The Stretch Gazette – January 2018

“The Stretch Gazette” is our studio’s monthly blog. Every month we will bring you some motivation through Words of Wisdom, Yoga Tips & Facts, and personal thoughts from co-owner, Daniella. Please subscribe to receive email notifications of our latest publication by entering your email in the box found on the sidebar. Namaste.

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Happy New Year Twisted Monkeys! (Are we still allowed to say that?) Hope your 2018 has started off full of greatness. We’ve definitely started with some crazy cold weather! Sure it’s a pain in the butt, but how beautiful was it to ease into the year with some snow days, allowing us to slow down and reflect. I definitely took some time to think about last year’s good, bad, beautiful and ugly, and what I would like to carry into the new year with me, as well as the things I need to let go of…notice, I said need.

When we come from a place of truth and love, we will see that the things we want and the things we need are very different. So this year, I decided that I needed to get back to writing. Before taking on The Twisted Monkey, when my daughter was very young, I used to write a blog about parenting and organic living. Things got a little busy when I took on managing role at the studio back in 2012 and I soon realized I needed to let go of some things. I always looked at blogging as a want, so I stopped. When I took an even bigger leap and became co-owner of the studio in 2015, I was definitely met with some challenges and juggling more responsibilities. These past few years I have experienced so many life adventures that have helped me grow and feel grounded in who I am today. So as I reflected on where they have led me to in the present, I realized that I NEED to blog again. Writing has always been my outlet and what has been missing for me.  So this year, The Stretch Gazette will include a little personal blurb from me, with an intention to connect with all the wonderful members that walk through our doors, along with anyone who happens to come across my posts. Remember…

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“We are more alike than we are different. We all want the same things: Kindness, Compassion, Safety, Security, Happiness, and Love. There is enough to go around. Give it away!” ~Susan Abrams Milligan

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This month, in traditional January fashion, I thought it only appropriate to share some thoughts on New Year’s resolutions. Over the years, it seems resolutions have grown to get a bad rap. What once was a way to start the year with goals and aspirations, has become jokes and memes about diets, joining the gym, and how we’ll fail our resolutions by Jan. 2nd

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So, as we approach the end of the first month of the new year, I thought it a good time to mention the idea of setting intentions instead (just like we do in yoga class!) and reflect on what ours might be for 2018.

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So, what is your aim or purpose? What are you working on achieving this year? And are your intentions coming from a positive place of growth, love for yourself and others, and do they speak your truth? Maybe you’re still a little stuck on what your resolutions or intentions are for this year. Well, lucky for you, I came across this great list of ideas to help you out…

20-Intentions-List This Winter season, we hope you will find the time to stop in to the studio, step on your mat, and come back to your intentions. Our schedule has something for everyone and we have some exciting workshops and events happening just about every weekend. If you are a member of our studio and are not receiving our monthly email newsletter, please check your spam folder or sign up for our mailchimp service by setting up a studio account with us through Glofox. If you’ve never been to our studio before and live locally, we hope you’ll find the time to pay us a visit. If you live far away and are interested in yoga, we hope you found a little inspiration here. Wishing you all a beautiful rest of the year.

Bhakti and Namaste,

~Daniella 

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The Stretch Gazette – November 2016

“The Stretch Gazette” is our studio’s monthly newsletter. Every month The Twisted Monkey will bring you some motivation through Words of Wisdom, Yoga Tips & Facts, and the latest news from our Yoga Studio. Please subscribe to receive email notifications of our latest publication by entering your email in the box found on the sidebar. Namaste.

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“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” ~John F. Kennedy

 

“‘Enough’ is a feast.” ~Buddhist proverb

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  • Happy November! There’s a chill in the air and the smell of pumpkin….holiday season is here! Note that we will be closed on THANKSGIVING THURSDAY only in November. However, please check out our Website for a few schedule changes: Click Here. This month we are also finally launching our online registration and class packages that can even be purchased from your phone!   (Please note that we will continue accepting previously purchased class cards.)
  • This month is also yoga retreat time for The Twisted Monkey. We are so excited for this new phase in our yoga journey. For those of you who are not able to join us for the weekend at The Himalayan Institute, stay tuned for next year’s plans. In the meantime, we have a few fun activities lined up for you this month….
  1. Full Moon Yoga! Our November Full Moon Yoga class will take place on Monday, Nov. 14th at the studio at 7:30pm with Sarah. (Please note that this class will take place instead of our regularly scheduled Mon class at 7:15pm.) Class is open to all levels and will include a lunar meditation. Cost is $10 cash only, as proceeds will benefit Matter of Trust.) Come experience the powerful energy of lunar yoga! Please visit the Full Moon Yoga schedule on our Website for details.
  2. Restorative Yoga & Massage Workshop! Join us on Friday,  Nov. 18th at 7:30pm as we bring our yoga practice to a more meditative and deeper awareness. You will also receive gentle adjustments and massage by Yoga Instructor and Massage Therapist, Devin. Allow your mind and body to disconnect from the fast pace and restore, so we may start the holidays with an open heart and mind. Let’s remember the true meaning of the season. See our Workshops & Events page for info and registration.
  3. FREE PiYo Demo class! Our very own Pilates instructor, Rose, is now a certified PiYo instructor. This fusion of Pilates moves and Yoga poses will help you gain strength and flexibility while toning and sculpting. Join us the Saturday after Thanksgiving to burn off those turkey and pie calories with a FREE PiYo class! Nov. 26th at 12:30pm. TO RSVP: Click Here. (You must pre-register for this class.)
  4. Yoga with a Twist! We have finally locked down a date for our Fall/Holiday edition of “Yoga in a Bottle-Yoga with a Twist!” with Daniella. Join us on Saturday, Dec. 3rd at 4:30pm for a gentle yoga flow, 5 wine tastings and light snacks. Bring a friend and save! See our Workshops & Events page to register.   
  5. Specialty Yoga classes! Fall sessions (Surfset, Tween/Kids yoga, Prenatal, etc.) of specialty yoga classes have now ended. Look out for winter sessions starting soon! However, we are offering a Level 2 Kettle Bell and Yoga series for those who have completed one of our Level 1 series. Please see our Class Schedule and scroll down to Sundays for registration.
  • Fall Drive! Thank you to all who donated items to our Montgomery County SPCA. Our instructor Stephanie, all The Twisted Monkey staff, and especially our Furry Friends appreciate your generosity and support!
  • Studio Yoga Mats! As we continue to make improvements to our studio, we would like to clarify that yoga mats are for the use of brand new members on their first visit. We ask that all students who try a class and plan to continue the practice of yoga, to invest in their own mat. This way you may choose the correct length, size and density to suit your individual needs. The downstairs Hot Yoga studio provides black yoga mats that are already placed down on the floor. You may place your own yoga mat on top for extra support. We ask that you please wipe down all mats after use. Do not roll up any studio mats that may still be wet, as this can become unsanitary. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
  • Lost and Found! If you have left behind a water bottle, yoga mat or other personal item, please make sure to check the yoga studio. Items not claimed by the end of each month will be recycled. The lost and found is located in the hot yoga ladies’ changing room or see an instructor. Thank you.
  • Stay Up-to-Date! Don’t forget to give us a like for daily schedule updates on our Facebook Page and follow us on Instagram and Twitter too!
  • As always, thank you for your continued support and smiles.

