May 2015 Yoga Newsletter

May 2015



May has arrived and with it, blooms on flowers and green leaves on trees. The sun is shining in the sky and we are renewed from winter and an event that is not lost on us, the catastrophic flood National Disaster of late April 2014. This past April gave us several days of rain that saturated the ground just as it did last year, a painful reminder to many. So much can change in one year. Since the flood and the loss of her home, one of URU’s teacher trainees, Kerry Whiteley, has moved into a new home, become a yoga teacher and started a new business,  Sweet & Simple Raw Treats. If you had told her one year ago that all of these things would happen, she wouldn’t have believed you. But most importantly, she has healed and been transformed by the experience in large part from the practice of yoga and the community who surrounded her. Often in life, events happen that are out of our control. However, we can always control our reaction to those events, no matter how catastrophic.

May reminds us that we have survived.  It reminds us that we have been reborn again; that we have been cleansed and given the opportunity for renewal. The birds chirp in the early morning and we remember that despite the chaos that surrounds us and the little control we have over it, we can always find stillness. 

“Stay in the center of the circle and let all things take their course” 


If you would like to read about Kerry”s experience during the flood, visit her blog at Winding Road. 


The Flood part 1

The Flood, part 2

Please keep those affected by the recent earthquake in Nepal, those affected by last year’s flood in your hearts and minds as many continue to heal.  If you had an experience with the flood of 2014 that you would like to share, please email Kerry at 


May is exciting for URU as URU2 opened its doors on April 20th to the public. This space is a blessing to offer to the community on and around 9 mile road. Class passes will be honored at both URU locations. Classes are building and you will notice some new teachers on the schedule.

On May 2, 13 new yoga teachers will emerge from URU. After nine months of learning history, philosophy, asana, and more, they are ready to begin teaching. The past nine months have been a time of transformation and renewal for many of the yoga trainees and it is time for them to offer their gifts and strengths to the community. This is an exciting time and we hope you will come to the new classes in the upcoming months! 


Take time this month to notice the beauty of May in all its spring glory. Remember all seasons and events are fleeting and all things take their course, whether beautiful or catastrophe. All things end and begin again. We can rest in the stillness between death and rebirth. 

We wish healing to those affected by the flood, the earthquake in Nepal, and recent events in our country and around the world. 



With love and gratitude,


Kerry Whiteley, Rebecca Sathre, Chris Amador & the URU Crew



Upcoming Events


Teacher Trainee Graduation


Saturday, May 2


Please join us as we celebrate the graduation of an amazing group of teachers. These 13 woman have spent the last 9 months dedicated to studying and teaching yoga. They are incredible, unique, beautiful women with so much to share. Each teacher will teach a portion of the class. This will be a wonderful yoga class to attend and party to attend.

Everyone is welcome.

5:30 Yoga Class
7:15 Graduation, Potluck and Party


Restorative Yoga for Mothers & Caregivers
Sunday, May 3
Join Kathea Bryan and David Bryan for a restorative workshop focused on allowing you to recharge. We all have those that depend on us and if we do not take the time to recharge ourselves, we are unable to give to others. Bring your mother or someone who cares for you to relax and be pampered.
Popping Time Acro
with Rebecca Genter
Saturday, May 9
We will work on progressing from cartwheels to a low popping barrel roll along with other Acro for your playful soul.
June Summer Camp 
Sign up Now!
Monday, June 8-Friday, June 12
Bring your children for a one week where they will be exposed to yoga, arts and crafts, water play, a color run, and much more.
Volunteers age 12 and up needed!
Scholarships Available
Be Free Liberation Retreat
with Michelle Baker
Thursday, July 2-Monday, July 6
Gulf Breeze, FL

Co-starring Rebecca Sathre, Bhakti Caravan and Good Karma Cafe.

Your Presenters:

3 hearty delicious veg meals per day, All yoga, meditation, dharma discussions and live kirtan activities, live concert, all accommodations, pool, bay and amenities of the property.

You will enjoy:
Jivamukti Yoga with Michelle Baker
Vinyasa Flow with Rebecca Sathre Friday Night and
Sunday morning
Live Liberation Kirtan Concert with Bhakti Caravan
Swimming Pool
Swimming in bay
Bay meditations and sunsets on the dock overlooking the water.
Daily Kirtan with Bhakti Caravan
3 catered vegetarian meals by Good Karma Cafe & a special grill cook out feast by Goshi Berg

Celebrate in style with Real Liberation practices! Get away from the city heat and enjoy the Satsang.

Accommodation Options: Limit: 12 persons.
Stay at The Retreat Center:
Dormitory in style with single beds and shared rooms,

OTHER Options also include:
BEACH lounging and swimming at Navarre Beach and Pensacola Beach 15 minutes away
Paddle boarding
Small Sailboat
Pontoon boat
Surfing (when in season)
National Park Hikes
Sailing (when in season)
Hiking the National Park

Investment Options: 4 Night Retreat $650 Full package
2 Night Retreat: $350 half package
CAMPING: 4 night: $530 (with full access to all amenities)
CAMPING: 2 nights: $275 (with full access to all amenities)

Drop in for all activities with no food or accommodations: $300
Yoga Class drop-ins: $25 each

About Us

URU means “spacious” or “broad” in Sanskrit.

May we move from a place of spaciousness.

URU means You are You because that is what you are meant to be.

May we move from a place of Being who we are meant to be.

We are a multifunctional Space.  We offer a wide range of YOGA classes for all ages and comfort levels. We offer a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training that will allow you to go deeper into your practice and let you delve into teaching yoga.  We also offer aerial yoga, pilates,  yoga plus acrobatics, family fly yoga, hot yoga, birth circles, children’s classes, music, birthday parties, EVENTS and anything that is empowering, healing or uplifting for the commUnity.

We are located just north of Pensacola International Airport at:

2400 Executive Plaza Drive Pensacola, FL 32504



“The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.”
 -Jiddu Krishnamurti
*URU2 is now open!*
URU2 Birthday Specials: 
  • 30 day unlimited $50
  • 90 day unlimited $150
  • 1 year unlimited $600
Passes can be bought and used at both locations!
URU & URU2 has a wide range of yoga classes for all ages and comfort levels. 
Please notice our new kid’s classes. Parents can practice yoga while children take their own class. 
*Sign your child up now for June summer camp!*
From early morning to evening, there is a class for You!
Jasmine Miller started practicing yoga in March 2012. Studying many styles of yoga including hot, yin, restorative, chair and khundalini. She has been tending to children in babysitting and nanny form since she herself was a young girl. It only seemed natural to merge her two sadhanas into one when she worked toward her 90hr Galactic Child Yoga Teacher Training, finishing 2014 strong with a certificate in hand. 
Her education teaches her to weave song and dance into her asanas. To use sacred geometry and quantum physics in her lesson plans and to expand the minds of little yogis with concepts usually reserved for adults. She plans on introducing Patanjali’s 8 limbs of yoga into every class in a fun and tangible way. She believes there are many ways to save for the future, but our first investment should be in the quality of our children’s education.