August Newsletter

by | Aug 28, 2019 | Wellness

“Time is slipping away for all of us at the same pace.  You cannot manage time, but you can manage your energy.”  Jaggi Vasudev
Beautiful summer is in full swing!!!!!!  I will keep this short as I know you all value your time!
We have only two more openings in the 2019/20 Level 1 Yoga training.
 We have six spots remaining in the Teen Yoga Training.
 Both begin in September.
We have another month of some free classes by the recent graduates!  Soak it all up before September when they are on the schedule consistently for the regular class fee.
We have 5 week birthing workshop starting the first weekend of August.  Details will be below.
And the most exciting…….Judy Caron has come out of retirement to teach a weekly mediation class on Sunday mornings.
Enjoy more of your summer,
The Ohana Bunch

   Family News!
Julie Daniels will be taking over the Tuesday 5:30pm gentle class!

Ohana welcomes Judy Caron!!!
We are so lucky to have her!!!!   
Class details are below:
Living Mindfully – Meditation Class
Sundays – 7:45-8:45am
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be present, aware of where we are and what we are doing and not be overly reactive or overwhelmed by what is going on around us.
Class will include the following format:
-Centering Breath and easy movement
-Definition and Benefits of Mindfulness
-Questions and checking in
-Positions of awareness
-Mindfulness in daily life
-A variety of simple practices
-Cultivating attention, generosity, and gratitude
-METTA ( Loving-Kindness)
-Establishing an affirmation (inspiration)
-Home practice
-Keeping a journal
There are so many credentials I could list for Judy, but let’s just say this…… She has practiced movement and meditation for a REALLY long time. And has used it, personally, to get through some very rough times.
She talks the talk and walks the walk. We are extremely honored to have her, out of retirement, at Ohana to pass along her greatest gift of teaching and mentoring. She has been a nurse, holistic counselor, yoga instructor, cycling instructor and home school mom.
Our three new instructors are continuing to offer free classes through August in exchange for your honest genuine helpful feedback to their teachings.  They have put so much time and effort into providing a class that they feel has integrity in the yoga and movement world, so do enjoy!

Heather Oberheim
S he comes to us with  a B.A. in psychology and dance from Colby-Sawyer College and a M.A. in dance movement therapy and counseling from Antioch New England Graduate School. She works as a movement therapist/music & movement teacher at the Concord Community Music School.
She is very excited to incorporate her love of yoga and dance into her classes. Heather has studied the importance of self-care and connection with movement for many years and will add intentions and mindful moments to her yoga classes.
Heather will teach Fridays at 3:30pm 
Donna Imgrund
Donna is a 2019 graduate of the Ohana Teacher Training Program. She has been practicing yoga for almost 5 years. She is a registered nurse with a Master’s of Science in Nursing practicing since 1992.   Being aware of the mind-body connection for health is an important aspect of her classes. Guiding a class through balance, core strengthening and pranayama is important to Donna and will be a part of each class.    She likes to spend time outside gardening, hiking and snowshoeing. Her daily yoga practice routine includes meditation, mantra, asana and pranayama.
Donna will teach Thursdays at 5:30pm
Amy Hurley
Amy is a graduate of the 2019′ Ohana Yoga training program and is excited to share her joy of movement and love of yoga.   Five years ago Amy started taking dance and yoga classes as a way to stay in shape while also having fun.   Working full time herself, she’ll share ways to keep your body moving and strong, as you sit at a desk all day.
A my will teach Wednesdays at 4:30pm
Kelly is a contributor to the newsletter.  Her thoughts and poems are too good not to share.  Her journey through yoga can only be described as monumental.  Please enjoy!
Taking off my mask
I was 23 when my entire world collapsed around me. At the time I was heavily addicted to drugs, working at a coffee shop, in a long-term relationship and just discovering yoga for the first time. In a whirlwind of the perfect storm; drugs, stress and a shock to my nervous system, I found myself in the hospital recovering from a three month long psychotic break. I had lost everything, including myself. Months had passed numbingly until one day my phone shattered into pieces. I vividly remember being so excited to pick it up at the repair shop two weeks later. After turning it on, there was nothing. Not one text. Not one missed call. It sent a feeling of emptiness down my spine and through my heart. I turn 29 this month, with that comes the responsibility of challenging core beliefs I hold about myself that are not true. Such as “People are fundamentally fine without me being present in their lives”. We all have them. It’s our Dharma to be reflective, grow, heal and to cultivate positive change for ourselves and our fellow travelers.
Childbirth Education Classes
Aug 4th – Sept 1st
Sundays 11am-2pm – $150

Ohana welcomes Birth Partners of New England for a five week child birth educational series for couples!!

