September is National Yoga Month!

Meditation is one of the eight limbs or petals of yoga, so we began our WGEM Meditation Mondays conversation this week (on Tuesday because of Labor Day) focusing on yoga. Tune in to FM 105, Talk Radio, on Mondays around 8:40 for tidbits and readings about meditation. Yogini Jan Barrett & talk show host Greg Harley Gawronski are a good team! Kudos to WGEM for being willing to host this weekly conversation about things inner.

Join us in two directions on Sept 15 - 17. Join Carol Nichols in St. Charles IL for our regional Iyengar Yoga conference called Time & Presence. Our teachers will be Mary Reilly and Gwi-Seok Hong -- the latter was Carol's roommate in India two years ago and has been studying with us at Lois Steinberg's Champaign-Urbana studio for many years. For more information, Sponsor is Iyengar Yoga Association of the Midwest, IYAMW.

Or if you're staying in Quincy, join Jan and be both the sculptor and the sculpture at the Quincy Arts Festival, 1515 Jersey, from 1 until 5 on Saturday, September 16. We will become triangles, mountains, dogs, and all manner of fun shapes!

Fourth Fridays (free!!) on September 22 from 5:30 until 6:30 pm offers new students, or students new to the Iyengar method, a sample of what to expect in a beginning level Iyengar yoga class. Please consult with Jan prior to class if you have medical concerns that might interfere with your being in vigorous exercise class. And please wear bare feet, visible knees, & an empty stomach.

Conclude national yoga month with a workshop guided by Jan & Carol on Saturday, September 30. Back to Basics, from 1 until 4 pm, will use foundational principles of Iyengar yoga to bring the mind down into the body, explore what is there, and learn to move delightfully and courageously from your own internal rhythm. Fee is $45, with registrations suggested by September 28.

Meditation Mondays

A big thanks to WGEM's Greg Harley Gawronski, Kellie Mast, & Jane Rollison, and their supervisors, for continuing to say YES to our Meditation Mondays program. Listen to FM 105 WGEM Talk Radio on Mondays at 8:40 for an inspirational reading and a bit of conversation and guidance toward establishing a regular meditation practice. It becomes an interesting dance when Jan wants to have moments of silence, but on the radio that is considered dead air time! So it becomes just like yoga: holding the opposites, holding each with equal reverence, so that right in the center is the quiet. Even Dylan Austin recently heard the suggestion to take three soft, slow breaths each time he gets into the car to head into life's next adventure!

Yoga & Pregnancy

Many thanks to Stacy Smith from WGEM television news for her willingness to share our enthusiasm for Iyengar yoga and its benefits during pregnancy -- and to our students for being willing to share their own experience with yoga and to be filmed this past Monday evening in our 6:00 class. Stacy's story about exercise and pregnancy aired on February 21.

Dan Nichols Wins Grammy Award!

Redbud Yoga's Carol Nichols is quite proud of her eldest child, Dan, a faculty member at the Northern Illinois University School of Music, for his winning a Grammy Award on February 12. He earned the award by serving as the recording engineer for the Third Coast Percussion's Steve Reich album. That album won the Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble award. Congratulations to Dan AND to his parents, Carol & Alan, for giving Dan such a solid foundation! And perhaps even more important in that family was the November 12 arrival of Dan & Christine's first child, Ridley Jean, who recently experienced her first snowfall!


WGEM FM 105 "Meditation Mondays"

Around 8:30 a.m on Mondays, Jan is speaking with talk show host Greg Harley about meditation and its benefits. We also include a brief meditative reading and/or a guided meditation -- choose to transform your "manic Monday" into a "meditative Monday!" And please thank WGEM for their willingness to contribute to our community's wellness!

Meditation Classes at Quincy Art Center

For each new exhibit at the Quincy Art Center, 1515 Jersey, Jan will be leading a guided meditation class to honor the artists and their works.

Free for art center members and $8 for non-members, these classes usually include both novice and experienced meditation practitioners. Jan uses materials from a variety of traditions. Meditation can be a spiritual practice but is not necessarily a religious one -- and spirituality belongs to all of us.

March 31, Friday, 5:30 - 6:30 pm-- JOIN US for drumming as part of our process, & welcome Quincy Drum Circle's Michael Vera-Eastmond as our special guest!

August 18, Friday, 5:30 - 6:30 pm