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IDEAS WANTED

The Greater Together Challenge is an open contest of ideas. We are invited to share concrete ideas, large and small, designed to dismantle segregation and racial and economic inequality in greater Milwaukee. How can omTown Yogis leverage our yoga community, our network of over 4,000 area yoga practitioners and teachers, to help serve more cross-cultural connection and togetherness? More cross-racial and cross-cultural appreciation and equality? SHARE YOUR IDEAS in this omTown Group. We'll cull and submit ideas to the Challenge to try to make YOUR AMAZING VISION a reality so we, the yoga community, can do our part in Milwaukee's becoming GREATER TOGETHER as we KNOW WE CAN!

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  1. Participate as often as you can by sharing information, events, perspectives, photos, videos, "likes."
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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.

 

PRE-REGISTRATION OPEN NOW!

omTown Yogis is happy to present a new program this summer bringing free yoga to Klode, Atwater and Hart ParksLearn more here!

YOGA @ THE MUSEUM

The Milwaukee Art Museum and omTownYogis Present Yoga @ the Museum

Next up is on Sat., Sept. 13, 8:15-9:30 am (doors open @ 7:45), led by LYNN REIF.

General admission for Y@M is free while donations are encouraged at the $15 level (for both adults and children). Proceeds benefit the Museum and our Annual Grant Fund. Get museum admission with your donation of $15 or more! Credit cards will be accepted at the event. Please bring your own mat. Arriving early and pre-registering are highly recommended. Reserve your spot today by pre-registering online here. Pre-Registrations are now taken only online (requiring donation) until 5 pm the Friday evening just before the event. Walk-ins are always welcome!

AUGUST Yoga @ Museum Teacher

We're honored and excited to present Pamela Bliss leading Yoga @ the Museum on August 16. Pamela has been a cornerstone of yoga instruction in Milwaukee for many years as founder of YogAsylum in Brookfield and Bliss World Productions. She's presented and taught at many acclaimed venues such as Yoga Journal Conferences and Bhakti Fests and also featured in publications including Milwaukee Business Journal, Yoga + Joyful Living Magazine and Yoga Journal. Learn more about Pamela HERE.

And here's Pamela speaking about her own journey...

Teacher Q&A: Alicia Hitzler

What brought you to the practice of yoga? First, I came to the physical practice of yoga. In 1999, I went to my first class which was led by Susan Apthorp. For the next five years or so my relationship to my practice was casual—I had yet to discover and wasn’t ready to comprehend the deep impact it would have on my life. Once I began to go deep and used my practice to peel back the layers that served as a shroud, my life began to change.     

Who are some of your yoga teachers? My students are some of my best teachers! I am so grateful to them and their commitment to their practice and sharing it with me. My observation of how people move their bodies, and their expressions and experiences has shaped a lot of my approach to teaching. I also appreciate and am influenced by the styles and methodologies of many of the more well-known teachers, including Jason Crandall, Tiffany Cruikshank, Kathryn Budig, Jo Tastula, and Felicia Tomasko.

 

Where do you teach? I teach at INVIVO and have been teaching there for nearly eight years. I have had the same Sunday morning timeslot since I joined! I also teach there on Mondays and Wednesdays. {click here for more Alicia}

Yogi Q&A: Laura Cotton


1. What brought you to the practice of yoga? it was always something I wanted to “try”  because it seemed like the next new thing, when ultimately it was an old friend that I forgot existed. It was a sense of calm, and elation that brought me back to life.

2. Who are some of your yoga teachers? I consider myself a mutt. I find a few things from each line of practice that speak to me, and integrate them into how I practice and teach. My current “muse” would be Jason Crandell. I really respect the way he thinks, and how he teaches. No nonsense, no trickery, just cuts to the chase and makes it fun.

3. How would you describe the form of yoga you teach currently? vinyasa/hatha/infused with fun! {Tap here for more Laura}

Guest Writer: Marya Bradley

The Pathway of Yoga

Every moment is an open doorway. We are free in how we choose to respond to the invitation of each opening. How we respond matters -- affects our own life and the life of the larger whole, in which we partake.

