February Classes: Yoga, Kids Ballet and More

Kids Ballet, Four Fridays in February

Presented by Sala Reach ~ we’re hosting introductory ballet classes for 5-8 year olds! Classes will be taught by Miss Tuesday for four Fridays in February, 4:30 – 5:15 pm at La Sala. Price per class is suggested* ($5 – $10). Miss Tuesday is glad to have even younger kids try a session and join if it seems right (ages 3 and 4). Call 575-224-2102 with any questions.

*Siblings welcome. No one turned away for lack of funds. As part of Sala Reach, a program of the nonprofit, Localogy, these classes are supplemented by grants and donations.

Weekly Yoga Classes in February

We’re adding a Saturday morning class! Beginning this Saturday, Feb 1st, enjoy morning yoga from 8:30-9:30. The yoga schedule is below and attached. These classes are free to junior and senior high school students.

Free classes this month

Always the second Saturday of every month!

Saturday Feb 8
Service Veterans Yoga, free

10:00-11:15 am, with Carrie

Sunday Feb 9
Community Yoga Class, free
5:30 – 6:30 pm, Gentle practice

Workshops

Sunday, February 9
Qigong for Vibrant Health, $30
1:00 – 3:00 pm, Workshop with Annya Ishtara

In this class, you will discover how Qigong builds health in the body and mind, and you will learn some simple practices that will help you feel great. This class is suitable for anyone; if you have any questions, contact Annya, annyaish@annya-ishtara-dance.com.

Sunday, February 23
Vedic Chant: Mantra for Holistic Health, $30
2:00 – 4:00 pm, Workshop with Monique Parker

Learn to chant Ayurnantrah, part of the Taittirya-aranyaka, a simple and beautiful Sanskruit mantra that invokes the blessing of the Divine for longevity, health and stability. With this mantra we ask for a long life, health for the body and clarity of mind, both for ourselves and for others, mentioning the different parts of the physical and energetic body. Suitable for anyone, this healing mantra offers nourishment to all who chant and listen. Pre-registration: monique@taosyogatherapy.com

All our regular yoga classes are free for junior and senior high school students (ages 13-17) with parent or guardian permission. If you are a college or trade school student, speak to your yoga teacher about student discounts. Info about class prices here.

Work trade for yoga
We do appreciate help with tasks that keep the yoga space clean and beautiful. If you are looking for a work trade opportunity in exchange for yoga, please text 575-224-2102 or email yogasalaquesta@gmail.com.

February Workshops

Qigong for Vibrant Health: Workshop with Annya Ishtara 
Sunday, February 9, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
$30 for 2-hour workshops

Qigong is a body of ancient energy practices from China which build life force energy in the body. Qigong is scientifically proven to normalize blood pressure, increase bone density, reduce stress and anxiety, heal chronic fatigue and adrenal exhaustion, and so much more!

In this class, you will discover how Qigong builds health in the body and mind, and you will learn some simple practices that will help you feel great. This class is suitable for anyone; if you have any questions, contact Annya, annyaish@annya-ishtara-dance.com.

Annya Ishtara has studied Qigong since 1998, both in the US and in China. Qigong and energy practices were one of the primary tools that she used to recover from many years of severely debilitating illness. She has a Qigong Instructor certification and Tai Chi Instructor certification from Qigong Academy. More info at www.annya-ishtara-dance.com.

Mantra for Holistic Health: Vedic Chant Workshop with Monique Parker, Sunday, Feb 23, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
$30 for 2-hour workshop

Vedic chanting is the oldest unbroken oral tradition in existence and has been declared an Intangible heritage of humanity by UNESCO. Hailing from ancient India, chanting and incorporating sacred Sanskrit mantras can transform our practice into a sacred experience.

Learn to chant Ayurnantrah, part of the Taittirya-aranyaka, a simple and beautiful Sanskruit mantra that invokes the blessing of the Divine for longevity, health and stability. With this mantra we ask for a long life, health for the body and clarity of mind, both for ourselves and for others, mentioning the different parts of the physical and energetic body. Suitable for anyone, this healing mantra offers nourishment to all who chant and listen. $30 for 2-hour workshop.

Pre-registration: monique@taosyogatherapy.com
Monique Parker is a certified Vedic chant instructor, yoga teacher and yoga therapist in the tradition of Sri T. Krishnamacharya. She has been a practitioner of yoga for 25 years and owns Taos Yoga Therapy. www. taosyogatherapy.com, www.theyogaofmantra.com.

