Monday, September 20, 2021

Welcome Back to (YOGA) School!




We all need to tend our gardens.

Namaste, and Welcome Back to School.

 

Yoga School!

 

I've so enjoyed classes with you, both online and in person this past summer season. As we feel the turn of the earth toward a new season of bountiful harvest, I invite you to tend to your garden. The body is just like a garden, which must be nourished and weeded, watered and given room to flourish. The yogin is like a farmer, attending to those very needs, every single day, with attention to everything that is required and intention toward a full bloom and harvest.

 

The purpose of yoga is to sow the seeds of purposeful action, then to clear the body of invaders and open the pathways of irrigation, or life force (prana), should they be blocked by disease or stagnating energy. We fuel the body with nutrients and breath. We stimulate to release toxins which may inhibit our overall wellbeing. We practice yoga, like a farmer, to yield bountiful growth and an abundant harvest of good. This is karma, the yoga of action. Please join me on the mat.

 

My classes may be found on moxie.xyz/sandra1. Namaste, and thank you for practicing. I look forward to seving you in good, robust health. 

 

Namaste, Sandra

Monday, August 16, 2021

Summer Soliloquy on the Mat

Lovely Yogini at Leo Creek

As summer winds down we are blessed with perfect weather, after lots of rain. Everything is green and fresh. The Big lake has that wonderful saturating scent of depth and quench. We have much to bow down to and acknowledge as plain good fortune.

I appreciate your presence so much, especially as these times are so uncertain. All of us seem to be feeling a bit unmoored. We are faced daily with fears, both real and simply perceived. "What could happen next?" 

Find your exultant, solid Self through the tumult of now. Count on your own Self to create your reality. Make your own world a personal, sacred space. In your own private practice, you express yourself with truth and beauty. You become stable, grounded, and calmed by tapping into your inner strength and resilience. 

Please pop into my Vinyasa classes at Leo Creek Preserve on the TART bike trail in Suttons Bay. The atmosphere is sacred, with giant trees, flowers, edible plants, and a bubbling stream. I'm also at Suttons Bay Congregational Church for a Chair Yoga class in the light-filled sanctuary. You'd be very surprised at how deeply you can practice in a chair! My online Yin Yoga classes are via the Moxie app. Yin style is all on the floor and deeply soothing. Any of these practices will work. You'll feel better, honestly.

I will continue to serve you in any way I am able. Please honor me with your presence, and continue to contribute to the common worldly good. 

Namaste, Sandra

Tuesdays 8:45-9:45 AM YIN YOGA via Moxie$15 walk-in. Discounts for packages.

Wednesdays 9:00-10:00 AM VINYASAS YOGA at Leo Creek, $10 cash or Venmo.

Thursdays  8:45-9:45 AM YIN YOGA via Moxie$15 walk-in. Discounts for packages.

Thursdays 11:15 AM-12 PM CHAIR YOGA at Suttons Bay Congregational Church, donations to SBCC are deeply appreciated.

Thursdays 4:15-5:15 PM SUN/MOON VINYASA via Moxie$15 walk-in. Discounts for packages.

Saturdays 9:00-10:00 AM VINYASAS YOGA at Leo Creek, $10 cash or Venmo.


Monday, June 21, 2021


SUMMER SOLSTICE YOGA SALUTE! 

Join us INSIDE THE OAB for Yoga, 108 Sun Salutations, QiGong, Tea, and company

Monday, June 21, 2021 starting at 8:30 AM


We traditionally celebrate the Summer Solstice on June 21 as the ultimate return of light, marking the longest day of the year. 108 Sun Salutations are a way of rejoicing and welcoming the sun, and it’s life-sustaining energy. Sun Salutations are a big “hello” to the Sun.


But why 108? The references to 108 as being auspicious dates back thousands of years. 108 shows up as sacred in geometry, mathematics, numerology, astrology and nature. In many spiritual traditions the number 108 is regarded as a sacred number. 


The 1 stands for the ONE ultimate authority, God, or “highest consciousness.” The 0 stands for the void, emptiness, and conversely completion and wholeness. The 8 stands for infinity, eternity and timelessness.


