Yogapalooza starts today!

We kick off our Yogapalooza with Brenna at 8am followed by a full day of classes including Zumba, and Lyra Arts! The first day closes with a beautiful Embodied & Empowered Class with Jenni Stevens at 4pm. Sunday brings me leading a Classical Yoga Flow followed by Zumba, Intro to Burlesque and closing out our full schedule with Yoga Nidra at 4pm. Yoga on the Hill and Banyan Tree Yoga are also offering classes in their studio and remotely. You can see the full schedule of events and sign up here: https://www.nourish.works/schedule-of-events-alt/

Check out our donation thermometer on the homepage to track how we are doing!

Thank you for being a community that cares about representation and equity!

Love, Lanta

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April 2020

Again the blackbird sings; the streams

Wake. Laughing form their winter dreams

And tremble in the April showers

The tassles of the maple flowers.

~John Greenleaf Whittier

I am so excited for April! Spring is intoxicating as we watch the Earth burst to life! The studio is also bursting with exciting news! This may be a long post, so please hang in there with me.

The first thing I would like to draw your attention to is YOGAPALOOZA! This is a 2 day event filled with exciting classes! All proceeds go to the UNITY Teacher Training Fun to promote diversity in our yoga community one teacher at a time! Please take a little time to peruse the Schedule of Events and join us for as many classes as you would like. Unable to join us? That’s ok! You can still support this cause by donating via the DONATE button on the bottom of the homepage.

As many of you know, I have been struggling with my knees for some time now. I have exhausted all avenues of treatment and have made the decision to have a total knee replacement. The surgery is scheduled for Monday, April 26th. When the Dr. told me he could schedule it in April, I was in shock! Nourish survived a pandemic, but could it survive my absence for 6-8 weeks? Who would cover for me? How could I keep the studio open? I made a series of texts from my car in the parking lot and by the time I had arrived home, I had commitment from 2 people I admire greatly and love dearly to step in and support our community. This felt like a positive sign and has allowed me to take a deep breath and prepare for my surgery.

You may remember Lisa Wagner RYT200 Certified Reiki Master from pre-COVID times or perhaps, you attended her Peace and Poetry Class? She is a deep thinker who sees so much beauty in the world. She brings a special serenity and wisdom to the mat. She will be teaching my Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am Classical Yoga Classes. I know that you will enjoy her!

Cherie Bartlett RYT200 is my neighbor and friend. She works full-time, but has offered to teach my Yoga by Donation classes, Monday and Wednesday at 6pm. You may recognize her face from class as she has immersed herself in our community and brought a gentle reverence for the Practice. You may also have practiced with her at the Hill Library pre-COVID. Her passion is Yoga Nidra and she will be donating a class to Yogapalooza Sunday April 11 at 4pm. I know some of my evening students will be asking her to share more Nidra. 😉

Thank you for reading all of that! I know this community has deep roots and I ask that you receive these teachers and their heart felt offerings with open arms. In yoga, we are taught to move away from qualifying our experiences and thoughts and instead, accept what is. Every situation has its own unique wisdom to offer. I have every faith that you will support them and me in keeping Nourish and all that it represents alive in my absence.

With deep gratitude and love,

Lanta

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Join Brenna this Sunday!

This Sunday, March 21, Brenna Lilly RYT-500 welcomes Spring with a 2hour Ashtanga Half-Primary Workshop. It starts at noon and will kick off a series of fundraisers for our UNITY Teacher Traing Fund. Do check out all of the exciting classes coming up!

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a methodical yoga practice founded on the study of breath, bandha (energetic movement & retention within the body) and drishti (focused gaze). Brenna will introduce us to the opening and closing chants of Ashtanga Yoga, offer philosophical context and lead a fast paced, yet modifiable physical practice.