A BIG THANK YOU

Mike Graney, December tai chi class

Michael Graney has headed to Juneau, Alaska to be a case manager for a mental health/recovery program. We are grateful for the time he spent with us and the and teaching he offered. In the three months he was at the Sala we enjoyed his many yoga and tai chi classes and workshops. He’s headed out to do more good work in another community. Blessings Mike!

January Yoga Schedule, February Schedule in a separate post.
Free Veterans class on the second Saturday of every month.

December at La Sala

We want to keep you moving this winter, in gentle and mindful ways. Here are some opportunities to join in practices that help keep the cold from settling in your bones.

Yoga Sala’s offerings

Look forward to four weekly Yoga classes, a free monthly class for Service Veterans (always the second Saturday of the month), a free community Yoga class, a short Tai Chi course, a special vinyasa series, and gongs!

NOTE: should be DEC 14 (typo above)
Contact Carrie, carrieleven@gmail.com, to determine if this class is a fit for you and yours.

Veterans Yoga meets Saturday, Dec 14, from 10:00-11:15 am. This class focuses on methods for dealing with stress. Practicing mindfulness, movement, and meditation has been shown to reduce the effects of stress and build a person’s resilience. This class is open to Military Veterans, Gold Star Families, First Responders, Peace Corps Veterans, and Civil Servants.

Tai Chi

We introduced Michael Graney in October through a series of Yoga and Tai Chi classes, since he teaches both. Then, in November, he offered two more Saturday classes for folks to meet him, presenting Foundations of Yoga and a Tai Chi Workshop. Now he will present a short three-week course; participants will learn the movement sequences of the 10- form or “first form” of the Yang- style of Tai Chi.

Monday and Wednesday mornings, 8:00 – 9:00 am, cost: $50
Week 1: Dec 2 and 4
Week 2: Dec 9 and 11
Week 3: Dec 16 and 1 

Folks at the November Tai Chi Workshop

Mike began his practice of yoga as an augmentation to outdoor sports in the early 80s. He gradually become a dedicated student of both Yoga and Tai Chi. He has instructed various forms of both disciplines since 2007 and has worked as a substance-abuse counselor and professional guide for most of his adult life. He has relocated to Sunshine Valley from New Zealand where he lived for some years.

December 31st ~ Yoga Vibrations

We’re hosting Yoga Vibrations, a special event to close December and 2019. On December 31, Mike Graney and Lane Kingsberry offer a unique year-ending 2-hour practice of asana, pranayama and sound-immersion.

Lane will play several gongs on December 31, producing incredible vibrations

Lane and Michael met in 2001 on the opposite sides of an addiction recovery program. Since then they have forged a friendship that has inspired a wonderful journey into the healing and joy of vibratory awareness that sound and yoga generate in our lives.

Mike and Lane have earned E-RYT 200 status. Their combination of philosophy, asana, pranayama and sound will leave you with a feeling of freshness so you may head into 2020 with renewed energy and joy.

Lane hails from Lubbock Texas and we hope he will keep coming to New Mexico regularly. Cost is $45 per individual of $80 for a pair. Reserve your spot early by contacting Mike, daemongraney@yahoo.com.

Joy

However you move through December and into 2020, let it be with joy. Here’s a poem from Mary Oliver to help.

Don’t Hesitate
If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate.
Give in to it.
There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be.
We are not wise, and not very often kind.
And much can never be redeemed.
Still, life has some possibility left.
Perhaps this is its way of fighting back,
that sometimes something happens better than all the riches or power in the world.
It could be anything,
but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins.
Anyway, that’s often the case.
Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty.
Joy is not made to be a crumb.

Happy December!

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The Sala keeps growing! Thank you for your support!

Dia de los Muertos Celebration Saturday November 2

Dia de los Muertos ~ Day of the Dead Celebration in Questa on Saturday, November 2, 4 – 8 pm.

La Sala and LEAP are co-hosting the fifth annual celebration of Day of the Dead. LEAP is Land, Experience and Art of Place, an artist-run organization that creates arts and educational events and opportunities reflecting the natural and cultural ecology of Questa and surrounding communities.

Share this flyer!

On November 2, enjoy music, art, altar-making and a potluck feast, plus Music by Michael Rael and Dino Archuleta, then Mariachi Questa at 6:30. Bring a dish to share, perhaps a favorite of someone being remembered; you’ll find posole, prune pies, hot chocolate, pan de muerto (frito pies!) and more!

Pan de Muerto made by Wendy Medina. She’ll be bringing this bread again.

Participants can bring photos of loved ones or objects to add to a community altar. The QuestaStoriesProject will be present and available to record community members’ remembrances of loved-ones, if families choose to share (QuestaStories.org).

