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Monthly Memo

Dear Friends,

BIG NEWS ~ The Studio moved to The Dana Center #B-8 (former school) on 41 East Center Street in Rutland.

June Monthly Themes:

Men's Health Month ~ Throughout June, Men's Health Month focuses on improving the lifestyles of men. While there are several approaches to improving overall health, diet and exercise are the targets of any changes.

National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month ~ Add color to your meals during National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month in June. As the peak season for many early garden crops find their way into markets, it's an excellent time to take advantage of these freshly picked fruits and vegetables.

National Pollinators Month ~ National Pollinators Month in June encourages the planting of pollinator gardens of native, non-invasive pollen and nectar-producing plants. When these gardens bloom, they attract bees, birds, bats, and other natural pollinators.

International Yoga Day ~ Celebrated on June 21, International Yoga Day celebrates the physical and spiritual prowess that yoga has brought to the world stage. While it is an important source of exercise and healthy activity millions join in and practice on a daily basis. For many, these routines are a way to connect the body, mind and soul in a way that has existed for centuries.

International Day of the Celebration of the Solstice ~ is observed on June 21. The holiday was instituted by the United Nations to spread awareness on the solstices across religions and cultures. Numerous cultures and religions celebrate the solstice in their own way. While the interpretations, meanings, and significance of the solstice — when the sun reaches its highest or lowest point in the sky at noon, marked by the longest and shortest days.

Wellness Classes &Events in ​​June

Thursday Yoga Weekly, 12:30-1:30 PM 

Yomassage Class, Tuesday 6/18 at 4:00-5:15 PM

Restorative Yoga, Friday 6/21 at 5:30-6:30 PM, International Yoga Day and Full Moon in Capricorn

Wellness Classes &Events in ​​July

Tuesday Yoga Weekly, 5:00-6:00 PM - begins July 9

Thursday Yoga Weekly, 12:30-1:30 PM 

Yomassage Class, Wednesday 7/10 at 10:30-11:45 PM

Restorative Yoga, Friday 7/19 at 5:30-6:30 PM

Reiki Share - Open House, Friday 7/19 at 7:00 PM

Wellness Classes &Events in ​​August

Tuesday Yoga Weekly, 5:00-6:00 PM 

Thursday Yoga Weekly, 12:30-1:30 PM 

Yomassage Class, Wednesday 8/7 at 11:30-12:45 PM

Restorative Yoga, Thursday 8/22 at 6:00 PM

Reiki Share for Attuned Practitioners, Thursday 8/15 10:00-11:15 AM

Summer Wellness Appointments:

Monday ~ Friday (and some Saturdays in June). or (802)345-5244. 

Sessions are scheduled by appointment only. Studio is closed on Sunday.

When I'm not at the Studio ....

I swim 3-5 times a week for the benefits (zen - peaceful and calming effect) of a low-impact, cardio exercise and I just love the water. Getting into the woods brings me joy with forest bathing, hiking and walking meditation. Gardening is a passion for me with the flowers and veggies.  This year I'm learning about pollinator gardening and will incorporate native plants to my landscape to support pollinators.

I enjoyed skiing at Killington and Pico and completed 52 days, (my record).  



Thursday Yoga, 12:30-1:30 PM

Registration required for group classes, space is limited to 10 guests per class. $15.00 per class.

Weekly Thursday Yoga classes featuring different themes to bring you into the Vermont seasons of change with comfort and joy; combining the best of Kripalu, Subtle, Mindfulness, Restorative, and Astrology; including monthly topics/lessons/reflections in the Chakras, Yamas and Niyamas. 

JUNE: monthly class topics are: Crown Chakra and review of the Yamas

Chakra (Sahasrara) the beautiful one thousand petal lotus sits with the crown offering the connection to supreme consciousness, unity and awakening. Envisioning ultraviolet light is a powerful practice to open the crown as well as the release of anger. Chanting the SO HAM mantra (and its reverse HAM SO) is also a great crown opener. Allowing yourself to move beyond the body, mind, habitual thoughts and tendencies allows greater freedom and unity to arise. The violet Mudra cards connect to the crown center and integrate all of the energy centers.

June is review month for the Yama's (see below for details)

Video Library has complimentary Yoga Classes for you to enjoy. 

Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word Yuj, meaning to unite, come together, or yolk. It’s a union of body, mind, and soul with universal consciousness. The physical postures of Hatha Yoga prepare the body for sitting by making the body more supple and by stimulating the systems to expel toxins caused by our modern diet and lifestyle. It also plays an important role in preparing our bodies for the following limbs. There are eight limbs of yoga. They are — ‘Yama’ (abstinence), ‘asana’ (yoga postures), ‘Dharana’ (concentration), ‘pranayama’ (breath control), ‘pratyahara’ (withdrawal of the senses), ‘niyama’ (observances), ‘dhyana’ (meditation), and ‘samadhi’ (absorption).”


 I will share a monthly opportunity for you to learn and reflect with the Yamas and Niyamas with weekly exploration. Using the book 'The Yamas & Niyamas Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice' by Deborah Adele. A weekly recording found in the 'Wellness Wednesday' page. 

