John McConnell Yoga

First, See The Good.

FABULOUS YOGA!fab_friday_group_shot


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This fun class is an opportunity for yoga students to get together and celebrate their own goodness, see the light in their friends, laugh, practice to great dance music, and generally have a fabulous time! Sometimes in a yoga class it can be hard to find connection and be ok about smiling and having fun – not this class! We will break down barriers and celebrate the joy of community, and how fabulous it is to be alive. Enjoy John’s upbeat, encouraging teaching and leave class feeling fabulous from the inside out!

Fabulous Yoga classes have been going strong since 2011. The classes are led by John McConnell, and are an opportunity for people to get together and celebrate their own goodness, see the light in their friends, laugh, practice yoga, listen to some great music, and generally have an awesome time! In regular yoga classes it’s not always encouraged to have fun and meet the other people you are practicing with and be part of a community – Fabulous Yoga is all about breaking down barriers and celebrating the joy of community, and the joy of being alive.

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The news in the past few weeks has been downright scary. Many of us feel helpless and/or angry.

One of my friends recently shared a YouTube video called Run, Hide, Fight or something like that. It is a public service video put together by the Carmel Police Department and gives advice on what to do in the event of a shooting in a public place. The video aims at helpfulness, but I found it deeply disturbing. It reminded me of the Duck-and-Cover civil defense films from the Cold War. Shown in elementary schools and in the theatre in the 1950s, Duck-and-Cover advised our parents (then children) to hide under their school desks in the event of a nuclear strike.

We later learned that taking cover under your school desk is completely absurd. Running and hiding is probably good advice in the event of a public shooting. But the need for such an instructional video is contrary to everything I believe in. I believe that people are fundamentally good.

If you’re reading this blog post, you probably feel the same way. This is why we need more yoga – and especially right now. In the face of frightening world events, we need to love globally and act locally. Very locally. As locally as possible: within our own hearts, minds, and bodies.

To use “Do more yoga” as a rallying cry might raise as much ire as the recent “God isn’t fixing this” Daily News cover. But seriously, do more yoga! Think of it as your oxygen mask. When you fly on an airplane, the flight attendant instructs you to put your oxygen mask on first, before helping anyone else.  It makes sense. If you run out of oxygen, you wont be able to help anyone else with their oxygen mask.

Practice more yoga in order to gain more and better access to your heart. If yoga was to have a goal, that goal in the Tantric view is gaining a direct experience of the goodness (or the divine, or God, or Allah, or the Universe) that resides within you. Once you tap into that good oxygen within yourself, you’ll be better equipped to help those you care about and those you don’t even know do the same.

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Posted By on Jul 22, 2015


Kayaking on the lake (kayaks provided!)

Join me this August 21st-23rd for a light-hearted, spirited yoga retreat. Get in touch with your forever fun and youthful inner self at the Jouvence (“youth” in French) retreat center. Located near Magog, Quebec on a 194-acre site on the shores of Lake Stukely in Mont-Orford National Park, Jouvence is a great place to rejuvenate and reconnect to your fun, youthful self. With lots of outdoor activities, gourmet food, friends and yoga classes, this is a wonderful way to celebrate life and enjoy one of the last weekends of summer.



Quiet walks around the retreat center included. :-)

Friday Night:
4-6pm Arrive and check-in
5:30-6:30pm Dinner
7-9pm Yoga

7:30-8:30am Breakfast
9-noon Yoga (with coffee break and snacks)
Noon-3pm Lunch & Free Time
3-6pm Yoga (with coffee break and snacks)

Sunday Morning:
7:30-8:30am Breakfast
9-noon Yoga (with coffee break and snacks)
Noon-12:30 Pack up room
12:30-3pm Lunch & Free Time
3pm-5pm Extra Free Time (optional to stay at Jouvence and use facilities, swim, kayak until dinner)

COST (includes yoga, lodging, food, and access to outdoor activities):
$434 + Quebec Tax (3 or more in room)
$464 + Quebec Tax (double occupancy)
$524 + Quebec Tax (single occupancy)


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The students who are in my yoga teacher training program are graduating this weekend…YEA! As celebration, they are teaching shared classes all day on Sunday. I really hope you can make it. These are great teachers, and great people..below is the information at it.

Free Yoga Classes will be taught by the 2014-2015 Graduating Class of the UVM Yoga School.
Celebrate with the graduating students and find out more about next years Yoga Teacher Training.
Classes starting at 10am – Open to the community!!!

Location: UVM Campus Recreation Studio

Class 1 from 10:00am-11:15am
Class 2 from 11:30am-12:45pm
Class 3 from 1:00pm-2:00pm

Q &A Session for YTT 2015/2016:

Class 4 from 2:45pm-4:00pm
Class 5 from 4:15pm-5:30pm
Class 6 from 5:45pm-6:45pm

Teaching Groups:
Class 1: Adam, Chelsea, Grace, Emma, Natasha
Class 2: Ada, Shannon, Paula, Emina, Lily
Class 3: Cydney, Kathryn, Paul, LaVerne
Class 4: Andrea, Deonne, Brenna, Eli, Eileen
Class 5: Chad, Autumn, Alex, Kate, Jackie
Class 6: Jess, Katie, Danielle, Jane

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So…took me a while, but I’m finally getting playlists on Spotify. My Spotify name is “jmcyoga”, if you wanted to follow my playlists.

Here’s the first one from the great Fabulous Fridays! last Friday night. Yea Music!!!

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