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Ancient yoga was dominated by men.

In fact, only until Indra Devi studied with famed classical instructor
Krishnamacharya in the early 1900s did women start to have a place for their mats. Devi became known as the "Mother of Western Yoga", just as B.K.S. Iyengar was presumed to be the "father". 

Today, of the 300 million yoga practitioners worldwide, 72% are women. Yet regardless of how someone identifies, yoga offers many benefits. Let's encourage everyone to practice!
Movement Happenings!
Yoga Under the Stars at the Science Center of Iowa is back for the 2019-2020 season. It 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 held the last Wednesday each month at the Des Moines Botanical Center. It's moved indoors for the fall and winter seasons. 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.

The Witch's New Year New Moon Closing Ritual featuring Mia Ferrell, Amy Putney Keonig, and Hannah Rush includes a healing ritual, relaxation yoga, and a sound and vibration session on Sunday, October 27th at the Des Moines Social Club. Here are details.

Ben "Good Vibes" Spellman leads the movement portion of the Yoga + Gallery Dialogue event at the Des Moines Arts Center Saturday, November 9th. You must register in advance. The current featured exhibit is "Monument Valley". Find more details about times and costs here.

And now for something completely different: the Salt Lounge at Inner Space, 1251 Keo Way in Des Moines. Halotherapy sessions are 45 minutes, designed to promote respiratory, cardiovascular, and immune health. Visit the site for more information.

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's Meditation Around Town will follow its current format until the end of 2019. In 2020, everything changes, so watch this space for more details!

-On Thursday, October 17th, Sarah Hybels will lead a session at Lifetime Fitness, 11911 Hickman Rd. in Urbandale. Chairs should be available, but bring your mat, just in case.

-On Thursday, November 21st, Mary St. Onge will lead a session at the First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Ave. in Des Moines. Chairs are available.

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

Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center in Hiawatha (just outside of Cedar Rapids) hosts a Silent Mindfulness Meditation Retreat with Chris Klug November 8-10. It will feature instruction, silent meditation, walking meditation, mindful movement, and more. Costs vary for the weekend event depending on if you'll stay onsite or commute. Learn more.

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 October and November, 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!
Come Say Hi!
 In case you don't get enough of me week-to-week (HA!), please come out for the free Raccoon River Reading Series Monday, November 25th at 6:30 p.m. at Beaverdale Books, 2629 Beaver Ave. in Des Moines. Many authors will be featured in 10-minute increments, so it's a great way to support local artists and learn about new books you might want for chilly Iowa nights. I'll be reading from my collection, one moment of a single days: essays, featuring the photography of Lynne A. Kasey.

Private Sessions
Although my primary class offerings are in corporate settings, I still teach many private sessions, and appreciate this opportunity! 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.

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?
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. 

Students asked for a list of readings I've used in classes over the past few months. Along with the one above, here are some others, in case you want to search for them:

"Small Kindness" ~ Danusha Lameris
"Understory" ~ Mark Nepo
"The Invitation" ~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer
"The Root of Courage"~ Brene Brown
"Don't Let Your Fire Go Out" ~ Ayn Rand
"Remember" ~ Joy Harjo
"One Soul: Self Observation Without Judgment" ~ Danna Faulds
"Imagine What Our Real Neighbors Would Be Like..." ~ Fred Rogers
"Little Things" ~ a.y.
"Life Will Break You" ~ Louise Erdrich
"Being Soft Ain't a Weakness..." s.r.w.
"To Offer No Resistance to Life..." ~ Eckhart Tolle
"She Let Go" ~ Safire Rose


Oooodles of Reasons to Do Yoga

So often, people ask me about the benefits of yoga, trying to quantify their time or the cost in ways that align with their value systems. My standard reply--which at first seems like a copout!--is what someone experiences from yoga varies considerably with each individual. I rely on you to tell me how yoga impacts your wellbeing and life. I collect anecdotal evidence to use when talking to someone without a regular practice as to why they might consider it. To balance the perspective, here are some other sources providing input on this topic.



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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