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ASHTANGA NEWS
Saturday's 11 am ASHTANGA FLOW class will be consistently that for our winter schedule.  We'll practice for an hour or so, and move through a modified primary series, maybe occasionally dipping into the second series, too!  We'll be taking our variations of this class to Friday nights!  For this quarter, on the third Fridays at 6:15 pm, you can expect these special classes...
January 19th FULL ASHTANGA PRIMARY SERIES with Barbara
February 16th MYSORE STYLE with Holly
March 15th ASHTANGA INTERMEDIATE SERIES with Jeff
All of these classes will be offered at usual class rates.  Jeff and Barbara's Friday classes will be about two hours long and will feature thorough cuing of all of the asanas in those series.  It is recommended that you have some experience with ashtanga to participate in these vigorous practices.  Mysore style is a self-guided practice of ashtanga with individual guidance and adjustment for all of the students throughout by one teacher who will move about the room to offer support.

Our SECOND MONDAY ASHTANGA classes at 11:15, and our weekly Wednesday 6:15 pm ASHTANGA FLOW classes will still be happening, too!


ASHTANGA WORKSHOP WITH KRISTA SHIRLEY
March 2nd 11 am to 1:30 pm.  Krista was introduced to this practice over twenty years ago and immediately embraced it as a daily part of her life because she was magnetically drawn to the healing this practice provides. For the last twenty years Krista has rolled her mat out each day because it is such an intrinsic part of who she is.  Ashtanga Yoga has given Krista health and wellness, comfort, stability, peace, mindfulness and an outlet to work on herself and help others.  Krista began making yearly, long term, visits to Mysore, India in 2006 to study with the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Guruji, in order to fully connect to this lineage and embrace and surrender to a teacher that could help facilitate her growth and provide a deep source of inspiration. Since Guruji’s passing in 2009 Krista continues to make the yearly pilgrimage to India to study with Guruji’s grandson R. Sharath Jois who has dedicated his life continuing the work of Guruji, ensuring this deeply rich lineage, this parampara, lives on in the name of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.  Krista’s dedication to her personal yoga practice and the Ashtanga lineage shine through in her teaching. Her energy is contagious and inspiring because she lives this yoga daily and experiences tremendous fulfillment in helping people find and deepen their growth in this practice.  Krista is a level 2 authorized Ashtanga teacher and founder of The Yoga Shala in Winter Park where she teaches traditional Ashtanga yoga classes in the Mysore method. Visit www.kristashirley.com for more information about Krista.  At this workshop, Krista will discuss her passions about ashtanga and the concept of opposition of forces and guide us through a Mysore-style practice.  All levels of experience are welcome!  The cost of this workshop is $45. 


WOMEN'S HEALTH & AYURVEDA WORKSHOP

​On Saturday, March 9th from 12:30 to 3:30 we will welcome the lovely, vibrant, and knowledgable Harshla Singh to share with us from her vast store of learnings in "yoga's sister science."  Harshla's goals for ladies in this wellness workshop are to unlock physical, emotional and spiritual healing, explore the knowledge of Ayurveda related to women's health in a personal and meaningful manner,  and to learn practical tools and lifestyle choices to create and restore optimal health.  She hopes that women will become empowered to take charge of their health and healing and learn some basic principles of Ayurveda.  Topics included will be women's hormonal functions and their effects on the body, Ayurvedic perspective on common health issues in women, finding one's specific dosha/body type, and learning a hands-on Ayurvedic practice.  The cost of this workshop is $47.  Please click here to register by March 6th.


FIREFLY TRIVIA NIGHT TO SUPPORT WARRIOR ONE ORLANDO 

A fellow yoga studio in O-Town is rebuilding after a car drove into their studio.  We want to help, so we will hopefully make a fun night of yoga and trivia for a good cause.  Friday, March 29th, we'll meet at 6:15 pm for a mini yoga practice, and then we'll switch gears and try some trivia at 6:45!  The yoga is optional, so you can just turn up at 6:45 if you want to join only for the trivia.  It's picnic on the floor and bring-your-own-dinner or snacks (a favorite chair, too, if you'd prefer that to the floor).  $8 per person, and all of that plus anything else that might be donated will go to our friends at Warrior.  Please follow this link to a Form that will allow you to register and lead you to a link to get your tickets, too.

FLOW & GROW IN THE GARDEN
We are excited to be partnering with Nelson's Family Roses for these special classes.  The next one will be on Saturday, March 30th at 9 am.  Join Tristan for a flow class, and take home a plant!   For tickets and details follow this link.


OTHER EVENTS ON DECK

​Yoga Nidra Workshop - April 5th

​Form & Flow - April 12th

​Therapeutic Acroyoga & Thai Massage Class - April 20th

​Spring Sensual Yoga - April 26th

Details on these to come!


OUR ORLANDO CLASS AT FUMC ORLANDO
Even though our building is in Ocoee, we love to share yoga downtown and are so excited to be able to do that!  We are grateful to offer classes in a beautiful, magical space!  Monday night classes are offered at First United Methodist Church Orlando at 142 East Jackson Street at 6:30 pm.  We practice in the third-floor gym with an incredible view of downtown.  Free parking is available in the garage under the church off of Jackson.  Just take the elevator up and walk straight out into the gym.  Class is all-levels and donation-based.  Please be sure to bring your own mat. 


PRENATAL YOGA and BABY & ME
On Saturday mornings at 8:30 we offer yoga for expecting mamas.  Connect with community and care for your body as you practice and focus on the growing relationship between mom and baby.  Once your little one arrives, you graduate to BABY & ME class on Saturdays at 5 pm.  Babies who aren't much on the move yet and someone who loves them are invited for sweet time together.


FREE ONCOLOGY YOGA CLASSES

In partnership with the Christina Phipps Foundation, we are offering free classes for those in the cancer community.  These gentle classes (chairs and props available) will be led by a rotation of teachers who have been certified by Firefly and the foundation.  Patients, caregivers, and drivers are all welcome.  The classes will meet from 6:00-7:00 pm every Sunday evening, beginning on February 25th.  If you have questions, please call 321-695-4511.  For more information, you can visit the foundation's website.


​​SUNDAY GIVE 
Our Sunday morning $5 GIVE classes meet in the studio at 11 am, led by a rotation of Firefly teachers.  Your donations each quarter benefit a usually-local charitable organization.  This time, your donations support Michael's Cause, an organization fighting Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.  We are so grateful for your support of our classes that help us share your kindness and generosity.


THINGS TO KNOW AS WE PRACTICE TOGETHER IN THE STUDIO
Please bring your own mat to practice if you can!  Join us in-person ONLY if you’re feeling 100%!  If you are experiencing ANY symptoms of any kind - fever, sore throat, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, etc. – we will love to welcome you WHEN YOU FEEL BETTER!  We want to SHARE LOVE NOT GERMS!