Good Space Yoga



Fall 2015                                                        


"...a clear and peaceful mind is the ground for joyful living." Swami Rama

Also In this issue

 Upcoming Offerings

 Home Practice







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Two Out of town workshops

with K.O.

August 29-30 and September 18-20


Yoga for Life
with Ann

Sat. Oct 10
Sat, Dec 5


Meditation Group

with K.O. or guest

Second Thursday of the month 6-7pm


Yoga Therapy

What is Yoga Therapy:


Yoga Therapy adapts and applies Yoga techniques and practice to help individuals who are facing physical or emotional challenges, or who want to expand their yoga/spiritual practice. It offers personalized practices that empower the individual to progress toward greater health by reducing symptoms, restoring balance, and facilitating healing on all levels of your being. My hope is to inspire and empower you toward greater clarity and healing.


Special Offer:


Sign-up for a 6-8 week class session and get your first  yoga therapy session for a reduced price of $80 (regularly $120)


More information about Yoga Therapy



Feature with Kathy Ornish


Effort and Surrender



One interesting process in working with yoga therapy clients is the recurring issue of helping them stay disciplined and on course, and yet not perpetuate the tendency of "getting it done and checking it off the list" - the yet-another-thing-to-do syndrome.

I've always thought the ideal recipe for an effective yoga practice was the complementary and interdependent application of effort and surrender. This applies to both the act of getting to the practice as well as the action in the practice. If it's all effort and focus, practice can become a chore, controlling; if it's all about relaxing and surrender, practice can become vague, indulgent. Used in equal measure, self-discovery and delight in the moment become ever more accessible.

Imagine that practice is like canoeing on a river or floating on your back in the ocean. The secret to having a relaxed and pleasant outing is the optimal proportion of paddling to floating. If while in the ocean or on the river, you spend most of your time controlling your movements in the water, you end up fighting the water and exhausted. There's really never a sense of floating or being carried – that "ahhh" feeling. If on the other hand, you use just the right amount of steering and paddling to keep yourself on course, but still allow the water to mostly carry you, then you and the water are as one.

Working with your mind in practice is just like this. Keep your mind gently focused, steering it gently and repeatedly back to the focus of its attention while still surrendering, floating, and letting go into the expansiveness – the perfect proportions of effort and flow, focus and connection.


Yours,in service,
Kathy Ornish



What's New


Schedule of Upcoming Offerings





To see the complete September-December 2015 schedule of classes at Good Space Yoga, please go to:







Second Thursday Monthly Meditation Group with K.O. or Guest

September 10, October 8,
November 12, December 10
6:00-7:00 pm, Cost: $5 each

This will now be offered on a regular monthly basis - the second Thursday of every month!
Are you challenged by keeping a regular home meditation practice? Do you feel like questions arise from practice that you don't understand? Come join like-minded people for a monthly gathering to support and nurture you in your journey of meditation. Our time together will include a discussion circle followed by 25 minutes of meditation together.





Yoga for Life Series: Discover - Explore - Connect with Ann Lapo
-Art of Yoga Practice
Saturday, October 10 from 10:00am-Noon

-Practices for Peace
Saturday, December 5, 10:00am-noon
Cost: $15 each
Make a deeper connection with yourself as we experience the yoga of life together -- You'll enjoy pose sequences, breathing awareness, meditation practices, discussion, poetry and music. These workshops are recommended for individuals with at least 6 weeks yoga experience and a curiosity about bringing yoga more fully into their daily life.




Viniyoga Fundamentals for Adapting Asana and Pranayama with Kathy Ornish

Saturday, August 29, 11:30-6:00 and
Sunday, August 30, 11:00-6:00
Himalayan Institute Pittsburg, PA



Yoga for Anxiety: Soothing the System and Cultivating Harmony with Kathy Ornish

Friday - Sunday, September 18-20, 2015

Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA







This handwritten, more advanced level practice uses an integrated combination of asana, breath adaptation, and right & left brain actions. It works toward a peak pose seated twist - Bharavajasana- and ends with a pranayama practice of Nadi Sodhana. Enjoy!



Bharadvajasana and Nadi Sodhana






Hokusai Says by Roger Keyes



Hokusai says look carefully. 

He says pay attention, notice.

He says keep looking, stay curious. 

He says there is no end to seeing.

He says look forward to getting old.

He says keep changing.

You just get more who you really are.


He says get stuck, accept it, repeat yourself as long as it is interesting.

He says keep doing what you love.

He says keep praying.

He says every one of us is a child, every one of us is ancient, every one of us has a body.

He says every one of us is frightened.

He says every one of us has to find a way to live with fear.

He says everything is alive -Shells, buildings, people, fish,

Mountains, trees, wood is alive.

Water is alive.

Everything has its own life.

Everything lives inside us.

He says live with the world inside you.


He says it doesn't matter if you draw, or write books.

It doesn't matter if you saw wood, or catch fish.

It doesn't matter if you sit at home

  and stare at the ants on your veranda

    or the shadows of the trees

    and grasses in your garden.


It matter that you care.

It matters that you feel.

It matters that you notice.

It matters that life lives through you.


Contentment is life living through you.

Joy is life living through you.

Satisfaction and strength is life living through you.


He says don't be afraid.

Don't be afraid.

Love, feel, let life take you by the hand.

Let life live through you.