Donation Class for Lake Tahoe Humane Society

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Katarra is a 10 year old pure bred Alaskan Malamute. She needs a home as an only dog as she is choosy about her dog friends. She needs to be kept on a leash whilst out walking and on a runner when left in a yard because like most Malamutes she is great at escaping.   Katarra is available for adoption at El Dorado Co. Animal Services – S. Lake Tahoe

Katarra is a 10 year old pure bred Alaskan Malamute. She needs a home as an only dog as she is choosy about her dog friends. She needs to be kept on a leash whilst out walking and on a runner when left in a yard because like most Malamutes she is great at escaping.

Katarra is available for adoption at El Dorado Co. Animal Services – S. Lake Tahoe

In the months of November and December, the Shala's donation based classes will benefit Lake Tahoe Humane Society.  

Lake Tahoe Humane Society Mission: “Dedicated to enhancing the lives of animals in our community through service, education, and, stewardship.”

Find more information on their website at www.laketahoehumaneandspca.com

Attend our weekly by donation (cash or check only please) class to support this resource in our community.

Ashtanga Improv: All-Levels on Sunday at 5:30pm with Laura

Spring Renewal

by Cali Bowman

Spring Renewal in Honor of the Spring Equinox

Spring is a time of renewal.  As the weather changes the snow melts into water and cleans away a layer of old, creating space for new growth.  Let us join in this natural process by gently cleansing the mind and body through attentive movement, meditation and eating habits.  I invite you to join me in spending a day or possibly even a few days cleansing. While cleansing, be attentive to your own body’s needs.  Add more foods or proteins if it feels necessary.  Make time for more rest and interact gently in your relationships and with the world.

Here are some practices to begin the process of renewal:

  • Cleanse your home.  Specifically removing, reducing or recycling any old and unnecessary clutter.  Dedicate a shelf or windowsill to defining beauty or simplicity in honor of renewal.
  • Reassess your products.  Observe if there are excessive chemicals, old make-up or unused products in your bathroom/shower.  This is the defined room for cleaning the body externally, so take sometime to make your bathroom a pure and cleansing space.
  • Spend some time de-cluttering your purse/backpack, car and even telephone.  Delete unnecessary messages and contacts. Disable unnecessary alerts, apps and other distractions.  Addressing the devices we use daily will aid in defining this as a time of complete renewal.
  • Cleanse your thoughts.  Note any recurrent self-talk and take the time to write down the most common statements you are making to yourself on a notepad throughout the day.  If these statements don’t serve you and are not moving you forward in life, than consider them toxic and make a point of gently sweeping them away whenever they arise. 
  • Drink several glasses of warm spring water throughout the day.  Occasionally add a wedge of lemon. Create a constant flowing river through the body for toxins to flush away.
  • While eating take a moment to settle in to the digestive process with silence and stillness.  Consider and taste all aspects of the food as you eat. Refrain from reading or watching TV.
  • When detoxifying the body opt for a vegetarian diet.  Reduce the consumption of processed foods and chemically treated foods.  Eat smaller portions, more often. If cleansing for multiple days try to maintain consistent eating times throughout the day.

Enjoy all the changes and feelings that arise during times of renewal.  Engage with any movement of energy by gifting yourself a peaceful bath or an elated walk when these shifts occur.

A sample meal plan for our day of cleansing.  

Early Morning Breakfast 6-8am

1 Grapefruit

  • option to add a drizzle of 1tsp Honey mixed with a pinch of Cardamom, Ground Ginger and Cayenne

Hot Tea- Nettle, Dandelion, Mint, Ginger

Brunch 8-10am

Quinoa or other grains such as Amaranth or Buckwheat

1 cup Quinoa

2 cups Spring Water or Vegetable Broth

I cup Fresh Cilantro     

2 whole Limes

2 tbsp Fresh Mint

2 tbsp Coconut Oil, Olive Oil or Ghee

1/4 Red Onion

Mineral Salt and Pepper to taste

*Boil the quinoa in 2 cups of water for 15 minutes without stirring.  Chop onion and mint. Add all other ingredients and mix with quinoa. Serve immediately warm, or refrigerate for later.

Steamed Vegetables

Include a variety of roots, stems and greens and create a beautiful array of colors.  Choose the the freshest vegetables available such as brussel sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, chard, cauliflower, carrots and yams.   

Season with turmeric, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper.  

