As of March 16, all Dana’s classes have moved online, and you can find the information on the new “Online Yoga Classes” page! Please join, with or without your pet. 😉
March 2020 Schedule Changes (Mar. 15-20):
“On Not Locking Down in the Lockdown (and How to Do Yoga with Dana this week)”
**SCROLL DOWN FOR INFORMATION ON THIS WEEK’S ONLINE CLASSES**
While you may be on lockdown, self-quarantine, social isolation, or other form of distancing in order to protect yourself and those around you, I encourage you to notice…
…How you are in your body, right now?
Can you check….
…Is your spine free to move?
…Are your hips free to move?
…Are your legs free to move?
…Is your ribcage free to move?
…Are your arms free to move?
…Is your head free to move?
…Is your breath free to move?
Are you holding yourself? Are you bracing? Narrowing? Pulling in? Are you resisting anyplace in your physical body?
If so, what can you do to find some freedom and ease?
Please pay gentle, close, and regular attention to how you carry the current situation in your bones and tissues, in addition to your mind. Check in, get up, move about.
‘Lockdown’ should not mean that we cannot move our bodies freely.
It means we need to be even more committed to ourselves as moving beings!
With that in mind, I am sad to announce that in-person classes are suspended for this week.
In the meantime, I am offering free sessions this week by Zoom. FREE!
It’s pretty easy.
Here’s all you need to do:
1. E-mail me to reserve your place through the “Mail Me!” link below, or at email@example.com
2. Put it in your calendar, so you don’t forget.
3. Download the “Zoom” app on your device.
4. Prepare a practice space with a chair and a wall (this week’s sessions will require no extra props, to make it easy.)
5. Check your e-mail for the Zoom meeting link an hour prior to the session. (Check your spam folder if it’s not in your inbox.)
6. Set up a device (iPhone, iPad, computer) in a place where you can easily see the screen, and adjacent to your practice space. Make sure your internet is working.
7. At the time of the session, click the Zoom link, and join us for class!
Here’s the schedule:
▪ “Basic Asana & Mindfulness Practice with Dana” (45 min.) on Monday, March 16 and Wednesday, March 18 at 9:15 am (You will need a chair, a wall, and a mat if you have one. No mat, no problem.)
▪ Thursday, March 17 at 10am,“Basic Asana Practice” session online through Inbody Academy. (Details are coming – I believe it will be a Facebook Live event, so you may need Facebook to view it. I will update you on that as things become clearer.)
▪ “Intermediate Asana & Pranayama with Dana” on Friday, March 20 at 9:15am (75 min) You will need a mat, a belt, a blanket or large beach towel, and two blocks.
This is not the time to take a “yoga holiday”. Not only do you need to move to keep yourself mobile and your spirits up, but we need each other, our community!
As the week progresses, I will decide how to handle next week’s classes, and will be in communication through this blog, my newsletter, on my website, and on Facebook and Instagram.
If you are a private student, please contact me and let me know how I can be of service at this time. I am happy to offer Zoom sessions with you as well.
Please reach out to me with your questions, requests, concerns, and support. I care deeply about each of you – clients, colleagues, students, and friends – and would like to continue working with you even if we cannot meet in person!
Suspended Classes, in a Nutshell:
The following in-person classes and events are cancelled at this time (see above for online options).
▪ Monday, 9:15am “All Levels” at Mindful
▪ Wednesday, 10am “All Levels” at Mindful
▪ Thursday, 10am “Intermediate Asana + Props” at Inbody
▪ Friday, 9:15am “Intermediate/Advanced Asana” at Mindful
▪ “Yoga Therapy for Stressed-out Shoulders”, originally scheduled for Tuesday, Mar. 17
▪ “Embodied Restorative Yoga”, originally scheduled for Friday, March 20
▪ “Spring Restorative Yoga and Sound Bath Journey” originally scheduled for April 4
“Yumiko in SLC Body Resonance Workshop” is still under consideration, and decision will be announced in coming weeks.
In light of current conditions, I am happy to be of service for your yoga and movement therapy needs through online learning platforms, and I look forward to working with you in person in the future!
Please stay in touch, and reach out as needed.
I forgot about this blog for a while. Thanks for checking it out!
In coming weeks, I’ll post the Dana Levy Yoga Newsletters here, as well as articles about visiting teachers and more helpful information.
For now, here’s a look at the current newsletter for February, 2020.
