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

Theme for Elle’s classes week of Jan. 6th

Do you know Mary Oliver’s poem Wild Geese? It’s one of my favorites and it’s familiar lines run through my mind often during my practice. Especially the first stanza,

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.

Don’t you love it? You can find the whole poem here. The new year is a good time I think to practice letting the our soft animal body love what they love. While the world is telling us to be a new better version of ourselves, I dare you to practice loving yourself instead. Move in a way that is good for your body, in fact move in ways that your body loves.

 

First Studio News of 2019

Silhouette of the girl who holds the numbers of the new year in the sunset. Concept of replacement 2018 to 2019.

Happy New Year!

Make sure to read over the schedule below carefully as we have a few holiday week changes.

Mollee’s next Candlelight is coming up this week and she really knows how to start out a new year with clarity and peace! If you’re planning on attending, please make sure to register. 507-453-7941

Alanna’s next series is beginning on January 10th. Don’t forget that by committing to all of them up front you get one class for free.

Eri’s next SomaYoga series is Wednesdays Jan. 9, 16, 23, and 30, 7-8:20pm. More information to follow!

See you on the mat!

~Elle

Upcoming Events:

Candlelight Yoga

When: Wednesday, Jan 2nd, 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.

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.

Schedule for Dec. 31st- Jan 4th

Unless otherwise noted, all classes run an hour.

Monday Dec. 31st

8:15am Forrest Inspired VinyasaElle

Tuesday Jan 1st:

Happy New Year! 

Wednesday Jan 2nd

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

Thursday Jan 3rd

9am  NiaJacque

Friday Jan 4th

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

Saturday Jan 5th

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

Sunday Jan. 6th

6-7:15pm Restorative Yoga and Yoga NidraApril

Studio News – Holiday Edition

Happy Holidays!

We wish you a safe and fun holiday with your family and friends.

If you’re around, make sure you check out our schedule below. While some of our teachers are out of town there are still plenty of classes for everyone.

For those of you who have been asking about Eri’s next SomaYoga series, we just confirmed the dates this morning: Wednesdays Jan. 9, 16, 23, and 30, 7-8:20pm. More information to follow!

Speaking of great things happening on Wednesday nights, make sure you register for Mollee’s Candlelight Class on January 2nd. Call 507-453-7941. More information below.

Alanna’s next series is beginning on January 10th. Don’t forget that by committing to all of them up front you get one class for free.

See you on the mat!

~Elle

Upcoming Events:

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with April

When: Sunday Dec. 30th 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, Jan 2nd, 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.

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.

Schedule for Dec. 23- Jan 4th

Unless otherwise noted, all classes run an hour.

Sunday Dec. 23rd:

No Restorative Yoga

Monday Dec. 24th:

8:15am Forrest Inspired VinyasaElle

Tuesday Dec. 25th:

Merry Christmas

Wednesday 26th:

8:15am Forrest Inspired BasicsElle
12:05-12:50pm Pilates Fusion Deb

Thursday Dec. 27th:

No Classes

Friday Dec. 28th

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

Saturday Dec. 29th

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

Sunday Dec. 30th

6-7:15pm Restorative Yoga and Yoga NidraApril

Monday Dec. 31st

8:15am Forrest Inspired VinyasaElle

Tuesday Jan 1st:

Happy New Year! 

Wednesday Jan 2nd

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

Thursday Jan 3rd

9am  NiaJacque

Friday Jan 4th

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

Saturday Jan 5th

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

Holiday Schedule is Here

Hello Everyone,

below is your handy dandy, easy peasy guide to our Holiday schedule. We hope you have a fun and safe holiday, and if you’re in town we hope to see you in our classes!

Om Shanti,

Elle

Schedule for Dec. 20 – Jan 4th

Unless otherwise noted, all classes run an hour.

