my body has needed as I continue to grapple with the ongoing effects of Lyme. On some days, I can still do any pose I like; on others, many poses simply aren’t available to me. Last weekend, I went to a yoga and meditation retreat knowing part of me still grieved what I often think of as my more “athletic” and “intense” practice that I’ve left behind.

I went to the retreat because I wanted to challenge myself to take the instructions I give to my students every Sunday evening but that I still find hard to take into my own practice: listen to your body; support it; let it be soft; honor the things it can do on the mat for this hour of this day, knowing that the body is different each time, and knowing that all bodies deserve honor, respect, and joy.

I wanted to reconnect with my body. I wanted to learn to approach it with care and softness and to appreciate it for what it is now rather than what it was or what I imagine it used to be.
Each day of the retreat brought a new lesson to me about the power of supporting and appreciating my body as it is. In one restorative pose, I used a prop for support because I realized I couldn’t stay in the pose without it; it was empowering to take that assistance—to momentarily cast away any hesitancy to care for my own body for fear that someone might think I was weak. I let myself just stay in the pose with the support, and when any feeling of hesitancy or fear arose, I let myself feel it and then exhale it away. As I did, my body became softer, and at the same time I felt stronger in my resolve to support and honor my body’s needs and capabilities.

Later in the weekend, during a meditation, deep sadness for the body and abilities I once had arose again. At that moment, I finally allowed myself to grieve the body I lived with and through before Lyme. Our culture doesn’t talk nearly enough about how changes to our bodies and abilities affect us. After living in a body that works and/or looks a certain way for so many years, a different body is an adjustment and can feel like a loss; it certainly did for me. I let myself weep soft and silent tears for the body I once lived with; I sat with the grief and let myself remember the poses I once loved but now aren’t a part of my regular practice and how my body felt before arthritis settled in my knees.

And as I sat, a deer came to the window of the retreat center and looked inside. Behind him, the sky was lit with stars, and the tips of his small antlers rose to meet a constellation. When the wind kicked up and the white birches behind him swayed, he turned to go back to the woods. As I watched him go, I found myself weeping tears of gratitude to be alive and to be sitting there to witness such a sight—grateful for the body that let me do that. At that moment, I began to truly reconnect with my body.

Each day of the retreat, I found an intensity in the stillness of restorative poses, meditation, and Yoga Nidra that we seldom talk about but which is no less powerful and no less deserving of our respect as that more “athletic” practice I had left behind. In fact, I found myself rethinking what it means to have an “intense” practice and recognizing the power and joy of staying long enough in a pose or an emotion to connect with my body, my feelings, and my precious breath. Intensity isn’t necessarily about the physical feat but more about what we bring to our practice, and I was finding my own kind of intensity as I reconnected with my body. Finally, I let myself explore where I am with an open mind instead of constantly focusing on where I once was. Although it may not have looked like much was going on as I stayed in stillness, my practice was no less intense than any other I’ve done in my life.

My hope is to bring what I experienced and learned at my retreat not only back to my own ongoing practice but back to my students. There is no doubt that there are many physical benefits to the supported and long-held stretches that restorative poses offer and the deep relaxed yogic sleeping of Yoga Nidra, but these practices and classes offer more than that. While restorative classes and Yoga Nidra don’t always look like other yoga classes because we are so often on our mats and supported by props, these are practices that build a different kind of strength in our muscles, emotions, and spirits. They help build the kind of strength that lets us be soft in and with our bodies, to relax the tense muscles we so often use to protect ourselves, and to be kind to ourselves. These classes offer their own kind of beautiful intensity.

When we simply stay with our breath and our bodies and let ourselves explore rather than running away or imagining our bodies to be different, there can be joy, lightness, and a deep comfort. We learn patience and acceptance for ourselves and our bodies when we just breathe and stay, and we take that outside the corners of our yoga mats and into our lives.
I know that yoga has transformed my life many times, and the stillness of restorative work and Yoga Nidra have taught me so much about myself recently. I was transformed again at the retreat when I realized all the wonderful things my body still allows me to do. I found so much more than yoga and meditation on that mat, and I hope the same for my students.

