New Year 2015

New Year 2015

“These forms are not a means of obtaining the right state of mind. To take this posture itself is the purpose of our practice. When you have this posture, you have the right state of mind, so there is no need to try to attain some special state.”
Shunryu Suzuki

Greetings Everyone!

I’ve never been a huge fan of resolutions because they rarely seem to last for more than a month, and they usually result in a person feeling defeated, rather than empowered, when they fizzle. After all, we have Mardi Gras coming up in a few weeks. Is it realistic to think that we can stick to some course of action, especially one that involves health and well-being, when our schedules are about to be disrupted by parade traffic and hedonistic pursuits? If the essence of a resolution is determination, then maybe it would be more sustainable to simply commit ourselves to observation. One great way to cultivate this state of mind is through the practice of meditation. Therefore, it is with great joy that I announce FSY’s first ever meditation class, which will meet on Sundays at 4:30pm. Taught by Pam Metzger, who is a long time practitioner and graduate of our Advanced Studies/Teacher Training Program, this hour-long class will begin with an accessible posture practice that will prepare the body to sit comfortably. Then students will join in a 30-minute seated meditation period, which may include concentration, visualization, and relaxation techniques, depending upon the needs of the group. Many of you have requested a meditation class in the surveys we’ve sent out, so be sure to come check it out! What a wonderful way to prepare yourself for the work week.

Other noteworthy changes/additions to the schedule include Katherine’s Level 1+Saturday class, which has moved to 4:45pm, and Heather’s Yoga After Dark class on Tuesdays, which has been bumped up to 9:00pm. And finally, back by popular demand, I’ll be leading another 50 Essential Poses practice this Sunday from 1:00-3:00pm. This is one of my favorite extended practices because it has a more meditative flavor. Rather than focusing on one theme, we move through all 50 poses on the FSY syllabus in order to experience the overall feeling of body/mind balance that comes from such a well-rounded sequence.

I hope that you’re off to a great start this New Year, and I hope to see you in class soon!

Geoffrey