Autumnal Chakra Dance

Celebrate the fluid consciousness of Autumn
within a welcoming and supportive
woman’s circle

in Southern Vermont

Women’s circles evoke a sense of sisterhood, and also a feeling of being in a maternal space. There is a deep sense of being connected to one another, at an archetypal level. ~Jean Shinoda Bolen

Autumnal Chakra Dance
a Let Your Yoga Dance women’s circle
in Marlboro, VT
Dancing through the body’s energy centers
with the energy signature of the season: release, flow, rebirth.
Tuesdays, November through Winter Solstice
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

*With 2 options for missed gatherings:
1. Bring someone new to the dance.
2. Receive the chakra playlist to dance at home.
(* Or drop into a yoga class with my husband Casey as space is available.)

For ALL women who like to move to music!
No other experience, skill/talent relevant.

Autumnal Journey: $123.45 (pre-pay rate)
Paypal link for pre-pay rate
Facebook event page

Marlboro Elementary School is centrally located on Route 9 in Marlboro, Vermont.


Participant feedback….

It’s more than a workout–it’s spiritual grounding and a chance to experience true freedom. It’s exactly what you need each and every moment.

I feel lighter and uplifted!

I love feeling the music through my body.

It was easy to be free.  I remembered that I love to exercise.  I remembered that I do have flexibility.  I moved within and out.

I liked how the class flowed– how we had time to move to ourselves and with  others.

I find myself dancing and moving more throughout the week.

I have been feeling more in touch with my body’s needs as far as stretching, flexibility, mindfullness, and self-appreciation.

Let Your Yoga Dance helps me to come back into myself. Since I spend a lot of time leading other people and directing activities, I really appreciate the chance to support my very important intention of settling into myself.

Very relaxing, very healing, very conducive to epiphany.

Click here for more voices on dancing with Kelly through the chakras.

Kelly Salasin holds a Bachelors of Science degree in education and is a certified Yoga and YogaDance instructor, as well as a longtime crafter of classes, retreats, workshops, events & journeys–locally, regionally, internationally & online. Kelly regularly assists leading presenters/programs at Kripalu Yoga and Health Center including Let Your Yoga Dance teaching trainings and yoga and meditation retreats. Kelly serves as adjunct faculty at the Hits the Spot Yoga Teacher Training Center leading chakra experiences–on and off the mat.

Contact Kelly for more information or to hold your space in this dancing circle of women.

Schedule conflict or location a barrier? Ask Kelly about the seasonal online journey: Writing through the Chakras.

Summer Chakra Dance

Celebrate the expansive energy of the sun
with the cooling & nourishing retreat of a
woman’s circle

in Southern Vermont

God may be in the details. But the Goddess is in connections.
~Gloria Steinem

Chakra Dance
a Let Your Yoga Dance women’s circle
in Marlboro, VT
dancing through the body’s energy centers
highlighting each of the 7 chakras
*Late July through early September
Thursdays, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Skill & experience irrelevant

*With 3 options for missed gatherings:
chakra playlist & meditation access or
chakra consultation with Kelly
or morning yoga with Casey.

Facebook event page
Early-bird $111.11
Paypal link
Room for 11.

Note: Marlboro, Vermont is located in the southern most part of the state between Brattleboro & Wilmington, VT.

Carpoolers take 10% off. Find a friend. Make it a date.

It was easy to be free.  I remembered that I love to exercise.  I remembered that I do have flexibility.  I moved within and out.

The music ROCKS!

OMG! I can’t believe how much fun I’ve been missing!

I love it!!! Every time!!

I feel lighter and uplifted!

I love feeling the music through my body.

I liked how the class flowed– how we had time to move to ourselves and with  others.

I find myself dancing and moving more throughout the week.

I realize that I don’t know my body very well–and I want to.  This helps. I trust you as a teacher.

I have been feeling more in touch with my body’s needs as far as stretching, flexibility, mindfullness, and self-appreciation.

It helps me to come back into myself. Since I spend a lot of time leading other people and directing activities, I really appreciate the chance to support my very important intention of settling into myself.

Very relaxing, very healing, very conducive to epiphany.

Click here for more voices on dancing with Kelly through the chakras.

Kelly Salasin

Kelly Salasin holds a Bachelors of Science degree in education and is a certified Yoga and Let Your Yoga Dance instructor, as well as a longtime crafter of classes, retreats, workshops, events & journeys–locally, regionally, internationally & online. Kelly regularly assists leading presenters/programs at Kripalu Yoga and Health Center including Let Your Yoga Dance teaching training and yoga and meditation retreats. Kelly serves as adjunct faculty at the Hits the Spot Yoga Teacher Training Center leading chakra experiences–on and off the mat.

