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Sundari Birdsall
· December 13, 2013
YCYC is my favorite yoga studio! I live in Boulder, CO now - a mecca for yogis and spiritual seekers - and I have yet to find a studio here in Boulder that is a...s humble, unpretentious, and genuine as YCYC in Hamden, CT. The teachers at YCYC are special - they are SO accepting of everyone's personal path and level, regardless of whether you're a beginner or have been doing yoga poses for years. I appreciate that YCYC also truly abides by the "eyes on your own mat" philosophy ; I have never experienced a competitive atmosphere, not even in the Level 2-3 classes or at workshops. With events like music nights, potlucks, and donation-based classes, YCYC strives to make yoga and community available to everyone. This is a special studio! See More
Daniel J Libby
· October 28, 2013
YCYC is a beautiful space that is supported by a caring and talented community of teachers from a wide array of yoga traditions and styles. They've got something for everyone. I'd give it 6 stars if i could.
Eric Triffin
· March 27, 2014
A haven for us to gather and start from the heart, in the art of uniting body and spirit, and extending ourselves together. Namaste in vivo.
Danielle Casioppo
· September 29, 2014
I first came to YCYC as a student and now I'm also a teacher there. I love the YCYC community because the spirit of yoga is alive and everyone is truly genuine and caring, a real sangha.
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Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

A Pledge for Grateful Living
By Brother David Steindl-Rast

...

In thanksgiving for life, I pledge
to overcome the illusion of ENTITLEMENT
by reminding myself that everything is gift
and, thus, to live GRATEFULLY.

In thanksgiving for life, I pledge
to overcome my GREED,
that confuses wants with needs,
by trusting that enough for all our needs is given to us
and to share GENEROUSLY
what I so generously receive.

In thanksgiving for life, I pledge
to overcome APATHY
by waking up to the opportunities
that a given moment offers me
and so to respond CREATIVELY to every situation.

In thanksgiving for life, I pledge
to overcome VIOLENCE, all of which is rooted in fear,
by observing that fighting violence by violence
leads to more violence and death
and, thus, to foster life by acting NON-VIOLENTLY.

In thanksgiving to life, I pledge
to overcome FEAR
by seeing in what I might otherwise fear,
the opportunity to cultivate courageous TRUST IN LIFE
and so to lay the foundation for a peaceful future.

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Tonight at YCYC! We have Slow Flow with Annie at 5:30-6:30. Full Figure Gentle Yoga with Thea at 7pm-8:15pm, following with Hot Vinyasa with John at 7:15pm-8:25pm. ECSTATIC DANCE IS TONIGHT 8:30pm-9:45pm!

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Thanks as always to our poet laureate...

Steve Mark

"I woke up in a pissy mood recently, committed to gloom before I had even rolled out of bed. Still grumpy that afternoon, I went to the supermarket, only to be ...greeted by the sweetest checkout clerk ever. I couldn’t resist her happy eyes and huge smile. We had a quick conversation in Spanish, much of which I didn’t understand, and it didn’t even matter. Her sweetness and enthusiasm completely shifted me out of my pissy mood. I carried her joy with me the rest of the day. Everyone I encountered later that day benefited from her kindness.

It’s too easy to feel lost and powerless, like we can’t make any real difference in this messed-up world. I’ve often become paralyzed by the amount of violence and oppression that exists worldwide, paralyzed by my seeming inability to do anything about it. But we are not powerless to effect positive change. Indeed, we are powerful beyond measure, each one of us, in our ability to treat each other with kindness. If you want to change lives, then be kind and patient with strangers, be open and generous with your friends and family, and talk to your neighbors — and listen to them, too. Don’t underestimate the extraordinary effect you have every single time you show up to a situation with an open, loving heart. The checkout clerk shifted me out of my funk with her kindness. When my partner, G, got home that night, I greeted him with a smile instead of the scowl he might have gotten because of my foul mood. Our kindness transcends the moment of delivery. It affects more than we can ever know."--Scott Stabile, in Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart

