Finally a Newsletter!

Happiness, not in another place but this place… not for another hour, but this hour.”
~Walt Whitman

Hello,

I’m reusing this image because it reminds me of the nest I found in our shed. Except that one was tucked deep inside an empty flower pot, and I found it impossible to get a good picture.

Some of you have asked about Wednesday outdoor classes this year and I didn’t have a firm answer until recently. I finally decided I’m not teaching an outdoor class this summer. It was a hard decision to make because I have enjoyed the time with you so much in the past. I know some of you will be disappointed, and I’d avoid that if I could. Between the time I need to take for my own physical therapy and projects I’m hoping to finish this summer, I am finding my mornings are quite full. In fact, you’ve probably noticed I have had trouble getting back into the habit of regular newsletters! I do plan to keep the classes I am already teaching, perhaps with a few subs when I need them.

Below you will find our schedule, which isn’t changing. Please note there’s no Infinity class on Memorial Day, May 30th.

Much Love,

Elle

Schedule

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Fridays

7:45am (Moves to 8:15 on April 1st) Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity and Zoom. Bring blanket or pillow if practicing on Zoom.

Mondays

8:15-9:10am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity and Zoom
(No Class Memorial Day)

Thursdays

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

 

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Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.
~Anthony J. D’Angelo

Hello,

Just a quick note to let you know, I’m back from my travels and our schedule is back to normal.

I look forward to practicing with you all soon!

Much Love,

Elle

Schedule

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Fridays

8:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity and Zoom.

Mondays

8:15-9:10am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity and Zoom

Thursdays

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

 

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Plan for week of April 18th

 

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick reminder that I’ll be in Michigan next week visiting my family. Luckily Gretchen Mulkey is subbing for my classes at Infinity and Hallie Evens is subbing for my Root River class.

Infinity students, please note these are in person only classes, if you would like to attend let me know, right now there is room. If you are an online only student please feel free to use any of the videos on my website.

If you are a Zoom only student, please feel free to use any of the classes on my website.

See you all Friday the 29th!

Elle

Schedule

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Monday April 18th

8:15-9:10am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity Studio only

 

Thursdays

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom 

 

Friday April 22nd

8:15Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity Studio Only

 

Monday April 25th

8:15-9:10am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity Studio only

 

 

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Class canceled again this Monday: explanations and apologies within.

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up. ~ John Holmes

Hello,

While I feel a bit better today and did not spend the day in bed, but I need a bit more time to recover from a few days of not being able to eat or sleep well.

To everyone who reached out letting me know how keen they would be to take with a sub if I can’t make it: I’m so sorry, our usual sub, Gretchen, was not able to help us out this time, and neither were any of the other members of our yoga community I reached out too.

To everyone: I so appreciate your understanding and your care. It means the world to me!

Part of what I have been treating with physical therapy is fascial tension in my pelvis and core. One thing that can set off this tension is digestive distress. As someone who also has a sensitive digestive tract, this pain is not at all new, it’s just not usually this incapacitating. This has been an ongoing problem in my life, and one that actually inspired a lot of my study into the myofascial release we do in class. So, though it probably doesn’t seem like it this moment, I have been moving forward in my understanding of the kind of self care I need.

Unfortunately, I have been having an unusual number of digestive issues lately. Likely at least partially caused by some medication I was on, and another bug might have been involved too. The gut is complicated — who knows? My point is that while this kind of pain isn’t exactly new, it’s just not usually this severe.

I want you to know that I am reaching out to find instructors who are able to teach at your class times who are able to fill in when necessary. I know from reading your messages that you love it when Gretchen fills in — however, she isn’t always available!

I will be in touch about Friday. I don’t anticipate needing to cancel, but will need to see how fast I bounce back.

Yours truly,

Elle

Schedule

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Mondays (No Class April 4th)

8:15-9:10am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity and Zoom

Thursdays

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

Fridays

8:15Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity and Zoom. Bring blanket or pillow if practicing on Zoom.

 

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April 1st class cancelled, explanations within

 

Hello,

I was going to write to remind you that class started at 8:15am tomorrow, but am instead writing to let you know unfortunately I can’t teach tomorrow. I am still have some stomach issues that are making me uncomfortable, so I am going to preemptively give myself a slow morning of self care. I wish for you the same.

