Even More Ready Now for Spring!

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I have so enjoyed hearing the varied stories from countless people about their personal experiences with our recent ice storm.  When life as we ordinarily know it dramatically shifts...how do we handle it?  For those who COULD not get out of their homes for about a week and for some even longer-major spring cleaning took place, organizing photos, getting ready for taxes, reading books, watching movies, over-eating, hobbies, game playing, cabin fever, new recipes without the usual essentials on hand, cold temperatures with no heat, arguments and reconciliations, fear, 22 deaths, broken bones from  falls on ice,  delightful bonding and sledding time with kids and MUCH more. How exciting it was to get to the grocery store at last for many!   I had been hoping two weeks ago that we would have some REAL winter.  We got it!  I’ve got to say I don’t relish the idea of closing the doors for business, and losing an entire week of income, but it was the safe,  logical and right thing to do. Barely anyone could show up for yoga class downtown Kingston Springs anyway.  The ice storm also provided me a deep rest and opportunity for moving slowing and reflecting, and attention (for a change) to some of my whims in lieu of the typical running around I do to teach a dozen classes per week.  It was like I say in yoga...a long exhale!   I feel more complete and satisfied now from the winter coming to fruition, rested from the forced hibernation and ready for spring. Look forward to seeing you in class soon!
Linda Schaerer-Mills

January 31st And snow may be coming!

We are working to get our blog out Saturday after 9 AM class to update and encourage you about what's happening at Studio Mills this week and upcoming.  So much fun last night as Circle Dance came to the Studio and 10 people attended.  A short video of last night dancing is here of Walenke Funk, a fusion of tribal dance and jazz.  It's Fun!  We learn traditional dances from around the world along with newly choreographiced dances to a variety of world music.  Dances range from slow and meditative to quite lively.  Circle dance is a means for relaxation, joy, growth, awareness and healing.  We did a dance in memory of Jagger, son of David and Heather, longtime local circle dance leaders who have relocated west.  The laughter and fun was on, as you can see on the video.  

Make your Reservations now for the Spring Yoga Retreat March 20, 21,and 22 at the serene Bethany Hills Retreat in Kingston Springs.  Early Bird Pricing is only available until February 20th.  You need to RSVP and pay for your spot on our payment page or in person.  Led by Linda Mills, it is assured to be relaxing, refreshing, energizing and calming for all who attend.  And who knows?  Maybe your people at home know its something that you need.  No harm intended.  March/Spring/Vernal Equinox on the 20th is a day when day and night are equal length and it's the first day of Spring!

Email or call now to reserve your spot for the Valentine's Couples Party.  It's FREE, donations are optional, and we'll do easy yoga poses together, Thai and Breema-type massage,  and celebrate our love, 'cause that's what it's all about!  

Taking my own medicine

Since returning from a 2 week vacation in Florida with paradise weather, surrounded by love of family, and the time aside for leisure...it seems I’ve been on a marathon of busyness. A turn of the calendar, a fresh start can do that for me every year.  For those entrepreneurs out there...you know how challenging it is to create income ALL ON YOUR OWN.  It’s motivating, stimulating, isolating and often times quite scary.  I’m open to finding ways to keeping the doors open at Studio Mills another year.  Hmmmmm. The prices went up a bit and I’ve been more than nervous to present them. Prices go up everywhere sometime, don’t they?  We have 2 new classes and I’m so grateful for Jen Stone for her Power Flow yoga on Thursday evenings and Beth Nelson for teaching Iyengar on Friday mornings.  I have committed personally to participating in both of these classes in January and February.  When you teach for 7 years, and are responsible for over a dozen classes weekly-it’s a true luxury to be “the student” again. Anna Hornsby got certified in Tai Chi for arthritis and about 10 of us enjoyed her complimentary class this week. We hope she also adds a Tai Chi 6-8 week series starting in February. If the students commit-we will add that to our schedule.   I'm so thankful to these ladies and also to Brian Hallgren, my sweetie, for their gifts to Studio Mills and our community. Thanks again Brian for the web-site.

 I recently became a distributor for Young Living Oils and attended classes to become more knowledgeable and inspired and intend on utilizing these healing oils in my yoga.  I attended a Raindrop Therapy demonstration last Sunday and it seems I’ve had a recurring sinus headache ever since. A coincidence maybe or a detox for me vicariously? And I wasn’t the one on the table receiving the Raindrop treatment! This is not like me to have a headache EVER! My head is spinning with new ideas for classes, planning the retreat coming up in March, and life’s callings. This morning when I woke up with the throbbing ONCE AGAIN in my forehead, temples and head my beloved reminded me that I could try some yoga therapy and essential oils for my headache. With the help of Advil, the Iyengar series for sinusitis (lots of inversions to change my perspective), Panaway on my temples and StressAway in my diffuser-I feel I’ve found some great relief for now. Time to take some of my own medicine!  Hope to see you all in classes in the days ahead. 

 Namaste, Linda


From Brian:

It is so invigorating to have new students and returning student/yogis in class.  My Tuesday night was made a little better last week when the first into the Studio was a new student . He  had been encouraged and witnessed to by a 50something man student who started about a year and has had pretty amazing medical and physical results since starting a yoga practice. Hopefully, the new yogi will be back, he said he enjoyed the class.  We love the excitement and commitments of new students who find benefits with yoga.

We’re building strength, stamina/endurance and flexibility in working with our postures and adding Yogic philosophy in our classes.  We hope you’ll join us in a class soon.  The complete schedule of classes and upcoming events is available at our website.



Our Mission

We desire to build community with body work classes and workshops that enable each of us to discover our potential for balance, peace and increasing joy. Our intention is for our teachers to meet the yoga students RIGHT where they are and to teach the people, not the poses.  For me- I want each class to be fresh, creative and reach each person in the class that has their heart open to have an increase in their wellness to take off their mat into their world.  We want to encourage and inspire each person who walks in the door to start and maintain a home practice. ~Linda Mills, owner

Our New Website + Blog

We hope you like our new website.  Our goal is to make it simpler, more informative and current.   You can help keep your local yoga studio open by attending class regularly and supporting our mission, which is YOU.  The community in Kingston Springs and surrounding areas will become more tight knit and live better as a unit of care and compassion.  Feel free to comment and "like" our comments/posts.

Thank you and much gratitude to those who get their yoga on at Studio Mills commitedly.  We appreciate you and value your friendship.

The Divine in me sees the Divine in you.  I realize this, that we are connected and one.  I say, "Namaste".

New Class Offering in the New Year

Beth Nelson is a Certified Iyengar Instructor. She has been studying yoga for over 20 years, and teaching since 2000. In addition to teaching yoga, she is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Nashville.

Beth is teaching a new class at Studio Mills, which starts in January, 2015,  and is for students new to Iyengar yoga, or who have had some exposure to Iyengar yoga and would like to learn more. Beginner poses are challenging and rewarding! This class will focus on classical standing poses, seated poses, inversions, and relaxation poses. The poses that are learned in this course are a necessary foundation for all continuing study in the Iyengar method. This will be an 8 week course, for $80, if paid for in full. Drop in fee will be $15. Classes are 75 minutes long, and will be held Friday mornings at 10:30. Start date is January 9th, the 2nd Friday of 2015.