Finding God in the Music

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I lost Jesus at 14 when the woman I loved most in this world was crushed by an eighteen-wheeler. I didn’t trust God anymore. What kind of world kills your grandmother and her best friends on their way to a fundraiser?

In the absence of His love and that of my beloveds, I found myself a man; But in the end I couldn’t (and wouldn’t) trust him either. Neither did my own father remain steadfast in his love. Those years were swollen with pain, as I watched my family splinter, until there was little left upon which I could rest faith.

Shortly after I gave up on God, some of my siblings took up with him–in that boorish, effusive way of the freshly born-again. Their new-found love, only made me lonelier; and their certainty that Jesus belonged to them, left me wondering how he had ever been my friend.

In my twenties, I came to Al-Anon, and began dating my Higher Spirit, who remained faceless, and who never quite hit the spot like the handsome guy in robes with penetrating eyes and long, sandy hair. It would be decades before I came to peace without a spiritual beloved, and until then I searched for him in many faiths.

When I finally found what I was looking for, it wasn’t in a chapel or a temple or even a women’s circle, it was in the music.  On the night before my beloved grandfather’s funeral–the man who lost his wife to the tragedy that stole God–my sister handed me some music that she was ready to discard.

She saved my soul that night, though not in the way she had always wanted.

When the soloist delivered Jesus to me in her rich, sultry tones, it didn’t matter that the stirring I felt inside made no sense.

When the storms in my life are raging. When the weight of this world drives me to my knees… I found a Hiding Place…

I felt the love that had once been mine.

I reclaimed Spirit then, in every song and sound, no matter whence it sprang…

Allah, Yahweh, Jesus, Krishna, Shakti, Kuan Yin, Earth, Water, Sky, Home

With music–and now movement–I make sacred the mystery of this journey we call life, without needing to name it or know why.

Moon Circles & Wheel of Life Retreats

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A series of ongoing YogaDance “Circles” and “Retreats” for Women is taking place through spring in Southern Vermont.


Both the “circles” and the “retreats” include YogaDancing through the chakras~with music and movement especially aligned with the season.

The Moon Circles take place in the evening and include brief ritual and meditation as well as dancing.

The Wheel of Life Retreats take place in the afternoon with expanded ritual, meditation and communal art.

Take a look at the upcoming dates to see if you’d like to be a part of the energy of women gathering with movement and ritual.

Space in these imitate gatherings is limited so advance registration is necessary.



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~Full Moon Circle, Thursday, February 17, from 6:30 to 8 pm.


~Spring Equinox Retreat, Sunday, March 20, from 1 to 3:30 pm.

(Waiting list only)

~Beltane Retreat, Sunday, May 1, from 1 to 3:30 pm.

(Waiting list only)

~All offered by donation~

Contact me to inquire about available space in either a circle or retreat.


Yours in the Dance!

A Blessing for Summer Solstice

from Loren Cruden, author of The Spirit of Place

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Powers of the South, the Summer, I come to you in prayer

In the midday light without shadow,

I thank you for lessons for growth, passion and relationship.

I pray to be with the sacred fire of the South

in a transformative way.

I ask for courage in this place of action and change;

I ask that my will be guided by right intention

and that my medicine be good

under the bright sun.

Let my idealism come not from self righteousness

or anger,

not from arrogance.

Powers of the South

I pray for the soul’s awakening to love

and for the vigor of youth to be within in my sacred dance.

May I express through every aspect of manifestation

the joy and grace of life’s vitality.

May I fully live!

(To join a 2010 Solstice Morning Dance in Southern, VT, click here.)

Community Solstice Dance for Women

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Join an gathering of women

on the morning of the Summer Solstice

Monday, June 21, 2010

in Southern Vermont.

The Solstice Dance is open to ALL women, ages 5 and up, by donation. Skill & experience irrelevant! ( If you can take a brisk walk, you can YogaDance.)

This event will be led by Kripalu YogaDance instructor Kelly Salasin with a chakra-based soundtrack featuring the sounds of summer.

This is an hour of music & movement that will serve you all week long--in body, mind & soul. Dance barefoot, dress to move, bring your water bottle.

At the Marlboro School

centrally located on Route 9 in Marlboro, VT

(just minutes from surrounding southern VT towns)

by donation

click here to contact Kripalu Instructor Kelly Salasin or more info.