108 shows up all over as nature’s “secret code”-a universal life-affirming rule governing everything from the spiral pattern of a sunflower to the growth pattern of seed pods in a pine cone, the diamond pattern on a pineapple, and the 1.08 growth rate in each ring of a nautilus shell.


The Sun’s diameter is 108 times that of the Earth. The Earth’s diameter is 108 times that of the moon. 108 is implied in the mathematical dimensions of everything naturally harmonic. The ancients were well aware of the significance of 108, and used its energy-generating power in architectural design and engineering. The Great Pyramid and Stonehenge were built on its proportions. 


In yoga, there are said to be 108 streams of energy (nadiis) emanating from the heart center. There are 108 prayer beads on a “mala,” or yogic rosary.


One Sun Salutation consists of a series of separate poses strung together along the breath. As you may find here today, there are several versions of Sun Salutations. Note that we have moved the celebration INDOORS. Please join us for the joy of it! Hop in and hop out. Flow along with as many or few Salutations as you choose. Have fun! If you get mixed up, make it up! Rest whenever you feel like it. Let’s all join our hearts and minds in a celebration of summer in Leelanau! Hail to the Sun!


LEELANAU WELLNESS COLLECTIVE.COM 

All contributions benefit the Leelanau Community Cultural Center (the Old Art Building) www.oldartbuilding.com


 


Wednesday, June 9, 2021

INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY - JUNE 21

LWC members Jeanine Ball, Michelle Racich, Sandra Carden, Leslie Simionescue and Kerry Satterwhite

Leelanau Wellness Collective International Yoga Day Team
Jeanine Ball, Michelle Racich, Sandra Carden, Leslie Simionescue, Kerry Satterwhite
 


Get out and play! International Yoga Day is celebrated on June 21, the summer solstice, all over the planet. This year, our Leelanau Wellness community has planned a wonderful FREE celebration of renewed health, well-being, FUN, and pure joy! 


    WHERE: On the lawn at the Leelanau Community Cultural Center, the "Old Art Building", 111 S. Main St., Leland, MI 49654. 

    

    WHEN: Starting at 8:30 AM and continuing throughout the morning. There will be an opportunity to join in the practice of 108 Sun Salutations to welcome in the summer. Hop into and out of the yoga as you wish– no experience necessary. Bring a mat if you have one, although some will be provided. Join us fun-loving adults and youngsters of all ages.


8:30-9:30 AM - Gentle Yoga with Kerry Satterwhite

10:00-10:30 AM - QiGong with Michelle Racich

10:30 AM - Tea with Michelle Rachich of Plum Blossom Tea Co., ongoing

10:30 AM - Guided Meditation

11:00 AM-12:30 PM - 108 Sun Salutations

12:30 PM - Guided Meditation


Join your neighbors. Try something new. Be happy!



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Outdoor Yoga at Leo Creek Preserve, along the TART bike path, Suttons Bay

What could be more satisfying than a yoga practice under blue Leelanau skies? Surround yourself with nature resplendent– a canopy of trees, a babbling stream, flowers of all flavors, and blueberry bushes now in blossom! Bring your mat and bring your friends. Whether in person, outside or in your jammies at home, I look forward to greeting you. 


Tuesdays: Yin Yoga online at moxie.xyz/sandra1 and live, in-person (limited to 4) in Lake Leelanau. Contact me only for in-person reservations at sandra@unionyoga.com or 231-883-8095. Otherwise, I'll see you on Moxie!


Wednesdays: Vinyasa live, in-person at Leo Creek Preserve in Suttons Bay. $10 cash or Venmo, www.venmo.com/Sandra-Carden-8. No reservations required. See the map at www.leocreekpreserve.com/


Thursdays: Yin Yoga online at moxie.xyz/sandra1 and live, in-person (limited to 4) in Lake Leelanau. Contact me only for in-person reservations at sandra@unionyoga.com or 231-883-8095. Otherwise, I'll see you on Moxie!


