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Recent blog topics at traceykelleyyoga.com:

Book: Changing to Thrive
Innnhaaaallle and Exhaaaaale
What I See in Final Relaxation
Book: You Are Here
The Importance of Inclusivity

Experts recommend setting small goals--one or two at the most--and allowing for about 21 days for a behavioral change to set in.

You don't need a date on the calendar to tell you when to start something. Simply focus on one goal at a time until it becomes a habit. Then, add another.

The beauty of a regular yoga practice is you'll start to see changes right away. One small goal=big rewards!
Movement Happenings!
If you were fans of some of the teachers at Santosha Studio, you'll be happy to know many of them are finding new spaces after the studio's abrupt closing. Visit the websites for Pure Land of Iowa and Clive Parks and Recreation to learn more about yoga offerings and costs. I'll let you know when I get more updated information on those fine teachers and where they land.

Yoga Under the Stars at the Science Center of Iowa happens weekly on Mondays. Class is approximately one hour for a nominal fee. Registration is required. Learn more.

Yoga in the Garden yoga events are once a month at the Des Moines Botanical Center.  Always best to register and pay for this class in advance, as walk-in availability is limited. Go to the event page for more information and cost.

Plan ahead to attend the Central Iowa Yoga Retreat Saturday April 6th! Many interesting local teachers offer in-depth sessions, plus you can enjoy lunch and other fun happenings! (Socializing in yoga wear! Whoo-hoo!) Review the schedule and register here.

Watch the TKY Facebook page for the next Yogi Chat and Walk! While there, like the page so you can get all sorts of helpful yoga lifestyle tidbits.

Meditation Happenings!
Dennis Kelly started another great year of Meditation Around Town! This continues to be a fascinating event, showcasing various styles of meditation in diverse settings around the metro.

-On Thursday, January 17th, Robin Bourjaily will lead a session at DMACC-Building 6 Auditorium, 2006 South Ankeny Blvd. in Ankeny. Chairs are available.

-On Thursday, February 21st, I'll lead a session at the Tifereth Israel Synagogue, 924 Polk Blvd. in Des Moines. Chairs are available. If I haven't seen your smiling face in a while, please come join us!


All sessions start at 6:00 p.m. and last for one hour. Always free! Learn more here.

And consider experiencing a gong bath as meditation! Deb Jennings and Sounds for the Soul offers a number of sound therapy happenings each month featuring many different players and experiences. For information about location, cost, days, full moon/new moon events in January and February, and chances to learn how to play gong, visit Deb's site.

The Des Moines Meditation Group offers a weekly free meditation sitting each Tuesday from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Friends Meeting House, 4211 Grand Ave. in Des Moines. The website appears to be updated with other events, too, so check it out!

 
Private Sessions
Many people love the direct guidance and attention of personalized yoga sessions. This is a more custom experience to expand a home practice, address specific goals, continue recovery from an injury, or experience in-depth instruction outside of class. Personalized sequences are developed so you can follow a path of your design.

I meet with clients in their homes or at the Des Moines Public Library Central Campus. If you or someone you know desires this type of personal attention, please reach out for more information.

 
Missed a Newsletter or Just Want to Learn More? Here's a Link!
This archive is so people who asked for tips provided in previous TKY newsletters can find them! Thank you for your interest! You can find a helpful list by following this link.
 
Reminder for Des Moines Public Schools Teachers and Employees!
So glad to have both locations and days active and humming! This is just a reminder that if you're not getting emails from Tracey Kelley Yoga to learn about class schedules, times, and other important information, make sure to check your "Junk" folder, then approve "Never Block Sender" and "Never Block Domain Name." I believe you can also put my email address on an approved list in your Outlook. Please remember: while I don't communicate through email more than once or twice a month, it's the only way I notify participants of upcoming classes,or session changes due to inclement weather or illness. Thank you!

Ready for a Personal Consultation?
Oh yes, it's that time of year again! Let's plan on making a phone date for your updated consultations! These usually last about 30 minutes if I have one on file for you already, and 60 minutes if you're new to any corporate program. 
 
   

class writing intentions


new book!

The power of setting intentions! In this fun class on January 1, 2017, students and I wrote goals, intentions, and aspirations. One of mine was "finish my book by the end of this year!"

