November News at Goorus

We are at a pivotal time in the year—we will elect a new President on Tuesday and the holidays are right around the corner. This season requires us to make choices that will impact our future and our relationships. In order to make the right decisions, we need to be honest, willing to take the time to contemplate all of our options, and trust our gut.

We also practice this on our yoga mats:  choosing the right class level, pose depth, and intensity so that we can maintain the steadiness of our breath, safe alignment, and the right blend of tension and ease. Begin to pay attention to your breath outside the asana room. Is your breathing smooth and even? Do you sometimes find yourself holding your breath?

One of the healthiest ways we can combat “election stress disorder” is to practice yoga. By approaching our life off the mat like we do our yoga practice, we can be more present and manage life’s challenge’s in a more proactive and thoughtful way (vs. reactive).

Goorus has a wide variety of teachers, classes, events, and workshops to help our students develop a stronger sense of equanimity and mindfulness.  To have all of this choice in one place is truly a gift—one which we hope you will use and share with others. If you will be traveling and away from home for work or pleasure, be sure to ask us about our live, online, interactive classes. Just because you are away from your home studio, you don’t need to give up your yoga practice!

Don’t know what to give your loved ones for the holidays? Why not give them a gift that keeps on giving? We just received a new shipment of Manduka yoga mats in a rainbow of colors, along with foam blocks and rollers. Goorus can customize gift certificates to meet your needs—perhaps your friends or loved one would appreciate one-on-one yoga instruction? Maybe they’d like to take a workshop with us? And, don’t forget, we can serve as a location for a fresh, fun, and healthy party.  Keep us in mind for your next girls’ night out, club meeting, or birthday party.

Back by popular demand! We have lined up four “Beginning Yoga for Newcomers” sessions in 2017 – the first one is with Nichola Dunne on Saturday, January 7, 11am to 1pm. This workshop, which costs $45, includes 1 week of unlimited yoga afterwards. If you know someone who would like to try yoga, please let him or her know about this tremendous opportunity!

Finally, we are also looking at adding a Yo-Box workshop with the amazing Thomas Taubman in January.  Stay tuned for more details…

Namaste,

Gretchen & John

P.S. Goorus will be CLOSED in observance of the following holidays: 1) Thursday, November 25 (Thanksgiving); 2) Sunday, December 25 (Christmas); and Sunday, January 1 (New Year's Day).

Gretchen Lightfoot

A Yoga Alliance RYT-500, Gretchen trained with Carmen Fitzgibbon, Thomas Taubman, and Gigi Snyder of YogaWorks in Los Angeles. Gretchen’s teaching experience includes YogaWorks, Neutrogena, Fancy Feet Dance Studio, the Palisades Library, the Palisades Rec Center, and one-on-one work with a number of private clients throughout LA.

Gretchen’s classes vary in style. Her weekday morning classes run from a balanced, all-level flow to a chilled-out yin practice, to an Iyengar-style wall practice. Sunday morning flow tends to be a little more energetic (expect music). Regardless of the style, Gretchen encourages practitioners to listen to their bodies and modify where needed.