Saturdays: Vinyasa live, in-person at Leo Creek Preserve in Suttons Bay. $10 cash or Venmo, www.venmo.com/Sandra-Carden-8. No reservations required. See the map at www.leocreekpreserve,com/


*See our entire 
Leelanau Wellness Collective schedule at leelanauwellnesscollective.com.

 I am also available for private sessions, on a limited basis. sandra@unionyoga.com.


Namaste and big love,

Sandra
 

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

MOURNING


MOURNING 

This morning I woke up mourning. 


With the slow return of “normal” after our communal quarantine year, I feel so conflicted by the tremendous losses, versus the joy in anticipated renewal. It’s confusing. I should feel elated by the happy spring and summer days to come; and going forward, the predicted new rendition of the “roaring twenties.”


However, with the closure of Yoga4, I deeply feel the loss of our latest beloved Leelanau yoga home. I miss the uplift we felt from walking into the studio, being a part of that community. Now, even with the tentative return to visible smiles, hugs, and hands-on adjustments, I feel the loss of community gone adrift. 


I also feel the suffering of so many who are in physical and emotional pain, and those who are suffering financial instability and food insecurity. Our neighbors and friends need us.  


Even though we Leelanau teachers are united in our newly formed Leelanau Wellness Collective,* and are figuring out ways to serve you, we all feel the loss of our practice family and yoga gatherings. That’s difficult to reproduce without a home. I miss knowing where help is needed. I miss the casual greetings in the hallways, chance meetings in classes, new connections, and an expanding circle of like-minded health nuts. As things “open up” I still feel an aching, tangible loss, because even though we are all within a loving and beautiful network, we teachers are all still on our own, doing the best we can to serve you and stay centered ourselves.


With that said, I want to acknowledge those of you who have hung on and showed up. I thank those of you who have alerted us to opportunities where we may serve. You have given us encouragement. You have supported us online when that wasn’t anyone’s first choice. I love that week after week, I have felt wanted. I am grateful and honored to be your teacher.


May we openly mourn our losses and embrace, support, and love one another in our renewed, reconstructed web of holistic health and well-being. We have much work to do, and much to rejoice in. 


I look forward to seeing you at my Leelanau classes.


Starting June1, 2021


Tuesdays: Yin Yoga online at moxie.xyz/sandra1 and live, in-person (limited to 4 persons) in Lake Leelanau. Contact me for in-person reservations at 231-883-8095.


Wednesdays: Vinyasa live, in-person at Leo Creek Preserve in Suttons Bay. $10 cash or Venmo, www.venmo.com/Sandra-Carden-8. No reservations required. See the map at www.leocreekpreserve.com/


Thursdays: Yin Yoga online at moxie.xyz/sandra1 and live, in-person (limited to 4 persons) in Lake Leelanau. Contact me for in-person reservations at 231-883-8095.


Saturdays: Vinyasa live, in-person at Leo Creek Preserve in Suttons Bay. $10 cash or Venmo, www.venmo.com/Sandra-Carden-8. No reservations required. See the map at www.leocreekpreserve,com/


*See our full schedules from Leelanau Wellness Collective at leelanauwellnesscollective.com.

 I am also available for private sessions, on a limited basis. 


Namaste and big love,

Sandra




Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Yoga, Fascia, Yin and You


Years ago, we were taught that fascia, or connective tissue was like saran wrap around the muscles, keeping them delineated and moisturized so as to slide and work more smoothly. 

With the advent of microscopic technology, and a deeper understanding of the human body as a living, breathing, interconnected and ever-responding system, we now view fascia as a complete integrated unity. Fascia surrounds and supports every muscle, ligament, tendon, bone, organ, and cell. It is one continuous net running through every part from head to toe, from outermost to innermost. 

Rather than a series of mechanical functions, the human body is a whole system that fluidly adapts and responds to all its internal and external environments. It quite instantaneously responds to what you are thinking. 

My interest, and thus my classes, have shifted in focus from an outer appearance to an inner experience. Yoga means union. 