Happy November! Happy Thanksgiving!

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The Stretch Gazette – May 2015

“The Stretch Gazette” is our studio’s monthly newsletter. Every month The Twisted Monkey will bring you some motivation through Words of Wisdom, Yoga Tips & Facts, and the latest news from our Yoga Studio. Please subscribe to receive email notifications of our latest publication by entering your email in the box found on the sidebar. Namaste.

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“I believe that a godly home is a foretaste of heaven. Our homes, imperfect as they are, must be a haven from the chaos outside. They should be a reflection of our eternal home, where troubled souls find peace, weary hearts find rest, hungry bodies find refreshment, lonely pilgrims find communion, and wounded spirits find compassion.” 

― Jani Ortlund

May-NewsletterHappy May! In honor of all the wonderful mothers and women in our lives, we are offering several mom-inspired events this month….

  • The Twisted Monkey is now open on Fridays at 5:30pm! Join us for $5 Happy Hour Hatha Yoga beginning May 1st and through June. This is a 9 week mixed levels community non-heated yoga class. Not only will you be ending your week right and squeezing in another hour of practice before the weekend, but you will be supporting our new group of instructors in training. And did we mention, classes are only $5??? All ages and levels welcomed. If you prefer to sweat it out, we are now also offering Hot Happy Hour yoga at the same time. This is a high energy, challenging 1 hour class. Cost is $10 and class cards accepted.
  • Our new Pilates 6 week session with Rose begins on Sunday, May 3rd. Classes will now start at 8:45am and will be 1 hour long. Cost is $10 for drop-ins. Purchase a 6 class card on the first day for $50 and get one class free! We now accept yoga class cards for those who want to give this core-strengthening workout a try! Follow it up with our Intro to Yoga class at 10am….perfect compliment to Pilates.

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  • Saturday, May 9th, join us for a special 2 hour class of (warm) YinYasa with Justine at 1pm. This special workshop is designed for cyclists, runners, and other active individuals who are looking to compliment their workouts with specialized stretches and poses through a fusion of Yin Yoga and Vinyasa Flow. Cost is $15 when you pre-register or $20 at the door. For more info and to sign-up: Click Here.

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  • Mother’s Day Yoga! – bring your mom for free! Give your mom the (FREE!) gift of yoga! Join us on Mother’s Day for a special 2 for 1 (non-heated) Mother’s Day Yoga class at 10am. Start this special day off right by celebrating mom and all the special women in our lives with some gentle, beginner’s style yoga. (Mom not required to attend. Regular $10 fee applies.)

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  • Mommy-to-Be/Mommy-N-Me is back! Beginning May 20th, join us every Wednesday at 11am for 6 weeks of Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga with Jessica. We welcome little yogis ages 0-3 years, whether they just want to play and explore or join in on some yoga. (Mamas are responsible for their little ones.) This is a special 6 week series. You must pre-register online by May 10th. Cost is only $45!! To register and purchase your 6 class package: Click Here

SNEAK PEAK INTO JUNE… 

  • Intro to Intermediate & Advanced Poses Workshop with our lovely core queen, Julia. Saturday, June 6th, 1-3pm. Cost is $20. Details and registration coming soon!!!! 
  • Surfset Yoga & Fitness with Ashley! 6 week session starts June 17th, Wednesdays at 7pm! Details and pricing coming soon! 
  • Power-Vinyasa (non-heated) coming to Mondays at 7pm this Summer.
  • Pilates Summer Session! Pilates will have a new day and time beginning in late June and through the Summer.
  • Prenatal Yoga will have a 2nd session in the Summer. Details coming soon!

STAY UP-TO-DATE!

  • Have you seen the new studio tank top? Makes a great gift for the wine lover and yogini in your life! Only $15 and available in sizes S, M, L, XL and XXL. While supplies last!
  • Don’t forget to give us a like for daily schedule updates on our Facebook Page and follow us Instagram and Twitter too!
  • As always, thank you for your continued support and smiles. Happy May!

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The benefits of some of our favorite poses…

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