— 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!