Contact Kelly for more information or to hold your space in this dancing circle of women.

Women’s circles evoke a sense of sisterhood, and also a feeling of being in a maternal space. There is a deep sense of being connected to one another, at an archetypal level.  (Jean Shinoda Bolen)

Click here for more summer programming for women.

a season of self-care play!

(artist: Holly Sierra, Stowe, VT)
(artist: Holly Sierra, Stowe, VT)

Nourish yourself–body & mind & spirit–with 3 autumn offerings for women–gently led by lifelong educator, writer, yoga/yogadance instructor, Kelly Salasin in Southern Vermont:

Let Your Yoga Dance (Tuesday evenings):
Recharge with 90 minutes of music, movement & meditation through the chakras in this weekly gathering of women. Let the music (rock, classical, r&b & more) do the work. Skill & experience irrelevant. (If you can take a brisk walk, you can yogadance.) 11 classes for $123.45.  Tuesdays, 6:30 pm beginning in September. Marlboro Elementary, Marlboro, VT. 

Hits the Spot Yoga (Friday Mornings):
Nourish body, mind & spirit with 70 minutes of simple movement, music and meditation; gently explored through the chakras in a circle of women. Skill & experience irrelevant. (If you can get up and down off the floor, you can participate.)
9 classes, sliding scale $77.77-$99.99. Marlboro, VT. Fridays, 7:45-9:00 am, beginning in October. Meetinghouse School, Marlboro, VT.

Writing through the Chakras (Online) 
Click here for details…

Self-care combination packages:

Add the yoga session to the dance session with a donation for yoga (instead of the sliding scale of $77.77-$99.99.)

*Combine yoga, dance & writing for yourself this fall and make an offer that works for both of us.

(Note: Frequent travelers who want to participate at a savings on the drop-in rate for yoga or dance–$15–can also make a session offer that works for us both.)

Contact Kelly for enrollment information:

 

Autumn YogaDANCE in New England

Klimt (visipix.com)

“The most ravishing experience you can have is of the mysterious, of living in consecrated curiosity, with the symphony of the universe playing through you and the still point laying claim to the heart.” 

Jennifer Louden

Fall is associated with the watery, sensual Second Chakra, located in the hip region. This is our center of creativity, and Autumn is the perfect time to rediscover our relationship with the juicy flow of our own lives.

Each YogaDANCE class moves through chakras, from the 1st to the 7th, with music and movement to connect you with these vital energy centers.

On the outside, it looks like a dance party–with a new soundtrack each week to inspire RELEASE in everyBODY (skill & experience irrelevant)–World, Rock, Funk, Classics, Blues & more.

The guidance is simple, the atmosphere low-key, and the energy supportive & FUN.

We warm up the body, we strengthen it, we energize it with 20+minutes of aerobic activity (at our own pace) and then we stretch it and rest it–discovering a depth of presence (and clarity) that is precious in our full lives.

Fall 2012 Session Schedule

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:45 pm thru December 20, 2012.

Marlboro, Vermont

(Classes run for approx. 1 hour and take place in the Outback at Marlboro Elementary School on Rte. 9–just minutes from the Brattleboro area & the Deerfield Valley.)

Session Packages

Dance Both Tuesdays & Thursdays (up to 20 classes) for $150.

(Makeup missed classes by bringing a friend)

Choose Tuesdays or Thursdays (up to 10 classes) for $99.

(Makeup missed classes by bringing a friend or by dancing on alternate night)

(Family/Carpool SAVINGS–Deduct $25 for each additional person–or $50 for the combined Tues/Thur session)

Drop-in Card–5 classes for $60–May be shared among family members

*To find out more about Fall 2012 Session: contact certified Kripalu YogaDance Instructor, Kelly Salasin. 

To read more about YogaDance, click here.

Blog Action Day Post

Kelly Salasin

Today, I have the privilege of joining my voice with thousands of other bloggers AROUND THE WORLD on behalf of climate change.  You can do the same by signing up here: http://www.blogactionday.org/en/blogs/new.

As a writer, I tend not to think as globally as “climate change” because I get overwhelmed, very quickly.  But I’m pushing my comfort edge for today– for my fellow bloggers, human beings, and for this gorgeous planet we have been given.

I am encouraged that so many voices share this concern.  Most encouraging to me  is the growing religious-environmental movement which offers the following resources for inspiration and action:

Renewal is the first feature-length documentary film to capture the vitality and diversity of today’s religious-environmental activists. From within their Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and Muslim traditions–women, men and children are re-examining what it means to be human and how we live on this planet.