*Save the vegetable water from the steamed vegetables and add sea salt or kelp.  

Early afternoon 3-5pm

Drink 2 cups of the vegetable broth created at lunch.

Dinner 5-6pm

Beet Soup

3 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

2 cups Beets

2 cups cabbage

4 carrots

1 potato/yam

1/4 yellow onion

3/4 cup Dill

Mineral salt and pepper

2 tbsp sunflower oil

Fresh cilantro or mint to top

*Chop all vegetables and add ingredients into a pot.  Covering the ingredients with twice their height of fresh spring water.  Boil, than reduce to a simmer for about 1 to 1.5 hours.

Hot Tea- Nettle, Dandelion, Mint, Ginger

*option to add 1/2 lemon, a splash of apple cider vinegar and 1/2 tsp honey

Click Here to Register for Cali's Spring Renewal Practice on March 20.

 

Donation Classes to benefit LVFF

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In the months of and February & March the Shala's donation based classes will benefit local organization, Lake Valley Firefighters Foundation. LVFF service programs include complimentary CPR certification, elementary school fire safety education, rescue programs and the purchase of specialized equipment for the support of the department and the community at large. Last winter LVFF hosted a "avalanche beacon basin" for community members to come and practice location and digging up lost beacons to mimic the emergency rescue of a partner trapped in an avalanche. Along with this program the department now fills avalanche backpack compressed air cylinders for free. 

Attend one of two weekly by donation (cash or check only please) classes to support this resource in our community...

1). Chanting on Monday at 3:00 p.m. with Kacey

2). Ashtanga Improv: All-Levels on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. with Laura

The Shala is proud to announce that in the months of December & January $535 was raised for local organization, Christmas Cheer, through our community's attendance in the above by donation classes. Namaste.
 

It’s In Our Sharing

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by Brent Grueter

A question.  What is life?  It is a question that we can all ask, but not always see the answer.  It is not simple, yet it is. 

I look to yoga for more.  The word itself means to yoke or make whole, to bring together or to unite.  What is it we wish to bring together?  Our mind, body, spirit, breath, emotions? How?

It's through our actions, our relationships, our communications.  We grow through everything that we do.  So it's not simply what we each do in life, but how we do it.  How we live.  Our ability to empathize.  It is our cooperation that has served us.  We may think that in understanding others and the rest of the world that we may lose our truth, but it is in our ability to love, care and listen to others that we can find our truth. It's in our sharing.  

I would like to talk about partner yoga.  It is not an alternative to your practice, but it is a great addition.  Playful, rejuvenating and connective.  A way to bring the peace, freedom and happiness of your own practice to others. By taking the time to trust and respect another, we can build communication and true listening.  This along with a gentle touch and gravity can help us release fear and pain. Working side by side with another connecting the breath, moving together and grounding down.  The practice can be simple or complex.  It can be a way to bring a partner, loved one, friend or family member into the light.

If you are curious or interested in trying partner yoga please join Crystal and I on February 11th from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. 

REGISTER ONLINE HERE

FLASH SALE! 8 for $80!!

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This offer is available online only through Monday, November 27th.

Click HERE to purchase!

Please note that this promotion has a couple special considerations...

1. Limit one per member.

2. This pass is valid for 60 days only. Pass activates on the date of purchase.

3. Pass is non-refundable, non-transferable, and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

4. NO EXCEPTIONS

Thank you for making the Shala the vibrant community that it is! 

Namaste,

Shala Teachers & Staff

Ayurvedic Self-Massage

Massage is often considered a luxurious indulgence. But in fact, it is an important component of optimal health.  The sister science of Yoga, Ayurveda is a holistic health system for everyday life.  Abhyanga is the Sanskrit term used to describe Ayurvedic oil massage.  Among other things, the oil bath is a traditional Ayurvedic home remedy recommended to reduce excess internal heat particularly in the joints, liver and skin. This heat may show up in the body-mind as impatience, irritability, stiffness in the joints, redness in the skin, insomnia and/or indigestion.  Other benefits of Ayurvedic self-massage impart tone and vigor to the tissues of the body, stimulate the internal organs, increase circulation and decrease the effects of aging.

“In Sanksrit, the word “sneha” can be translated as both “oil” and “love.” In Ayurveda there is an inherent connection between enveloping the body in oil and enveloping it in love. Both oil and love provide a sense of nourishment and grounding. These qualities benefit the entire body, particularly the nervous system, and support the entire being - mind, body and spirit.”

