2021-12-14 Holiday Mailing — TWC

Lois Nesbitt Yoga

Yoga News – Holiday 2021

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Dear Students, Friends, and Colleagues,
We’re midstream through the holidays. The tree is more or less vertical and loaded with ornaments, and the advent calendar has introduced chocolate for breakfast—almost a reason to get up in the dark! As the season of gathering continues, I’ve been thinking about why we do what we do, go where we go, and choose this over that.
Focus, Please!
To anyone with a purpose, the world is one big distraction.
While I would never wish another shutdown on anyone, the Covid suspension of life as we know it did distill our lives. We got to experience time with minimal external input and few peripheral demands. I for one was delighted to teach without commuting up, down and sideways across the city, state, and globe. A thwarted college reunion transmuted from a frenetic weekend gathering into a yearlong string of online socials and presentations, resulting in new friendships. I am forever grateful to Zoom.
As we reenter society, armed with masks, vaccines, and a mix of fear and common sense, we can easily feel pulled in too many directions at once. Have a look at your weekly planner and let me know if that rings true.
Mixing it up can be exhilarating, and doing lots of things can make us feel like we are living fully. It can also lead to choice burnout: Social media or socializing? Friends or family? Vacay or stacay? Work or work out? Work it out! Decision making takes energy.
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I once read a book on time management that argued that there are really only two or three main things each of us needs to do each day. The question is: Which two or three?
That’s where yoga can help. It’s a funnel to clarity. The sieve that filters out the unimportant.
I never question time put into yoga. My life pre-yoga was an intricate house of cards: elaborately constructed but ultimately unstable, tilting this way or that with each wind of change. Yoga is now the solid foundation upon which I add rooms for writing, for artwork, for socializing, and for play.  And If I lose touch with my own practice, I get to see yoga working on my students: When they come into lessons spinning, yoga’s lightning rod grounds their tumultuous energy, leaving them calm and focused.
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So next time you can’t decide which project to tackle or how to RSVP, roll out your mat, move through some sun salutations, and listen for clarity. (If you’re in a public place, close your eyes and count ujayii breaths.) Tap into the cumulative power of your own yoga practice. Let it be the tuning fork that resonates with your highest vibration.
Yoga for All!
Holiday Giving
Let’s share this priceless gift with any and all! Forget about supply-chain shortages, post-office slowdowns, and environmental squander: Yoga offers benefits that far outlast the holiday season. It’s changed your life—it can change anyone’s!
Check out this year’s special gift options, then use the button below to schedule:
  • 15% off private lessons for students new to me
  • 20% off private lessons for family members
  • Santa’s Helper: 15% off when you treat yourself to 2 private lessons
  • Free 20-minute consults for all: Find out how private yoga can serve you!
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Yoga 2022
And please drop me a line and let me know what you need most in the New Year:
  • In-person group classes (NYC, the Hamptons)?
  • Zoom group classes?
  • private lessons?
  • local mini-retreats?
  • true getaways?
I am back in New York City weekdays and East Hampton weekends—happy to see you either or both!
Help Wanted
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My summer administrative assistant has returned to college, and I’m looking for the right person to keep my basic operations running while I do what I do best—teach and write! This (sometimes less than) part-time gig with variable and relatively flexible hours includes basic website design/maintenance, Constant Contact emailing, social media posting, LinkedIn updates, random Apple computer and iPhone puzzlers, and seemingly basic stuff like setting up Dropbox folders, Vimeo videos, etc. Creative skills like photography and graphic design a much-desired plus! All applicants welcome, and please spread the word to students and other young folk who have an intuitive grasp of this stuff. Use the button to email me with an application or referral.
About Lois
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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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