Breathing Room Yoga News

Winding down on Restorative Class for the summer

Just a note-- our restorative class on Tuesday evenings from 5:45-7:00 pm with Ashton will wrap up at the end of the month, if you want to try this fabulous relaxing class, do so now.

Summer Schedule starts June 1

Our summer schedule will begin the first of June. We will continue to have 9 am classes Monday through Saturday and noon classes Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Our Kundalini classes, one at Thursday at 6:30 am and Friday at 5:30 pm will continue as well as our Yoga for Every Body class on Thursdays at 10:45 am.

For the summer though, look for a Yoga for Runners series starting soon with Alyssa, a multi-level Tuesday, gentle evening class series with Ashton starting in June, a Wednesday donation class in Sacajawea Park 4-5 pm before Farmer's Market also starting in June, and Full Moon Yoga outside and much more.....

New LivingstonACE classes!

Three new classes are starting next week, please follow the links below to register before they fill up!

Spring Flower Arranging
1 Tuesday, May 2, 6:30-8:30, $35

Microsoft Word: Beginner to Intermediate
4 Thursdays, 6-8 pm, May 4-25, $40

Coaching Basics
1 Sunday, 9 am - 2 pm, May 7, $25

Looking further into May:
Yoga Meditation for Addiction
Your Big Fat Greek Dinner (cooking a Greek meal)


MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The 4th Annual HELL'S A ROARIN' HORSE DRIVE will take place on Saturday, May 27th in Gardiner, MT!

After the Horse Drive, stay for a great BBQ Dinner, Cowboy Poetry, Raffle Prizes, Bidding Auction, and Dancing to live music by Wylie and the Wild West!

This year's proceeds will benefit two GREAT organizations: Western Montana Search Dogs and The Montana Raptor Conservation Center.

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Scholarship Opportunity

The Park Affiliates of American Association of University Women (AAUW) announces a $1,000 scholarship for Park County female students. Students with a 3.0 GPA and entering their Sophomore year of college, or above, may apply. The application deadline is May 20, 2017. For more information or for applications contact Melanie Moroney at

Buti Yoga, Tennis, Pottery, Build a Picnic Table

Wheel Pottery on Mon's OR Thurs'

5 Mondays, 6-9 pm, Apr 17 - May 15, $105

5 Thursdays, 6-9 pm, Apr 20 - May 18, $105

This class offers a hands-on introduction to techniques for throwing pottery on the wheel. Students will work independently with guided practice from the instructor. Beginning and intermediate students are welcome. Students will learn to fire and glaze their pottery as well.

Taught by Marie Stevenson

Marie Stevenson has been teahing pottery to youth and adults alike for over 20 years.

Learn More & Register Online for Mondays or Thursdays

Woodworking for Beginners & Beyond

4 Wednesday's, 6-9 pm, Apr 19 - May 10, $80

Learn how to safely use both hand and power woodworking tools by building a small project or two of your choice. Make use of the fantastic equipment available in the Park High shop. Equipment to be presented includes: table saw, planer, jointer, cut-off (compound miter) saw, band saw, radial arm saw and planer sander and more. Class will be geared towards meeting each individual's needs. Students will pay instructor directly for selected project materials; bring your checkbook and get ready to get dusty!

Taught by Jamie Isaly

Jamie Isaly has been working with wood his whole life. He currently teaches at Park High School.

Learn More & Register Online

Foundations of Investing

1 Tuesday, 6-9 pm, April 18, 6-9 pm, $15

This class is a 3 hour educational program geared to people who want an overview of investing, including key terms and investment types. Foundations of Investing covers the basic features of bonds, stocks and mutual funds, and the importance of asset allocation. The seminar is designed specifically to help you become a more educated investor and help you work towards reaching your unique goals. There will be plenty of time for hands-on learning and questions.

Taught by Stephanie Cunningham

Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, Series 7 & 66 Licensed, Life & Health Insurance Licensed.