The Kuan Yin Series

Solstice class (6/21) open to drop-ins by donation!

Southern Vermont Kripalu YogaDance presents~

the Kuan Yin “Awakening the Heart”  Series for Women

beginning the day after Mothers Day

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Create an OASIS in your week with Kripalu YogaDANCE (KYD)~ in an hour that will Soothe sadness, Lighten overwhelment & Amplify Self-LOVE, Clarity & Possibility!

The Kuan Yin Series meets Mondays at 8:45 am, May 10 through June 21~with the gift of an extended class on the Summer Solstice (6/21~the day after Father’s Day.)

Each of the 7 classes in this 7 chakra series richly explores a corresponding  chakra, beginning with the first chakra at the the 1st class and ending with the seventh chakra at the 7th class.

During this hour together, the gift of MUSIC will lead you on a nourishing journey of  MOVEment (INside & out) through the chakras. Skill & experience is DELIGHTFULLY irrelevant! (There’s simply nothing to be “good at” or “better at” in Kelly’s KYD classes.)

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Reserve your spot now: $49~7 classes, 7 chakras, 7 dollars each.

Classes meet in the Outback at Marlboro Elementary School on Route 9 in Marlboro, just minutes from Brattleboro, Wilmington & surrounding towns. Movement is done barefoot (or with clean non-marking soles–like sneakers.) Dress is “comfortable.” Mats are available.  Bring your water bottle to stay hydrated!

Kripalu YogaDance~take fitness to new levels~inside & out!

For more information about YogaDance & Kripalu certified instructor, Kelly Salasin, click here.

In the legend of Kuan Yin, the ascended bodhisattva turns away from the gates of Nirvana in order to stay in the world until all beings are free from suffering.” from Songs of Kuan Yin, heart-opening music to invoke the Divine Feminine

“All of life is prayer.”

Beltane Bliss!

“Learn to step lightly from one miracle to the next.” SARK

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Do you long for a few hours of escape?

~A mini-vacation within your hurried life?

~A chance to “tune in” instead of “tune out”?

~A place to honor yourself for the gifts you give?

Join us for~

“Beltane Bliss”

a Morning Retreat for Women

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

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in the Green Mountains of Southern Vermont

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Beltane Bliss Preview~

We’ll open our circle on this the cross-quarter day between Equinox & Solstice with a meditative stroll on the wooded paths behind the Meetinghouse, seeking signs of fertility on the earth– and in our lives–opening the heart of our time together.

During this morning retreat for women of all ages, we’ll unfold our bodies & our lives through the chakras~ with great music, fun movement & simple meditation.

With the heart-opening sounds of Kuan Yin, Goddess of Compassion, we’ll bless the “mothers” who came before us–and those among us–for the creative gifts we share with the world.

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We’ll leave REFRESHED from the WELL SPRINGS of our being–and depart READY to fertilize more of life’s dreams!

Afterward, those who like can gather in the town park just across the way to watch the Morris Dancers bless the Earth for May Day.  Bring a blanket & a picnic lunch! Meet your family/friends there.

Spring Equinox Retreat Participants have this to say about the gathering that took place in March:

“Beautifully planned.”

“The introduction to chakras has opened a new doorway for me.”

” I love ritual & the power of inspired women.”

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“I was ready to open my heart — to try something new.”

“I love moving with the scarves.”

“I AM rejuvenated!”

“I’ve already recommended it others!”

Beltane Bliss Details:

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The Beltane Bliss Retreat takes place on Saturday, May 1st, from 9:00 am- 12:30 pm at the lovely Meetinghouse in Marlboro, VT (just minutes from Brattleboro & Wilmington) and nearby NH and MA.

Registration is $35/$45 at the door (if space available.)

Lifelong educator, author, life coach & Kripalu YogaDance instructor Kelly Salasin is honored to lead this morning retreat for women of all ages.  For more information about Kelly, click here or to see more comments about Kelly’s leading & YogaDance classes click here.

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Combine this retreat with the Monday morning Kuan Yin YogaDance Series for Women (May 10-June 21) for only $75 (includes 7 week YogaDance session and the Beltane Retreat)~a blessed combination to honor mothers.

Click here to contact Kelly to enroll or for more info.

