The physical studio in Highland Heights is now closed permanently.
Our live online practice welcomes everyone!
Zoom links are sent via email daily for the following day’s practice. (Both links for Wednesdays will be sent in one email.) The Zoom sessions are open 10-15 minutes before class begins (Rise & Shine 10 minutes; all other classes 15 minutes)
To receive the daily Zoom login links, please send me an email and I will add you to the list. You may opt out at any time.
HERE IS THE SCHEDULE FOR WINTER 2022
Regular Weekly Schedule
Beginning January 2, 2022 the new schedule will be as follows:
I’d like to offer a few tips about our practice and what you can do so that you will not injure yourself or become discouraged.
Yoga is an ancient practice that helps to bring all the elements of life together – mind – body – spirit. If you like the style I teach, which is a very traditional branch called Hatha or Raja Yoga, then I hope you stay with us. If you don’t, please don’t give up on the practice, but find a teacher and/or a style that better suits you. I promise, I won’t be offended!
If you are new to yoga, first and foremost, do not try to do too much at once. When something doesn’t feel right, stop, reassess what you are doing, and modify your position until you feel no pain.
One of the most important things to remember is that yoga is not supposed to be difficult. It is a thorough practice and you should leave a class feeling refreshed, calm, and balanced. Given some time and patience, your body will respond to what you ask it to do. We use our breath to help ease us in and out of postures.
Don’t try to rush through anything you are hearing or seeing. Take your time. Don’t be afraid to pause and take a couple of long, slow steady breaths to “reset” you mind.
Raise your hand if you have a question. I am almost always watching the screen.
Wear loose comfortable clothing. Don’t eat anything heavy or drink too much liquid just before class. I recommend that you practice barefoot if you are willing to do that. And, please try to be on time.
(I have no idea how each of these images came up purple!)
You will want a mat of some sort under you when you practice. I recommend Jade mats unless you have a latex allergy. They are 100% rubber, keep you from slipping or sliding even if your feet perspire, and come in a variety of thicknesses as well as lengths. My preference is for the Harmony model; many of my students use the Fusion. So long as you don’t store them in direct sunlight, a Jade mat should serve you many years. (There are much less expensive mats, just be aware of the material and thickness.)
Besides your yoga mat, it is also helpful to have a couple of “props.” We use a yoga “block” to assist with a few poses we do. These foam blocks are lightweight, come in a ton of colors, and are inexpensive. They are usually 6X9″. They help with poses such as “legs up” and “half moon.”
The other prop we use to work with shoulders and arms is a long strap. Similar to a webbed belt, there is often a D-ring or buckle at the end. Neither is necessary for the work we do. I suggest you get one that is at least 6′ in length. They too are inexpensive. If you have a long belt or tie in the house, either will do.
Lastly, do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or comments.
On Tuesday evening, NPR’s popular economics show, Marketplace, aired a piece they recorded with me about my “other” work, Brian’s and my bicycle business.
You can listen to the audio and/or read the transcript here.
The response has been a bit overwhelming and Brian and I are still slogging through the messages, texts, and comments on our respective social media feeds.
Meanwhile, there is yoga business to attend to, so here we go:
KIT ONTKO’S THURSDAY NIGHT CLASS BEGINS TOMORROW EVENING, SEPTEMBER 12TH AT 6:45PM. If you need more info, please email her: firstname.lastname@example.org – otherwise… just show up!
UPDATE ON BIRCH CAFE CLE – The new vegan cafe and store that announced it will open in the old Biaggio’s space in our little strip center is now under construction. Originally, slated to open end-of-October, I’m not sure they will meet that deadline. I’ll keep you posted!
CARE AND FEEDING OF YOUR YOGA MAT : It’s end of summer (boooo) and as we enter fall and cool down for real, think about giving your yoga mat a thorough cleaning. The easiest way to do that and really get it clean is to add some dish soap and warm water to the bathtub, use a soft cloth or brush to get some of the oils that have accumulated off the surface, rinse thoroughly, and then let it dry completely. If you have a Jade mat, remember that it is natural rubber and takes a LONG TIME to dry. Do not put it in the sun however – dry it in a cool, shaded place.
If your mat is slippery or beginning to wear or crack and you’d like to try a Jade mat – which is what I have been using and recommending for almost 15 years – we do have a demo at the studio. IF YOU HAVE A LATEX ALLERGY however, you will not be able to use a Jade.
If it’s time to replace your mat (they do eventually wear out and become more slippery and less comfortable – “nothing lasts forever”) we have Jade mats in stock to sell OR we can order a specific thickness, color, and length. (We need 6 mats to place that order).
HOLIDAY SCHEDULE – I’ve just really started thinking about the holidays and will begin posting class schedules as we get closer to October. Looking back over past years, the Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks/weekends are often filled with family gatherings and attendance is usually low. We may
go to a text-for-class system for those weeks. You can always check the schedule on line.
I believe that’s it for now. Have a great weekend. If you can’t make it to class, do a forward fold, a spinal twist, and a balancing pose!
Well, as many if not most of you know, I am about to have a cutting edge medical therapy for my right knee.
Stem cell therapy or “regenerative therapy” is not truly new; and, I am confident that this will resolve most of the issues I have with my right knee. These include: pain, swelling, and an inability to have full range of movement.
More than 16,000 procedures have been performed using the Regenexx method(s) developed by Dr. Christopher Centeno in Broomfield, Colorado. The Regenexx web site is chock full of great information, statistics, infographics, and more if you’d like to more about regenerative medicine.