Practice slowly and deeply, gracefully and mindfully with me to connect and unify with your Self, from head to toe, from skin to marrow. It's high time to hit the mat.

May classes are by way of MOXIE https://moxie.xyz/sandra on Mondays and Fridays. 

May OUTDOOR classes are live and in-person Wednesdays and Saturdays at Leo Creek Preserve https://leocreekpreserve.com/  PLEASE NOTE THAT OUTDOOR CLASSES WILL NOT BE HELD IF THE TEMP IS BELOW 48 OR IF IT IS RAINING.

June-August classes are the same as above, plus Tuesdays and Thursdays on MOXIE https://moxie.xyz/sandra with an option of in-person for a maximum of 4 individuals only.

My full MOXIE schedule may be seen here: 

https://moxie.xyz/sandra1?utm_source=moxieweb&utm_medium=instructorpage&utm_campaign=Sandra%20Carden&i=sandra1

Namaste and love to all of you!

Sandra

Monday, April 12, 2021

Announcing the Return of Yoga on the Trail!


Reclined Twist at Leo Creek on the TART 

On Saturday, May 1st, we begin our summer session of Yoga on the Trail at Leo Creek preserve. I'm so pleased to be returning to Leo Creek, a most serene and beautifully tended food and floral garden in the midst of a woodsy canape, right alongside trickling Leo Creek. This is such a beautiful outdoor venue! 

My easy-flo Vinyasa classes will be held every Wednesday and Saturday morning from 9-10 AM throughout spring and summer 2021. If you think it might be too cold, come anyway and dress for it. I'll warm you up! 

Classes are drop-in style, no preregistration is required. Just come! Bring your own mat and whatever props you love. Plan to arrive 5-10 minutes before the start of class. Please wear your mask upon entering and leaving. Payment of $10 is accepted in cash (or by Venmo. www.venmo.com/sandra-carden-8).

Leo Creek gardens are just south of Suttons Bay on the Traverse Area Recreational Trail (TART). Park at the trailhead on 4th Ave., just west of Hansen's food and Chemical Bank, and walk the trail to the preserve- not too far.

Check out photos of this amazing place https://leocreekpreserve.com/ and find us on the map: https://goo.gl/maps/i2wWP6zArybVgr7R7  

Thank you for your continued interest and support of Yoga in Leelanau. Find more classes with my fellow yogis and health nuts at the new Leelanau Wellness Collective  https://www.leelanauwellnesscollective.com/

 I look forward to a beautiful spring and summer of yoga with you at lovely Leo Creek. Namaste, 

Sandra

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Looking at things from a Different Perspective


Time to look at things from a different perspective! We have so much to be hopeful about, as 2021 March blows out and April pours in. We're reminded that things change all the time, all in their own time. This particular seasonal change feels even more hopeful than Spring in times past. 
Take a moment to breathe it in. Don't miss it! Appreciate what you have. 

I appreciate you. My class offerings on Zoom and Moxie continue to grow. You all have been so patient with the technology, and with this new model of virtual engagement with one another in our beloved yoga practice. Thank you so much for your support and love and acknowledgment of one another.

The schedule is as follows, until April 14. I'll be taking a break from April 15-April 30. A new schedule will appear starting on May 1, and will include in-person classes in Leelanau. Yay!

Please join the class 5-1o minutes before actual start time. 

Payment is either through moxie.xyz/sandra1 when you sign up, or, for Zoom classes, at www.venmo.com/sandra-carden-8  ($15 per class).

Monday, April 5 and 12, 5:45-6:45 PM  Lunar Vinyasa 

      Join Lunar Vinyasa @ moxie.xyz/sandra1

Tuesday, April 6 and 13, 9:00-10:00 AM  Yin Yoga 

      Join Yin Yoga @ https://zoom.us/j/91012221652?pwd=aG9hVXQ1MW0zRnd2WkNvUkJTWkRpdz09

Wednesday, April 7 and April 14, 9:00-10:00 AM   Ageless Yoga

     Join Ageless Yoga @ moxie.xyz/sandra1

Thursday, April 8, 9:00-10:00 AM   Yin Yoga

      Join Yin Yoga @ https://zoom.us/j/91012221652?pwd=aG9hVXQ1MW0zRnd2WkNvUkJTWkRpdz09

Saturday, April 10, 9:00-10:00 AM   SloFlo Vinyasa

     Join SloFlo Vinyasa @ moxie.xyz/sandra1

Namaste. 
May you, and all beings, be Happy.
Sandra 😉






Thursday, March 18, 2021

#LOVE YOUR BODY WEEK March 22-27 on MOXIE!