These comprehensive classes will introduce you to all the concepts and evidence-based information you will need to begin your childbirth journey. We will cover phases and stages of labor, medical interventions and pain control, positive positioning, comfort measures, and tips for support people. We will have professional guest speakers share positive movements for pregnancy and labor, discuss postpartum and breastfeeding education, support and address common questions.

And…..Ohana will be one of the guest speakers!

Spiritual Kits for sale
Stacey Elysian and I teamed up in an effort to elevate others.     Two friends who combined years of knowledge and experience, aspiring  to make a difference in the communities and the world, by bringing spiritually conscious kits, to assist you along your path, and to make life better –  as a tribe!   We took everything that has worked for us, and made bite sized chunks for you to experience each month.  We work very hard on these to make your months better.
Most of these kits are spoken for right away, but we are trying to squirrel away some extras for those who may not know about them.
August’s kit is all about Abundance.
The kit includes:
A Roll on blend of oils, made by Stacey, anointed by spirit
Advent for Abundance
Abundance Tea
Abundance Mantra
The kits cost is $25.

Ohana Yoga  Training
We officially open registration for the 2019/20 Yoga Training Program.    There are only two spots remaining.
This is for those wanting to know more about yoga, want to become an instructor, or are already an instructor wanting to delve deeper.
 Classes will be held one weekend a month beginning in September 2019, with a short orientation in August, and ending with an intensive retreat in June of 2020.
We have small class sizes to accommodate all of the growth that occurs during the year.
This program was designed to be completely unique. You will be studying the five most influential lineages of Yoga in the west, the most up to date science in movement, breath and brain, then practice these tools daily (or whenever it fits into your schedule).
Each student will receive individualized mentoring.
Ohana is invested in cultivating a family of quality Certified Yoga Teachers. Through hard work and commitment, you will explore the transformative power of Yoga, Healing Arts and movement.
Mindful Healing begins with the Self.  One can best serve others when they are fully present and able to act as a reflection for others.  Leading comes from the difficult work of looking within, going past the ego and cultivating compassion toward others.
Take note, this training is more of a transformative experience.  You may use it for your own self discovery, however, we will give you all the tools to go out and teach with confidence.  This training will provide the details necessary in topics of Anatomy, Asana, Meditation, Pranayama, Chanting, Philosophy, Ayurveda, Assisting, and Energy systems.  You will also be provided with tools for deep Self study.
I come to your with years of training through many different teachers, styles and techniques in all areas.   There are many guest teachers who are experts in their experience of certain aspects of knowledge.  You will have an excellent well rounded anatomy program, with an in-house teacher as well as an online program.
Saturdays from 10am-6pm    *    Sundays from 8am-5pm
This is a life changing experience, as you will evaluate the depths of your life and what your daily routine is.  It transforms your way of thinking and elevates your approach to daily interactions with people  We have guest teachers in all areas of expertise going over enough topics, that your spiritual/yoga journal is enhanced.
Teen Yoga Training
We have now also registration for a mini teen yoga training.  It will go through the same months, but be much shorter, meeting 3 hours on a weekend or week day (depending on what the students choose), once a month.  I would love to foster the interested of these serious teens who are wanting to know more, will use their time wisely, and want to be in a small group with like minded adolescents.
 With our fast paced world, this will teach them how to create daily choices that promote their own sense of well being, so as not to get depleted with what society is asking of them at this age.   They will be given a certificate at the end for completion with specific hours covered.   They can then use this if they ever wanted to be fully certified in the future.
I don’t want to leave this world without having given every ounce of myself leading others into a way that has helped me, and to help groom the youth of America in more spiritual, mental and physically stronger ways.  Our future is brighter knowing we have kids out there willing to take care of themselves first before trying to take care of others.   To not get depleted at such a young age.
Please call for more details, questions, or if you are interested in applying.
 (603) 748-1539



