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

 

 

Root River Yoga on 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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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

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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

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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

Cat hugging dog
Yeti comforting Emma

Newsletter for Sept 24th

Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn–that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness–that season which has drawn from every poet worthy of being read some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling.
~Jane Austen, Persuasion

Hello!

This is just a quick reminder of this week’s schedule and a note to say “Hello and Happy Autumnal Equinox”!

Please reach out to me if you have any questions or if there’s anything I can do to make our practices even better.

Much love,

Elle

Schedule for Week of Sept 24th

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Nobody (Bod) Owens Newman Terpstra

Friday Sept 24th

7:45amForrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology and Zoom.

Monday Sept 27th

8:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology

Thursday Sept 30th

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

Cat hugging dog
Yeti comforting Emma

Newsletter for Sept 17th

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald 

Hello Friends,

Just a quick reminder that we are on Zoom only tomorrow (Friday) as Yarnology is preparing for an online event and needs the space. If by any chance you are interested in an online yarn store crawl let me know and I will make sure you have access. Though I’m guessing most of  you have already spent far more time in a yarn store than you ever imagined you would!

I noticed some good beginner size needles in the shop so if any of you are interested in learning to knit let me know and we can plan a knitting hang out for after class. I heard from Heather this week and there is still no news of when we’ll be back in our studio. So we have plenty of time in our cozy shop.

Much love,

Elle

Schedule for Week of Sept 17th

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Nobody (Bod) Owens Newman Terpstra

Friday Sept 17thth

7:45amForrest Inspired Vinyasa – Zoom only.

Monday Sept 20th

8:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Yarnology

Thursday Sept 23rd

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

Cat hugging dog
Yeti comforting Emma

Newsletter for week of Sept 10th

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
Neil Gaiman, Coraline
Tree in fall colors artistically drawn, the leaves are droplet shaped and have smiles and musical notes on them.

Hi!

I hope you all have had a glorious week since the last time we practiced! As many of you know, I had family in town, and it was the best kind of visit. Laughter was the norm at mealtimes, as I reconnected with cousins who feel more like a sister and a nephew. I learned distant relatives of mine are buried at Woodlawn, and even saw the graves. And much of this was possible because things went wrong in the most delightful way. Meaning as my family pulled into town their car started making funny noises, which turned out to be an easy, inexpensive fix at Ace Auto, but gave us an unexpected extra day together.

Somewhere in all the busy-ness of the week, I haven’t written a newsletter until now! And the thing is I’m quite enjoying writing to you all as I drink my coffee and wait for it to be time to teach a Root River Zoom class, so I think I’m going to switch the Newsletter days to Thursdays for a bit to see how it goes. I think this will still give you all the important news and help me reclaim yet more of my weekend.

Other than this wild Newsletter day change, I don’t have much new to share. I stopped into the studio yesterday and the floor was still torn up and the office let me know workmen hadn’t been in for weeks. In general the timing is very uncertain. We will get back into our studio eventually but for now we are at Yarnology and on Zoom. This means, of course, we have smaller class sizes, so please be in touch with me if you are hoping to practicing in person.

Much love,

Elle

Schedule for Week of Sept 10th

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Nobody (Bod) Owens Newman Terpstra

Friday Sept 10th

7:45am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity Yoga at Yarnology

Monday Sept 13th

8:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Zoom only.

Thursday Sept 16th

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

Newsletter for Week of August 30th

“One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end.”
Krishnamurti 
drawn image of woman in color in a cobra pose. The captain says, "love yourself"

Hello Everyone,

As many of you know Yarnology has been dealing with some painting fumes from the building next door which shares some of the duct work. It was bad enough that I worked from home! Even “normal” people got headaches. The good news is that it’s improving quickly. Monday’s class is still a Zoom-only class, but my expectation is that by Friday we will be back in Yarnology practicing yoga among the skeins.

I am taking Labor Day off, as I have cousins in town. Linda is the kind of cousin that both my sister and I describe as the sister we’ve always wanted. Mostly we do this because it’s funny to see the reactions of the people around us, but still it speaks to how close we are. Jay, her son, is also amazing. I haven’t seen them in person for a few years and I plan on eating up every minute with them!

This Wednesday morning is our last outdoor class for the season, and the forecast — as of right now — is predicting sun!

Thank you so much for all your flexibility this week. You are amazing!

Much love,

Elle

Schedule for Week of August 30th

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Nobody (Bod) Owens Newman Terpstra

Monday August 30th

8:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Zoom only.

Wednesday Sept 1st

8:15am Outdoor Yoga at High School

Thursday Sept 2nd

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

Friday Sept 3rd

7:45am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity Yoga at Yarnology

Yoga Videos and Meditation

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Root River Yoga on Zoom

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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

Thinking Through Fall Schedule

“The month of August had turned into a griddle where the days just lay there and sizzled.”
Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees 
Artistically drawn trees on in Summer and one in Autumn

Hello Everyone,

I have been giving a lot of careful thought to our fall schedule. As some of you know by now I have realized I need a little more time and energy to devote to some personal projects and my own practice. Taking a break from classes is not an easy decision for me, as I love practicing with you all, and many of you have been a huge support to me personally, and I hate to let you down. However, the good part about teaching many times a week is if I drop one class there are others you can attend.

