Ode to the mat

“There is no joy without gratitude.”
~Brené Brown

I’m not sure whose praises to sing first. My own for getting up early to drive Casey to work so that I could squeeze in a morning class in this very full day. My teacher for his faithfulness to the practice over a lifetime and the deep well from which he leads with humility and humor and grace. The ancient practitioners who created this union, this yoking–of body/mind/spirit–that we call yoga. This miracle of a body inside which an unfathomable web of communication happens on my behalf–with each breath, each movement, each prayer & intention. The bodies of the women in front of me in class, ten, twenty years my senior, shapely and supple, returning to the mat after each loss and surgery and every weekend indulgence. The blooming of the first tulips which I overlooked on my way into the studio.

(Shout out to Scott Willis at Hits The Spot Yoga at Solar Hill.)

Early-spring 2019
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Note: Although this was my very first blog, I rarely post here unless a piece of writing can’t find a home in one of these blog “offspring” where I attend, like one might to children, more frequently…

This Vermont Life

The Marriage Journey 

The Empty(ing) Nest Diary 

Two Owls Calling 

Pied Beauty

Kelly and Lila

The Yoga of Lila

Writing through the Chakras

The Motherless Muse

 

Dance Toward the Longest Night

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“The connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic and the most potentially transforming on the planet.”
~ Adrienne Rich

The days are shrinking.
The nights are growing longer.
The time to cultivate the light is upon us.
Poetry. Laughter. Communion.
A resilient heart.
Silence. Prayer. Surrender.

It’s all there in the dance.

Each gathering is delicately crafted through the chakras to nourish body, mind & soul—within a wide-range of music, gently-guided movement & meditative play.

A dance party. An exercise class. A women’s gathering. A personal pilgrimage.
Find what you need. Help shape it with others.

This unique & alchemical practice (requiring absolutely no skill or experience) lends greater wellbeing & joy in your day to day, particularly as our days shorten.

Opening at the end of October when the dark of the moon is upon us
and continuing into December as the full moon lights our way to the Winter Solstice…

These 75+ minute gatherings for women are held in the community space
at Marlboro Elementary School on Route 9 in Marlboro VT.

Dance barefoot. Dress to move. Bring a mat (or mat substitute.)

Tuesdays 5:30 pm, October 25th through December 20th, 2016.

Facilitator Kelly Salasin is a certified Let Your Yoga Dance & Yoga instructor who regularly assists leading presenters, retreats & trainings at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.

Full Session: $99.99 (pro-rated for newcomers if you sign up after session begins.)
Drop-in: $21 (as space allows, by reservation)
Drop-in rate can be applied to discounted session enrollment/pro-rated for the remainder of classes.

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Or Contact Kelly for more information:

Summer Offerings for Women

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90 minute classes, morning retreats & all day journeys
~for women~

Celebrate the expansive energy of the sun
with the nourishing energy of retreat, relaxation & rejuvenation

Solstice Circle Gathering: Friday, June 20, 2014

Let Your Yoga Dance classes: Thursday Evenings in July & August

Full Moon Mini-Retreat: Friday, July 11, 2014

Writing through the Chakras Retreat, Friday, August 1, 2014
(mid-point between Summer Solstice & Autumnal Equinox)

New Moon Mini-Retreat: Friday, August 22, 2014
(TBA)

For more information, contact Kelly.

 

 

Summer Chakra Mornings

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Mini-retreats  for women
in summer mornings splashed with
yoga, dance, meditation, ritual & journaling

Celebrate the expansive energy of the sun
with the balancing energy of personal retreat.

Summer Dates

Solstice Circle: Friday, June 20, 2014; enrollment now open

Full Moon Circle: Friday, July 11, 2014

Lúnasa Circle, Friday, August 1, 2014
(mid-point between Summer Solstice & Autumnal Equinox)

For more information, contact Kelly.

 

 

Let Your Yoga Dance (LYYD)~for Women (Southern Vermont)

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Each class poetically crafted with music & movement to nourish & inspire body, mind & soul through  winter’s waning into spring.

Tuesdays evenings at 6:30, February 4 through March (at the Marlboro Elementary School.)