Learn More & Register Online

Microsoft Word

4 Thursdays, 6-8 pm, May 4-25, $40

Memos, resumes, brochures, form letters... Flyers, posters, post cards, newsletters... Microsoft Word and similar word-processing programs are how the business and professional worlds communicate. In this class, we will use Word to create neatly formatted and richly illustrated documents. This class will cover all the beginning-to-intermediate skills you will need both at work and at home. Concepts taught will easily apply to other word-processing programs as well, such as Open Office, WordPerfect, etc. The class is hands-on, using one of Park High’s computer labs.

Taught by Denis Ouellette

Denis Ouellette has been working in a professional capacity with Microsoft Word and the Microsoft Office suite since they first came out in the 1990s. He is currently a publisher and editor of a health magazine, using these programs and other desktop publishing tools daily.

Learn More & Register Online

Coaching Basics

1 Sunday, 9 am - 2 pm, May 7, $25

If you are a coach, would like to be a coach, or just have an interest in learning about coaching athletics, this class is for you. Scott Rosberg, former Athletic Director & Boys’ Basketball Coach for Park High School and current SGMS Boys’ Basketball Coach, is teaching a five-hour class on the basics of coaching. Whether you are coaching high school, junior high, elementary/youth sports, or you are just interested in learning about coaching, this class will help you gain a better understanding of this extremely important role in young peoples’ lives.

Taught by Scott Rosberg

Scott Rosberg runs his own website called Coach with Character. Scott has been speaking with Proactive Coaching for six years. He has been a coach at the high school level for over 25 years, an English teacher for 18 years, and an athletic director for 11 years. He has coached both boys and girls of all ages in basketball, football, and soccer in Illinois, Montana, and Washington.

Learn More & Register Online

Publish Your First Book

4 Thursdays, 6-8 pm, April 6-27, $40

Are you a first-time author, or would you like to be? This will be a valuable overview of the many skills and industries involved. These include: Manuscript writing in Word, successful fiction and non-fiction word-crafting, editing, proofreading, typesetting, book layout, cover design, and illustrations. Preparing blurbs, endorsements and marketing materials. Procuring the ISBN, bar code and copyrighting. Getting printer quotes. Working with Amazon, Kindle, Nook and iBook to publish as an e-book. We'll explore your options for Print On Demand, Google eBookstore, and short-run printing. And finally, we'll explore your sales and marketing options for self-promotion (getting online and in-print interviews and reviews, etc.).

Taught by Denis Ouellette

Denis Ouellette is currently the creator of a health magazine, "Natural Life News & Directory" and the author and self-publisher of his own book entitled "Heal Yourself." He has functioned as a publishing consultant, editor and graphic artist for 17 years and has taken many first-time authors all the way through from their raw manuscripts to a finished and printed book (and e-books).

Learn More & Register Online

Your Big Fat Greek Dinner

1 Saturday, 1-4 pm, May 13, $35

Rebecca will teach you how to make a spanakopita, greek salad and kourabiedes. Spanakopita is a traditional greek dish made with phyllo pastry and served as a meal or to compliment a leg of lamb. There are many variations of greek salad, we will focus on items a Greek farmer might have on hand such as tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, feta and olives. Kourabiedes are a simple yet tasty cookie typically made during the holidays but can be part of any celebration. Bring containers because you will have plenty of this yummy food to take home with you!

Taught by Rebecca Sulages

Rebecca Sulages has been cooking and experimenting with Greek food for over 25 years. Marrying into a Greek family (watching “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” explains a lot) has taught her to appreciate the beauty of simple ingredients and the importance of a family meal. After years of sharing Greek meals with friends and being told how yummy her creations are she thinks it is about time to share her love of cooking and Greek food!

Learn More & Register Online

Buti Yoga

5 Mondays, 6-7 pm, Apr 24 - May 22, $25

Buti Yoga is a soulful blend of power yoga, cardio tribal dance and plyometrics. Buti was founded by 7 years ago by instructor Bizzie Gold. Buti Yoga is taught in 22 countries and 35 states, and now Montana! This practice will help you focus, clear your mind, tone the core from the inside, sweat like crazy and get healthy. We in the buti community also focus on clean, healthy eating to strengthen our bodies and souls. Get ready to sweat, laugh and transform yourself from the inside out!

