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Dear Yoga Within Community, 

It is with wise and tender hearts that we are making the decision to suspend all classes and workshops at Yoga Within, effective immediately. Like many other businesses, we feel it is not socially responsible to facilitate the gathering of people, and we want to be a part of the solution in minimizing community spread of the coronavirus/COVID-19.

We have been teachers (and students) at this studio for so many years, and feel a very deep and meaningful connection to the space and to the beautiful community that we have all collectively helped create. May our sense of interconnectedness and mutual support continue during this strange and unpredictable time.

Here are some of our current thoughts/possibilites, which we plan to communicate more about in the next week:

  1. Several of our teachers are looking at ways to keep the classes connected by moving their teaching online. The most widely used platform right now seems to be Zoom. It is free for students to sign up, and it will provide a way for you to “attend” class from home – using a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile phone. The teacher could teach at their usual time, and you could just log in from home. Check the website for updates on this, and for instructions on how to join a class.

  2. Props:  Look for information which we will post shortly on how to buy props for your home practice. In the meantime, use whatever props you have at home.

  3. Ongoing Practice: We’ve attached below an intermediate sequence that is good for stress and building the immune system.  For beginners, we suggest this sequence: Forward bend (modify if need be with stretching out over a kitchen counter!) (or placing the forehead on a chair), puppy pose or Childs pose, dog pose, wide angle forward bend (use 2 modified props if your hands don’t reach the floor), legs up the wall with elevated hips, supported bridge pose and a nice long savasana. This sequence is meant as a support, but is not meant to serve in lieu of medical treatment.

  4. Amey, Karyn and Karen are available by e-mail if you need help putting a home practice sequence together.

Our practices support us physically, emotionally, and spiritually, and to the extent that you can continue your practice during this unsettled time, it can only be of service to you. Let us know how we can support you.

We welcome your thoughts and reflections on this serious and unprecedented experience.
May you all be healthy and safe, steady and wise.
Amey, Karen, Karyn

Yoga Within Going Forward

Dear Yoga Within Community,

We have made the difficult decision not to renew our lease when it will expire on June 30th. Until we understand more deeply the safety and health concerns of gathering in small spaces for extended periods of time, we do not feel right about re-opening. And yet, we remain deeply committed to teaching and offering high-quality yoga instruction. The three of us will keep Yoga Within going uninterrupted as an online studio for now. Our yoga practice has taught us to hold nuance – to allow grief and acceptance and optimism and realism to coexist.

This decision was made with tremendous care, with sadness, and, ultimately, with clarity. The reality of Yoga in the age of COVID-19 is complex and uncertain. For the foreseeable future we feel that it is not ethical, financially viable, or logistically appealing to struggle against reality and hold yoga classes in our small space. And it definitely doesn’t feel financially realistic or responsible to ourselves as owners, under these conditions, to take on the commitment of a new lease.

Of course we miss being together, and we know that you do too. Exchanging hugs and smiles. Breathing and chanting and moving together. Sharing banter and stories from our daily lives. Laughing and crying together. There is grief in this loss. And yet, indoor yoga in this era is going to look very different for quite some time: thermometers, waivers, restricted class sizes, drastically increased prices, and – most of all – increased risk to people we care about deeply. And so there is pain but also relief in acknowledging all of this, choosing not to fight against it, and turning to the future with curiosity and enthusiasm.

The Heart of Yoga Within

Yoga Within has been a home to so many of us for over 20 years now.

The truth is, together, we all form the steady heart of our studio. We feel immense love and appreciation for the beautiful spirit of Yoga Within – dedicated and knowledgeable teachers, committed and curious students, an inviting and non-competitive culture, a generous and warm spirit. None of this will change. 

We have enormous gratitude to all the Yoga Within teachers, who have taken the wisdom/knowledge/heart of yoga as they learned from their teachers, been transformed by it, and have taught to the next generation of students.

We have enormous gratitude to you, the students, who have been touched by the light of yoga, and who continue to practice knowing the steadiness, strength, resilience, and joy that a practice brings. You have stuck with us, and we will stick with you.