Studio News for Week of Jan 7th

Hi Everyone,

There’s great savings to be had this week at Infinity Studio. Eri’s SomaYoga classes are starting again this Wednesday at 7pm and she’s kicking it off with a free class! You’ll need to register to save your spot. 507-453-7941

Asana with Alanna begins again this Thursday and for this series if you commit to all 8, you only pay for 7. As if you needed another reason to show up for this great class!

See you on the mat!

~Elle

Weekly Themes:

Jacque – The Joy of Movement
Elle – “Let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.”

Upcoming Events:

SomaYoga with Eri Fujieda

When: Wednesdays 7-8:15pm Jan 9, 16, 23, 30 and Feb 13, 20, 27

Instructor: Eri Fujieda

Jan 9th is a free class, please register by calling 507-453-7941 in advance to hold your space.

SomaYoga: Somatics is a way of re-educating the way our brain senses and moves the muscles. Soma Yoga brings this wisdom into our yoga & meditation practice. Chronic tension patterns change as the body regains its innate ability to self-correct to ease and efficiency. These practices promote agility, equanimity and quiet mind. Suitable to all individuals with various physical abilities and conditions.

Asana with Alanna Series

When: Thursdays 5:50pm
Jan. 10 – Feb 28th

Cost: 7 punches on your Infinity Card. (8 classes for the price of 7)

Instructor: Alanna Pelowski

Though students are welcome to drop in anytime, for the most benefit you’ll want to attend all 8. For those of you committed to attending all 8 sessions in a series, Alanna is offering the special price or 8 classes for the price of 7.

Lunchtime Gentle Yoga at Bluff Country Co-op

When: Tuesdays 12:05-12:50pm
Jan 15th, Feb 19th

Cost: Free

Instructor: Mollee Sheehan

Make a lunch date with your yoga mat at the Co-op!

Bluff Country Co-op has partnered with us to offer you a free yoga class in the Co-op’s Community Room on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. De-stress and re-focus while getting your yoga fix during the lunch hour. This all-levels 45-minute yoga sequence will help create balance in the body and mind and, of course, connect with and honor the light within us all.

Space is limited. Please RSVP at 507-452-1815.

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with April

When: Sunday Jan. 27th 6-7:15pm

Cost: $10 drop-in or Infinity Card Punch

Instructor: April Herndon

Would you like to bring more relaxation to your week and help your body in its natural healing processes? If so, Restorative yoga and Yoga Nidra may be good choices for you. After some gentle movements and restorative yoga, we will settle in to a Yoga Nidra practice.

Candlelight Yoga

When: Wednesday, Feb. 6th,
7-8:30pm

Cost:  $10 per class or Infinity Card with Registration, $15 at the door

 

Theme: New Beginnings + Ganesh mantra

Monthly Candlelight includes a gentle yoga sequence designed to calm the nervous system, heal stress, and shift into a more relaxed state. This 90-minute class includes an additional practice such as meditation, mantra, yoga nidra, energy work or breathing practices.

Schedule for Jan. 7-13th

Unless otherwise noted, all classes run an hour.

Monday Jan 7th

8:15am Forrest Inspired VinyasaElle
4:30 pm Forrest Inspired BasicsElle

Tuesday Jan 8th

12:05-12:50pm Lunchtime Gentle YogaMollee
7pm Interval FlowHailey 

Wednesday Jan 9th

8:15am Forrest Inspired BasicsElle
9:30am  Qi Gong and T’ai Chi – Lynn
12:05-12:50pm Pilates Fusion Deb
&-8:15pm SomaYogaEri (free with registration, call 507-453-7941)

Thursday Jan 10th

9am  NiaJacque
5:50pm Asana with Alanna

Friday Jan 11th

8:15am  Forrest Inspired Vinyasa Elle
9:30am  Qi Gong and T’ai Chi – Lynn

Saturday Jan 12th

9am Qi GongLynn
10:45am Gentle Yoga – Elle

Sunday Jan. 13th

6-7:15pm Restorative Yoga and Yoga NidraApril