“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.
“Organize yourself downward; orient yourself upward.” FSY Aphorism Greetings Everyone! As the 2015-16 Advanced Studies/Teacher Training group enters into its home stretch of the program, I am feeling especially sentimental about announcing that three of our former graduates will be offering new classes on our schedule, starting next week. These teachers have devoted a lot of time to the study of yoga and to the refinement of their communication skills,.
“Drop the illusion that you are covering your heart. The secrets that you think you are hiding are exactly what show anyway.” -Rodney Yee Greetings Everyone! There are several exciting events happening around here that I wanted to draw your attention to. First, we still have 6 spots available in tomorrow’s Learning the Ropes class, which takes place from 12:30-2:00pm. If you’ve always wanted to participate in this unique practice but.
“The soul does not grow by addition but by subtraction.” -Meister Eckhart Greetings Everyone! Just a quick heads-up that I’ll be teaching a new edition of Learning the Ropes this Sunday at 11:00am for anyone who wants to take a break from the parades to untangle their shoulders and hips. If you’re interested, be sure to sign up now by clicking the big button below because we only have 13 sets.
“Our practices are not making us bigger or better than others, they are only downsizing our ego so it can fit into our hearts. When we’ve done that we will be able to love ourselves and others — which is the purpose and fruition of all spiritual practices.” -David Richo Greetings Everyone! I love the wave of enthusiasm for healthy routines that swells up each year at the beginning of.
“Contact with your breathing will make you more open to life’s experiences. It will give you the resilience to cope with life’s challenges and to enjoy its pleasures. You will learn to overcome the weariness that follows periods of poor breathing, to restore loss of energy, and you will experience full vitality as an unavoidable consequence of fuller breathing.” Carola Speads Greetings Everyone! I just wanted to make a few.