YOGA BEYOND the OPTICS
LIVE Monday, March 22, 2021
9:00-10:00 AM via www.moxie.xyz
 
We “women of a certain age” find ourselves at a threshold that is altogether unfamiliar and uncomfortable. We are no longer young. We are not yet old. Hormonal changes cloud our perceptions and play havoc with our bodies. We feel invisible. The current marketing optics around yoga don't help that feeling.

Personally, I’m fed up with the optics. I'm so over the shameless marketing behind humiliating ourselves into thinking that in order to be loved we have to lose weight, lift our boobs, firm up our booties, tighten our bellies, fill up our laugh lines, cover our arms, hide our necks, and dye our hair. Maybe I'm just finally facing the inevitable, but I've come to love my body more, as I've aged. Why not? 

Yoga, in its pure form, teaches that we are naturally beautiful and lovable, no matter, what we look like, no matter what stage of life we are in. Women are the bearers of life. Women are the vessels of humanity. Women are the energy of Shakti– without which Shiva, the ground, can produce nothing. Women are the ultimate creators, the makers, and the sustainers. 

This special #LOVE YOUR BODY WEEK Shakti-flavored Yoga session on Moxie is in honor of recognizing ourselves as women of advanced maturity, wisdom, and insight. To love ourselves first, just as we are. To move and flow any way that we can, with grace and aplomb. To feel strong, relaxed, curious, sexy, and comfortable in our own skin. To feel light. To be free. 

Joyfully, we enter into this crowning phase of life where we now can stand up tall for ourselves, create our lives around what we want and need, empower our own means, embrace all of our emotions, express ourselves purely, trust our own wisdom, and expand our spiritual horizons. Please join me in this gentle, celebratory yoga practice for women of a certain age. 

We'll focus on Svadhistha, the second chakra and womb, with breathwork, and postures on the floor and standing. No props required. Come just the way you are. 

Monday, March 22, 9:00 - 10:00 AM. Go to www.moxie.xyz/sandra1. You will be asked to make a donation after the class. Please be generous- All proceeds will be donated to the LIFT Teen Center of Leelanau County. https://www.liftyouthsb.com/about-us. You Go, Girls!

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

YOGA IN YOUR JAMMIES

    One of the greatest challenges facing both seasoned and newbie yoga practitioners during this winter of 2021 is how to keep our yoga practice alive. When you enter a studio and unroll your mat, it's like settling down on a magic carpet that will reliably whisk you away to a place where you know you'll feel better. Practicing at home, on the other hand, includes the challenge of anchoring your awareness internally, on yourself, when so many distractions tug your mind outwardly. Dishes in the sink. Bills to pay. Family to tend. Taxes to file. Distractions niggle and the mind wanders. Pretty soon, you realize it's hopeless, and you simply give up and get on with the “important” work of your day.

    It's challenging for teachers, too. I didn't think I'd like teaching online. Honestly, I couldn't even understand how it could work. Yoga has forever been passed from teacher to student, one-on-one, in an unbroken lineage. Keeping the transmission pure, like whispering a grand secret to a dear and trusted generation, is assuring it will will carry on beyond your own teaching. 

    Now, with the “even playing field” of thousands of yoga teachers vying for a presence in the virtual world, seasoned teachers are presented side-by-side with untested instructors– instructors newly hatched who may look a lot younger–and cuter. How do we, as committed yoga educators, distinguish ourselves, so that we can best serve and expand our student community? How, I wondered, can we honor and benefit you, without eye contact, subtle unspoken body language, personal adjustments and one-to-one encouragement and coaching?

