Park Yoga Update: class tonight if no rain 5:00-6pm, last Park Yoga class is next week.

It hardly seems possible that we are this close to the end of September. I would like to thank all who participated in the Park Yoga classes this year. It has been a lot of fun and has been enjoyable to practice in beautiful Forest Park. I have met so many new students and enjoyed the company of established ones as well. We are moving the class indoors starting Oct 2–see Casa Bagus blog. Hope you can make it!!First yoga class at lafayette 033013

New time– 6:30 Thursday evenings–Viniyoga/Restorative at the new, BEAUTIFUL Casa Bagus studio!

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Casa Bagus is located on Clayton Road between St. Mary’s Hospital and the Cheshire Inn. We have selected this beautiful new location for our ALL LEVELS VINIYOGA/Restorative class.

Casa Bagus feels like a wonderful yoga home! This space is quiet and beautifully furnished, just waiting for us to bring our energy to it. One hour of the class will be Viniyoga–working with breath as we move in and out of a variety of yoga poses (very accessible and workable to experience and new yogis alike) and practice learning how to work the pose while we stay in it. The final 15 minutes will be devoted to restorative practice–bringing a restful end to the majority of the work week. Props are provided and all you need is a mat–bring friends! Casa Bagus has a terrific organic juice bar and tea room, with plenty of seating for those friends before or after class. Learn more about Casa Bagus at http://www.casabagus.com

New class forming at Casa Bagus-please sign up now!

The seasons are changing. Our Park Yoga classes are winding to an end, IOpening of Pink Lotust’s time to come indoors. Viniyoga is yoga accessible to all. It is yoga for transformation. It’s time. I wish to invite all inexperienced and experienced to a new venue, Casa Bagus. In this peaceful and beautiful space you will soon find your yoga home. I feel it upon entering into the sacred space, adorned with rich color, one-of-a kind pieces of furnishings and pillows newly imported from Bali. When you enter the yoga room, your heart opens to the experience. I want to introduce you to this safe, comfortable space to practice. We hope to get enough to secure the space on Thursday evenings at 7:30. I am seeking the required number of students to make this happen, so please sign up now and bring some friends!

Those initially signing up for the six week session will receive the first class for FREE as well as $15 off an hour’s massage–yes, I really DO want this–for you and for me and for our progress in learning to live joyfully and fully. Please check out Casa Bagus on Facebook and the web, http://www.casabagus.com, located at 6318 Clayton Road (between the Cheshire Inn and St. Mary’s on Clayton Road). I am excited to share the loveliness of this place with you. Thanks to Dieter, who is offering the space and his graciousness. Shanti!

Yoga tonight and Saturday planned at World’s Fair Pavilion–our last Saturday class! YOGA NIDRA update.

Time to harvest gratitude!

Time to harvest gratitude!

The seasons are changing as Mother Earth starts to nod away from the Sun.  We will continue to have our Wednesday night class at the World’s Fair Pavilion throughout the month of September.  The September sun is always my favorite.  The slant of the rays beautifies our world and offers a richness unlike any other time of year.  It’s a time for harvesting gratitude.

Our LAST Saturday PARK YOGA class is this Saturday(9:30), the day of the YOGA NIDRA overnight retreat. .  For the Full Moon celebration (YOGA NIDRA), we have 13 participants who will enjoy the beautiful setting in Festus at the Hidden Hills Bed and Breakfast–and watch, hopefully, the rising of the waxing moon that will reach her full potential on the 9th.  Though our accommodations in the house for rooms is full, tent campers and/or others who want to attend a practice or two can still be welcome.  We have a set number of brunch attendees(13), so brunch for late comers is not an option–too bad, because our hostess, Karen Halbert is an AMAZING cook!!  Swimming pool and hot tubbing will be enjoyable amenities this weekend.

