Cape Ann Yoga School Teacher Training kicks off February 1. Join us.

Cape Ann Yoga School Teacher Training kicks off February 1. Join us.

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Graduates of the Cape Ann Yoga School have gone on to teach yoga at studios all over the North Shore and Down Under School of Yoga in Boston. Elizabeth Huntsman DeAngelis has worked with thousands of teachers and tens of thousands of students in her career with the Baptiste Institute and here as the proprietor of Cape Ann Power Yoga and the Cape Ann Yoga School.

Whether you’ve been practicing for years or are brand new to the practice and looking for a fun, challenging program to enrich and edify yourself and become confident in your body and public speaking – this 200 Hour Teacher Training could be for you.

Learn more here!

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40 Days to Personal Revolution Jan 15 – Feb 23, 2019

40 Days to Personal Revolution Jan 15 – Feb 23, 2019

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JANUARY 15 – FEBRUARY 23

SIX WEEKS THAT WILL TRANSFORM YOUR BODY AND SOUL

Using Baron Baptiste’s award winning book, “40 Days to Personal Revolution” you will work with the classical pillars of asana, meditation, and self inquiry. You’ll raise your commitment, open your mind, explore your heart, and grow in ways that you never imagined!

40 Days EXPRESS – this option is for students brand new to power yoga, returning from an injury or long hiatus, or with extenuating work, travel, or life circumstances (like a new baby!) You’ll do 3 studio practices a week and your meditation will cap at 10 minutes. All other aspects of the program will be the same. Of course you’ll be welcome to do more, you may just find that your energy and motivation bump you right up into the regular program! The prices are the same and you’ll have unlimited access to classes.

ASANA – 6 practices a week – 5 in studio – at Cape Ann Power Yoga* and 1 home practice                                                  *talk to us about any special work or travel circumstances, you may practice at an out of town studio or do home practice.

MEDITATION – 2 times a day – This will start at five minutes and build to thirty.

SELF INQUIRY – Each week you will answer questions from Baron’s book. This journaling work is profound and will open doors in your heart and mind.

YOUR SUPPORT:  Weekly meetings with CAPY leaders: Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 pm at our Annex – 76 Rogers Street in Gloucester

Group connection: you’ll have a FaceBook group as well as access to email with one of your CAPY leaders. Team members, program leaders, and fellow 40 Dayers can let you know when they’ll be at the studio so you’ll know you’ll have friends on the mat.

Team: you’ll have a 40 Day small group (3-4 people) so that you can keep each other motivated and on track.

COST: $200 for the program and unlimited classes for the duration/ $175 for YMCA members/ $50 for autopay, six month and year members. One month and YMCA members will have their months put on hold; class cards will be put on hold.

You’ll buy your own copy of “40 Days to Personal Revolution” and you’ll need a great new journal!

Opening Meeting Tuesday, January 15

FINAL CLASS AND CLOSING Saturday, February 23. 

Email any questions to capeannpoweryoga@gmail.com

 

Transcending the Story

Transcending the Story

TRANSCENDING THE STORY

Join yoga teacher and storyteller Alyssa Sullivan as she guides you through a rich vinyasa flow, moving you from the identity of your story into a sweet connection to your inner being. After practice we will circle up and have an open discussion into the inquiry of interpersonal relationships and the art of communication. You’ll see blocks and transform them into bridges of connection and resonance.

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ABOUT ALYSSA

Alyssa Sullivan is a Rhode Island based teacher, writer, business owner, and speaker. She was inspired to begin her life-long journey of self inquiry after her dream of becoming a Broadway dancer was stymied by debilitating perfectionism and self doubt. For the past 35 years, she has studied the mind, body, and spirit interconnection and it’s impact on our experience in daily living. Alyssa has been mentored by a number of extraordinary teachers, psychologists, and specialists in the fields of meditation, mindfulness, communication and spirituality. Since 2000 she has studied the ancient spiritual and physical practices of yoga with internationally recognized teachers. Alyssa especially credits Charles and Linda Bloom for having a huge impact on her awareness and understanding. You can read about their work at bloomwork.com .

