2018 Class Schedule!

It's finally ready! Presenting... The 2018 Class Schedule! This schedule runs from January 2nd through June 3rd, 2018. (Please stay tuned next week for our special schedule of free classes on New Year's Day!)

As for the 2018 Class Schedule, we've kept it as steady as possible. In fact, there are only two types of changes: some teachers are moving around a bit and some evening class times are shifting by 15 minutes (4:30 p.m. moves to 4:45 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. moves to 6:00 p.m.). Otherwise, all the classes are staying in their current spots. Here are details:

  • Adria is taking over the MWF 8:30 a.m. Moderate classes from me.*
  • Asha is taking over the TT 8:30 a.m. Moderate classes from Adria.
  • Adria is taking over the TT 10:30 a.m. Gentle classes from Emily, who is taking a temporary break from teaching classes.
  • Our TT 4:30 p.m. Moderate classes move to 4:45, and Tammy is taking those over from Debbie.
  • All the 6:15 p.m. weekday classes move to 6:00 p.m. to make space for us to offer longer Beginners Series in the evenings.
  • Cinzia is taking over the TT 6:00 p.m. Moderate classes from Adria.
  • Lk is taking over the W 6:00 p.m. Strong class from Amal.
  • I'll be teaching a new Sun 6:45 a.m. Moderate class, so I'm working on hiring a new teacher to take over my Saturday 8:00 a.m. Gentle class. If I don't find the right person in time, I'll keep teaching the class until I do.
  • Amal is taking over the Sunday 8:00 a.m. Strong class from Debbie.

Whew, that does seem like a lot of changes.

* Honestly, a lot of the change was precipitated by me. When I came back from the second module of my training in India, my perspective of my teaching shifted a lot. I've been teaching primarily group classes for the past 10 years, and I have learned a lot from teaching this format.

But I realize now that at this stage, my teaching is most effective in a one-to-one setting. I love to customize and fine-tune the practice to the needs of the student so that they can work toward and achieve their goals. I recognize that this may not make sense to most yoga practitioners, so I'll elaborate a bit more.

In a typical group class, the students are primarily working on improving their strength and flexibility. There is also a component of stress-management and relaxation built in. This format is great for people who are mostly healthy.

Many of my students who I see in Individual Sessions are working with some sort of special issue or situation. It may be a health issue like Fibromyalgia, diabetes, a heart condition, chronic pain, or trouble balancing. It might be anxiety brought on by excessive stress. It might be a complicated work and travel schedule that makes it impossible for them to come to group classes. It might be someone who is interested in learning how to adapt the group class instruction for a particular issue they're facing. It might be a longtime practitioner who is ready to deepen their practice beyond what they can learn in a group class. For these people, I can create a customized practice to help them reach their goals, whatever they may be.

This is why in January I'll begin reducing the number of group classes I teach, so I can make space in my schedule for more Individual Instruction students. And in fact, in 2018 almost all the teachers on our staff will be available to teach Individual Sessions.

If you're interested in trying out Individual Instruction in 2018, either as an occasion supplement to your group classes, or as a new way of practicing, be sure to take advantage of the Holiday Special we're offering this month only. We're currently booking sessions for January.

I'd be happy to hear your comments or answer any questions about our new Class Schedule or Individual Instruction. You can reach me here.

I look forward to seeing you!

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Holiday Special!

Happy December! All of us at The Yoga Room hope you're doing well!

I can't believe it's been a month since I've returned from India! In case you didn't know, I spent the month of October attending the second of three modules of the 500 hour teacher training program at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai. I learn so, so much during each module, and frankly, it takes me some time to regain my bearings as a yoga teacher when I get back home.

Over the past month I've been trying to figure out how to share my new knowledge in my teaching here at The Yoga Room, and I have to say, it's not simple or straightforward. I feel like yoga in India is one culture, and yoga in the US is a different culture. I can't simply drop Indian yoga on people who are accustomed to American yoga.

