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October 2021 Update

October 2021 Update

Today the Portuguese Government eased the restrictions on the general public, one of those effecting indoor yoga classes. We can now welcome students wanting to practice yoga indoors regardless of having been vaccinated or not, without any rapid tests, this feels like freedom is returning. Not unlike the philosophy of yoga, Yamas are personal restraints to bring freedom and liberation of the self. We have all navigated societal restraints these last 18months and we now hold hope for continued freedom opening up moment by moment.

We will continue to offer a well-ventilated space with small numbers of students per class, doing our best to give you a safe environment to receive quality in-person yoga teachings.

The first week of October will see one of our regular MoY Teachers Miri run the studio in the absence of Zoe. Also Lena is stepping in to cover Sonias classes whilst she is teaching at a retreat. From about Mid-October we hope to have more classes scheduled, including 9am Vinyasa. Check out the updated schedule online here

Thank you to all that have been stopping by this last month, it’s been wonderful to welcome new students and have the return of the ‘Old Scholars’.

Here’s to freedom and liberation!

MoY Team

It’s Yoga Time

It’s Yoga Time

Who needs more yoga in their life? 

I know it’s been a long 2 months since the studio was open, this closure being at the height of Summer, we managed to get some rest and renewal during this period. We are now absolutely ready to get back to regular daily practice.

Yoga has an incredible way of restoring balance to our overall health. A balance of movement and stillness for our body, mind and spirit. 

From September 1st 2021, we can accept students with vaccination certificates or recent test for indoor yoga classes (Government requirement). Please come prepared to show your EU Covid vaccination/QR code for your teacher to scan upon arrival.

If you are not vaccinated some of our teachers are sharing outdoor yoga around Lisbon parks so please feel free to reach out via phone or email for the outdoor class offerings. 

Our indoor class participation numbers are still restricted to meet the government requirements which means we cannot offer monthly memberships. We hope to reinstate them in the future when we can increase the number of students per class. In the meantime our class packs do offer discounts if you purchase 5 or 10 classes together. Information on our prices here

We are offering 3 classes per day and hope to bring it back to 5 classes soon, here’s our updated schedule ready for bookings from Wednesday! Book a class 

Thank you so much for supporting our small business, each and every one of you who decide to practice with us in person or online has made a difference in keeping us afloat during these challenging times. We hope to continue to provide you with a safe and welcoming place to practice for years to come. 

All existing passes will have their expiry dates updated to include the 2months we were closed.

Zoe and The MoY Team

We Are Ready to REOPEN on 3rd May 2021

We Are Ready to REOPEN on 3rd May 2021

The time has come and we are genuinely over the moon about recommencing our in person yoga classes. A wonderful new schedule will begin on 3rd May 2021 and is ready for bookings now. After 3.5 months of practicing yoga with YouTube or Zoom, it will be a welcomed sign of relief to get back on the yoga mat in presence. We endeavour to provide a safe space for you to deepen your yogic experience with feedback and guidance specific to the moment. 

  • We will continue to have small groups of 4 people and practice with all 6 windows and the door open providing good ventilation.
  • We require you to sanitise your hands and wear a mask as you enter and exit the space. 
  • Please bring your own mat where possible however our sanitised yoga mats (and blocks) will be available to use. 
  • The teacher will instruct using a mask at all times where possible.
  • Bring a warm scarf, jacket or blanket for savasana and meditation practices
  • If you have been exposed to a positive case, please get tested and wait for a negative result before resuming classes. 
  • If you have any symptoms, please cancel your class and seek guidance from SNS. 
  • Keep your phone number and email up to date so we can inform you if there are any cancellations.

Due to reduction of class size it is imperative for the studio’s future that class cancellations are well managed. Please honour the space you have booked and if you need to cancel, please give 6hours or more notice so the waitlist students can be notified by email. 

We will continue with class passes, 10 pack, 5 pack and drop in. ****New students can purchase a 3 pack trial for €25.**** All purchases are made in the studio or via bank transfer.

All active passes will be extended to include the 3.5 month closure. 

Go ahead and book your classes here 

Any questions please contact Zoe 

E: ztaylorministry@gmail.com

P: +351 937 237 228

See you soon!

The MoY Team

2021 The Mixer

2021 The Mixer

Today we launched our Ministry of Yoga online collaboration with 6 Teachers offering 7 styles of yoga. We have a wonderful programme that allows participants to deepen their knowledge of yoga by studying the many pathways to bliss, exploring what works best for them in this moment. Lena shares her knowledge of Ashtanga Yoga, Erin with Hatha, Sonia with Vinyasa Slow Flow, Bettina with Kundalini, Miri with Pranayama & Meditation and Zoe with Float (Inversion&Arm Balance) Flow and Yin Yoga. Although as teachers we love sharing 60/90mins sessions, we understand that yoga can also be practiced in as little as 20mins. So we have curated 20min classes for 21 days of practice…. 20×21 The Mixer!

These are pre recorded and uploaded to our private YouTube Channel so you can practice in the morning, afternoon or evening…. Repeat them as often as you like. We also have a private Facebook group where you can interact with other participants and the teachers, send us questions, photos of postures and share your practice. There is still time to join in, however you will need to start your 21 days from the day you register.

