Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Yoga Outdoors! On the Roof, in the Park!

When this old world starts getting me down
And people are just too much for me to face
I climb way up to the top of the stars
And all my cares just drift right into space
On the roof it's peaceful as can be
And there the world below can't bother me...

~"Up on the Roof "by Gerry Goffin and Carole King

Namaste Dear Yogis, 

Great news! Island Health and Fitness has received the green light to begin offering outdoor group fitness classes. For now, there will be a limited schedule, and classes will be held only at the downtown location, on the roof deck. Weather permitting, I will be teaching yoga on Wednesday mornings from 9:00-10:00 AM, a beautiful time to practice together before the heat of the day sets in. 

A few important things to note about these classes:
--In order to maintain safe social distancing, class size is limited to 14 participants. There will be markings on the deck to delineate separate spaces for your mats.
--Because class size is restricted, you will need to reserve your spot by emailing or to sign up. 
--classes are open to members of both locations. They are being offered for a drop-in fee of $10 for Island members, and $15 for non-members (regular monthly billing will not begin until the gym officially opens).
--You will need to bring your own mat, and any other props you use for yoga. 
--All members will be pre-screened with a temperature check at the front desk before check-in. Please remember to wear a mask when you enter the facility. It's okay to remove it once you are on your yoga mat.
--Locker rooms and showers will not be open. If needed, members and guests may use the restroom facilities in the cafe by the front desk or the bathroom on the third floor. 

Let's enjoy the fresh morning air together, re-connecting with one another at a safe distance. I look forward to practicing with you on Wednesday mornings!

And, if you prefer outdoor yoga with your feet on the earth, and a view of beautiful Cayuga lake, I invite you to join me for another yoga practice at Stewart Park on Saturday, August 1st at 9 AM. For those of you who are not able to join me on weekday mornings, this Saturday class is for you! Here's the info:

Yoga at Stewart Park with Jyoti
Saturday, August 1st
9:00-10:00 AM (optional 10-minute meditation to follow)
By Donation 
($10 suggested, but everyone welcome  regardless of ability to pay)
Meet at the small pavilion playground area, and we'll find a spot by the lake.

In addition to these outdoor options, online classes will continue on Mondays and Thursdays at 10 AM. See below for links to join in.  And my videos of previous classes are available on my YouTube channel, so please subscribe!


Monday 10 AM classes: 

Web URL to Join Zoom Meeting is:

Or on the Zoom App on a mobile device or tablet, enter the Meeting ID: 405 262 554
Enter the Password: 050967

Thursday  10 AM  classes:

Web URL to Join Zoom Meeting is:

Or on the Zoom App on a mobile device or tablet, enter the Meeting ID: 727 980 845
Enter the Password: 203677

These live and recorded classes are offered on a donation basis, with everyone welcome regardless of ability to pay. If it is within your means to make a donation, here are the options:

Venmo: Jody-Kessler-1
PayPal: If you select "Friends & Family," they won't take a commission out of your donation.
Check: made out to Jody Kessler, 305 Taylor Place, Ithaca, NY 14850
Class Cards: Some of you have purchased 6- class cards and have given me permission to mark your card for each class you attend online.

These times have offered us a crash course in dancing with the mystery, opening ourselves to uncertainty, and drawing upon our human ingenuity to figure out ways to stay connected.  And through it all, let's remember that there is so much for which we can be grateful. I am blessed to be able to do the work that I love--albeit in a modified way-- and to be able to share it with such wonderful people. With a full heart, I thank you!



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