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Free Holiday Yoga Classes

This month, nilambu yoga is offering free classes in gratitude to my clients for their patience during this time of mourning and recovery. In the spirit of the season, I’ll be offering classes to alleviate the noise and stress of these dark winter weeks. Such quietness is hard to achieve amid contemporary commercial clutter.   Traditionally, these weeks before the holidays are a time of watchful preparation, calm and quiet as well as a time of heightened awareness that dovetails well with yoga’s year-round goals.

The following classes will be offered.  Each will have a physical focus and a philosophical focus and, of course, all will start with

  • a guided meditation to transition away from our busy lives and into our class (see below)
  • sun salutations as we should worship what little we have this time of year!; and
  • standing postures to provide a foundation and prepare the body for twisting, balancing, sitting or backbending.

I will teach as few as one person or as many as four. Current clientele will be given priority. Email me to reserve your place. I look forward to seeing you.

Monday December 3rd
Twist
Not Grasping (5th yama)
5:30 – 6:45 pm
7:00 – 8:15 pm

Tuesday December 4th
Balance
Compassion (1st yama)
5:15 – 6:30 pm

Thursday, December 6th
Balance
Compassion (1st yama)
1:30 – 2:45 pm

Monday, December 10th
Seated
Not Stealing (3rd yama) – also known as not consuming too much.
5:30 – 6:45 pm
7:00 – 8:15 pm

Tuesday, December 11th
Backbending
Purity (1st niyama)
1:30 – 2:45 pm
5:15 – 6:30 pm

Revised Schedule & Music Now Available

Are your days flying by but you’ve not yet made time for yoga? nilambu classes began this week with a return to the basics – a review of that self-administered foot massage to wake up the feet for standing postures. We then did the standing postures with an emphasis on extending the spine. Finally, we started our nilambu philosophical focus with a spotlight on compassion. A new schedule is shaking out so be sure to check the schedule on the nilambu web site for updates.

Please come by a try a class! Or if you’re too shy, try a private. The first try out is free. Yoga is for everyone and more than physical postures (called asana in Sanskrit). An asana is not a posture which you assume mechanically. It involves thought, at the end of which a balanced is achieved between movement and resistance. – BKS Iyengar.

Finally, with the start of the new year, I’ve assembled some unique nilambu playlists. Yes, music is an integral part of nilambu classes. Using music in yoga classes is a source of debate. I use it in class because I’ve experienced music’s power with movement and how sound can work on a subtle level on the brain and even change the breath. My perspective on this debate is shaped by my experience growing up in ballet classes, no doubt. And my yoga practice deepened when after 4 years I discovered yoga could be done to music. Sound gave me a whole new dimension to “meditation in movement.”

But that said, I also very much appreciate the value of silence. So nilambu classes offer a bit of silence too. There’s just not enough of the absence of sound in our lives and silence can be immeasurably useful in order to bring awareness to our experiences and to our body.

I’ve published my playlists on iTunes as an iMix, and the list is available now. (For some reason, clicking on the link below doesn’t work with my default internet browser, Mozilla Firefox. But if I paste the link into Microsoft Explorer, itunes opens the imusic store no problem. Unusual instance of synergy between Microsoft and Apple.) Look for more in the future.

To check out nilambu music playlist…

Classes Resume After Candlemas

Candlemas in the Christian tradition occurs on February 2nd.

Forty days after the birth of Jesus, Candlemas marks the end of Mary’s purification. And the date also is about at the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. In medieval times and still today in some highly liturgical churches, the candles are blessed for the entire year too.

All this by way of saying that on February 2nd, I too will re-emerge ready to go and to support you in your practice.\

nilambu classes will begin the following week, the week of February 5th. The schedule is still being formulated but will be adjusted to the time availability of my current clients.

If you are one, please email me and let me know if you’re interested in the same time slot. I am flexible (in time and otherwise!). Also see the link below to see the class outline through the beginning of May, including a specially planned class for the week of February 14th.