Regular Root River Yogis, have likely already heard I’m taking a break from my Wednesday evening classes. I will, of course, still be teaching Thursday morning and the recordings of those classes will be available. For those few of you who can’t make morning classes, I will miss you. However, I know there are many other amazing evening Root River Classes so I trust your practice won’t be interrupted. I am still here if you have any questions or there’s anything I can do for you.

I am also going to take a break from my Wednesday classes in Winona once our outdoor classes come to an end on Sept. 1st. As you likely remember we had planned to move this class indoors at Infinity. With our local Covid cases up, air quality and time for the studio to air out in-between classes is once again an issue at Infinity Studio, making our Wednesday morning time slot unavailable. I am not closing this door permanently, I know there could be other options for practice. But for right now, I’m going to take a needed break. I apologize for the turn around.

Monday /Friday classes, please continue to register with me, if you want to practice in person. We are still practicing at Yarnology and the space is limited. Also for those of you showing up early to help me move all the displays out of the way, don’t worry about tomorrow, I moved them before I left last night so we’re all set to go!

Thank you all for your support and understanding.

So much love,

Elle

Schedule for Week of August 23rd

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Nobody (Bod) Owens Newman Terpstra

Monday August 23rd

8:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity Yoga at Yarnology

Wednesday August 25th

8:15am Outdoor Yoga at High School
5-6pm
Forrest Inspired Vinyasa  – Root River Zoom

Thursday August 26th

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

Friday August 27th

7:45am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity Yoga at Yarnology

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.

Wednesday

6:00-7:00pm All Levels

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

Newsletter for week of August 16th

Cat walking in tall grass.

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?
~Mary Oliver The Summer Day

 

Hello and Happy Sunday!

I heard from Heather last week that our studio was projected to be ready for us in 2-4 weeks. So for now we have Zoom and limited spaces at Yarnology.

For those of you looking for outdoor options I’ll be teaching at WHS on Wednesday mornings through Sept. 1st.

See you on the mat soon!

~Elle

Schedule for Week of August 16th

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Nobody (Bod) Owens Newman Terpstra

Monday August 16th

8:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity Yoga at Yarnology

Wednesday August 18th

8:15am Outdoor Yoga at High School
5-6pm
Forrest Inspired Vinyasa  – Root River Zoom

Thursday August 19th

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

Friday August 20th

7:45am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity Yoga at Yarnology

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.

Wednesday

6:00-7:00pm All Levels

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

News for week of August 9th

“How Superheroes Make Money:
– Spider-Man knits sweaters.
– Superman screw the lids on pickle jars.
– Iron Man, as you would suspect, just irons.”
Jim Benton

cartoon of lamb doing the tree pose.

Hi Everyone,

One of my interview questions when I applied at Yarnology was, “what is your superpower”? To be honest I don’t remember my answer, but I do remember what an interesting question it was.

What I love about the quote above is the juxtaposition of super powers with seemingly banal tasks. Well, ok, knitting is amazing. But ironing and tightening jars are certainly not usually seen as part of the hero’s journey. For me, and I suspect many others, the every day, seemingly small tasks are actually the hardest.

All of this is my way of saying I’m inspired by your persistence and dedication, to showing up for your own practice every week, but also to coming together as a group. There are many options for yoga in our community, especially if you include online options!  You are truly super heroes.

The lamb in tree pose is meant to signal that we’ll still be meeting at Yarnology this Friday. Please let me know if you’re planning on attending, especially if you plan to attend in person. Even though I feel good about the air quality at Yarnology, I’m mindful of needing to give everyone their room to breathe.

xoxo

~Elle

Schedule for Week of August 9

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Nobody (Bod) Owens Newman Terpstra

Monday August 9th – No Class

Wednesday August 11

8:15am Outdoor Yoga at High School
5-6pm
Forrest Inspired Vinyasa  – Root River Zoom

Thursday August 12

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

Friday August 13

7:45 am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity Yoga at Yarnology

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.

Wednesday

6:00-7:00pm All Levels

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

News of Infinity Studio and Upcoming Yoga Schedule

cartoon knitter sitting crosslegged reminiscent of a yogi

“The doing and the daring are the magic keys to unlocking the treasure chest.”
― Reba Linker, Follow the Yarn: The Knitting Wit & Wisdom of Ann Sokolowski

 

Dear friends,

Thank you so much for your support and willingness to go with the flow this past week. You’re all inspiring and I’m so grateful to know you.

As most of you know by now, the Infinity Yoga Studio is momentarily closed due to water damage. I heard from Heather and “it is looking like it will be more complicated than anticipated,” meaning it could be weeks rather than days before we are able to return to Infinity Yoga Studio. I am feeling some sadness for our floor that will be replaced, but I am reminded that our yoga community isn’t dependent on a studio or even props, but rather our group persistently practicing together.

