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Share your thoughts, observations, insights, moments, fears, accomplishments, stories, poems, just about anything you like, with other yoga practitioners here in our community. Blogging can be therapeutic in its own right. It can also inspire others in many subtle and not-so-subtle ways. It can connect people, it can make internal connections for people. Whether you are a regular blogger, an in intermittent one, or haven't done it before at all you are encouraged to dive in here. You are in good company.

 

YOGA @ THE MUSEUM, SATURDAY july 16

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The Milwaukee Art Museum and omTownYogis Present 

Yoga @ the Museum

Join us under the wings on the heated marble floor!

Next class is on Sat., July 16, 8:15 - 9:30 am (doors open @ 7:45) led by Biz Casmer and Tina Romenesko.

Arriving early and pre-registering are highly recommended. Please bring your own mat (though a limited number of mats are available to borrow). And bring a friend!

PRE-REGISTER HERE!

Eventbrite - Yoga @ the Museum

Pre-registering requires a donation online. Walk-ins are welcome as space allows and same day donations are encouraged at the $15-$20 level though any amount is appreciated. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. 

Proceeds benefit the Museum and our Annual Grant Fund. With your donation of $15 or more you will get all day access to the Museum including to special exhibits.  

Q&A: JUNE TEACHER LAURA ROONEY

 

What brought you to the practice of yoga? My athletic, active side brought me to asana (poses). I'm interested in any form of exploring the body and taking care of it physically. My interest in the whole corpus of yoga was mostly academic and wisdom-seeking. I initially didn't care too much about the poses - I preferred learning about the philosophy, history and culture in which the whole corpus of yoga practices are embedded in the past and the present. Yoga offered me new ideas and perspectives of the human experience I hadn't known about before. Over time, I keep integrating and exploring all these aspects of yoga applied directly through my own life experiences.  


Who are some of your yoga teachers? My primary asana teacher is Christina Sell (Austin, TX) and I owe a lot to Darren Rhodes (Tucson, AZ) and Stacey Millner-Collins (Columbia, SC) as well. They have pumped me up, calmed me down and in their own ways encouraged me to become more refined and discerning with how I practice poses. For my introduction and continued study of philosophy and history I owe a lot to Dr. Douglas Brooks and Dr. Bill Mahoney - for sharing their scholarly work and personal experiences. And then there are books, writings, sitting, thinking and all that comes with really using yourself as a teacher and student.  


How would you describe the form of yoga you teach currently? Alignment-focused, spirited Hatha Yoga. I teach individuals of all levels and with all abilities and needs- emphasizing that the practice of yoga is now - "atha" - and from there we can be seriously playful and playfully serious. Movement, breathing and moments of stillness all receive purposeful attention as a part of a well-rounded practice session. I am probably best known for being articulate with my instructions and creating visual images of healthy alignment and felt experiences in poses.  {tap for MORE LAURA...}

Teacher Q&A: Pamela Grubb

1. What brought you to the practice of yoga?

I began yoga in 1975 at age 15  in my 10th grade high school gym class in Philadelphia, Pa.  I was not athletic but wanted to be like others of the time. Everyone did yoga to be like the Beatles.

 

2. Who are some of your yoga teachers?  

For the last 25 years my spiritual home has been the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale Pa.  My personal teachers are Sandra Anderson, Rolf Sovik, and Shari Frederickson.  I student taught for 7 ½ yrs with Fern Schoenberg Meierding in Elkton Maryland prior to moving to Kenosha, Wisconsin.  Prior to that Amrit Desai  founder of Kripalu  was a huge influence on my as a teenager and into my early twenties.

 

3. How would you describe the form of yoga you teach currently?  

I am a Hatha Yoga teacher with a heavy influence on Alignment, Breath Awareness, and Meditation. {DO GO ON...}

SAVE THE DATE!

photo by Art Montes

SAVE THE DATE!

7th ANNUAL MILWAUKEE GLOBAL MALA

SATURDAY, SEPT 10, 2016

TURNER HALL BALLROOM

7 - 9:30 am

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    SUMMER'S ALMOST HERE!

    EVERY SATURDAY

    JULY 9 - AUGUST 27

    Donation-based Yoga Classes held in NATURE in COMMUNITY for ALL!

    KLODE PARK

    ATWATER PARK

    HART PARK

    and our newest location,

    WASHINGTON PARK @ the URBAN ECOLOGY CENTER!

    TAP HER FOR DETAILS.

    OmTown's New HQ

    omTown Yogis has served for the last 7 years as an online yoga community hub and a host bringing folks together in person at many different events and programs. We are HAPPY to say that ALL local yoga studios, teachers and practitioners are welcome in this strong vibrant network of locals and that thousands of you are!  

    It is because of YOUR support and shared interest in being among yoga community that we now have a physical space. Visit by appointment at 1841 N Prospect Ave on Milwaukee's east side. Look forward to this space being developed as yet another way to bring us together and grow.

    Interested in hosting something at omTown's HQ? contact claire@omTownYogis.org

    omtown creations

    Creative collaboration with Ashtanga student, art gallery owner and tatoo artist, Scott LaShay of AKARA ARTS: A very limited edition tote bag available now at the new omTown MKE Makers Store. Only $20!

    Visit the omTown MKE Makers Store!

    OmTOWN GRANT @ WORK

    We applaud and, through our Annual Grant Fund, support the work of KATE WERNING in creating "Circulo de Mujeres (women's Circle)," a yoga program for Spanish-speaking women on Milwaukee's south side.

    In Kate's words, "The goal of the group is to create connections – connections internally with our own

    bodies, minds, and souls; as well as connections and relationships with each other. One of the biggest challenges facing the immigrant community is isolation and depression – which can only

    be overcome through the combination of personal and internal liberation partnered with support and community. In this way we are attempting to create a foundation for both."

    INTERVIEW

    omTownie, Ali Modell interviews her teacher, Tias Little for our friends at ILLUMINE Magazine

    Being connected to a community and plugged into a teacher is vital to the yogic process, something Tias Little knows a lot about, as the founder of Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Little began his yogic studies as a youth, and as an adult, Little and his wife, Surya, studied within the Ashtanga yoga system. Ashtanga was a vital source of inspiration and maturation, as it helped them establish a consistent daily practice and connection to a teacher. Now, as a practitioner, he works closely with his Zen and Sanskrit teachers, who continue to inspire him. Little’s focus as a yoga teacher includes in-depth anatomical detail stemming from his training as a bodyworker, paired with in- depth meditation instruction stemming from his training in Buddhist meditation and classical yoga. He continues to honor the Krishnamacharya lineage, the father of the Ashtanga and Iyengar styles of yoga, which form the basis of most modern styles of yoga. Little is also influenced by various other somatic modalities, which combine to form a rich tapestry of teachings. {READ the INTERVIEW}

    Blog Posts

    Ecstatic Dance coming to Milwaukee

    Posted by Joelle Ottoson on February 29, 2016 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

    Join Raj Inder Kaur (DJ Amritaji)and Sach Sevak (DJ Emmanuel) for Ecstatic Dance at Affiliated Wellness Group 4650 N. Port Washington Road, Lexington Entrance, Barnabus Center, Milwaukee, WI



    7-9:30pm, March 12th $20, $15 with student id or senior. Kids are Free



    Join us for an evening of free form ecstatic movement meditation . Electronic beats will take you on a sacred journey to your deepest self. You are free to express yourself in a conscious respectful and substance… Continue

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