“The contradiction so puzzling to the ordinary way of thinking comes from the fact that we have to use language to communicate our inner experience, which in its very nature transcends linguistics.” -D.T. Suzuki Greetings Everyone! Ever since moving back to New Orleans from the San Francisco Bay Area I have been searching for a retreat destination that’s far enough away so as to remove us from our everyday lives,.
“In our practice it is very important how you approach everything. The attitude, the inner silence, the trust that you put in your practice — it’s like receiving instructions from within.” -Sandra Sabatini Greetings Everyone! It’s that time of year again where everything in the world seems to conspire toward making you feel that you are not enough and that you don’t have enough. From the subliminal messaging of advertisements.
“When morals are built from the body’s behavior, you get a moral structure and behavior which respect the rights and privileges of other individuals.” -Ida Rolf Greetings Everyone! One of my favorite things about yoga is its capacity to take abstract philosophical concepts and render them real by examining their meaning in the concrete realm of the body. Take for instance several words that are constantly being bandied around these.
“Easy is right. Begin right and you are easy. Continue easy and you are right. The right way to go easy is to forget the right way and to forget that the going is easy.” -Chuang Tzu Greetings Everyone! One of the unanticipated blessings of the covid crisis is that it has caused a re-examination of many different societal structures and the way that we are living our lives, both.
“Modern man will succumb increasingly to physical and spiritual decay unless he finds some new way of coming back to his essential self and the true sense of life.” -Karlfried Graf Durkheim Greetings Everyone! I am so pleased to announce the return of in-person public classes to the studio. While we are probably still a ways away from the public class schedule of old, at least we now have a.
“The first step toward preserving the soul in our individual lives is to admit that the world has a soul also, and is somehow participating with us in our work and destiny.” -David Whyte Greetings Everyone! I know that this is a difficult thing to hear right now, and certainly a difficult thing to say, but I can’t shake this feeling that the coronavirus crisis is a huge wake up.
“The main benefit of yoga, on a physical level, isn’t flexibility; it’s radiant immunity.” -Tias Little Greetings Everyone! I have been observing the messaging that many yoga studios have been sending out this week in light of the Coronavirus scare, and one of the recurring themes is something along the lines of “we care greatly about our community and are doing everything we can to sanitize our facilities so as.
“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.”.