Fall has arrived and we are pleased to offer new classes for you to enjoy.
We are offering a Saturday morning class. Starting the day with a refreshing yoga practice puts your mind, body and spirit in in harmony.
Check out all our classes by clicking on the Class Registration tab.
We want to thank you for supporting Red Door Yoga+, without you we would not be able to offer these classes. We are still finding our way and if you have feedback, let us know.
November 16th is Movie Night at RDY+. We will be showing a yoga documentary that is interesting and thought provoking. Bring something to sit or recline in. We'll provide popcorn and tea. If you would like to bring a beverage, that's perfect! Doors open at 6:15 and movie starts at 7. Free Will Donation
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Recently in my life, challenges have appeared. My friend’s dad suddenly passed away at the early age of 52. A colleague's husband lost his job, forcing them to put their house on the market and down size. An acquaintance lost her 13 week old baby. Personally, I didn’t get accepted into graduate school, for the second time. Disappointments, obstacles, hardships, whatever you call them, life is full of suffering. I’m usually a pretty positive person, but when so many difficult situations present themselves, I have to take a step back and try to listen what the Universe, God, Allah, the Divine, the higher power, is telling me.
Thich Nhat Hahn, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace advocate, authored a text entitled No Mud, No Lotus. A lotus grows in muddy ponds. Despite the struggles the flower goes through in the deep, dark, murky waters, it blooms into a beautiful lotus. Floating effortlessly on the water, none of the mud appears on its petals, just pure beauty. Like the lotus, we weather dark, difficult times that challenge us to grow. If we move through the struggle, work through the setback, we, like the lotus, will transform into something special, something truly beautiful on the inside and out. In his book, Thich Nhat Hahn recognizes the key to happiness is not to run away from suffering, but rather to practice techniques that help us transform our suffering into happiness. The practice of yoga, meditation, contemplative prayer and silence (just to name a few) train the mind, body and soul to find true happiness. How, you might ask? The awareness of the breath is the first step. It causes us to reduce the multitasking mind (a skill the world values and demands) and directs our focus into the present moment. The ritual of practice creates muscle memory in us, it makes us strong. So when we are living our daily life, we are able to quickly retrieve our mindful techniques and put them into practice. The application piece is key. When we choose to tap into our training, in the moment of conflict or arousal, we transform our suffering into happiness. It could be in that moment of haste or panic when taking a simple breath is all we can control. For, it is within this breath-taking moment, we choose to respond rather than react. Creating space between our thoughts allows us to choose our intention behind our words, behind our thoughts and behind our anticipations.
Whoa. Big stuff, philosophy. Just come to a yoga practice, it will all make sense, haha. :) To wrap it up, life is wonderful; it is because of these suffering moments that build us, prepare us and allow us to enjoy the “sweetness” of life.
We dreamed about it. Then we whispered about it. Then we talked about it. And you talked about it. And we hinted at it. And it's now becoming a reality. Talk about manifesting desires (workshop to come on THAT topic later!).
We are taking all the good we've created at the current location in the gorgeous old church, and moving to a bigger, brighter, (: WARMER :) space in beautiful downtown Little Falls.
Jesse and Kolbi Grant own the beautiful, old bank building--formerly home to Treasures on Broadway...formerly home to the Fitness Connection...formerly home to countless other dreams and adventures. And now it's home to ours.
The Grants have been working tirelessly to bring this dream into reality: new walls, new floors, new lighting, new paint, new bathrooms (your knees won't even touch the wall!)--and it's going to be perfect.
The Red Door Yoga+Boutique will be expanding to this new location at 62 E Broadway in downtown Little Falls. The studio classes will all be ready to roll at the new space as of November 1, so Julie's Noon Yoga, Alyssa's Hatha Flow Yoga and Tammy's Cardio Mix will all be in the new space.
The boutique side, while coming along nicely, won't be quite ready for a grand opening celebration just yet. We will have it ready in the next couple weeks in time for Christmas gift giving, and will have some clothing items, candles from Wisconsin Candle Co. (my fav!), some jewelry, some alpaca products (socks, mittens), and other random feel-good things:) We will also have a seating area with books, coffee and tea, so feel free to donate to our little library.
