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Addressing Food Insecurity in Our Community: Two ways to help.

Though we can't do our usual food drive at the studio, we can still do our part to help our neighbors this holiday season. Toward this end, there will be TWO ways to participate, with food and fund drives benefitting two great organizations.  

 

On November 28th, the artists and artisans of The Mill will be hosting an outdoor Winter Market. Kate will be there collecting donations for the West County Food Pantry This is a wonderful way to support local businesses, do some holiday shopping, see some of your yoga classmates, and donate to the Food Pantry, all in one place! As per our usual, we'll be collecting non-perishable baking supplies and holiday themed items for the pantry as well as gift cards and certificates to local food stores. The first 20 donations with a value of $15 or higher will receive your choice of a new yoga prop- blanket, block, or strap, while supplies last. We'll also be holding a drawing for all contributors with prizes including an individual session with Kate and other gift items from The Mill (and beyond), including a chenille scarf by Sue McFarland, a Mandala Coloring Book by Emily Gopen, and a Brass Maple Leaf Pin by Stephen Smithers. Assuming weather and Covid rates cooperate, we'll be there from 10am to 3pm. I'll be sharing more information about this event soon, and I look forward to seeing some of you there!

 

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Kate has signed up "Team Shelburne Falls Yoga" to participate in Monte's March this fall. Each November, WRSI – The River’s Monte Belmonte leads Monte’s March, the largest anti-hunger event in western Mass. For those two days, Monte, Congressman Jim McGovern, and their supporters push a shopping cart 43 miles from Springfield to Greenfield to raise awareness about food insecurity in our region and funds to support our neighbors facing hunger. Last year, the event raised more than $369,000. So far, our tiny team has raised $845 to benefit the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Thanks so much to those who have already contributed! Each dollar donated to the Food Bank provides four meals, so even a small donation can go a long way. If you'd like to support this effort, donate to Kate's fundraising page  here.

 

Online Classes with Kate Pousont Scarborough Continue This Fall

Please join us, and help support Shelburne Falls Yoga!

Shelburne Falls Yoga is still going strong. While our beautiful new studio on Conway St. awaits our eventual return, we're keeping the momentum going with online classes available in two formats: live or recorded, plus an outdoor class on Thursdays through October. Join SFY Director Kate Pousont Scarborough live via Zoom to experience the class in real time and connect with your classmates (your camera and microphone use are optional, so no need to be seen unless you'd like to be). Registration links for each class are available below.  If your internet or schedule doesn't allow for the live attendance, you can still participate!  Email shelburnefallsyoga@gmail.com to request a video link to view at your convenience.

 

Online Class Schedule:

  • Mondays 9-10 am: Intermediate Kripalu Yoga - a moderately paced class appropriate for many levels, this practice includes, meditation,  warm-ups,  and standing & seated postures, with an emphasis on breath, attention, and safe, easeful movement.  Click here to sign up for Monday classes. 
  • Tuesday 6-7 pm: Slow Flow and Yin Yoga- this class is a combination of our usual Tuesday and Thursday evening classes.  It includes some gentle warm-ups, movement-based standing postures, and a long yin yoga sequence.  Suitable for beginners and all-levels.  Click here to sign up Tuesday classes.
  • Wednesdays 9-10am: Vinyasa Flow - a lively and challenging yoga experience, this class emphasizes a balanced and attentive approach to vinyasa flow, with core sequences and seated postures also included.  Previous yoga experience recommended.  Click here to sign up for Wednesday classes.
  • Fridays 9-10 am: Gentle Kripalu Yoga- a favorite of beginners and experienced practitioners alike, this class emphasizes a coordination of breath and attention with gentle, flowing movements as well as seated, supine, and restorative postures. Click here to sign up for Friday Classes.
  • 30 Minute Individual, Sliding-Scale, Online sessions with Kate are also available. This is a wonderful opportunity to check in about personal goals and progress, and to receive feedback about your postures or other practice questions.   Email shelburnefallsyoga@gmail.com to register.  $18-$35, sliding scale.  Longer sessions are also an option.

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email just once, with the link and password needed to access all future meetings of that particular class.   Please keep your confirmation email for future use!  Please read below for payment information and a list of frequently asked questions relating to Zoom.

 

I miss you all, and the studio, AND I'm very grateful for the opportunity to connect with you from my sunny home "studio". While video teaching wouldn't have been my first choice, I'm enjoying the opportunity to to explore and grow in the practice of yoga with you in this new format.  It is not possible to say when live classes will resume, but these online classes will continue until such time as we are able to safely return.  Please reach out if you have any questions, and I'll be happy to work with you to find a class option that meets your needs.  For those who prefer low-tech, I am able to send audio files of our classes.  I've even burned a CD and dropped it off to a student with no internet access, so don't hesitate to reach out if you're in need of alternative way to stay in touch! Sending well wishes, Kate

 

Payment & Pricing Options: Rather than using a set price, we are following the "pay from the heart" model.  For those who are able, your payment will play a vital role in ensuring that studio rent is able to be paid during the closure.  I truly appreciate your support of the studio, and my livelihood! For those who are experiencing financial hardship during this challenging time, you are welcomed and encouraged to attend, with or without payment.  We are using the honor system for all online classes.  Pay what you can, keep track at home, no questions asked. (To see our standard class rates, click here.)
For payment for all services, you can specify your chosen amount and pay by credit card using the link below.  Other payment options: venmo @shelburnefallsyoga or mail a check made payable to Shelburne Falls Yoga to 49 Conway St. Suite 201, Shelburne Falls MA 01370. Thank you!



