“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.
“There is no way of living without anxiety, but there is a way of holding ourselves that is larger than any particular worry and allows our constant sense that something is wrong to fall into a natural hierarchy of experience.” David Whyte Greetings Everyone! I spent yesterday evening preparing and packing for this weekend’s spring retreat up in Covington, and so naturally I’ve been thinking about why we even.
“There are no wrong notes, only wrong resolutions.” -Thelonious Monk Greetings Everyone! Whenever I teach yoga to kids, I am constantly astounded, not by the fluidity of their hip joints or the suppleness of their spine, but by their utter lack of fear when it comes to making mistakes. Adults, by contrast, seem terrified of doing something wrong. It’s almost like they are bracing themselves for a bad review from.
Greetings Everyone! The subject line of this week’s newsletter is not a belated April Fool’s Day joke. Tomorrow is the annual Freret Street Festival, which features live music, food vendors, and so much more all along the Freret corridor from Napoleon to Jefferson. It’s also graduation day for our Advanced Studies/Teacher Training Program, and we would like to invite the whole FSY community to help us celebrate both events. We.
“Be bent, and you will remain straight. Be vacant, and you will remain full. Be worn, and you will remain new.” Lao Tzu Greetings Everyone! I realize that this is probably an uninteresting topic for those who do not follow professional football, but I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the young linebacker from the 49ers who retired after only one season in the NFL because he was wary.
“Any path is only a path, and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you… Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself, and yourself alone, one question: Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t, it is of.
“Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as bird wings.” Jellaludin Rumi Greetings Everyone! I hope you’ve had a wonderful Mardi Gras break. I’ve enjoyed taking some time off of my practice because it’s made me realize all over again how good it usually makes me feel. Not to say that extra time with my family and sharing food.
“If you ain’t livin’ it, it ain’t comin’ out your horn.” Charlie Parker Greetings Everyone! My favorite part of Mardi Gras parades has always been the marching bands. I love the rhythm of the drum section, the harmony of the horns, and the familiar melodies that have evoked merriment since I was a little kid. So if I like music so much, why is it that I never play it.
“These forms are not a means of obtaining the right state of mind. To take this posture itself is the purpose of our practice. When you have this posture, you have the right state of mind, so there is no need to try to attain some special state.” Shunryu Suzuki Greetings Everyone! I’ve never been a huge fan of resolutions because they rarely seem to last for more than a.
“I practice yoga every day, but I’ve never made a habit out of it.” J. Krishnamurti Greetings Everyone! The first time I did a Vipassana meditation retreat I was seated directly behind a gentleman who wore the same tee shirt for almost the entire 10 days. The big block lettering on the back of his shirt read, “I practice yoga every day, but I’ve never made a habit out.