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New Year Newsletter 2015

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“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
Jeff Brown
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New Year 2015
Newsletter from In The Moment

Hello<<First Name>> Happy New Year!

I hope that the holiday period was a time of nourishment,  and that 2015 is a year of beauty, happiness and fulfillment.

I am writing from my room in Mallorca, with one week left before I return to Glasgow. And although I am still working with lots of questions about my future,  I am really excited to get back to the studio and teaching and seeing you all. I will send another message with my teaching schedule in the coming weeks.

Most of our regular classes at In The Moment start back this coming week commencing 5th January, with a couple of classes starting the following week. The full timetable is below. If you need to ask a question about a class, then please contact the individual class teacher.

For those who would like to join me, I am offering a workshop for Imbolc on Sunday 1st February 2015 from 11 am – 4 pm at In The Moment. Booking is online now. Poster below.

Check out our full range of workshops on the website. This changes seasonally so check back regularly.

For teachers and practitioners In The Moment is also available to hire for classes and workshops. You can view full details, including our availability calendars here. If you are an established teacher of movement or wellbeing, then we would love to here from you.

I look forward to seeing you during 2015.

Jude x

In The Moment New Year Timetable

Mondays

Feldenkrais with Alison, Emily or Steven 12 -1 pm * 2nd floor- recommences on 5th January 2015

Qigong with Ronnie 6 – 6:45 – recommences on 12th January 2105

Tai Chi  with Ronnie 6:45- 7:30 pm 1st floor – recommences on 12th January 2105

Tantra Yoga with Vikki 6 – 7:15 pm * 2nd floor – recommences on 5th January 2105

Biodanza with Catherine 7:30 – 9:30 pm – 2nd floor. First class of 2015 is 12th January. New term open to beginners but booking is essential. Contact Catherine for details.

Tuesdays

Qigong with Ronnie 10:20 am – 11:20 am FIRST FLOOR. Operates term times. New term starts 13th January 2015. Please check with Ronnie.

Tai Chi  with Ronnie 11:30 am – 12:30 pm FIRST FLOOR. Operates term times. New term starts 13th January 2015. Please check with Ronnie

Hatha Yoga with Graeme  6:15 – 7:30 pm – SECOND FLOOR. First class of 2015 –  6th January

Feldenkrais with Alison, Emily or Steven 6 pm – FIRST FLOOR. Recommences on 6th January 2105.

Mindfulness Practices eight week course with Ratnadevi. 7:45 – 9:45 pm. SECOND FLOOR. Starts 10th February 2015.

Four week Deepening Mindfulness Course with Ratnadevi 7:45 – 9:45 pm – SECOND FLOOR. Starts 14th January 2015.

Yogabellies Pregnancy Yoga with Jenny – 7:30 – 9 pm.  FIRST FLOOR. Last class of 2014  – 16th December. First class of 2015 –  6th January/

Wednesdays

Hatha Yoga with  Marilyn  10:30 – 11:45 am.  SECOND FLOOR

Five Rhythms Dance with Angela (fortnightly) 6:30 – 8:30 pm – SECOND FLOOR.  First class of 2015 – 14th January.

Yoga for Mindful Living with Ratnadevi – monthly on 21 Jan, 18 Feb, 18 Mar, 29 April. 7:30 – 9:30 pm. SECOND FLOOR

Thursdays

Yogabellies Mums and Babies Yoga with Jenny. 11 am – 12:30 pm . FIRST FLOOR. First class of 2015 is 8th January.

Yoga with Paul (Shadow influenced) 6 – 7:30 pm FIRST FLOOR.

Hatha Yoga with Melissa 6:15 – 7:30 pm – SECOND FLOOR.  First class of 2015 is 8th January.

Our classes in Cowal

Dunoon

Hatha Yoga with Graeme
Mondays 6:30 – 7:45 pm
Red Cross Centre George St.
Recommences 5th January 2015

Colintraive

Hatha Yoga with Graeme
Wednesdays 10 am – 11:30 am
Colintraive Village Hall
Recommences 7th January 2015

December Newsletter

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“Gratitude arises from paying attention,
from being awake in the presence
of everything that lives within and without us.

David Whyte

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December Newsletter from In The Moment

Hello<<First Name>> How are you?

It seems a lot of people are doing something different for the festive period this year. Donating time and money instead of buying gifts, or making their own gifts, committing to buying from local shops and makers, supporting individual artists and even buying yoga classes for friends, are all ways in which people are signalling their disenchantment with the consumer experience.

For a long  time now, in offering my Midwinter Stillness workshop, I have been encouraging people into a quieter, more reflective relationship with this season of darkness, And, although the Midwinter workshop isn’t happening this year – me being up a mountain in Mallorca! – I will be in contact with those who usually attend with some Solstice words.

A few of our teachers are also offering classes and workshops around this time, for those who want an antidote to the hustle and bustle. 

Ratnadevi is holding her monthly two hour  Yoga for Mindful Living class on Wednesday 10th December

Richard and Catherine are offering a Solstice Biodanaza workshop on Thursday 18th December – contact Catherine for details

Barbara Sellars is holding a Solstice Five Rhythms Dance gathering on Sunday 21st December

ALSO – if you are missing the Midwinter Stillness workshop – I am offering a workshop for Imbolc on Sunday 1st February 2015 from 11 am – 4 pm at In The Moment. Booking is online now.

Please check the In The Moment timetable for details of class times over the festive period. I will be updating this over the next couple of weeks, so keep checking.