    And yet–somehow it's working! The transmission is getting through. Students are happy to be sharing, learning, and practicing without the support of a dedicated space. It's not ideal, but it is working. You are pushing aside furniture and making a space for yoga at home. 

    You are greeting one another across miles and time zones, chatting up before class, maybe more than you would have inside a studio. Some new students are way more comfortable at home in their jammies, than in a public space– and that works, too. You are joining up and creating a world-wide bond, a matrix of like-mindedness that is centered upon the agreement that taking care is important. Especially now. I commend you all, and I smile within.

    It's because, I believe you are creating a true community. You care about your self and one another. You have shown that we, as a yoga community, are adaptable. Resilient. Flexible!

    As we move forward, yoga will, no doubt, be offered as more of a hybrid-access. The Leelanau County yoga teachers I have come to know well, and love deeply, through Yoga4 and UNION/YOGA are stepping up and reaching out to you–our long-time students, even as we welcome new ones. We have created a circle of wellness practitioners, dedicated to enhancement of your well-being. You will find all of us at Leelanau Wellness Collective, www.leelanauwellnesscollective.com,as well as on social media. 

    We may not have a brick-and-mortar home, but we bring yoga to you, in your own home. Your Om Home. Please check this out. I look forward to seeing you soon. 

Namaste, 

Sandra 

SANDRA's YOGA in your own HOME:     

You are invited to my scheduled Zoom and Moxie classes. Please come!


On Moxie.xyz I offer you: 

Mondays 5:45-6:45 PM   Lunar Vinyasa
Wednesdays 9:00-10:00 AM   Yoga for Strong Bones
Saturdays 9:00-10:00 AM   SloFlo Vinyasa

To join my Moxie classes:
Payment for Moxie classes is right on the moxie website: Easy-peasy. Rate is either Flexpay (whatever you deem appropriate for the instruction you receive from me) or a set rate, depending upon the class. My subscription rate for unlimited classes is $100/mo., a savings of $80 for 3 classes per week. Classes will run at these times until April 14.

On Zoom I offer you: 

Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 AM-10:00 AM Yin Yoga

To Join my Zoom classes:
https://zoom.us/j/91012221652?pwd=aG9hVXQ1MW0zRnd2WkNvUkJTWkRpdz09

Meeting ID: 910 1222 1652
Passcode: 381172


Payment for Zoom classes can be made by Venmo at
www.venmo.com/sandra-carden-8
Or, contact me if you need another method. Pay a recommended $15 per class, or whatever you feel is fair for the value of my classes. Classes will run at these times until April 14.

 



 

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Seeing You in the 5th Dimension!

As we all get more familiar with practcing Yoga from home, I am completely in awe of the fact that we are all connected on the etheric plane. Yoga teaches, through the ontological outline of the Tattvas the means by which spirit becomes manifest. Through a series of step-downs, or condensations, what was spirit becomes more and more compressed until it becomes material. We, and everything we can see, hear, taste and touch, are a braided combination of elements. We, and everything else, are Earth, Wind, Fire, Water and Air. With the blossoming of the World Wide Web of Energy we enter and connect in Space/Time. We all join a unified matrix of energetic connection in the same etheric place and the same moment, even if we are not physically together. It is with such awe that I feel at the wonder of it all. I am so grateful that we can meet, from wherever we are on the physical plane, in a field of joined energy and awareness. As our web grows and expands, we are all supported ever more and more through our combined agreement. Thank you for your conscious place in this yoga circle of acknowledgement and joy. Namaste!

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Welcome Back to the Mat


UNION/YOGA LLC
Sandra Carden, ERYT 500

sandra@unionyoga.com 


With Winter upon us, take care of yourself first.

Happy 2021!
Things feel lighter, in spite of the fact that I've been having issues with my internet service. 
I thank you for your undying patience and humor over this frustrating impediment! 
In mid-January, I'll be broadcasting my classes (and adding more class offerings) via Moxie.xyz

For this coming week, January 3-9, please meet up with on Zoom, on Tuesday the 5th and Thursday the 7th at 9 AM for Yin Yoga at Home. Let's join as One to welcome in 2021! 

