We started out Thursday with Marty Schaerer Batarla teaching us how to wrap a rock to make a pendant. I think we all did pretty well! We had opportunities to have reflexology, massage and rest all weekend long.
Plenty of yoga did we do and the morning fires were welcome too.
We tie-dyed, some cried (with joy, of course!)
There was plenty of food and trails to walk.
Time to sit and ponder and talk.
The cookie man showed up Saturday morning for Enneagram yoga class and in the afternoon we had a yoga marathon with Anna, Lindy, Brittany, Lori and Brian taking turns teaching and sharing their yoga. It was an afternoon of movement and restorative yoga. Later we split into groups and went out onto the grounds and collected natural items: bark, stones, flowers, leaves and in groups of two or three, made Nature Mandalas. Astrogirl Suzie Wright shared the significance of our Moon in our birth chart and how many ignore it's relativity to our lives.
Saturday evening we had a bubble blast and bonfire with drum circle led by Julia Gilligan and her sister, Jamie.
Our guest presenter was Jessica Ringle, friend, therapist and author, who spoke with us about Forgiveness and life in general. She's just had a novel published entitled Making It Up. If we see things objectively, we may learn to see ourselves as students and teachers. This retreat and the response received in feedback, encourages us to look forward to a winter retreat soon. Where? Can't say, but be assured that all will be done to make for another memory for us to reflect on.
The dream was to have a yoga studio.
There's a sweet little community less than 20 minutes west of Nashville, TN, where life is a bit slower, the land's a little hillier and there's a yoga studio that offers acceptance to all, along with a variety of Hatha yoga classes, workshops, retreats and other special events. Studio Mills in beautiful downtown Kingston Springs, was opened in 2006 by Linda as her experience in wellness, exercise and meditation directed her to offer ways to achieve more peace, relaxation and greater health through various practices, activities and disciplines.
Since opening Studio Mills, we've offered Linda's own wonderful and unique style of "always new, always fresh" classes, Power Yoga, Broga® Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Breema Yoga, The Painting Journal®, teacher training, meditation, Sacred Circle Dance, AcuDetox, Healing with Sounds, an animal shelter benefit, a CD release party, massage, Reiki sessions, Kirtans and continuing education classes for Registered Yoga Teachers and the general public. Preparations are in process for an upcoming 200 Hour Yoga teacher training course for those interested in knowing more about their yoga and/or those of you who want to actually become a certified and Registered Yoga Teacher, lead by 500 Hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher and Certified Yoga Therapist Linda Mills. Details coming soon.
Yoga is for every body, every age, and pretty much every ability, meeting you right where you are. "I can't touch my toes!" We know. Many of us can't either, but we're still all good people. "I'm not flexible!" Same answer. In Yoga and at Studio Mills, we are working on gaining greater flexibility, increased endurance, more peace, relaxation, reduced stress and maybe even a bit more strength. We can use all of these, can't we? We think you'll find camaraderie, growth, friendliness and awareness in all the classes and events at Studio Mills. Check out our classes, and remember! Your first class is always free. See you in class soon!