Thank you for visiting, and for reading it, and I hope to see you in a class, workshop, event, or even online, soon!
“Summer Stillness Yoga and Meditation Retreat” at Snowbird’s Cliff Spa
Sunday, June 30 from 11:30am-3pm
Join Dana for a three-and-a-half hour journey from outer to inner stillness. This retreat will include yoga asana, pranayama, meditation, intention-setting, personal awareness work, and other practices designed to lead you inwards. We will set aside our distractions (including devices), and focus on ourselves for the time of the retreat.
If you’d like to continue your journey afterwards, join me for a silent soak in the rooftop hot tub. (If this sounds little scary, all the better–it’s probably just what you need!)
Bring a friend, spend the day…the retreat fee includes access to the entire spa, and a discount on spa services (please book beforehand through the Cliff Spa itself).
Join me and the mountains!
Limited to 15 participants. Registration closes when the maximum number is reached. In case of low registration (less than 4) by June 21, retreat will be canceled and all payments refunded, less any service fees. Other payment details shown in “Payment Policies” area on the registration page; be sure to read before booking.
*Late April-Early May Schedule Changes below!*
Thank you for your dedication to the practice of yoga.
As you know, I attended the Iyengar Yoga National Conference in Dallas with Abhijata Iyengar (granddaughter of B.K.S. Iyengar) from April 11-18. It was a week of inspiration, perspiration, intention, clarity, focus, and community. These practitioners are fierce, in both their practice and their dedication to Iyengar Yoga. Abhijata shared many anecdotes of her relationship and learning from Guruji (as her grandfather is known).
Many of her words touched me. Here are a few….
“Asana is a situation.”
“Guruji taught me to look for meaning in everything I do.”
“Can intellect remove fear?”
“As my grandfather said, we cannot know where the body ends and the mind begins. We cannot know where the mind ends and consciousness begins.”
We committed to every asana, every situation, working on putting awareness in our hips, shoulders, skin, tailbones, and observing how our breath touched, or didn’t touch, various parts of ourselves. One day, we jumped from pose to pose–Ardvha Hastasana in Tadasana to Uttanasana to Adho Mukha Svanasana to Uttanasana to Adho Mukha Svanasana, to Trikonasana, back to Adho Mukha Svanasana to Parsvakonasana, back to Adho Mukha Svansasana to Ardha Chandrasana…we had no idea we were capable of such joy and movement in an Iyengar class. “Do not get caught up in the alignment instructions all the time; move!” she said. Pranayama (breathing practices) are deceptively simple; when emerging from the practice, I was often moved to tears by the depth of the effects. Savasana is usually short in Iyengar Yoga, but it was not always so, leaving time for the effects of the practice to be absorbed.
We were treated to first US screening of a new documentary about BKS Iyengar – “Iyengar: The Man, Yoga, and the Student’s Journey” on the last night of the conference. It was an eye-opening and moving tribute.
I’m delighted to have been accompanied by a great crew from Salt Lake City and Tokyo
(photo below): Jay Jones, who practices and was certified in Iyengar Yoga; Anne Doubek, who practices Iyengar Yoga, and will sub my class on May 3; Dominica Serigano, my yoga mentor and close friend, and director of SHIZEN Yoga Studio in Tokyo (my yoga hOMe since 2004). Thanks to all of you for joining me in this amazing opportunity for learning!
If you’d like to experience more of what I experienced, please join me for class this week, or after May 6…because I have two more trips to take, from April 29-May 5. I will first visit my beautiful mom, to celebrate her 80th birthday. Then, I will be teaching at the Inbody Yoga Academy Mindfulness and Yoga Retreat. (If you’re interested in joining the retreat, please reach out to me ASAP.)
Thank you for your understanding. I am grateful to work with each and every one of you.
Please be advised of the following changes to the weekly class schedule:
- Friday, April 26: NO CLASS (9:15am at Mindful Yoga Collective)
- Monday, April 29: Charlotte Bell will SUB 9:15am class at Mindful Yoga Collective
- Tuesday, April 30: NO CLASS (6-7:15pm at Inbody Yoga Academy)
- Wednesday, May 1: NO CLASS (9:15am at Mindful Yoga Collective)
- Thursday, May 2: NO CLASS (10am at Inbody Yoga Academy)
- Friday, May 3: Anne Doubek will SUB at 9:15am at Mindful Yoga Collective
Classes resume as usual from Monday, May 6! I look forward to seeing you!
