Take in the beauty that surrounds you. You have done enough for now. Take a breath and sit in the quiet. Allow the universe to nurture you. Prince Edward Island Sunset
All students MUST park in the u-shaped driveway. No street parking.
Taking “in the beauty” was my intent this summer when Jim and I traveled in our van through the Canadian Maritime Provinces. I wondered if present moment awareness would be easier to access with our house on our back and lots of yummy food aboard. We certainly were not roughing it with a couch that turned into a comfortable bed and more amenities than we have at home! The 18 day trip had been fun to plan and included a stay at a state park perched out over the ocean in Prince Edward Island, time with cousins and friends in the little fishing village of Lower Argyle, NS. and a three day drive around the Cabot trail in Cape Breton, NS. As I outfitted the van to accommodate our needs I began to view the space as amazingly efficient rather than claustrophobic; understanding the big outdoors was just a door slide away!
“You have done enough for now” was echoing in my ears! I was so ready for an adventure. Months ago my good friend had asked me, “If not now, when?” and that clinched it for me. The adventure had begun in my mind. This same friend had described a trip as having three distinct parts: anticipating, experiencing and reminiscing. My intent was to savor it all and for the most part I did. But of course my mind with its 61,000 thoughts a day came along for the ride. Needed dearly as I planned, experienced, and now remember and yet not entirely useful. My mind didn’t seem to help with “Taking a breath and sitting in the quiet and allowing the universe to nurture me”.
Interestingly enough in the beginning google map was probably the best support system for present moment awareness. Its reassuring well-paced verbal guidance allowed me to be more relaxed and present in the passing surroundings. After all, we humans always like to “know” that we are traveling in the right direction! However the twists and turns of life are everywhere and during a torrential rain storm google maps sent us off in the wrong direction! My full trust in the smart phone waned and I returned to old fashion maps to double check.
Traveling and its ever-changing newness seemed to encourage being in the unfolding of life one moment at a time but the real moments of quiet solitude and connection to the universe happened when I slowed down to the pace of nature. All along the way, I got still, quiet, and connected to my breath in beautiful natural spaces. Sitting in the physical world and finding my breath allowed me to sink into myself; often bringing states of relaxation and self-reflection.
Adopt the pace of nature. Nothing is hurried, yet everything is accomplished.Lao Tzu
I have returned believing more fully in the transformative power of fun and adventure as well as moments of solitude and reflection. It is a combination that helps me resist the pull of our present fear-based climate.
My plan this fall, is to offer five yoga classes; Saturday morning will be offered at a new time, 9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. I also intend to offer a Tuesday morning meditation class starting on Tuesday, September 25 and a once-a-month Sunday restorative yoga class starting on October 1. Please help spread the word about fall yoga offerings at the Barn by sending this info on to friends who might be interested. A link to forward the email follows.
I have enjoyed sharing the “reminiscing” part of my travel experience and look forward to practicing yoga and meditation with you this fall.
PS: Erika Update: Erika will be part of our yoga community this fall and offering classes in 2018.
RESTORATIVE YOGA MINI-RETREAT
for beginners and experienced students.
Let yourself be healed and nurtured from within during this three-hour program consisting of gentle, supported postures accompanied by breath awareness. Restorative poses are poses of being rather than doing. By supporting the body with props, the body and brain become quiet and relaxed. In this relaxed state, physiological changes occur which help to restore health and reduce the effects of chronic stress.
Prior yoga experience is helpful but not required. Sunday, October 1, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
No classes August 28 – September 8
Fall Session Begins September 11
Thirteen-Week Session September 11 to December 16 NO CLASSES
Thanksgiving Week November 20 – 26
All-Level Yoga Classes linking breath and movement
to create flexibility, strength, and deep relaxation. Monday 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Friday 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
$169/once a week
$286/twice a week
$16 Drop-In Please note:
Classes need 8 people to run
Seven-Week Meditation Class
Tuesdays, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Sept 26 – Nov 14
Sunday Restorative Yoga October 1, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Personalized Private Sessions are available and may include:
-Restorative yoga poses
-Practicing the opposite to achieve balance
-Processing grief and emotional challenges
-Preparing or recovering from surgery
-The Yoga of Eating
Chris Morton, RYT
8 Beck Street
Newburyport, MA 01950 978.462.3626
The Calapiz Family asks that we continue to park around the U shaped driveway; however, when you need to leave early or promptly after class, it is fine to park on the street. Please be aware that there are three children living on the property and we all need to drive slowly.
Other Important Reminders:
Do not come to class when you are sick. This is important for the good of the whole.
Refrain from wearing fragrances in the barn as we have students who are chemically sensitive.