Honestly, I hate cancelling on you, please know I don’t do it lightly. The one small light in this case is that during the course of the week all but 2 students who were registered for an in person class let me know they can’t make it. So perhaps the timing isn’t completely horrible.

If you’d like to practice at home please make use of the classes on my website. Ignore the donate/support buttons, these videos were made with your generous support in the first place. They are your resource for whenever you need them.

Much Love,

Elle

Schedule

Contact me with any questions!

Fridays (No class April 1st)

8:15Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity and Zoom. Bring blanket or pillow if practicing on Zoom.

Mondays

8:15-9:10am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity and Zoom

Thursdays

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

 

Root River Yoga on Zoom

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News and Reminders – this is a good one to read

Somewhere
a black bear
has just risen from sleep
and is staring

down the mountain.
All night
in the brisk and shallow restlessness
of early spring

Spring, Mary Oliver

Bunny doing yoga stretch on the grass.

Hello,

It’s been a wild minute since I last wrote to you. It wasn’t intentional and I appreciate your understanding. Speaking of which, a special thank you to Root River students for rolling with the unexpected class cancellation last week. My stomach is feeling much better!

And now, onto the news.

Friday’s (tomorrow’s) class will include myofascial release. In class we’ll use tennis balls, — if you’re practicing from home you’ll need to figure out your own prop. Things that work: any small ball, body rollers, rolling pins, apples, potatoes, cans of soup. Be creative!

In April, Friday morning classes will move back to their original 8:15am time. I hope that for most of you this is good news. Please let me know if you are planning on coming in person and I will reserve room for you.

There will be no Zoom classes April 18th, 22nd, and 25th. I will be out of town visiting my sister and Gretchen Mulkey will be teaching in person at Infinity. For those of you who love to Zoom it in, please feel free to make use of the pre-recorded classes on my website. Hallie is subbing my Root River class.

Let me know if you have any questions or there’s anything I can do for you.

Much Love,

Elle

Schedule

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Fridays

7:45am (Moves to 8:15 on April 1st) Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity and Zoom. Bring blanket or pillow if practicing on Zoom.

Mondays

8:15-9:10am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity and Zoom

Thursdays

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

 

Root River Yoga on Zoom

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Newsletter for March 4-11

 

Hello,

This is just a quick note to let you know I’m thinking of you and there are no major changes in the next week.

While this image connoting spring/early summer is a bit early, it is a good indication where my head is as Brett, Lulu and I enjoy our walks on these slightly warmer days.

Please let me know if you have any questions or there is anything I can do for you.

Much Love,

Elle

Schedule March 4-11

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Friday March 4th

7:45am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity and Zoom. Bring blanket or pillow if practicing on Zoom.

Monday March 7th

8:15-9:10am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity and Zoom

Thursday March 10th

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

 

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News for week of Feb 18th

 

Composition with words LOVE YOURSELF and paper heart on white background, top view

Hello,

Just a quick note to remind you I love you, and to assure you this week’s schedule is as usual.

See you on the matt!

Elle

Schedule Feb 18-24

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Friday Feb 18th

7:45am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity and Zoom. Bring blanket or pillow if practicing on Zoom.

Monday Feb 21st

8:15-9:10am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity and Zoom

Thursday Feb. 24th

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

 

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News for week of Feb 11th

Revolutionary love is a well-spring of care, an awakening to the inherent dignity and beauty of others and the earth, a quieting of the ego, a way of moving through the world in relationship, asking: ‘What is your story? What is at stake? What is my part in your flourishing?’ Loving others, even our opponents, in this way has the power to sustain political, social and moral transformation. This is how love changes the world.”

“Love calls us to look upon the faces of those different from us as brothers and sisters. Love calls us to weep when their bodies are outcast, broken or destroyed. Love calls us to speak even when our voice trembles, stand even when hate spins out of control, and stay even when the blood is fresh on the ground. Love makes us brave. The world needs your love: the only social, political and moral force that can dismantle injustice to remake the world around us – and within us.”

