Dewey’s Decimal


I spend so much time reading. I have a pretty eclectic bedside reading pile and I think I know some good reads, but only if you are interesting in fiction, fiction, YA fiction, fiction fiction, and history, art, self help, holistic medicine, yoga, architecture and fiction. I made a commitment to myself to explore more books on theology-spirituality so we will see if I finish any of those.



Skill Share: Create A Home Practice


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Wellness for Caregivers: Creating a Home Yoga Practice to Support Your Mind & Body

Come and join us for a 2 hour skill share. We will explore together how to make wellness possible at home, even when it seems impossible. The basic yogic principle of healing breath and philosophy of nonviolence towards the self will figure prominently in this skill share.

Offered at the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action In Dardanelle, AR on February 21 at 10 am until 12 pm.

Come prepared to move, no special clothes required (!) shorts, pj bottoms, sweats or stretchy jeans and a loose fitting top will give you freedom to move comfortably. This is a space for beginners and we will learn at an introductory level.You will leave the skill share having learned a short yoga sequence (set of movements), that can be taken home with you, to support your bodies in caregiving. For more information on this and other skill shares like knitting, pecan tree growing and more check out their website McElroy House for all the details!

See You Tonight 2.11 or Tomorrow 2.12

Big Rock Quote and Tree
Tonight 7pm at Big Rock (10700 Rodney Parham Little Rock Arkansas72212)
This will be my first exploration of Yin and Yang styles combined. Please note this is a different offering then the community class, as always all are welcome and cost is listed at

The class: A heated room, powerful flow of the rigorous Baptiste ‘Journey into Power’ sequence, with an extended amount of class time focused on gentle, restorative, body opening stretches. The intention of the class is to bring our focus to Ahimsa, the act of nonviolence, both to the self and others through the moving mediation of yoga. This class provides power, heat, hands on adjustments, readings from yogic texts and a unique setting, allowing us to practice in a circle, creating a mandala with our bodies.

 Tomorrow 2.12.15 Community Class

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Backyard Yoga


Originally started as a part of a support group, for parents and other caregivers. I meet people where they live and play. Their metaphorical or literal backyard. We practice Vinyasa yoga with sequences tailor made for true beginners.

Backyard Yoga is yoga for the person who might not go into a yoga studio. It is a place where you feel most comfortable. We call it our backyard. I work primarily with beginners and those who want gentle practices.

It is a great practice to share with friends, families, coworkers, etc. We can be indoors or outdoors.

What I Offer:

I will come to you and provide gentle, beginner level practice, created with you and your friends in mind.

I have lots of quality mats I will bring, for no additional fee.

I ask for a minimal fee to reserve 60 minutes of my time, including set up, practice and clean up ($25) and $5 additional dollars a person. No travel fees for anything in or very near (15 mi) of my home base (Little Rock or Cabot).

If you have questions, or are interested in scheduling simply email me at rachel()ann()townsend(at)gmail(dot)com and I will give you a formal quote.

I will Paypal invoice you. I will ask for 1/2 the quoted cost up front.

To cancel I will not refund the 1/2 upfront cost. If you inform me 48 hours in advance of a need to cancel a scheduled event I will not charge you for the full quoted cost.

If you are a non profit, work for a non profit, have a community organization or are a volunteer group, I offer a very limited number of reduced & free appointments. The 2015 year has been completely book for the greatly reduced rate. 2016 appointments are still available.

All body’s are welcome. It is a space where adjustments and accommodations are the norm.

You are invited to come as you are, wear your jeans, gym shorts or tight pants.

Caregivers are especially welcome. I invite you to bring your children or if you are care giving for other family members, we will make them comfortable while we practice.

This isn’t a ‘mommy and me’ class and we don’t provide childcare but we love your babies, your elderly and the loves you care for. I hope you will allow them to sit and watch, join you on your mat or play all around us as we breath, stretch and connect.

If you are looking for free yoga classes and are a parent the ‘Expressly for You’ Facebook page has different opportunities for parents to take classes regularly.

Caregiver solidarity, supporting racial justice for our kids and community yoga! Caregivers and their supporters meet every other Thursday, at 6:00 pm at the Quaker Meeting House (located at the corner of West Markham and Valmar, 3415 West Markham, Little Rock, Arkansas).

We are an informal group, who meets biweekly, to connect with others in our communities. We are all working to raise ALL of our children, to fight against racism and seek justice and true peace in our homes and communities. All moms, dads, parents-parenting parents, grandparents raising grand kids, care giving professionals and their support systems are welcome.

Meredith Martin Moats of The Boiled Down Juice  has organized these meetings and the follow up discussions around racial equality for all. These meetings have been prompted by the ‪#‎blacklivesmatter movements and locally by the Women’s Project located on 12th street.We invite you to bring a snack and stay after class to connect with others.
The class will be taught by RYT 200 hr Rachel Townsend. This experience is designed to help address some of the needs caregivers experience around repetitive lifting, bending and the holding required to provide care to others. It is a very gentle class.

There is a calendar located here under “Yoga” and ‘Classes’