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I am looking forward to teaching yoga this evening via the Zoom platform that has been a safeguard platform since March. We meet with a good mind.   Movement comes from spirit. As I feel this delightful enthusiasm to teach class I am reminded and share, with a regular energy or yoga practice you tap into the energy source within you. This evenings class will begin with a singing bowl meditation, tapping into harmony within.   Followed with a let’s go, let go warm warmup, a few strength challenges, and then flowing into a Shakti sequence connecting with your divine light and energy. Registration required 24 hours prior to class at eastbankyoga@gmail.com Class price $12.00 or punch card purchase.   See website for more information. Namaste, Jill Moncur
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There’s a light in you That’s meant to move Through the wind and The rain and the heat Under the sun Under the stars forever There’s a place where everything flows and no one can tell you how to get there but you This summer brings abundant warmth and gentle evening sky light displays. Have you gazed at the stars lately or watched and listened to what nature can teach? I find winters rather long here and am appreciative of every moment on the trail this summer.   Just a bit older I am cognizant that tending to my yoga practice enriches me.   There are days where I skip yoga for a slow run or bike on the trail.   When I practice yoga for an hour, I realize the sweet benefits. We are often told to have an “attitude of gratitude” but what if something bad is going on in our lives and this seems impossible? In a sense, without the dark contrasts, we would not see the light. It is moving toward our suffering that healing is always found. Healthy exercise and natu
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The path is you. That is why it will never tire of waiting. Whether it is covered with red dust, autumn leaves, or icy snow, come back to the path. You will be like the tree of life. Your leaves, trunk, branches, and the blossoms of your soul will be fresh and beautiful, once you enter the practice of Earth Touching. -Thich Nhat Hanh Please see website for November classes. Namaste, Jill Moncur
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Warm Greetings ~ “Yoga is not just repetition of few postures; it is more about the exploration and discovery of the subtle energies of life.”   -Amit Ray Through your yoga practice no doubt you have experienced the benefits.   Dr. Baxter Bell wisely labeled his offerings “Yoga for Healthy Ageing.”   I have the occasional times where I get busy with other life projects and note I missed a day or 2 of yoga.   I notice the deficit when I do not practice.   Just 3 asanas a day or pranayama practice if that is all that works in your schedule makes a difference in mind, body and spirit.   On occasion I wish for a world that yoga options were available whenever I felt like it.   Practicing Virabhadrasana 111 or settling in to meditation at any given part of the day would not be a good idea in the workplace. I feel like if some people feel comfortable wearing their pajamas in public or offensive t-shirts that while standing in line at a store ankle over knee is relatively
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Here there is nothing to fight Except willfulness Some lean too far  Into the past Others stretch way out  Into the future The true warrior  Stays in the moment, Burning deeper  Into whatever comes Or sometimes with  Even more difficulty What doesn't -Leza Lowitz Prana Yoga Tuesdays 6:00-7:00pm  no registration required, drop in rate $12.00 cash or check. Saturday 8/17, 2:00-3:00pm Yoga accompanied with building strength for upper body posture. $12.00 cash or check. Reserve a spot required at eastbankyoga@gmail.com or 605.759.7459. Saturday, 8/31, 11:30-12:30 Beginner's Yoga, Reserve a spot required.  $12.00 cash or check. Saturday, 8/31 1:00-3:00 Meditation Group Weather permitting Meditation Group will travel to Blue Mounds State Park in Luverne, MN. Artist Greg DenOtter will be providing walking sticks graced with his artistic talent. Reserve a spot required at eastbankyoga@gm ail.com or 605.759.7459      See complete schedule on website.  Namaste
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Namaste, When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady.   When the breath is calmed the mind too will be still. ~ Hatha Yoga Pradipika Befriend your breath.   The first step in pranayama is training ourselves to use the entire range of our physical breathing apparatus. This means experiencing full yogic breathing coordinating the lower, middle, and upper parts of the breath process as well as learning to attenuate the outgoing breath. When we take full, slow, deep breaths through the nose, using all three sections of our breathing apparatus and drawing out the exhalation longer than the inhalation, a number of important things start to happen in our body. First, nose breathing filters the air, warms it, and keeps it moist. Thus the air arrives in the lungs in the best condition to provide efficient transfer of oxygen and carbon dioxide.   In addition, full breathing through the nose also stimulates some of the subtle nerve structures, beginning the process of bringing
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Namaste, Saturday Meditation Group traveled to Pipestone for hiking and walking meditation. After our hike sitting on one of the Three Maidens rocks with Samuel, he talked about the 7 values of Native American culture: prayer, respect, compassion, honesty, generosity, humility, and wisdom. There are similarities with the 8 Limbs of Yoga: Yama; moral discipline, Niyama; positive observances, Asana; practice of posture to sit in ease in meditation, Pranayama; breathing techniques connecting to life energy, Pratyahara; internalization of the senses, so that we can experience the inner domain of pure awareness, Dharana; focused concentration, Dhyana; meditation is a practice of quieting the mind, Samadhi; union with the Divine. I’ve come a long way to tell this story. There’s no turning back now. The past will no longer be something to point to For who you are and what you choose. The radiant Sun is a life-giver Who shows up without fail. And what do we do with all t