Taught by Betsy Stahlman

Betsy is 47 years old and discovered Buti Yoga this past fall and fell immediately in love! When she hit her 40s she realized crossfit, running and skiing were great, but she needed more yoga and stretching and came across buti and never turned back. She jumped at the very first Buti Yoga certification in Montana this winter. This practice has changed her life, her attitude and her body.

Learn More & Register Online

Woodworking: Build a Picnic Table

3 Thursdays 5-7 apr 27- may 11, $45

Learn some basic woodworking skills and tool use while making a wooden picnic table with attached benches for your back yard, summer cabin, or anywhere you choose to picnic. Students will lay out, cut, and assemble the necessary lumber needed to build your own hand made picnic table. Students can choose between 2 different sized tables: The standard adult size, a 6” long table, or a mid-sized table 4’ long that is designed with children in mind, but can accommodate adults as well. These tables are very sturdy and will last for many years to come. Students will utilize a miter saw, drills, screw gun, sanders, and specialized jigs in a production like setting to produce their tables.

Taught by Jamie Isaly

Jamie Isaly has been working with wood his whole life. He currently teaches at Park High School.

Learn More & Register Online

Tennis for Beginners

4 Thursdays, 6-7:30 pm, Apr 20 - May 11, $40

Would you like to learn the sport of tennis? Come out and learn with your fellow beginners! We will meet in the Sleeping Giant Middle School gym. Rackets and balls will be provided. All you need are some athletic shoes and a willingness to try something new. The class size is limited to 8 people!

Taught by Russell Counter

Russell Counter has coached and played competitive tennis for 35 years. He is currently an assistant coach for the boys' and girls' team at Park High School.

Learn More & Register Online

ASPEN’s April 2017 Newsletter

Together with one voice, we can prevent sexual violence by changing cultural behaviors.
Prevention requires addressing the root causes and social norms that allow sexual violence to exist. This April we're calling on individuals and groups to play a critical role in changing those causes and norms.
We’re strongest when we raise our voices together, and that’s why we’re engaging new groups in the movement. These groups can help the next generation foster attitudes that promote healthy relationships, equality, and respect. These new voices will have a ripple effect on those they teach, guide, and influence.
What you can do
As individuals, all of us have a role to play in creating safe environments. We can all:
• Intervene to stop problematic and disrespectful behavior
• Promote and model healthy attitudes, behaviors, and relationships
• Believe survivors and assist them in finding resources
What communities can do
Communities and organizations also have a role to play in serving as leaders on this issue by:
• Creating and strengthening policies to promote safety, equality, and respect
• Assessing the risks in their environment
• Promoting respectful behaviors • Providing support for survivors
• Holding those who harm others accountable and ensuring that appropriate treatment options are available
Be a part of the solution
The time for prevention is now. Join us in promoting safe behaviors, thoughtful policies, and healthy relationships. Your efforts are important and necessary. Together, we can create safe and equitable communities where every person is treated with respect.

A Huge Thank You to all the donors and supporters who joined us for our 7th Annual Soup to End the Silence.

You helped ASPEN raise over $14,000!!
Thank you to our donors!

Upcoming Events

In 1999, an Italian High Court overturns a rape conviction declaring that, because the victim wore very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex. This became known throughout Italy as the “jeans alibi.” Enraged by the verdict, women in the Italian Parliament protested the ruling by wearing jeans on the steps of parliament. As news of this decision spread, so did the protest!
Peace Over Violence’s Denim Day, a global award winning rape prevention education campaign, asks community members, elected officials, businesses and students to wear jeans on this day as a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual violence.
There are many ways to show support for Denim Day:
Wearing jeans (especially if they are not part of your normal work wear)
Wearing a denim shirt or blazer
Wearing a Denim Day button or t-shirt
Posting educational posters during the month of April.

For more information or to get involved contact Mary Young at 222-5902 ext 5 or
Register Here

Faith leaders have a unique opportunity to promote primary prevention messages throughout their community.
The purpose of this training is to build effective partnerships in order to build awareness, empower victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, and give a voice to survivors. Communities of faith have an important role to play in eradicating domestic and sexual violence and empowering those most affected by it.