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Steve Mark

“We have a lamp inside us, the lamp of mindfulness, which we can light anytime. The oil of that lamp is our breathing, our steps, and our peaceful smile. We hav...e to light up that lamp of mindfulness so the light will shine out and the darkness will dissipate and cease. Our practice is to light up that lamp.”—Thich Nhat Hanh

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Today at YCYC, we have Flow and Form with Julie at 9am-10:20am. Later we have kids yoga 4pm-4:45pm with Lani. Kundalini Yoga with Barbara Cox at 5:40pm-7pm. Kate has a Yoga Beyond the Mat 6pm-7pm! Yoga 50+ with Ellen starts 7:15pm-8:30pm. Ending the night with Beginner Yoga with Karen 7:30pm-8:30pm.

Hot yoga tonight at Your Community Yoga Center... perhaps it is time that you tried it?!?!?

John Hauser

It’s cold and miserable outside....but warm and wonderful inside st YCYC warm Yoga tonight at 7:15pm.

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Hey folks! I am really interested in seeing this film, and we need another 40 folks to make it a go. Let's have this be a yoga theater party!

We are more than halfway to the tipping point... 42 reserved; 40 to go... to bring "Walk With Me: A Journey Into Mindfulness" to New Haven Criterion Cinemas!

If... you are one of the remaining 40 who wants to go, but hasn't yet reserved your seat, please do it asap!

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“Are there in us, in you and in me right now, that recklessness of the loving heart, that wild courage, that crazy gladness in the face of darkness and death, that shuddering faithfulness even unto the end of the world, through which new things can come to pass?”
---Frederick Buechner.

Join us at YCYC tonight starting 5:30pm-6:30pm with Annie's Slow Flow class. Following with Full Figure Gentle Yoga with Thea 7pm-8:15pm. Hot Vinyasa with John starts at 7:15pm-8:25pm! And Ecstatic Dance 8:30pm-9:45pm with John and Damian!

Tonight at YCYC, we have Kids Yoga with Lani 3:40pm-4:20pm; following with Tween Yoga 4:30pm-5:15pm with Lani. Afterwards, we have Kundalini Yoga with Barbara 5:40pm-7pm. Kate Kelly has a Yoga Beyond the Mat class starting 6pm-7pm. Yoga 50+ with Ellen starts 7:15pm-8:30pm and ending the night with Beginner Yoga with Karen 7:30pm-8:30pm~!

Tonight join us for Pre Natal yoga 5:40pm-7pm with Saskia! Afterwards we have Full Spectrum Yoga with Jim at 7:15pm-8:30pm. Ending the night we have Hot Vinyasa with John at 7:15pm-8:25pm. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

It's not a trick! Treat yourself to a special Halloween-themed full-spectrum yoga practice, "Yoga to Wake the Dead (Spaces)" with Steve Mark tonight at 7:15. Try some spooky poses, and be good to your bones, body, and spirit.

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Connie Schultz

Beannacht (Blessing)

On the day when
The weight deadens
On your shoulders...
And you stumble,
May the clay dance
To balance you.

And when your eyes
Freeze behind
The grey window
And the ghost of loss
Gets in to you,
May a flock of colours,
Indigo, red, green,
And azure blue,
Come to awaken in you
A meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
In the currach of thought
And a stain of ocean
Blackens beneath you,
May there come across the waters
A path of yellow moonlight
To bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow
Wind work these words
Of love around you,
An invisible cloak
To mind your life.

-- John O'Donohue

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We are SO excited to have Shelly Craigo from the Himalayan Institute here at Your Community Yoga Center THIS Saturday, Oct. 28, 5pm for this FREE event! Be one of 1,000 helping to create a shift of upliftment, and do it by intensifying your personal yoga practice ... it is definitely a win-win. Please register so we know that you are coming!

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Shelly Craigo

Friends! There is serious momentum happening ... SF, LA, Seattle, SLC, and Denver yogis engaged; Milwaukee committing tonight. Be 1 of 1,000 helping to create a shift of upliftment, and do it by intensifying your personal yoga practice...it's a win-win.