“To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.” -Simone Veil Greetings Everyone! I can hardly believe that our humble little studio has been around for nearly 9 years. The Freret Street corridor looks entirely different now than when we first opened, but through all of the growth and changes that have happened on the outside, this space has fundamentally remained the same..
“Sanity, wholeness, and integration lie in the realization that we are not divided, that man and his present experience are one, and that no separate “I” or mind can be found.” -Alan Watts Greetings Everyone! Thich Nhat Hahn, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and global spiritual leader, was once asked in an interview to sum up his view of Western civilization. He said, very simply, “Lost in thought.” Those three words.
“So we have enjoyment, we are fee. We feel free to express ourselves because we are ready to fade into emptiness. When we are trying to be active and special and to accomplish something, we cannot express ourselves. Small self will be expressed, but big self will not appear from the emptiness. From the emptiness only, great self appears.” -Shunryu Suzuki Greetings Everyone! I don’t know about you, but I.
“Giving the people what they want isn’t nearly as powerful as teaching people what they need.” -Seth Godin Greetings Everyone! Most of you know that I bleed black and gold, not 49er or Falcon red. So having witnessed firsthand the devastating loss in the NFC Championship game, I found myself searching for solace in the ensuing days, like so many other New Orleanians. And I will admit wholeheartedly that I.
“You must learn one thing: the world was made to be free in. Give up all the other worlds except the one to which you belong. Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet confinement of your aloneness to learn anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you.” ― David Whyte Greetings Everyone! This is a quick note to remind you that although our normal.
“There are many things for which you cannot be grateful, such as war and violence and disease, but in every moment you can be grateful.” -David Steindl-Rast Greetings Everyone! I love the way that David Steindl-Rast reminds us that in order for there to be an authentic thanks-giving, there must first be a sense of great-fullness, especially around one’s heart. The way he describes this gratefulness feels to me like.
“Death is not the opposite of life. Life has no opposite. The opposite of death is birth. Life is eternal.” -Eckhart Tolle Greetings Everyone! Some of you have inquired about our public class schedule for tomorrow evening, assuming that we might close in order to make ourselves available to trick or treat. Well, I am happy to announce that an even sweeter treat will be happening at the studio —.
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince Greetings Everyone! You might be wondering why on earth I would have scheduled an extended practice tomorrow, right smack in the middle of the Saints vs. Browns game. My reasoning is actually quite simple: over.
“All too often our so-called strength comes from fear, not love; instead of having a strong back, many of us have a defended front shielding a weak spine. In other words, we walk around brittle and defensive, trying to conceal our lack of confidence. If we strengthen our backs, metaphorically speaking, and develop a spine that’s flexible but sturdy, then we can risk having a front that’s soft and open.”.
“Especially while practicing challenging poses, remember the phrase ‘even distribution of the force’.” -FSY aphorism Greetings Everyone! I’ve heard several people remark recently that they are interested in the immersive nature of our Advanced Studies/Teacher Training Program, but that they somehow don’t feel qualified to participate because of having no real interest in becoming a yoga teacher. And so now I feel compelled to issue another public proclamation that the.
“Organize yourself downward, orient yourself upward.” -FSY aphorism Greetings Everyone! After taking some time to celebrate and reflect upon the 6-month journey that was recently completed by the Advanced Studies/Teacher Training group of 2017, I am thrilled to announce that we are now accepting applications for ASTT 2018. This program was designed to be a deep immersion into the vast tradition of yoga, and it is perfect both for dedicated.
“Although you may not always be able to avoid difficult situations, you can modify the extent to which you can suffer by how you choose to respond to the situation.” -Dalai Lama XIV Greetings Everyone! I don’t know about you, but I always find myself yearning for stillness and silence on the Monday and Tuesday after Jazz Fest. In the same way that my skin is refreshed by coolness and.
“Human beings have a specific structure — like any others species — and can grow only in terms of this structure. Freedom does not mean freedom from all guiding principles. It means freedom to grow according to the laws of human existence. It means obedience to the laws that govern optimal human development.” -Erich Fromm Greetings Everyone! Until you have experienced severe pain in the neck, it is impossible to.
“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.” -Vanda Scaravelli Greetings Everyone! I am very proud to announce the completion of another one of our Advanced Studies/Teacher Training programs. For the past six months, this.
“In order to learn we must sharpen our powers of sensing, and if we try to do most things by sheer force we shall achieve precisely the opposite of what we need.” -Moshe Feldenkrais Greetings Everyone! I know that many of you will be celebrating Easter or Passover this weekend, or perhaps leaving town for spring break, but I wanted to let you know about a fabulous workshop that will.
“Breath is a connecting force. It creates a bodily equilibrium and balance and helps us to make inner and outer impressions interchangeable. It connects the human being with the outside world and the outside world with his inner world.” -Ilse Middendorf Greetings Everyone! I wanted to announce a few shifts we’ve made to the public classes that will hopefully be more convenient to your busy schedule and allow you more.