This fundraiser will be in person and via zoom. Please pre-register here if you plan to attend in person as space is limited. If you are planning to attend via zoom, please make a $50 donation (or more if you wish) prior to the event via our PayPal button at the bottom of our homepage and you will be emailed all workshop documents.

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Happy March!

“Collective action remains the best way of renewing the march towards the great trinity of liberty, equality and solidarity.” ~ Guy Standing

We find ourselves in an interesting time. A year ago, we closed our doors for 11 weeks. We reopened at 50% capacity with a loyal online following and gratefully, are still open and thriving today. This time has allowed me an opportunity for soul searching and education. I have become so clear on my vision for Nourish BodyMindSoul. I seek to move toward a more authentic Practice that honors the ancient wisdom passed to us from India, acknowledging it’s sacred texts and origins. I seek to create an environment in which people of diverse experiences and abilities can feel seen, welcome and celebrated. One way, I am realizing this vision is to create the Nourish UNITY Teacher Training Fund which promotes equity in the yoga field for Black people, Indigenous people, and other People of Color, as well as differently abled bodies and non-binary persons. There is more information regarding this Fund here.

Photo by Ruth Ganev.

We kick off our first fundraiser on Sunday, March 21st when Brenna leads an Ashtanga Half-Primary Workshop from 12-2pm. She’ll introduce us to the opening and closing chants of Ashtanga Yoga, offer philosophical context, and lead us through a fast-paced yet modifiable physical practice.

This fundraiser will be in person and via zoom. Please pre-register here if you plan to attend in person as space is limited. If you are planning to attend via zoom, please make a $50 donation (or more if you wish) prior to the event via our PayPal button at the bottom of our homepage and you will be emailed all workshop documents.

Also this month, Hilary Crowley returns with our monthly Intuition Circle on March 5 6-9pm. These monthly circles are casual, uplifting and a lot of fun. Come and experience what happens when women gather to honor their body’s wisdom. $40 Space is limited, so sign up here.

Last, but not least, I am thrilled that my dear friend, Erin Byron, MA, C-IAYT
Erin is a co-founder of IAYT-accredited Comprehensive Yoga Therapist Training and founder of Trauma Aware Certified Yoga Training, is presenting a 3 day Intensive on the Prana Vayus on March 26-28. $425

In this weekend intensive you will:

Identify the significance of prana and 5 ways it flows through you
Decode and experience their relevance to your health
Link your physical senses to your subtle senses
Apply these principles to direct mental well-being, expressive arts and empathic abilities
Explore methods that help you feel/see variations in life force
Experiment with new ways to bring physical, energetic and mental health benefits to your life, classes and practice.
Learn via postures, breath work, relaxation, discussion, visualization & other creative yogic tools.

Open to yoga teachers & therapists, schoolteachers, mental/holistic health professionals and people seeking to refine their energy awareness.
Participants who attend the entire intensive will receive a Healing with the Prana Vayus Certificate and CEU’s for Yoga Alliance or IAYT.

I am so excited! I hope that you are too! One last tidbit before signing off. Sheila Pierson-Roy is now teaching at 9am on Thursdays and Sundays. Both classes are now available in person as well as on zoom. Vaccinations are great! Aren’t they? So glad to have her spread her gentle wisdom twice as often!

Sending so much love to you as we prepare to welcome Spring!

May we continue to allow yoga to speak through us as a vessel for unity. (phrase inspired by Susanna Barkataki, author of Embrace Yoga’s Roots)

Lanta

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Nourish News 1.20.2021

I am feeling hope full today. I see so many possibilities ahead and am excited to bring the energy of this to Nourish. In the next few weeks, you may notice some of the wording on the website will change to reflect something I believe in my core and in my Practice: We are a studio that celebrates each individual’s abilities and experiences. You may notice that our classes begin to look a little different as we strive to be more inclusive and accessible. Some of this transition may look clumsy. Growth and learning doesn’t happen without mistakes, but fear of making mistakes anchors us in status quo. I want so much more for us! I deeply believe that Yoga can benefit everybody. So with patience and compassion, we will open our arms and our community to learn to celebrate all bodies and all abilities. This doesn’t happen without you, my students. Familiar faces are just as important as potential new ones! Your Practice remains as cherished by me as the trust you put in me as your teacher. If you have any questions, please reach out! You can contact me at lanta@nourish.works. This path is new to me, and I, too, have a lot of learning to do! That includes from my community and students. You have been the heart and soul of helping Nourish grow through many transitions; I hope you’ll be part of this one too!

