— Paulo Coelho, Manuscript Found in Accra
By mid-January, plenty of people—yogis included!—have lost track of their New Year’s resolutions. (And between recovering from the holidays and freezing temperatures that only make you want to stay curled up indoors, we don’t blame you.) If one of your 2018 resolutions was to be a little more gentle with yourself, now is a great time to tap into that intention—and if it wasn’t, consider adding it now. You deserve it!
If you’ve let go of a few—or hey, even all—of your New Year’s resolutions by now, it’s easy to get frustrated with yourself. And believe me, we’ve all been there. But the key is to forget about feeling guilty or being hard on yourself for being a “quitter”, and simply un-quit! So you let go of your resolution for a week or two (or, ehem… three). There’s nothing stopping you from picking it right back up now! Whether you resolved to meet all your deadlines this year, spend more time with family, reconnect with your yoga practice (at Shockoe Slip Yoga, we’re partial to that one), or something else entirely, now is a great time to check in with yourself, celebrate what progress you’ve already made, and hit the resolution reset button. And hey, we’ve got the perfect event to help you get there.
We want to help you meet all your resolutions, and have the absolute best 2018 ever. So this month, we’re offering an intention setting workshop you’ll definitely love. Join us on Sunday, January 28 from 2:00-3:30 PM for The Power of Intention—an opportunity to reflect on the lessons you learned in 2017 and tap into the guidance of those lessons, moving forward. After two months of good food, good people and good vibes that come with the holiday season, now is a great time to reflect on the start of a new year, and to embrace a new cycle. Consider this your fresh chance to set (or reset!) goals and meet them in order to grow, evolve, and heal. This workshop will incorporate movement, meditation, and written reflections—and it’s the perfect way to cap off the first month of your new year. Learn more and sign up here!
Namaste, yogis. We can’t wait to see you on your mat soon.
— Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Yogis, welcome to 2018!
From the bottom of my heart, I’d like to thank you for the amazing 2017 we enjoyed at Shockoe Slip Yoga—practicing together, playing on our mats, and chasing adventure from Richmond, Virginia all the way to Playa Grande, Costa Rica. In just the past 12 months we launched our Chase Adventure event series, which took us on excursions across Richmond and deepened our connections with our practice. We formed an amazing community of friendship, fun, and female empowerment on our Strength and Relaxation Retreat. We graduated our second class of 200 RYT yoga instructors. We opened our SSY “Take A Book, Leave A Book” Free Lending Library (be sure to check out our shelves the next time you drop in!). And we hosted dozens of events and workshops that brought us to our mats and deeper into ourselves. And we couldn’t have done any of it without YOU, our beautiful community of yoga lovers. Now, as we enter our fifth year of SSY, I can’t wait to share everything we have in store for you next—and stay tuned, because it’s a lot!
With the fresh start of the new year, now is a great time to revisit the basics of your practice—both what brought you to your mat in the first place, and the foundations of yoga itself. Fresh beginnings are a great time to look at your practice with a beginners mind! In that spirit, we’re kicking off 2018 with Foundations of Yoga: Awareness in Practice, a donations-based workshops series designed to explore foundational practices in yoga which facilitate the expansion of awareness and free flow of energy in body and mind. Each class — perfect for both new and seasoned yogis — will be themed to direct awareness, promoting deep connections, and featuring physical postures, breath practices, and meditation. These 75-minute workshops will be held every Sunday from January 14th – February 25th. Sign up now!
If you’re up for a little adventure this month, our all-levels Acrobatics Workshop might be exactly what you’re looking for! Join instructor Caroline Stiller on Friday, January 12 from 6:15-8:15 PM, where you’ll will be guided through a long warm up, then continue with intricate acrobatic tricks, poses, and partnering (with plenty of instructor spotting as well.) You can expect to work on your body awareness and coordination, stretch deeper into positions, and strengthen your body.
Finally, I’ll remind you about an SSY 2018 highlight: our Italy retreat! Don’t forget to sign up for Chasing Adventure On The Amalfi Coast: Relaxation + Friendship. You have until April 1 to take advantage of our lower rates, so be sure to click here to learn more and sign up!
Did you know that over 45% of Americans make serious New Year’s resolutions each year? And, among the top ten New Year’s resolutions for 2017 were: establishing a healthier lifestyle, learning something new, being a nicer human, getting more sleep, and making new friends. The good news for you yogis is that yoga can help you accomplish ALL of those things—sometimes in a single class! This New Year, at Shockoe Slip Yoga, we’re helping you keep those resolutions by giving you plenty of reasons to unroll your mat and get moving. And you’re going to love them. (You can thank us later.)