Thursday Dec. 20th:

9am  NiaJacque
5:50pm AsanaAlanna

Friday Dec. 21st:

8:15am  Solstice Flow Elle
9:30am  Qi Gong and T’ai Chi – Lynn

Saturday Dec. 22nd:

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

Sunday Dec. 23rd:

No Restorative Yoga

Monday Dec. 24th:

8:15am Forrest Inspired VinyasaElle

Tuesday Dec. 25th:

Merry Christmas

Wednesday 26th:

8:15am Forrest Inspired BasicsElle
12:05-12:50pm Pilates Fusion Deb

Thursday Dec. 27th:

No Classes

Friday Dec. 28th

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

Saturday Dec. 29th

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

Sunday Dec. 30th

6-7:15pm Restorative Yoga and Yoga NidraApril

Monday Dec. 31st

8:15am Forrest Inspired VinyasaElle

Tuesday Jan 1st:

Happy New Year! 

Wednesday Jan 2nd

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

Thursday Jan 3rd

9am  NiaJacque

Friday Jan 4th

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

Saturday Jan 5th

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

Studio Newsletter for week of Dec. 16th

Dear Infinity Students,

 

This week is Asana with Alanna’s last class until Jan. 10th when her new series starts. Remember if you plan on coming to all 8, register beforehand and get a special price.

Gentle Lunchtime Yoga students, please remember this Tuesday your class is at Bluff Country Co-op. It’s free, but you’ll need to register: 507-452-1815.

Lastly, thank you to everyone who tried to fill out our survey!  For those of you who were able to complete the survey we got your responses and they are very helpful.

Unfortunately even though this survey ran smoothly in our testing, it turned out to be super glitchy for many of you. If you have feedback you weren’t able to give, you can reply to this email or send it to me directly at ellenewman11.@gmail.com. Here are the main things we would like to know:

1. Have you drifted away from Infinity classes? If so, why? Do you plan on returning? Do you need your class to be held at a different time? What other obstacles to attendance are you facing?

2. Do you know if your insurance provides incentives for you to attend classes regularly? Usually this takes the form of a $20 rebate off of a monthly membership (Infinity Monthly Pass) if you attend enough classes. If this was available at Infinity, would you use it? If so please let us know what incentive program you could qualify for and how important it is to you. You can read more about it here. http://www.nihca.org

3. Anything else you’d like us to know, we’re grateful for your feedback!

THANK YOU!

Teacher Feature

The time has come for the featured teacher to be me (Elle Newman), but it takes a tribe to raise a yoga teacher, so I’d like to talk a bit about mine.

I have been lucky enough to have support from my community in every step of my yoga journey. I have had help funding trainings and emotional support when I doubt myself, not to mention dedicated students who show up week after week.

Some of my students have been taking yoga with me from the beginning and have helped shape my teaching with their feedback. Truly, your dedication to your practice inspires me!

You are all a blessing in my life, thank you so much.

If you are interested in watching or sharing a video about the classes I teach at Infinity, you can see it here. If you’re interested in knowing about my career outside of Infinity, please check out my professional website.  While you’re there, enjoy the free meditations.  And if you’re curious about why I wear a mask, here’s some info on Multiple Chemical Sensitivities.

Much Love,

Elle

This Week’s Class Themes

Upcoming Events:

Lunchtime Gentle Yoga at Bluff Country Co-op

When: Tuesdays 12:05-12:50pm
Dec 18th, 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 Dec. 30th 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, Jan 2nd, 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.

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.

Schedule for Dec. 3rd – 9th

Unless otherwise noted, all classes run an hour.

Monday:

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

Tuesday:

12:05-12:50pm Lunchtime Gentle YogaMollee
7pm No Interval Flow –Will return in January

Wednesday:

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

Thursday:

9am  NiaJacque
5:50pm AsanaAlanna

Friday:

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

Saturday:

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

Sunday:

6-7:15pm Restorative and Yoga NidraApril

 

Solstice Week!

This Friday is winter solstice and this week is not only the darkest of the year, but it marks the return of light. The concept of finding light in the darkness is one that is near and dear to my heart so rather than hosting one class to celebrate Solstice, we’ll be honoring it all week.

 

Monday:

8:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa and 4:30pm Forrest Inspired Basics

Heart Centering: finding our courage and our core.

Wednesday

8:15am Forrest Inspired Basics

Heart Opening supported Back Bends

Friday Happy Solstice!

8:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa

Faux Candlelight Flow

Saturday

10:45am Gentle Yoga

A gentle flow ending with a heart realm meditation. Come ready for an inward adventure.