At the heart of the film Renewal are stories of combating global warming and the devastation of mountaintop removal, of promoting food security, environmental justice, recycling, land preservation, and of teaching love and respect for life on Earth.

Another inspiring resource from the religious community is: The Carbon Fast, developed by the Religion and Ecology Committee of the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Initiative (Brattleboro, VT.)  Modeled after traditional religious fasts, this interfaith fast sets out one action for each of forty days, by which one can make a difference in some aspect of energy consumption.

The fast is based on the book, The Low Carbon Diet, an easy to use guide that will show you, step-by-step, how to dramatically reduce your CO2 output in just a month’s time. The book is published by Chelsea Green, a publisher of sustainable living books since 1994.

Sharing initiatives such as those listed above will be a  part of the International Day of Climate Action on Saturday, October 24, aiming to raise awareness about the need to reduce CO2 emissions below 350 parts per million to avoid the worst effects of global warming.

Mid-Life Fantasies (& Stop Signs)

Today, I caught myself in what must be a “mid-life” moment.

It’s hard for me to accept that I’m old enough or pathetic enough to fit this stereotype, but there I was chauffeuring my kids around town, while daydreaming about my neighbor.

The crazy thing is that I’m not particularly attracted to the guy; I’m just bored and forty– wiped out from a decade of mothering and the complacency of a stable, happy marriage (not to mention wide hormonal fluctuations.)

Why is that man holding up a stop sign, Mommy?”

An inquiry from the back seat puts me behind the wheel of the mini-van again. I press on the brake while internally chastising myself for the whole imagined affair.

How did I become so cliché? I can’t be one of those desperate housewives having mid-life fantasies (it’s bad enough that I AM a housewife.) I used to be so cool, so original. I went to college in London, backpacked through Europe, ran a restaurant at twenty. What’s happened?

It’s a rainy day and a Monday at that, so the boys and I have head out early for our “Mommy and Me” dance class downtown. I’d been waiting for years for my youngest to be old enough to enroll in this highlight of the parental week. Stopping for the road crew in West Brattleboro ate up some of the extra time so I didn’t even complain when a utility truck passed us, knocking over a traffic cone, and delaying our passage even further.

The construction worker holding up the sign in question assessed the situation without a moment’s hesitation– jogged across the wet road to the fallen cone, kicked it into the air, and with one fell swoop of his work boot, set it back into place. Just like that!

What style! I thought, as he returned to his post. What self-assuredness! Before he could turn his sign to “Slow,” I was off on another fantasy, hoping that as I drove past, there was actually a decent looking younger man under all that bright yellow gear.

Mommy, why did that man kick the cone in the air?” comes the question from the backseat, derailing another imaginary affair.

Although I truly adore my husband, what I miss most in him is the type of competency and confidence At every turn, I am greeted by his fumbling… buying a used lawnmower that only works once; taken by surprise by meetings, appointments, and events that he writes on little pieces of paper and never looks at again; unable to open the refrigerator and come up with something for dinner– beyond ordering pizza.

I know that I should be perfectly pleased with a man who loves me and who helps with the kids and the home, but I still want the cool, smooth stuff. Is that too much to ask– at my age?

When I really think about it, I used to see my husband like that, only he wasn’t a husband or father then, he was just a guy, like the cone kicker.

I can picture him the morning he arrived at the staff orientation, almost eighteen years ago, and smiled at me, his new boss, across the span of a banquet table filled with new waiters and waitresses.

How he, just shy of twenty, carefully balanced confidence with humility, charm with sincerity, flirtation with tenderness– and thus was the first, in a long line of hopefuls, who knew how to take on my fierce independence– allowing the little girl inside to soak up his love and attention.

Only last night, with a child wedged between us, my cool guy brushed his clunky foot against my shin in a romantic goodnight gesture gone awry– scratching my knee with his jagged toe nail in the process.

Yuck!” I thought. “Disgusting!” and as I turned away to drift off to sleep, I knew it was definitely over.  In one fell swoop of neglected hygiene, I wanted to wash my hands of him forever.

In the morning, when I awoke to a fresh cup of mint tea and his goodbye kiss, I was a bit more rational. I remembered our days in the restaurant, how he carried a tray full of drinks with ease, and how he handled all of his customers (and now me and the kids) with such kindness and flair.

I think I’ll try plugging him into my fantasies today.

(Want to read more honest writing on the topic of marriage? Head to the Marriage Journey, my new blog that travels  from “I do” to “ever after.” )

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