And if you’re not yet a client and would like to be, please don’t hesitate to contact me and let me know – even if you’re just sort of thinking about it. Class are small with only 4 spots. Finally, if anyone rounds up at least three yogis, I’d be happy to initiate a new additional class.

Fall Schedule and Class Plans for Fall Classes

Yoga resumed with enthusiasm and laughter at nilambu last week. Clients found their base again with a foot massage to wake up the feet – the foundation of all standing poses. Each week, the physical postures (asanas) concentrate on one area of practice such as standing, balancing or twisting.

And new this fall, in honor of nilambu’s mission to provide stretches for the mind, we also bring our attention to a philosophical principle of yoga such as truth, enthusiasm or contentment.

A few classes still have space available. If you’re interested in getting started or restarted – please email me at cass@nilambu.com.

Also, if you have two or more friends and would like to set up your own class, I still have free time available to accomodate an additional class.

Finally, as always, privates and semi-privates are a great way to focus your practice or to address a special challenge. For more on that and on all of nilambu : a personal yoga studio’s services, click
here

Class Schedule Modifications

Last week my mother was diagnosed with cancer, so I will be commuting out of DC from Friday to Tuesday to be with her. Her prognosis is not yet known, but we’re all optimistic she’ll pull through. Her cancer is not advanced, but her otherwise poor health presents some challenges in her treatment. Please keep her in your prayers.

This will affect nilambu’s class schedule. Wednesday night classes will continue as scheduled and now will not shift on March 1st on the beginning of Lent to Mondays, as previously discussed. Thursday day and Thursday night classes remain unchanged.

Saturday class is temporarily suspended until further notice.

Click here for a summary of class offerings.

I am available for private sessions three days a week and would love to help you focus your practice according to your needs.

Or consider giving a loved one who lives in DC a very special Valentines Day gift of a private nilambu yoga session. I am offering a holiday rate of $60.00 (normally $80.00) until February 18th. Just email me to inquire.

Yoga Day USA!

Here are 10 top reasons to try yoga. Yoga Day USA is January 28th, and all over the country people will celebrate yoga.

nilambu is offering 2 special classes that day at 10 am and at 1 pm. Those who register will be eligible in a raffle for a free private lesson! Special information on yoga and stress reduction will also be distributed. Register early as space is limited in the nilambu classes.

For those who don’t live in the Washington DC area, you can find Yoga Day USA events in your area by clicking here.

Mariel Hemingway is the 2006 national spokesperson for Yoga Day USA and she says,

Yoga opens an awareness of your body and your mind that allows you to slow down and let go of stress. Give it a try. You’ll be back again and again.

I hope you’ll come by and give nilambu a try.

Alleviate Your Back Pain – Neptune Seminar Offered

Two Neptune Seminars will be offered this summer on Saturday June 18th and Saturday July 23rd. Neptune Seminars afford time to go to the depths. In this format, students can concentrate and distill aspects of yoga in a manner that a regular class session simply doesn’t allow time to do.

The Neptune Seminar on June 18th will focus on yoga poses that help relieve back pain. Registrants will complete a questionnaire prior and leave with a written home practice sequence. Class will focus on how to do the poses and suggest common household items to set up, when applicable. The class will be from 10 am to 11:30 am and cost $30.

The July 23rd topic is yet to be determined. If you have a suggestion, please email me at cass@nilambu.com.

New Session Begins Next Week!

A new 7 week class session begins next week and runs from June 13th and through the week of July 25th. At nilambu the student gets very personalized attention in small classes. Only 5 students are permitted to enroll, so the teaching responds closely to the participants. You are welcome to join up at anytime.

