Annual LEAP Holiday Sale is now on!

 

How can a regular yoga practice benefit you and the people you love?

 

A recent article from Johns Hopkins Medicine lists the many benefits of a regular yoga practice.

 

Here are just a few:

  • Improve strength, balance, and flexibility
  • Helps relieve back pain
  • Yoga can relieve arthritis symptoms
  • Reduces stress and body-wide inflammation
  • Supports a healthy heart
  • Promotes relaxation and improved sleep
  • Increased energy and brighter moods
  • Helps manage stress
  • Supportive Community (our personal favorite at Leap!)
  • Promotes better self care

We invite you to check our Leap’s holiday sale and give the gift of yoga this holiday season!

 

Holiday Membership Sale

•40% off first month Leap Premium Unlimited Membership

(3 month minimum)

• Leap Premium Unlimited Membership Year in full $999.  Premium membership includes:  unlimited access to in-studio and virtual classes, access to the Leap Virtual Library (practice anytime, anywhere), 10% off boutique items all year long!

Holiday Sale

•20% off all boutique items

(including mats, props, new apparel and accessories)

•25% off LEAP wear

•up to 50% off clearance items

•10% off class passes

 

Visit our boutique and ask at the front desk for further details.

 

Don’t forget our gift Cards

To order online: Click on the image above

 

If you would like to arrange a custom shopping appointment email: info@leapyoga.net or call us 916 608 5327

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

 

Contact us: https://leapyoga.net/contact/

 

 

 

 


New Moon and Solar Eclipse

In the words of author and spiritual teacher, Eckhart Tolle, “You are here to enable the divine purpose of the Universe to unfold. That is how important you are!”

This past week has presented some unexpected and stressful challenges, for me. I’ve been riding the roller coaster of emotions, feeling it all. I’ve experienced moments of wondering why I do this work that I do. I’ve even questioned the path I am on. And yet, my trust has been restored over and over again this week.

Something really tender happened for me this morning…

I was leading a yoga practice at an addiction recovery center up in the mountains and hills of Northern, CA. There were 12 clients present today, which is quite larger than our normal crew. It started off a little rough, with lots of distractions around us. We moved through a sequence of poses, taking time in each one to feel the shape and explore the breath. Each person in the room was in a very different body and having a very different experience.

At the end of our yoga practice, I invited the group to lie on their backs for a guided meditation practice. As they laid there, supported by the ground beneath them, I observed each person in the room. One woman had her hands on her heart and a tender smile on her face. Another gentleman took up lots of space on his mat with his palms facing towards the sky; he looked open and ready to receive. Another woman seemed to be feeling an emotion; her face told me so. One man was curled up into a fetal position with his hands cradling his head, nurturing himself. Another man was having a very hard time being still, but I watched him soften and gradually relax through the process. And then there was the guy who was playing cards on his mat. 🙂 As I watched these beautiful humans together, I remembered why I do this work and how rewarding it is to watch humans just simply BE right where they are.

Something beautiful happens when we simply do our best, let go of fear and uncertainty, and lean into trust. When I open my heart and trust in LIFE, things naturally unfold in a way that is hard to put into words. I remember why I am here & why I do what I do.

I am so grateful for strangers, students, teachers, family and friends who show up to help me when I am in need, for the way in which Mother Nature so naturally teaches me, and for the organic way the universe manifests the mysteries of life!

In a few days, we will experience a new moon in which the energy of the moon helps us reflect on the past, set new intentions and envision new dreams. The energy of the new moon and solar eclipse is fresh, even inviting, and can remind us of what our soul came here to achieve. October’s moon is a partial solar eclipse, and so it can open us to the deep and mysterious caverns of our hearts that we’ve yet to explore. The spiritual meaning of the October 2022 new moon solar eclipse is to bring heart-centered transformations for all zodiac signs. During this phase of the moon cycle, it is a wonderful time to create or shift our heartfelt intentions and renew our trust in the magic of LIFE.

 

Holly Ashton-Wallin

 

 

 

 



 

Dear Leapers!

A message from Gaya:

It’s so deeply satisfying to be bringing the dimension of sacred music to Leap Yoga classes and workshops! I just released my new single, Durgayei, and I am looking forward to singing it with you at Mantra Night on August 26. My band, Gaya’s Earth & Spirit Band will be there to make the evening magical! Come sing, bask, align with the universe as beautiful mantras fill the space.