Drop-in: $15 (as space allows, by reservation) or 6 classes for $75.

Up to 90 minutes of music, movement & meditation through the chakras–with classical, rock, R&B & more–for a full season of stretching, strengthening & aerobic expression/FUN.  Gently-guided, group-led & self-led movement. Dance experience & skill completely irrelevant.

Requirements: yoga or exercise mat, ability to take a brisk walk.

Find out more about Kelly’s Yoga & ChakraDance offerings with the Yoga & Dance tabs at the top of the page.

Or Contact Kelly to enroll or for more information:

Design a Home Retreat~With Friends

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Design your own retreat at home for yourself and friends… To celebrate special occasions, mark milestones, recognize passages, provide R&R at intense times of year.

You provide the hospitality and focus, I provide the facilitation. We work together to create a retreat for you and your women friends that nourishes, connects and uplifts.

My facilitation can include the following, adapted to your interests/needs:

  • mixer activities
  • speaking circles
  • meditations
  • yoga
  • yogadance
  • soundtracks
  • chakra explorations
  • personal journaling
  • writing work
  • soul collage
  • ceremony
  • ritual
  • and more…

Local per-person cost (complimentary for retreat host after 6 participants)

  • $35, Drop-in: up to 90 minutes of facilitation (plus 30+ minutes co-planning/prep)
  • $55, Morning, Afternoon or Evening: up to 3 hours of facilitation (plus 45+ minutes co-planning/prep)
  • $75, Full Day: 5+ hours of facilitation (plus 75+ minutes co-planning/prep)

(Minimum group size: 6 participants. Discounts for group size over 12.)

Note: Integrated facilitation packages for organizations, families and other groups available. (Long-distance arrangements possible.)

Contact Kelly to inquire about designing your own home retreat:

Autumnal YogaDance for Women (Southern Vermont)

Harvest Goddess by Holly Sierra
Harvest Goddess by Holly Sierra

Evening Chakra Dance for Women

75+ minutes of music, movement & meditation through the chakras–with classical, rock, R&B & more–for a season of fluid stretching, strengthening & aerobic expression/FUN.  Gently-guided, group-led and self-led movement. Dance experience & skill completely irrelevant.

Tuesdays evenings at 6:30 in Autumn, beginning September 24 (at the Marlboro Elementary School.)

9 class session— Sliding scale: $111.11 to 133.33  (Drop-in $15 when space allows, by reservation)

Requirements: yoga or exercise mat, ability to take a brisk walk.

Find out more about Kelly’s Yoga & ChakraDance offerings with the Yoga & Dance tabs at the top of the page.

Or Contact Kelly to enroll or for more information:

Mini-Retreats for Women

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“Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.”
~William Shakespeare

Take a pause in summer’s activity for a restorative morning at the historic Meetinghouse in Marlboro, Vermont. Enjoy the company of women within a supportive container of chakra-aligned music, movement & reflection. Deepen and expand your attention with guided meditation and journaling. Find connection, clarity and focus, wherever you are in life, in this 3-hour chakra massage for body, mind & soul.

Facilitator Kelly Salasin is a lifelong educator, writer/blogger, yoga/yoga-dance instructor who enjoys designing classes and retreats to nurture and nourish women. Skill & experience irrelevant.

“The experience was one of the most flowing and
releasing I have ever attended.   It was a pleasure to be in Kelly’s company
and those of the other woman…”

“I think you should have a retreat once a month.
Sign me up. I AM REJUVENATED!

“Kelly is a master at creating and holding a safe space to express yourself…”

“Big insights!”

Upcoming Mini-Retreats at Meetinghouse

Friday, August 16th

9 am til noon

Contact Kelly for more information/enrollment space.

a gentle yoga journey for women

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Firebird by Holly Sierra

(Update: Contact Kelly to be placed on the waiting list or to be notified of additional sessions.)

Join Yoga Instructor Kelly Salasin

as winter softens into spring

Friday mornings at 8:00 am

at the Meetinghouse in Marlboro, Vermont

Beginning March 8, 2013

(on International Women’s Day)

Space for 8 women

8-week session offered by donation

(Closed to drop-ins at this time)

For more information about yoga with Kelly, click here

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