Living Yoga: Better Boundaries for Nasty Women with Natalie Miller

Thursdays, 7-8:30p in Silver Spring * Jun 28-Aug 23, no class July 12 or Aug 2

#timesup. And times are changing. But you and I were born & raised in a sexist world, and we’re not immune to its expectations.

As the brilliant critic Lili Loofbourow writes:

At every turn,
women are taught
that how someone reacts to them
does more to establish their goodness and worth
than anything they themselves might feel.

So we learn to put ourselves last.

We find more hours in the day for others by sacrificing our alone time, exercise, and sleep.

We attend the brunches, the meetings, the reunions, because we feel like we have to.

We check our work email on the weekend when we promised ourselves we wouldn’t.

We do so much unpaid labor – emotional, household, caregiving – but struggle to acknowledge its value. Or to insist on help.

We grimace and allow the unannounced in-law visit, the creepy hug, and the offensive comment.

Basically:

We keep saying Yes

When our minds are hollering NOOOOOOOOO.

It has to stop, and now’s the time.

Supportive Practices for Evolving Feminists

Standing up for ourselves and our sisters takes strength, compassion, and integrity.

Honoring our own thoughts and feelings takes courage, kindness, and practice.

To do this, it helps to explore how and why:

* To give ourselves a break, literally and figuratively
* To create boundaries in our relationships
* To say No with confidence
* To Reclaim Our Time without guilt or apology
* To care less about other people’s opinions, and to trust and value our integrity more
* To speak up against injustice with confidence
* To do more and more of what we really want in this life, and make our best contribution
* To have the courage to be our whole, messy, extraordinary, evolving selves

How It Works & What’s Included

Over the course of 10 weeks, we’ll benefit from exploring intersectionally feminist perspective, practicing myriad self-coaching and self-care techniques, and enjoying the power of coming together with fellow Nasty Women.

Since it’s summertime, this program flexibly offers ample ways to connect and grow together: online, on the phone, and in person.

The course includes:

* An array of practices and perspectives that encourage us to honor our whole selves, including self-coaching techniques to clear out the oppressive socialized thinking that gets in our way.

* 10 group calls for learning, discussion, and group coaching. You can attend the calls live, or listen to the recordings later. Calls are Tuesdays from 1-2p EDT, Jun 26-Aug 28.

* 7 yoga / coaching gatherings to nurture our bodies, souls, and community. Gatherings are Thursdays, 7-8:30p in Silver Spring. Jun 28-Aug 23, with no class Aug 2. Yoga is suitable for students of all levels.

* Inspiring weekly assignments to encourage us to make real, self-honoring changes in our lives and relationships.

* A private online forum for connection, support, inspiration, and additional coaching.

The only prerequisite for this program is a willingness to grow and learn.

Partial scholarships are available. Please write to natalie@willowstreetyoga.com to inquire.

Date, Time and Location

June 28––Aug 23, no class July 12 or Aug 2: Thu Jun 28 2018, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM — Takoma Park

Registration Options

REGISTER Living Yoga Program — $475.00

Instructor(s)

Natalie Miller teaches inspiring, artful classes that encourage students to love and honor their whole selves. Her teaching blends creative, fluid sequencing with precise alignment instruction, and helps students to cultivate deeper body awareness and develop self-kindness. With eloquence and humor, Natalie’s classes inspire her students to use yoga for its best purposes: to be true to themselves, at peace with what is, and empowered in their own evolutions. In her Living Yoga programs, and as a life coach trained by Martha Beck, Natalie encourages students to create everyday lives in which they’re free to be who they are and do what they love. Her own practice is grounded in the extraordinary everyday of mothering three girls, living in vibrant Takoma Park, and co-directing Willow Street Yoga with her husband, Joe. Learn more about Natalie at nataliekmiller.com