Faith Leader's Training
Saturday, April 29th
10 am to Noon
ASPEN office
320 North Main, Livingston
RSVP to Mary Young at 222-5902 ext 5 or


Kellem’s Montana Saddlery
Early Birds get the best discounts!
6:00- 7:00 am ~ 40% off
7:00 - 8:00 am~ 30% off
8:00 - 9:00 am ~ 20% off
Breakfast served until we run out!
(Another reason to be there early)

(Sale does not include saddles, tack,chaps, chinks or consignments)

4 Symptoms of Cell Phone Addiction – State Farm® – Simple Insights™

Smartphones have made a lot of things more convenient — but too much screen time could have a negative effect on your health. Here are four problems of overuse and how to avoid them.

"Text neck." Looking down at your phone for several hours a day can put serious pressure on your neck. Thanks to gravity, tilting your head forward can exert a force on your spine between 50 and 60 pounds.

Avoid it: Instead of hunching over to look at your phone, bring your phone up to eye level. You also can set reminders to stretch your neck if it starts to feel stiff or sore.

Poor sleep. Not only does excessive smartphone use keep you mentally engaged late into the evening, the "blue" light from the screen can actually interfere with your ability to fall asleep.
Avoid it: Set an alarm for 30 to 60 minutes before you want to go to bed, then commit to charging your phone or tablet in the other room — not on your bedside table.

Tendinitis. Too much typing may cause tendons in your thumbs to become inflamed and sore.
Avoid it: If your thumbs start to cramp mid-email, take a break. Try using your smartphone's voice dictation feature to write text messages and emails, or put less stress on your hands by using your phone on a flat surface.

Distracted traveling. Using your smartphone while driving can result in a serious accident, while distracted walking can lead to injury. If you're commuting via public transit, looking down at your phone could cause you to miss your bus or train stop.
Avoid it: Keep your phone stowed in the passenger-side glove compartment or your pocket while you're out and about. No text message or social media post is worth your life — or someone else's.

Classical Conversations info meeting

here will be a Classical Conversations information meeting on April 13 at 3pm in the Teen Room at the Livingston Library. A Classical Conversations group is being started in the Livingston/Park County area. If you have questions or would like to find out more information about Classical Conversations before the meeting, please send me a personal message.

McNamer sisters to read at Elk River Books

Elk River Arts & Lectures presents book readings by award-winning novelists and sisters

Deirdre and Megan McNamer, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, at Elk River Books.

Deirdre McNamer is the author of Red Rover, which was named Best Book of 2007 by the Los

Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Artforum, Bloomberg News and the Rocky Mountain News.

Earlier novels won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association award for fiction and were

named notable books of the year by the New York Times Book Review. Her short fiction, essays

and articles have appeared in the New Yorker, Ploughshares, the New York Times and Outside.

“Red Rover is vividly observed and original in its conception,” writes Richard Ford, Pulitzer

Prize-winning author of Independence Day. “This is the novel as storytelling, and it is of a very

high order.”

Megan McNamer is the author of Children and Lunatics, which won the Big Moose Prize.

Her essays have appeared in Salon, Sports Illustrated, The Sun, Tropic Magazine and Islands

Magazine, and she has won finalist, semi-finalist, and honorable mention awards from New

Millennium, Glimmer Train, Writers@Work, the University of New Orleans Writing Contest for

Study Abroad, the Travelers’ Tales Best Travel Writing Solas Awards for 2016, Carve

Magazine’s Raymond Carver Short Story Contest for 2016 and Cutthroat Magazine.

Rick DeMarinis, author of The Year of the Zinc Penny, writes, “Children and Lunatics pieces

together a nightmare landscape—the one we all live in. It's recognizable, strange and subtly

frightening. You can't lay this book aside unchanged.”

During the McNamers’ visit, they will also meet with students at Park High School. This

program is made possible by a grant from Humanities Montana and co-sponsored by the Murray


The free, public event will take place upstairs at Elk River Books, 120 N Main St., in Livingston.

Elk River Arts & Lectures is a non-profit organization that seeks to bring writers to Livingston

for free public readings, and to provide opportunities for those writers to interact with local

public school students. For more information, call 333-2330 or visit