Veterans Yoga Project Donation Class

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Kristin Quinn, E-RYT200

I’m so excited for the third year I am hosting an event for Veterans Week with Veterans Yoga Project! See last year’s post about my dad, my inspiration. I am so happy to continue to have the opportunity to serve the community with a donation yoga class and additional fundraising through a Silent Auction. This year, yoga class will be taught by Kristin Quinn.

MEET YOUR YOGA TEACHER

A lover of yoga and family, Kristin found the opportunity to become a kids yoga teacher a blessing. As the mother of 2 young boys she knows first hand about the importance of incorporating healthy habits into the family’s everyday life. Finding fun and creative ways of connecting with the breath, practicing stillness and building self esteem are the basis of her teaching methods. Kristin has grown her teaching experience by completeing her 200hr yoga teacher training in June 2014. Committed to a life of service through yoga, Kristin shares her knowledge and practice with the hopes that individuals and families can bring what they learn into their daily lives, creating stronger bonds with each other and their deepest self.

 

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Sign up for the yoga class on Sunday November 12, 12 pm. Space is limited, click here – http://bit.ly/2z2Y2J9. Suggested donation of $10/per person. Free for Veterans and active duty!

SILENT AUCTION

We will also be having a silent auction for some great wellness items, including Cranial Sacral Therapy, Acupuncture, private yoga lessons, and more! Come down to Foundry66 in downtown Norwich to support the cause.

Can’t make the event? Donate onlinehttp://bit.ly/2zwbktV

Where: 66 Franklin St, Norwich CT

When: Sunday November 12 12 – 2 pm

GRATITUDE

The theme of our yoga practice this year will be gratitude. Whether you are grateful for the amazing troops that support our freedom, or the community and family you were blessed with, I invite you to reach out and tell someone you are grateful for all that they do.

The month of November also brings Thanksgiving, a time of year when I start to turn inward and reflect on all the abundance in my life and the world around me. I have grown in my yoga practice this year in gratitude. I have so much to be grateful for, and the more that I verbalize and show my gratitude, the more abundance and love returns.

My parents adopted 3 children from South Korea when they struggled with fertility issues. I realize more everyday about the many sacrifices my parents made to give us so many opportunities. I am so grateful for the family that I was given, the lessons of love and that family knows no boundaries of blood. I give back to honor my dad, a Vietnam Vet, who has given me so much!

The Veterans Yoga Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity on a mission to supporting the mindful use of yoga therapy to aid recovery and resilience among veterans, their families and their communities. Veterans Yoga Project provides yoga teacher training programs, practice resources for veterans.

 

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Acro Winter Warm Up

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We had a great time doing Acro Yoga at the Winter Warm Up sessions at The Dragon’s Egg in Ledyard.

Final week at the Egg is this Thursday January 12 2017. 6-8 pm. All donations go to the Egg. Can’t make it? Donate online to support this amazing space – Online Donations

Updated article in The Day, the studio is safe! A pottery workshop on the property was destroyed – http://www.theday.com/policefirecourts/20161227/updated-fire-destroys-workshop-in-ledyard

Some great shots with these Acro newbies! No experience necessary to come and play with us!

I love the Egg and the many beautiful friendships and experiences that have been cultivated there. Support the Egg, the community, and yourself and come to the Winter Warm Up session! See you there!

Candelit Restorative Yoga Workshop

Create a place of grounding before the busy-ness of the holidays!

  • Restorative Yoga is great for releasing stress and tension in the mind and body.
  • Yin yoga consists of long supported holds in yoga poses to promote deep stretching and healing in the body.
  • Great for healing from injuries, soreness, and relief from chronic pain.
  • Gentle hands-on assists allow for more grounding and relaxation. Followed by savasana for deep restoration and grounding.

At Get Bent In Norwich, 207 North Main St, Norwich CT
Saturday December 10, 4-6 pm
$20 per person
Save your spot! Class size is limited.
Sign up online at http://getbentinnorwich.com/class-schedule/
or call to Register 860-961-8627.

Veterans Yoga Project Fundraising Class

veterans-day-seaport-smSaturday November 12, 10-11 AM at Get Bent in Norwich.

This donation yoga class is in honor of Veterans and active duty! An all levels, gentle flowing class designed to improve your mind and body connection, strengthen your body and improve flexibility.

More Details & Donate Now

I am dedicating this class to my father, Sereno Murkett, a Veteran who served in the Vietnam war. Growing up, I heard the glossed over war stories, and looked at photos from my dad’s time in Vietnam. As I grew older, I learned about how post traumatic stress takes a toll on Veterans, and how it affects mental health and every day life.

My dad was the first person to introduce yoga to me. He gave me a yoga book, and I would try to imitate the beautiful yoga pictures. As a teenager, I was flexible and could move my body easily into challenging positions.

After college, I turned back to yoga. My mind was much more full of stress, with negative thoughts, anxiety, and ruminations. I found it much harder to move my body into the poses, as I had also grown physically unfit, slower, weaker, heavier. Through the journey of healing my mind and body, with yoga as my guide, I learned to be gentler with myself, to listen to my body, and intuition.

