“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.
“Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.” G.K. Chesterton Greetings Everyone, How are we to find light in such times of darkness? We are witnessing terrorist attacks both at home and abroad; the daylight is fading from us as we approach the winter solstice; and our old strategy of quieting our collective dis-ease and anxiety through consumerism just doesn’t seem to have the same effectiveness it once did. We.
“When my life opens up very clearly, I can’t help, from the depths of my heart, wanting to bow. When the mind that wants to bow to enemies and friends and demons and gods and evils and Buddhas and good friends and bad people — when this feeling comes tumbling out of my deep life, then I become friends with all human and other beings.” Haya Akegarasu Greetings Everyone! One.
“The Master never reaches for the great; thus she achieves greatness. When she runs into a difficulty, she stops and gives herself to it. She doesn’t cling to her own comfort; thus problems are no problem for her.” Tao Te Ching, translated by Stephen Mitchell Greetings Everyone! Cathie Caccia, who is one of my favorite yoga teachers in the entire United States, is coming to FSY this weekend from Sun.
“The anatomist may ‘know’ the exact function of each muscle, and conversely know what muscles come into play in the execution of any specified act. But if he is himself unable to coordinate all the muscular structures involved in, say, sitting down or in rising from a sitting position in a way which achieves the optimum and efficient performance of that act, how can he be said to know in.
“Meditation is the art of suspending verbal and symbolic thinking for a time, somewhat as a courteous audience will stop talking when a concert is about to begin.” Alan Watts Greetings Everyone! Sometimes after I practice the age-old, specific sequence of asana, pranayama, and then meditation, I am astonished by the noiselessness of my mind. Everything seems so clear, and my senses are so delicate that the world feels fresh.
“Through balance man conserves nervous energy and thus directly benefits all his activities, mental as well as physical.” Mabel Elsworth Todd Greetings Everyone! The theme of the last two weeks for me has been undoing. It started when I went to the U.S. Open in New York and kept hearing the advice of my friend, a former nationally-ranked collegiate tennis player, reverberate through my head. “When you watch the pros,”.
“The purpose of our practice is just to be yourself. When you become just yourself, you have real enlightenment. If you try to hold onto what you attained previously, that is not actual enlightenment.” Shunryu Suzuki Greetings Everyone! I am simultaneously sad and happy to announce the departure of our beloved Cheryl Golich from the FSY staff. Sad of course because Cheryl has been such a solid pillar and such.
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” Anais Nin Just a quick heads-up that I’ll be leading another session of Learning the Ropes this Sunday, August 9 at 1pm. For those who’ve taken this class before, you know how much fun it is and how good your back feels afterwards. For those who haven’t taken it yet, be sure to pre-register because it fills up quickly. Reserve your.
“We shall not be studying techniques or seeking a ‘correct’ way to do it. Our study is the soil in which the plant grows. If this soil seems hard, we can find means to loosen it; if we see weeds, we can pluck them. We shall simply work at coming to more quiet and fuller presence in a task, with fewer thoughts and senses more open.” Charles Brooks, Sensory Awareness.
“If you don’t have the qualities of stability, peace, and freedom inside of you, then no matter what you do, you cannot help the world. It is not about “doing” something, it’s about “being” something — being peace, being hope, being solid — every action will come out of that, because peace, stability, and freedom always seek a way to express themselves in action.” Thich Nhat Hanh Greetings Everyone! I.
“The Hindu culture discovered many thousands of years ago that if you got a relatively good body, you had a reasonable, mild man. So the way a reasonably good body behaved became for them the touchstone of morality. When morals are built from the body’s behavior, you get a moral structure and behavior which respect the rights and privileges of other individuals.” Ida Rolf Greetings Everyone! I just wanted to.
“When we no longer hold a rigid self/other distinction, then we recognize that the world mirrors the self; that to work on the self it is necessary to work in the world, and to work effectively in the world, it is necessary to work on the self.” Charles Eisenstein Greetings Everyone! I am thrilled to announce several interesting and inspiring workshops that will be taking place at the studio during.
“Don’t force yourself open. Wait for your unwinding core to invite you in. Release the dense, stubborn tissues that hold you bone to bone. Sense the soft organs that float inside the protective shell of your skeleton. Hear your body start to sing in its ancient language of sensation and emotion.” Anne Cushman Greetings Everyone! Many of you have heard me tell this story before, but it’s worth repeating.