The Light That Shines! December 2017
In turbulent times, it is the small things, such as sitting at nights with my knitting, a cup of tea, sleeping dogs, warm home and my family. It is the season of preparation and in my family, we are with love and joy in our hearts anticipating the birth of our first grandchild, nephew for Riley and first born for my son John and his wife Megan.
I find myself as I age, hopefully with wisdom, not so much seeking to have a “career” and be busy adding notches to my belt, but to have authentic relationships with people and with organizations with shared values. To create space not where it is about transaction, but about transformation.
I have been blessed in the larger community partnerships with the resources and support of Yoga Service International, who focus on bringing the practice into community and making sure the practice is available to all and supporting programs and trainings that are trauma Sensitive with a social justice framework. The Breathe Network founded by the amazing survivor Molly Baeder Harris that rosters healing Arts facilitators that can support survivors of sexual assault. Off the Mat and Into the World has also been an amazing resource and support for inclusion in practice and having the practice of ethics a foundation on and off the mat.
Today, I was accepted as a community partner with Yoga Body Image Coalition where I just completed an 8 week Immersion. I am excited to be able to link to resources from some amazing teachers and practitioners on Body Image, moving from perfection to wholeness, empowerment, recovery from eating disorders and more. Http://ybicoalition.com
It is my hope after the New Year to offer some workshops on positive Body Image, as well as creating spaces for empowerment and exploration for women to explore sensuality minus the male gaze, but for the sake of sensuality itself and to create sacred space for peri menopausal and menopausal women. I am excited to have even more resources to draw upon to bring to these offerings!
I hope your holiday season, whatever you celebrate is full of blessing. Give yourself permission to have that season look like what it needs to look like for you, I hope when challenges arise between now and the New Year, your tools are ever present.
Hope to see you this month in the variety of opportunities to connect!
501 Cypress in Moxham. YogaSong Home Studio Offerings!
Saturday All Levels Yoga! 9:00 or 10:30! December 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30.join Rachel in a blended practice that combines yoga philosophy with breathwork, asana, sound, mantra, and live music for meditation. Please RSVP as to which class you prefer. Contribution based. Payment options include: $30.00/month, $10.00/class or offer what you can.
Solstice Mantra and Meditation : Thursday, December 21, 7:00 p.m. Join me on this longest night where we turn towards the light for a seated practice that begins with some gentle movement, mantra , tuning and toning. RSVP. Chair seating available and blankets are available. Please bring cushion for support if you need it. $10.00 suggested contribution. Pay what you can option available. No music or yoga experience necessary. We will end with a meditation with the quartz crystal bowls.
Friday Morning Dance Party! Dance Around the Yule Log! Friday, December 22 7:30 am Join our growing Conscious Dance Community as we explore non choreographed movement for self expression and connection! RSVP. $10.00 suggested contribution . Pay what you can option available.
Finding Christmas! St David’s Church Route 403 Davidsville, Pa. 7:00 pm. Free. https://www.facebook.com/events/1762653970706874/?ti=icl
Light up Night @ Roxbury Bandshell, Sunday, Dec 4 @ 5:00 pm. I will be performing with my son Johnny Bayush.
Community Self Care Night! Thursday, Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm I am partnering with Planned Parenthood for this free event. You must register through EventBrite via this link. https://www.facebook.com/events/129442244409835/?ti=icl
We will likely be hosting a book signing and a reading by my dear friend and Yoga student Shelly Kerchner. Please check out her website www.shellykerchner.com I will likely create a Facebook event for this and will let you know in classes when we have a date for this.
We will also be hosting a BollyWood Dance Workshop by Rozina Regmi over the holiday! Space will be limited.
All classes above held in home studio @ 501 Cypress. Street parking available. Additional parking at Grove Ave UMC Church. Come right in door on small porch by fenced in yard! Take your shoes off and make yourself at home!
Private yoga sessions and Reiki sessions are made by appointment. I also offer synchronized healing sessions which include Reiki, movement/yoga and sound healing through Quartz Crystal bowls and mantra practice. We can create the session that best supports your needs.
ArtWorks Yoga in funky, creative historic Cambria City!
Tuesday, December 5, 12, 19, 26 10:00 am. $30/session or $10/drop in, This is a gentle class and can accommodate a range of abilities.
Come for class! BottleWorks Arts on Third always has something creative and exciting happening! Stay and shop the gallery store or linger and explore the current exhibit or other classes happening! www.bottleworks.org
“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” Cornel West