“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.
“Man’s life is a continuous process, and the improvement is needed in the quality of the process, not in his properties or disposition. Many factors influence this process, and they must be combined to make it fluid and self-adjusting. The more clearly the fundamentals of the process are understood, the greater will be the achievements.” -Moshe Feldenkrais Greetings Everyone, We wake up yet again to another story of horrific violence,.
“We must start in an entirely different way. We must first come to enough inner quiet so that we can feel what may really be needed at this moment. Then stretching will become discovery and not performance, a meditation instead of an exercise. When we have come closer to real stillness, in which we can feel the very beginning of a movement, we will let it begin at its own.
“Just as the right inner state is clearly expressed in the symbolism of the harmoniously functioning body, so inner malformations appear as bodily malformations. These have one thing in common: lack of center. Lack of center implies either that a man is anchored too firmly in his upper body or that he lacks anchorage altogether. Only where a firm middle region exists is man’s entire psycho-physical state properly entered.” -Karlfried.
“The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.” -Charles Du Bos Greetings Everyone! It seems like many of us are transitioning back into a normal routine after the disruption of Hurricane Harvey and the long Labor Day weekend that followed. While we continue to send prayers and supplies to our neighbors in Houston, we are reminded of.
“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.” -Joan Halifax Greetings Everyone! A few months ago I heard a fascinating radio interview with a man named Gordon Hempton, who declared that “silence is an endangered species.” I had never thought about silence quite like that, but it made me realize that one of.
“The problem with science done by one large group of people that all hold the same cultural beliefs and habits is, they rarely look at their habits as disease creators. But of course, the solutions to health problems, just like our car keys, are often hidden in an obvious place, aren’t they?” -Katy Bowman Greetings Everyone! Free yourself from ‘deformity conformity’ this weekend with two workshops that are designed to.
“Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.” -Aldous Huxley Greetings Everyone! A favorite axiom at FSY is “always come back to your back,” and I love that Tamarin Hennebury just up-ed the ante in the first line of her description for this Saturday’s workshop — “At Freret Street Yoga, WE HAVE YOUR BACK!” I don’t even have to cite the statistics of how 80%.
“Ah, not to be cut off, not through the slightest partition shut out from the law of the stars. The inner — what is it? if not intensified sky, hurled through with birds and deep with the winds of homecoming.” -Rainer Maria Rilke Greetings Everyone! I wanted to let you know about a few shifts we’ve made to the schedule, the addition of new classes that have been germinating over.
“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich. If you stay in the center and embrace death with your whole heart, you will endure forever.” -Tao Te Ching, translation by Stephen Mitchell Greetings Everyone! We’ve had so many requests from our community for an ongoing meditation class at FSY.
“Gratitude is the understanding that many millions of things come together and live together and mesh together and breathe together in order for us to take even one more breath of air, that the underlying gift of life and incarnation as a living, participating human being is a privilege; that we are miraculously, part of something, rather than nothing.” -David Whyte Greetings Everyone! A favorite topic of the comedic genius,.