Questa Stories now has access to a “StoryBox” kit through the Questa Library, thanks to the Manitos Project grant. The kit provides a selection of tools to ‘[p]air up, share stories through questions prompts, and hear the life experiences of people within your community” (Quoted from https://www.onestorycloser.org/). Tools from this kit will be available to use to share stories. 

There will be much to do and feast upon, and music to enjoy. A key aspect of the evening will be art making and sharing in a supportive and festive environment. Participants can get their face painted, make sugar skulls, paper marigolds, and other art; supplies and instructions are provided.

Decorate a sugar skull and make other items to take home with you, they last!

Dia de los Muertos is a time-honored tradition to remember loved ones. It originated in Mesoamerica as a blend of Spanish, Aztec, and ancient traditions. There are few set parameters, besides food, music, bright colors, and active remembering; this may explain why Day of the Dead has spread around the globe. Today, it is celebrated worldwide and in Questa, a community celebration has been held since 2015!

The essence of Dia de los Muertos is to honor loved ones with celebration and meaningful actions. This ritual offers a container for feelings of sorrow at the death of our beloveds. And by treating the eventuality with honesty and even humor, we recognize we are all sojourners; some are simply further ahead. 

Dia de Los Muertos 2018, Altar at La Sala, Courtesy of Nova Photography

This collaborative event is coordinated by Gaea McGahee (LaSalaQuesta.com) and Claire Coté (LeapSite.org) with help from Dava McGahee (DavaCulturalLegacy.com), and many from Questa and surrounding communities.

For more information contact Gaea McGahee, (575) 224-2102, or visit LaSalaQuesta.com. Volunteers are welcome.

October: Concert, Yoga, Tai Chi

Although La Sala has hosted events and activities during renovations, the largest activity has been the work of remaking the interior to suit the planned uses for the space. Now, with our studio space ready – floor laid, walls up, ceiling installed (and all the insulation under and behind those parts) – and a bathroom functioning, we’re ready to open the doors to much more activity.

We’re hosting Taos Soundscapes with their concert, Autumnal Bliss; an offering of chamber music selected for the season, performed by Jacquelyn Helin, Piano; Emily Aquin, Violin and Rebecca Carón, Cello.

Concert ~ October 12 at 3:00 pm
Program
Igor Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne for Violin and Piano
PianoPiazzolla’s Otoño Porteño (Autumn), for Piano Trio
Brahms’ Piano Trio in C Major, Op. 87

Tickets are $20.00, and proceeds go to Taos Soundscapes,a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing inspiring musical performances to the communities of Northern New Mexico. You may purchase online www.taossoundscapes.com, or call 505-363-0265, or purchase at the door.

Thank you, OCHO

Yoga Sala classes will move to La Sala after almost three years growing at OCHO, a wonderful period of incubation. If you’re local, you know this is a short move down the road. Yoga Sala originated out of OCHO and its existence is thanks to the gracious owners who made this beautiful space available. Thanks in particular to Barrie Andrews for her generosity and support.

Yoga Sala is adding classes and teachers


After taking a 3-year hiatus from instructing weekly yoga classes in Questa and Taos, Carrie Leven is back with a class for Service Veterans. She is introducing a free monthly class beginning this Saturday, Oct 12, from 9:30 – 10:45 am. Practicing mindfulness, movement, and meditation has been shown to reduce the effects of stress and build resiliency, and this class will focus on methods for dealing with stress. Thisfree classis open to military veterans, gold star families, First Responders, Peace Corps veterans, and civil servants. Contact Carrie, carrieleven@gmail.com or 575-586-1480, to determine if this class is a fit for you and yours.

We’re glad to introduce Michael Graney. Having begun his practice of yoga as an augmentation to outdoor sports in the early ’80’s Mike has gradually become a dedicated student of both Yoga and Tai Chi. He has instructed various forms of both disciplines since 2007 and has worked as a substance-abuse counselor and professional guide for most of his adult life. He’s relocated to Sunshine Valley from New Zealand where he lived for some years. Mike will be offering both yoga and introductory Tai Chi / Qi Gong classes and welcomes the chance to meet everyone this month.

Four classes with Mike:

October 13, Sunday evening, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Free – Community Class, Restorative Yoga, Mike

October 14, Monday evening, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Free – Tai Chi/Qi Gong for nervous system health, Mike

October 23, Wednesday morning, 8:00 – 9:00 am
By donation – Introduction to Tai Chi 10 Form, Mike

October 28, Monday morning, 8:00 – 9:00 am
By donation – Yoga Vinyasa/Flow class, Mike

Weekly classes
We will hold our weekly classes in addition to our special classes with Carrie Leven and Mike Graney. These continue with Lou, Willow and Gaea and the only change is that Lou’s Restore and Meditate class will shift to Wednesday evening and be offered as a 1-hour class from 5:30-6:30.