From left: Jay Jones, Anne Doubek, Dominica Serigano, Dana Levy….and Mr. Iyengar!
Dana will be studying with Abhijata Iyengar (B.K.S. Iyengar’s granddaughter) at the Iyengar Yoga National U.S. Conference, held in Dallas, Texas, from April 11-18.
Please be advised of the following changes to her regular class schedule:
April 12 (Fri.): NO 9:15am CLASS at Mindful Yoga Collective
April 15 (Mon.): Charlotte Bell will SUB 9:15am class at Mindful Yoga Collective
April 16 (Tues.): Aron Stein will SUB 6-7:15pm class at Inbody Yoga Academy
April 17 (Weds.): NO 9:15am CLASS at Mindful Yoga Collective
April 18 (Thurs.): NO 10am CLASS at Inbody Yoga Academy
I’m excited to announce a new weekly open class, at InBody Academy every Thursday*, 10-11:30am: “All Levels Hatha Yoga” (Details below).
We will be in the Upper Studio, with the rope wall and Iyengar chairs. I love teaching mid-morning classes, and apologize to those of you who can’t make a weekday class; I promise to offer several workshops in late spring. I’m looking forward to working with you—the development of community is one of the strongest forces in our lives, as we learn ‘in relationship’—this means to self, to other animate beings, to our immediate environment, and to that which is greater than ourselves, the unperceivable. Yoga is both a state and a process; asana is one tool. Join me!
*No class on 4/11 & 4/18; I’ll be attending the Iyengar conference in Dallas.*
NEW CLASS! “All Levels Hatha Yoga” at InBody Academy
Thursday, 10:00-11:30 am
**Class begins March 28; no class on April 11 or 18**
Using principles of Iyengar yoga, this class helps practitioners of all abilities to deepen their asana practice, work skillfully at their own level, and develop better internal awareness. Class integrates the use of props to challenge, support, and intensify the asana, and includes use of the rope wall at Inbody Academy’s upper studio, as well as chairs, bolsters, etc. A well-aligned practice in a non-competitive environment with personalized instruction, this class is open to all levels of practitioners; all you really need is an open heart and flexible mind.
*Students who currently hold a class pass with Dana may use them for this class.*
Did you receive your Winter, 2018 Newsletter today? If not, please let me know, and I’ll add you to the mailing list (remember to check your junk mail box first…it might be hiding!)
Here it is, for online reading! https://madmimi.com/s/cf5f4d
The big news is the DECEMBER SPECIALS! Give the gift of yoga!
- Buy 9, get one free!
- Buy 20, get two free!
- Buy 3 privates, save $25!
- Buy a gift certificate, save 10%!
And, don’t forget the last Sunday Restore of 2018 will be held on Dec. 9, 4-6pm at Mindful Yoga Collective. You can pay for class online here, or at the studio. See you there!
Have a lovely early December, and I’ll see you in class soon.
Wishing you a joyful Thanksgiving, full of…well, gratitude!
However you celebrate–with family, friends, or solo…in anticipation of the food, the drink or none of it at all…by “opting outside” or hitting the mall or internet…with board games and cocoa, or skiing, or sitting by the fireplace reading–remember to take time to S L O W D O W N and savor not only the moments, but also everything you are feeling and experiencing. Let yourself S E T T L E and B E.
Just a reminder: Friday, Nov. 23, 9:15am class at Mindful Yoga Collective is canceled. All other Dana Levy Yoga classes will be held as scheduled.
Don’t miss Sunday Restore on Dec. 9 from 4-6pm. Please bring someone you love, or someone you think might benefit from this delicious *and I mean, Delicious, with a capital “D”* practice. No yoga experience is necessary–I will be your tour guide through the journey, and help get you settled into your restorative poses. I guarantee, there will be not a whit of holiday stress in your body by 6:00pm on Dec. 9 if you attend! Class fee is $20, payable online here, or at class!
Have I mentioned that I now teach “Mindful Asana” from 6-7pm every Tuesday evening at Inbody Yoga Academy? Join me for this slow-paced settling into stillness through movement. Hope to see you there.
A few exciting projects are lighting up…more on those in coming weeks.
Enjoy every day, and I look forward to seeing you soon!
See you at Mindful Yoga Collective!
This month’s theme is “preparing for cooler weather”.