I am looking forward to our Fall session which will include the same
class times for yoga, the return of Tuesday meditation, two weekend workshops, a book group and private sessions. Please scroll down for more information. With heartfelt appreciation for my students,
The “best guide” out there to maintaining a high quality of life—from active living to final breath—by the New York Times bestselling author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door.
The Art of Dying Well by Katy Butler is a handbook to assist us in living fully during the last third of life. It provides practical suggestions for a fulfilling life through building community support, finding practical solutions to some of the challenges of growing old and helpful suggestions for navigating the western model of medicine. It’s a down to earth practical guide to staying in charge of our lives, aware of our options, and less afraid about our future. We can be decades away from our time of death and still benefit from Katy Butler’s wise counsel.
The Art of Dying Well, the Fall Book Group
I know that change is the constant and when looking back over my life, I recall seeking support through the reading of ”handbooks” during different developmental stages. I read books about the physical and emotional changes during adolescence, books about love, career choices, relationships, child rearing, career changes, divorce, menopause etc. Now as I approach seventy, I want to find more clear seeing when it comes to this next decade and beyond. I am once again seeking guidance that will support maintaining a good quality of life as I age; time to reflect on what gives my life meaning and how to simplify my daily life. I want more stillness. I want to practice interdependence within my community, make peace with loss, upgrade advance directives and consciously open to the mystery of death.
According to Darwin’s Origin of Species, “it’s not the most intellectual of the species that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is best able to adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which it finds itself.” Interpreting Darwin by Leon C. Megginson,
In his book, Soul Friends, Stephen Cope writes about how to effectively face life’s inevitable challenges and actually make creative use of it. Effectiveness in dealing with life’s obstacles is enhanced by raw intelligence, emotional intelligence and something relatively new called adversity intelligence.
The yoga sutras give us a formula to enhance all forms of intelligence through meditation, the investigation of patterns and the practice of the opposite.
For instance one might notice the quality of their thoughts about growing older and dying; asking the following:
Can I summon the energy to come back again and again to the gnarly painful persistent problem in my life with renewed energy and vigor?
Can I stay with it?
Does adversity overwhelm me, or do I rise to meet it?
What I found most interesting of all in Stephen’s book is the connection of relationship and perseverance. Most importantly how humans are motivated to develop perseverance through deep connection to those we share life with in this time and place and to those who went before us.
I think Kate Butler is providing a new way of looking at the challenges of this particular stage of life; a way that fosters the following components of adversity intelligence.
Let me know if you are interested in joining a Fall book group to discuss The Art of Dying Well and to explore The Five Wishes, and to find connection as we journey on. We will meet once in October, November and December for an hour and half. We will decide the exact day/time when the group forms. The cost will be $50.
Three Hour Restorative Yoga Class With Chris Morton & Tracy Halliday
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Cost: $65 cash or check at time of sign-up
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.
Fall Workshop, Essential Oils & Yoga Practices
that Enhance Relaxation & Sleep With Chris Morton & Jan Swindlehurst
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Location: Anahata Yoga @ Ajna Yoga Center
Cost: $45 The class is limited to 10.
We will explore yoga poses that are ideal for preparing your body for sleep, as well as gratitude journaling, bedtime pranayama techniques, and meditation practices . We will also discuss ways of limiting the negative impact of diet and stress on our sleeping patterns.
Tuesday Meditation It is not necessary that you have to live in a monastery being a monk!
You can also live in your own imagination to be a monk! ~ Monk
Building An Inner Home Tuesdays 8:00am–9:00am
October 8, 15, 22
November 5, 12, 19
December 3, 10, 17
Location: 8 Beck Street, Newburyport, MA
$100/for ten sessions $12/session drop-in
The kind of book to read slowly and savour.
Private sessions are available and may include: • Yoga
• Restorative Yoga Poses
• Processing grief and emotional challenges
• Preparing or recovering from surgery
• The Yoga of Eating Cost: $80
Please email or call if you have questions and/or would like to schedule a session.
ANAHATA YOGA @ AJNA YOGA Studio
190 State Street
No classes 8-26—9-7
14 Week Fall Session
September 9 – December 21, 2019 No classes the week of 9-30—10-5)
Gift Certificates are available for classes, programs and private sessions.
Email Chris for details!