April Fools’, Freret Fest, and Urban Retreat
“Retreat, hell! We’re not retreating, we’re just advancing in a different direction.”
-Oliver P. Smith
I love the quote from General Oliver P. Smith, who was a venerated Marine Corps commander during World War 2, because it signifies both staunch determination and a radical shift in orientation and attitude. When most people hear the phrase, “yoga retreat,” they probably translate it as “self-indulgence” or “escapism for the affluent.” But the truth of the matter is that learning how to take care of yourself is not self-indulgent; it is a vital skill for serving the world in an effective and sustainable manner. And while it might seem like a form of escapism on the surface, retreating from one’s daily routines and weekly rhythms gives one the proper perspective to advance in a different, and often times more purposeful, direction. I mention all of this because we still have space available in the Urban Retreat that I am co-leading with my dear friend, Meg Whitbread, on Sunday, April 2 from 11:30am-4:30pm. We designed this day-long retreat to both accommodate and alleviate the modern urban lifestyle. Come join us for a dose of self-renewal and inspiration! Reserve your spot now.
Also, just in case you looked at this week’s class schedule posted outside the studio’s front door and were disappointed to discover that all classes had been cancelled on Saturday, April 1, well, that was our weak attempt at an April Fools’ Day joke. Ha ha! Even though the Freret Street Festival will be happening from 11am until 6pm this Saturday, Adero will still be teaching her Foundations of Flow class at 8am and Tamarin will still be teaching her famous Level 2+ class at 10am. We won’t be hosting our usual crawfish, corn hole, and sangria party as we’ve done in years past, but there will still be plenty of delicious food, drink, and music along the whole Freret Street corridor. So come on in for class and step on out for what promises to be a delightful spring day. Hope to see you soon!