Treat Your Mind Like An Infant

 

 

Meditation can be a really tough practice. One of the big challenges is the unrelenting judgment of your critical mind. It can feel disheartening when you lose concentration or get distracted by the discomfort of being still. You might overly criticize yourself to the point where you want to quit.

Here is a helpful tip: try treating your mind like an infant learning to walk. Your mind can be wobbly and fragile just like a baby trying to take their first steps. Patience and loving encouragement are absolutely necessary.

Be kind to yourself, especially when you are learning a new skill. You would not get angry at a baby if they lose their balance when walking. In the same way, it is not helpful to get upset when your mind loses concentration in your meditation.

This compassionate approach to your mind applies to more than just your meditation practice. Observing and treating yourself with great care creates a life with more compassion and limits the propensity to cause harm.

Let go of self-judgement and acknowledge your intrinsic value. Your input affects your output. If you are inputting love and care for yourself, you will have a greater capacity to share this with others.

Practice loving attention in your meditation and then notice how you treat yourself and others throughout the rest of your day. It can change the entire landscape on how you view the world.

Michael Fong


 

Fear and Kindness

 

 

Dear friends,

 

A few weeks ago, my teacher asked me to do something.  If it had been for her, I would have said yes, of course, anything. But no, this was for me.  And I immediately said no.  But then I stewed on her words and much to my chagrin, she has never asked me to do anything that did not cause fear and end in personal growth.  And everytime she has asked, I have immediately said, no thank you and then went through the process.

 

Ok, this is minor.  But what it brought up was how fear and the anxiety around that fear can cause us to retreat, to shy away, and to get that sick feeling at the pit of our stomachs.  And I think in these unknown and untried times, we are all experiencing a fear of sorts on different levels. So we go through the what if’s, and we worry about the unknown outcomes that may or may not happen.  And we all do it, it is natural.

 

Recognizing fear.  Where do we feel it?  How do we internalize it? How do we name it?  Or is it too big and murky to be named?  Fear is real;  don’t dismiss or discount its importance to you. Others can say it is irrational, but that doesn’t make it less important to you.

 

Looking inside.  As we dig a little deeper, you may find this unease living inside perhaps causing disquiet, sleeplessness and even pain.  Consider meeting these feelings with kindness.  And if that doesn’t help, be kinder. Nurture, console, and delve more deeply into those feelings.  There are many ways you can do this:  long walks, meditation or meditative activities, getting out in nature, talking with a friend or, perhaps, a little yin yoga.

 

Why yin?  Yin is deep, dark, centered, rich, earthy and ultimately healing. I have been struck now, more than ever, that this is the practice for these times around us.  When the panic sets in, when the unrest and unease are pervasive, how do we find healing.  How do we nourish and nurture ourselves so that we can bring a bit more peace to others in a world where people are seeking ease.  It is now that we need to slow, we need to feel more fully, we need to spend more time healing from the inside.  So that when we emerge from our practice, we are a bit more settled and comforted;  a bit more nurtured.  Does the pain leave? No, but the suffering is less and is slowly replaced bit by bit with kindness, tenderness and grace.

 

Please join me on the mat as we face our fears hand in hand, with kindness, comfort and open hearts.

 

Love,

 

Molly

 

 


Leap, Yoga, Grief and Love

 

At Leap we believe in the power of community and that yoga has the power to heal. Practicing yoga in community can enhance the power of intention exponentially. Our practice gives us the ability to come back to ourselves over and over again. When we become still we can align with the place inside that is intelligent, wise, and centered. We can correctly identify what we are feeling and use our wisdom to determine the next right step. There is great power in this process. There is great power in love.

I recommend this short read from LightOmega. For me it’s spot on. This helped me to identify that the feeling underneath the confusion, anger, sadness and frustration is grief. Understanding this has been helpful to me and maybe this article will feel helpful to you in determining what your next right steps might be.

“Dr. King understood this principle. He understood how grief can be linked with love whereas violent retribution cannot. It can only be linked with further violence. He understood that grief, if it involved only a feeling of helplessness, was not enough. But grief connected with a burning desire to prevent suffering and to create change, grief in the presence of love could change the world.”

LightOmega Article: https://lightomega.org/…/death-george-floyd-and-healing-po…/

We want you to know that we are here for you. We continue to teach yoga as a service because these timeless practices help us to evolve and have blessed humanity for thousands of years.

