“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.
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” -John Muir Greetings Everyone! I have been soaking up Nature’s peace in the Sawtooth Mountains these past couple of weeks, and I am eager to return to New Orleans this evening to share some of that freshness in my upcoming classes. During my vacation, I was fortunate enough to nerd-out on some chair yoga techniques with my dear friend.
“Hope is distinct, in my mind, from optimism or idealism. It has nothing to do with wishing. It references reality at every turn and reveres truth. It lives open eyed and wholehearted with the darkness that is woven ineluctably into the light of life and sometimes seems to overcome it. Hope, like every virtue, is a choice that becomes a practice that becomes spiritual muscles memory. It’s a renewable resource.
“To put it crudely we teach people to expand instead of contract the positions in which they hold themselves. Their actual muscular movements matter less than the little impulses that go on inside.” -Patrick Macdonald Greetings Everyone! I am so excited about our new Integrative Studies/Teacher Training Program that kicked off last weekend. We have a special group of 19 dedicated students, many of whom are already teachers here, participating.
“Cultivate the root; the leaves and branches will take care of themselves.” Greetings Everyone! The theme of the week around here seems to be foundations. I’m heading out to Northern California on Thursday to lead a weekend workshop series that is based on the principle of taking several steps backward in order to move authentically forward. The class titles that I selected for this event — Reconnecting with the Ground,.
“Star Wars asks, ‘Are you going to be a person of heart and humanity — because that’s where the life is, from the heart — or are you going to do whatever seems to be required of you by what might be called ‘intentional power’? When Ben Kenobi says, ‘May the Force be with you,’ he’s speaking of the power and energy of life, not of programmed political intentions.” -Joseph.
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” -Mother Theresa Greetings Everyone! Yesterday Ecuador was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Our very own Emilia Aguinaga, who is from Ecuador, is going down there on Friday. She will be taking emergency relief supplies and is asking our yoga community to help. Emilia is looking for clothes and blankets to take down. Many areas have been,.
“In yoga, what seems to be the blockage is the portal.” Keith Werhan Greetings Everyone! Although some might find the subject line of this week’s newsletter a bit misleading, because after all, an actual event called ‘Yoga Fest 2016’ exists no more than the infamous ‘Yoga Regionals’ to which I am frequently referring in class, I feel quite strongly that each yoga practice is a commemoration and a celebration. Through.
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” – Thich Nhat Hanh Greetings Everyone! I have three announcements this week that are bound to evoke spring gaiety in your body/mind. If you’ve been to the public classes recently, you’ve certainly heard this first bit of wonderful news; but just in case you’ve been out of the loop, here.
“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” -T.S. Eliot Greetings Everyone! The darndest thing about practicing yoga for a long time is that you cannot shake the peculiar feeling that somehow you are always going in a circle. There’s the momentary elation of a breakthrough when the pose that.