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Notes & News: One Yoga Center, Foster RI

Workshop Series, Deepen your Practice

Are you looking to go deeper with your yoga practice?  

Join Jennifer Spaziano for a special six-part, monthly workshop series.  Each session will incorporate various yogic techniques including: meditation, chanting, breath work, strength training and somatic movement.  While the final workshop will draw on all others, culminating in a home practice plan; any workshop can be taken on it’s own. Most levels can attend any session.

  1. Fri Nov 9th 6:30 – 8:30 pm $25

Find your ground: What grounds you and what throws you off-balance?  Investigate the connection between the earth element and your lower limbs in creative ways.  Poses will focus on the feet, legs, hips and pelvic floor (Muladhara chakra).


  1. Fri Dec 14th 6:30 – 8:30 pm $25

Watery transitions: Are you able to fluidly move through transitions and face challenges both on and off the mat?  Discover where you are stuck and become immersed in your creative self. Poses will focus on the lower belly (Svadhisthana chakra), knees and kidneys.     

  1. Fri Jan 11th 6:30 – 8:30 pm $25

Tend the fire of transformation: Explore personal obstacles to real change.  Learn to tend your inner transformative fire without burning yourself out!  Poses will focus on the “core” abdominal muscles (Manipura chakra), lower and upper back.

  1. Fri Feb 8th 6:30 – 8:30 pm $25

A path with heart: Our heart resides at the center of our being: the midpoint between the absolute and the relative.   Discover how to act more consciously from your center. Poses will focus on hands, arms, shoulders, and chest (Anahata chakra).

  1. Fri March 8th: 6:30 – 8:30 pm  $25

Reach new heights: Our ability to communicate the truth rests on our shoulders (literally and figuratively).  Experience the expansiveness and stillness offered by the air element. We will explore chanting and dyad work in addition to poses that will focus on the neck, throat (Vishuddha chakra), jaw, mouth and inner ear.

  1. Fri April 5th: 6:30 – 8:30 pm $25

Bring it home: To achieve and maintain a sense of harmony in one’s life, we must work to align our feelings, thoughts and actions.  Bring to light inner dissonance and learn skills to find resiliency and peace. Students will be asked to reflect on their personal “dissonance” and create a home practice plan (Ajna & Sahasrara chakra).


Pop- Up Classes – 11/15 & 11/29

Experience Somatic Movement with Jennifer Spaziano

Thursday Nov 15th and 29th from 7:15 – 8:30 pm!  

She will be subbing Ellen’s Warm Room Deep Flow at 5 pm, so consider staying for both classes for a retreat-like experience!  

Somatic Movement : release tension, reduce stress and heal injuries through slow, mindful movement and breath work.  The entire class will be sweet, slow and on the floor.

Use your OYC class card or drop in for $15

Note 9/2018

Namaste Beautiful Hearts,
I am enjoying the break in the humidity and the refreshing nip of autumn. It offers another reminder to yield to the patterns of transition that create rhythms in my life. Looking closely at these rhythms I see the teachings of yoga everywhere. Nature’s cycle of birth, growth, death and decay holds, for me, the greatest truth.
To truly embrace and accept this cycle as it unfolds within myself, my relationships, my work, even my beliefs, creates a level of awareness that allows me to ride the waves of what is. I don’t mean to imply that this is easy or that I am always successful. For me it is THE PRACTICE. It’s the practice of yoga off the mat. With concerted effort, day-by-day and momen-by-moment, I work to unhook from my conditioned, habitual ways of being. With ahimsa (non-violence), karuna (compassion) and satya (truthfulness) I remove my masks and veils of illusion to reveal the many ways I delude myself and dance in my own puddles.
2018 has been a year of unexpected challenges that have demanded my attention. My practice has been tested and my faith affirmed. I know deep in my soul that this work is the essential work. I admit that this ongoing unveiling of my conditioned personality can be quite painful and difficult to behold but I remember the teachings and acknowledge with compassion that these aspects of my character once served as a skin that helped me negotiate my sense of the world. As I bring discarded pieces of myself into consciousness with love, healing begins and yoga (wholeness) unfolds.
As I molt this skin that that has become too tight I feel space for the seeds within my heart to blossom. So again I yield to the cycle of nature arising within me. New birth and growth, death and decay.
May you find many blessings in the teachings of yoga and may they always be a guiding light. Thank you for the gift of knowing you.
Love and Namaste, ellen

Nourish 10/13

Nourish the soul with a mix of gentle flow, restorative and Yin style Yoga while delighting your palate with fresh juices and seasonal culinary pleasures. What better way to nurture the mind, body and spirit than an afternoon of awakening your food senses while immersing yourself in mindful Yoga practices.

Join Culinary Nutritionist, Haley Pollock ( and certified yoga therapist, Ellen Schaeffer for an afternoon of delightful pleasures. Hope you can join us!

When:Saturday, October 13th

Time: 1 pm – 5 pm

Where:One Yoga Center – 142A Danielson Pike, Foster, RI 02825

Rate: $50 pre-registration by October 1st– $60 later enrollment


Event will cap at 20 people, so register early to reserve your spot!

This event is a fundraiser to subsidize Haley’s journey to Nepal.

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

Advice from a Tree – a poem to share

Dear Friend,
Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of a greater source
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The Energy and Birth of Spring
The Growth and Contentment of Summer
The Wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall
The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter
Feel the wind and the sun
And delight in their presence
Look up at the moon that shines down upon you
And the mystery of the stars at night.
Seek nourishment from the good things in life
Simple pleasures
Earth, fresh air, light
Be content with your natural beauty
Drink plenty of water
Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes
Be flexible
Remember your roots
Enjoy the view!

Ilan Shamir

Himalayan Trek – 11/3/18

Trek & Seek – The Trip is full. Place your name on our waiting list soon and we will contact you if slots open.

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).

Monthly Meditation Circle


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:

  • October 27, 2018
  • November 24, 2018
  • December 29,2018





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

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!!!