We have had a wonderful time doing our practices out in front of the World’s Fair Pavilion for the past months. Hope you can make the practice tomorrow. We move the class indoors next Thursday to Casa Bagus, Thursday, October 2 at 6:30–
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!!
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
The seasons are changing. Our Park Yoga classes are winding to an end, It’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!
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.
<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″ 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 email@example.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 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!
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.
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 change–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.