Ten years ago I received my Yoga Teacher Training Certificate and began my journey of guiding others into their Authenticity.
I was struggling then, trying to sort out my life and ending a relationship that I valued for so long in hopes of reconnecting to whom I needed to be for this world.
Figuring things out can be so difficult, yet the rewards are just so remarkable. I never planned on becoming a school, but I did, because of the request of one particular student. Over and over she sent emails and called to nudge me into my truth. So I took the leap and for 9 years now I have been teaching others how to teach Yoga.
We began in an old bank vault downtown on Fayetteville St before Fayetteville St exploded with businesses. You can see image below. Not many people understood the ideas behind yoga, other than images of pretzel people. LOL. Back then a student, now another Yoga studio owner, used to pass out flyers promoting yoga and she would receive such odd comments and funny faces whenever she tried to engage in Yoga talk with strangers.
Yoga has become such an influential movement these days and we are honored and proud to be offering not just Yoga but other healing modalities such as Massage Therapy, Thai Yoga Stretching, Craniosacral Therapy, and Reiki, Bach Flower Essences, Aromatherapy, Skin Cleansings, and Herbs. It is like a sweet one stop shop for Healing and Self Preservation.
So we have lots coming up from celebrating 10 years with our Student Appreciation Event, to supporting our local artists Ellen Williamson & Joyce Barbour to Karma Nature Clean-Up.
In the meantime, we want to thank you for being part of our intimate community of peaceful Yoga Practitioners that take their Yoga off the mat and into the world.
And if you don’t think Yoga is for you, then I encourage you to come check us out and see that it truly is for everybody! You can check out what fellow student Heather has to say about her experience here at Raleigh NC Yoga.
Namaste y Maktub.
Never forget your Truth!
Come & meet Sully FernGully, our new addition. Natural Therapy Doggie at 8 months young and just pure love.
Student Reflection of the Month by Heather A.
I took one or two yoga classes many years before finding Raleigh NC Yoga. Unfortunately, my experiences were not great; I didn’t feel welcome or that I was valued in a large class in an almost clinical setting. I have a laughing spirit and was made to feel that lightheartedness was unacceptable.
Anyone who pays attention knows that yoga is not a fad, that it works wonders for people’s health and well-being, and that anyone can do it. I had a desire to get into it, but I just hadn’t found the right fit until last spring.
My experience at Raleigh NC Yoga has been life-changing. First, the studio is everything that one could want it to be: it’s surrounded by beautiful trees (which means fluttery leaves and chirping birds), there are no mirrors inside, dappled sunlight streams through the windows, it smells great, the wood furniture inside makes it feel warm and homey, the colors are soothing…it’s like a yoga womb in the middle of Raleigh. Second, I felt welcome from the minute I arrived for my first class. Neither Claudia nor any of the other wonderful teachers or students has ever made me feel like a burden due to my disabilities. Because of their patient guidance, I am improving in so many ways. I am never sorry that I took the time to attend a class; even if I’m exhausted, cranky, hungry, and lazy, I always, without fail, feel so much better after a class.
I was diagnosed with MS, a chronic, debilitating, incurable (as of today) neurological disease, about 13 years ago. After a few pretty good years, my foot dropped, my leg and arm muscles weakened, and a list of other physical challenges presented. I began to use a cane, then a walker, now a scooter for traveling more than a few yards. The more difficult it became to move, the less I moved. I didn’t see the point of fighting an incurable disease. Claudia helped me to understand that re-establishing lost connections is possible and that changed my whole outlook.
When I started, I would return home to regale my husband with tales of all that I couldn’t do in class. After a while, I adopted a growth mindset (something I try to instill in my high school students) which forced me to be kinder to myself. Now, I understand that there are sometimes things that all of us could do yesterday that are a challenge today. I don’t talk negatively to myself anymore about things I can’t do, I make mental notes about things that are challenging today or about things that I don’t have the hang of just yet.
My newest goal is to complete a short hike through the mountains of NC to see a waterfall. I can’t do that today, but because of all the guidance I’ve received at Raleigh NC Yoga, I will do it.
I Support the Girls Donation Drop Off for month of September
Through the month of September, Raleigh NC Yoga will be accepting donations for I Support The Girls (http://isupportthegirls.org/).
I Support the Girls collects and distributes donations of new and gently used bras (clean please), and individually sealed tampons and maxi pads to women and girls nationally and internationally. Whether they be homeless, refugees, in transitional housing, or fleeing domestic violence, women and girls should never have to compromise on dignity.
Please join us in supporting this organization and the women and girls that need help.
If you post to FB, tag the local chapter because we want them to cross promote the studio.
Fall/ Winter Yoga Teacher Training begins September 29th
Small and Intimate Yoga Trainings where Quality over rides Quantity. A 6 month immersion into the self. You will learn the foundations of all Yoga and how to work with your injuries, ailments, and how to properly and mindfully guide others on their journey. It is a quest to know yourself, it is even more of a quest to apply what you learn and coexist with others. Click here to learn more!
Student Appreciation Day – Mark your Calendar!
October 20th, 2018 5-8pm
Celebrating 10 years of Raleigh NC Yoga, teachings all over the Triangle. We want to thank you for being a part of our journey in extending peace into our world. Bring your Authentic Self and share with your family and friends the place where you always get to figure things out in your head. Tapas will be served by hubby Chris.
Fall Clean Up Day w/Raleigh NC Yoga
Let’s get together to take our yoga practice off the mat and into the community! 86it.com is hosting its Fall Clean Up day on November 3 at he the Walnut Creek Wetlands and this is the perfect opportunity for the Raleigh NC Yoga Family to come together to practice Karma Yoga. Karma Yoga can be thought of as selfless action performed for the benefit of others or simply as “Yoga of Action”. Commit to showing up for our community, our yoga studio and ourselves! Be sure to show up in your Y Respira gear. T-shirts will be available for purchase thru Claudia!
Yoga and Horses Training and Retreat Weekend
HORSE TRAINING – November 2nd – 4th
Friday & Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm, and Sunday from 10 am – 2 pm
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HORSE RETREAT – November 4th
Sunday from 2:30 – 6:30 pm
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*Please note, that our teachings and practice of poses along side of horses is not for show. We focus our energies on not bringing our drama to the horse. If practicing on the horse, it must first benefit the horse.
New Products/Art at the Studio
What is your spirit animal? If you follow the fox totem wisdom, you may be called to use or develop quick thinking and adaptability. Harness the energy of Fox to become swift and keen, with senses alert and aware to stay adaptable to your surroundings. Artist friend Ellen (who designed our logo) has created spirit animal paintings on wood blocks. This beauty can be yours as all artwork by Ellen will be for sale at Studio. Commissions are welcomed! Check out her work @ewdesignlife on FB and Instagram!
We are now carrying Little Seed Farm’s Deodorant Cream. Put your hands in the air and jump for joy! Our aluminum and baking soda-free deodorant, made from nourishing and gentle organic ingredients, is here! Stay smelling fresh all day long, naturally with our 24 hour formula.
Our friend Joyce has created these wonderful tree ornaments in a variety of lovely shapes and leaf combinations. Get grounded and celebrate Father Moon by purchasing one next time you visit the studio.
BOOK A MASSAGE, Thai Stretching, Reiki, Craniosacral Therapy or Skincare Treatment
w/ Claudia Today!
Or we can mix it all up for a Custom Service for you! Click here for Video Description of Services.