Yoga has an incredible amount of benefits, not only supporting a strong, supple body but it also gives rise to a positive state of mind.

The course fee is a once off payment of €25

Email Zoe for details of how to register: ztaylorministry@gmail.com

Temporary Closure Covid-19

Temporary Closure Covid-19

As many of you are aware through our social media pages Facebook and Instagram, the yoga studio is closed to public classes as of 15th January 2021, adhering to the regulations set by the Portuguese government to help slow the spread and save lives regarding the Covid-19 Pandemic.

We know that confinement isn’t easy, physically or mentally and we hope to help keep your spirits up with our online class offerings. Currently we have over 125 pre-recorded classes available, which can be purchased in 1 month packs or bundles relating to the courses available (21 Day Yoga Challenge, Yoga Sutras Book 1, Yoga Sutras Book 2) starting from €25. There is also a number of free classes, including Hatha, Yoga Nidra and a short morning flow, on our YouTube Channel.

In the near future we will run a collaboration with some of the wonderful Ministry of Yoga teachers, bringing another yoga course to your homes.

As per last lockdown, all passes are temporarily suspended and expiration dates extended for the period of restrictions (including those still paused since March). If you require a refund, please get in touch with us via email ztaylorministry@gmail.com

Thank you to the many who have offered words of support and participated in our alternative arrangements to tie us over until we can meet again in person.

May you and your loved ones stay safe,

Zoe and The MoY Team

Move Forward and Feel Safe

Move Forward and Feel Safe

Welcome Yogi’s,

It’s the time many of us have been patiently waiting for, the return to in person yoga classes at MoY.  The most important part of this transition is that you feel safe to come to practice. From Monday 31st August we are opening the space to accommodate 4 yoga students + the teacher per class.  We have reduced and changed hours for classes, please checkout our new schedule here.

As we know not everyone is ready to join in person which is understandable, in this case Zoe is continuing to record classes on our Private YouTube Channel, you can register by emailing Zoe; ztaylorministry@gmail.com

Due to these changes and reduction of students able to practice day to day,  we will not be able to provide unlimited memberships for the time being (Zoe will be in touch with those that currently hold a pass).  All class packs, drop in’s and introductory offer still stand. Those with existing packs, your expiry date will be reactivated from Monday 31st August.  We now also require 8 hours’ notice for cancelation otherwise the class is deducted from your MoY pass, this gives the chance for the waitlist to activate and give adequate notice to your fellow yogi’s who want to attend.

We are cautiously moving forward and we ask you when possible to bring your own yoga mat or grip towel (our mats will be heavily sanitised after each use), we will have disinfectant to use before and after class for hands.  Our suggestion is to find one or two classes you want to attend each week and rebook them, that way you meet the same teacher and other students weekly. I know this goes without saying, however if you have any symptoms of an infection or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive, please wait 14 days and/or a negative test result until you return to classes.

Let’s take a step forward and observe the path that appears,

See you on the mat 🙂

Zoe and The MoY Team

 

 

Pure Nature Yoga Weekend

Pure Nature Yoga Weekend

Hi MoY Yogis,

I know many of you are ready to return to in-person yoga practice, holding that space for yourself, space for others, space for the community….. We are too.  However in light of the recent increases of covid 19 cases and re-introduction of restrictions in the Lisbon Metropolitan Region, it gives me reason to press pause on the plans to re-open the studio space for now. Luckily our years of practice teach us patience, it’s time to lean into that and receive the benefits of the work already done.

However as we wait patiently to roll out the purple mats under the much adored scrabble wall, why shan’t we take a look into removing some of these ‘other’ walls, those that tend to creep into our life preventing us from doing something different, something new, something out there.

Over the coming summer months we will be organising outdoor gatherings of yoga, giving you a chance to do something you may have never done before.

The first of this is happening as early as this coming weekend, July 11th&12th, with PURE NATURE YOGA WEEKEND. If you like camping, if you like yoga, if you want to be close to nature but not alone then this is for you. This is 100% outdoors, from where we practice yoga, to where we serve food, the only time you retreat inside is in the comfort of your own tent.  Bettina and I (Zoe) have put together an incredible 2 day program that includes: Kundalini Yoga, Yin, Vinyasa Flow, Yoga Nidra, a meditation walk to a secret waterfall, cacao ceremony and a delicious supply of organic meals. The full schedule, price and how to sign up is listed on our event page here.

If you miss out on this one, sign up quick for the next one 8th&9th August!

Keep an eye out on the Ministry of Yoga Facebook page or subscribe to this blog to receive emails about the up and coming outdoor gatherings which will include more of our wonderful MoY Teachers.

In addition to our summer outdoors, I am continuing to offer MoY Online classes, with the study of Yoga Sutras Book 2 beginning Monday July 13th. The option to purchase the 21 Day Challenge and Yoga Sutras Book 1 is still available. Contact me to find out more!

Lets continue to do the things that we know bring happiness and joy to our beings.

