The Long Awaited Gentle Yoga Class…

The Long Awaited Gentle Yoga Class…

As many of you know, I have been setting an intention to resurrect a Gentle Yoga class. That intention is still forefront on my mind…however, I ask for your continued patience as I work out the details. I hope you will be fluid with your expectations of a start date. I have settled on a day and a time [Tuesdays 4:15-5:45pm] – yay! But have yet to determine if the start date will be November 6th…or January…or later…

I truly enjoy the time and space that we share on our mats, and want to be able to offer a specific gentle class for those of you who have been missing that in your life. I feel lucky to be able to share my passion of yoga with the community here in Wallowa County. I set out 3 years ago to create an all inclusive space for a shared practice. It feels like this particular class has been a missing link to my overall vision for a well-rounded line up of classes (and of course I have all kinds of other specialized offerings spun up in my mind that could easily fill every day of the week:)). I share all of this with you in order to give you a little insight to my mental processing. See, I am really good at doing things in order to please or take care of others, sometimes without taking the time to think through whether or not it will deplete me or feed me. I have gotten better at practicing what I preach, which is to listen inward, and so I have sat with the thought of offering this class for some time, attempting to feel into the balance of what it will take to make it happen.

Yoga is a love and passion of mine and is deeply intertwined with my primary job in life – being a parent and raising my sweet, wonderful children. (How these are intertwined is a lengthy post for another day). Putting the needs of my family first is important to me. And honestly, spending time with them, giving them my full presence is a gift. I love my job! I don’t want to fill my time up to the point that I miss out on these years before my kids are in school and involved in sports, arts, music, social engagements…you name it. And so I seek a balance that offers both; allows me to be me, to take time for myself in the form of showing up to lead classes with you, keeps my admin time to a minimum, and leaves plenty of time to be outside, to explore, and to play during this precious time when my kids are little. For this reason, I have kept my time in the seat of the teacher to a minimum. As I set the intention to add another weekly class to my plate, I ask for the right timing to show up, for the moving pieces to fit. When they do, I will know. Right now, that timing is not quite aligned, and starting a gentle class requires some juggling and a bit of forcing the slipper on the foot, rather than waiting for the perfect fit. That is why a start date must be fluid…it’s partially dependent on an inner voice and an inner knowing. I will continue to listen inward and wait for a time that is just right.

One more thought to share in order to give you the full insight to this decision making process (thank you for taking the time to read all of this)…I am very close to making the leap into commercial kombucha production. As you may already know, I have been making it in the comfort of my home for some time, fitting into the routine of life. Once I take it to commercial production, I will have a better idea of what kind of time commitment it becomes and how that works out with child care. I hope to take this for a trial run before making a decision about when to offer more yoga. So the question is when, not if, and from deep within my heart, I thank you for bearing with me.

Namaste – Esther

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