Yoga Within Moving Forward 

We have visions of online workshops, continued and enhanced educational opportunities to expand your practice, and visiting teachers with online classes. Online yoga is a new medium that has a lot of potential, which we are excited to explore! And – when it’s safe to do so – we’ll investigate other options; maybe outdoor classes, maybe pop-up classes. Eventually, there may even be a new building for Yoga Within to call home.

The three of us have each felt so many emotions as we have processed these decisions, and we guess that reading this letter will bring up feelings for you as well. Please give yourself the time and space to experience the truth of your feelings. Yoga has taught us that we are resilient, adaptable, and that we can turn toward reality, even when it is uncomfortable. Yoga Within is not a location, but lives in our hearts and in our practices.

If nothing else, the experience of grappling with this decision has illuminated to us just how much we care about and value this community. It’s difficult to adequately express our appreciation to each of you, and – from the bottom of our hearts – we hope you will come along on this transformational journey as we go forward.

With Love and Gratitude,

Karyn, Karen, and Amey

Steady Your Mind, Nourish Your Heart

with Amey Mathews

Four Thursdays: June 18, 25, July 2, 9

5:30-6:45pm

$50 for 4 classes

Steady Your Mind, Nourish Your Heart


Steady Your Mind, Nourish Your Heart
4 weeks of Philosophy, Chanting, & Pranayama
with Amey Mathews
Thursdays 5:30-6:45pm
June 18, 25, July 2, 9

$15 / individual session*
$50 for all 4 classes*
(*suggested prices, please pay what you can)

We all have access to the rewards of asana practice – the immediacy of tangible sensation and embodied experience. You know I love asana, I do it almost every day! In the last few months however, I have been especially grateful for my non-asana practices and the support they give me. These practices connect directly to the mind and the heart – providing both focus and calm.  They are also rejuvenating practices on days when you don’t have the physical stamina for an asana practice. Give yourself the gift of expanding your practice.

Please pre-register, as there will be materials to print out! 
To Enroll – email Amey at ameyfm@gmail.com

Payment options:

Send a check:
Amey Mathews
2714 Lafayette St
Soquel CA 95073

Venmo: @AmeyMathews

Pay by Credit Card: https://www.paypal.me/AmeyMathews

 

Mindful Social Justice
Staying Connected Amidst the Overwhelm

with Jennie Pearl and Aaron Johnson

July 10-12

sliding scale

Mindful Social Justice

 

Mindful Social Justice:
Staying Connected Amidst the Overwhelm
A Weekend Workshop with Holistic Resistance
w/ Aaron Johnson and Jennie Pearl

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Join us for an intimate weekend of deepening in human connection and building resiliency together. With an emphasis on personal relationship, this weekend will give you an opportunity to explore how our thoughts about race and racism affect our individual selves and communities.  Using small-group work and active listening exercises, as well as supportive yoga practices, participants will gain confidence embracing the unknown, unfamiliar, and difficult issues in our lives such as racism, systemic oppression, and what gets in the way of unlearning what’s been handed down to us. 

 

These Sessions Aim To:
–  Build relationships and closeness in community around important questions such as:
What breaks your heart about our current world?
What gets in the way of showing up for racial justice?
What is difficult for you in looking at your own racism?

– Cultivate the wisdom in the room, and carry it into our communities.

Shed a light on how people of color’s stories have had to survive white supremacy culture to just simply “be”.

Utilize yoga as a centering tool.

 

WEEKEND SCHEDULE
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Friday, July 10th  // 6:30-8:00pm
Session 1: What Gets in the Way of Dismantling Racism? 

This session explores the barriers within us and around us that keep us from showing up for racial justice. White people are often times afraid to show up “where they are” in fear of causing unnecessary pain to POC.  We aim to disrupt the assumption that as a white person you can reach for people of color and not cause any harm.  Harm has already been caused and harm will continue to happen. There is a skillful way that we want to invite white people into this work.  Instead of shrinking back into white privilege, we invite folks to do the important work of staying connected to the process. We embrace not just self-care, but community care. 

Saturday, July 11th // 1-3pm
Session 2: Sitting With Discomfort:  Unraveling Racism and Oppressive systems as Healing Work 

In order to move our material around racism, we must be able to sit with where it entered into our hearts and minds. This session blends “seated practice” with a deep inquiry around unraveling the unconscious patterning within us. We will build resilience as we undo the oppressive systems from the inside out. The work of unraveling racism is not just challenging work…when we start from where we really are, healing becomes more possible.  