Until we meet again,

Zoe and the MoY Team

 

 

 

 

Let’s Reconnect

Let’s Reconnect

1 month today….. a month of Sundays as a friend put it, I closed the studio to public classes.  I miss it, I miss the street, the people, the building. I miss the sound of the door buzzer, the smell of burning incense, your faces as you walk into the room, the mantra music, the energy of practising together on the mat, the uniting Om, the yoga glow of the eyes as we re-engage with the world post-practise.  Yes, these are the things that bring me joy in teaching yoga.  However not all is lost, in fact the truth is as one door closes (literally) another opens…. a small portal opened for us to practise yoga together anywhere in the world.  I am seriously blown away by the many yoga students who have been able to continue their practise with MoY over this last month in a virtual sense.  Now as much as I will say teaching yoga in person will always be my first preference but this is showing me that a virtual class can bring so much joy in many other forms.  It’s reconnection, it’s never saying goodbye, it’s continuing where we left off.  The knowledge of yoga is still shared, we can meditate live together, we can practise at the time of day that suits us energetically best.  It’s siblings and best friends being able to share yoga together across countries, continents and oceans.  Even my Mum can join me daily on the mat from Tasmania.  So what I’m getting to is, a month of Sundays ain’t too bad after all.  As I have learnt in meditation, we can not stay stuck on the past it will only cause misery, we cannot project and create expectations for the future…. it will cause suffering.  We can only find true contentment in living in the moment.  This is our moment.

What does the new monthly MoY Online membership cover? Daily sūtra studies, asanas (Hatha, Vinyasa, YinYang) and meditations. All for a greatly reduced (and comparable to other online yoga programs) price of €25per month (equiv. $45 for Australians). Delivered to you through our YouTube channel: Ministry of Yoga Online

So if you are at a bit of a loose end, needing something to keep you moving, something that destresses you, something to clear the mind.  Get in touch with Zoe and we will have a chat about your online yoga needs. Email: ztaylorministry@gmail.com

Let’s reconnect,

Zoe

This is not the time to Stop…. it’s the time to Start

This is not the time to Stop…. it’s the time to Start

After time in meditation, contemplation and communication (with many of you), I have decided to close the public classes at the studio for the moment. I am past the state of fear, and know that we can only ‘be’ in the present, right now we need to protect our most vulnerable in society- Ahimsa.
My method at MoY was to always bring daily practice, therefore to uphold this commitment I will start an online library of classes, to give you what is needed most in challenging times….. The Practice.
I will practice with you for the next 21days purely online. We will be studying yogic philosophy, Asana and Meditation daily through the technological advancements that are available to us.
I will continue to share this incredible journey called a yogic life. Doesn’t matter where you are in the world, I will be right beside you on a mat.
All memberships and passes will be suspended from Saturday 14th March. A new online membership will begin on 16th March for 21days, this will be €25per person which will help cover studio overheads until we are back in full flight. Please inform me if you require a refund of your studio pass due to leaving the country permanently.
I understand that your lives have been tipped upside down and uncertainty is the new certainty, together we will navigate this new setting through our practice.
Don’t stop, simply start.
Zoe & the MoY Team

What to do next: To register for the online community, email ztaylorministry@gmail.com
I will send you payment info, links and a special yoga postures guide to use when you’re offline.
I’ll spend this weekend refining my videography skills and making our 21days online super fun for the body, mind and soul. Lets do this isolation thing together 🙂

There will be limited numbers of private classes the MoY Team can take, please get intouch if you want a weekly private yoga session. +351 937 237 228

A Moment of Stillness

A Moment of Stillness

A moment of stillness, in it’s light, wholeness, glory and imperfection a photograph captures.  We too can catch a pause in life, to exist simply within the breath.

Stillness, pausing, taking a break is often what gives a boost to the body, mind and soul. That’s exactly what the MoY Team will be embracing over the Christmas/New Year hiatus.

Classes will pause from 22nd December and resume on 6th January, with a renewed fire in the belly. Here are some of the exciting things to look forward to in January 2020!

  • The extremely fun and entertaining Ministry of Yoga Birthday Party, this year we will host you on Sunday 19th January…. all classes will be donation based, hip hip hoooray! Keep an eye out on Mindbody bookings and our facebook page for the list of classes. TBA
  • Wednesday 8pm class is now Restorative Yoga + Meditation, what a mix!!!! This will be delivered to you by the soothing sounds of Sandra.
  • Wednesday 5pm class will shift into a creative dynamic Vinyasa Flow with power house Lena.
  • Then of course our regular workshops of Massage, Inversion and Assisting (for teachers) along with the monthly Sister Circle will be on the agenda.

As much as we are excited to bring all these goodies now, we know its best to rest, restore and renew.

See you in 2020.

Zoe and the Moy Team.

*Please note: Zoe will be offline with all communications between 20th Dec and 31st Dec. Any emails, texts, whatsapps, whats news, where’s it at, flip dog, touch toes will be responded to in the new year! Boas Festas a Todos.

PS. Find snippets of Zoe’s stay in Nepal uploaded on the Ministry of Yoga Instagram story @ministryofyoga