25 March 2020
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, all in-person classes are cancelled indefinitely.
Everywhere, throughout history, Great Teachers have shared the same message: Be still, and listen.
This is not easy. Well, really it is -- but it often seems difficult. The drama and apparent urgencies of modern life muddy the water, and can make peace and clarity of purpose hard to find.
Yoga is a wide variety of techniques that make stillness easier. Newmass Yoga offers these techniques in ways that are instantly useful.
Newmass Yoga, like most modern yoga, uses precise, detailed body postures and movement to help our bodies remain (or become) strong and supple, to soften the grip of surface thoughts and habits, and to free the natural creativity, joy and systemic health alive in each of us.
Newmass Yoga classes begin with an interval of relative stillness -- a time of reduced variety of activity, as the priority of your attention shifts to the present. Then each progressive movement builds naturally. Within each unique guided practice session, and with repeated practice, your natural intuition grows. With the teacher's support you become confident in your yoga choices, naturally curious and independent, and free to experiment. It becomes obvious when and how to increase or decrease the intensity of your practice. The skills, strength, and undeniable personal experience of how what once seemed separate is in fact interwoven, also the ability to be strong and gentle at the same time, also the implications beyond the yoga studio in your whole life -- all these develop as smoothly as water flowing downhill. The yoga practice skills of learning to use the support of breathing and obvious body patterns of changing energy levels transfer seamlessly into daily life -- like surfers learn which waves to ride. And finally, the stillness which once seemed elusive -- your natural birthright -- becomes effortless.
Honestly, it's easy. Most yoga is easy -- easy to remember, easy to understand. All you have to do is show up. But you do have to show up.