There are a number of accommodations in Marlboro and in nearby Brattleboro.  The Whetstone Inn is right next door to the Meetinghouse in Marlboro where our event will take place.  I hear Jean’s breakfasts are wonderful!  It always smells so good inside!


LIGHT up the darkest day of the year with Music and MOVEment~INside & out!

Kripalu YogaDanceYD Presents~
A Soltice Dance for ALL ages!
Monday, December 21 at 3:45 pm

in the Outback at Marlboro Elementary School on Route 9 in Marlboro, VT

This special holiday class of LIGHT is offered for only $7 per person ($5 youth, $15 family)–

and FREE for anyone who enrolls in the New Year KYD Session

(Thursdays, Jan. 7-March 18, 3:45 pm)

For more information about the New Year session & early-bird discounted rates, click here

or click here to contact certified Kripalu Instructor Kelly Salasin .

Chakra Dance~Southern VT!

Seeking 8 to 12 inspired women for a 7 week in-depth YogaDance journey to be held in Southern Vermont (location TBA):

Thursday mornings from 9:00-10:30 am


Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm

Each class features dancing through the chakras with music to inspire everyBODY, inside & out!

Classes will begin and end with guided meditation (aka. focused attention) on the chakra system to provide clarity for the day– or for the dream state (depending on which class you attend– am or pm.)

Additionally each of the 7 classes will highlight attention on one of the seven chakras, eg. 1st class, 1st chakra; 2cnd class, 2cnd chakra through to the 7th class & 7th chakra!

This KYD Chakra Session is set to begin as soon as registration is filled.  Because of the in-depth nature of this experience, class size will be limited and enrollment closed once the session begins. A waiting list will be formed for follow up sessions.

The 7 week Chakra Session is offered on a sliding scale of $99-125.   To enroll, contact Kripalu certified instructor:  Kelly Salasin.

Kripalu YogaDance is designed for everyBODY, young and old, skill & experience irrelevant. If you can take a brisk walk, you can YogaDance.  The music does the rest!

For feedback on Kelly’s instruction, click here, or contact Kelly for more information.

Note: I am currently exploring various locations in the Southern VT area to host this Chakra Session seeking a balance of SPACE for movement– and ATMOSPHERE for connection. Classes will most likely be held in Brattleboro or Marlboro, VT, but I’m open to greater exploration.  If you have a fun/sacred space to recommend, let me know.

Let Your Yoga Dance with Kelly!

I’ve always wanted to live inside a song.  Now I do!
Kelly Salasin, Let Your Yoga Dance Instructor

Kelly Ann Beach
Your instructor, 40+ years ago!

Let Your Yoga Dance stems from the yogic tradition of loving acceptance of self.
Kelly celebrates the individual and the communal in every class.

Your beauty as a teacher felt contagious!

You rock Kelly!
Love your taste and skill with the music!!
and the very open, comfortable atmosphere”

A creative, joyful class.

I just love Let Your Yoga Dance and your leadership!

I appreciate that Kelly ALWAYS encourages us to do what is needed for us.

I’ve always had a hard time with left & right movement directions, but here I it was okay!  Your directions were calm and I felt free to move with and without direction.

I love your healing touch!

I like the slow centering start.
Half the fun is being surprized by the wacky things you come up with!It was good exercise that didn’t feel like work.

Kelly obviously puts a lot of thought into the orchestration of each session before we gather, but once we start it feels like she throws it all up to the wind and the women and it lands beautifully, naturally, uniquely so that we all feel like we built something together. Women building something unique together.

I liked the pace and the freedom to move how we wanted to.  I appreciated your warmth and energy as a teacher!

I appreciate the sensuousness of your leadership.

Your sweet spirit is a joy to follow!  Thank you for the gift of touching, eye contact, and dancing with new friends.

Kelly, you’re so good at what you do!

I love the music and your energy! Excellent variety but with a similar structure each time. You have a good balance of giving ideas and letting each do what we want. Lots of fun

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

I used to love dancing. Your classes have put me back in touch with this very basic need to express myself using movement. Your selections of music for the classes are evocative and fun. I have experienced a feeling of joy and well-being in your class that is truly wonderful.

For information about classes, contact Kelly.

To view Kudos for the Let Your Yoga Dance experience, click here.

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