I think most of us move through the stream of moments, constantly subject to a multitude of stimuli and sensations, in thrall to thoughts, emotions, feelings, desires, memories, fantasies and stories, which hold us captive to some past or to a projected future; and so we miss the invitation, we keep feeling hurried along, ever distracted, interrupted and full of longing, grief, frustration or anxiety, sensing that we are not able to touch what it is we feel called here to encounter. In truth, we cannot encounter or touch that which calls us because often we are not really present. Only when we allow ourselves to feel and bear witness to what we are actually experiencing in any given moment, can we come into contact with life -- as it wells up within and as it meets us in the moment. Then, we are touched and may touch.

 

For many of us, those moments when we do feel that sense of deep contact are special, rare and crystalline. They are moments of connecting to the inmost stream of life -- feeling it in some way to be both deeply familiar and astonishingly mysterious -- to be at once our own and of infinite being. They are moments of encountering a sense of wholeness and of the whole.

 

I practice and teach yoga because it is one of the most powerful ways I have encountered in my life to bring us ever back and for more sustained spans of our daily life to an embodied experience and awareness of the doorway each moment holds open to us to find our way to connect to this sense of our unique wholeness and its connection to the wider cosmic whole in which we share. In teaching yoga I seek to help people experience and cultivate this sense of conscious wholeness.

 

The word, "yoga" has its root in the word, yoke, and this illuminates what it is we are doing when we practice yoga. We are connecting to and drawing together essential aspects of our nature from their relative disharmony back into communion so we can move forwards with the strength of integrity. I try to share with students the way in which each of the different practices we inherit from the ancient and vital stream of yoga is a pathway we can engage and explore to discover what it is we need to encounter in the healing process of remembering our wholeness.

 

This remembering is profoundly important, not only for our individual well-being, but for the well-being of all the lives and living world around us. 

 

Just as we have a choice on the brink of every moment of how we shall respond to the invitation of life, we, as a species stand on an ecological brink and are called to respond. Without doubt, it is difficult both to acknowledge this call and to know how to respond. What makes it so difficult is that we live in a time when every sense of presence and wholeness is increasingly undermined by a culture and its technology, which are rooted in and addicted to sustaining the illusion of power over any kind of vulnerability or reminder of our vulnerability. As a result, it is a moment when being present to, feeling and acknowledging our interdependence with each other and the living fabric of this planet is a radical act and is powerfully charged with a certain urgency.

 

How we choose to respond, then, to the current ecological crises and challenges--whether we dissociate from or ignore them, or we allow ourselves to bear witness to them and discover ways we can participate in healing the imbalance matters. It reflects how we respond to our own inner crises and challenges and ultimately, how we are able to receive and value the depth of the gift of life. 

Yoga offers us practical and profound pathways to help us respond as truly as we are able to the ways we are called by life to bear witness and be present to what we are given to meet in each moment and to recognize what we need to open to that we may recover balance, may heal and serve as a vital thread in the living whole.

-Marya Bradley, March 2, 2014

Experience Marya's teaching by joining her 6 week intensive on yoga & meditation on Sunday nights in March at Yama Yoga Studio. Single class drop-ins are welcome. Click here for information.

Opening the Doors of Yoga

Scholarship & Grant Applications for 2014 have been accepted and the application process is now closed. Stay tuned for announcements about the recipients. Proceeds from all of our events and programs benefit our Annual Grant Fund which in turn benefit others in our community. Beyond beautiful. We are honored to facilitate this process!

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    Yoga Mats to heal trauma- Be the Change Global Wellness

    Posted by Joelle Ottoson on August 29, 2014 at 11:44pm 0 Comments

    Please Help! Be the Change Global wellness has a project coming up in Peurto Rico with CASA, helping boys who have been removed from the home due to abuse. As part of the healing from Trauma project we will be doing yoga but we need Yoga Mats! Please consider donating a yoga Mat:
    Donate yogaMats to: BTC c/o CASA Po Box 127
    Aguas Buenas PR 00703 OR Be the Change Global Wellness 524 Milwaukee Street #207 Delafield, WI 53018

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