La Sala kickstarter success

These last four weeks have been full and exciting as we ran our Kickstarter funding campaign and you all contributed. What an exciting success! We’re swiftly moving forward.

Drywall is going up presently and will be professionally finished. Then the ceiling wood (already white-washed) will be hung, along with lighting. Then we’ll paint. It’s even exciting to select the right color (a warm white).

drywall installation, week of Aug 19, 2019

The final piece for the yoga room is professional sanding and sealing of the hardwood floor. This job is scheduled for early September. We really hope this means yoga will happen in the Sala by mid-September. Stay tuned!

White oak hardwood floor laid over insulated sub-floor in late July

Thank you for your help and positive thoughts,

Gaea . . and a bunch of hard-working folks

Dia de los Muertos 2018 in photos

We celebrated Day of the Dead on November 2, hosting music, art making and a feast. We thought you might enjoy reflecting on the evening through these photographs, courtesy of Nova Photography. They beautifully capture the spirit of the night.

“Sometimes I’m overwhelmed when I think of how many people have ever been on this planet and the tiny fraction of them that are actually remembered to this day. Even two, three generations down the road, it’s easy to start forgetting. So memory has a spiritual dimension in that way to me….My grandmother who I was deeply close to, I remember her deeply every day. And when I go, probably no one’s going to remember her in that way again. So for the next few decades, her memory is still, in a sense, life after death.”
~ Dario Robleto 

The essence of Dia de los Muertos is to honor loved ones with celebration and meaningful actions. The act of remembering may bring joy and healing. Day of the Dead has spread across the world and this celebration in Questa was our 4th annual.

Much gratitude! We look forward to hosting this special gathering in 2019.

Questa Chamber Music Concert Featuring Odin Rathnam, Nov 29

Questa Chamber Music Series Featuring Odin Rathnam – FUNDRAISER CONCERT FOR LA SALA – Thursday, November 29, 7pm

Odin Rathnam

Join us for this special “sneak preview” concert on November 29 at La Sala. $10 suggested donation at the door, children under 12 and students are free. Proceeds will help fund the continuing renovation of this new Questa venue.

Internationally renowned virtuoso violinist Odin Rathnam returns to the Taos area after his sold-out solo violin concert at the Harwood Museum one year ago. Rathnam presents a “sneak preview” concert Thursday, November 29, 7 pm, at La Sala, 2331 Hwy 522, Questa (on the south side of the village). La Sala is a new space in Questa in the midst of renovation; it will be home to a yoga, music and expressive arts.

Fingers crossed: A guest artist, Canadian cellist Morag Northey, who will be presenting her one-woman show,”17,” at the TCA on Nov. 30, may also perform with Odin at La Sala.

The full concert, “Odin Rathnam & Friends,” will be offered on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Taos, and will include Morag Northey on cello and two local musician friends – Martha Shepp on piano, and Suzanne Schwartz on viola. The program will include works by Piazzolla, Bach, Mozart, Gliere, and Saint-Saens.

Download a poster to share, here.

The Questa Chamber Music Series is a program of the Questa Creative Council.

Day of the Dead, Nov 2, 2018

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with us! November 2, 4-7 pm, we host music, art making and a feast: posole, prune pies, hot chocolate, pan de muerto, and more! Bring a dish to share, perhaps a favorite of someone being remembered. Participants can bring photos of loved ones or objects to add to a community altar. The Questa Stories Project will be present and available to record community members’ remembrances of loved-ones, if families choose to share (QuestaStories.org).

There will be much to do and feast upon, and music to enjoy. Michael Rael will play into the evening starting around feast time, about 5:30pm. A key aspect of the evening will be art making and sharing in a supportive and festive environment. Participants can make sugar skulls, paper marigolds, and other art; supplies and instructions are provided.

The essence of Dia de los Muertos is to honor loved ones with celebration and meaningful actions. This ritual offers a container for feelings of sorrow at the death of our beloveds. And by treating the eventuality with honesty and even humor, we recognize we are all sojourners; some are simply further ahead.

This collaborative event is coordinated by Gaea McGahee (LaSalaQuesta.com) and Claire Coté (LeapSite.org) with help from Dava McGahee (DavaCulturalLegacy.com), and many from Questa and surrounding communities.