 

 

Studio Newsletter for week of Dec. 10th

Dear Infinity Students,

Well, the easy set up for the survey didn’t turn out to be so easy and I know several of you tried to fill it out but weren’t able to complete the survey. I’m very sorry for the inconvenience. If you didn’t get all the way to the end, meaning you didn’t get to the questions on insurance rebates and the open question about anything else you want us to know, please try one more time.  Here is the link to the survey that works.

Former Infinity teacher Dr. Jen Bayer is in town and is co-leading Monday morning’s Forrest class with me. Join us for a great class!

In gratitude,

~Elle

This Week’s Class Themes

Upcoming Events:

Candlelight Yoga

When: Wednesday, Jan 2nd, 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.

Infinity Class Sampler

When: Tuesday, Dec. 11th 5-6:30pm

Cost: Free!

Space is limited. Please register by calling 507-453-7941. Thank You!

Are you curious about Infinity’s classes? This is an excellent opportunity to meet Infinity’s experienced instructors and learn about their classes. Beginners welcome! Read more here.

Lunchtime Gentle Yoga at Bluff Country Co-op

When: Tuesdays 12:05-12:50pm
Dec 18th, 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 Dec. 30th 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, Jan 2nd, 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.

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.

Schedule for Dec. 3rd – 9th

Unless otherwise noted, all classes run an hour.

Monday:

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

Tuesday:

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

Wednesday:

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

Thursday:

9am  NiaJacque
5:50pm AsanaAlanna

Friday:

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

Saturday:

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

Sunday:

6-7:15pm Restorative and Yoga NidraApril

 

Infinity Class Survey – This is the one that works!

Hi Everyone!

Thank you to every one who tried to fill this out already, some of you tried several times! You’re amazing and we really appreciate you!

It should be all working now, thank you in advance for taking the few minutes to fill it out. Your feedback is very important to all of us.

Much Love,

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Infinity News week of December 3rd

Dear Infinity Students,

We are beginning to think about your schedule for 2019 and can use your help. To this end expect a survey in your inbox early this week.

It will also be helpful to communicate with your teachers, especially if you haven’t been in class lately but plan on returning. If you don’t have a way to get a hold of them simply reply to this email and we’ll pass your information onto them.

This week remember Candlelight Yoga is on Wednesday from 7-8:30pm, if you want to come let us know as soon as you can. It’s $10 or an Infinity Card punch with registration, or $15 at the door for this special 90 minute event. Find out more below.

Thank you!

Elle

This Week’s Class Themes

Upcoming Events:

Candlelight Yoga

When: Wednesday, Dec. 5th 7-8:30pm

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

 

Theme:-compassion Yoga + compassion-building exercise

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.

Infinity Class Sampler

When: Tuesday, Dec. 11th 5-6:30pm

Cost: Free!

Space is limited. Please register by calling 507-453-7941. Thank You!

Are you curious about Infinity’s classes? This is an excellent opportunity to meet Infinity’s experienced instructors and learn about their classes. Beginners welcome! Read more here.

Lunchtime Gentle Yoga at Bluff Country Co-op

When: Tuesdays 12:05-12:50pm
Dec 18th, 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 Dec. 30th 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.

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.

Schedule for Dec. 3rd – 9th

Unless otherwise noted, all classes run an hour.

Monday:

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

Tuesday:

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

Wednesday:

8:15am Forrest Inspired BasicsElle
9:30am Qi Gong and T’ai Chi Lynn
12:05pm Pilates Fusion Deb
7pm-8:30pm Candlelight YogaMollee

Thursday:

9am  NiaJacque
5:50pm AsanaAlanna

Friday:

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

Saturday:

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

Sunday:

6-7:15pm Restorative and Yoga NidraApril

 

Themes for Elle’s classes week of Dec. 3rd

Looking forward to seeing you on the mat this week!

Forrest Inspired Vinyasa

Monday 8:15am

Playing on our Hands: Even if the closest you get to a handstand is Down Dog you’ll benefit from exploring how to support ourselves when we’re on our hands.

Friday 8:15am

We’ll take what we’ve been practicing this week and turn it into a joyful flow. It’s the perfect way to start off your friday!

Forrest Inspired Basics

Monday 4:30pm and Wednesday 8:15am

Moving from our core: So much more than a 6 pack, when we move from our core, we move from the center of our being.