FYI, if you are unfamiliar with Yin style yoga, it is a great counterpoint to more aerobic yoga styles, and suitable for all levels. Through long, sustained poses and focused breath, Yin Yoga will lubricate your joints and increase your range of motion. It will signal your bones to draw in more calcium and minerals through evenly held weight-bearing. Yin Yoga is mostly on the floor. You won't be standing at all. It's so wonderfully relaxing- but deep.
You should bring your mat or a blanket to lie on, two yoga blocks and a blanket to sit on, or for support under your knees in shavasana


From this link, you should get a Registration and a new link to JOIN the class. Please give yourself an extra few minutes before class begins to complete this process.

When I start on Moxie in January, you will need to download that App. It's Moxie.xyz.  
I look forward to continuing to serve you in sharing yoga education and practice throughout this new year and beyond. It is, and you are my joy!

Namaste, Sandra


Tuesday, December 15, 2020

RETURN TO LIGHT SOLSTICE YOGA NIDRA CELEBRATION



Darkest Night Yoga and Meditation 


Return to Light!
Winter Solstice Yoga Nidra
Monday, December 21, 2020

4:30-6:00 PM 
FREE to ALL on ZOOM




Get cozy, settle in. For this is the longest night. 
Stay. Rest. Wait. This is the darkest hour. 
Behold. Wonder. Observe. This is the shadow.
This is the fertile ground of dreams...

Yoga Nidra is a yogic practice of wakeful dreaming. It is seeing into the darkness. It is opening to the recognition and creation of something just on the horizon (something completely unknown). Something astonishing.

Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep” takes you sweetly, dreamily, tier by tier, to your deepest knowing. It is tending to your darkness as the fertile birthplace of your longing for healing, justice, peace, and love. 

Yoga Nidra gives us something real to live by with integrity, compassion, and forgiveness in times of ambiguity and fear. It is the practice of finding safety in the shadows. 

You will only need to lie in a comfortable position, safe and warm. 
Turn off the devices. Turn down the lights. 
And listen. 
Just practice. All is coming!


Sandra Carden, ERYT 500 began her yoga engagement in the 1970s. She is the founder of UNION/YOGA LLC, the first dedicated yoga studio in Michigan. She has conducted yoga classes, workshops, and teacher certifications as well as private yoga therapy and consultations internationally. It is her sincere joy to serve you in the sharing of yoga.  

RETURN TO LIGHT YOGA NIDRA SOLSTICE CEREMONY
This celebration is FREE, although you must register for your Zoom connection http://www.yoga4.net/
Namaste, May the Force be with You.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Hang on to Your Center!


There is so much to be gleaned in times when we are afforded more space, more quietude, more time, and more time in nature. 

With "distancing" you may appreciate more awareness of how things actually are. You may notice that, in spite of any threat, there is available a place of solace and ease inside oneself.

Yoga (meaning Union with All) is the portal to that place inside your deepest being, like the eye of the storm, where you know, in your stillness, that you are okay.

Beneath the onslaught of sensory signals, there is wide-open peace.

Practice. Practice your brand of yoga, so that you are operating from a place of presence. Able to respond to whatever the moment brings. Response-ability, rather than reaction.

Yoga is a true and reliable means of staying balanced and unaffected by the tsunami of wild change. This dependable place of easy centered-ness is always right here, right now. It always available to you, no matter the weather, time of day, who you are, what you have, who you know, or what you need to get there.

Life is full of wondrous things, both attractive and repulsive. That's just the way of it. The trick is to not be so attached to either, but to cultivate aplomb. Take your time. Find your center. Balance there, and ride the wave.

Let's just do this: I invite you to practice with me. Go to <www.yoga4.net> to see my virtual live classes on Zoom and archived classes, free and on demand, through YouTube. 

I bow to you. May the Force of Life be With YOU. Namasté.     