 

To Book: In-Studio Mantra Evening with Gaya’s Earth & Spirit Band

To listen to Gaya’s new Single; Durgayei

 

 

 

 


 

Dear Leapers!

Come celebrate Memorial Day with us. Your amazing Leap teachers will guide you through sequenced postures and poses designed to boost your spirits and encourage strength and stability.

 

Our Memorial Day Schedule includes:

FREE CLASSES for VETERANS, MILITARY personnel,

and their families.  Just show up and let us honor you!

 

Memorial Weekend Class Schedule

 

Saturday, May 28th

(Please note NEW CLASS and Saturday Schedule)

8am Leap All-Levels Flow with Tim

9:30am HOT 26 with Elise

10:45am Kaiut with Molly

 

Sunday, May 29th

9am Leap Power Vinyasa with Butch

10:30am Kaiut with Miche’al

4pm Leap Basic Flow with Sheri

5:30pm Yin with Kate

 

Monday, May 30th

9am Leap All-Levels Flow with Carissa

10:30am Kaiut with Michéal

 

Memorial Day Weekend Sale!

  • 20% OFF the first 2 months of a NEW Leap Premier Unlimited Membership (6 month commitment required)
  • 20% Boutique

 

To book a class click on this link

 

 

 

 


 

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

If you are planning your day we have so many things planned at Leap, Sales, free classes for your Mom or Kid and discount memberships, not to mention our new inventory of bags, jewelry and hold-alls:

•10 Class Pass – $150 – Save $20

•Unlimited Membership – Receive 50% off first month – Save $64.50 (6 month commitment)

•Leap Yogis – Bring your Mom or Kid to Yoga on Mother’s Day for Free!

•Struggling to find the perfect gift? – We have lots of Mother’s Day goodies in our Boutique

Call 916 608 5327, visit or contact us for details!

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

To book a class click on this link

 

 

 

 


Thank you!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for making last night’s celebration so special.  The classes we excellent and it was great seeing you all after COVID!

We could never have reached our 10th anniversary without you, and for this we are truly grateful.

Fun was had by all, the Pizza was tasty and we raised $900 for World Central Kitchen helping displaced Ukrainian Families. pastedGraphic.pngpastedGraphic_1.png

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It looks like Rain!

We are moving Friday’s outdoor celebration indoors at Leap this Friday, April 22 starting at 5.00pm. We sure hope you will join us to celebrate 10 years in our yoga home!

Our line up consists of two complimentary classes followed by a PIZZA PARTY!

 

Please consider offering a donation as all proceeds will benefit World Central Kitchen helping displaced Ukrainian Families.

Donation will be collected at Friday’s event in advance at the studio.  We will accept cash, credit cards and checks.

 

Vinyasa with Amy – 5pm

Kaiut with Michéal – 6.10pm

Pizza Party – 7.00-8.00pm

 

 

Also don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @leapyogafolsom

 

 

 


Being in Relationship with Earth

 

Yoga is all about relationships –not positions. I’ve said that in class –but what does it mean? Postures are the shapes we put our bodies in to experience oneness. That could be a definition of Asana!

What I mean by that specifically is that our asana/meditation/pranayama/mantra/mudra/service practices are about creating relationships: with Self, the Earth, and other beings around us. We do not exist in a vacuum –what we do, and how we do it matter! 

The way we are on the Earth matters. Check it out: next time you find yourself just standing around (in line; waiting for something else…) notice yourself on the earth. Notice: are your knees locked? Can you feel your feet and the relationship between you and the Earth? When I am in relationship I am not alone.

When you stand on the Earth, you have choices –you can be in active relationship –feeling the sensation of yield: your body grounding down into the earth — if you keep your knees a little soft, and actively but gently press in to your feet, you may find yourself swaying a little from side to side or in a spiral… there is a rebound of buoyant energy that comes from the Earth back up to the crown of your head –notice it. 

Or … you can be propped or collapsed: your knees are locked –there is a sinking feeling and you can’t feel the soles of your feet –there is a dullness and lack of connection to Earth. Maybe there is a checking out at the level of the mind. This is how most of us are on the earth when we’re not paying attention. Look around at people next time you’re out and about –standing in line, notice how people stand –head forward, knees locked –usually but not always, looking at a phone… we are chronically disconnected from the Earth in this place.