“To pursue a life of revolutionary love is to walk boldly into the hot winds of the world with a saint’s eyes and a warrior’s heart – and pour our body, breath, and blood into others.” ~ Valarie Kaur

Dear Friends,

I have a bit of exciting news! We now have an easier way to pay for classes: you can simply email infinitywinonayoga@gmail.com and let them know how many classes or which card you want to purchase and they will email you an invoice which you can pay online. Of course, you can still call in and pay over the phone. Let me know if you run into any trouble and we will tweak the system. Thank you so much for all of your patience!

Much Love,

Elle

Schedule Feb 11th- Feb 17th

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Friday Feb 11th

7:45am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity and Zoom. Bring blanket or pillow if practicing on Zoom.

Monday Feb 14th Happy Valentines Day!

8:15-9:10am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity and Zoom

Thursday Feb. 17th

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

 

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No Class Feb 3rd and reminder how to find Yoga with Elle videos online

 

Hand drawn image of a hand with a bow tied around the pointer finger. It says, "Reminder"

Hello,

Just a quick reminder that we’re not having class tomorrow due to a scheduling conflict. If you are interested in practicing anyway please remember you can go to my website anytime. Hover over the Videos button and it will give you a drop down menu where all the videos we made in 2020 cataloged according to type of class.

I will see you back in the studio on Monday!

Schedule Jan 28th-Feb 3rd

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Friday Feb. 4th

No Class

Monday Feb. 7th

8:15-9:10am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity and Zoom

Thursday Feb. 10th

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

 

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News for week of Jan 27th

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh, The Miracle of Meditation

silhouette of young traveler looking out a window of a train.

Dear Friends,

I’m sure you’ve seen the posts by now that Thích Nhất Hạnh died earlier this week. I have been thinking a lot about when I began reading his work. Of course I had heard his name, had a vague understanding he was a buddhist monk and activist, but I hadn’t read his work. Then I found his book, The Miracle of Mindfulness, at my cousin’s home while I was visiting them in Sweden, during a trip to Europe I took with my sister.

I feel there are so many moments of that trip I remember better because I was being conscious to notice everything my senses were taking in, and I’m positive it deepened my experience with a sense of gratitude not only for the hospitality my family showed me, but the rich history around me.

One memory that’s with me this morning is traveling by train into Prague, the sound of the machinery, the feel of the cloth seat, my sister teasing me for checking what time we arrived for the 50th time, thinking about everything that needed to come together for the train ride to happen from the engineers who designed and maintained the train, to the young man with thick eyebrows who checked our tickets… I carried Thích Nhất Hạnh’s book with me while I was in Europe, but I’m carrying the intentions of mindfulness still.

Besides reminiscing about past travels and being grateful for the richness Thích Nhất Hạnh’s teachings have brought into my life, I also wanted to give you a heads up about a little change in our regular schedule this coming week. Monday I will be ending 5 minutes early again, and there will be no class next Friday Feb. 4th as I have an appointment during our time. Try as I might to leave our class times free in my schedule, once in a while I can’t avoid a conflict. Thank you so much for your understanding!

Lastly, we have use of our props again in the studio! Access to props has never been an issue for those of you at home, but I’m excited to begin using them again for Infinity classes! If you are practicing via Zoom, please bring a pillow (like the ones on your bed) or a yoga blanket with you to class tomorrow.

Much Love,

Elle

Schedule Jan 28th-Feb 3rd

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Friday Jan. 28th

7:45am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity and Zoom. Bring blanket or pillow if practicing on Zoom.

Monday Jan. 31st

8:15-9:10am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity and Zoom

Thursday Feb. 3rd

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

Friday Feb. 4th – No Class

 

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News of Jan 16th: Make sure to read if you’re practicing in person.

 

chicken walking across screen you can see all the foot prints.

Dear Friends,

As I think most of the Infinity students who practice with me in person know, we are actually meeting at Infinity Studio again, beginning tomorrow! Yay, the floor is finally completed! Welcome back!

Please make sure to enter through the clinic door. We no longer have carpet in the front of the studio so please take of your shoes in the office side of things before making your way into the studio. There is still room to hang up your coats inside the studio.

For everyone who is Zooming, I imagine this feels like a small step. Especially if you are anxious to get back to class in person. The cute baby chick making a serious of small steps is for you. Thank you so much for your patience and your tenacity to keep your practice going even when you’re not able to come in person. You inspire me!