First on the list is our 2018 New Year, New You holiday special. Between now and December 31st take advantage of our 2018 Resolution Package: 3 months of unlimited yoga for just $89 per month! You can also enjoy 10 classes for just $99. These are some of the best rates you’ll see all year, so be sure to drop by the studio or head over here to purchase your 2018 Resolution Package now!
We’re also rounding out this year with a schedule packed full of can’t-miss events.
First on the list is our Winter Solstice practice. Join us on December 21 for a donation-based 75-minute practice designed to welcome the transition of seasons, uplift your spirits, and balance your energy. We’ll combine asana (postures) and pranayama (breathwork) to soothe your body, mind, and nervous system. After class, be sure to stick around for our holiday party and potluck!
On December 31, we invite you to close out 2017 with love and light at our New Year’s Eve Candlelight Vin/Yin. Pause amid the hustle and bustle of the holidays to reflect on the accomplishments of the past year—ultimately letting the past go and welcoming the new year with receptive anticipation. We’ll start with a candlelight Vin-Yin Flow (30-minute Vinyasa, 30-minute Restorative) followed by a brief meditation.
Finally, kick off your New Year (and that resolution to practice more yoga in 2018!) right, with our New Year’s Vinyasa Flow on January 1. Join us for a 60-minute New Year’s Day Morning vinyasa flow and intention setting practice—reflecting on what the previous year provided and what the new year will bring—followed by some light libations.
Last but not least, make 2018 your best year of yoga yet by joining us in Italy, for our upcoming retreat: Chasing Adventure On The Amalfi Coast! Be sure to take advantage of our Early Bird Special by January 1! Visit: truenaturetravels.com to reserve your spot. We can’t wait to see you there.
From our mat to yours, Happy New Year from Shockoe Slip Yoga! We’re wishing you your very best year yet.
Each holiday season brings with it plenty of joy—and it can also cause its fair share of stress: searching for those perfect gifts, managing hectic holiday travel, keeping up with all the events and parties on your calendar, and more. With all the beautiful busyness the holiday season brings, you might be tempted to take a break from your mat. But, the holidays are even MORE of a reason to head over to Shockoe Slip Yoga, unroll your mat, and enjoy some much-deserved “me-time.” Yoga is proven to reduce stress, increase your sense of peace and calm, and improve your overall well-being—plus, a challenging Vinyasa Flow or a restful Yin class is a great way to release any travel-related physical tension too.
Speaking of finding the perfect present for everyone on your holiday gift list, why not give the gift of yoga this year? A Shockoe Slip Yoga gift certificate is a great way to share your love of yoga with family and friends, and we always love welcoming new members into our SSY family. We also offer massage services—and let’s be honest, everyone loves massages!
This month, we’ve got a special event for you. On Thursday, December 21, join us for a donation-based 75-minute Winter Solstice practice designed to welcome the transition of seasons, uplift your spirits, and balance your energy. We’ll combine asana (postures) and pranayama (breath work) to soothe your body, mind, and nervous system. And after class, be sure to stick around for our holiday party and potluck!
We’d also like to remind you that our upcoming retreat, Chasing Adventure On The Amalfi Coast, is fast approaching! Be sure to take advantage of our Early Bird Special by January 1! Visit: www.truenaturetravels.com to reserve your spot. We can’t wait to see you there.
— Debbie Ford
As we move towards the end of 2017 and into the holiday season, gratitude is definitely on our minds at Shockoe Slip Yoga — and practicing yoga can definitely help you beat stress and enter a space of thankfulness during the hectic holidays. Little things like taking time to find stillness, tuning into the natural rhythm of your breath, and moving your body in a way that feels good to you can all inspire gratitude and overall wellness. There are even yoga poses — like Ardha Chandrasana (Half-Moon), Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II), and Supta Virasana (Reclined Hero) — that can help you find strength and balance, open your heart, and inspire all kinds of yummy, thankful feelings.