Sunday, July 12th // 1-3pm
Session 3: Staying Creative While Taking on “The Impossible”

We have found the tool of creativity is often frozen when taking on big challenges like racism. This session challenges us to lean on our creativity when holding the stories of people of color (people of the global majority). We are not the first ones who are being called to be creative in this work. Our ancestors have taken on systems of oppression for generations through music, human connection, and a belief that racism must fall. These systems must be dismantled by empowering our communities to be creative in the middle of the impossibility of it all.   

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Holistic Resistance has been bringing practice and action together in communities across the country. With an emphasis on personal relationship and closeness, we aim to build life-long connections and transformation. Our approach in these workshops combines deeply honoring the healing power of yoga and disrupting the unconscious patterns of racism in our communities and individual selves.

Oppression affects people of color on all levels of life. Holistic Resistance is drawn to practices that support all levels of life such as yoga. Yoga practitioners have a felt-sense in their bodies of what it can be like to sit with discomfort, to commit to a practice, to explore the yamas and niyamas on a deeply personal level.  This weekend is an opportunity for us to gather as yogis and explore how we can use our existing tools to benefit ourselves and our community. You are welcome to come to any and all of the sessions over this special weekend.

What You Can Expect:

 – Collaborative, innovative, and participatory group work and conversation.

 Intimate, deep, and thoughtful work in pairs/dyads.

– Active listening exercises as tools to take with you after the workshop

– Yoga, breathwork and meditation to ground and center us.

 

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Who is This Workshop For?

This workshop is for anyone who is interested in the intersection of yoga and social justice. NO PRIOR YOGA EXPERIENCE NEEDED.  It is for folks who have little to no exposure to yoga and meditation, and also folks who are deep in connection to their yoga practice.  Aaron and Jennie are committed to making all sessions accessible, trauma-informed, and effective for all levels of students.

This workshop is geared towards white-identified and white-skinned people.  AND, all racial identities are welcome. People of color are at the center of our care in spaces where white people are working on undoing their racism. This is one of the many ways we model how to resist holistically. Aaron and Jennie invite every person of color to have a one-on-one conversation with them prior to the workshop to make sure they are being thought about the entire time they are present in our workshops.

Beginners to yoga and meditation are strongly encouraged to attend!

 

Sliding Scale Pricing: 

Whole Weekend Friday-Sunday:
Access rate: $125
True cost: $160
Supporter rate: $195

Drop in Registration:
Drop-in Sessions: $45-65

Accessibility is really important to Aaron & Jennie.  If you cannot afford to come, even with sliding scale, we want you there.  Please reach out: info@yogawithin.com

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About Aaron Johnson (he/him)

Aaron is an earth builder, a teacher of closeness, and an activist. He graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 2007 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts. Aaron uses intimacy to dismantle racism. He has made a lifelong commitment to use the skills he possess to end racism. The tools he frequently uses for that end are speaking, teaching, closeness to blackness, and minimalism. Deep connection is one of the most powerful tools one can use in dismantling racism.

Aaron’s goal is to help white people slow down their reality enough to see blackness, primarily through the use of deep questions. He also uses questions as a lens that white people can use to look at themselves and see how their own wounds and trauma from racism are stopping them from being close to black people. He is a firm believer that if you cannot get close to black people, you cannot be a true advocate for them. Being close to blackness is the revolution. Aaron currently resides in the high desert of Southern California. Read more at www.holisticresistance.com.

About Jennie Pearl (she/her)

Jennie is an anti-oppression facilitator, yoga teacher, and bodyworker, bridging the gap between social justice and healing. She believes relationship is key to dismantling oppressive systems. Jennie aims to build bonds with other white folks and invite them to stay in the fight for justice and equity for a lifetime.

She is the founder of Wake Up, a group for white-identified people to unlearn racism, unpack privilege, and untangle white supremacy from the inside out. They explore how yoga and meditation can help them commit to and sustain the work without spiritual bypassing or diminishing racial justice. Jennie collaborates with a core team of facilitators at Holistic Resistance, whose mission is to build connection as the foundation of all of their work. She currently living in Northern California. Read more at www.jenniepearl.com