There are also a few changes happening to Thursdays on our schedule:

Kaitlin’s last class is this Thursday, Jan 21. Join me in wishing her all the best as she moves through her final trimester and welcomes a new baby to her family! Sheila will be stepping in to take over this time slot (9am) with a Gentle Classical Yoga Flow. She is excited to be adding an extra class to her offerings and we are honored that she is willing to do so. Enjoy her tranquil demeanor, insight and wisdom. This class will be in-person and online.

Chelsea’s 6pm class is evolving. Due to popular demand, she will now be teaching a Fusion class. This class will combine her love of Classical Yoga and Yoga Trapeze. The first 30 minutes of class will include discussion of Yoga philosophy. warm ups and asana, allowing the body to teach us about our unique anatomy, as well as our strengths and limitations. There will be an option to use the Trapeze for some of the poses, but not required. The second half of the class will focus on inversions which offers the options of strength building, deep stretching and core work. The class winds down with a deep relaxation and meditation. If you have wanted to try Yoga Trapeze, this is a great opportunity to learn how to incorporate it in your Practice. This class is limited to 5 people and pre-registration is required.

Last, but not least, I want to draw your attention to our next Intuition Circle, Sparkle & Shine, on Friday, February 5th 6-8:30pm with Hilary Crowley.

Let’s glow and sparkle from every cell in our body as we shine forward. This is not about forced optimism or over-zealousness. This class is about a grounded and centering power to glow from within yourself. We will look at all that sparkles around us including our sun, the stars, and ultimately our health. 
In Hilary’s class, you’ll experience the wisdom of your intelligent healing body as part of a circle of learning, sharing, and yes…sparkling! This is in person only and space is limited so, sign up here if your heart says “yes!”

Onward.

Hopeful.

And with so much love,

Lanta

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Happy New Year!

 As 2020 comes to a close, I find myself rejecting the idea of offering a cleanse, a yoga challenge, or anything that feeds into belief systems that we need to do more to be worthy. I’ve questioned myself. Just because I am feeling this way doesn’t mean I don’t have a business to run. It’s challenging enough during a pandemic, but I hold fast I will not pander to that way of thinking any longer. It isn’t the truth of my experience right now. It is the voice of consumerism and frankly, I’m just not interested any longer in feeding that wolf.

So, what do I have to offer… consistency, community, and my wide open heart that lives to serve the members of this studio. Plus these:

Skill in Action virtual book club begins Sunday.  I have chosen Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World by Michelle Johnson as our inaugural book for a continued journey of self inquiry and personal growth. This book asks readers to explore the deeply transformational practice of yoga, and become social change agents so that they can create a world that is just for all.   It explores liberation for ourselves and others, while asking us to engage in our own agency, whether that manifests as activism, volunteer work, or changing our relationships with others and ourselves. The book club will meet for 5 consecutive Sundays beginning Jan 3 and ending Jan 31. We will meet via zoom at 4pm. The cost to participate is $25. I have 9 books available in the boutique for $15 if you do not already own it. I am so excited to begin this journey with you! Sign up here.

