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lissa sims

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There are lots of chances to practice together each week. We have regular practices at SHALA on East Short Street in Lexington and frequent pop-up in beautiful outdoor spaces. EVERYBODY is welcome and the best way to stay in-the-know is to sign up for emails.

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a few thoughts about yoga...

to help you find ease

We come to yoga for many reasons, to improve balance, strength and flexibility, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, or lose weight. And all of those things will happen. 

Sometimes people are hesitant about yoga because they aren't sure exactly what to expect or what is expected of them. Often people say to me, "I’m not flexible enough to do yoga."  Good news: yoga isn't a competitive sport; there are no tournaments or races; there is no gold medal. 

So you can let go of the idea that you have to look or be any certain way. I know yoga can be intimidating. When you make your goal this fixed idea of the ultimate pose with in an idealized form and you decide there is a way it should look, it is really stressful. Then this practice you do to reduce stress, increase flexibility, etc. just creates more stress. 

But if, instead of making the way a pose looks the goal, you make feeling good the goal, healing will start to happen in your body.

And then your life. One of my teachers and the founder of Strala, Tara Stiles says, “We practice yoga not to get good at yoga but to get good at being ourselves.” This notion is what drew me to this particular practice of natural movement combined with yoga forms. 

I like the idea of feeling good while I do anything. And if that sounds a little daunting. Don’t worry. All you have to do is practice slowing down, breathing deeply and feeling.

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Events

  • Yoga + Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Care Series
    Yoga + Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Care Series
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, Feb 27
    SHALA Yoga Lexington
    Feb 27, 2024, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    SHALA Yoga Lexington, 333 E Short St, Lexington, KY 40507, USA
    Feb 27, 2024, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    SHALA Yoga Lexington, 333 E Short St, Lexington, KY 40507, USA
    Join us for our one-of-a-kind six-week yoga + Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Care Series at SHALA. This series expertly combines the balancing effects of Jin Shin Jyutsu with the mindfulness practice of yoga, providing you with a comprehensive two-hour experience that promotes well-being and self-discovery.
  • February Shala Unbound + The Lexington Writer's Room Book Club
    February Shala Unbound + The Lexington Writer's Room Book Club
    Wed, Feb 28
    Lexington Writer's Room
    Feb 28, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Lexington Writer's Room, 343 E High St #1, Lexington, KY 40507, USA
    Feb 28, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Lexington Writer's Room, 343 E High St #1, Lexington, KY 40507, USA
    This month we are reading Happiness by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Yoga + Reiki: 6-Week Series
    Yoga + Reiki: 6-Week Series
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, Mar 05
    SHALA Yoga Lexington
    Mar 05, 2024, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    SHALA Yoga Lexington, 333 E Short St, Lexington, KY 40507, USA
    Mar 05, 2024, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    SHALA Yoga Lexington, 333 E Short St, Lexington, KY 40507, USA
    Join us for our one-of-a-kind six-week yoga + Reiki Series at SHALA. Practice natural movement, yoga forms and breathing for ease then learn how to connect with reiki, and spread love to the world. It all starts within you.
  • March Shala Unbound + The Lexington Writer's Room Book Club
    March Shala Unbound + The Lexington Writer's Room Book Club
    Wed, Mar 27
    Lexington Writer's Room
    Mar 27, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Lexington Writer's Room, 343 E High St #1, Lexington, KY 40507, USA
    Mar 27, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Lexington Writer's Room, 343 E High St #1, Lexington, KY 40507, USA
    This month we are reading The Creative Act: A Way of Being by Rick Rubin
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