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Notes & News: One Yoga Center, Foster RI

Hat, Mittens, Socks – Holiday Gift Giving

Every year One Yoga Center offers a gift to a local shelter in Danielson CT.

We have a tradition of collecting hat, mittens and socks, primarily for adults.

Many of the recipients of our gifts are homeless and spend a great deal of time outside.  Please consider contributing a warm, durable item that provides protection against the elements.

Donations will be accepted following Thanksgiving until December 21.

I look forward to sharing the season with all of you.


Thanks for your generosity, namaste, ellen


For more information or to register for this event, please email Ellen Schaeffer ( or call 401-368-YOGA (9642).

Fee Changes in 2018

Dearest Students of One Yoga Center,
I am writing here to share something I have been struggling with over the last several months.
Based on a recent review of studio income and expenses, it has become clear that an adjustment needs to be made to the $80 unlimited class card.
Beginning January 1, 2018, students will have the option to purchase:
  • $15 walk-in single class (fee unchanged)
  • $144 for a 12-classes – expires 4 months from date of purchase (fee unchanged, expiration extended)
  •  $80 for 8 classes – expires 1 month from date of purchase
  • $108 for 12 classes – expires 1 month from date of purchase
  • $120 for unlimited classes – expires 1 month from date of purchase
Classes not used prior to expiration will be relinquished.
As you know it is of utmost importance that classes at OYC are available to EVERYONE regardless of ability to pay. We are always able to offer work exchange opportunities and sliding scale fees to help support your practice. Please inform us of your needs.
This decision was not made lightly. It has become clear that for OYC to continue serving the community, for the long term, the studio needs to generate adequate profit to meet expenses and to pay all OYC teachers fairly.
On behalf of myself and the other OYC teachers we appreciate your understanding and support in this difficult decision,
love and namaste, ellen

Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra 1/13/18

Please join Anita for this special class consisting of Yin Yoga (mostly floor poses held passively for a period of minutes addressing the facial tissue) and Yoga Nidra (A transformative practice of deep relaxation and meditative inquiry to calm the nervous system releasing negative emotions and thought patterns).


$28 by January 5. $35 after

Check back soon for more details on this special offering.

For more information or to register for this event, please email Ellen Schaeffer ( or call 401-368-YOGA (9642).

Himalayan Trek – 11/3/18

Trek & Seek

A Journey of Discovery in the Himalayas

Join Ellen for a sojourn into the heart of the Himalaya. On this 10 day journey you will bask in the beauty of a country barely touched by the passage of time.

November 3-12, 2018


  • Trek from village to village feeling the pulse of Nepal.

Take time to reflect through meditation, yoga &/or time in nature.

Cross suspension bridges, explore hazelnut forests, meander through villages, bathe in the healing waters of hot springs, behold medieval architectural wonders and more!

For details on pricing and our full itienary .

Take a look at our flyer by clicking on:  Himalaya flyer


For more information or to register for this event, please email Ellen Schaeffer ( or call 401-368-YOGA (9642).

Help Sell (maybe Rent) My Condo, and Win up to 1 Year Free Yoga

My tenant is moving out and my condo will be available as of October 1, 2017 (sale or rent).

I am wondering if someone out there knows of someone searching for the perfect place to live.  If you do, I’d like you to consider helping them (and me) by guiding them in the direction of my beautiful condominium.

Location: Central Square Condominiums in Plainfield Connecticut (click here see map)

In gratitude for your help I will give you 1 year of free Yoga classes with me at One Yoga Center in Foster, RI.  If you live more than a 30 minute commute from the studio I will pay up to $250 toward classes at another studio. All you need to do is to refer someone to me that leads to the sale of the condominium and you can roll out your mat for a year, on me. Please note that my first preference is to sell the unit. Would consider an ideal tenant.

Please continue reading for more information (pictures below).

The condominimum is a spacious, one bedroom home on the first floor. It’s located in a 50-unit, 1800’s textile mill that was converted to condominiums in 1987. The floor plan is open with wood floors, some brick walls and amazing wood and metal beams original to the building’s construction. It is located on the Moosup River in Plainfield, CT.

The space is ideal for 1 person, although a couple could be comfortably cozy in the space.

When I lived there, I hung curtains, saris,  that I bought in India, on the edge of the living room,  to divide the living room from the rest of the home.  When having overnight guests, I closed the curtains, opened a wicker chest (which was my coffee table), took out an air mattress, and within 5 minutes my living-room was transformed to a private and comfortable guest space.

All of the windows in the unit have custom made cellular, cloth shades. They open from the top down or the bottom up. I purchased these to offer myself full privacy and full light, day or night. They will remain with the unit.

The kitchen is fully applianced (dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator and stove), and all appliances are in great working order.  There is lots of cabinet space in the kitchen for food, dishes, pans, etc.

There is also a washer and dryer hook-up within the unit, in a large closet designated for this use. This laundry closet has plenty of space for storage and room to store an ironing board.

In the entry hall, there are two additional large closets. One I used as a coat closet and the other as a linen closet, as it is near the bathroom.

The  tiled bathroom has a jacuzzi bathtub, a natural slate floor and sufficient storage. The water pressure is the best I have experienced anywhere.

In the furnace room, you will find a new hot water heater, the gas burner and much more storage room. This is where I hung my bicycle, put the kitty litter box and stored anything that didn’t find a home in my other closets.

The bedroom is great. It has an enormous window surrounded by an archway of brick and a window seat. There is plenty of room for furniture. I had a king size bed, a dresser, a large bookcase and a rocking chair in there, and it still felt roomy. There is big walk in closet in this room. I kept a ceder chest in the closet for winter storage.

