2021-07-0 1 July 4th

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Lois Nesbitt Yoga

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Summer is in full swing out here by the sea. Driving around the East End, past picket fences, shingle-style cottages (and mansions), and smoothly cropped/shaved golf courses, it’s easy to imagine we’re back in the 1890s, when the newly christened Long Island Rail Road turned the villages of South, Bridge, and East Hampton into seasonal playgrounds for affluent New Yorkers.
That is, of course, if you tune out the Friday/Sunday rumble of airplanes and helicopters and the monster SUVs vying for coveted beach parking places.
But this year is special. Summer + post-vax reopening = busy busy busy! People are everywhere doing everything at once. My friends in retail and service industries report that customers are back with their notorious impatience and impertinence. Everyone wants everything now. It’s not possible. My beach towels are on back order till September.
I feel so privileged to be the one who gets to calm everyone down—and be calmed by the two-way current of yoga practice and teaching. Each time you and I lay down our mats, we enter the grand tradition of yoga. And we emerge more serene, more stable, and more sane. We can face this day and the next not with dread but with enthusiasm.
While many associate yoga with outlandish flexibility, with stretching our boundaries and exceeding our self-imposed limits, at its core, yoga is a stabilizing practice. It allows us to accept what is. To stay in one place. Like the “stays” on sailboats, yoga tethers us to our midlines, brings us back to center.
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So whatever this holiday weekend brings, set aside some time to practice. Be the one who helps the rest slow down. Need help? Join me at Wolffer Vineyard Sunday morning for open-air yoga!
Or reach out (text is best, (917)-975-8009) about private or small-group lessons, where I can attend to individual limitations, acute or ongoing aches and pains, and anything else in the physical-energetic plane that needs a tune up!
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Private lessons are a great way to:
  • Entertain and occupy friends, houseguests, and house parties
  • Modify your yoga practice to your individual needs and limitations
  • Get some help with injuries and stubborn long-term conditions
  • Enjoy hands-on stretching, adjustments, and stress-melters
I offer private lessons on my covered porch and in my climate-controlled (but well ventilated) home. I’ll also come to you if scheduling or commuting prove a challenge!
Happy Independence Weekend and Namaste!
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Lois Nesbitt, Ph.D., E-RYT 500, has practiced and taught yoga for 25 years. Known worldwide as an expert in the therapeutic benefits of anatomy applied to yoga, Lois has helped thousands of students in her group classes, teacher trainings, injury clinics, and private lessons to resume healthy yoga practices and lead happy lives. She attributes her skill in sharing complex ideas in simple and often playful ways to the excellent professors who mentored her at Harvard and Princeton.

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