News from the founders
Your founders, Nancy and I (Jenny), have been working hard to make Namaste Book Club the best that it can be. We recently got together to talk about the club and wanted to provide you all with an update based on what we discussed.
To begin with, official chats will be held the last Sunday of every month. They will still begin at 7pm CST and will continue until 9pm or whenever the conversation ends organically. A few members requested that we bring back weekly chats. To be perfectly honest, book clubbers, this isn’t possible for Nancy and I to do. As so many of us #yogadorks are, we’re busy girls and don’t feel like we can give the club our all with weekly meetings. Also, numbers have been consistent, yet low, in the chats. We appreciate greatly the members who come to all the chats and contribute to the wonderful conversation, but unless numbers and participation increase, we couldn’t justify returning to weekly chats. However, we love the idea of monthly chats because we feel it gives people a lot more time to obtain and start reading the book selections.
That being said, although the official book club chats will only be held monthly, if you wish to chat more, we absolutely invite you to chat “off the record” with other members on the off-weeks. While Nancy and I may not be present and there will be no transcript on these nights, the chat option is always available to members to utilize. For the sake of structure, these “open chats” will be scheduled to begin at 7pm CST on the Sunday evenings when we are not having an official chat. Again, though, members are free to chat on the Ning website at any time they wish. The Ning is yours, book clubbers. It’s your community, you have helped create and shape it. So by all means- take advantage of it!
The next note of business pertains to posting blogs. We would like to make our blog more active and community-inspired. You guys have some really great ideas for blogs you’d like to see. Unfortunately, we, your founders, are not always able to research and write the blogs. Instead, if you have a blog idea, we invite you now to submit blog posts to us at yogabookclub[at]gmail[dot]com. We will review the blogs, do any necessary editing, and then post the accepted blogs online. These blogs can be anything from book reviews of our current club selections, essays inspired by readings, reviews of other books or any other yoga related topic. We are also still accepting book ideas or book list compilations that you wish to share with the other members.
If you have ideas for how you’d like to see the club grow and transform, or wish to be more closely involved in the book club in any way feel free to email Nancy and I at the previously mentioned email address.
And finally- the last note and the announcement everyone’s been waiting for- the next selection for the book club! Nancy and I met to talk about it [insert giddy laugh from your founders, still loving the fact that we are in the same city now!], and decided to choose Chakra Yoga
by Alan Finger for our next read. There was some pretty good interest in this book in our last chat, and the chakras are a subject we feel we haven’t yet explored very deeply, so we’re really excited about this one. The next official chat, then, will be held on April 25 and will begin at 7pm CST in the Community Chat application on the Ning. We hope to see you all there!
Jenny and Nancy