The good news is, it’s totally possible to re-orient yourself! Stand in tadasana –hands softly by your sides; your thumbs face forward, palms at the sides, not facing forward. Close your eyes and take a breath in.

Tadasana means mountain posture –see if you can soften your knees and push down through your shin bones into your feet as you actively straighten your knees and find an inner spiral through your legs, into the deep belly and lower front ribs, and trace it all the way along the front of your body to the crown of your head. Find stability. Now lock your knees and let your weight drop. Notice the difference!

When we are in relationship with Earth –we feel an exchange of energy –we feel the forces of apana grounding us, and prana providing us with buoyancy. It’s active! In fact, we’re never completely still. There is always a movement of Prana/life energy. We suspend it at the top and bottom of each breath for a moment –but then the flow of breath and Prana continue over and over.

In fact –we’re always in relationship with Earth –but sometimes we forget and allow ourselves to check out and prop. I believe it’s this unconscious “checking out” that causes us to feel separate. When we lose our active relationship to Earth –we literally lose our sense of connection to everything else. This contributes to patterns/samskaras that live in the depths of our unconscious, that keep us stuck in suffering and perceived isolation. 

So being in relationship –whether to Earth, or to others or our Selves –is something that takes practice! Bringing our awareness back to our literal stance on the Earth. Notice how when you’re standing in relationship, you feel everything a little more lit up! Your navel gently draws towards your spine as you breathe –providing you with support –maybe you feel the natural gentle inner spiral of your legs and pelvic halves. You can sense and feel Prana moving. Your head floats over your shoulders and there is a sense of buoyancy to your physical structure! There is effortless effort. 

Collapse and prop are ways that we check out of the body-mind. One could argue that our chronic collapse and prop have created a world out of balance: the Earth is literally screaming at us to get back into relationship. When we are in relationship, we understand that what we do and say, and how we are with each other, how we treat the Earth, what/how we choose to consume –all matter! 

In our posture practice, we find an opportunity to come back into relationship with Earth and Self. We’re not putting ourselves into positions when we take a given asana –we are creating shapes that allow us to be in relationship: there is a give and take. We receive and we give back.

Check it out –play with it off the mat! It all starts with noticing!!

Hari Aum!

Karen  Miscal Bannon

www.kmbyoga.com

 

 


You Can be BOTH

 

Here in California we’ve been facing some of the worst wildfires in the history of our state. There are MULTIPLE devastating fires burning all at once (send prayers to all those affected).

All of this came on the tail-end of a weeklong heatwave of temperatures between 100-111 degrees. And let us not forget that is all while we’re in the midst of a global pandemic!

Being outdoors had been a saving grace in the midst of spending nearly 100% of our time at home for the past 5 months. But between the heat and smoke, outdoors has been one of the last places you want to be.

Earlier this week, we splurged on our favorite sandwiches for takeout lunch (if you’re in Sac, GO to Juno’s!). When I went to pick them up I was greeted by the lovely Amy, who is always running the front of the house.

Amy is a salt-of-the-earth person. Her kindness is consistent. As I walked in, I could feel her smile even though I haven’t actually seen it in over 5 months. It’s always hidden by a colorful (and probably hand sewn) mask that she’s wearing.

I asked her how she’s been hanging in there and watched the corners of her eyes tire as she let out a deep sigh before answering. She explained that everyday she makes it a point to count her blessings & recognize what’s good. On the other hand, though, she feels tired and sad. And that it seems kind of weird to be grateful AND sad.

“It’s okay to be both!”, I exclaimed, not fully grasping the important lesson for myself in that statement.

It can be so easy to believe that if we’re grateful, we shouldn’t be sad. Or that when we’re feeling sad, we can’t still be grateful too.

We try to stuff ourselves into these “emotion boxes” and totally forget that we are multi-faceted beings. It’s easy to want to label certain emotions good and other ones bad. We question how we could be feeling two things that we thought were so different.

Yoga teaches about the union of perceived opposites, though. It affirms that the other end of the spectrum is still a part of the same spectrum.

We’re living in strange times, my friends. Now, more than ever, kindness is needed and that work starts within.

Be kind to yourself and the various feelings that you feel, sometimes ALL at the same time.

You can be grateful and sad. You can be BOTH.

 

Tristina Kennedy

www.rtwyoga.com