Nidra is a peaceful, quieting practice that lends itself to meditation and introspection without much physical requirement–to the contrary, the goal is stillness and achievement of “awake sleep” state.  Breathwork, guided imagery, and a beautiful natural setting will envelop those open to the peace.

As a teacher, I am excited and pleased to bring a comfortable and inspiring (I dearly hope) format  into play for my students’ individual and group journey toward quiet and inner exploration of their own consciousness.  Nidra is a treat-a plum for experienced and new yogis alike.  I love to serve it with relish!  It is the joy of restorative yoga with an extra helping of time and attention to the NOW–and, it doesn’t really get better than that!

Over this little retreat we will enjoy our yoga community of kindness–supplying plenty of laughter and playing along with our friends alongside and during our  yoga practices. Saturday’s quieting Nidra and Sunday morning’s energizing practice will balance us.

It has been an energetically rugged and potentially draining period of our history in St. Louis over this summer.  Hopefully, the lightening of the load will help us all to move forward toward change in more comfortable and meaningful fashion.   Ending the summer in contented way will be the perfect ticket, I hope, for the attendees.

Namaste, my friends.Yoga Nidra group photo-Oct 2013 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Opening of Pink Lotus Toes and violets Green mat for park yoga fishposes in the park hands resting on stomach

Time to harvest gratitude!

Time to harvest gratitude!

Class tonight-YES, Class Saturday-NO, Yoga Nidra registration deadline is September 1

<a href=”http://kabloomyoga.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/yellow-moon-over-treetops-and-fields.jpg”><img src=”http://kabloomyoga.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/yellow-moon-over-treetops-and-fields.jpg?w=300&#8243; alt=”Enjoy a quiet practice into the stillness of the night of the full moon” width=”300″ height=”159″ class=”size-medium wp-image-665″ /></a> Enjoy a quiet practice into the stillness of the night of the full moon

Please visit deborahgambill.com to review the Yoga Nidra weekend and print off your registration form. Good food, great folks, a wide open sky and a waxing full moon with amenities of a hot tub and swimming pool on beautiful grounds make these two practice on the overnight ROCK! Please register as soon as you can to join us. If you have questions, please call 3143756525 or email me at dgsmassageandyoga@gmail.com

Yoga will be held tonight in the shade on the LEFT side of the grounds in front of the World’s Fair Pavilion. Our season is winding down for yoga in the park. Our shaded practices are comfortable despite the heat.

There will be NO yoga class on Saturday this week–Like many of you, I will be traveling and vacationing for the last summer holiday of 2014:)

YOGA NIDRA RETREAT–we still have space! (go to deborahgambill.com to register!) Join by 9/1…

Yoga Nidra celebrates the full moon–supports serenity and nurturance.  The Yoga Nidra practice on Saturday, September 6 will be outdoors on a deck, under a wide sky, beyond the city lights.  This practice will focus on quietude, moving from a slow, moving practice into total “awake sleep”.  Guided imagery and quiet will enhance your experience of energetic movement while the body is totally still.  For many, problems and worries will melt into the beauty of the night and inner balance is restored.  Nidra is very beautiful, enriching experience.  Sunday morning is a more active practice following breathwork.  This retreat is for all levels–you do not have to be an experienced yogi to enjoy!  Props will be included for your safety and comfort.

This retreat is overnight–allowing for time and space for quiet as well as fun with other positive people.  Our hosts at the B and B, Doug and Karen Halbert, generous and kind yogis who have been students of mine for 11 years.  Karen will fix us a brunch on Sunday morning after our morning practice that will be as memorable as it is tasty! (She is an AMAZING cook!).  The Halberts have also invited us to share their swimming pool and hot tub–so bring your suit!

At our last Nidra, no one wanted to go home after brunch so we donned swimsuits and headed for the hot tub with mimosas in tow–A GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL!