As a teacher, I saw the stress that others held in their minds and bodies. My passion has been to free people from the traps they have built, unknowingly, by reducing the burdens of the mind. By unwinding just a little bit of stress, offering them a time and place to breathe fully and deeply, I saw peoples’ lives begin to shift. Sometimes the shifts were minor, other times, they were dramatic.

My dad practices meditation and yoga, and through the years, I have realized how important it was for him to create space for himself to heal. At 71 years old, he is still walking, driving, and living a full life. By creating his positive mindset, he has chosen his health as a priority, and it shows.

Get Bent in Norwich is partnering with Veterans Yoga Project as part of a national weeklong fundraising and awareness-raising event. Join this donation-based class during the week of Veterans Day to raise money for programs that support our veterans, families, and communities in all 50 states.

The Veterans Yoga Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity on a mission to supporting the mindful use of yoga therapy to aid recovery and resilience among veterans, their families and their communities. Veterans Yoga Project provides yoga teacher training programs, practice resources for veterans, and healing retreats.

For more information about the Veterans Yoga Project, visit their website at http://www.veteransyogaproject.org/

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New Acro Series at the Egg

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New Acro Yoga series at the Dragon’s Egg in Ledyard, CT!

I’m excited to announce the 4 week series of Community Acro Yoga workshops at Egg in January 2016. Last year, I first started hosting Acro Workshops despite fears of not having enough experience, enough knowledge, enough wisdom, etc. etc.

Through yoga and teaching, I have learned that I can have 101 fears and still move forward. I found this quote that resonated with my practice and my life so clearly today: “And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Although some parts of me would love to stay in my comfort zone and never do anything new, there are other parts of me that burst at the seams for new experiences and adventures.

And this is why I am so excited to share this form of yoga with students. Acro teaches empowerment, to trust your body and another to do things together you can’t do alone.

Community Yoga and Acro Play Time workshop located at the beautiful Dragon’s Egg in Ledyard CT. 401 Shewville Rd. 6-8 pm on Thursdays in January 2016.

January 7, 14, 21, 28

Register in advance online and save! $20 per drop in
or $65 for the 4 weeks!
https://squareup.com/market/molly-heart-yoga/yoga-acro-play-time

Questions?
Contact Molly Murkett Bruno
Call 860-961-8627 or e-mail: mollyheartyoga@gmail.com

On Being Present

clouds over waterFor once, I’m happy being right where I am. I am savoring summer. I am appreciating all the hard work I put in to get to where I am, right now. I am not beating myself up over lost opportunities, past mistakes, and relationships of yesterday. I am living in my present.

I’m not trying to burn the midnight oil to work, achieve, do, be greater, bigger, better, faster, stronger.

Just breathe. Allow.

Yoga has taught me to stay present. Teachers preach the benefits of being present to your breath, engaging with the moment. Years of practice, of listening, I am finally getting it. I’m not viewing experiences as stepping stones on a journey, but each step, a destination in itself.

Time speeds up, but each moment slows down, an illusion. I’ve uncovered a stillness, a peace within, and it is beautiful.

5 Reasons to Try Yoga with a Partner

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Yoga with a friend, is always more fun!

Interested in Partner Yoga, Inversions, Arm Balances, and Acro?

Come join me at the Dragon’s Egg in Ledyard for a fun class Tuesday June 16, 6:30-8:30 pm.

Bring a friend and you both save $5! $30 for a pair. $20 for individual. Click here to Register in Advance, credit cards accepted (for those of you cash challenged). Walk-in registration accepted. See you there!

5 Reasons to Try Yoga with a Partner

  1. Increase your stamina and confidence with the support of a partner or group. Combat your fear of falling in arm balances, going upside down, and learn the skills to support a partner as well as be supported. Together, we can do so much more!
  2. Hone your body awareness. Learn to contract specific muscles as well as build whole body awareness.
  3. Strengthen the core for better balance! Supporting others’ body weight will develop core strength, for stronger muscles in the abdominal area and back. A stronger core is the basis for doing more advanced poses, and increase your balance for arm balances and inversions.
  4. Build community and communication skills. Learn to know your needs and boundaries. By communicating your needs to others as well as listening to others, become more aware of your relationships with others, and your communication style.
  5. Have fun with friends and make new ones! My favorite part about partner yoga is that you can do it with anyone, anywhere! Take the skills you learn and play with a friend. Partner yoga has taught me to play more and enjoy my relationships, bringing me closer to my family and friends, both on and off the mat. I have noticed a change in the quality of energy I have, providing me with more joy and laughter. The change has brought me to open my heart and mind in both my personal life and to my professional life with students and clients.

Community Yoga and Acro Play Time workshop located at the beautiful Dragon’s Egg in Ledyard CT. 401 Shewville Rd. 6:30-8:30 pm on Tuesday June 16.

