Friday, December 13, 2013

No regular Yoga classes will be held in December

But......two restorative Yoga classes are coming soon. One in Rossville and the other in Lawrence!

Sunday, December 29th, 2013
Rossville Community Library
2 pm - 4 pm

Saturday, January 18th, 2014
The Wild Lotus Studio
9:30 am - 11:30 am


**Both classes have limited space available, so payment is needed to reserve your spot.

***We could make this a monthly gig if enough people are interested (yes, both locations).



Friday, November 15, 2013

Just a quick update.

I am very excited about the progress of my Yoga studio/fiber studio. This photo is an older one but it shows how lovely (and empty) it is. I have the entry, the north wall and 2 coats on the south wall. Tomorrow I should have the south wall completed. Then the ceiling and the loft next. It seems slow going but I want to do this project to the best of my abilities, so I don't have to do it again!

I am still teaching (and loving every minute of it) my Sunday Yoga classes at the Rossville library. Though the classes are usually small, I do have some devoted students. I also hope to teach another knitting class in the new year.

I have also finished my Reiki II training several months ago. I have enjoyed working with my friend and teacher, Marta Schwartz, and would highly recommend her if you are interested in receiving training in Reiki.

Recently, I have enrolled for a correspondence course with one of my favorite herbalists, Rosemary Gladstar. I have her very thick binder full of all the coursework right next to me and look forward to gaining more herbal knowledge from her teachings. After working at a health food store for 7 years, being a vegetarian for 10 years (although no longer) and studying Ayurvedic medicine for 11 years, I feel thankful that this showed up at exactly the right time. Ask and you shall receive.

Next year, I will have been teaching Yoga for 15 years. I will see if Yoga Alliance will accept my application for the "experienced" Yoga teacher designation. If accepted, then my classes can be used towards contact hours for either teachers in training or on-going teachers. I can also (in the eyes of Yoga Alliance) teach teachers and they will be recognized and registered with Yoga Alliance. Whatever the outcome with YA, I have always enjoyed and will continue to help students take care of themselves. Empowerment through knowledge, learning together all the while. We will see where this path takes me in the future.

Blessings and good health to you and your families during this upcoming holiday season and into the New Year!  

Be well. Namaste`

~ Cat

P.S. To those that have taken classes with me (in Lawrence or elsewhere) I will be opening up the studio for private or semi-private classes. As you can see in the photo, there is a wonderful Yoga rope wall, so the options are endless. I look forward to seeing your lovely faces soon. xxoo


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Thursday PM Yoga class

There have been several requests to have an evening Yoga class at the library. I will be offering a Thursday evening class starting in September but there is one hurdle. I am requiring that we have a minimum of 4 students sign up.

Sunday's class was a good size until the summer, which is typical. Summertime is family and outside time. Even though Yoga is a wonderful compliment to keep the body healthy, it is hard to fit everything into a busy schedule. I totally understand.

Although I have encouraged people to sign up for a "session," which just means a month's worth of classes, most pay the drop-in fee. That choice will still be available for Sundays. And if we get the minimum for Thursday's class, drop-ins can attend as long as there is room (which has always been the case).

So the distillation is:

Sunday classes
3 pm - 4:30 pm

Thursday classes start in September
6:30 pm - 8 pm
if we get the minimum enrollment of 4 students

Classes are $5.00 each 
All levels welcome.


I hope to see you on the mat!

Friday, August 16, 2013

YOGA: Coming to a convention near you!!!


I had a wonderful adventure yesterday. I was fortunate to teach some librarians Yoga at a convention they were having in Lawrence. It was a fun challenge to come up with something worthwhile for them, since we only had a chair for a prop (remember I am a Iyengar teacher which means we use lots of props). They were in "street clothes" with no sticky mats on carpeting. I was possibly never going to see them again so I wanted to give them easy, practical postures that they could do throughout the day that might relieve their bodies from the everyday stresses of life.

At least from my perspective, I feel that it was a success. We only had an hour, which isn't long, but we covered a lot of territory on how to open the chest, stand in a way that uses the structure (bones) in a healthy way and a few other tried and true stretches that keep the spine happy. All relatively easy stuff, especially if performed every day.

Good fun, to be sure.

And I already have someone who wants me to teach in Topeka in the next couple of months at another convention. Who knew? Sounds like another wonderful challenge for me as I share the wealth of information that my teachers have given me over the years about a subject I am very passionate about: Yoga!

Much love to you one and all as you go about your busy days. I do hope that you will give yourself enough time to just sit, be present, and revel in all that you have helped create. You most certainly are needed. Spread the love and it will come back in the most amazing ways.


~ Cat

Monday, June 10, 2013

Revision of the Thursday pm class

Sadly, no one showed up for the free class last Thursday. Consequently, I won't be teaching on Thursdays until the fall. Please check back for a start date. I first want to see if there is an interest in the community before committing to a second Yoga class.
As always, please email me with any questions:
Have a wonderful summer.
I hope to see you on the mat on Sundays from 3 pm - 4:30.
~ Cat

Monday, April 8, 2013

New start time at the library

We have a new 3 pm start time  
for the Sunday Yoga class  
at the Rossville Community Library!
Same great class, different time.