We invite you to continue practicing with us as often as possible as we continue to offer Leap Live VIRTUAL classes led by your dedicated Leap teachers. Our classes are rooted in tradition and are designed to help you tune into your own intelligence for answers, cultivate inner strength, grace, and compassion.

Om namo Bhagavate. Om namo namah. May the Supreme One that we are all part of ignite this fire of love and commitment within us.

Namaste,

Stacy, Butch, Michēal, Cindi and Marco


Leap 30 for $39 Unlimited VIRTUAL Yoga for Newbies

Are you new to Leap or do you have a friend, relative or neighbor that could benefit from the Leap VIRTUAL Yoga Experience?

 

If yes, sign up for our 30 consecutive days of Yoga for $39 and gain full access of our Leap VIRTUAL live yoga classes and Leap VIRTUAL yoga Library. With over 60 classes of different types of yoga available to view at your convenience stored on demand, access to purchase Leap Workshops and multiple daily live classes held on interactive Zoom, what are you waiting for?  Join our AMAZING Leap community and experience some of the best teachers around, practicing a variety of different Yoga, in a professional, quality way to maximize you home practice.

 

Simply click on the photo below:

 

 

 

 


leapyoga.net becomes friendlier

 

After much discussion and customer feedback, it was time for a change!  Nothing drastic but much needed.

Websites are always a difficult animal to develop, not technically, but because clients become familiar with the layout and without malice, become resistant to change.

The last 2 months have been hectic to say the least.  VIRTUAL was certainly a learning experience with on demand Leap Live being added and the creation of a Leap Library, utilizing our existing provider platform.  The funny thing is we had been talking, and signed off on the offering of a VIRTUAL experience about 6 months ago, but obviously COVID sealed the deal!  This along with the creation of a completely new website, but current events took over.

Leap Library is still being developed and categorization will follow to replace our current listing ordered alphabetically by Yoga type, then by teacher, followed by date.  Our provider also has developed and rushed their VIRTUAL booking platform in order to keep up, as an interim, while their refined version is still to be launched.  This should be out shortly and can’t come soon enough.  Our thinking of not utilizing multiple, perhaps more advanced, platforms was for web stability and seamless transfer.  This has temporarily not allowed us to post previews and thumbnails in our library, but that will come.

So while Leap – our studio – is currently undergoing major refurbishment and rejuvenation, so is Leap on line.  Major category changes have been made, with VIRTUAL SCHEDULE now containing our full range of offerings in a drop down menu.  Our menu has been simplified to reflect Yoga as currently provided.  This should be much simpler to navigate, while still maintaining an air of familiarity.

When changes are made, websites rebel and drop links, so please be a little forgiving until all is repaired, should we have missed something.  All changes have been made while live, as we did not want to disrupt things more than necessary.

Further changes will be made and eventually a second in STUDIO offering will be added when we are given the thumbs up to open.

The Leap VIRTUAL schedule drop down menu now provides you with a full listing of what we have coming including Workshops and Teacher Trainings. It also shows technical pointers on how to get set up.

We have added new sections if you are NEW TO LEAP and expanded the information under ABOUT US drop down menu, as well as adding a link to help you log in under MY ACCOUNT.  Sliding banners have been renamed and are fewer, hopefully more relevant, adding to the navigation experience.

 

 

 

 

We have also tried to simplify things when the site is viewed on different devices, including cell phones and tablets.  Though the best experience is undoubtedly on your computer, especially during these VIRTUAL times.

We sincerely hope that once you have become accustomed to the changes, you find the revisions a marked improvement to assist you in maximizing you enjoyment of Leap VIRTUAL and the Leap experience.


Leap is gearing up to have you back!

 

So we are both excited, but also a little sad.

Excited because we can’t wait to see your friendly faces come through our doors. The smiles, the chatting, hearing how you have all been doing during the past 2 or so months.  The vibe, the love, the caring as we share our love for yoga, wellness, community and peace.  It has been difficult for us all to give up our vital interaction.

A little sad as we still can’t definitively say when our opening will be.  We realize it will come, but await directives from the State as to when this might be,  The fact that other businesses are opening gives us joy, but being a Yoga studio, we have been deemed a category 3 business, which makes us a little apprehensive as to when we will have our new normalcy begin, and we can all reunite.

