“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 forget that the going is easy.” -Chuang Tzu Greetings Everyone! We all know that living in the Big Easy is not always easy. But there are key moments surrounding Holiday, Carnival, and Festival seasons that simply demand downtime, not only for self-preservation.
“Enough. These few words are enough. If not these words, this breath. If not this breath, this sitting here. This opening to the life we have refused again and again until now. Until now.” -David Whyte Greetings Everyone! My friend Meg Whitbread and I have co-led several retreats in Northern California, and we even did one on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain in 2015. But over the years we.
“Retreat, hell! We’re not retreating, we’re just advancing in a different direction.” -Oliver P. Smith Greetings Everyone! I love the quote from General Oliver P. Smith, who was a venerated Marine Corps commander during World War 2, because it signifies both staunch determination and a radical shift in orientation and attitude. When most people hear the phrase, “yoga retreat,” they probably translate it as “self-indulgence” or “escapism for the affluent.”.
“You must have a room or a certain hour of the day or so, where you do not know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody or what they owe you — but a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be…” -Joseph Campbell Greetings Everyone! I wanted to let you know about several exciting things that.
“Health is not just the absence of a disease. It’s an inner joyfulness that should be ours all the time, a state of positive well-being.” -Deepak Chopra Greetings Everyone! I hope that this newsletter finds you well, but just in case you’re at the end of your Mardi Gras rope, feeling the full force of sugar, alcohol, and revelry overload in your system, then I wanted to remind you about.
“When we give and take in an easy foundational way we are closest to the authentic self, and closest to that self when we are most rested. To rest is not self indulgent, to rest is to prepare to give the best of ourselves, and to perhaps, most importantly, arrive at a place where we are able to understand what we have already been given.” -David Whyte Greetings Everyone! Most.
“Though the struggle to balance rotations in our hip joints so we may sit effortlessly in Lotus Pose may seem important at times, it is clear that most important is relationship with others because that’s where the emotions — our ability to use and see through self-image and those things we value and that give life meaning — come into play. Half the world is given to us, but the.
“We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” -Marianne Williamson Greetings Everyone! I feel.
“Sometimes the actual depth of your approach to a thing will be what coaxes the thing to honor that depth and yield more to you.” -John O’Donohue Greetings Everyone! As part of our commitment to depth in the study of yoga, I am excited to announce that we will be offering more workshops and extended practices on the weekends. Traditionally these immersions have taken place only on Sundays, but we.
“Free your mind and your ass will follow.” -Parliament Funkadelic Greetings Everyone! This Thursday, November 17 will mark the 6th year anniversary of our studio. In light of this mini-milestone, and as a response to last week’s political events and the divisiveness they revealed, I have decided to make some changes around the studio. It is quite clear that now, more than ever, is the time for remembering our common.
“This practice is about cultivation, not magical transformation.” FSY aphorism Greetings Everyone! Staying in the spirit of brevity from the aforementioned aphorism, I would simply like to invite you to tomorrow’s Learning the Ropes class that will take place from 1:00-3:00pm. We will use the ropes in new and interesting ways to cultivate inner space and grace. Reserve your spot now. Take care,
“The practice, in essence, is about creating an internal experience of stillness where you are able to perceive in a very vivid, clear, non-dual way.” -Roshi Joan Halifax Greetings Everyone! Whenever I offer an extended practice called “50 Essential Poses,” I feel compelled to address the implicit question of that class title, namely, “essential to what?” The poses that we typically practice around here are designed to move the body.
“In those moments when awareness succeeds in being at one with feeling, senses, movement, and thought, the carriage will speed along on the right road. Then man can make discoveries, invent, create, innovate, and “know.” He grasps that his small world and the great world around are but one and that in this unity he is no longer alone.” -Moshe Feldenkrais Greetings Everyone! Tias Little is one of my favorite.
“The gentlest thing in the world overcomes the hardest thing in the world. That which has no substance enters where there is no space. This shows the value of non-action.” Lao-tzu, Tao Te Ching (Stephen Mitchell, trans.) Greetings Everyone! I am so proud to announce the first in a series of brand new workshops that we will be offering this fall. This Sunday, October 9 from 1:00-3:00pm, Keith Werhan is.
“When at first you don’t succeed, never try again, at least, not in the same way. Trying almost always involves extra and excessive tension.” -Patrick Macdonald Greetings Everyone! Many of you are probably familiar with the expression that Jon Kabat-Zinn coined for his famous book on how to cultivate mindfulness in everyday life, Wherever You Go, There You Are. It’s such a shockingly simple concept that one can very easily.
“Cultivate firmness without rigidity and relaxation without collapse.” -FSY aphorism Greetings Everyone! With the Saints being undefeated right now, I am quite sure that many of you will find this announcement to be downright blasphemous. Nevertheless, I would like to invite you to a special extended practice that I will be leading this Sunday from 1:00-3:00pm, a perennial favorite called Learning the Ropes. This is one of my favorite classes.