2021 Vision Board Party Sunday Jan 10th 1-3pm Join us for an afternoon of crafting….crafting your dreams and desires through images that inspire and motivate you…to an upbeat soundtrack and in the company of fellow dream-weavers. Begin the new year with intention and clarity. Only 5 spots still available so sign up now.$35
**there are take home kits available for $25. You can pick up your kit in advance (foam board, glue stick, scissors, 10 magazines) and then join our party via zoom to participate from the safety of your own home. Contact Lanta@nourish.works to reserve your kit.**

Sheri returns on Jan 15th 6-8pm for the last in her chakra series. The crown chakra connects us with the heights of spirituality. It connects us with our divinity which is the source of healing in the human energy system. The chakras act as a path to love, healing, and spirituality from the base of the root chakra, which anchors us in life, to the more refined spiritual energy of the crown. Join us to discover the beauty of enlightenment and spiritual insights. Learn how to ease physical and emotional pain by understanding and balancing the crown chakra. Only 2 spots left. Sign up here.

Jess and I are also in discussion about what offerings we’ll bring forth in 2021 together. But for now, I offer you simplicity. I invite you to look at the ways you’ve grown through this years challenges. What habits have developed. If you examine your thoughts about these habits. What voice is speaking to you. Your true nature? Your conditioned self? 

I welcome you sharing your thoughts about this with me so that I can shape offerings that are meaningful to you. I invite you to love yourself. To liberate yourself from external voices that distract you from your divine nature. May 2021 be a year of liberation and unity as our creativity flows through us.

Yours in Yoga,

Lanta

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Happy Solstice!

Today marks the shortest day of the year and the longest night. From this day until Midsummer, the days will grow longer. This is acknowledged and celebrated throughout many cultures. In Celtic tradition, the Winter Solstice was a time of rebirth and renewal, as signified by the return of the sun. Annually, my family lights up the darkest night with a bonfire and the warmth and light of good friends. No matter what your tradition, this is a lovely opportunity to reflect on the year past and set intentions for the year ahead.

We have a few schedule changes to reflect the holiday weeks ahead. There will be no 6pm class on Monday Dec 21, Thursday Dec 24 and Thursday Dec 31. There will be no classes on Christmas day Dec 25 and New Year’s day Jan 1. Our online class schedule will reflect these changes. Please consult if uncertain.

In my last post, I mentioned a book club. I have chosen Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World by Michelle Johnson. This book asks readers to explore the deeply transformational practice of yoga, and become social change agents so that they can create a world that is just for all.   It explores liberation for ourselves and others, while asking us to engage in our own agency, whether that manifests as activism, volunteer work, or changing our relationships with others and ourselves.

The book club will meet for 5 consecutive Sundays beginning Jan 3 and ending Jan 31. We will meet via zoom at 4pm. The cost to participate is $25. I have 9 books available in the boutique for $15 if you do not already own it. I am so excited to begin this journey with you!

To a joyful present and a well remembered past.

Best wishes for a happy holiday and a magnificent New Year!

Lanta

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December 2020

Remember this December that love weighs more than gold.~Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon

As 2020 winds down, let’s make this a month to remember! Set aside time to care for your tender heart as the holidays may not look like they have in years past. Tune in to simple pleasures. Try a new recipe. Read a good book. Go for a hike and breathe in the beauty that surrounds you. Put on some Christmas music and dance in your kitchen. Simmer cinnamon sticks, cloves and orange peel in a pot of water on the stove and let it scent the air. There are so many ways to infuse a little happiness into your life.

At the studio, I have filled the boutique with an assortment to delight the senses! Hand stitched vintage textile throws. Therapeutic comfort wraps. Whimsical earrings. Bracelets with a message. Sage and selenite. Plus my personal fave, rose hydrosol face mist! There is a little something for everyone. And now, thanks once again to my amazing husband, Nourish has an online boutique that can be accessed from the website! Simply shop online and pick up your lovingly packaged purchases curbside. Gift certificates are also available!

Equally filled is our calendar with workshops to support you in ease this holiday season.