I know some of you are wondering if our in-person class sizes will be growing now that we’re back to a larger space. Yes, of course. The question is how soon. Please give me a little bit of time to talk to Heather to find out what Infinity’s guidelines are, and to think through my own comfort levels. Also, with a bit of time our community risk level will hopefully go down a bit, making this an easier decision.

For students practicing in person, Infinity does not have a mask policy. I am still masking, so if you decide to wear a mask to your mat, or practice with a mask you won’t be alone.

As you can see, our Newsletter happened today (Sunday), not last Thursday, which is always my goal. I will get back to my Thursday News schedule next week. Baby steps all around!

Much Love,

Elle

Schedule Jan 17th-27th

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Monday Jan. 17th

8:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology and Zoom

Thursday Jan. 20th

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

Friday Jan. 21st

7:45am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology and Zoom.

Monday Jan. 24th

8:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology and Zoom

Thursday Jan. 27th

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

 

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News for Jan 6th

 

red mug of hot drink on a windowsill with a warm blanket, when behind is window is snow / cozy home atmosphere in the winter

Dear Friends,

I hope you’re all staying cozy!

In fact, many of us in our Root River Thursday morning yoga expressed thankfulness that we didn’t have to brave the cold on our way to our morning practice!

Friday/Monday classes are still being held at Yarnology, but there is always the option for you to Zoom in from home. If you are attending in person, and are on the list of regulars, make sure to let me know if you can’t make it. Despite the cold, we once again have a waiting list for in-person options.

Much love to you all,

Elle

Schedule for week of Jan 7th

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Friday Jan 7th

7:45am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology and Zoom.

Monday Jan. 10th

8:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology and Zoom

Thursday Jan. 13th

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

Friday Jan. 14th

7:45am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology and Zoom.

 

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Newsletter for Dec. 31st

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do It.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”
Neil Gaiman

Cartoon Woman Watering a big colored 2022 sign

Dear Friends,

I couldn’t wish for a better group to spend 2021 with! Whether we have seen each other weekly, or just once in a while, or just exchanged a few messages, I appreciate you. Thank you so much for your generosity and kindness, it makes our practices so special. Thank you for your flexibility with venues — and so much more! I don’t know how I got so lucky to have you all in my life, but hope that never changes! You are the best!

I also want to draw your attention to a couple of offerings coming up in 2022. The first is Erica Thibodeax’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 8 week program. I have taken this program and returned many years for the day-long retreat. Erica is one of my favorite meditation teachers to work with, and I always gain from her wisdom. And taking part in a program is the best way I know of to actually set aside the time it takes to develop a mindfulness practice in your life.

The second is a Soma Yoga class led by Mitra Emad. I took her fall class and gained so much from it. If you are looking for a gentle practice on Saturday mornings, this is a great one.

Feel free to ask me about my experiences with these teachers or reach out to them as they are both very responsive and helpful.

xo

Elle

Schedule for Dec 31

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Friday Dec. 31st

7:45am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology and Zoom.

Monday Jan. 3rd

8:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology and Zoom

Thursday Jan. 6th

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

Friday Jan. 7th

7:45am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology and Zoom.

 

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Schedule for week of Dec. 27th

 

Hand drawn image of a hand with a bow tied around the pointer finger. It says, "Reminder"

Dear Friends,

I hope you are having a cozy Holiday!

This is just short note to remind you that we don’t have class on Monday (tomorrow, I’m taking a rare 3 day weekend and enjoying the decompression immensely. Our regular schedule resumes this Friday. See you then!

Elle

Schedule for Dec.

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Monday Dec. 27th

No Class

Thursday Dec. 30th

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

Friday Dec. 31st

7:45am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology and Zoom.

 

 

 

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Holiday Schedules and News

Feminist thinking teaches us all, especially, how to love justice and freedom in ways that foster and affirm life.
Bell Hooks, Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Polistics

The focus here is not on ritual itself, but on opening up something in hearts and spirits that has been locked away so long that individuals can barely remember the source.
Malidoma Patrice Somé, Ritual: Power, Healing and Community.

Feet in woollen socks by the Christmas fireplace. Woman relaxes by warm fire with a cup of hot drink and warming up her feet in woollen socks. Close up on feet.

Dear Friends,

I hope you made it through the night without much damage to your homes!