We are so grateful to you all, the community you are building with us, bringing yoga, workshops, and more beauty and love to our little corner of the Universe.
Being the change we want to see in the world...the ripple effect of compassion, empathy, and self-love--THAT'S taking yoga off your mat and into the world.
Love and light to you all!
Heidi and Julie and the entire staff at Red Door Yoga+
First - let me express my deepest gratitude to those have come through the Red Door. The anticipation, particpation, dedication (and perspiration) have been humbling. We are so honored to be able to provide this practice and this space with you.
And theres's more. This practice is so much more. Yoga is more than just movements on a mat once or twice a week. It's the union of the mind, body, and emotions on and off the mat. If we can find ease in a pose that has been difficult for us in the past, so we can with our emotions: finding ease in a situation that perhaps had been an area of unrest for us. If we can be acutely aware of our body and our breath, so it is with life: we can consciously move through life, aware of our emtotions, our triggers, and start to react less, attach less. What happens on the mat, happens in our life.
There's something else too, about honor. It's how we treat ourselves. Honoring our body for what it provides us. Honoring our body on the mat, where our body is at during that particular practice - it will be different each time. Perhaps we find ourselves less flexible than last time. Perhaps our mind is more distracted than we'd like. Honor these nuances. We are not our bodies. We are souls having a human experience.
Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your journey.
We are humbled and honored.
The day is ever-nearing: the day when we open our doors to our tribe, to those that seek an inner awareness, a calm in the storm of life. And in opening the door, we are opening our hearts, offering a space of acceptance, love, peace, and community. The Red Door studio is more than just breathing and stretching. It's a place to work in. To leave your day at the door. To enter and (perhaps for the first time that day), to take a deep breath and know that for the next hour+, it is just you and your mat. To be aware of your body, your thoughts, your breath--and then to let it all go. To be present.
We, especially as women, pour our souls out for our families, friends, and colleagues. Where do we fill our vessel? Where and when do we pause to reconnect our mind, body, and soul. Our hope is that this is a space where you can fill up, recharge, and refuel.
And maybe even stay for some tea and a snack afterward.
Love and light,
Balance…Oh how I struggle.
Perhaps this resonates with you as well.
We gravitate towards things that are easy for us and retreat from things that are difficult. For some of us, that might be balance. We struggle with physical balance, emotional balance, and spiritual balance.
As we age, balance is vital to our daily living and practice is essential. Practicing balance builds strength in our bodies and in our minds.
We are well into Fall here in beautiful Minnesota, and Mother Nature is being kind and gentle to us giving us amazing sunshine and mild temperatures.
Be kind and gentle to yourself as you practice balance. When you fall, fall with a smile on your face and try, try again.
Let me just clear the yogic air: yoga is not an acrobatic competition, whereby only the lithe and lean can participate in pretzel-like poses, vying for the title of 'Most Flexible Femme Fatale.' Nay. Nay, nay, nay.
Allow me to go Cliff Claven-esque for a moment:
It's a little known fact, that the yoga asanas (poses) were actually created (5000+ years ago) so that yogis (people) could sit longer in meditation (prayer). That's it. Many of these confounded poses and practices that scare us off are much thanks to our Western philosophy of 'more is MORE!'
The intention of our yoga practice is to go within. By focusing on your breath and physical body, you will start to untie the knots around your heart (anahata) as well as wrangle the incessant chatter (chitta) of your mind.
The goal is to realize that you can be uncomfortable in a pose and still find ease through your breathe and then eventually find ease in the pose. Herein lies the blueprint for life: in any situation if we can find our breath...we can find a place of ease.
And so the journey begins! Or, rather, the journey actually continues. Opening a space that will allow others to breathe, connect, and work-in (pun on 'work-out') has been a long-time dream of ours. In a world of steady noise, distraction, fear, anxiety, and disconnect--we want this space to be place of peace, self-study, reflection, and letting go.
The Sanskrit word 'Namaste' (nahm maas stay) literally means "I bow to you". The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another.
With that...Namaste to you all.
In love and light,
Heidi and Julie