Drepung Gomang Monks Visit Contoocook!
November 4th – 11th, 2019
Five years ago some monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery visited our little town of Contoocook, NH.   They made their mark all around town, spreading compassion and kindness.    Their work on the sand mandala and ceremony to disperse the sand into the river was one of touching sentiment.   The night of food at the library, the sacred arts display of dance and chant was also one for the books.
I am happy to announce that they will be back this neck of the woods and I couldn’t be happier.   We will, again, all need to work together to gather supplies of food, flowers, and places for them to set up.
They work all on donations to fund their land and space in India governed by the Dalai Lama, and I know our town will step it up to provide them funds to bring back to their cherished homestead.  In exchange, they show us their traditions and ceremonies of Tibet.
Please stay tuned for how you can help, and what the schedule will be during that week.     My heart is so happy for this opportunity again.
Foundations in Thai Massage Level I    w/Shai Plonski      $400

Nov 15th – 6pm – 8:30pm
Nov 16th – 10am – 6pm

Nov 17th – 9am – 5pm

Thai Massage combines the best of yoga, massage, meditation and energy work into a powerful healing modality. Among its many benefits, clients report an amazing ability for the massage to help remove tension, eliminate pain in the neck, shoulders, back and legs and to feel more youthful, deeply relaxed and refreshed.

That is because Thai Massage gets the body to move how it was designed while combining customized massage techniques. As such it helps clients to heal themselves naturally.

What’s more, you learn to give it as a meditation in loving kindness and compassion. As such the benefits are shared and they are profound. By design you’ll learn to massage so that it is at least as good to give as it is to receive.

This is a class designed for yoga teachers, massage therapists and those without any experience. In addition to the massage itself, yoga teachers will be able to gain confidence and knowledge for giving assists, incorporate Thai Massage into their classes and have a new treatment to offer private students. Massage therapists will be able to start offering a new modality to their clients right away. And those without any experience can give a high-level massage even after one weekend of training.

In this course, you will learn a complete 60-minute massage:
* How to massage back, shoulders, legs, feet, head and hands;
* The secrets of developing intuitive touch;
* How to get started on a successful Thai Massage career

This course is accredited with NCBTMB for continuing education and can be used as continuing education with Yoga Alliance.

Did you know?…..
We offer 22+ classes a week
We offer ongoing classes morning & night with ones sprinkled in between.
We have 18 teachers to assist you in your journey
We have 5 musicians that accompany classes
We have an atmosphere that is sacred  and calm
Our energy rises through the energy of the river
What we offer in the group space:
All levels classes (addressing ALL levels)
Gentle Yoga
Chair Yoga
Yin Yoga (see below for benefits)
Yoga Nidra
Functional Movement
Joyful Yoga (you really feel joyful after)
Restorative Yoga
Thai Yoga Massage & Yoga
Holistic Bellydancing
Classes that find ways to access your strength and mobility
What we offer in the treatment room*:
Healthy Lifestyle coaching
Life-force Healing sessions
Certified Angel Healing Practitioner Angel & Oracle Card Readings
*More details below in the ‘Bodywork & More’ section
Please feel free to use the website or Ohana Yoga NH App for the most up to date information on classes and teacher coverage.
We have classes every day – Morning and evening and some sprinkled in between! We offer affordable classes where you are able to come as often as you can without a disruption in your practice.

About Ohana!
Mobile App! 
We now have an app!    Looking up classes, check if a class is canceled,  knowing who is covering, signing up or paying will be much easier.  The most up to date information is always available here!  The look and feel are more navigational.  It’s free! Check it out!
Feel free to leave us a review on either the app (Ohana Yoga NH) or our Facebook page ( Review Ohana!),  if you have enjoyed Ohana thus far.  We appreciate it so much.  There are many people scared to even attempt going to a class, and we would love for them to know what others think about their experience and what to expect.  Thank you in advance!


If you come two times a week or more, you may want to consider a yearly pass, to fully immerse in the many offerings, without the hassle.

Our goal is to make you feel comfortable: We are trained to help you gain a better perspective of your habits and patterns.  We do our best to bring you out of your comfort zone; the place that you have been for a long time and is causing your suffering.  Thank you for letting us serve you, by working together to bring out the light that is already shining within.

Lisa and the Ohana Team !
(603) 748-1539
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(603) 748-1539     

Henniker, NH