“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.
“You can’t know it, but you can be it, at ease in your own life. Just realize where you come from: this is the essence of wisdom.” -Tao Te Ching, Stephen Mitchell translation Greetings Everyone! In keeping with our January theme of detoxification and self-care, I wanted to let you know about another compelling workshop that will be taking place this Sunday from 11:15am-1:15pm. Join Bethany Cantin, a long-time yoga.
“Eventually you realize that you cannot change yourself because the person trying to do the changing is the same person who needs to be changed.” FSY aphorism Greetings Everyone! The start of the new year seems like an appropriate time to make shifts that will promote expansion, and so I wanted to let you know about a few changes that will be happening at the studio, starting next week. First,.
“Inhaling without effort you naturally come back to yourself with some color or form. Exhaling, you gradually fade into emptiness — empty, white paper. The important point is your exhalation. Instead of trying to feel yourself as you inhale, fade into emptiness as you exhale.” -Shunryu Suzuki Greetings Everyone! I don’t know about you, but every year I tell myself that my next holiday season will be different. I won’t.
“Gravity functions as a source of support for a body whose structure is aligned around a predominantly vertical axis. To be in conflict with gravity is to be in conflict with life. Align the body, and suffering begins to shed itself.” -Will Johnson Greetings Everyone! Sometimes when I practice seated meditation, I am graced to discover a particular alignment between my pelvis and legs whereby it feels as though I.
“Stress is a perverted relationship to time. Rather than being a subject of your own time, you have become its target and victim, and time has become routine. So at the end of the day, you probably haven’t had a true moment for yourself, to relax in and to just be.” -John O’Donohue Greetings Everyone! I know that Oprah has made this a pretty popular cliche, but I really do.
“It doesn’t have to be the blue iris, it could be weeds in a vacant lot, or a few small stones; just pay attention, then patch a few words together and don’t try to make them elaborate, this isn’t a contest but the doorway into thanks, and a silence in which another voice may speak.” -Mary Oliver Greetings Everyone! I love Thanksgiving. What a wonderful ritual our culture has established to.
“To teach is to create a space in which the community of truth is practiced.” -Parker Palmer Greetings Everyone! I am very happy to announce the addition of a new teacher to our FSY team. Olivia Bowers is a native New Orleanian who brings both extensive knowledge and a sincere curiosity about human movement to her classes. She is a graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts High School and.
“The wise person lets go of all results, whether good or bad, and is focused on the action alone. Yoga is skill in actions.” –Bhagavad Gita (2.50) Greetings Everyone! Most of you have heard me cite numerous times the way B.K.S. Iyengar famously differentiated movement from action. He said that movement is simply moving the body through space, whereas action is making space inside the body. Ernest Hemingway made a similar.