Three Locations!

Shepherdstown
Mellow Room:
117 West German Street
 
Harmony Room:
211 E New Street
 
Charles Town
307 West Washington Street
Charles Town, WV, 25414
 
Winchester, VA
Creekside Station
3119 Valley Ave. Unit 110
Winchester, VA 22602

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"Your ultimate goal is to be happy. Where is that happiness? Within you. If you want to have permanent happiness, it will never come from outside. If somebody makes you happy today, the same person will make you unhappy tomorrow. You are happiness and peace personified. Find that happiness and peace within you."
- Sri Swami Satchidananda

As Academy of American Poets Chancellor, C.D. Wright said, “Poetry is a necessity of life. It is a function of poetry to locate those zones inside us that would be free, and declare them so.” It is no coincidence, I think, that yoga can do the same.

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When the weather broke last week and the first signs of warmth and Spring made themselves known, my children took me for a walk to see their new “housing development.” They’d found in our woods several trees that had fallen during the winter and were now perfectly placed for climbing upon, sitting on and beneath, laying still and dreaming big life dreams. The two filled their backpacks with snacks, water, a blanket, and their journals and “moved in” to their […]

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Valentine’s Day is special to me. Not because I’m particularly fond of sentimental cards, red roses and conversation hearts. Valentine’s Day marks an important, heart health anniversary for me. Fifteen years ago on Valentine’s Day I threw away my last pack of cigarettes. I had been really hard on my body for too long and with that one decision to stop smoking, to start loving myself enough to know that my long term health was worth working toward, a whole […]

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Getting rooted in my body and learning to stay, to trust that I can breathe and get to know whatever comes up, is teaching me that change comes when I get closer, move in and watch compassionately all that comes at me and up from within me, not when I pinch my eyes shut and run away. This isn’t easy. Every time I think I’ve learned to do this, something happens and I have to learn it again. Sometimes this lesson is easier in the controlled environment I call my yoga practice, but it’s in the fierceness of this practice that clarity begins. And from this clarity I’ve come to see that this isn’t a practice that I do; rather the practice has become a journey that is very much undoing me.

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This New Year offers itself to you as a promise, where last year’s language really can give way to a new voice. Is it uncomfortable to consider leaving your comfort zone, to explore listening to a new language? Perhaps, but remember comfort zones don’t have to be comfortable–they’re simply familiar. A comfort zone is where we come to believe we belong. And where we believe we belong is where we often stay. But hope stirs something new, something different.

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