“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.
“Have the courage to love like your life depends on it. Because it does. And find the strength to create like the world depends on it. Because it does.” Meg Whitbread Greetings Everyone! I am excited to announce the return of my dear friend, Meg Whitbread, to the studio this weekend. Over the years she and I have had many conversations about the relevance of yoga in the modern.
“God is the ground we walk on, the food we eat, and the gratitude we express, to no one in particular, as naturally as breathing.” Stephen Mitchell Greetings Everyone! I’m sure that most of you are so busy preparing for tomorrow’s feast that you hardly have time to read this newsletter. So I’ll keep it brief! Just a reminder that we still have some spots open in Friday’s.
“To be human is to become visible while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others.” -David Whyte Greetings Everyone! After reflecting upon the 4th year anniversary of the studio this week, all I can say is thank you to everyone who comes to class or who reads the newsletters or who shares, in some way, the sense of human kinship that we all feel and value but.
“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm, and harmony.” -Thomas Merton Greetings Everyone! Perhaps this image came to me because I just recently witnessed the birth of my daughter, but the other day when I was standing in Mountain Pose I had the vivid sensation of my whole body as an umbilical cord between ground and sky. This is not something that I ordinarily feel.
“Skillful action is the appropriate response to the demands of the present moment with minimum effort and maximum effect.” FSY Aphorism Greetings Everyone! One of my favorite things that Laura used to say in her classes was that you would “get” a yoga pose “all of a sudden, after a long period of time.” The “getting” had to do with being able to exist comfortably in the pose or.
“To understand that there is no security is far more than to agree with the theory that all things change, more even to observe the transitoriness of life. The notion of security is based on the feeling that there is something within us which is permanent, something which endures through all the days and changes of life.” -Alan Watts Greetings Everyone! As we’ve been re-examining the actions of the.