Though the winds were strong, and we all had a restless night, but here at the Newman/Terpstra/Yeti/Lulu/Bod household all is well! After teaching a Root River Yoga class with the wind still circling around the house, I am curled up in warm socks with a warm cup of coffee writing to you from the hearth (heart).

Two writers — of great influence to me and many many others — have passed on this week. While I wouldn’t usually think to draw bel hooks and Malidoma Patrice Somé together, both of their words are with me today as I write to you. So much so that I am finding it impossible to tidily sum up what this means to me or the world… though I will say that the wind seems wildly appropriate as it reflects how stirred up I feel.

I’m writing mostly to let you know of our upcoming schedule. Please be in communication with me — if you haven’t already — about your holiday plans and classes you’ll miss. As always, it’s easiest to have these communications in digital form so I can easily keep track of everything. So far two people have said they would love class on Christmas Eve, and I’m wondering if there are more. Let me know!

xo

Elle

Schedule for Dec.

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Friday Dec. 17th

7:45am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology and Zoom.

Monday Dec. 20th

8:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology

Thursday Dec. 23rd

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

Friday Dec. 25th

7:45am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology and Zoom.

Monday Dec. 20th

No Class

Thursday Dec. 30th

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

Friday Dec. 31st

7:45am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology and Zoom.

 

 

 

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News for December 2nd

Simple Cartoon Rendition of Christmas Trees in multiple colors, most of which aren't traditional Holiday colors. the feel is bright, fun, and non-traditional.

Hi all,

Just a quick note today to check in about schedules over the holidays. And, of course, to reassure you that classes this week are happening as usual!

I’m wondering if Infinity folks are interested in class on Friday the 24th, Christmas Eve. I’m thinking of taking Monday the 27th off to enjoy a 3 day weekend, just in case that affects how you feel about practicing on the 24th.

I hope your holiday planning is as fun and bright as the trees above.

Much Love,

Elle

Schedule for Week of Dec. 2nd

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Friday Dec. 3rd.

7:45am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology and Zoom.

Monday Dec. 6th

8:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology

Thursday Dec. 9th

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

 

 

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News for November 19th

“To most human beings, wind is an irritation. To most trees, wind is a song.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Wind Turbine in the sunset seen from an aerial view

Hi!

As I write this, I’m listening to the wind outside our windows. Admittedly it sounds cold and uninviting, but from the point of view of a windmill, wind is a powerful energy of good!

I’ve actually been thinking a lot about points of view this week as Brett and I watched the Holiday Edition of Taste the Nation: Truth and the Turkey Tale. I highly suggest watching it even if you’re already familiar with The Day of Mourning. If nothing else, it will make you want to visit Cape Cod for the food!

And speaking of Thanksgiving and our traditions. I talked to the Root River group this morning and we’ll be practicing on Thursday as we do every week. Infinity folks, are you around Friday? Do you want a quiet morning to yourself and your families or are you interested in practicing together? If you’re reading this let me know.

Much Love,

Elle

Schedule for Week of Nov. 19th

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Friday Nov. 19th

7:45am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology and Zoom.

Monday Nov. 22nd

8:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology

Thursday Nov. 25th

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

 

 

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News for the week of November 12th

"You're the Best"

Hi there,

Just a quick newsletter to assure you this week’s schedule is happening as usual, even if this reaches you later than it usually does.

I was thinking of you all today when I stopped by Infinity to peek in at our studio. The old floor is completely removed and ready for the new floor to be installed, as well as the other repairs that need to happen. I will let you know as soon as I get the word that work has started, or if I find out more about timing. For now, we’ll be cozily practicing in amongst the skeins (at Yarnology).

Much Love,

Elle

Schedule for Week of Nov. 12th

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Friday Nov. 12th

7:45am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology and Zoom.

Monday Nov. 15th

8:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology

Thursday Nov. 18th

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

 

 

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Newsletter for week of November 5th

Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them– we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.
~Brené Brown

Hi there,

This week I’m thinking a lot about our relationship with our practice, and how we cultivate it. Just like any relationship, there are times when we are in the love bubble. It is pure enjoyment to show up on our mat, we are inspired by our teachers, and we look forward to the brief connections with other students. There are times when we show up because our practice is our lifeline, we need it for our physical or mental health. The price we pay when we don’t show up propels us to our mats. I know my practice certainly deepened during illness, when I needed it more. And admittedly there are times when we show up because we’re committed. We show up because we know that our practice is important to us, and we keep the space for it even when what we really feel like doing is sleeping in. And sometimes we take a break all together, or perhaps our practice shifts.

