Freret Fest and Sunday Workshops
“The liberation of the upper part of the body produced by the acceptance of gravity in the lower part of the body is the origin of lightness, and dancing is its expression. This song, if you care to listen to it, is beauty.”
I am very proud to announce the completion of another one of our Advanced Studies/Teacher Training programs. For the past six months, this group of dedicated and curious students has immersed itself in yogic history and philosophy, experiential anatomy and the understanding of alignment, breath awareness and its endless subtleties, teaching methodology and the creative use of props, and of course, in the practice of this great art form which brings all of these abstract-sounding topics to life. We all stand in awe contemplating the vastness of this tradition and knowing that even though the program has just ended, we will always be at the beginning of our studies. Come join us tomorrow in the side yard for crawfish, sangria, and cornhole as we celebrate the hard work and spirit of inquiry demonstrated by the ASTT class of 2017. Tomorrow also happens to be the annual Freret Street Festival, so there will be plenty of live music and interesting booths along the whole corridor from Napoleon to Jefferson. Hope you can swing by!
Do the words crawfish, sangria, and cornhole sound un-yogic to you? No problem! We have healthier events happening this weekend as well. On Sunday from 11:15am-1:15pm, Bethany Cantin will be offering another fabulous workshop, this one called Ayurveda for Women’s Health. She is an inspiring presence who embodies wellness, and she has tons of practical recommendations for dietary changes, herbal remedies, and lifestyle routines that will promote balance for women at all stages of life. Also on Sunday, from 1:30-3:30pm, I will be leading a nice, long, thorough practice that I’ve chosen to call The Music of Yoga as a tribute to the beginning of festival season here in New Orleans. No, I won’t be playing music during the class. The whole idea is to regard our bodies as instruments so that the rhythm of the breath, the harmony of the limbs, and the melody of the spine makes us more aware of the vibratory richness and underlying consonance of life.
Hope to see you soon!