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Our cozy, hands-on, workshop-oriented studio is on Des Moines' Southside: 4214 Fleur Dr., Ste. 14-A in the Airport Plaza Shopping Center (2nd floor).

The regular class schedule is:
*Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.

*Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. 

If you're new to the studio, your first session is free! After that, each session is $20.

Members can attend any class; non-members can practice in any class for $20 a session.
Studio Schedule Updates:
The studio will be closed Monday, May 29th and Tuesday, May 30th. Attendance records indicate everyone likes to enjoy a long Memorial weekend, so see you Tuesday, May 31st!

Saturday, June 3rd: Essential Oils Workshop!
You asked for it, so we're having it! Workshop leader Janelle Spragg will provide an introduction to essential oils, featuring information on how different scents enhance wellness. This is a "make and take" workshop -- in the 2nd half, attendees will have the opportunity to put together an original blend for a personalized scent experience!

Saturday, June 3rd
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m
Cost: $15 for non-TKY members; $10 for TKY members. All materials provided. (Special thanks to TKY member Susan Hurst for providing roller bottles!)
Light refreshments provided - bring a friend to enjoy morning fun!

Registration required -- please do so by Mon May 22nd. We need a minimum of 6 people to host the workshop, so let me know you're coming! Advance payment required by cash or check. Contact Tracey for more information.

New Book for Yoga Book Club: Your Body Speaks Your Mind
I've started Your Body Speaks Your Mind by Deb Shapiro. The subtitle is "decoding the emotional, psychological, and spiritual messages that underline illness." Listening to the connection of the mind, body, and spirit is a powerful experience. If you'd like to join me in reading it, it should be readily available at the library or in used paperback.

We'll arrange for a book club about it later in the spring.

Looking Ahead: Mindful Listening Workshop
Another aspect of my business is to study the importance of listening in effective communications. This goes beyond simple active listening: it allows you to create more meaningful connections. If you're interested in attending a 2-hour interactive workshop, let me know, and we'll put it on the schedule!

Thank You for Your Referrals!
I was delighted to hear that someone kept one of the studio's ValPak inserts mailed last year to give to one of her friends who was interested in yoga! That person is now in private sessions. I'm always grateful for your referrals, because they show you believe in the work we do and you're building a special community of like minds who populate our studio with shared purpose. Thank you! Please let me know if you need more referral cards.

Private Sessions
A private student says she's enjoyed private sessions with TKY because: "It helps me make time for myself -- something I didn't used to do. And now I see more of what I can become." 

Thank you! Namaste.

Sometimes group classes aren't for everyone. Whether it's due to scheduling conflicts, personal circumstances, injury or illness recovery, or just to relish quiet time focused on  yourself, private sessions are an intimate, transformative way to explore yoga in a meaningful manner, one-to-one, accessing a more effective practice. If you or someone you know desires this type of personal attention, ask me for referral cards to share.

Meditation Around Town: May 18th
Dennis Kelly continues to find wonderful meditation leaders to expand your opportunity to learn more about this practice. On Thursday, May18th, Ofelia Mohr will lead a session starting at 6 p.m. at the Brenton Arboretum,
25141-260th Street in Dallas Center. Visit Meditation Around Town to learn more.

The Des Moines Zen Center
If you're looking for a more regular group meditation practice throughout the week, try the Des Moines Zen Center. Meditation sessions are typically 40 minutes long, and other events include potlucks and dharma talks. Review the schedule.

Volunteering for Metro Arts' Jazz in July
Do you enjoy free live music? Do you like meeting people? Do you appreciate helping with fun things in the community? Do new free t-shirts in a hot design make you happy? If all these characteristics apply to you, you're the perfect volunteer for Jazz in July 2017! And as it happens, I'm the chair of the Jazz in July committee, so we might be able to hang out and enjoy some summer fun together! Whether you help with one concert or a few concerts, you're supporting a valuable arts program in Des Moines. Please send me a note and I'll share more details.

At the Studio - Look for the Light, Look for Parking
First: as the weather gets warmer, I often take the opportunity to walk or bike up to the studio. So, you may not see my car, but always look for the light in the front window!

Second: some of you have noticed that evening parking is a little more crowded due to the overflow of attendees at Farrell's. It comes and goes in waves. I've talked with property management, and it feels confident there should still be plenty of room for you against the buildings and/or in the lighted middle section. If there are signs posted in front of a business, it's helpful to see if the business is open first, and then that space may be available if the business closed at 5 or 5:30 p.m. But just to be on the safe side, keep to the middle parking area and along the buildings. Thank you for your patience!

Okay, this isn't a "yoga out in the wild" picture, but it's a terrific example of a fine morning mixed-level class featuring members Teri Riley, Karen Campbell, and Sandy Wilson. Each person moving toward particular ability in that moment, each person breathing into individual space. There's always room in the studio for you to pursue your unique journey, so come on in!
(This is Revolved Wide-Legged Forward Bend - a great chest opener!)

If you have fun yoga photos, please send them to me, and you might be in the next newsletter!

Dare to Redefine Selfishness
The model above, the impressive Janice Lennard, was born in 1942. This picture, featuring her in Tree Pose, or Vrksasana, was taken when she was 72.

Seriously. Impressive.

She's been involved with ballet, Pilates, and yoga since she was a small child, and on her website, you can observe the grace of her movement, cultivated through years of doing one thing: Paying attention to herself. 

You don't become an accomplished ballet dancer by blowing off pirouette practice. You don't become a ballet dancer by shirking away from discipline. Similarly, no matter how flexible Janice's body is because of dance, she still had to make the time to dedicate to her yoga practice to receive the true benefits of it as well. Because of setting her priorities, putting herself and her movement practices first, she's still fluid, energetic, vibrant.

I have numerous conversations with people that are usually summarized this way, "I'd love to practice, but there's just so much going on right now. I'll get to it at some point." I've said this a time or two myself.

Yes, there are phases of busyness, especially when driven by external forces not always in our control. But there are a few counterpoints to busyness:

1) Sometimes, people are immersed in "busy", and neglect aspects of proper self-care as a result. Instead, they choose other modes of release that may not nurture them in the ways they need, because the ways they need require more (perceived) effort. For example, eating Doritos on the couch watching "Dancing With the Stars" instead of enjoying a calming yoga practice followed by a healthy dinner.
2) Sometimes, people use an aspect of "busy" to project importance. This projection may mask other factors that require attention and effort the person simply doesn't want to make a priority.

3) Sometimes, people are "busy" spending time caring for others to a point of self-sacrifice, because this somehow justifies the action, and doesn't make them appear selfish.

What provides grounding in uneven times is dedication to self-care. There is a "good" definition of selfishness in that you make your needs a priority, while not infringing on others, and still have the ability to assist others. Making your yoga practice a priority in your life enables you to act, not react; to give from a plentiful well; to draw out what's buried inside that no longer serves you. 

When you choose to make time for your practice, you're as far away from selfish as you can get. You provide the world with the best version of yourself.

Please forward this newsletter to anyone you feel might benefit from accessing strength in a variety of ways. Let's continue to build our community by encouraging new attendees and each other to find our best selves.


Make space for yourself. No one will suffer if you do. Recognize you have a long life to lead with grace and purpose. Thank you for showing up and sharing this powerful attitude with us!





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