I invite you to give some thought to your practice and appreciate the effort you’ve brought, and also what your practice has given you.

I also feel it bears spelling out that this isn’t an invite to self criticism. If you haven’t been on the mat lately, please just honor your reasons, you have no judgment from me. Perhaps your practice has shifted, perhaps your attention has been needed elsewhere, perhaps the obstacles (namable or otherwise) have simply been too great and you deserve some compassion.

Much Love,

Elle

Schedule for Week of Nov. 5th

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Friday Nov. 5th

7:45amForrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology and Zoom.

Monday Nov. 8th

8:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology

Thursday Nov. 11th

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

 

 

Root River Yoga on Zoom

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News for week of Oct. 28th

But the thing about remembering is that you don’t forget.
~Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried.
Hand With Remider String Tied On Index Finger

Hi There,

Just a quick note to remind you that there’s no class this upcoming Monday. I have an early start to a project day, so wish me good weather!

Several of you have asked me how you know when your card runs out. Good Question! Right now Heather is marking cards once a month when she takes care of payroll, and at that time she is also contacting anyone who is out of classes. Don’t worry if you get an email that lets you know you owe for classes, everyone involved knows there would be no way for you to have that information and you are not in trouble.

See you on the mat!

Elle

Schedule for Week of Oct. 29th

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Friday Oct 29th

7:45amForrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology and Zoom.

Monday Nov. 1st

No Class

Thursday Nov. 11th

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

 

 

Root River Yoga on Zoom

Consider joining me and a great group of students for a Root River class and support an amazing studio that serves rural SE MN. Register for classes and learn more about Root River Yoga here.

Thursday

7:15-8:15am All Levels
*You’re invited to stay online after class for coffee/tea and a chat.

Lets Stay Connected

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Newsletter for week of Oct 22nd

Paying attention is a form of reciprocity with the living world, receiving the gifts with open eyes and open heart.
~Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants.

Hi Friends,

The leaves on the ground remind me of last fall and our last practices outside with leaves underfoot. While I will be honest enough to say that I prefer warm feet and predictable environments for my practices and especially for teaching, I cherish the adventure we all had together.

This fall I have been focused on some creative projects and some house projects that we are finally able to do. This is all good, but this last week I was so distracted that I forgot to write a newsletter on Thursday, let alone think about checking to make sure everything was ok with our Zoom classes! I am so sorry about that, thank you so much for your graciousness and flexibility!

Speaking of house projects, I need to cancel class Monday Nov. 1st, a friend of ours is helping us replace the screen on our porch and since this is an all day (or 2) project beginning with us picking up scaffolding to reach our second story porch, I need to be able to start right away. Thank you in advance for understanding.

I took this morning to catch up a bit, and have created new Zoom classes and registered all of you who were registered before. If you want to stop receiving reminder emails every week, let me know and that can be arranged!

I heard from Heather this past week concerning the studio. She said that they planned to start ripping up the remainder of the floor last Friday but the contractors wouldn’t be able to start repairing them for a minimum of 4 weeks. So this doesn’t tell us a whole lot in terms of timing, but at least we know that the project is still moving forward.

I also wanted to share that I ran into Randy Severson last week in a serendipitous  meeting in Menard’s parking lot. He says “hello” to everyone and is hoping to pop in after class to say hello to us all in person. He’s going to have a hip replacement but hopes to be back to class at some point after that. He is still stretching and still smiling and still has a cup of coffee in his hand.

This week I plan to return to the Thursday Newsletter schedule.

Elle

Schedule for Week of Oct. 22nd

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Friday Oct 22nd

7:45amForrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology and Zoom.

Monday Oct. 25th

8:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology

Thursday Oct. 28th

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

 

 

Root River Yoga on Zoom

Consider joining me and a great group of students for a Root River class and support an amazing studio that serves rural SE MN. Register for classes and learn more about Root River Yoga here.