The manuscript was literally submitted on December 31st, 2017.
I'm nothing if not consistent.

And now, another year later, I have a wonderful new book, one moment of a single day: essays  featuring amazing photography from my friend, Lynne A. Kasey.

Here's what publisher humanivity has to say:



In this collaborative collection of essays and photography, Tracey L. Kelley and Lynne A. Kasey use their innovative aesthetics to explore pivotal moments, allowing for quiet observation and thoughtful awareness. This shared artistry creates space for reflection on the meaning of intimacy, and how the interplay of connection and vulnerability expands our capacity to mindfully engage with the world around us.

Each chapter's end allows a reader to pause, using Kasey's stunning imagery to delve deeper into a feeling, memory, or consideration motivated by Kelley's insightful attention to consciousness. one moment also has an interactive component for workshops and reading groups, furthering the intent of soulful discussion and introspection displayed in the book.

This limited edition hardbound is an art book worthy of placement among your other favorite coffee table selections or given as a thoughtful gift. 



I'm often thankful for the impressions students have on my life, but this particular effort will always have this groups' influence. Thank you, each and every one of you.


If you're interested in purchasing,
you can only find it at myhumanivity.com


And thank you for your support of creative endeavors!


Planning a Home Practice

It's wonderful when you can go to a class led by a teacher on a regular basis. There's a community, you learn new things, and your teacher can be a resource for questions. Yes, even I like to be told what to do sometimes so I don't have to think about it. I just listen to someone's else's voice and move and breathe accordingly.

It's also beneficial to develop a consistent home practice. This helps you become intuitive about what you need, more responsive to those thoughts and feelings, and continue to progress.

One aspect that often confounds people about establishing a home practice is exactly what to do. There are so many options for this! For example, if you've been in a good class (I hope so! LOL!), there's often a ritualistic flow to the open and close of each session. Most teachers provide these same bookends to a session to help put everyone in the right frame of mind. So already, you have an idea of how to start and stop your solo practice. Over time, you may find you want to do other things at home that have more meaning for you.

Here are some other ideas about planning your home practice:
1) Make room. This may be as simple as moving the coffee table away from the couch. It's nifty if you have a completely separate and private room to do yoga, but that's not always available for many people. Or necessary. Remember: your mat is a sacred space.  Where you roll it out just needs to provide room for your arms and legs in various directions.
2) Ask partners, kids, and pets to give you a few minutes. Too many times, people feel they can't break away from companions to practice on their own. But when you think about it, 30 minutes really isn't that long. Help others understand your commitment and stick to it, even if you practice while kids are playing or napping, partners are making dinner, and pets are sunning themselves on the porch for a while.
3) Use Sun Salutations for energy. A great series of movements, Sun Salutations work all the joints, prompt better circulation and, with the proper focus on breath, help ease your mind.
4) Try different standing poses for strength and focus. A few Warriors or balancing poses may be just what you need to change your perspective on the day.
5) Choose seated/flat mat postures for relaxation. You've done long, seated postures in class and felt grounded and open. So pick a couple of favorites and put them in toward the end of your session. And leave a few minutes for final relaxation!
6) Remember to do the hard stuff. When we practice alone, we often take it easy. While you may not want to do some of the poses you know are really challenging, continuing to work on them at home is so helpful, because you don't have to follow the rhythm of class: take your time and really dedicate attention to it.
7) Expand your breath. A home practice is a terrific way to understand your breath flow and how you feel when it changes. Use the counting method to keep your inhale and exhale even, and change it from day-to-day to see how you feel.

 

If you'd like more tips about improving your home practice, just ask me!
I'm happy to help.

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What to Know About Yoga: The Short As


Many aspects of yoga originated in Sanskrit, an Indo-European language dating back 3,500 years. I've mentioned many times that I don't often speak in Sanskrit during classes because I want practice to be accessible to everyone, but it's fun to learn about the language.

One thing to know as it applies to your practice is the "a" vowels are short. So asana, which means pose or posture, is pronounced "AH-sah-nah." Your favorite pose, savasana, also known as Corpse Pose or final relaxation, is pronounced "SAH-vah-sah-nah" or "Sah-VAH-sah-nah."

If you'd like to know more about yoga Sanskrit, ask me for resources!

 
 



 


 


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