Monday, September 23, 2019

UP NORTH SILENT RETREAT

Before the Holidays arrive, take a moment to nurture your Self, to set your Intention, and to find your Still Point in Peace.
What could be more precious than time away, free from your daily roles, without obligations, schedules, or time demands? Add to this an environment of sacred space, steeped in nature, with great food set before you, and a space of your own with no environmental static.

Arrive Friday to your own private room and bath. We will meet Friday evening for orientation and contemplative guidance, followed by our evening meal. We will close the day with a brief yoga and meditation practice.

Dorothy and Sandra will offer direction and guidance at Friday evening's group practice concerning your time in silence. Silence will begin with the meditation on Friday evening.

On Saturday we will silently practice the 8 limbs of yoga, including meditation and asana practice, in several outlined sessions. In your free time, you may choose to stay within your own experience, in your room, walking the grounds and outdoor labyrinth, attending the chapel for prayer, or in the reading room for contemplation, or the communal room for additional yoga and/or meditation practice.

Your time is your own. Although there will be structure offered, you may design your weekend to suit you own personal needs and intuition. Nothing will be required of you.

Two sit-down meals are offered on Saturday, while breakfast will be offered buffet-style. Guests are encouraged to bring favorite treats or snacks to share throughout the weekend, and any specialized food items for your own health and comfort. 

On Sunday we will break silence after our morning practice. Our last meal together is Sunday brunch. We'll be talking!

Upon registration you will receive an itinerary for the Up North Silent Retreat, a full list of items you may wish to bring, (and those not to bring), relevant reading materials, and a location map. 

Dorothy and Sandra sincerely open their hearts to you in offering this profound experience of pratyahara, inner-focused silence. Please join us.

$458, all inclusive. Please register at www.yoga4.net.  Namaste.

Monday, July 22, 2019

YIN YOGA CERTIFICATION at Yoga4

What is Yin Yoga?
Yin Yoga is a meditative or mindful style that deliberately releases body tensions and enhances awareness through increased moisture of the fascia. 

My yoga anatomy teacher, Tom Myers, author of Anatomy Trains, defines fascia or connective tissue as the “biomechanical autoregulation system,” or BARS. He writes, “It appears that cells assemble and stabilize themselves via tensional signaling, that they communicate with and move through the local surroundings...and that the musculo-fascial-skeletal system, as a whole, functions as a tensegrity.” Meaning: Everything is connected to everything else. When one cell is pressed upon, all others align to react, respond, adapt and support the tension. We grow into the shape we are leaning toward.

Tom’s opinion on whether this living matrix is “conscious,” or simply a neuro-muscular transmission is yet to be determined. I tend to lean toward an acknowledgment of a vast intelligence, of some unknown Source, working through humankind on a cellular and sub cellular level for the purpose of alignment with Truth. I love to consider the possibility contained in that.

“Anatomy Trains,” as you may know, are the myofascial meridians (nadis in Sanskrit) which encase and enfold the body. These meridians broadcast and receive information. They transmit life's energetic sparking that criss-crosses and spans the entire body. From skin and bones, through organs and into the seas of intracellular fluids, we are a vast, wondrous, living, growing, changing, complex communication system.

Your streams of connective tissue allow for communication of aliveness through their symbiotic inner-spatial relationship. Through scientific study we know that conscious, controlled and aligned movement creates a harmonic tone and resonance across the myofascial meridians. This communication and receptivity results in optimal cellular health and overall well-being. 

Yoga achieves conscious, controlled and aligned movement brilliantly. Through the practice of Yin Yoga, we go beyond mere stretching to a depth of amplified awareness. It's like tuning your radio to a station that’s loud and clear. Tuned-in Self-awareness brings the possibility of change– a sudden washing-free of old patterns, and a fresh, new reshaping of vital tissues. A reshaping of your life itself. Please join me.


Yin Yoga Certification

Weekdays August 19-23 and 26-30
6-8:30 AM (25 Hours) $450
Open to all Yoga teachers and interested students
[Certification requires 5 hours additional home study]
Yoga4, Lake Leelanau, MI 49653
Register at www.yoga4.net