And something to look forward to in the near future is a Thursday 6:30 pm class at the library.  
Check back for more details.

Have a great week, folks. 
I hope to see you on the mat!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Times....they are a changin'

After teaching in Topeka for 3 years, it is time to turn my attention a little closer to home. I am not closing the door entirely but I have some wonderful opportunities presenting themselves as of late.

I am announcing that I will not renew my lease with the Learning for Life Center in Topeka. May 31st is when my contract ends, so my last class at that location will be Thursday, May 30th.

Teaching in Topeka has been a bumpy, exciting and enlightening road. I have learned a lot along the way. I have had many surprises....some good, some bad but in the end I am a better teacher as well as student. Never a dull moment, to be sure. 

I leave Topeka feeling that the town has the Yoga teachers it needs, so that is a good thing. 

I will be teaching my Thursday Gentle Yoga classes at the Learning for Life Center until May 30th, 2013.

Sunday Yoga classes at the Rossville Community Library are filling up fast. I have been teaching there for 3 weeks, and we have a great group of students! I am truly blessed.

Please email me if you have any questions.

Also, I would be willing to teach another class in Delia, Rossville or Silver Lake. There is a demand for a second class but we would need to either work around the library's hours (have class when they aren't open) or find a second location. Suggestions are welcome!

Lastly, I am not exactly sure when the construction will be completed but I will have a Yoga room here at the farm. There will be a Yoga rope wall to hang from plus all the props necessary to have some amazing workshops this Fall. Lots of great training opportunities, as well, for current and soon-to-be Yoga teachers!

As always, teaching is such a blessing. I have been fortunate to share something that I feel so passionate about with so many lovely people. Yoga (and my children) has made me a better person. What a gift!

If you haven't taken a Yoga class, I hope you will.....soon.

See you on the mat!
~ Cat  

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Please don't let this dissuade you

I will have to say that I am very excited about tomorrow's Yoga class at the Rossville Community Library. It sounds as if there will quite a few people that will be attending the class.

If you are coming in from out-of-town, the library will be open by 1:35 pm. We will be filling the rooms as people come in the door, so being early ensures that a spot is available for you.

To be sure, since the first class is free we expect a big turn out. After the free class, students will have the opportunity to sign up for 4 classes (the first session) to reserve a spot. There is also the option to drop-in, if there is space available that class. All classes are $5.00.

If you have a Yoga sticky mat (not the foam mats that people use for Pilates) please bring it. I think I have 15 sticky mats but we may need more. We will see! I am looking forward to a fun class. See you on the mat.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Gentle reminder

No Yoga class this Thursday, February 21st.
I will be attending a Doug Keller workshop.
See you next week!

P.S. I will be teaching a free Yoga class this Sunday at the Rossville Community Library. Check the sidebar to the left for details.

~ Cat


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Saturday classes canceled

It seems the combination of extremely inexpensive 
Yoga classes in Topeka 
coupled with (seemingly) saturated Yoga market 
equals very few students in my Yoga classes. 
Such is life.

So until further notice, no more Saturday classes.

Happy news!!!
There will be a Sunday class in Rossville at the Community Library. We are thinking after 2pm. The details are being worked out and I will announce as soon as I know more.


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Mark your calendars

Please note that this does not happen 
for two weeks from this posting. 
Thank you.

I will be in Kansas City attending a Yoga workshop 
in two weeks.   
Doug Keller will be teaching at the 
Yoga School of Therapeutics.  
For anyone who is interested 
the classes are from 
Thursday, February, 21st thru Saturday, February, 23rd.
So I won't be teaching either of my classes that week.
No class on Thursday or Saturday.
See underlined for dates of canceled classes.
Thank you!!!!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Be prepared for change

I am currently working with the director at the 
Rossville Community Library to provide a weekly Yoga class.  
Please check back as details will be provided 
once we find out what the community needs.

This is exciting news for me because it would not only mean that would be teaching closer to my home but also that I would get to know my community. 
As you may know already, I value a community connection very much.

What does this mean for my current Topeka classes?
Well, I would probably be eliminating one of the two classes I am currently teaching. Since I only have one long term student attending classes, I may stop teaching at the Learning for Life Center when my lease is up in May. 

I currently pay rent, drive into town Thursdays and Saturdays. My one regular student usually attends one class per week. As much as I care about this one student, I cannot foresee renewing my contract with LFLC when it expires, with the amount of students I currently have (which is one). I know that teaching Yoga is not a money maker but this is tipped so much in the opposite direction that a change needs to happen and soon.

So if you have wanted to take a class from me at the LFLC, now is the time. If I somehow start to get more regular students, then the equation has changed and I will re-evaluate. Right now, I see no other alternative to the path that I am taking right now.

In other news: I may teach at the Hope Center or the Women's Jail. I have not inquired about it yet. I want to see what is happening with the Rossville library first, then figure out the volunteering aspect of my teaching afterwards. So I won't stop teaching, it is just that who and where I teach may change dramatically.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me:

~ Cat