Ayurvedic teachings recommend a daily self-massage, which need only take 15 minutes.  Pattabhi Jois, the Indian teacher who developed and popularized the Ashtanga Yoga method, recommended that students take an “oil bath” once per week on his or her day of rest. I have found it easiest to start this self-care ritual twice a month on the new and full moon day as these days are observed as rest days in the Ashtanga Yoga tradition.   

In India, the oil bath is customarily taken with castor oil.  Castor oil delivers the best results, but can be replaced by organic almond, sesame or coconut oil. You can purchase these oils at your local grocery or via a Ayurvedic lifestyle retailer such as Banyan Botanicals.  Banyan Botanicals offers a variety of specialized oils to support individual constitutions or balance particular conditions.

Here is a simple self-massage routine offered by Dr. Claudia Welch. Try doing this routine in the morning for a vital day, or before bed for a more restful sleep:

  1. Put about a 1/2 cup of oil in a 4 oz. squeeze bottle (I prefer a glass bottle).
  2. Warm the oil by placing the bottle in a mug of hot water.
  3. Sit or stand comfortably in a warm room on a towel. Consider choosing a towel that is dedicated for this purpose because over time the oil accumulation will ruin the towel.
  4. Apply the oil to your entire body.
  5. Massage the oil into your entire body, beginning at your extremities and working toward the middle of your body. Use long strokes on the limbs and circular strokes on the joints. Massage the abdomen and chest in broad, clockwise, circular motions. On the abdomen, follow the path of the large intestine, moving up on the right side of the abdomen, then across, then down on the left side. Massage the body for five to twenty minutes, with love and patience.
  6. Every so often, give a little extra time and attention to massaging the oil into your scalp, ears and feet. Apply oil to the crown of your head and work slowly out from there in circular strokes. Oil applied to the head should be warm, but not hot. Put a couple drops of warm oil on the tip of your little finger or on a cotton ball and apply to the opening of the ear canal. (If you have any current or chronic discomfort in your ears, don’t do this without the recommendation of your healthcare practitioner). When you massage your feet and toes, be sure you don’t slip.
  7. Enjoy a warm bath or shower. Minimize the use of soap, and use only where needed.
  8. Wash the shower/bath area. The shower floor will be very slippery and the drain may be clogged a bit. Scrub the shower area well to avoid slipping and pour a kettle of boiling water down the drain to keep it open.
  9. Rest over the next few hours, avoiding hard work, strong sun and swimming in or drinking cold water. Allow the body and mind to rest and rejuvenate for the coming week of practice, study, work and family life.

For the love of oil baths! ENJOY!!

To learn more about the benefits of Ayurvedic self-massage and view how-to videos visit Banyan Botanicals.

My Ashtanga: Mysore Style Yoga Path

Susan practicing Sirsasana - headstand. 

Susan practicing Sirsasana - headstand. 

by Susan Baker

For me Yoga is more of a path than a journey, I see a journey as having an ending point; a path as a never ending movement forward. My path started by taking a few led classes here and there: Flow, Yin and Hatha.  I loved them all but never felt a real personal connection.  Last January I was invited to attend the four-week "Introduction to Ashtanga: Mysore Style Series."  I accepted the challenge and I am forever grateful for that invitation and decision.

After my four-week introduction I began my path of Ashtanga: Mysore Style.  Mysore Style is more than yoga; it is a personal experience guided by yourself, your breath and your teacher.  This self-practice allows you to move and grow at your own pace (I must admit I was comparing myself to others in the beginning).  I have learned that I am strong, that I am capable of quieting my mind and that I can attain goals I never thought possible. Mysore Style practice is the window into your own personal possibilities.  My favorite experiences have been found in the community of other Ashtanga: Mysore Style yogis, the story telling, the chanting and the encouragement I feel each time I roll out my mat to practice.  I am becoming strong, compassionate, and a believer in peace amidst the chaos.

Consider the next Intro to Mysore Series invitation and you will be so pleased you did...