Wishing you much love and peace over the coming weeks. I am back in Glasgow on or around the 12th January, and hope to be teaching class, if you want to come to class, or just catch up.

Jude xxx

Special Offer – £25 Massage with Jude

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massageYou deserve a massage!

And with a fantastic discounted rate of £25 for an hour’s massage, there is no excuse.

Jude is a sensitive and intuitive therapist who will soothe away your tension with her healing touch.

Appointments are available on Wednesdays and Thursdays from now until 18th September. First come, first served.

Jude’s yoga classes holidays w/c 11Aug

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mallorcaI am taking a short break in the Mallorcan hills to focus on some writing.

There will be no yoga classes or 1 to 1 appointments with me at In The Moment during the week of 11th August.

Back as usual on 19th. Hope to see you there.

Full details on the timetable 

Jude x

Gentle Yoga starts 21st August

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10:30 Dynamic Hatha Yoga cancelled – 15 July

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Hi everyone

Just a quick note to say that there will be no dynamic hatha yoga class with Jude this morning  (Tues 15 Jul) at 10:30 am. The Hatha Yoga class is on as usual this evening and the dynamic class will return at the usual time next week.

The best class I ever taught…nobody came

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“The best class I ever taught, nobody came” Yogi Bhajan

For the first time ever last weekend I had to cancel one of my seasonal yoga workshops because nobody booked to come. Of course, I have had times where nobody turned up for a class, or when very few people turned up for a class, but my seasonal workshops have always been very popular. 

And herein lies my difficulty. I realise that I am – whether I like it or not – partly in  a popularity contest.  Of course this is not the whole story. Many factors conspire to fill or empty classes, and the popularity or otherwise of the teacher is just one small part of that equation. Much of my work and reflective practice as a teacher over the years has been in learning to let go of this desire and expectation. Accepting that whoever turns up is there because they are up for exploring what I have to offer. 

But, clearly, there are reasons why some people’s classes are full whilst others struggle to get by with 3 or 5 students. And in my experience of mentoring newer yoga teachers, it is often those who have more depth to offer who are struggling in this way. Maybe it’s because, with greater sensitivity, comes greater humility and the effort to “sell” oneself in the yoga marketplace (because – sadly –  that’s what it has become) doesn’t come easily or naturally. I see teachers struggling with their teaching identity, burdened with the notion that they have to adapt what they teach, and how they teach,  in order to  appeal to the “market.”

In marketing, this is the accepted norm, and in a consumerist world, necessary. Adapt and change the product in order to move with the times, to capture new markets, to appeal to a new generation of consumers. 

But in yoga? 

From me – a big resounding “NO!”

Despite my best efforts in marketing, I have never had packed out classes the way some yoga teachers do. This is fine.  It’s actually the way I like to teach. But, I also confess that I have those days when I have a bubbling up of resentment for the packed hot yoga classes across town, or the knowledge that one of my students isn’t coming to class because they have defected to someone else’s. But when I take time to really tune in to the reality of what’s going on, I reach a deeper sense of what is at play. 

I acknowledge that it has a lot to do with how I teach. Not everyone is up for experiencing the kind of deeply embodied and mindful practice that I offer. I teach the kind of yoga that brings you face to face with yourself. No escape. To me, this IS yoga. Yoga is not an escape from reality, or a way of anaesthetising the mind. Yoga brings us into awareness of WHO WE REALLY ARE. And whilst I offer this in a gentle, loving and safely held way, I am up front about this and  I acknowledge that  the very thought of even beginning this conversation is enough to put people off.

Most yoga classes offered nowadays seem to be what a fellow teacher describes as “yogacise.” A stripped down version of what  yogis understand yoga to be. What they are offering is yoga-asana, the postural aspect of Hatha Yoga and – in many cases – nothing else. Some yogis  debate whether it is even asana or if it’s actually just some glorified version of callisthenics.  If you’re lucky you might get a cursory “Namaste” at the end of class (my aversion to the term has some roots in this disingenuous nod to the tradition) In terms of exploring the other aspects of the practice – if you are even aware that they exist – you need to look elsewhere. For those of us offering the “elsewhere”, it can be really, really difficult to raise your voice loud enough to be found. 

And even then, it can feel like shouting into the void. The truth is Yoga has become a product. As with any product it is subject to  fads and fashions and the whims of the market, to the power of celebrity endorsement, to the desires of the consumer. And whilst there are many yogis and teachers who work to counter this phenomenon, it is like standing in the path of a juggernaut. We can continue to hold the depth and truth of the practice, but we are swimming in this veritable ocean of consumerism that is, relentlessly and  undeniably changing the very definition of Yoga.

The truth, for me, is that I can’t compete with this. And I won’t. Yes, it is difficult when I rely on teaching classes and workshops for my income but I am blessed with other skills and strands to my practice that serve to keep the wolf from the door. I could, as was  (helpfully) suggested by another fellow teacher the other day, give up teaching yoga, go back to simply practising yoga, and get a job to earn money. As if I don’t already have a job! I confess it more that crossed my mind. I was ready to give up teaching. Feeling the juggernaut bearing down on me and realising that, in that moment, I simply didn’t have the strength to compete any more, I was a hair’s breadth from giving it up and doing anything, anything else. 

No, I am not going to compete any more. But I am not giving up. I will be there, in the yoga room, holding space for anyone who is curious, interested, hopeful, open-hearted enough to join me. 

Even if nobody turns up. 

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