This is not an easy blog to write. There is no wonderful way to deliver the news to come. Our temporary suspension of classes at the studio became permanent: effective April 1, 2020, the studio is closed. The recent weeks have been challenging for everyone. In March we chose to suspend classes to protect and honor the health and wellness of you, our clients. Later the state mandated closures of recreation facilities which has been extended through April. An unknown future has put us in a position to make some very hard decisions, while trusting all will unfold as it should and honoring the yogic principle of doing no harm. Our yoga practice has been called upon like never before and we are doing our best to navigate through these challenging times.
We want to thank you for stepping into this community. Red Door Yoga+ is not about the studio, it is about the practice and the community. Together we explored yoga, meditation, cardio and many subjects during Self-Care Saturday's. We became friends. Some of you have been with us from the beginning. Some of you have drifted in and out, knowing we had open arms and a safe place for you to land. It has been an honor to serve you, to be blessed with wonderful teachers, and to grow ourselves as teachers and business owners over the past 3+ years.
We want to acknowledge the business partnerships we've established: Camp Ripley, Horizon Health, St Francis Wellness Center, Pine Grove Zoo, Linden Hill and Fitness Connection. These relationships are strong and have been a firm foundation for us.
That being said, we are not in a position to pay rent with no end in sight: with the current data, being closed for 2-3 months is not financially possible for us.
We don't know if we will set up a different studio in the future. We are keeping all options open and staying in the present moment. Julie and Tamsie will continue to be a partnership under Red Door Yoga+. We will offer our services to our business partners when life resumes. We will also be available for private lessons, groups and workshops when the government allows us to once again gather together. We are using this time of staying at home to brainstorm and let our imaginations flow freely. The future is wide open.
Punch Cards: We honor the investment you made in your practice through your punch card purchase, and we want to offer you options now that the cards can no longer be used.
Options available for cards that have not expired:
1. You may request a refund of your balance. Please contact us via email email@example.com for refunds. If you would prefer to call Tamsie at 320.333.6902, she has the cards and can verify balances.
2. You may choose to donate your balance to Red Door. We will have final bills to pay. We have always operated on a very tight budget, keeping our head above water. We have paid rent, utilities, purchased equipment and paid our staff. We have not taken pay for our services over the years. It was far more important to provide a place to practice than to take a paycheck. We are fortunate that our business model never included taking wages to live on. Know our teachers were also very gracious and did not demand market value for their services.
The choice of handling your punch card balance is yours and we will honor either option you choose. Please make your choice as soon as possible. If we do not hear from you by April 15th, we will consider this acknowledgement that you are gifting Red Door your balance and we thank you.
We realize this is a lot to take in- it is for us, too. This is a decision filled with mixed emotions. We are leaning on our practice to see us through.
Yoga is not about a studio. Yoga is about the breath and being in the moment. It is about going inside and rediscovering our very best selves.
We will keep our Face Book page and website alive. We will also send updates via email. If you are not on our email list, contact us and we'll add you. Our list is not sold or shared.
Our hearts are filled with love for this community. Thank you for making this dream a reality.
Until we meet again, know that we will make it through this time. We will reunite. Be safe and be open to the unknown.
Julie and Tamsie
We are in a time of change and uncertainty. The recent proclamation of a pandemic and, today, Governor Tim Walz announcing school closings has caused us all to stop and take a breath.
We, Julie & Tamsie, have had many conversations with each other, our mentors and with yoga studio owners across the country about the best course of action to take with our studio. After much thought, prayer, and meditation we have decided to suspend classes starting now through Sunday, April 5th. When the Governor made the announcement today that schools will be closing and that we each need to do what we can to flatten the bell curve of the Corona-virus, we heard the message.
We will be paying close attention to the news and making decisions based on what is best for our community. We support each of you as you find your way through the next few weeks. We know this is a temporary situation. A chance to practice non-attachment.
Keep your home practice going. Take a walk outside, do a few sun salutations to greet the day or sit in silence. Stay with your breath.
We will update our website and Face Book as things unfold. We hope to resume classes on April 6th.
If you have questions or concerns, let us know. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We appreciate each of you. We will move through this together. One breath at a time.
Julie & Tamsie
This month the theme for Self-Care Saturday is finding peace in the pause. It's a recurring theme for me in my daily life. I tend to get busy, hurried, wrapped up in doing and the pause sometimes escapes me. It's wonderful tool to help me slow down. Pause, take a breath, soften the body, and be still. Give it a try. Let me know how it works for you.
I've been thinking a lot about how yoga has changed in its presentation over the years. Back in the late 1970's, when I was introduced to the practice, it was a spiritual practice. There were classes that focused on breath and meditation. The asana (poses) came later. Today, the quest for fitness has taken traditional asana and turned it into a workout. I talk to people who think if they aren't drenched in sweat, they haven't done anything. Don't be fooled. Yoga can be energetic and sweaty AND it can be slow, steady and restorative. Yoga is about turning in, self-examination and reflection.
At Red Door Yoga+, we offer traditional yoga classes. No heat, no goats, no beer. Although, these can be fun and a novelty, it is not our focus. We offer you a safe, non-judgmental space to explore the practice. We are so thankful that you have found yoga and are supporting us. Without you, we would not be here!
If you've been to the studio recently, you've noticed the street construction is finished. It was a long summer of dirt and rerouting traffic. Well worth it. The new sidewalk is wider, the street is smooth and we are set for the upcoming winter months. Thank you for your patience through the process. You may still park in the back and use the back entrance.
We are honored to once again be invited to teach at Camp Ripley. Classes will start in October. It's great to see that our military troops are given the opportunity to participate in yoga and meditation classes!