However enough musing.  In the interim we certainly have not been idle in the pursuit of providing Leapers the best experience ever.  New classes, new schedules, new VIRTUAL classes, new offerings, new website and a completely refurbished Leap environment for you all to enjoy. But more of that to come!

In the meantime, we thought it would be fun to post a few images of what has been going on behind the scenes over the past few weeks.  A true labour of love.

 

 

 

In the meantime, we need all the support we can get.  We will continue to have a complete VIRTUAL offering as we simply can’t let all this amazing work not complement our in studio offer.  So if you know of anyone near or far, that could benefit from the Yoga experience at Leap, please refer them.  Drop us a line that you have done so either via messenger, or email to cindi@leapyoga.net and when they sign up for a 30 for $39, will give you a little something to show our appreciation.  With much thanks and love, Namaste.

 

Simply click on the photo below:

 

 

 

 


Dear Leap Community,

We miss you all so very much and are looking forward to the day we can be together again! We have definitely learned a lot about technology and are so glad it has enabled us to stay connected with most of you virtually.

“We will either find a way or make one.”-Hannibal (247-182 BC), Carthaginian General

The above quote resonates with us because we truly feel we have been building new roads as we navigate our way through these unprecedented times. We have adapted each day to new challenges and opportunities. We will continue to make our way through this in collaboration with you all.

Our hope was to reopen with Phase 2, however, yoga studios have been included in with “Big Box Gyms” who are in phase 3. We joined a coalition of local studios and fitness facilities and approached our local government officials in an effort to make our case that we are different and able to maintain social distancing with a few procedural changes, however, it looks like we are going to have to go to the state level with this request. While some studios opened with a limited number of students in each class, the state announced on May 21st that they would have to close. We feel it is most important to be on the side of caution following the guidance of our local and state officials to ensure the safety of the Leap Community.

In the meantime, we are “freshening up the studio” and working behind the scenes to make sure your yoga studio is beautiful and sanitized when you walk back through the doors. We are following updates closely and developing a plan so that when it is safe to reopen we will be positioned to deliver you the yoga you love in a safe and welcoming environment.

Our immediate plan is to continue to offer a variety of virtual live and recorded classes/workshops to keep you connected to your practice and to your Leap teachers. We are still fine-tuning things based on the changing landscape but here are some of the procedures/policies we plan to implement allowing us to maintain the health and safety of this community:

  • IF YOU ARE SICK: First, if you, or an immediate family member is sick, running a fever, showing signs of COVID-19 or other illness please do NOT come to the studio. If you have traveled on an airplane within two weeks, you may be asked to practice from home. We are asking the same of our staff
  • CHECK-IN SYSTEM: We will require students to register for classes online (as you have been doing for our virtual classes). We will be installing a sneeze guard at the front desk for added protection and will have a new check-in procedure that requires students to enter and exit the studio in a strategic manner, avoiding large groups of people from gathering.
  • EFFICIENCY:  Staff members will be available at each class to support the check in process to get you on your mat safely.
  • FACE MASKS:  Our front desk/check in staff will be wearing face masks. Depending on what the next phase presents, we will know if face masks need to be worn during practice. We are still assessing this with our priority ensuring we are maintaining the highest level of safety for everyone.
  • CLEAN HANDS:  We will have hand sanitizer stations in many different locations in the studio with a requirement you sanitize hands when you come in and again when you leave your mat.
  • RESTROOMS/SHOWERS:  We ask that you use our restrooms on a limited basis. As before we will provide hand sanitizer, soap and paper towels in our restrooms. Showers will be closed temporarily.
  • MATS & PROPS:  There will be no rentals or shared props at this time. We will send out information on how you can purchase your yoga gear at a discounted rate so you are ready to practice. We will have new and used mats, yogitoes, sweat towels, blocks, straps, bolsters and blankets for sale.
  • 6 FEET DISTANCE:  We have Leap stickers on the floor that you will place at the top center of your mat so you will maintain at least 6 feet distance from each other.
  • EXIT FLOW: We will ask that you get to your mat quickly and when class finishes exit through the side doors closest to Ganesha…maintaining 6 feet distancing.
  • BETWEEN CLASS TIMES:  Upon reopening we will allow ample time between classes to maintain our exceptional cleaning procedures that we implemented pre-Covid.
  • LATE CANCELLATION FEES:  There will be a no show and late cancellation policy due to the limited class sizes.
  • CASHLESS:  We will become a cashless studio during this time to prevent the handling of money with our staff. Credit cards and debit cards only. We highly recommend you put your card on file now. Please email (cindi@leapyoga.net) if you want to discuss putting your card on file or adding a credit to your account to make purchases without cash in studio.
  • ONLINE CLASSES: We plan to continue indefinitely with online classes in conjunction with the opening of the studio.  You will have more opportunities to practice and stay well more than ever before Covid-19 (a silver lining).

