Spring/Summer Newsletter 2021: Purusha

As summer approaches I am reminded of this newsletter endeavor and my yoga teacher friend who encouraged me to get back after it.  She said (or maybe I said),“People forget where you are.”

Well, hello again and I’m finally ready to see you and be seen.  The winter was hard.  I felt as though it would never end at times.  I’m glad it’s over and the sun has already made multiple appearances out here in the glorious Pacific Northwest this spring.  I don’t know if you can relate but at times I don’t even want to talk about much from the past year (not that anything is wrong with that).  I have talked enough.  It’s important we all talk it out, be silent, yell, cry, scream, laugh and do what we gotta do to take the best care of ourselves.  It’s different for all of us.  I feel a deep sense of gratitude for all of you.  Process on your own terms!

I just want to sit in the sun/partial shade, do yoga, and heal.  I want to see and smell pine trees and listen to birds talk.  I want to walk along the creeks edge and get my shoes all muddy.  I want to sit next to ANY natural body of water and think about nothing.  I want to write what comes out of my mind and not worry about commas or perfection.

I have also had a lot of, “at this time last year…” recollections.  Some make me shudder and some make me feel proud because of all the ways I’ve grown.  I have felt BIG feelings, have cried, and now I feel a shift back to a place of rebuilding.  I’m thinking of Prakriti= all of the things we can visibly see (physical things) & Purusha= the indescribable life force that we cannot see or really fully define (essence/our souls).  In simple words, I’m wanting the latter.  I want my soul to be filled with all of the goodness which cannot be named.  I want the scorched part of myself to REGROW.

As far as my yoga schedule I’m sticking with my two Saturday zoom offerings, gentle yoga at 9am and all levels vinyasa at 10:15am. If you haven’t been a part of these and are interested and I’ll send you the link.

I’m teaching a limited spaces public class again beginning 4/29 at The Circuit a bouldering gym in Tigard.  Sign up to attend as space is limited.  Thursday’s at 7pm, Hatha.  (503)596-2332, http://www.thecircuitgym./tigard/

I’m also very excited to get back into Farm Yoga (sooo excited).  We have two locations now just minutes from each other (Canby country) that are pretty amazing and that class is every Wednesday at 6pm as long as the weather is nice.  It’s a great opportunity to find your public class practice again, while maintaining distance in the fresh open air.  Let me know when you’re coming so I can differentiate the address location for you.  These are private residences so please be respectful of hosts wishes as far as anonymity of location, parking and etc. 

Contributions for all of these classes are still donation based with suggested donation of 7-12$ per drop-in class or for the first time a punch card styled payment: $50 per 6 classes, you keep track, honor system style.  Venmo is @LizBrower77 or cash if in person.  My social media’s will be below as well.

I hope I see some of you this summer!  Let’s see each other again and check in with where we are.


Instagram: @shelteryoga
Facebook: Shelter Yoga or Liz Brower
Email: elisam77@yahoo.com
Web: http://www.shelteryoga.com
Venmo: @LizBrower77

Published by Liz Brower

I've practiced yoga since 2006, I stumbled into a class at my local gym. I didn't really "get" yoga, I wanted to do all of the poses to the max, I didn't focus on breathing, and I was very competitive. A year later I quit smoking and my mom purchased a three month unlimited to a local studio. I fell in love with yoga! Plus the metaphor was strong, my lungs began to repair, I could take really deep inhales without coughing! I later began to go to a free outdoor yoga classes in downtown Long Beach, CA that was also affiliated with a donation based studio. Yoga was fun, affordable, accessible, and outside! I loved it. I started practicing at home by myself. I started meditating. Right after I found the classes at the gym stopped drinking alchohol. My sobriety and yoga have intertwined ever since. They compliment each other amazingly and I am so grateful for them both. I stopped practicing yoga after getting pregnant and being caught up with the taking care of a newborn in 2013/2014. When he was 9 months old I realized that I really wanted to redirect myself back to yoga. I also had the seed planted in my mind while driving home from Christmas break, why don't you go do a yoga teacher training?! I started practicing yoga at a local studio and began scouring the internet for a teacher training program. I found Three Sisters Yoga, a lovely program, based out of NY & PDX. I was more than motivated to teach, I started teaching some free yoga in the summer of 2015 at a local park. I continued after that with an internship at the same studio I had signed back up with at the beginning of the year. I quit my day job. I hit the pavement, scouring for yoga gigs that would hire a newbie. I found a job and began to teach! Now I am navigating the great balance of being a single mom, a yoga teacher, and doing my best to trust my higher power with my future. I love to teach and practice vinyasa, but also know what it's like to be drawn to slower types of yoga due to injury or body type. I feel a special affinity for yoga new comers and like to teach practice at all different levels. Thank you for taking time to read a little more about me and I wish all of you the best in your own individual yoga practice. ~Namaste!

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