A sense of stability in the winds of change

Today the leaves on the trees are rusty red and ochre yellow. The colours this year seem particularly vibrant, perhaps because we had a wetter spring. As the wind gusts, more and more of the branches are being revealed: black tendrils that reach towards the wide open prairie sky. The days are noticeably shorter.

Things are changing.

In response, I am yearning for stability.


I love stability. After the past three-ish years, who doesn’t?! It’s one of the reasons why I was initially drawn to Ashtanga: the set sequence offered certainty, predictability. Life was full of unknowns; at least I could know what the next pose was.

I even used to eat the same breakfast every day (banana, peanut butter, toast). For four years. Then it was yoghurt and granola. For five years. And a half.

A sense of stability is so important if we are to flourish: we can step out of the comfort zone with more confidence if we know there is a safe place to retreat to. A good plan always includes a backup plan.

Then again there is only so much we can anticipate.

Things happen beyond our individual control. The nature of things is change. The leaves scattered outside remind us of this.

We don’t always know what the next step is. Life isn’t a series of postures to dogmatically follow. We don’t know how much rain we’ll get in a year. We can’t control what governments halfway around the world do.

But we do have some say. We can show up on the mat, and work with what’s arising. We can follow our breath, and be caretakers of our bodies. We can vote in our municipal elections. We can put out a barrel, and channel the rainwater towards good things.

These days, I alternate between two breakfasts: oatmeal, or eggs and toast. Baby steps; progress!


Oatmeal or not, I hope that we can all find a sense of agency and stability amidst all of life’s unpredictable moments. The yoga mat or meditation cushion can be a really reliable place to touch into that sense of stability. If you’d like to explore more, join me for a livestream session or dive into a self-paced online meditation course.

May practice be our haven in the winds of change.

Be well,
Adrienne

October livestream yoga session – starts October 3

There is no livestream yoga session in September – join us in October!

Fall feels more like the start of a new year than January ever does. It’s a time to reorganize and recommit. Make some room for your practice, and soak up what sweetness and wisdom it brings.

CYCLES & SUCCESSIONS: YIN & YANG YOGA
Mondays 5:30-6:30 pm CT
October 3, 17, 24, 31

4 weeks (no class Oct 10)
$50 (includes 7-day replay)

Each day of class, you will be emailed a unique Zoom link to gain access. Feel free to hop onto the Zoom 5 minutes early to say hi and chat!

Shortly after each class, a link to the recording will be sent out, which will be available for 7 days.

NOTE: REGISTRATION FOR THIS SESSION IS NOW CLOSED. To get notified about upcoming sessions, please sign up for my newsletter here.

Oct livestream yoga session

End of an era: Yoga Public is closing Oct 4, 2022.

All things come and go.

It is with great sadness to share that Yoga Public announced on Friday Sep 2 that it is closing its downtown doors on October 4, 2022, after 10.5 years. This is the home where I have met so many wonderful people and where I’ve devoted so much practice and teaching since its inception. I am deeply grateful to each and every person who has ever contributed their time and energy to that space.

All of this comes as a bit of a shock (teachers were told the news on Friday too), and unfortunately this means that my remaining time at Yoga Public is very limited. If you would like to come to my class(es) there while you still can, please check the studio schedule.

And, life goes on after October 4th. If you are interested in taking my classes, consider signing up for the October livestream session, purchasing my online yoga library / courses, and reading my newsletter for updates (subscribe here). It means a lot to me as I figure out what’s next.

Thank you for allowing me to do what I love for so many years.

This is not the end. It’s just a moment after the last.

Love,
Adriennelivestream yoga

August livestream yoga session – starts August 8th

Why stop now?! Let’s stay consistent in our practice, team!

August usually has a bittersweet quality to it – the days are beautiful, the garden is lush, but we know that the colder months are just around the corner. We can learn to savour what is right in front of us, while also learning to let it go when the time comes. It’s a sweet twilight, filled with serene longing.

SWEET TWILIGHT, SERENE LONGING: YIN & YANG YOGA
Mondays 5:30-6:30 pm CT
August 8, 15, 22, 29

4 weeks
$50 (includes 7-day replay)

Each day of class, you will be emailed a unique Zoom link to gain access. Feel free to hop onto the Zoom 5 minutes early to say hi and chat!

Shortly after each class, a link to the recording will be sent out, which will be available for 7 days.

NOTE: REGISTRATION FOR THIS SESSION IS NOW CLOSED. To get notified about upcoming sessions, please sign up for my newsletter here.

August livestream yoga on Zoom Adrienne Shum