Thank you for your patience through this process. We will update you as soon as we know more. Watch all communication outlets (email, Leap website, Instagram & Facebook) to stay in the know, as things change so quickly.

In the meantime, we hope you and your loved ones are healthy and happy! We want to hear from you. Outside of what is listed above, what else would make you feel safe and comfortable to practice at Leap? How many of you want to continue to practice from home for a while? We have put together a 3 minute survey to get your feedback.

Click the button below to complete the survey:

RE-OPENING SURVEY

Again, we thank you for your commitment to the Leap community and adaptability to staying connected through our virtual classes. It is because of you all that we can come out the other side of this as a thriving, loving community. We are committed to offering rich experiences and opportunities to nourish your mind, body, and spirit through yoga. We will Leap into the future together!

Love,

Stacy, Cindi, Michēal, Butch and Marco


THANK YOU… two little words that are often said and don’t come close to expressing the gratitude with which they are sent.

It was a little over 6 weeks ago that we were instructed by the Governor to close Leap…and in less than a week we were offering online virtual classes to all of you. Your willingness to support our efforts over these past weeks have been nothing less than astounding! We are overwhelmed by your generosity and support. It is with your support that we are committed to staying the course and are confident that we will all come through this together.

If you find that circumstances become too difficult and you need our help to remain part of this incredible community, please reach out to Cindi (cindi@leapyoga.net)…I assure you we will find a way.

So please know when we say, THANK YOU, it comes from a place of sincerity and heartfelt gratitude.

This week on Leap VIRTUAL Live:

Monday, April 27

09:30 AM – 10:30 AM

VIRTUAL Vinyasa Flow

Gena Foreman

04:00 PM – 05:00 PM

VIRTUAL Vinyasa Flow

Benett Hannan

5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

VIRTUAL Yin Yoga

Stacy Whittingham

Tuesday, April 28

09:30 AM – 10:30 AM

VIRTUAL Vinyasa Flow

Cici Escobar

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

VIRTUAL Kaiut Yoga

Colette Nalley

Wednesday, April 29

5.15 PM – 6.15 PM

VIRTUAL Yin Yoga

Molly Oser

Thursday, April 30

09:30 AM – 10:30 AM

VIRTUAL Vinyasa Flow

Karen Miscall-Bannon

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

VIRTUAL Kaiut Yoga

Cindi Ippaso

Saturday, May 2

09:30 AM – 10:30 AM

VIRTUAL Vinyasa Flow

Stacy Whittingham

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

VIRTUAL Kaiut Yoga

Molly Oser

Sunday, May 3

09:30 AM. – 10:30 AM

VIRTUAL Vinyasa Flow

Butch Mitchell

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

VIRTUAL Kaiut Yoga

Michēal Mitchell

 


Safe Hugs!

Our first Leap VIRTUAL Live Yoga week is almost over. Time to reflect as the questions are many; how have we done, have we managed to provide our community with a valid experience, what do we still need to do, how is our social media working for you, too much activity, about right or too little, is our upgraded wifi coping, is our offer memorable and beneficial, how is our interface coping, can our community easily navigate our much changed site, are we relevant, do we provide Leapers with a valid Yoga experience, what still needs to be done and what further changes are necessary to this evolving process, to best fulfill our Leapers needs?  Regardless of the answers it’s a time to reflect, a time to give thanks and to let everyone know the wondrous feeling experienced, one of being deeply touched, inspired, humbled and loved, as a Leap team member.

