OSYB January 2016 Newsletter
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OSYB January 2016 Newsletter

Blessings on Your Holidays,
This time of year brings with it so many mixed emotions for me.  I love the meaning behind the Holidays of bringing in the light, hope, peace and joy to a world that desperately needs it. I sing my way through the season with carols and I love  lighting candles & sitting in front of the tree with a fire burning in our huge fireplace.   I am also aware that many folks have a difficult time during  the holidays and suffer in their circumstances whether financially, or with illness or loneliness and grief to name a few.  I know I tend to miss my mom a lot during this time as her birthday was 12/15 and she LOVED Christmas time.   Lots of memories go along with this time of year and I want to be sensitive to those who need extra care and empathy.  
There are a few recent events in my life that I am especially thankful for that I wanted to share because each event inspired  forms of hope and joy .  Over Thanksgiving we had a group of four young musicians stay at our house and that was such a special time for my whole family.  These two couples; Gabrielle & Justin and Melanie & Brodie became family in five days.  We had continuous live music in our lives for those days and all of us miss the joyful, soulful presence of these beings.  The benefit concert that OSYB hosted to help send Melanie off with the beginning of her fundraising efforts to join this January was wonderful and I thank each one of you who came and donated.  If you weren’t able to attend and want to donate a little something for Melanie you can see her on video here:  
In October I became rather upset with the string of mass shootings I was witnessing in the media.  So, I decided to do something about it and went to DC to lobby for sensible gun laws with Newtown Action Alliance and a couple friends from OSYB community as well.  We attended the 3rd annual vigil for victims of gun violence and spoke with congressional representatives and senators delivering our letters of support and the message that enough is enough, #honorwithaction #endgunviolence.  It was an incredible whirlwind of 2 days and I learned a lot about the inner workings of our political process and I met some truly remarkable people both from NAA, a completely volunteer organization and also families who had lost loved ones to gun violence and will not give up fighting for this cause.  And here is a link to the press conference we all attended and helped support. 

Gun Violence Press Conference at Capitol December 2015:

Please visit NAA website and find out ways you can honor with action all those who have lost their lives to gun violence.  
It is simple only takes a few moments to call representatives and sign petitions.  Every single representative we spoke to said it is the actions of common citizens like us taking a stand that will make a difference.  

Our son Quinn got into his first choice school Colorado College on my mom’s birthday and we took that celebratory spirit with us down to Nashville TN to celebrate my Dad’s 80th birthday and that was such a wonderful time with my family including my 3 brothers.  My dad was so grateful to have us all together and in his words “to make it to 80 well I am just thankful.”  Nashville is a fun place to visit and I even got a little into the whole country music thing, something I never thought I would enjoy.  I loved the Grand Ole Opry, Studio B (where Elvis recorded many of his songs) and the whole music scene walking up and down broadway.  I even bought myself a nifty pair of flowery cowgirl boots.  Here is a family selfie with my dad and brothers taken late night in the lobby of the beautiful Hermitage Hotel.  So much fun.

So even though I somehow hurt my back over the last days and am more than a little bummed to still be in a bit of pain with Christmas approaching, I am practicing being a witness to my thoughts and returning to the breath and it is there with my breath that I can appreciate the present moment and the glorious gift of another day of opening my eyes upon waking.  
Please take a look at all the upcoming offerings at OSYB!  Laura and I are very excited about the Personal Practice Workshop coming up on Saturday, January 23rd.  Today is the last day to get the Early Bird Discount so lmk if you are interested.   A big welcome to Silvana who is not only a delightful being, but a great teacher of Qoya dance for women.  Come check her out below and come try one of her dance classes ladies.  January 1st, Cynthia, Joanne and I are offering another workshop to welcome in 2016 so sign up now as space will be limited.  A big thank you to all of you; students, teachers, musicians and presenters who grace the space of OSYB over and over again making it the remarkable sacred journey that it continues to be for all of us!  
Sending tons of blessings your way for all of your holiday celebrations and dreams for 2016!  Looking forward to witnessing how it all unfolds next year because it is never exactly as I think it will be.  Staying present to the mystery……...  
All Love, Cathy

Welcome Qoya Instructor, Silvana!

What an honor to be teaching at OSYB! I'm so looking forward to meeting you all! Those of you that I have already met have been so welcoming and lovely - thank you. 

It's truly such a blessing to be able to share Qoya with the OSYB community. 

For those of you who aren't familiar with it, Qoya is a movement practice that combines dance, yoga, and feminine movement. It's one of those things that needs to be experienced to fully understand it.

It's deeply sacred work that will connect you with your intuition and deepen your connection with your Self. Oprah calls it "a sweaty form of enlightenment" -- I would add that it's deep work but also incredibly fun and uplifting
. If you've ever wondered how to "get out of your head and into your body" this is a really beautiful way to do that. 

Classes are for women only and my intention as the Instructor is to help guide you to the divine 
feminine within. 

No prior experience (or coordination!) necessary. 

I hope you'll join me at one of my upcoming classes on the 17th and 24th. 

If you have any questions or would like more info please visit my website: or send me an email at 

I hope to dance with you soon! 

With deep love, 

View Full January Schedule Here
New Year's Day Workshop
Relaxation / Inspiration / Manifestation
w/ Joanne Keane, Cynthia Quintanal & Cathy Whelehan
10:00 - 12:30 PM
January 1st
Restart & Revive
Acupuncture & Meditation
w/ Suzanne Gaynor & Alison DeNicola
7:00 - 9:00 PM 
January 5th
Your 2016 Power Animal
OSYB Guided Meditation w/ Alison DeNicola
7:00 - 8:30pm
January 12th
Qoya Dance
w/ Silvana Perelli
1:00 - 2:15pm
January 17th & 24th 
 w/ Patricia Bowden-Luccardi
January 20th
Developing, Supporting & Sustaining a Personal Yoga Practice
$225 by Jan 21st. Early Bird discount $199 by 12/23/15
16 Student Limit
10am - 4pm
January 23rd

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