Thursday

7:15-8:15am All Levels
*You’re invited to stay online after class for coffee/tea and a chat.

Lets Stay Connected

Cat hugging dog

Newsletter for Week of Oct. 15th

Kindness eases change
Love quiets fear.
~Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Talents
Little white dog sitting on a yoga mat looking expectant, as if waiting for class to begin.Hi,

Just a quick note to assure you that this week’s schedule hasn’t changed. Lulu Belle the Bandit Queen also wants to assure those of you she hasn’t seen lately that she too is keeping up her practice.

Let me know if there’s anything else I can do for you, and have a wonderful week! XOXO

~Elle

Schedule for Week of Oct.15th
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Nobody (Bod) Owens Newman Terpstra

Friday Oct 15th

7:45amForrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology and Zoom.

Monday Oct. 18th

8:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology

Thursday Oct. 21st

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

 

Root River Yoga on Zoom

Consider joining me and a great group of students for a Root River class and support an amazing studio that serves rural SE MN. Register for classes and learn more about Root River Yoga here.

Thursday

7:15-8:15am All Levels
*You’re invited to stay online after class for coffee/tea and a chat.

Newsletter for week of Oct 7th

Sometimes I wish I could photosynthesize so that just by being, just by shimmering at the meadow’s edge or floating lazily on a pond, I could be doing the work of the world while standing silent in the sun.~Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants.
A man and his little white dog walking down a road that winds through the valley ahead of him.

Hello Friends,

This week I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with some old friends and much of our conversations centered around being present in nature. I visited one friend’s garden that she’s tended over the past several decades by sitting quietly with each new plant and listening to where it wanted to be planted. The result is a marvelous cultivated wildness.

Another friend told me of how he rediscovers his favorite trails by hiking them with his children. How he’s trying to relearn as an adult the kind of curiosity and presence he witnesses in the young.

Meanwhile Brett, Lulu and I have been taking our evening walks on our road. Our usual route, in my mind, is a practical one, dictated by avoiding a Shepard that brings out the worst in Lulu while remaining close enough to home that we don’t have to drive anywhere. Last night Brett revealed its his favorite walk and I found myself appreciating the valley where we live even more than usual.

I hope that you are having experiences that open up the world around you in beautiful ways. I hope that you find unexpected doorways into curiosity and even joy.

Much love,

Elle

Schedule for Week of Oct. 7th

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Nobody (Bod) Owens Newman Terpstra

Friday Oct 8th

7:45amForrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology and Zoom.

Monday Oct. 11th

8:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology

Thursday Oct. 14th

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

Yoga Videos and Meditation

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Root River Yoga on Zoom

Consider joining me and a great group of students for a Root River class and support an amazing studio that serves rural SE MN. Register for classes and learn more about Root River Yoga here.

Thursday

7:15-8:15am All Levels
*You’re invited to stay online after class for coffee/tea and a chat.

Ways to Keep Connected

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Yeti comforting Emma

Newsletter for Oct. 1st

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.
~L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
Sunlight shining through autumn leaves. Feels bright and hopeful.

This is just a quick note to say hello, and assure you nothing has changed for our schedule this upcoming week. If you have a space reserved to practice in person at Yarnology, that reservation will continue on for October.

Still no news of when the studio will be ready for us, but whenever I feel frustrated by that fact, I remember how lucky we are to have a nurturing community around us willing and able to create space for us.

I hope you are getting out to enjoy this beautiful weather and I will see many of you tomorrow!

Much love,

Elle

Schedule for Week of Oct. 1st

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Nobody (Bod) Owens Newman Terpstra

Friday Oct 1st.

7:45amForrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology and Zoom.

Monday Oct. 4th

8:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology

Thursday Oct. 7th

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

Yoga Videos and Meditation

As always, these are shared with you under the category “pay what you can, if you can.” Here’s the link to PayPal your support: https://www.paypal.me/ElleNewman11

 

Root River Yoga on Zoom

Consider joining me and a great group of students for a Root River class and support an amazing studio that serves rural SE MN. Register for classes and learn more about Root River Yoga here.

Thursday

7:15-8:15am All Levels
*You’re invited to stay online after class for coffee/tea and a chat.

Ways to Keep Connected

Cat hugging dog
Yeti comforting Emma