November  2019

2019 being a year of  Nourishment and Inspiration!

Welcome November! You were ushered in last evening on Samhain season, Dia de los Muertos on winds that moaned and mercilessly tossed aside anything in its path.

Tnis morning, the chill remains and leaves defiantly remain on many trees while piles of leaves wait hopefully for children rather than leaf blowers to revel in the glory of moving through freshly fallen leaves before their inevitable decay.

Oh November!  This season of Scorpio that eventually yields to Sagittarius, this Scorpio herself here, like other fellow Scorpio’s, is  always riding the waves of intensity.
You know the Scorpio joke November, the one that says, “Three Scorpios walked into a bar. Everyone got pregnant and the bar burned down.”

November, you also bring us opportunities for gratitude. I believe we can unpack the whitewashed fairy tales that were created to give settlers and descendants justification for atrocities and still practice gratitude.

Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk from the Benedictine tradition tells us that practicing gratitude is an invitation to life.
Gratitude breeds a generosity of spirit which overflows and extends from ones self to pour outward.

So, November, grateful to you for all the Scorpios and Sagittarius peoples in our lives. Grateful that you hold this raw beauty on the verge of decay and letting go.
Grateful that there are warm teas, blankets and adorable pets so while your winds rage around us,  we may be reminded to be grateful for shelter and warmth.
November, thank you for skies that hold blues and grays as textured backdrops with deep russet leaves and the hardy yellow leaves that often bear the first snowfall with sunshine brightness.

November, linguistically, you are related to the word nine and you were originally the ninth because in the Roman calendar, there were only ten months. You graciously made space for January and February to take your place as eleven.

November, you remind us in the Northern Hemisphere to be a sometimes raging, often glorious representation of preparing for the stillness and great sleep of winter.
Gracias. Merci. Thank you.

I am grateful beyond measure to be connected to so many beautiful people that I get to be in space with in yoga classes, Reiki sessions and trainings, workshops and retreats.

Here are two offerings for you!

1. A link to an embedded pdf on my web site for exploring the 8 Limbs of yoga. This is a framework for life on and off the mat. I will always be a student seeking to enrich and deepen my own awareness and sharing that in ways that make sense through classes, etc. Here it is here. Otherwise, access via

.Download Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga: A Framework for Yoga On and Off the Mat

2. Also, here is a video from a performance of an original composition entitled “The Unarmed Child” earlier in October. My little chant (that is on my second CD) was arranged for choral by my dear friend Tim Coles and performed at a Concert for Peace featuring Pittsburgh composers a few years back, one of the highlights of my musical life! This little piece has traveled to Washington DC and Seattle Washington and landed at this Concert for Peace with an additional orchestral arrangement!! The absolute joy this brought me was that my piece bookended the performance with the chorus and orchestra playing it prior to the Unarmed Child and the audience was invited to join in on the piece at the very end of the event. The concert benefitted a foundation started by one of the SandyHook families and was about promoting peace and non violence.

Join me this month in many lovely opportunities to go deep with gratitude.

501 Cypress in Moxham. YogaSong Home Studio Offerings! 

Gratitude! Saturday All Levels Yoga! 9:00 or 10:30!  November 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. 9:00 or 10:30 pm. Contribution based. Payment options include: $30.00/month, $10.00/class or offer what you can. We will explore expanding and opening our mind, heart and our bodies!

Journey Through Music! House Concert w/ Michael Deaton. Saturday, November 9, 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  Join Michael and Rachel as they flow through improvised music on a variety of instruments, ending with an acoustic set and opportunities to sing along!! RSVP must.  $10.00  suggested contribution.

Family Band! House Concert w/ Johnny and Rachel Saturday, November 30, 6:00-7:30 pm .Join Mother and son duo in an acoustic evening with an eclectic set of music that will end getting us in the mood for the holiday!RSVP. Suggested contribution $10.00. Chair and floor seating available.

I have been offering various trainings on Stress Management/ Resilience Building/Compassion Fatigue to various organizations. Let me know if I can serve your organization! I also have a 3 Day Trauma Sensitive Yoga Training and a day long Mindfulness and Movement for Clinicians. Please feel free to send any inquiries my way!

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, intuitive work and sound healing through Quartz Crystal bowls, mantra practice and an intuitive reading. A Reiki session is $50.00. For Synchronized Healing We can create the session that best supports your needs. Synchronized Healing sessions last about 90 minutes.  I typically charge $100.00 for one of these sessions but will work on a sliding scale if that better suits your needs.

Community Offerings!

Embodied Practices of Rhythm and Receiving: Movement/Music and Sound Healing w/ Gongs, Bowls, Shruti, Voice and Harp. Sunday, November 10th 1:00-3:30 pm @ Shari Hinish Yoga 865 40th Street, Altoona, Pa 16601

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 Bottle Works Yoga in funky, creative historic Cambria City!

Tuesday, November 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!


“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” Cornel West