THIS WORKSHOP INCLUDES PRACTICE AND DISCUSSION

$35 early bird by November 1

$40 regular registration

$45 at the door

Alyssa is the proud owner of Synergy Power Yoga in Barrington, RI, The studio is now celebrating 14 years of service and Alyssa teaches there daily. At 54 she is grateful to report, in the eloquent words of Rumi, “I’ve gotten rid of that ignorant fist that was pinching and twisting my secret self. The universe and the light of the stars come through me.”

$200 Gift Certificate to Duckworth’s!

$200 Gift Certificate to Duckworth’s!

 

In September when we were organizing for the Sober October Challenge at Cape Ann Power Yoga, we decided that the prize should be something really special. For Sober October we asked people to abstain from alcohol and marijuana and to practice 15 yoga classes in the month of October. 43 people entered in to the challenge and 17 completed the yoga and sober month successfully. A handful more completed all the yoga classes but had some drinks, and mostly everyone else maintained their sobriety but didn’t make it to the minimum 15 classes. We’re very proud of all of the individuals who accepted the challenge and took it seriously – however many stickers they put on the chart or slip ups they had along the way.

Congratulations to:

Maureen Farrell – Drew Farrell – Mike Forgette –  Julia Sanfilippo – Paula Lutz –  Andrea Rovedo – Ashley Loprieno – Dave DeAngelis – Melissa Wilbur – Maria Greeke –  Louis Silvera – Yma Buck – Kyle Alman – Molly Parisi – Mike Day – Larry Tennis –  Elizabeth DeAngelis

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Teachers Dave, Nicole, and our ROCKSTAR PAULA LUTZ who completed a whopping 34 practices in October!

 

 Everyone knows someone who’s life is impacted by alcohol, marijuana, or lack of exercise and community.

 I’m proud to say with certainty that together we were able to make a real and lasting difference in many lives and families here on Cape Ann.

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When we reached out to Duckworth’s Bistrot and asked if they wanted to get on board and they said YES –  we were thrilled. I haven’t been to every restaurant in the world – but I’ve been blessed to have the chance to dine at a lot of different ones, and Duckworth’s is for me far and away the best restaurant I’ve ever been to.

What’s particularly special about it is that every time I’ve been there, with every plate and every interaction – I can tell that the folks involved really care. They really want the experience to be of as high a quality as possible. We too as a small, family business in Gloucester aim for the same consistency and quality in our service so we are in fact honored to get to align our brand with theirs for this challenge. A sincere thank you to the Duckworth family.

Our aim in this challenge was to work with people who may have slipped, or gotten careless with their habits, or maybe never really took their health that seriously in the first place. I think most people think about yoga and they picture a bendy 21 year old woman – but when you come take class at Cape Ann Power Yoga, take a quick look around and see that the room is filled with all shapes, sizes, ages, and backgrounds. On any given day you could be practicing next to a commercial fisherman, a grandmother, a 5 year old, and a professional musician. Yoga teaches us that we are all more alike than we are dissimilar. Baptiste Power Yoga isn’t for everyone – but it is for anyone that wants to come and do the work necessary to be able to live their healthiest, best life.

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We asked participants to share in their own words about their Sober October experience so that we could share their light with you, in hope that their work might inspire others:

