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Daylong Yoga Retreat/Benefits–Everybody Wins!

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Rejuvenate your Practice, Reconnect with Yourself

Everybody Wins with Hits the Spot 2016-17 Daylong Yoga Retreats/Benefits
with Founder/Director Scott Willis.

Each daylong retreat benefits a local charity and includes:

Morning practice: 2-hour flow of poses, breathwork, and contemplation
Introduction to the many practices of Hits the Spot Yoga—and how they
can support you to cultivate optimal wellness and meaning in your life.
Discussion and meditation upon guiding principles: gratitude,
lovingkindness, forgiveness*
Poses clinic: Hits the Spot Yoga approach to backward bends, inversions,
hip opening poses, sequences*
Practical yoga philosophy that relates directly to your life

(*Each workshop focuses on one guiding principle and one poses clinic. Contact us for info.
Yoga teachers can earn six continuing education credits (CEUs) per workshop.)

Upcoming dates for Hits the Spot daylong retreat/benefits:

Morrisville, Vermont
•November 20, 2016
• April 23, 2017
Hits the Spot Yoga workshop series
Keene, New Hampshire
• December 4, 2016
• February 5, 2017

Brattleboro, Vermont
(home of Hits the Spot Yoga)
• January 8, 2017
• May 21, 2017

Billerica, Massachusetts
• March 19, 2017
• June 25, 2017

All retreats meet on Sundays from 9:00am – 4:00pm
(Hours may vary.)

Suggested donation $55. Any donation welcome.
All proceeds benefit local charities/supporting organizations.

About Scott Willis, Founder, Hits the Spot Yoga

Known for his friendly, compassionate style of teaching, Hits the Spot Yoga Founder Scott Willis creates an oasis for students where they can truly enjoy exploring the art and science of yoga.
Scott has been leading yoga classes for more than 25 years. His teacher training school is registered with Yoga Alliances and has been certifying instructors since 2011.

Contact Hits the Spot Yoga to enroll in a retreat near you.

Gratitude

photo: Kelly Salasin

photo: Kelly Salasin

In Hits the Spot Yoga classes, we enrich our practice by focusing on a particular theme for each season, often doing a 2-3 minute contemplation of a quote or an excerpt from an article or book that offers a certain take on the theme.

In the Fall, our theme is gratitude/savoring. In the Winter, it’s forgiveness/lovingkindness. In the Spring, we focus on mindfulness. And in the Summer, we practice contentment/fun.

It’s Fall (at least for a little while longer) and I want to say that among the many aspects of my life for which I’m grateful, one particular area stands out today: I’m very thankful for the folks that come here to practice and study yoga with me. They are bright, kindhearted folks who fully feel their humanity and have great senses of humor.

This year, two of them gave me versions of Melody Beattie’s orientation toward gratitude. Putting the two together, it goes like this:

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, and confusion into clarity. It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

I find this to be a very compelling orientation, one that I would like to continue to cultivate. I also find it challenging to dwell there for very long.

That’s why I consider gratitude (and, for that matter, forgiveness, lovingkindness, mindfulness, and contentment) a practice. Like anything, when I practice something, I’m more apt to experience the desired outcome more often, and gratitude is no exception.

These days, we begin our classes with a short gratitude contemplation, bringing into our field of attention someone for whom we feel grateful or something for which we feel grateful, breathing deeply down into the belly and cultivating that feeling state of gratitude.

Doing this makes it more likely that I’ll do it in my daily life, stopping for three minutes or so, taking a few deep breaths, and saying to myself, “I feel so grateful for ____________.

I’m sure I speak for all of us when I say that life can be very challenging at times. And when I’m able to remember to practice gratitude, forgiveness, lovingkindness, and contentment, I often find a degree of freedom even in challenging times.

I’m very thankful that I found yoga 28 years ago. I’ve been practicing it, in all its many wonderful aspects, with great love and appreciation ever since. What a gift it is to all of us!

With gratitude,

Scott Willis
Founder/Director, Hits the Spot Yoga
November 23, 2014