And as we extend as special thanks to all our yogis who celebrated Shockoe Slip Yoga’s 4th anniversary earlier this month, we’d like to extend a special holiday offer to the amazing yogis who have made our friendly, neighborhood studio such a success. During Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday we’ll be offering 20% off all our regular packages — making it even easier for you to practice throughout the holiday season. Use promo code 2017Gratitude
We’re also excited to offer a special Thanksgiving class, perfect for getting you moving and starting your holiday off right. Our Extended All-Levels Flow, taught by Leah Short, is designed to help you prepare for the holiday by energizing the body, opening the heart (and your hips!), and clearing the mind. This extended practice will include a 75-minute all levels vinyasa flow, followed by a 15-minute gratitude meditation. As always, all yogis are welcome!
With Leah Short
Thursday, November 23
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
We can’t wait to see you on your mat soon!
— Melody Beattie
As Shockoe Slip Yoga prepares to celebrate our 4th anniversary this month, we’d like to take a moment of gratitude: gratitude for YOU, our amazing yogis, without whom this anniversary wouldn’t be possible. Shockoe Slip Yoga thrives through the support of our amazing clients, and we can’t tell you enough how much we love seeing you on your mat, each and every time you share your practice with us.
So, as a big thank you to all our amazing, supportive clients, we’re offering a Shockoe Slip Yoga Anniversary Special. From November 7 through November 10, our yogis will receive 10% off any class package. We hope this gives you even more reason to come practice with us, as we celebrate this milestone in the SSY community.
Please use promo code: Happy4years
But our 4-year anniversary isn’t the only thing we’re be grateful for this month! If you haven’t already heard, at Shockoe Slip Yoga we’re taking our mats on the road again — this time to the amazing Amalfi Coast of Italy!
From October 6-13, 2018, join us as we chase adventure on the Amalfi Coast, during our Relaxation and Friendship Retreat. You’ll be invited to deepen your yoga practice, expand your horizons, and chase adventure on the gorgeous Amalfi Coast, known around the world for its breathtaking shoreline, irresistible cuisine, and Mediterranean vibes. It’s the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of your daily life — and, you’ll get to practice yoga alongside spectacular views, meditate to the natural soundtrack of the Gulf of Salerno, and soak up plenty of southern Italian sunshine. Over the course of six days we’ll share in our yoga practices and explore Italy together, getting to know one another as well as taking time to reconnect with ourselves. Our hope is that you’ll find new friendships, take time for some self-care, fall in love with your yoga mat all over again, and leave Italy feeling refreshed, reenergized, and restored. And, as always, yogis of all levels, ages, bodies, and practice styles welcome. To learn more, visit SSY’s Chase Adventure link, as well as our retreat page on TrueNature Travels. Be sure to take advantage of our early bird special by booking before January 1.
We can’t wait to see you there!!
— Mother Teresa
Yogis, we’re half-way through our 30 Day Challenge, and we’ve loved seeing so many of you make the daily commitment to deepen your practice and spend some extra time on your mat this month (and to be honest, we especially love seeing your smiling faces around the studio more.) If you’ve been dedicated to the challenge since we started, then you’re probably already seeing the benefits to your practice. But even if you’ve accidentally skipped a day or two here and there, don’t worry! Now, at our half-way mark, is the perfect time to recommit — and we’re here for you every step of the way.
If you’re one of our yoga adventurers who missed last month’s sold-out Yoga & Ride event, you’ll be excited to know we’re offering it again in October! Back in September, SSY partnered with local business Basket & Bike for an amazing day of biking, yoga, food, friendship, and fun (and yeah, plenty of bike selfies too.) As part of our monthly Chase Adventure event series, we welcomed a group of yogis to bike with us from the beautiful Upper Shirley Vineyards to Edgewood Plantation, where we enjoyed an afternoon of yoga, meditation, a delicious picnic lunch, lots of laughter, and plenty of time to take in the amazing end-of-summer weather. Now, with fall in the air, we can’t wait to hit the open road (and our yoga mats) again! Basket & Bike provides the bikes and the food, we’ll provide the yoga and friends. (And don’t worry if you haven’t rolled around on two wheels since elementary school… as they say, it’s like riding a bike.)
Finally, be sure to mark your calendars for a little happiness this month, with our weekend-long Happiness Program. Led by Shaphali Agrawal and in collaboration with Art of Living Richmond, come learn how a mix of yoga, breathing techniques, and meditation can raise the quality of your life. The goal of this nationally-recognized program is to teach you lifelong, do-it-yourself techniques for better mind/body health, stress-management in difficult situations, skills for forming deeper relationships, better overall contentment, and lots more. Join us Friday, October 27 to Sunday, October 29 for this life-changing workshop. To learn more visit: https://www.artofliving.org/us-en/program/146392.
See you on your mat soon!!!