Geoffrey’s Summer Sabbatical
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” John Muir
Some of you have already heard me make this announcement in class all week, so apologies for the repeat. But for those who haven’t been to the studio in a while, I am leaving New Orleans today for a three week trip to the mountains of Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. I am deliberately choosing the word ‘sabbatical’ instead of ‘vacation’ because it seems more dignified, or educational, or even contemplative. But the truth of the matter is that I need beauty as well as bread. When I stand on top of a mountain or jump off a rock into an alpine lake; when I hike with my wife and children through pristine and remote forests, I feel revitalized on every level of my being. Trust me: I still love my baguette from Gracious Bakery along with my homemade Caesar salad and barbecued shrimp, and I will always crush a Domilise’s poboy that’s made with Leidenheimer’s French, but for the next three weeks I will sacrifice those delicacies for the enchantment and wonder of some of the most beautiful land that this continent has to offer.
Please do not think that the studio is closed in my absence! We have a wonderful roster of subs lined up who are eager to share their insights and experiences from this great practice. It’s not uncommon for a yoga student to have an unexpected breakthrough when he/she takes a class that’s taught from a slightly different perspective. Often times the simplest instructions, presented in a particularly vivid or resonant way, can have a huge impact on one’s understanding of the nuances of a yoga pose or principle. So please do come to your favorite weekly class. As always, you can easily see who is subbing each class by visiting the schedule page of the FSY website, which is updated daily.
Happy summertime! Happy breathing!