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Community by Shannon Potter

“My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet, what is an ocean but a multitude of drops?” –Cloud Atlas David Mitchell

Communities would not be possible without the single droplets of individuals. Although, in the last decade with the rise of technology and social media, surveys have found people increasingly feel more like a single droplet that is not a part of an ocean. Engaging in communities, such as the yoga community, could be a relief for those struggling with loneliness.

In 2017, the former U.S. Surgeon General declared an epidemic of loneliness. The following year, the U.K. appointed a Minister of Loneliness so the rising number of lonely individuals can reach out to access information and resources to feel less lonely. As social media has gained popularity over the years, loneliness has grown in correlation. Could it be that observing others’ connections via social media contributes to the feeling of being alone? Although social media insinuates community, connections are rooted deeper than solely relying on surface connections through the screen. As we have broader access to lives across the world, our ocean expands to limitless ends, and we comparatively feel smaller and less significant. Without engagement in a community through the physical world, we feel shallow connections to life in general.

Research supports that involvement in communities contributes to a person’s physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Participation in a community can offer an extra sense of meaning and purpose to a person’s life through contribution and social interaction. When the feeling of fellowship with other lone souls occurs, that is community. Where we come together to share experiences and ideas, to challenge and be challenged, and to acknowledge one another. Communities give us the sense that we are not alone. Through even the smallest connection, we feel we are a part of something bigger. Engaging in communities in the physical world in addition to the online communities, we feel connected and supported. We embrace our small droplet and coincide with the view, energy, and presence of others to become a part of a communal body of water.

Drifting through the door at a yoga studio, a community is found. Where individuals come together for different reasons; whether it be to open the body, heal the heart, or calm the mind. Those differences create tides of energy felt through the room as individuals move, breathe, and find stillness together as a whole. Yoga itself is a tool to open and heal the body, heart, and mind. When practiced with others in the community, benefits can be felt tenfold. Involvement in the local yoga community can look like simply taking a class for the first time, following the teacher, and not knowing what to expect. It can also look like taking classes weekly, saying hello to a few familiar faces, and exploring poses you’ve come to know. Whether it’s the first class or the fiftieth, one may notice changes such as the  body and heart opening, the mind a bit more at ease, and possibly a feeling of belonging.

We invite you to be a part of our community at Inside Out Yoga in Downtown Winter Haven, Florida. We have all kinds of classes every day with a variety of teachers that could be suitable to your uniqueness. New students can enjoy unlimited classes for two weeks for twenty dollars. We invite you to open your heart to explore the mysteries of your internal world and embrace the vibrant ocean that surrounds you.

Make Your Mala and Learn Japa

Join us for a Special Event ahead of the Holidays to create your own mala necklace. These mala beads will be extra special because you made them yourself! Bring a friend or relative with you or gift them with the beautiful
mala necklace you create.

This will be a relaxing, fun and unique experience at a time when we all need to slow down a bit.

Mala bead necklaces are traditionally used in meditation as a tool to assist in counting your mantras. A mantra is a word or sound repeated to aid meditative concentration. As we pull one bead at a time while repeating our mantra, the mind settles down and we find a calm center. Your mala will contain 108 beads and the significance and meaning will be different for every practitioner. Because the mala can be worn as a necklace or bracelet you can take it with you wherever you go and it can provide a tangible reminder of your intention, thus leading to a more joyful life!

Take this opportunity to infuse your mala with your own unique intention, energy and prayers. You will leave with your own personal mala and the knowledge of how to use it in a japa meditation practice. All materials and japa meditation instruction will be provided.

Yoga For Pain Relief with Lee Albert

Do you suffer from painful muscular conditions that hold you back – on and off the mat? Do you struggle
with tight hamstrings, sore knees, or hips that just won’t open? Do you suffer from back pain or neck pain?
Why do so many of us experience chronic pain?
Yoga for Pain Relief empowers you with the knowledge to identify the specific muscle imbalances that are
causing your pain and creates a safe and effective practice to rebalance your body and eliminate many painful
conditions.
Participants will discover:
All natural. drug free, pain relief
How to balance the pelvis which is the foundation of the body structure
How to balance

specific muscles for the most common painful areas
How to use yoga postures to balance muscles for various neuromuscular conditions
How to identify which poses will help and which poses to avoid for specific conditions
Take charge of your own path to health and well-being. Yoga for Pain Relief is here to provide you with all
the tools you need in order to reach your goals. This program is strategically designed so that participants find
meaningful and actionable take aways.
Included in your tuition is a Muscle Balancing Asana Chart so you can take your practice home.
This class is a combination of lecture, demonstration and practice and is suitable for all levels.