“I’ve never seen myself as a hot yoga kind of girl, especially at 64 years old. But when Dave DeAngelis started posting on Facebook about his vision of Sober October at CAPY, with such authentic, heartfelt reflections of why he was committed to doing it, I was motivated to give it a shot. Dave’s invitation was kind and compassionate: Come the first night. Just sit on your mat if you can’t do all the poses. Stay in the room. If you hate it, you don’t have to come back, and we won’t charge you anything. If you sign on, it’s only $50.00 for the month, and you can come as often as you want. That made it easy. I wanted to change some habits. My nightly wine-with-dinner after a long commute back from my work day was becoming too important, more important than I wanted it to be. I needed a structure to get me to make healthy substitutes, and the yoga commitment—15 classes over one month, and 31 days of complete sobriety—was perfect for my needs.  I have to admit—the heat was overwhelming at first, and so were the yoga poses. It was a little intimidating to be a silver haired frump in the midst of young, fit, experienced yoga practitioners. But I got over myself, and kept coming back, and it got easier. Anticipating yoga was a good way to plan my night without wine. Going to yoga was a good way to get endorphins going. Chanting “Om” before and after in the company of people with similar goals was lovely.  And I was able to get in a good seven or eight sessions before a series of health issues prevented me from finishing my 15. I DID complete the sober part of October, and now I’m continuing into November. And I am planning to continue my practice because I’m gradually understanding the language and the flow, gradually accepting my limits, and clearly seeing the benefits of the experience on an ongoing basis. The consequences of complete sobriety: way more energy and focus. A shift to healthy choices for relaxation (oh yeah, that meditation thing I learned how to do in the 1970’s, for example.) More petty cash in the kitty because I was not buying the Pinot Noir, the Cabernet, or the favorite Gruner Veltliner. With the structure of the yoga classes, and the support of a welcoming community, I made an important shift in my life that seemed really hard to do in the absence of these two important factors. So thank you CAPY. You made it affordable. You made it real. You made me value yoga on and off the mat. Namaste.” LB

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“I dove head first into yoga and really took it seriously and (for the first time ever) actually shut my mouth, paid attention, and listened to what my teachers had to say. The result has been so transformative I know for certain I was supposed to be doing this. I needed it. Especially right now.” MF

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“I went in with a positive but doubtful mind. I’m new to CAPY and new to yoga, the handful of classes I’ve taken over the years did not prepare me for such a challenge. Before the challenge started Joel said to me (with love, of course)…
”Forget whatever bullshit is preventing you from coming here and just come.”

So I did. 

  My 2-6 beer a day habit (more if I went out or on the weekends) was not going to be an easy one to stop for a month. I love beer! But I did. 
  I planned all my classes out on my calendar that way I would make the 15 and managed to follow it for the most part. I went to early 5:30 am, morning, noon, evening, weekday, weekend and community classes. As I am new to my practice I found it helpful. Different classes have different vibes, different tidbits of knowledge of body position and breath work. 
 I changed my evening routine, from cracking a beer to enjoying a cup of tea. My boyfriend and I went out to eat and he opted for no alcohol too and the bill was only $20! What??!!!

  I learned to get past the anxiety of going out to a bar/restaurant without alcohol, my friends cheered me on and acknowledged my kickassedness.  I went out at least once or twice a week and it got easier every time. 
  I’ve learned to be more patient with my body.   To be mindful of my breathing on and off my mat. My arms are stronger.  My flexibility is improving. I have impressed all my friends by opting for seltzer with a splash of cran every time we went out.
  I’m sleeping better, I’m eating better. I have more patience. I think I might be loving a little harder. And I have the amazing pride of knowing I broke a bad habit. 
  My kitchen isn’t any cleaner, my back still hurts, I still lose my cool occasionally and I didn’t win the lottery. 
  To push myself, to see a different side of things – there was great support from the teachers and other people doing the challenge. Dave high-fiving me on my last class of the challenge was awesome. 
  It’s November, and I went to class this morning and I still haven’t had an alcoholic drink. So maybe these new habits will stick for a bit longer!”

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”  Ever since the 40 Days to Personal Revolution Program 2 years ago I’ve journaled and have found it very beneficial…
  The first time I heard there was a “Sober October” challenge I laughed at the ridiculousness of depriving myself of delicious beer for 31 days. “Life’s too short to miss out on all the good beer there is to drink”, I said. I don’t think I’ve gone more than a week without drinking since high school.  However, over the course of a week I found myself coming back to the idea of sobriety and I began to warm up to it.  I kept thinking about all the time and energy I’d have on my hands if my days weren’t planned around drinking.  I had started to notice that I was drinking more and working out less, while making the excuse that there wasn’t enough time in the day to do it all.  With that in mind (and a push from my wife), I decided to commit to Sober October.

As I began the challenge I started to realize the impact of sobriety almost immediately. Two major advantages surfaced:

1.      Waking up without a hangover allows me to wake up early and attack my day.  Instead of dragging myself out of bed at 8 am with a headache, I am up at 5 heading to Yoga. By 7:30 am, I’ve worked out, showered and had my coffee.

