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How Do We Celebrate?
13 October 2015

How Do We Celebrate?
13 October 2015

How Do We Celebrate?

Father’s Day, International Yoga Day, and the Summer Solstice all take place on Sunday. Do we celebrate? 

The recent, senseless murders in South Carolina may have you questioning—it may feel like celebrating Sunday’s holiday lineup is irrelevant in light of such hate and violence. But being in a yoga class in examination of your deepest self, and maybe next to friends, or family, will give you opportunity to practice one of yoga’s most enduring, healing and universal principles: Ahimsa, or nonviolence, refers to not just the blatant violence that we do to one another, but to the more subtle internal tendencies to harming thoughts and actions that we live with, and struggle with. Ahimsa springs from self acceptance and love of true self, deep within the human heart. 

Yoga encourages us to meet our inner darkness with compassion and impartiality, so that it can be transformed without being acted upon. 

We practice how to meet our inner violence nonviolently and how to express our negativity without hurting anyone, including ourselves. When we can discharge negative energy with positive intention to transcend seeds of violence within ourselves, we contribute to spreading peace in the world.

Practicing ahimsa through summer solstice allows us to shine a light into our own minds and hearts and dispel pain that might transform to violence, in thoughts about ourselves or out in the world. So in celebration of Ahimsa, and recognition of the Solstice, Father’s Day, and International Day of Yoga, UVY invites you to practice Ahimsa this weekend. On the mat, intend to practice non violence in action by practicing poses with grace and without force. Intend to respect and love your body’s limitations. Have the intention to practice non violence in your mind by observing: thoughts will come and go; it is only by holding onto them and repeating them over and over that they become the source of violence. 

Let your day of celebration illuminate Ahimsa from your deepest wells of love and compassion.


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ACCOMMODATIONS:

The building itself was renovated to be energy efficient, and the room is moderately heated in cooler seasons to promote a good, healthy sweat, but not heated to an excessive or wasteful degree. There are cubbies in our large office to store your personal belongings, a spacious changing room, a comfy sofa and a water cooler (please bring a water bottle to fill, to cut down on paper cup usage). Two nice, clean bathrooms are located just down the hall. There are also cubbies in the studio itself for valuables, which students are welcome to use. We have a full lending library of yoga books, and encourage students to borrow freely. Gift certificates are available for purchase in any amount.

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GUIDELINES FOR PRACTICE

Please do not wear perfume or any strong scent

People with allergies can be very sensitive to scent. Also, lots of people sweating in a closed space is less stinky than lots of people all wearing different brands of perfume or deodorant.

Wear comfortable clothing

Not so tight it binds, not so loose it gets in your way. And please do not wear clothes that “gap” and are inappropriately revealing.

Practice on an empty stomach

If possible, don’t eat at least three hours before practice. If you know that this isn’t possible for you, eat easily digested food one hour before class.

No food or outside beverages inside the studio

If necessary, bottled water is okay, but remember we are trying to generate internal heat; constant sipping cools the body. After practice, drink plenty of pure water.

Bring your own mat

Shared mats are not hygienic; you may borrow one from us if one is available, until you are able to purchase your own, but please clean it afterward with the mat wipes provided. Please understand mats may be borrowed on a first come basis….we have only a few to borrow, and do occasionally run out of them.

Keep your eyes on your own practice

The practice is richer when it happens from the inside out. It’s not about comparing yourself with the person next to you. Be present with your own experience.

Be kind and loving to yourself

Rest when you need to. Honor where you are in your practice. Use the energy of those around to inspire, not diminish, you. Remember: you are perfect just as you are now, and yoga is meant to enhance that understanding and let that perfection shine. Have fun!

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Single Class, $16

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*Full time high school and college students, Seniors 60+

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*Full time high school and college students, Seniors 60+

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Unlimited yoga. 6-month commitment is required; early cancellation fee of $50 applies if the auto renew is canceled before 6 months. This is the best value if you plan to attend at least 2 classes per week.

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Unlimited yoga with no commitment required.

One month, Student or Senior* rate, $120

Unlimited yoga with no commitment required.

*Full time high school and college students, Seniors 60+

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If you don’t yet have a mat, borrow one from us and please clean it afterward with the mat wipes.

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