Gentle Yoga

Saturday 10:45am

Join me for a gentle flow that will leave you feeling open and grounded.

Are You Familiar with Dry Needling?

Has this cold weather got you feeling achey and chilly? Read below for some great ideas on reducing pain and warming up!

Dry Needling

Dry Needling can reduce pain and help restore normal muscle function and as such, is a natural extension of quality hands on therapy.

Read here, to learn more about Dry Needling and when it’s prescribed.

Far-Infrared Sauna

While for some of us, the heat alone is reason enough to book a sauna session, check out all these other reasons to give it a try.

Some benefits of Far-Infrared Sauna therapy can include:

  • Assisting detoxification
  • Promote muscle recovery and tension relief
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Treat chronic illnesses
  • Lower chronic pain
  • Improve heart function
  • Reduce stress

Read here for more information.

Contact Us to schedule a session.

 

 

Studio News and Schedule for week of Nov. 26th

Dear Infinity Students,

The Asana with Alana Series begins this Thursday. Make sure to register beforehand, or let Alanna know if you plan on making it to all 8 for additional savings.

Yoga Nidra with April is this Sunday. You don’t need to register, but make sure to bring any extra blankets or pillows you want from home to make your experience extra cozy.

Remember that Candlelight is now a once a month event, rather than a weekly class. The first one is Dec. 5th.

We also have a couple of events coming up for which you’ll need to register: Infinity Class Sampler on Tuesday Dec. 11th, and Lunchtime Gentle Yoga at Bluff Country Co-op on Dec. 18th. Call Infinity to register for the Sample, 507-453-794, and Bluff Country Coop to register for Lunchtime Yoga at the Coop, 507-452-1815.

Lastly, I hope you had a great weekend with family and friends!

See you on the mat!

~Elle

Teacher Feature

Combining dance, martial arts and mindfulness, Nia tones your body while transforming your mind. If you haven’t tried Nia yet this might seem like a very bold claim. However, those of us who have taken a Nia class with Jaque are nodding our heads thinking, “yep, that about sums it up.”
Jacque Paulsen: My Nia story begins with taking class on a whim — needing to “get some exercise” during a very stressful and busy time of my life.  I had always imagined that I was a healthy and fit person, but as the business of my life marched forward I was getting farther and farther away from the person I believed myself to truly be.  Through Nia I have learned how to truly appreciate living in my body – to let go of the self judgement that was preventing me from finding Joy in my everyday life.  I am so happy I followed that whim.  Nia has taught me to dance through the good and the bad, and to invite in curiosity, laughter, play, and happiness as much as possible.  It feels great — and there is plenty to go around.
I invite you to try a Nia class… and if you are curious, I would love to answer any questions you have. You can email me at reddancingdragon@gmail.com.

This Week’s Class Themes

Upcoming Events:

Asana with Alanna Series

When: Thursdays 5:50pm Nov. 29th – Jan 24th (no class Jan. 3rd

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.

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with April

When: Last Sunday of the Month 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.

Infinity Class Sampler

When: Tuesday Dec. 11th 5-6:30pm

Cost: Free!

Space is limited. Please register by calling 507-453-7941. Thank You!

Are you curious about Infinity’s classes? This is an excellent opportunity to meet Infinity’s experienced instructors and learn about their classes. Beginners welcome! Read more here.

Lunchtime Gentle Yoga at Bluff Country Co-op

When: Tuesdays 12:05-12:50pm
Dec 18th, 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.

Schedule for Nov. 12th – 18th

Unless otherwise noted, all classes run an hour.

Monday:

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

Tuesday:

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

Wednesday:

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

Thursday:

9am  NiaJacque
5:50pm AsanaAlanna

Friday:

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

Saturday:

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

Sunday:

6-7:15pm Restorative and Yoga NidraApril

 

Dancing the Edge

My students know this is not a new theme for me, and for anyone who reads my personal blog you know it’s not even new that I’m writing about it.

Finding that place within us where we are developing and yet not straining or stressing is multifaceted work. So this week I’m going to take a look at what it means to practice at our edge through the lens of the four pillars of Forrest Yoga: Breath, Strength, Integrity, and Spirit.

Forrest Inspired Vinyasa

Monday 8:15am

Integrity. Monday is inversion day and a great day to look at how we take care of ourself on the mat with Integrity.