Learn more about Lee here. 

NEW TO YOGA – 4 Week Series

This 4 week series will cover:
What is Yoga?
Breathing Techniques
Warm Ups and Building your Foundation
Find Your Center
Restore the Mind
Jody will lead this series. She has 20+ years of practice and teaching. She strives to make classes available for ALL BODIES!

NEW TO YOGA – 4 Week Series

This 4 week series will cover:
What is Yoga?
Breathing Techniques
Warm Ups and Building your Foundation
Find Your Center
Restore the Mind
Jody will lead this series. She has 20+ years of practice and teaching. She strives to make classes available for ALL BODIES!

NEW TO YOGA – 4 Week Series

This 4 week series will cover:
What is Yoga?
Breathing Techniques
Warm Ups and Building your Foundation
Find Your Center
Restore the Mind
Jody will lead this series. She has 20+ years of practice and teaching. She strives to make classes available for ALL BODIES!

NEW TO YOGA – 4 Week Series

This 4 week series will cover:
What is Yoga?
Breathing Techniques
Warm Ups and Building your Foundation
Find Your Center
Restore the Mind
Jody will lead this series. She has 20+ years of practice and teaching. She strives to make classes available for ALL BODIES!

Crystal Bowl Sound Bath with Buffy

Join Cosmic Sound Healer, Buffy La Roux as she facilitates a high vibratory journey of Sound through time and space. During this deeply meditative and transformative experience, Buffy guides us inward through a sound bath of deeply shifting vocal toning, singing, frequencies and quartz crystal singing bowls. Each Crystal Sound Bath is a unique symphony and a dance of the collective energies present for the Well Being of All and the Amplification of Love.
Buffy La Roux is an Intuitive Empathic Healer/Channel of Divine Light, Energetic Hacker, Cosmic Shamanaut, Cosmic Sound Healer, Ordained Minister of the Light (Pnematikoi), Reiki Master/Teacher, Licensed Massage Therapist MA80893 and all around goofy, lovable eclectic human. Buffy’s journey of energetic awareness began as a child, but kicked into high gear in 2007 with an abrupt awakening, a sort of rapid fire spiritual boot camp that drastically shifted her perception of “reality”. Through her own healing journey and extensive hours spent in the service of helping others she is a powerful conduit for the updated paradigm of consciousness and awakening energies. Spirit works through Buffy in the form of singing and speaking in multiple celestial languages. This one of a kind experience deletes programming, density in the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies, activates ancient dormant DNA and moves participants into the expansive state of clarity, growth and purpose.

Breathing Tricks

Breathing Tricks
If you are not familiar with the 4-7-8 breathing technique, it’s time for you to use and enjoy this very effective form of pranayama. This simple breathing directive has been popularized by Dr. Andrew Weil and there is no reason here to give you express, how to instruction. Learn from the good doctor himself  here or just google “4-7-8 breathing” to find lots of other voices.
Three things we would emphasize. The outbreath, as in many other pranayama practices, is quite important. The 8-count exhale is longer than the 4-count inhale (or 7-count hold) for good reason, i.e. to thoroughly empty your lungs of any stale air and to set yourself up for a full and effortless inhale. Secondly, don’t ignore the instruction regarding your pursed lips and tongue. It helps to modulate your exhale and eliminates the generation of excess saliva. Finally, this is a modest relaxation and focusing exercise. You don’t have to force, extend or exaggerate anything.
What’s it good for? It’s wonderful at the beginning of seated meditation or a yoga routine, or even a bit of savasana. It’s simple but complex enough that you must momentarily focus your attention on the breath and counting to the exclusion of whatever else you may be thinking about. After the four or so rounds, you can proceed right in to counting all of your breaths or the mindful focusing on just the long and short of inhales and exhales. On your exhale, you might particularly bring attention to relaxing the tense neck and shoulders, the nemeses of much full-
body relaxation. That can be particularly helpful if you are employing 4-7-8 to help you fall or fall back asleep.
As with all yoga asana and pranayama, don’t be afraid to experiment and observe, or be too quick to judge its efficacy. 4-7-8 is simple, universal goodness.
Don’t be afraid to dive deep and make it your own!
Kerry Wilson
12.5.22

