“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,.
“The connections made by good teachers are held not in their methods but in their hearts — meaning heart in its ancient sense, as the place where intellect and emotion and spirit and will converge in the human self.” -Parker Palmer Greetings Everyone! Festival season in New Orleans is traditionally the time for big announcements and album debuts, and so I am proud to proclaim the opening of registration for.
“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.”.