Friday 8:15am

Breath. Flow into your weekend linking your breath to your movement.

Forrest Inspired Basics

Monday 4:30pm

Breath. Let’s look at how breath supports our poses and keeps us present at our edge.

Wednesday 8:15am

Strength. We’ll be preparing for chataranga and exploring low cobra, cobra, and up dog. If you have questions about these poses (like “what’s up dog?”) this is the class to get them answered!

Gentle Yoga

Saturday 10:45am

Spirit. Enjoy a flow designed to feed your body, mind, and soul.

 

 

Studio News for Week of Nov. 19th

Dear Infinity Students and Teachers,

The two most common compliments  I hear from new students is how warm and welcoming they found Infinity, and how much they loved their teacher. I am so thankful to be a part of our Infinity community!

I am also honored to get to be a part of your self care as we enter the holiday season. Speaking of this, Jacque shared this Personal Awareness Worksheet which is helpful for students in any discipline.

Things to Watch For

Mollee’s Candlelight Yoga class will transition to a special once-a-month event, held on the first Wednesday of every month from 7 – 8:30pm, beginning December 5. Monthly Candlelight includes a gentle yoga sequence designed to calm the nervous system, heal stress, and shift into a more relaxed state. Each 90-minute class includes an additional practice such as meditation, mantra, yoga nidra, energy work, or breathing practices. Pre-registration cost is $10 or an Infinity card punch. Drop-in rate is $15.

The switch to once per month will allow Mollee the time she needs to work on her advanced trainings in Yoga Therapy, Ayurveda, and Traditional Wellness Counseling. She looks forward to sharing new practices with students in her classes, workshops, and private one-on-one sessions.

Featured Infinity Staff

You might recognize Shellie Nelson as a regular yoga student. She also offers Corrective Exercises at Infinity. If you have a long-term ache or pain that just doesn’t seem to get better no matter what you try, this is a great option. If you have a newer injury, get it assessed before it becomes a long-term pain!

Class Themes

Upcoming Events:

SomaYoga with Eri Fujieda

When: Tuesdays 5:30-6:45pm
Nov. 6, 13, 20

Cost: $10 drop-in or Infinity Card Punch

Instructor: Eri Fujieda

Eri is leading the last SomaYoga series of the year in November.

 

Asana with Alanna Series

When: Thursdays 5:50pm Nov. 29th – Jan 24th (no class Jan. 3rd

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 sessions in this series. For those of you committed to attending all 8, Alanna is offering the special price of 8 classes for the price of 7.

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with April

When: Last Sunday of the Month 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.

Lunchtime Gentle Yoga at Bluff Country Co-op

When: Tuesdays 12:05-12:50pm
Dec 18th, 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.

Schedule for Nov. 19th – 25th

Unless otherwise noted, all classes run an hour.

Monday:

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

Tuesday:

12:05-12:50pm Lunchtime Gentle YogaMollee
5:30-6:45pm SomaYogaEri
7pm Interval FlowHailey

Wednesday:

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

Thursday:

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Friday:

9:30am  Qi Gong and T’ai Chi – Lynn

Saturday:

10:45am Gentle Yoga – Elle

Sunday:

6-7:15pm Restorative and Yin YogaApril

 

Elle’s Class Themes Nov 19th – 24th

Thank you all for your support and inspiration. Truly, you guys are the BEST, and I love you!

Below is my plan for the week. I hope to see you there!

Forrest Inspired Vinyasa

Monday 8:15am

Twists, Something to Crow About. It’s what it sounds like, twists and opportunities for Crow poses. Along the way we’ll be taking excellent care of our wrists, shoulders, and neck so it’s also a great class for stress relief!

Friday 8:15am

No class due to Holiday

Forrest Inspired Basics

Monday 4:30pm

This is a great stress busting class working towards a pose called, The Hammock… what could be better than that?

Wednesday 8:15am

Attitude of Gratitude. We’ll concentrate on things we can be grateful for in our own practice (rather than all the things we might think we want to change) and end sending some of that Love out into our community.

Gentle Yoga

Saturday 10:45am

We’ll continue with the Yin/Yang format this week. Meaning we’ll start with some longer held postures and then move into our gentle flow format.