This Friday, December 4 at 6:30pm, Hilary Crowley, author of The Power of Energy Medicine and practitioner of Natural Health Intuition at Whole Life Health Care, returns for Wine & Wonder: an Intuitive Circle. Come relax, laugh, and learn about your amazing connection to all the intuitive wisdom you hold. We will share stories, practice intuition, get readings, and experience the well-being of connection. Are you looking to fulfill that cherished need to connect with a group that also wants to play and grow together? Experience the warm welcome of an intuitive circle! Please bring a beverage of choice and a vessel from which to drink. $25 There are only 2 spots left! Claim yours here.

Mid month, on Wednesday, December 16 at 7:30 pm, Jess Waters returns to share her wisdom. Learn how to shamanic journey & explore the path to your imagination. Shamanic journeying, in this context, is a form of guided meditation that puts you in touch with helping spirits and allows you to explore memories, places, the imagination, and the Self to promote health and creativity. Whether you’re completely new to the practice or an experienced journeyer, this session is welcoming for you. Zoom-based and in-person. $15 drop-in. Sign up here.

On December 18th from 6-8pm, join Sheri for the last in her Chakra Series, the Crown Chakra. This 2 hour in-depth workshop explores how the crown chakra connects us with our divinity which is the source of healing in the human energy system. The chakras act as a path to love, healing, and spirituality from the base of the root chakra, which anchors us in life, to the more refined spiritual energy of the crown.  Discover the beauty of enlightenment and spiritual insights. Learn how to ease physical and emotional pain by understanding and balancing the crown chakra. $30 Sign up here.

The finally offering is looking ahead to January. I am hosting a 5 week book club. The book we will be reading and discussing via zoom is Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World by Michelle Johnson. Skill in Action asks you to explore the deeply transformational practice of yoga as a way to become an agent of social change and work toward a just world. Through yoga practices and philosophy, this book explores liberation for ourselves and others, while asking us to engage in our own agency–whether that manifests as activism, volunteer work, or changing our relationships with others and ourselves. The first meeting will be January 3rd. I will be sending out further details, but this allows you to purchase the book in advance…or maybe put it on your wish list! 😉

It has been a challenging year. Due to your support, our community remains strong and our doors open. I am so grateful for you!

From me and mine, we wish you a holiday season filled with peace and blessings.

Yours in Yoga,

Lanta

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Happy Thanksgiving!

This is a season where we cultivate and acknowledge gratitude. It may feel more challenging than years past, but I am confident we can all find a few things. Our health. A roof over our heads. Food in our bellies. Our yoga community.

I, for one, am grateful for YOU! Your continued support keeps the doors open during this pandemic. You, showing up again and again, inspires others to do the same and through this action, our community grows, deepens, becomes richer and more connected. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

There are a few things I want to share with you.

Firstly, if you have travelled out of New England over the holidays or been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 or are experiencing symptoms, please stay home and attend virtual classes for 14 days or 7 days with a negative Covid test. This assures that Nourish can continue to be a safe place for us to gather!

Please note these schedule changes. The Wednesday night By Donation class and all classes on Thursday are cancelled. Our usual schedule resumes on Friday. If you would like to turn Friday’s class into a workshop, join us directly after the 9am Classical Yoga class to combine breath, movement, visualization and the element of fire to gain clarity and invite inspiration. Tune in to what your heart needs and how best to support yourself in the holiday season. Only $15! Sign up here.

On Small Business Saturday, November 28, we will be offering a ONE DAY ONLY sale! Buy 2 months of passes, get the 3rd month 50% off! This applies to all Yoga AND Yoga Trapeze passes! These can be given as gift certificates also.

The boutique is filled with all sorts of mindful gifts and I am working hard to create an online store with curbside pick up. In the meantime, I do accept appointments for a private, socially distanced shopping experience. Email Lanta@nourish.works to schedule yours today.

Wishing you mindfulness to appreciate the gift around you.

Wishing you a heart overflowing.

Wishing you peace.

Blessings,

Lanta

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