Everything from Luxury Suites (beautifully appointed and with a view of the vineyards surrounding the house) to couch surfing and tent camping (affordable!) is available.  We still have room in the Luxury Suite for 2-3 folks as well as the “fingernail moon” packages.  If you have questions, call me at 3143756525. OM SHANTI!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It’s raining, it’s pouring, no need to be boring—Register NOW for the Yoga Overnight-Sept 6-7

Are you looking for something to raise your Spirit on this dreary day after a week of worry and turmoil?  Find peace in your practice and register NOW for the yoga retreat…It will restore your inner balance.  Register at deborahgambill.com and give yourself something positive to look forward to.  You don’t have to be an accomplished yogi, in fact, no experience with yoga at all will be equally rewarded with the experienced with this quiet, peaceful, set of practices. The pool and hot tub will be open and the amazing Sunday Brunch are added amenities to this effervescent experience.Green mat for park yoga Yoga Nidra group photo-Oct 2013 Toes and violets OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Rainy days (YIN days) are good for the “pause”

I am glad it is raining. I am glad that the pace of life seems slow. I am glad the streams are swollen and our part of the world is greening up. I will tell you why.

The shooting that took place in Ferguson was and is a tragedy. It was horrible for his parents, his friends, and his community. The media reported the outrage to the public and the flames of change (needed) have been flamed. The incident has underscored the deep scarring of that community and others like it in which racial tension and unfair practices have been living in tandem for a very long time. This horrible event has opened dialogue into the gap between the races. It has been significant and that dialogue has needed to take place. Michael Brown’s death and all of the pain that has surfaced since then has come to focus the need for changeWhite lotus with black shadows–hopefully to heal, hopefully to restore EQUALibrium. The questions that have been raised are important and I hope will be resolved, the community and our peace resolved in knowledge that there really is a change.

The rain brings with it new life. In yoga, it is the color green, not red that represents the heart space. Like the plants, green energy brings peace, growth, and expansion of life–a seeking of improvement and healing. Hurt often is expressed by anger, and anger grows when hurt is not addressed.

Finally, it is my desire that in the pause that the rain brings will foster the introspection by all of us, the required self-study to examine our concerns and hurts (heart chakra release), and open communications (the throat chakra, to release grief and honesty in expression), and release us from the chains of prejudice, anger, and distrust. May peace be with you and with us all–OM SHANTI SHANTI SHANTI OM.

No Park Yoga for the next 2 Saturdays, but still rockin’ Wednesdays–AND a Yoga Private to Boot!

Hello Yogis and Yoginis:
 
I just wanted to let you know there will be NO Park Yoga on Saturday, July 5 and July 11th.  The 5th is a holiday weekend, and the 11th I will be traveling.  The Wednesday at 6:00pm classes will not be interrupted.  In the shade of the pines on the east side of the property, we have been enjoying soft, cooling breezes and delightful practices.  It has been surprisingly comfortable even on warm days.
 
Here is the special for yoga privates:  Your first yoga private will only be $20 (to evaluate what YOU want to achieve and map out a plan, and start your practice)if you  purchase  3 sessions for only $100. That means you save $80 altogether on your 4 yoga privates!  Call me to book your times at my intimate little studio at Lafayette Square(1128 S. 18th Street).  Offer expires on July 20!  Sign up now!
 
The advantage of yoga privates is that you are given close individual instruction.  This allows you to learn at your own pace and level without either “keeping up” with the class, or “slowing down” for beginner students when you seek more challenge.  
 
What can you learn in a yoga private?  You may wish to work toward a particular pose that has been difficult to achieve.  You might like to learn to meditate.  Perhaps you are an athlete and wish to have a practice geared toward pre-event training or post-even cooldown.  Perhaps you are aware of a weakness or balancing issue and would like a practice to help improve.  Or maybe life is just coming at you too fast and you wish to use your practice for restorative purposes.  In a yoga private, your practice is fitted to your needs and goals.
 
Hope to see you on the mat soon!
 
Call 314.375.6525 or go to deborahgambill.com to contact me.