For example, in the American yoga culture we typically practice in a group class setting. Students typically attend one or more classes per week. The teacher leads the practice session for many students, providing modifications and variations as needed. There are many benefits associated with this type of practice.

The style of practice at KYM is very different. The vast majority of instruction is taught 1-on-1 in Individual Sessions. The teacher conducts a thorough intake to understand the student's needs and goals. Then the teacher designs and documents a customized practice specifically suited to the student. The teacher teaches the student the practice, then the student practices their customized practice on their own, daily. After 2 - 4 weeks the student has their next session, where they provide an update to the teacher, the teacher adjusts the practice, and so the learning process goes.

This is the way I've been practicing for the past 18 months or so, and I think it's a great teaching/learning model for a number of reasons. For me, it has helped me get my back pain under control and it's helped me deepen my yoga practice in ways I'd never imagined.

But Individual Instruction is also perfect for:

  • beginners
  • people who have any type of special issue they're working with (joint issues, balance issues, health issues, injury, pregnancy, etc.)
  • athletes who need a customized practice for sports training
  • people who have an erratic schedule that makes it difficult to get to the studio for classes
  • people who want to understand more deeply something they learned in group classes
  • people who want to learn something specific that's not offered in group classes (meditation, chanting, breathing techniques, philosophy, etc.)

We've been offering Individual Instruction all along, but in 2018 we'll place a new focus on it and the many benefits it offers.

Throughout December, TYR is offering 10% off all Individual Instruction, with session to be booked anytime in 2018. This discount is applicable for single sessions as well as packages of 5 or 10 sessions.

You can purchase your Individual Instruction sessions in person at the studio or onlineusing the discount code yoga2018.

Whenever you're ready to schedule your session(s), please email us:

  • a short description of what you'd like to work on
  • your availability in 2018 (days of the week and times)

We recommend letting us propose a teacher who will best suit your needs, but if you have a teacher preference please do let us know that as well and we'll accommodate your request if at all possible.

To read more about Individual Instruction, click here. And if you have any questions, please send me an email and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.

I look forward to seeing you!

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P.S. Please note that your favorite classes are not going away! Our Group Class Schedule will continue pretty much as-is in 2018 (with small tweaks as needed to accommodate the teachers' needs). Please stay tuned - the schedule will come out in next week's newsletter!

☀ EveryBody Yoga! ☀

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I'm still in India for my 500 Hour Teacher Training, but I wanted to share with you another way to keep in touch. :)

In July, Emily and I created the EveryBody Yoga Podcast. We wanted to be able to share The Yoga Room's "Yoga for EveryBody" philosophy with a broader audience.

Last week we released our 10th episode, which is the first in our "Yoga Around the World" series. I'm interviewing some of my new friends from this training program to learn how yoga in other countries may be different (or the same) compared to how we practice in the U.S.

In Episode 10 I interviewed my friend Nadine, from Luxembourg, which is a tiny country in Europe. You can check out the episode here!

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Our previous EveryBody Yoga Podcast episodes include everything from etiquette tips to guided practices you can do at home!

You may be wondering, "What is a podcast, anyway?" Here are some frequently asked questions about podcasts:

Q. What is a podcast?
A. A podcast is an audio file made available for downloading, or streaming, on iTunes (now Apple Podcasts), Stitcher, etc., or via a website.

Q. How do I listen?
A. Most people listen to them on their smart phone or tablet, but you can also listen on your computer or laptop. If you plan on being away from Internet access, you can even download the episodes to listen offline.

Q. Is it free?
A. Yes! Our podcast (and most all podcasts) is completely free! 

Q. Do I need to subscribe?
A. Subscribing isn't necessary to listen to a podcast, but doing so ensures you'll never miss an episode, so we'd love you to subscribe! (Subscribing is also free!)

That's it! Oh! We also have an EveryBody Yoga Facebook page. We post videos, tips, and of course, new podcast episodes, so you'll always be in the loop!

Looking forward to connecting with you soon,

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P.S. If you're already listening, please consider leaving us a review! It only takes a few minutes, and we'd love the feedback. <3