 

Shelburne Falls Yoga serves students of all levels, ranging in age from 5 to 95. Everyone is welcome here! Our beautiful studio overlooks the Deerfield River and Salmon Falls, and our dedicated and experienced teachers are committed to helping you work toward greater health, well-being, and self-awareness through skilled instruction in yoga, movement, and meditation.

We actively foster an environment in which your goals, needs, and intuitive wisdom take precedence over external performance or conforming to outside instruction. We value the process of inquiry and honor the multi-faceted, ancient, and evolving tradition of yoga. Compassionate self-observation is at the core of our offerings, and we engage in an ongoing exploration of how this core can be extended outward in acknowledgement of the collective needs of our shared world.

Our studio is a beloved place of respite and community gathering for many, where you will also learn and practice skills in body and mind that can serve you in your health, work, and relationships throughout your lifetime. We hope you will join us!

Frequently Asked Questions about Zoom:
 
Do I need to sign up each week?
No, you only need to sign up once.  (Classes are scheduled to be ongoing until our studio classes can resume and your sign-up is valid until we make the switch.) Note that there is a different registration link for each different day, so you’ll need to sign up separately for each of the offerings you’d like to try.
 
Will I receive a confirmation email each week?
No, you will receive a confirmation email upon registering that contains the links and passwords you’ll need to take the class.  Be sure to keep your confirmation email for each day’s offering so you can continue to use those links for future classes.
 
Can I sign up for all classes and just take the ones that fit my schedule?
Yes! You are not obligated to attend or pay if you sign up using the links.  You are welcome to sign up for any classes that you are interested in and attend whenever you are able.
 
How do I get Zoom on my device?
If you haven’t used Zoom before, I’d suggest installing it on your device prior to class time so you have a few extra minutes to test your equipment. You can do that here.
 
How do I access the recordings?
I will be recording classes for those who have technical difficulties, slow internet, or schedules that don’t allow you to attend in person.  To access these, send me an email to let me know which recordings you are interested in. I will send the link to you.  Each class will be available for viewing for three days. I do ask that the video links are not forwarded to others. Anyone is welcome to request these from me, and, as with the classes, donations are appreciated to help cover studio expenses during the closure.
 
Will people be able to see me?
Not unless you want to be seen!  I’ve set these meetings to begin with all cameras and microphones off (though you should check your mic when joining just to be sure as a couple of them haven’t been cooperating:)  There is an option for you to turn on your camera and say hello before and/or after class, but there is no obligation to do so.  Some folks have left their cameras on during class, which I enjoy as I can see your pacing and adjust accordingly, but, again, there is no obligation or expectation in either direction.
 
Can I invite my friends? 
Yes!  Many students have shared our class information with friends and family, and we have several new faces in our community. Welcome!!  I appreciate your spreading the word. It is a big help in keep the studio afloat in these challenging times. 
 
How does the payment work?
All online offerings are available by donation. You can specify any amount in the “price” selection area.  For those who have entered a time of hardship, there is no expectation of payment. For those who are more well-resourced at this moment, your donation will help to cover ongoing studio costs during the closure. As with other small businesses experiencing a closure, we will have to work together to ensure that the studio can open once again.  I so appreciate all of your support, and I’m optimistic that we can get through this time together. Thank you for your generosity!
 
Are you keeping track of my class attendance? 
No. With so many names and faces appearing and disappearing from the screen, it is not possible for me to keep track.  For those paying for a block of classes, I’d suggest marking them off on your calendar as we used to do on our class cards.

We at Shelburne Falls Yoga stand in solidarity with the Black community and the Black Lives Matter movement and acknowledge the active oppression and systemic racism that has thrived in this nation since its earliest days of colonization.  We mourn the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless other lives ended as a result of pervasive, ongoing racism and anti-blackness in the United States.

 

As a predominantly white organization serving a predominantly white community, we acknowledge our participation, however unwitting, in this dynamic of oppression and encourage our community to understand how white supremacy has shaped our society on every level, regardless of individual beliefs.  

 
In the spirit of the clarity, liberation, and unity that has been our ongoing aim here at Shelburne Falls Yoga, we encourage our community to actively engage in the process of collective change, to utilize the strength of body and attention gained through our practices to work to dismantle the institutions and structures that continue to threaten and extinguish Black and Brown people, and to actively promote the wellness of all beings. 

 

 
graphics: Gayle Kabaker     photos: Janice Sorenson, Sarah McKusick, Cyndee Fand, David Eade, Tom Gentile     web design: Daniel Lieberman

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