I write with the knowledge of the incredible hardships many of you are going through, financially, emotively, often with the worry of loved ones far from home.  Social distancing is not so easy, when culturally a light touch is given as a display of caring, empathy and understanding.  The cessation of contact does not come easily.  As an Italian native, where emotions are readily shown, this demonstration of caring now removed so abruptly has been a challenge, to say the least.  Appropriately and without question, true caring is currently shown in exactly the opposite way, ergo I refrain from contact because I care!

During these exceedingly difficult times, with Leap having to temporarily close its doors, I now more than ever, am acutely aware of the incredible Leap family around me.  Cindi, Stacy, Butch and Michēal have been absolute rocks, working often 14 hour days on the dogged quest of ensuring we can continue to provide our community with the Leap Yoga experience as best we are able.  Teachers, students, staff all coming together – figuratively, rather than physically – with the purpose of exploring, investigating and ultimately defining how to put together what is a people centric fitness, wellness and yoga community virtually. For this I am greatly touched.

The caring, laughing, crying, worrying and learning required towards this achievement has been great.  The ‘can do’ attitude of all involved, combined with the extreme rapidity needed of mastering new technology, systems, methods and ways of doing things.  Ideas a plenty, some good, some less so, all pushing the bounds of our knowledge and previous comfort levels.  This has left me truly inspired.

The huge amounts of help from friends, my daughter’s boyfriend and tech guru extraordinaire – Antonino –  our family, the calls, emails and messages from Leap members asking how they can help, ensuring their membership levels are current, buying retail products for home delivery, the words of love, support and comfort.  The having to overcome personal limitations and the dependence of all to find effective, quality solutions rapidly.  This has left me greatly humbled.

The zoom dinner dates, FaceTime calls, virtual wine evenings and what’s app messages from around the world. My Italian family and friends in isolation, for weeks on end, checking to see whether we are all fine. Suppliers waiving fees, MBO’s invaluable technical support, specialists giving of their time, for free, to help us bring everything together and doing all possible to ensure we have a strong studio to come back to when all of this is over.  The coming together of a community, helping one another in our collective hour of need.  The ultimate strength of relationships and the smallness of the world.  This has shown me the power of love.

So my take away is simple; I am filled with hope, appreciation, humility and give to you all unreserved love and thanks. Please stay safe and well so we may all celebrate together physically, as this time too shall pass.  The lessons learned however, I know will remain forever.

In the meantime Namaste and safe hugs.

Marco


Dear Leap Yogis

We very much hope that this finds you, our amazing Leap community, and your families, healthy and safe!  

We want to THANK YOU… we are incredibly grateful…so many of you have reached out to us with gracious words of continued support!  You are filling our hearts with LOVE and HOPE…we are humbled beyond belief!

As you know, we have been behind the scenes working to offer Leap Live Streaming Yoga to our community during this time that you need it the most.  After exploring several platforms we’re pretty sure WE GOT THIS! 

 Please join us tomorrow, Sunday, March 22nd, for the launch of our first Live Streamed Classes:

~9:00am~Vinyasa Flow class with Papa Yogi

~11:00am~Kaiut class with Michēal.  

Please enroll for the Leap Live classes online at least an hour IN ADVANCE, this way you will have time to receive the sign-in instructions and login link! The earlier the better!  Simply use our website link at: http://leapyoga.net/2020/03/leap-virtual/ to see our VIRTUAL schedule or use the MindBody App to sign up.  We are up and running now and will be adding new classes and offerings as we go!

Logistics:

-Once you sign-up, a confirmation email will be sent to you within a few hours with more details.

-A Zoom link for the session will be emailed to you about an hour to 1/2 hour before the live streamed class…

-In the meantime, please familiarize yourself with Zoom and create a

free account or sign-up using your Google or Facebook account.  It is best to download the Zoom App or visit the Zoom.us site on the device you will be using to live stream.  We are here for you if you have any questions or need any help…email Cindi at cindi@leapyoga.net

Don’t worry! If you can’t join in for the Virtual Live session, we will be archiving these classes and Unlimited Members will be able to access them all from home at your convenience. PLUS….many, many, more exciting offerings coming soon….so stay tuned!

 We look forward to seeing you VIRTUALLY this Sunday!

 PS…for those of you needing “personal props” (i.e. bolsters, blocks, straps, mats, Yogitoes) we will be offering discounted packages that can be personally delivered to your home, while supplies last.  Details coming later today!

 Namaste,

Papa Yogi, Michēal, Stacy, Cindi & Marco