Classes are held on the following days and times:

    • Tuesday 10 – 11:15 am (space available)
    • Tuesday 5:30 – 6:45 pm (space available)
    • Tuesday 7:00 – 8:15 pm (space available)
    • Wednesday 5:30 – 6:45 pm (space available)
    • Wednesday 7:00 – 8:15 pm (full)
    • Saturday 8:00 – 9:15 am (space available) – see special schedule below

The cost for 7 weeks is $135. I am especially keen on finding students for two of the Tuesday classes – 10 am and 7 pm. Please consider Tuesday! As ever, single classes are available ($20) if space is available. Please email me first to ensure a space at cass@nilambu.com.

No classes will be held on Saturday June 25th, July 2nd or July 16th. So the Saturday class meets only 4 times, and the session costs $75.

New comers are welcome anytime! New clients are entitled to a free 45 minute private orientation session with me. Ideally, this private time should be scheduled before attending any class, but this orientation is not a prerequisite. If there’s room, we’ll accommodate you in the class.

Private Sessions are available and personal time is a great way to boost your practice or to hone in on a particular challenge. Also, if you have a group of friends and would like to schedule a class, with a minimum of three, I’d be happy to set up a session at a convenient time.

Summer Classes Continue

At nilambu yoga the student gets very personalized attention in small classes. Only 4 students are permitted to enroll, so the teaching responds closely to the participants. You are welcome to join up at anytime. A new 7 week class session begins the week of June 13th and continues through the week of July 25th.

Classes are held on the following days and times:

    • Monday 5:30 – 6:45 pm (space available)
    • Tuesday 10 – 11:15 am (space available)
    • Tuesday 5:30 – 6:45 pm (space available)
    • Tuesday 7:00 – 8:15 pm (space available)
    • Wednesday 5:30 – 6:45 pm (space available)
    • Wednesday 7:00 – 8:15 pm (full)
    • Saturday 8:00 – 9:15 am (space available)

The cost for 7 weeks is $135 except for the Monday night class. No class is held on July 4th, so the Monday night class meets only 6 weeks and is $115. Single classes are available ($20) if space is available.

New comers are welcome anytime! New clients are entitled to a free 45 minute private orientation session with me. Ideally, this private time should be scheduled before attending any class, but this orientation is not a prerequisite. If there’s room, we’ll accommodate you in the class. Please email me first to ensure a space at cass@nilambu.com.

Private sessions are always available. Also, if you have a group of friends and would like to schedule a class, with a minimum of three, I’d be happy to set up a session at a convenient time.

Summer Sessions Announced

Come and try out some yoga this summer at nilambu where the classes are extremely personalized. Only 4 students are permitted to enroll, so the teaching responds closely to the participants. The two sessions are:

  • 6-week session from the week of May 2nd to the week of June 6th (cost is $115)
  • 7-week session from the week of June 13th to the week of July 25th (cost is $135)

Classes will be held on the following days and times:

  • Monday 5:30 – 6:45 pm
  • Tuesday 10 – 11:15 am
  • Tuesday 5:30 – 6:45 pm
  • Tuesday 7:00 – 8:15 pm
  • Wednesday 5:30 – 6:45 pm
  • Wednesday 7:00 – 8:15 pm

Classes will focus on one of the following: standing poses, balancing poses, backbending poses, twisting poses, seated poses, prone poses, supine poses and restorative. For sample classes click here.

Please note: because of the Memorial Day holiday on May 30th and the 4th of July holiday, no classes will be held on those Mondays. Therefore, registration for the Monday 5:30 class is $105 for the first session and $115 for the second, reduced to reflect fewer classes. Single classes are available for $20. Make-up classes are also allowed. Please just email first to ensure that there’s a mat for you.

New clients are entitled to a free 45 minute private orientation session with me. Ideally this private time should be scheduled before attending any class. But any one is welcomed to attend any time, and if there’s room, we’ll accommodate you. Please email me first to ensure a space is available at cass@nilambu.com

Private sessions are always available. Also, if you have a group of friends and would like to schedule a class, just let me know. With a minimum of three, I’d be happy to set up a session at a convenient time.