December 30, 2016

The Year of Shining from Within

Since 2009 each year in December I set an intention for the coming year. Throughout the 12 months I reflect on the intention and notice my evolution. This is a tradition that keeps me centered and focused throughout the year and it is a way of framing my choices and solutions to challenges.

2009 The Year of Amy
2010 The Year of Living My Dreams
2011 The Year of Balance
2012 The Year of Being Present
2013 The Year of Connection
2014 The Year of Clarity, Calm and Confidence 
2015 Year of Creative Expression
2016 Year of Integrating Parts
2017 is the Year of Shining from Within. The image I have is of a light shining out into the world from my heart and throat chakras. MindBodyGreen describes these two chakras:

 Heart Chakra — Our ability to love.
  • Location: Center of chest just above the heart.
  • Emotional issues: Love, joy and inner peace.
  • What affects our Heart Chakra: Love, joy, inner peace
  • Color: Green 
  • More on Heart Chakra healing
Throat Chakra — Our ability to communicate.
  • Location: Throat.
  • Emotional issues: Communication, self-expression of feelings and the truth.
  • What affects our Throat Chakra: Communication, self-expression of feelings, speaking the truth, holding secrets
  • Color: Blue
  •  More on Throat Chakra healing
My intention is to be intrinsically motivated with energy, light, and warmth emanating from within. Combining these two chakras I will speak truths with the purpose of honesty and respect for myself and others. This will require that I am vulnerable and sensitive while being strong and kind. In my yoga practice this translates into backbends and chest openers.

December 18, 2016

Find Peace, Calm and Community in 2017 at Monthly Yoga Urban Retreats

Join Amy for a monthly date night to nurture and balance your body-mind-breath connection. Escape from your urban surroundings as the lights are dimmed, candles lit and soft music and nature sounds fill the studio. Amy guides you through a practice of visioning, gentle stretching and breathing that softens into restorative asana (poses) to replenish your life force.

Bring a friend, as Amy’s intention is to create a supportive and nurturing community of practice.

4232 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA

12 Saturdays of your choice - mark your calendars for this yearlong, monthly treat on 1/21, 2/18, 3/25, 4/22, 5/13, 6/17, 7/22, 8/19, 9/16, 10/14, 11/18, 12/16

6:00 - 8:00pm Yoga Practice
8:00 - 9:00pm Optional Potluck
$20 per person/per session

Appropriate for all levels and capabilities.
This 2-hour class will be followed by an evening potluck in Anasa’s lounge. If you are able to stay after class and gather in community, please bring a dish or beverage to serve 4-6 people.