Thursday, January 28, 2010

Dear Tapestry Students:

I will be out of town beginning early Thursday morning (1/28) through the weekend and have these instructor changes to announce about my (Kathy O’Rourke’s) regularly scheduled classes.  All other classes are running as scheduled.

Thursday 1/28 Yoga I;  8:30 - 10 am  --  Carol Anne Kemen will substitute this class IN HER STUDIO with some of her students downstairs in the Landmark Center (her studio is on the first floor of this building towards Jefferson St past the Kindergarten through the door to the mailboxes – it is along a corridor beyond the main hallway all the way towards the exterior entrance to Jefferson St.).  If you are here to take class at 8:30 Thursday morning, please head downstairs to her studio, BE ON TIME (or close to it), tell her you are in a Tapestry class  (I'll compensate her directly if you are enrolled in the winter session for any Tapestry class) and enjoy a great Yoga I class.

Thursday 1/28 Gentle Yoga; 4:45 - 6:15 pm - Kumari Sky will substitute at the Tapestry Yoga Center.

Thursday 1/28 Yoga I; 6:30-8:15 pm - Ashley Patton will substitute at the Tapestry Yoga Center. 

Friday Meditation is Cancelled this Week Due to Low Enrollment.

Saturday Meditation is Cancelled this week – no substitute available.

Saturday, 1/30 Yoga 1-2; 8-9:30 am Ashley Patton will substitute at the Tapestry Yoga Center.

Saturday Belly Dance is running as scheduled with Jessica Leinberger.

Thank you for your understanding regarding these necessary changes to accommodate a very special family travel opportunity to celebrate my son’s 9th birthday J.  Ann Altland is acting as a point of contact in my absence and has a key to the room – her number is 1-928-380-6825 (she’s local).



Friday, January 1, 2010

Free Class Session January 3-9, 2010

Today is the first day of 2010 and it is time to step fresh into the New Year!  Come join us for a week of free classes starting this Sunday, January 3rd through Saturday, January 9th.  We have an exciting Winter Class Session lined up for 12 weeks of classes in Yoga, Belly Dance, Nia and Tai Chi.  There are some new things on the schedule to try and a couple of adjustments to the schedule.  (See our schedule below or go to

This winter you'll see more classes by the masterful yogini, Meg Abene Newlin, who is an excellent asana teacher and is teaching 3 classes as her youngest marks his first year.  Jess Jerman is traveling in warmer climates this session, but will undoubtedly be back in future sessions -- Meg is offering a flow class on Monday evenings that replaces Jess' flow class.  Also, Meg often emphasizes abdominal work, so if you are missing Jess' Yoga & Abs class, you'll like Meg's classes (and I'll be sure to do some post-holiday core work, too).

Also, new to the schedule is an early Friday morning Silk Reeling and Meditation class by Monte McPheron, our Tai Chi teacher and I've moved my Tantric Meditation class to Saturday mornings at 7 am.  I encourage you to explore meditation as it truly is the gateway to a more courageous and joyous life.  Meditation is something you can learn -- nearly everyone finds it challenging at first, but there are many powerful techniques that are worth learning.  Both of these meditation classes are just $3 per class for enrolled students (or $5 if it's your only Tapestry class).  

Belly Dance with Jess Leinberger has moved to Saturday afternoons and I've moved Gentle Yoga class on Thursday evenings to a 4:45 start time and changed my 6:30 pm class to a Yoga I class.  Gentle Yoga is for special conditions or injuries that are aggravated by a general Yoga I class and Yoga I is a great way to get established in the basics of yoga.  All of my classes include breathing and meditation for a complete yoga practice.  

This is a great line-up for the winter in Wisconsin and it is all FREE January 3-9th, so come on out.  See for a complete line up.  Everyone who signs up for the 12-week winter session by the end of the first week of regular classes gets a $5 discount.  And remember, we have a flexible make-up policy -- if you miss a class, you can take any other class on our schedule that goes through April 3rd.  Please email me at or call me at 608-637-6950 if you have any questions.

Our ad in the latest Kickapoo Free Press has one key word missing which is SATURDAY regarding the last three classes on the list, so make a mental note of that, too.  See you next week, I hope.

Here's the schedule in a nutshell:


7:00 – 8:45 am     Int Led Yoga Practice     Meg Abene Newlin


12 Noon – 1 pm    Nia – Joyful Movement       Gayle Nielsen

4:30 – 5:45 pm    Yoga 1-2 (Adv Beg): Focus on Flow    Meg Abene Newlin


8:30 – 10:00 am   Yoga 1-2 (Adv Beg)     Kathy O’Rourke

6:30 – 7:30 pm    Tai Chi          Monte McPheron


8:30 – 10:00 am     Yoga 1-2 (Adv Beg): Focus on Form   Meg Abene Newlin

4:30 – 5:30 pm    Nia - Joyful Movement    Gayle Nielsen


8:30 – 10:00 am       Yoga 1     Kathy O’Rourke

4:45 – 6:15 pm   Gentle Yoga   Kathy O’Rourke

6:30 – 8:15 pm    Yoga I & Yoga Nidra   Kathy O’Rourke


7:00 – 7:30 am    Silk Reeling and Meditation   Monte McPheron


7:00 – 7:50 am    Meditation   Kathy O’Rourke

8:00 – 9:30 am    Yoga 1-2 (Adv Beg)   Kathy O’Rourke

1:00 – 2:30 pm   Belly Dance   Jessica Leinberger

Happy New Year!