stand in front of your past and let it be.
It Takes Two: Partner Yoga Workshop
with Nicole Haagenson
Yoga means union. This workshop is ideal for couples, family and friends interested in exploring deeper levels of connection and intimacy through yoga. Most importantly, it is FUN! We laugh together as we strengthen and stretch the body! Using gentle pressure, body weight, and skillful touch, we will work one on one to maximize our stretching and perfect our alignment in classical yoga postures. Working with a partner helps you to open your body more deeply than you could alone, for optimal benefits.
Stretch not only your body, but also your communication skills. In this invigorating workshop, you’ll:
• Practice a series of doubles yoga poses where you balance, counter-balance and co-create the posture
• Learn partner-assisted stretches, enabling you to stretch farther than you could on your own
• Create a wellness practice of poses to alleviate minor back, neck, shoulder and hip pain
• Develop strength and flexibility while deepening trust, communication and fun.
APPROPRIATE FOR ALL LEVELS. NO YOGA EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY! NO PARTNER NECESSARY.
Sunday December 15, 2014, 1:00-3:00 pm
Joy Yoga Center Washington
4500 Washington Ave Suite 900, Houston, TX 77007
Registration & Questions
For registration, visit www.joyyogacenter.com or email
We received a plentitude of submissions for our “Ground Yourself in Gratitude” contest commemorating mindful, gracious living during the holiday season and beyond. Beverly H. is our winner, and she received a bundle of five free classes. You can read her winning entry below. Congratulations, Beverly!
Hi my name is Bev and I am…an alcoholic. This is how I identify myself in AA meetings. This is to remind myself of the physical, mental and spiritual condition that has been so devastating to my life and to the lives of those who love me. I always had a deep disdain for “labels” until I had to quit the debating committee and concede that admitting powerlessness over alcohol was my first step to healing. It is about humility and of course the old adage rings true that “those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.” This is especially true with the alcoholic who has lost all control to quit or moderate their drinking on their own and simply must reach out to a higher power outside of him/herself in order to recover. This is why I refer to myself first as “an alcoholic,” because today it is the single most important thing I need to never forget, lest I risk losing all sanity and power to live a free and healthy life.
I had many years of sobriety but unfortunately not consecutive years. I would stay sober for a few years at a clip, and then I would have a devastating relapse. In the beginning I attributed these relapses to the cunning nature of my alcoholic mind, convincing myself that after a few years of sobriety I could once again drink successfully. I suffered such profound bouts of depression that relapse and all of its impending consequences made no difference anymore; I needed relief from my monkey depressed mind. My sobriety was unfulfilling; I was simply enduring my sober life but certainly not enjoying my sober life.
Something was missing, and that something was yoga.
I first started taking yoga at the health club I was attending. I took classes and in the beginning I felt awkward during some of the poses and didn’t know if I really liked it, but at the end of each class I knew something had changed. The world just seemed like a brighter place and I had felt a sense of serenity that I had never known before. This was real, not alcohol-induced! I finally found something to change the way I felt without having to take a drink! This was the Holy Grail that I was searching for in sobriety!
I continued on the yoga path and received my teaching certification. I now teach at fitness clubs and also practice karma yoga, giving away what was given to me. I volunteer at a drug and alcohol treatment center, bringing yoga to women in recovery. I find many parallels between the yoga philosophy and the spirituality of AA’s 12 steps. I also teach seniors chair yoga at a local community center and volunteer teach at the local college as well. I get back so many rewards from giving yoga away.
I can honestly say that for this alcoholic, yoga can never replace the healing, fellowship and accountability that AA has brought to my life, but I can say that yoga has definitely enhanced, reinforced and strengthened my recovery like nothing else. I find that the combination of yoga and AA is a perfect recipe for success and healing for me. You see, alcoholism and drug addictions are a three-fold disease, which affect mind, body and spirit. AA and traditional chemical treatment modalities treat the mind and spirit, but they do not address the body, mind and spirit connection. Yoga is the missing piece of the puzzle that enables me to recover holistically. This disease attacks the sufferer on all levels so it must be addressed on all levels as well.
Today, thanks to yoga, my sobriety is contented and fulfilling. I have a life that I never dreamed of. Today I have groundbreaking gratitude! I have found Santosa through practicing an attitude of gratitude. I am Bev, an alcoholic, but now I can also refer myself simply as “I am.”
- Stretches the chest and lungs
- Strengthens the arms and wrists, legs, buttocks, abdomen, and spine
- Stimulates the thyroid and pituitary
- Increases energy and counteracts depression
- Therapeutic for asthma, back pain, infertility, and osteoporosis
1. push yourself to get up before the rest of the world - start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.
2. push yourself to fall asleep earlier - start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable.
3. erase processed food from your diet. start with no lollies, chips, biscuits, then erase pasta, rice, cereal, then bread. use the rule that if a child couldn’t identify what was in it, you don’t eat it.
4. get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. sit and eat it and do nothing else.
5. stretch. start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. stretch your fingers. stretch everything.
6. buy a 1L water bottle. start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.
7. buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. no detail is too small.
8. strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear draw into the washing machine. put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. make your bed in full.
9. organise your room. fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. light a beautiful candle.
10. have a luxurious shower with your favourite music playing. wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. lather your whole body in moisturiser, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.
11. push yourself to go for a walk. take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. bring your dog and observe the dog’s behaviour. realise you can learn from your dog.
12. message old friends with personal jokes. reminisce. suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t follow through. push yourself to follow through.
14. think long and hard about what interests you. crime? sex? boarding school? long-forgotten romance etiquette? find a book about it and read it. there is a book about literally everything.
15. become the person you would ideally fall in love with. let cars merge into your lane when driving. pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. stick your tongue out at babies. compliment people on their cute clothes. challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. then two. then a week. walk with a straight posture. look people in the eye. ask people about their story. talk to acquaintances so they become friends.
16. lie in the sunshine. daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing. open your eyes. take small steps to make it happen for you.