Register in advance online! Stay tuned for upcoming dates at the Egg!
https://squareup.com/market/molly-heart-yoga/yoga-acro-play-time

Questions?
Contact Molly Murkett Bruno
Call 860-961-8627 or e-mail: mollyheartyoga@gmail.com

Teaching New Morning Yoga Class in Black Point, Niantic

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The view on the way to teach yoga in Niantic, at the Black Point Beach Clubhouse

I am teaching a new class Monday mornings in Niantic, CT. This one hour Gentle Yoga class runs from 7-8 am at the Clubhouse. Drop in for this $3 yoga class, held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning. Classes are sponsored by the Men’s Association of the Black Point Beach Club. Another teacher, Rachel Hoath, teaches Wednesdays and Fridays.

Bring a yoga mat, and dress in layers, as the mornings still are chilly. Some mats available for borrow, if you don’t have one. Chairs also provided for those with limited range of motion or recovering from injuries.

All students are welcome, even newbies and beginners! Yoga helps to warm and loosen the joints, as well as build strength and flexibility.

Black Point Beach Clubhouse is located at 6 Sunset Ave, Niantic CT. Questions? Contact mollyheartyoga@gmail.com or call 860-961-8627.

Teaching New Weekly Classes at Get Bent in Norwich

I am teaching new weekly classes starting this week at Get Bent in Norwich. I am excited to have found a studio in my hometown! Get Bent has only been open for 2 years. I don’t think while growing up, I ever would have thought Norwich would have its own yoga studio! I’m excited to be a part of the growing movement of yoga in Connecticut.

Since Mr. Bruno and I bought our first house in Norwich this year, I was looking for a local place to sub some yoga classes to get more experience. I didn’t expect only 4 months later to be offered 2 weekly classes! Get Bent has a variety of classes to offer, from Meditation to Yoga Fundamental to TRX Suspension Training (a resistance training class).

I will be teaching a couple hot yoga classes, Vinyasa on Monday 9:30-10:45 am and a Power Vinyasa on Friday evenings 5:15-6:45 pm. You can sign up online at getbentinnorwich.com or just come down to 207 N. Main St in Norwich. The studio is in the same building as Macara Vehicle Services, which has major signage so you can’t miss it!

If you haven’t been to Get Bent before, you can try out 2 weeks of unlimited classes for only $25! They also have great discounts for some local employers such as Norwich Public Schools and Backus Hospital. There’s also a great referral program! You get a free class when you bring a new student to class or have a friend refer you as a new student when they come. What a great deal! I know yoga can sometimes be an investment, but Get Bent has so many ways to try out yoga and save.

Here are 4 recommendations for trying a new yoga studio, or trying yoga for the first time!

  1. Try out many different teachers. Just like in school, not every teacher’s personality will mesh with yours. It is beneficial to your dedication to your practice to enjoy the person whose voice you will be listening to for an hour or more! One of my pet peeves is a high pitched “yoga teacher” voice. I prefer someone down to earth, with specific instructions. Everybody will have their own personal preferences. The unlimited 2 week intro at Get Bent is a great way to get a taste of different teachers before committing to a class card.
  2. Set up your mat in the middle of the room. If you are a visual learner, and especially if you are still learning the basic poses, it will help to be able to see other students in front of you and in back when you turn around. Even if the teacher isn’t modelling the poses, you will be able to see what other students are doing.
  3. Arrive to class early! If you need to fill out waivers or have specific questions for teachers, it’s always good to arrive at least 10 minutes before class. If you are a beginner, tell your teacher! They are there to help you, and can show you around the studio, and give you some tips about their class.
  4. Take child’s pose. Know that you can always take child’s pose to rest or if you feel tired. Don’t childsbe a hero and struggle through an entire class if your body is not ready for the rigors. Take child’s pose for 5 breaths or more and reassess, then you can rejoin the students wherever they are. I always encourage students to take child’s pose as much as possible when they are first starting out. It is not “giving up” or “being a wuss”. It IS taking care of yourself and having an enjoyable experience! You will build up strength and endurance class by class.

I hope to see you at class sometime soon. Be well!

Beginner through Advanced Private Yoga Classes

Are you thinking about private yoga classes? Individual instruction can help you begin or deepen your yoga practice. Beginners through advanced practitioners will gain guidance tailored to their own body type and personal goals. If a group class is intimidating, or hard to follow, private instruction will help you learn at your own pace, focused on your own learning style (visual, auditory, physical, verbal).

BEGINNER YOGA PRIVATE CLASSES

Learn the fundamentals of poses, with detailed alignment instruction. Private classes work at your own pace, so you can ask questions along the way, and work on your personal goals. From understanding how you set up a pose, to gaining more strength or flexibility, your class will be focused on whatever you want to learn about!

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED YOGA PRIVATE CLASSES

So you have already been to group classes and want to learn more? Or you can’t find a class time you can make? Creating a personal practice that you can do at home can be a daunting task. Work with me in a private class on your own schedule to create a home practice. Like a personal trainer, a private yoga teacher will boost your confidence and knowledge, so that you can do more on your own. Learn how to create a sequence of poses that you can perform, such as hip openers after sitting at a desk all day, or backbends and inversions to increase energy flow.

Interested in scheduling a private yoga class with Molly Murkett Bruno? E-mail her at mollyheartyoga@gmail.com or call 860-961-8627 for more information!