For the time being we will continue to practice at Yarnology on Monday and Friday mornings. If you are craving outdoor practices, keep in mind that Wednesday classes are at the High School at 8:15am. No registration needed for Wednesday classes; please continue registering for Mon/Fri classes. Zoom is also an option for Monday/Friday classes.

Next Monday, August 9th, I’m unavailable and had lined up a sub. However, this has gotten decidedly more complicated, so as of right now, we’re going to take that day off. I will let you know if anything changes.

Lastly, I know many of you are facing obstacles to your practice right now. Please let me know if there’s anything more I can do to support you.

much love,

~Elle

 

Schedule for Week of August 2

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Nobody (Bod) Owens Newman Terpstra

Monday August 2

8:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity Yoga at Yarnology

Wednesday August 4

8:15am Outdoor Yoga at High School
5-6pm
Forrest Inspired Vinyasa  – Root River Zoom

Thursday August 5

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

Friday August 6

7:45 am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity Yoga at Yarnology

Monday August 9 No Class.

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.

Wednesday

6:00-7:00pm All Levels

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

Yoga with Elle News Week of July 26th

"When we love we strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too." - Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Hello Friends!

These newsletters are getting short and sweet lately. There’s nothing too much news to pass on — I’m just saying hello, and letting you know I’m thinking of you this beautiful Sunday morning. I am so grateful to have you in my life! Our classes are all continuing as regularly scheduled.

much love,

~Elle

 

Schedule for Week of July 26th

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Nobody (Bod) Owens Newman Terpstra

Monday July 26th

8:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity Yoga

Wednesday 28th

8:15am Outdoor Yoga at High School
5-6pm
Forrest Inspired Vinyasa  – Root River Zoom

Thursday 29th

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

Friday 30th

7:45 am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity Yoga

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.

Wednesday

6:00-7:00pm All Levels

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

Yoga with Elle News Week of July 19th

"The longer I live the more uninformed I feel. Only children have an explanation for everything." Isabel Allende

Hello Friends!

I look forward to practicing with you this week! There is still room in both Monday and Friday classes so let me know if you plan on joining.

See you on the mat soon!

~Elle

 

Schedule for Week of July 19th

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Nobody (Bod) Owens Newman Terpstra

Monday July 19th

8:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity Yoga

Wednesday 21st

8:15am Outdoor Yoga at High School
5-6pm
Forrest Inspired Vinyasa  – Root River Zoom

Thursday 22nd

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

Friday 23rd

7:45 am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity Yoga

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.

Wednesday

6:00-7:00pm All Levels

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

Newsletter of July 12th

"“I love how summer just wraps it’s arms around you like a warm blanket.” ― Kellie Elmore

Hello Friends!

I come to your inbox bearing good news! I’ve communicated with Heather and beginning this fall, our Wednesday class will be moving indoors to Infinity Yoga Studio, assuming that the risk of gathering together indoors continues to be low. I don’t know yet if I will have a choice between the start times of 7:45am or 8:15am, but I am interested in hearing from you if you have a preference. Also,  Sara has confirmed that the 20-class cards have been re-instated at their original price of $140.

I also want to thank all of you who have been showing up Wednesdays and contributing cash to Our Voices. This organization was started by a mother to support BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) students in Winona. I’m so grateful to be in a solid enough place this summer that I can give back to our community, and that is 100% due to you and all of your support this past year.

I also hope the donation model allows for students who couldn’t otherwise afford studio fees to attend. I also hope that the outdoor classes provide a fun, less intimidating atmosphere. Please invite friends and family — drop ins are totally welcome.

See you on the mat soon!

~Elle

 

Schedule for Week of July 12th

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Nobody (Bod) Owens Newman Terpstra

Monday July 12th

8:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity Yoga

Wednesday 14th

8:15am Outdoor Yoga at High School
5-6pm
Forrest Inspired Vinyasa  – Root River Zoom

Thursday 15th

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

Friday 16th

7:45 am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity Yoga

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.

Wednesday

6:00-7:00pm All Levels

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

Newsletter for Week of July 5th

Hello,

I hope you’re having a lovely holiday weekend!

This is just a short reminder that we don’t have class tomorrow July 5th, but will return to the studio this Friday.

There’s also an outdoor option this Wednesday at WSHS. If you haven’t registered, it’s ok. Just show up and we’ll figure it out!

xoxo

~Elle

 

Schedule for Week of July 5th

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Nobody (Bod) Owens Newman Terpstra

Monday July 5th

No Class

Wednesday

8:15am Outdoor Yoga at High School
5-6pm
Forrest Inspired Vinyasa  – Root River Zoom

Thursday

7:15am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Root River Zoom

Friday

7:45 am Forrest Inspired Vinyasa – Infinity Yoga

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.

Wednesday

6:00-7:00pm All Levels

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