FSY Birthday Celebration

FSY Birthday Celebration

“To be human is to become visible while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others. To remember the other world in this world is to live in your true inheritance.”

-David Whyte

Greetings Everyone!

Those of you who haven’t attended public classes recently may not have heard that Freret Street Yoga celebrated its 3rd birthday on Sunday, November 17. While we haven’t organized any special party or gathering, we’ve been quietly acknowledging this mini milestone in our practices. You see, somebody somewhere started the tradition that you are supposed to do a backbend for every year old that you are on your birthday. So we have had fun attempting this in each class this week. However, I keep feeling that right when the class is about to end, we are just getting started. Most of us live our lives in a perpetual forward bend — hunched over the keyboard or steering wheel for long periods of time. Couple that with the fact that we are biologically hardwired to protect our vital organs on the front body, and you can see why the whole project of opening ourselves into the space behind and above us is unusual and brings up quite a bit of resistance. We all know somewhere inside that it just doesn’t feel that great to be guarded and closed off. We might initially have the illusion of security when we are locked in a posture of protection, but the reality is that we feel isolated and lonely in that state. We crave connection (and I’m not talking about the pseudo connection that one receives via Facebook).

It takes a while to truly open up, and that’s why I always wish that we had 45 more minutes to explore this transformational process during class. I am therefore dedicating this weekend’s extended practice to the decadent unfolding of some of the most glorious backbends in the yoga pantheon. Come join me this Sunday, November 24 from 1:00-3:00pm for FSY’s birthday salute, which I’m calling “The Joy of Backbends.” In no way do you need Cirque de Soleil flexibility to participate in this practice! We will do modified versions of all of these poses using the props so that we can gain a clearer understanding of what they demand. Then, if we feel like challenging ourselves to try the unmodified versions, we will be set up to skillfully give it a shot. Either way, you will be guaranteed to walk out of the class feeling lighter, brighter, and refreshingly energized. As usual, the cost of the extended practice is $25 and space is limited. So be sure to reserve your spot and pay on line by clicking the big button at the bottom of this newsletter. (Remember to click the ‘Workshops’ tab on the upper right hand corner of the screen when you are redirected to the MindBody portal.)

From the bottom of my heart, I really appreciate all of the support that you all have shown the studio over these past three years. Thank you for allowing me to live my dream and share the gift of this great practice. Hope to see you soon!

Take care,
Geoffrey

Geoffrey