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From GLOW Yoga in Eastham

Spring has sprung, if reluctantly, and we are ready to celebrate.
Thank you for your continued practice, presence and support.

To study Yoga is to live a life of inquiry. Curiosity springs forth in our bodies, minds and hearts when we continue to walk together down the winding road of Yoga. Join us in our insatiable thirst for fresh approaches to ancient practices.

Below you’ll find information on upcoming workshops and events. Any and all are welcome to shed winter this weekend on April 8th with Susannah, reset during spring fever with Patty on April 28th, and join one big weekend of celebrating community. This is not to be missed. Read on to find our about our Locals Weekend Open House on May 12th, a treat for you!

An important note regarding our class rates:
Our Open House on May 12th will be the conclusion of our weekday Community Classes. From May 14th on, we will return to our normal class rates of $17/drop in or $18/drop in + rental mat. Our famed Local Summer Special will be back – $200 for 20 classes. This package is for sale *in studio* on the weekend of our Open House only.

Please be sure to bookmark our events page on our website to keep yourself in the loop regularly.

SPRING CLEAN
with Susannah van der Wende
Sunday, April 8th 11:30 – 1:30

Time to excavate the winter with this special two hour class from Susannah. Step forward from hibernation into fresh growth and new opportunity by releasing stagnant energy through a mindful detoxifying yoga practice. Susannah will lead you through a nourishing mix of meditation, breath work, invigorating twists, and grounding yin to purify your body and smooth your transition into Spring.

$25
Be sure to pre-register, this workshop fills up quick!

Yin Yoga & Thai Touch
with Patty Murray
Saturday, April 28th 2 – 4:30

Join us for this special two hour + Yin yoga class with Patty Murray. Yin postures will be held for several minutes as Patty’s therapeutic touch of Thai massage accesses the deep layers of the body’s connective tissue and increases joint mobility. Because of the popularity of this workshop, we have lengthened it so everyone receives the benefits.
$25 in advance, $30 walk-in. Limited spots available.

Deepest gratitude for your presence here.
From our hearts to yours:
may you be happy,
may you be free,
may you be at ease.

GLOW Yoga | 3 MainStreet Mercantile, Ste 12, N Eastham, MA 02642

MAHA SIVARATRI

The day that Siva stood still…

Something wonderful about the yogic tradition is its plethora of celebrations. It seems that every week there is a party for any one of the avatars. One of the most important of these is Maha Sivaratri. Celebrated annually, Maha Sivaratri is – according to tradition – when the northern hemisphere of the planet is positioned in such a way that there is a natural upsurge of energy in human beings. It’s a really good time to push toward one’s spiritual peak. To ensure success, the celebration includes chanting the names of Siva and staying awake all night long.

After many millennia in meditation, Siva, in his stillness, became one with Mount Kailash. In the practices of yoga, including asana and meditation, stillness is a crucial component to cultivate. It permits the practitioner to experience oneness not only with his or her own body and mind but also with all of the cosmos.

Sivaratri occurs on the darkest day of the month. We usually correlate darkness with evil, yet it was out of darkness that the entire cosmos was born. The word Siva literally means “that which is not”. Shakti, “that which is” – existence and creation – is all around us. Yet if you take a closer look at the world, we can observe that the majority of existence is emptiness — an unbounded emptiness rife with the potential for creation and out of which creation arises. This is the all-pervading divinity that all religious cultures describe.

Light, then, is not primal. Darkness is. And that is wonderful! Because we are natural manifestations of the divine. We are the light that is born from the potent darkness. And when we can connect to that pervading emptiness, that “dark energy” of the cosmos, we not only connect to the true source of our being, but we connect to all beings everywhere.

May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and each contribute to that happiness and freedom for all. Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu.

Image credit: @jimmynataraj

Aerobic Activity = Cognitive Clarity

How’s that for some alliteration?

Great article on NYMAG.com about the benefits associated with long-term aerobic training, such as running, with a few nods to mindfulness and mindlessness. An excerpt:

Other post-run changes have been recorded in the brain’s frontal lobe, with increased activity seen in this region after people adopt a long-term habit of physical activity. This area of the brain — sometimes called the frontal executive network system — is located, obviously enough, at the very front: It’s right behind your forehead. After about 30 to 40 minutes of a vigorous aerobic workout – enough to make you sweat – studies have recorded increased blood flow to this region, which, incidentally, is associated with many of the attributes we associate with “clear thinking”: planning ahead, focus and concentration, goal-setting, time management.

Just a note that the third-eye, or ajna chakra, the center of insight and intuition, is also located right behind your forehead.

http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/04/why-does-running-help-clear-your-mind.html

New Season, New Class Schedule!

Hello, friends:

Stefan will be teaching at Mussel Beach Health Club’s fitness studio!

MARCH
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 830AM
FLOW & GLOW YOGA

APRIL & ALL SUMMER
Wednesdays, 830AM
FLOW & GLOW YOGA

Mussel Beach Health Club is @
35 Bradford St., Provincetown, MA 02657

More class times to follow as the 2017 season blossoms!