Remember, we are available for private sessions and group events. This week we've been asked to lead a session for a group of entrepreneurs. They will come to the studio for yoga, journaling and meditation. Keep us in mind when planning your next office event. We can come to you!
In closing, remember to be kind and look for ways to be of service.
We're entering that wonderful phase of Minnesota life called: SUMMER! The sun's out, bbq's are use and mother nature is greening up. It's a time to be out and about with friends breathing in fresh air and spending time moving your body.
We are happy to announce a new Tuesday night class: Beginner Yoga with Lindsey at 7:00 pm. A great class to take with your friends, family, or co-workers. An easy paced class that will breakdown the basics and set you up to feel confident in your practice. Use your Punch Card or drop in ($10).
Self-Care Saturday will be FREE Yoga in the park! Bring a mat if you can. Beach Towels work too! Check out the details
We have a fantastic prices on all of our boutique items. Candles, journals, jewelry and a few clothing items.
Lots going on in our neighborhood this summer. The BIG DIG is well underway. We no longer have a paved street or sidewalk in front of our building. The back entrance is available for access to the studio. Parking in the lot behind the building and on the side streets seems to be adequate. Allow yourself a little extra time to get to class as other roads are blocked due to construction.
NEW CLASS OFFERING
Yoga for Beginners – Tuesdays, starting June 4th 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
$10 for Drop In or Use your Punch Card
Lindsey Derry will lead the class through the foundational poses and breath work of yoga. Perfect for the novice or person who has never been to a class. Modifications will be offered to accommodate every level of health and fitness. Discover the gentle movements of yoga and the benefits of slowing down. If you can breathe, you can do yoga.
Self-Care Saturday June
June 15th, 9:00 – 10:00 am, join us for a FREE Yoga in the Park session. Meet us at the pavilion at Maple Island Park. We’ll have a supply of yoga mats available. If you have a mat, please bring it. No need to pre-register. Bring a friend! Start the day outside in nature. *If it rains, we’ll be in the studio!
The March full moon, on March 20-21, ushers in the first full moon of SPRING! This is also a super moon. Super moons occur when the full moon is in an orbit that is very close to Earth.
March 20th is an equinox. An equinox is when the plane of the Earth's equator passes through the center of the Sun. This does not always happen with a full moon. The last time this happened was in March 2000 and it won't happen again until March 2030!
Full moon energy is powerful. It can change the ocean tides and it can impact our energetic field.
Full moons are a good time to set an intention and do a water ritual. If you aren't familiar with how words impact water, check out the work of Dr. Masaru Emoto .
Here's how to do a Full Moon Water Intention Ritual:
1. You need a glass quart jar
2. Write your intention on it. I use a sharpie pen. I keep it simple using a word or two. Example: Self-Love or Abundance or Peace
3. Fill the jar with water
4. Set the jar in the moonlight overnight. If it's too cold outside, set the jar in a window that will get the moonlight. The next day, sip the water throughout the day
It's a simple process that will help you focus on your intention.
If you haven't been to the studio recently, we're changing our boutique. Lots of new goodies to explore. If you like candles, now is your time!
See you soon!
Here at Red Door, we're always looking for ways to Keep Life Simple. Often the struggle we experience comes from resisting reality. What does that mean? Well, it means that there are some Facts of Life, Yamas and Niyamas, that once you come to terms with them, things get easier.
Through the month of March, we'll be sharing some of these Facts with you. Take what you need and leave the rest. Let's get started!
1. Frustration is a Part of Life
Let go of any attachment to the idea that frustration is bad or to be avoided. If you've ever tried to learn something new, you understand frustration happens. It's how we deal with the frustration that matters. Think back to your first attempt at Down Dog. Did you immediately find the full expression or did you need to be guided about how your hips tilted, where your elbows were and the position of your shoulders. Did you experience the feeling of frustration? I know Crow pose gets my frustration flowing.
Release attachments to outcomes. Sound familiar? Aparigraha - the fifth Yama.
By releasing attachment to outcomes, we stay in the moment. Focus solely on right action. When I practice Crow, I am not seeking the full expression. I take it step by step and do my best with each section. I repeat the process each time I practice. Each repetition brings more refinement and, over time, I've been able to find full expression. Not every time. My intention is to do the best I can and be in the moment. Sometimes that moment is my face planted smack on my mat.
Detachment can be practiced in all aspects of our life to reduce frustration.
Start practicing Aparigraha in your daily life and let the frustrations melt away.
See you on your mat!
Permission to Find Stillness, a workshop hosted by Julie Schulte, will take place at the studio on Saturday, March 16th, from 9am- Noon.
This is the third in our ongoing series of self-care workshops. We are thrilled that you are taking advantage of these little windows of time to focus on YOU. In our busy lives we often are focused outside on others. Running and doing for others. Time just for us seems like a luxury we can't afford. Nothing could be further from the truth. Remember that saying: You can't fill from an empty cup? Well, it's true! We want to give you time to fill your cup in a safe, calm and fun environment. See our Events page for details.
Registration is open NOW and spaces are limited. $30. Sign up at the studio or send a check to us: Red Door Yoga+, 62 E Broadway, Little Falls, MN 56345. If you need more information or have questions, call Julie at 320.360.6564
We were thrilled to have a SOLD OUT Self -Care Saturday class. Jami Trenam helped us find ways to bring balance into our life each day. Simple things. We shared stories and laughter. Jami created a safe sacred space for us to practice restorative yoga and quiet down. We created an essential oil bath salt to bring home and enjoy. Thanks to everyone who participated. This little yoga community is growing!