Crystal Bowl Sound Bath with Buffy

Join Cosmic Sound Healer, Buffy La Roux as she facilitates a high vibratory journey of Sound through time and space. During this deeply meditative and transformative experience, Buffy guides us inward through a sound bath of deeply shifting vocal toning, singing, frequencies and quartz crystal singing bowls. Each Crystal Sound Bath is a unique symphony and a dance of the collective energies present for the Well Being of All and the Amplification of Love.
Buffy La Roux is an Intuitive Empathic Healer/Channel of Divine Light, Energetic Hacker, Cosmic Shamanaut, Cosmic Sound Healer, Ordained Minister of the Light (Pnematikoi), Reiki Master/Teacher, Licensed Massage Therapist MA80893 and all around goofy, lovable eclectic human. Buffy’s journey of energetic awareness began as a child, but kicked into high gear in 2007 with an abrupt awakening, a sort of rapid fire spiritual boot camp that drastically shifted her perception of “reality”. Through her own healing journey and extensive hours spent in the service of helping others she is a powerful conduit for the updated paradigm of consciousness and awakening energies. Spirit works through Buffy in the form of singing and speaking in multiple celestial languages. This one of a kind experience deletes programming, density in the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies, activates ancient dormant DNA and moves participants into the expansive state of clarity, growth and purpose.

Events

Make Your Mala and Learn Japa

Join us for a Special Event ahead of the Holidays to create your own mala necklace. These mala beads will be extra special because you made them yourself! Bring a friend or relative with you or gift them with the beautiful
mala necklace you create.

This will be a relaxing, fun and unique experience at a time when we all need to slow down a bit.

Mala bead necklaces are traditionally used in meditation as a tool to assist in counting your mantras. A mantra is a word or sound repeated to aid meditative concentration. As we pull one bead at a time while repeating our mantra, the mind settles down and we find a calm center. Your mala will contain 108 beads and the significance and meaning will be different for every practitioner. Because the mala can be worn as a necklace or bracelet you can take it with you wherever you go and it can provide a tangible reminder of your intention, thus leading to a more joyful life!

Take this opportunity to infuse your mala with your own unique intention, energy and prayers. You will leave with your own personal mala and the knowledge of how to use it in a japa meditation practice. All materials and japa meditation instruction will be provided.

Crystal Bowl Sound Bath with Buffy

Join Cosmic Sound Healer, Buffy La Roux as she facilitates a high vibratory journey of Sound through time and space. During this deeply meditative and transformative experience, Buffy guides us inward through a sound bath of deeply shifting vocal toning, singing, frequencies and quartz crystal singing bowls. Each Crystal Sound Bath is a unique symphony and a dance of the collective energies present for the Well Being of All and the Amplification of Love.
Buffy La Roux is an Intuitive Empathic Healer/Channel of Divine Light, Energetic Hacker, Cosmic Shamanaut, Cosmic Sound Healer, Ordained Minister of the Light (Pnematikoi), Reiki Master/Teacher, Licensed Massage Therapist MA80893 and all around goofy, lovable eclectic human. Buffy’s journey of energetic awareness began as a child, but kicked into high gear in 2007 with an abrupt awakening, a sort of rapid fire spiritual boot camp that drastically shifted her perception of “reality”. Through her own healing journey and extensive hours spent in the service of helping others she is a powerful conduit for the updated paradigm of consciousness and awakening energies. Spirit works through Buffy in the form of singing and speaking in multiple celestial languages. This one of a kind experience deletes programming, density in the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies, activates ancient dormant DNA and moves participants into the expansive state of clarity, growth and purpose.

Yoga For Pain Relief with Lee Albert

Do you suffer from painful muscular conditions that hold you back – on and off the mat? Do you struggle
with tight hamstrings, sore knees, or hips that just won’t open? Do you suffer from back pain or neck pain?
Why do so many of us experience chronic pain?
Yoga for Pain Relief empowers you with the knowledge to identify the specific muscle imbalances that are
causing your pain and creates a safe and effective practice to rebalance your body and eliminate many painful
conditions.
Participants will discover:
All natural. drug free, pain relief
How to balance the pelvis which is the foundation of the body structure
How to balance

specific muscles for the most common painful areas
How to use yoga postures to balance muscles for various neuromuscular conditions
How to identify which poses will help and which poses to avoid for specific conditions
Take charge of your own path to health and well-being. Yoga for Pain Relief is here to provide you with all
the tools you need in order to reach your goals. This program is strategically designed so that participants find
meaningful and actionable take aways.
Included in your tuition is a Muscle Balancing Asana Chart so you can take your practice home.
This class is a combination of lecture, demonstration and practice and is suitable for all levels.

Learn more about Lee here.