2.      Without wasting time thinking about that first drink of the day, I am able to be more productive.  Typically, at 5 O’clock I’d pour a beer and plop down on the couch, now I find myself taking the dog for a walk or going for a bike ride.

As October rolled on, I found myself thinking less and less about beer and more and more about how I would use each day to improve in other aspects of life.   Eventually the thought of alcohol was no longer a thought at all, I was more focused on maximizing my day.  I have found more energy to do the things that I say I’m going to do.  Everything just seems to be that much more enjoyable.

  I have rekindled my excitement for yoga (I’ve even challenged myself to hit 100 classes by January 31), I am finding myself more productive around the house, more focused at work and just happier in general.  Not to mention, the old wallet is feeling a little thicker now that I’m no longer buying beer 3 times a week.  I think this experiment has opened my eyes to how unnecessary it is to let alcohol control you. 

If anything, the reset that I’ve experienced from Yoga and sobriety together has given me a much better perspective on life.  My only regret is that I wish I had discovered this outlook earlier.  I’ll enjoy a few beers in November, but I’ll do so with a new appreciation for each day.  I’m also thinking about how good that first beer is going to taste, so maybe I’ll enjoy just one rather than the standard six I had grown accustomed to.” KA

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Thanks to everyone who participated, brought their light and positive energy, and a special thanks to those who submitted some words of inspiration.

So without further ado, I’m proud to announce the randomly drawn winner of a $200 Gift Certificate to Duckworth’s Bistrot: 

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Congratulations, Drew! And on a personal note – I would have been happy with whoever won because everyone that completed Sober October was deserving, but Drew and his wife Maureen were the only other couple to tackle this challenge together besides Elizabeth and I and it will be a super well-earned treat for the two of them to get to dine at Duckworth’s together. Enjoy!


Special Thanks, Love, and Grattitude to Duckworth’s Bistrot!

Learn more about Cape Ann Power Yoga by visiting our website.

And remember that YOGA IS FREE FOR VETERANS IN NOVEMBER!

YOGA IS FREE FOR VETERANS IN NOVEMBER

YOGA IS FREE FOR VETERANS IN NOVEMBER

In 2017 we were honored to give away 62 free classes to veterans and active duty military personnel in the month of November.

This year we’re hoping to make it over 100.

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Spurred in part by the crushing opioid epidemic, the Department of Defense and other federal agencies have been spearheading efforts to manage and mitigate pain and mental health problems among active service members. Yoga, as it turns out, is one of the rising stars. While those in the trenches say there is a long way to go before yoga can be broadly and systemically deployed within the military, the foundation is being laid for using asana, meditation, and other holistic therapies to make military personnel more resilient.

A message to veterans. 

Hello,

My name is Dave DeAngelis. My wife Elizabeth and I own and operate Cape Ann Power Yoga. We understand that the freedom we have to go about our lives in peace, raise our family, and run our yoga studio are the direct consequence of the sacrifices you and yours have made. We are grateful to you, and hopeful that we can in our humble way serve you by teaching you and providing you with a space to come and practice yoga.

This practice can benefit people physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. We believe in it because we see it working in all types of different people every day. Come and join us and become a part of our community.

If you have little or no experience with yoga – that’s even better. We will provide you with a mat, a towel, and as many free classes as you can take in the month of November. Just show up to any class in November and let the desk person know you’re here for Veterans’ November and class is on is. Every time.

And if you’re interested but not sure if this is for you or you don’t want to dive right in with the general public, we will help you with that too. I’ll personally meet with you at the studio outside of a normal class time to walk you through, get you comfortable and set up, and on your path to practicing yoga. If you want more assistance after that we will set you up with private (or small group if you have veteran friends) instruction with one of our teachers.

We aren’t just offering free class – we’re offering to do whatever it takes to help you develop a regular yoga practice in your life. Please reach out with any questions. You can email Elizabeth and I at capeannpoweryoga@gmail.com or call or text me directly at 6178216734. If you want to make this work for you – we’ll see to it that it does.

I look forward to meeting you, and the enrichment that your presence will bring to our community.

Sincerely,

Dave DeAngelis

More information and our schedule is available at Cape Ann Power Yoga . Com