Learn More About Ashtanga: Mysore Style

Register for the Next Intro to Mysore Series

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The Shala Welcomes Candice Connolly

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As a Tahoe native, I grew up with a deep connection to nature and a desire to be active year round. When I was an adolescent I found solace while meditating in the woods. I often felt a strong spiritual connection that only became more profound as time went on. In the winter of 2008 I began working at Squaw Valley as a lift-operator, which gave me the opportunity to work hard, snowboard, and be active and outdoors almost every day of the week. During this time, waking early and eating well became a much bigger part of my life. The job was not only fun but also physically demanding and at the time I was going through some big life changes. A new friend suggested I explore yoga, crystals, and other holistic modalities to assist in my personal healing.

I began practicing yoga and flow arts in 2009 and was instantly hooked. I quickly developed a passion for the arts and discovering my unique flow. After becoming a mother in 2012, my desire to cultivate a deeper connection with the practice grew. In the spring of 2013 my studies slowly began when I participated in my first beginner yoga workshop series in South Lake Tahoe, CA with Jennifer Ann Fuller at Mountain Yoga. In May 2015, I completed my first 200hour training with Melissa Martinez-Chauvin from We Are One Flow Yoga Teacher Trainings in Reno, NV.

After completing my training I continued to cultivate and deepen my personal practice. About a year later, I felt ready to share with others so I started teaching donation-based classes at a friends Tae Kwon Do Studio. Soon after I transitioned into teaching at my teacher's yoga studio where I gratefully found my teaching voice. One of things I find to be so beautiful about this practice is that each time I teach, I learn. It's truly inspiring to me how much we all have to offer and share with one another.

In May 2016 I participated in a weekend workshop for kid's yoga, receiving a certificate from KAY providing me with lots of fun tools for creating amazing kids classes. That fall I also completed another 100hr training with Melissa through We Are One Flow..., providing me with many opportunities to step out of my comfort zone; bringing me more confidence and wisdom.

I personally practice yoga to connect with myself; body, mind, and spirit. I also practice to connect with others and ultimately with the Divine that is within each and every one of us. My classes are all levels and I enjoy encouraging my students to find a deeper sense of self-love. My trainings are rooted in a blend of Ashtanga Bhakti Vinyasa Flow. I try to always connect breath with movement moving in and out of postures, blending one breath one movement flow along with holding postures for longer. My classes tend to be both playful and relaxing. I like to bring focus on self-awareness by encouraging each student to allow their unique expression to come through their practice flowing with their own breath. I also like to blend in some pranayama exercises and silent mediation sometimes. I enjoy sharing the things that I love; therefore I often share essential oils in my classes, mantras, and at times oracle cards to name a few. This September 2017 I begin massage school at The Bodhi Tree Healing Center and I am so looking forward to the many things that I will be able to incorporate and share with my yoga classes.

I believe that yoga has helped me become more patient and loving on all levels. Ultimately allowing me to live with more presence, awareness and compassion. My hope is that through sharing the practice with others I can ripple out more LOVE and acceptance into the world and assist in the Healing of the whole.

Navaratri: The Nine Nights of the Goddess

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NAVARATRI: The Celebration of the Goddess
Monday, September 25th from 3-345pm with Kacey Davy

Donation class benefitting Sierra Child & Family Services.

Join us for Sanskrit chanting and storytelling…

This class will honor the Goddess with chanting of mantras, flowers, and offerings of food. All are welcome to join in this celebration of the Goddess. 

FREE! Bring a snack and something special for the altar.

REGISTER ONLINE

Navaratri is widely celebrated throughout India and symbolizes a time for internal reflection and purification. “Nava” means nine and “ratri” is night. The first three days are devoted to the Goddess Durgā who symbolizes the destructive and protective aspect of ourselves. Durgā represents the destruction of our inner demons by acknowledging our shortcomings and emotions such as fear, selfishness, desire, and anger. The next three days we honor the aspect of Lakṣhmī who represents our seeking of prosperity in the form of positivity, courage, generosity, and devotion. During the last three days we celebrate the Goddess Sarasvāti who represents spiritual knowledge, wisdom, creativity, and the ability to know our true Self.

Spread the Bhakti Kirtan

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Sunday, October 1st I 7:15 - 8:15 p.m. I Donation Only

Join Laura and friends for a casual evening of devotional music and song.  Our voices are healing instruments of connection, joy and transformation. YOU ARE WELCOME - whether you're a professional singer or prefer to save your vocals for the privacy of the shower!  Chanting is an authentic expression of the heart that helps us wake up to who we are. This is a donation only event.  No one turned away for lack of donation.  Come sing your favorite bhajans!!

100% cash or check donations benefit Sierra Child & Family Services.