Breathing and visualizing a joyful and hopeful New Year 2017

I’m reading, listening, and studying (fuel and food for my yoga teachings–Yummy!) , the Book of Joy , a five day discussion fest with the Dali Lama and Rev. Desmond Tutu about “joy”.  As the intro eludes, this is a “3 layer birthday cake”. The first layer records amazing insights from two spiritual beings on the subject of “joy” (a fave Yoga Teacher Training discussion– one of the definitions of yoga is “Sustained Joy for Me”).  The 2nd layer is the infusion of the science of “joy” from esteemed brain and psycho and social researchers.  Oh , if you don’t know me,  I love science. My undergraduate minor was Anthro/Bio.   The 3rd layer of this wonderful cakey treat is the personal human stories of these 2 spiritual and happy beings. Just a warning, their personal stories are wrought with turmoil, pain, and suffering interlaced with forgiveness, integrity, and compassion.   Then look at the photos of them and one can sense “joy” and “love”.

Why a personal book review for a New Year wish?  This is the context for an encouragement to all you lovely beings who touch my life.  I am wishing you “joy” and “hope”  in the 2017 instead of “happiness” and “optimism”.  There is a depth and understanding in these two 3 letter and 4 letter words.  To me, “joy” is knowing that life is messy and at times absolutely horrible at the outset.  We have the choice how to react to life–we have a choice to choose our attitude.  We may not be able to control the events.  “Happiness” seems to be more related to passing and fleeting moments–pleasurable all the same.  And my wish to you is to breathe in the depth of love that joy carries with it.

I have been accused of being an eternal “optimist” but I relate more to the concept of being “hopeful”.  Optimism, in my being,  is associated more with magical thinking or being more “Pollyannaesque”.  “Hope”, in my perception, is a depth of knowing that humanity is wired for good and that there are always more sides to a situation.  Altitude, clarity, and experiences do wonders for perception.  My “hope” is built on faith–something bigger and greater than myself and my limited understanding.

So with above wish, may you find a daily practice that incorporates essence of the “Eight Pillars of Joy”

1)  Perspective
2)  Humility
3)  Humor
4)  Acceptance
5)  Forgiveness
6)  Gratitude
7)  Compassion
8)  Generosity

In breath and love,
Mon

$40 Private Pilates with Student Teacher Delphine

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We now have Student Teacher Delphine Adams on our Private Equipment schedule. She has gone thru the BASI Pilates Teacher training program founded by Rael Isacowitz – a leader in the Pilates community.

As Delphine finishes her student teaching hours, you WIN with an awesome Pilates equipment work-out offered AFTER WORK at a PRICE you can’t beat!

TIME: Mondays and Wednesdays – 6, 7 and 8pm timeslots

COST: $40 per session

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Pilates Week Raffle Winners!

Thank you to all who participated in Pilates Week last week.  We raised an amazing $1982 for WHOA farm!  So excited.  Come join us on Wednesday, April 24th at 11am for the formal check presentation.  We want to thank all who donated money and to our amazing instructors who donated their time.

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And the moment you’ve all been waiting for :) … the raffle winners! (Please remember we have lots of clients with the same first name and last initial.  Check with the front desk that you have indeed won and then do your happy dance!)

Congrats Ada F. – you have won the Grand Prize of 3 private pilates sessions!

Becky H., Michele B. and Monika H. – you are the winners of the 1 private pilates sessions

And our lovely list of mug winners:  Edie M., Melissa Ba., Cate S., Pat S.C., Roni G., Ann S., Nancy A., Charlotte D., Luana A., Vikkie B., Christy S., Paige W., Ralph K., Karen G., Audrey D., Ani W., Michelle K., Monica H., Pam K., Shanaz A., Caroline S., Nadene C., Kathleen M. and Barbara M.

Please come to the front desk to collect your prize!