My heating costs were very low. The gas heat was around $70-80/month during the coldest months and I keep it WARM (I hate being cold). The central air conditioner works great and did not pose a large additional expense. The condo seems to be well-insulated and uses both the gas and air very efficiently. It was a very affordable space to live, even on a moderate income.

The grounds are park-like and I enjoyed many, many hours chatting with friends, meditating and doing practice by the river that flows behind the property.  When the river is low, it’s possible to walk the river with a walking stick and water shoes. The back yard was not a high-use area and there I was always able to find a quiet, private spot to relax.

The asking price is currently being determined and I will post as soon as I am clear. I do imagine that it is likely that a mortgage payment will be less than rent in a comparable space.   As a rental it is $925 a month (with a 1 year commitment) which includes the condo fee of $225/month. This fee covers all outside and common space maintenance including lawn/garden care, snow removal, garbage and recycling pick-up. The place is meticulously cared for. All-tolled, it’s a beautiful, safe and welcoming place to live.


Monthly Meditation Circle

webresbwDSC_0121Participants at our last Meditation workshop expressed interest in having a regular meditation circle at One Yoga Center.

As an experiment we will begin with a monthly meditation circle.  If the interest is consistent we can consider meeting twice a month or more.

Meditation Circles are an opportunity to experience the energy of meditating with others. These are undirected “sits” without instruction.

Meditation will be held from 10:45am t0 11:15am (can increase duration by group consensus) on the following Saturdays:

March 11, 2017

April 8, 2017

May 20, 2017

June 17, 2017

July 15, 2017

August 26, 2017

September 23, 2017

October 21, 2017

November 4, 2017

December 16, 2017

On going dates will be posted in February




For more information or to register for this event, please email Ellen Schaeffer ( or call 401-368-YOGA (9642).

Celebrating the Change of Seasons

Autumn 2014

Celebrating the Change of Seasons

As the evenings cool and the smell of wild grapes delight my senses, I experience a low hum of resistence and a feeling of exhilaration emerging at once.

I love the long full days of summer. Sunny walks on the beach, paddles on the water, veggies on the grill. But a part of me is hungry for the slowing down and the nurturing warmth of the hearth.

I welcome the balance that the change of seasons binds me too. It is a reminder of the inevitability of change. An opportunity to demonstrate flexibility and resilience as I embrace each day exactly as it is.

Each day I practice welcoming challenges as opportunities for growth and see life’s gifts as opportunities to deepen into my gratitude for this life. Good and bad, happy and sad, birth and death, summer and winter, resistance and exhilaration…dualities that can draw me into suffering or guide me on a path to greater awareness, wholeness and freedom.

Blessings, ellen

Winter Retreat 2/4/18

“Winter Retreat”

A half- day retreat of quiet Yoga and reflective silence

“Come Home to Yourself”


Retreat is time to slow down and experience the qualities of deep peace and ease.   These qualities are easily hijacked and abandoned by the the daily pressures of external and internal demands. During retreat you will have the opportunity to enjoy practices that allow the body-mind to relax and reclaim a sense of equanimity.

This half-day retreat includes:

  • Yin and restorative style Yoga practices
  • Yogic breathing techniques
  • Meditation
  • Mudra practice to aid meditation

Utilizing these tools, in a very specific way, you will relax, revitalize and emerge with a renewed perspective on living with greater peace and ease .

Sunday February 4, 2018

9:30am-4:00pm at One Yoga Center

Please bring your lunch.

Early registration and payment by January 29 $60 after $75
To register, contact  or leave comment below


For more information or to register for this event, please email Ellen Schaeffer ( or call 401-368-YOGA (9642).

Gentle Chair Yoga for Everybody

Rejuvenation Yoga for optimal well-being – a gentle chair Yoga class

Forget about having to get up and down form the floor and enjoy all the benefits of Yoga in this gentle and effective class.

Much of the Yoga seen in contemporary media seems out of reach for the “average” body never mind for those of us with health or physical challenges. The truth of the matter however is that Yoga can be adapted in many ways so that it can be practiced by EVERYONE.  It is such a healthy, relaxing and healing practice that it is truly worth experiencing it for yourself.  In this class we will focus on healthy posture, joint mobility & stability, emotional & physical stress release, strength & flexibility – all geared toward optimal well-being.

  • Explore healthy movement from sitting and standing positions (modifications will be offered to meet individual needs)
  • Practice breathing exercises to improve respiration and support health and homeostasis in all bodily systems
  • Discover relaxation techniques to help with pain management and alleviate stress

Students will be asked to complete a healthy history form at the start of the first class.

Please note: Class is currently being held in our second floor studio.

Class are held on Tuesday mornings from 11:00-12:00

Ramblings, November 9, 2010

The leaves have fallen, the geese are gathering and there is a cold chill in the air. Winter is arriving in New England and once again the season calls on me to slow down and spend sometime inside.

I have always experienced winter as a time of incubation. Not only do I find myself reigniting my interest in indoor activities, like  cooking, sprouting and beading, I also find myself drawn more deeply into my Yoga and meditation practice.  Essentially I am increasingly drawn inside my “self’ during these long winter days.

With the support of my teacher, students, friends and sangha (community) I continue to discover that introspection is not about hunkering in and trying to figure ‘things” out, but a process of letting go and allowing everything to simply be as it is. It is a surrendering of my fight with reality.  My desire to have things be something other then the way they are. It is an acceptance of life on life terms. A releasing of resistance to what is.

It is quite freeing, this process of acceptance. After all things are “as they are” aren’t they? When I relax into this truth, this process, I begin to really feel the perfection of it all. Nothing and no one needs to be other then the way they are. It is sense of grace, a beautiful thing!!!