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April Newsletter

What's happening at the Yoga Coop in April 2022

With the first quarter of our first full year in business behind us and the future ahead of us, we have so much to be thankful for. Each week, new folks come in the door and we get a chance to share our vision with new people. New and incredibly talented yoga instructors want to add their passions and values to our offerings, and every month Alyssa and Elaine learn new ways to make the studio a better and more inclusive space for all. It is bitter sweet then that this is the last month that Cami will be with us. She was born and raised in Missoula and has spent the last 4 years here in Butte getting her nursing degree. Cami has been with us since we opened our doors in October, brought a donation based Prenatal Class to the Yoga Coop and is an all around amazing yoga instructor, and human being. She has been an invaluable member of the crew and although we will miss her greatly, we are so excited to hear about her adventures in this new chapter! If you would like to practice with Cami before she spreads her wings, come practice with her on Tuesday evenings at 5:30pm or Saturday at 10am on the 2nd, 16th, and the 30th. Her prenatal class is at 7pm on Tuesdays and if you know someone in your life that is pregnant and would like to take a prenatal class, please let them know! It is already time fo Alyssa and Elaine to get together for the Second Quarter Dreamers Meeting (our quarterly stakeholders meeting) and we will be discussing our financial situation and goals for the coming year. Although we won't make our agenda public, if there are things you would be interested in having us unpack, please let us know! What comes of this meeting will be shared in the May Newsletter. Have you smelled the smell? If you've been in the studio lately, you may have noticed a very unpleasant smell, and we want to sincerely apologize for any negative effect it may have had on your experience. Maintenance has been notified and they say that the problem with be sorted out within two weeks. Lastly as always (Shameless Plug!), many people find out about our studio by word of mouth and searching for Yoga on Google. If you enjoy the services we provide, consider leaving us a review! Facebook works, too! Click Here to leave us a Review

Member-Voted Donations for March

In honor of Women's History Month, we believed that it seemed fitting to honor and support the women in the State of Montana. You voted and it was a close one this month, but Safe Space will be the recipient of our Monthly Driven Intention for March. Safe Space is a domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and awareness program that assists victims and survivors. Safe Space is a not-for-profit organization that is funded through a combination of grants and private donations, and they are based here in Butte. THANK YOU members for showing up and allowing us to continue with our mission to support organizations in need. A reminder that a portion of each membership is donated to our MDI and each member has the opportunity to vote ever time they come into class.

Announcements and What’s New at the Coop

Small Changes to the Schedule We are making some slight adjustments to our evening classes and moving them all to 7pm. We relish getting feedback from the community including what times and class styles work best for you because we want to create experiences that work for YOU. This is the basis of these changes. In addition, the Meditation and Yin class on Wednesday nights will no longer be offered so we can provide space for future offerings. Sad to read this? Don't forget we still offer Candle Light Restorative Yoga on Thursday Nights at 7pm. April Member Driven Intention Choices In Honor of Earth Month, we have found 3 organizations in Montana that make efforts to conserve our natural resources and heal the planet. Clark Fork - Earth Month Celebration CFWEP is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and is taking 10 Butte schools out during the week of May 10-14 to clean around their schools and we are providing lunch for these schools. Any amount of sponsorship here helps provide lunch and supplies for Butte schools in this effort. of our members is spearheading this effort Interested in donating on your own? Reach out to Melissa Wanamaker at or donate at this link Trout Unlimited Montana Trout Unlimited conserves, protects and restores Montana’s cold water fisheries and their watersheds. Our work includes: Advocating for clean water, robust stream flows, healthy habitat, and naturally functioning watersheds and floodplains. Promoting fishery management that preserves and improves populations of wild fish, with a priority on native species, such as cutthroat trout, bull trout and grayling. Working with agencies and landowners to conduct projects across the state that restore water quality, streamflows, healthy riparian habitats and natural stream function. Defending the rights of anglers to access Montana’s streams and rivers for fishing and other recreational purposes. Educating the public about the importance of clean water and healthy wild fisheries. Interested in donating on your own? Friends of Thompson Park Friends of Thompson Park is a non-profit corporation dedicated to stewardship of, access to, education and conservation of, and support for year round recreation in Thompson Park on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. Interested in donating on your own? Reach out to them on Facebook Upcoming Workshops and Events for April A Quintessential Introduction to Kundalini Workshop Apr 10, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM Have you always wondered what happens in a Kundalini Yoga class? Maybe even why the word Kundalini seems so fascinating and mysterious? Learn about it, and how, in this workshop! Includes a traditional Kundalini class with warm-ups, breathing techniques (pranayam), an exercise set/asana (kriya), deep relaxation,

chanting, and meditation. Experience yourself deeply, go beyond spiritually and notice your transformation towards heightened awareness, mental clarity, and happiness. Join Lou as she lovingly guides you through what Kundalini is. Sat Nam! Please book ASAP because spots are filling up, like for real!

Meet A Member!

Alice,Member since October 2021

Why do I practice yoga? There are a couple reasons why I started practicing yoga. My Father did yoga until he died at ninety. He would send me letters telling me how important his practice was to him and how I should try it because he knew I would enjoy it. I was busy with my life and never did. Also, Jackie Janosko came to work at the same company that I worked at and she started asking me to go to yoga with her. During that same time, I was going to the chiropractor for a problem I was having with my lower back and hip, and I asked him about yoga, and he replied to me that if I started doing yoga and was faithful to my practice, I wouldn’t need to come see him anymore. In 2014, my Father died and I was stressed and decided it couldn’t hurt to try a class with Jackie and I really found it challenging and fun and I haven’t been to the chiropractor since.

What is your favorite yoga pose? I don’t really have a favorite pose. In every pose, I try to remember what Elaine told me. She told me in every pose there is always something to work on, to improve on. What I really love about yoga is the milestones as your body responds to your practice. The first time you are able to get your toes off the ground in crow. I remember the first time an instructor showed me crow, I remember thinking to myself, yeah right!!! What is one thing you’d never practice yoga without? This is a tough question. I seldom if ever practice yoga by myself. I really enjoy the energy of practicing yoga with others and having an instructor queuing the proper techniques.


In honor of our Kundalini Workshop on Sat Apr 10, here is a free 30 minute meditation to connect you to the power of Kundalini energy.

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Yoga Snack: Vrksasana or Tree Pose This month's Yoga Snack, Alyssa breaks down Tree Pose. This pose is both a balancing pose and hip opener. There are so many ways to personalize this pose either with props or modifications.

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