Yamas ~

The Yamas address the fact that we are social creatures, alive on a planet of other life forms where we need to learn to live together and share the goods. The Yamas, or restraints, invite us into an adult relationship with the world, where we see past our own needs into the collective good. Guiding us into harmony, peace, and the right relationship with the world.

  • Ahimsa - Nonviolence, Turns us from harming self and others to kindness and compassion for self and others. 

  • Satya - Truthfulness, Turns us from lies and half-truths to expressing our uniqueness and authenticity. 

  • Asteya - Nonstealing, Turns us from theft to cultivating new skills and abilities.

  • Brahmacharya - Nonexcess, Turns us from greed to appreciation and pleasure without excess. 

  • Aparigraha - Nonpossessiveness, Turns us from attachment to intimacy without possession.


~ "Wellness Wednesdays", short meditation. Found in the Wellness Wednesday page. 

~ In the Video Library are 2 free meditations:  New Moon and Full Moon these are short meditation recordings to use as self-care guides with reflection and journaling options.

The New Moon phase is when you make time for yourself. Awaken and align your energy with this practice and plant the seeds of your future dreams, make wishes and commitments to yourself, and to set your intentions. The New Moon is in a different zodiac sign each month, exploring meditation, and an opportunity for journaling as a self-care tool. Suggestive supplies: journal paper and pen, water.  See Monthly Memo for information.  Free recording, found in Video Library and view here:


New Moon in Gemini 

June 6 ~ This New Moon is the time to get real about how well you are expressing yourself, especially with the people you love and when it comes to talking about finances. Key words and ideas for this lunation: Love is in the air, Lessons in love, New ideas, Caring conversations. Gemini the planet of good times and good luck; anything that emphasizes Gemini right now is likely to increase the happiness quotient of the entire planet. However, Venus is making a hard clash with Saturn so issues might arise if you are in an unhappy relationship or struggling financially. This New Moon is taking place near Venus. Venus represents the Goddess Aphrodite and is all about love and abundance. This is a good thing because anything that triggers Venus is potentially very positive.


Step up and do what needs to be done. Take action. Set intentions. This will provide the needed support for you to embrace changes.

New Moon Wishes and Intensions:

1. My current biggest, most audacious goal, wish, or intention is: __________________

2. Turn it into an affirmation. Write it as if it has already happened.

3. Action steps:

3a. In the next 24-hours

3b. In the coming week

3c. In the month ahead


On this New Moon cycle, I bring in success

and financial abundance. I bring in a healing

to my body. I bring in the abundance

of love. I bring in peaceful energy to all my

relationships with other people. I bring in

confidence and courage. I bring in positive

energy to my mind, words and actions.

I manifest all my goals.


The Full Moon is the high point of the lunar cycle. It is a very powerful time for inner work. The Full Moon takes place in a different sign of the zodiac each month. In this session, you will experience two healing meditations: the Full Moon Forgiveness and Gratitude practices. Suggestive supplies: journal paper and pen, water. Free recording, found in Video Library. View recording:


Full Moon in Capricorn

June 21 ~ The Full Moon in Capricorn is a good time for all of us who work too hard to take stock. It is a reminder to let it all go for at least a week or two with family or friends. Capricorn is the part of us that knows we need to build something during our lifetimes. It is about our ambitions and what we want to achieve for however long we are lucky to be alive.  At the time of the Full Moon, the Sun and Moon are on completely opposite sides of the sky. The Sun is in the sign of Cancer, and the Moon is in the sign of Capricorn. Cancer is the sign of home and family. The opposition of the Sun and Moon at this time of the Full Moon brings about something of a tug-of-war between the two signs being activated. We get the homey and family-oriented Cancer energies opposite the high-achieving and ambitious Capricorn energies. A good time for work/life balance reset. Take some time to think about how well balanced these two parts of your life are.  Your "exercise" this Full Moon is to write down the five most important things in your life right now. Then, see if you are living accordingly.

"Under the glorious Full Moon,

I forgive everything, everyone,  every experience,

every memory of the past or present that needs forgiveness.

I forgive positively everyone.

I also forgive myself of past mistakes.

The Universe is Love and I am forgiven and governed by Love alone.

Love is now adjusting my life.

Realizing this, I abide in Peace."


Warmest Wellness Wishes,


Book: The Yamas & Niyamas, by Deborah Adele

Book:  One Word That Will Change Your Life, by Jon Gordon, Dan Britton, Jimmy Page

Book: Breath ~ The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor

Book: The Vital Spark by Lisa Marchiano LCSW

Books by Doug Tallamy - Nature's Best Hope and Bringing Nature Home   for info about birds and native plants


Open: Monday through Friday

Open/Occasional: Saturday

Closed: Sunday 

Scheduling by appointment only 


Petra O’Neill, Petra‘s Wellness Studio's sole practitioner has provided holistic integrated therapeutic wellness in Vermont since 1996.

 Thank you for your patronage and honoring me with the vote in two categories; Best of the Best for 2023. 1. Best Massage Therapy and 2. Best Facial/Skin Care.

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