Thanksgiving Schedule and Core Cleanse Workshop
“There are many things for which you cannot be grateful, such as war and violence and disease, but in every moment you can be grateful.”
I love the way that David Steindl-Rast reminds us that in order for there to be an authentic thanks-giving, there must first be a sense of great-fullness, especially around one’s heart. The way he describes this gratefulness feels to me like the absorption that I experience during a particularly good inhalation. It swells and fills, without greediness or desperation, and it spills over into an exhalation that seems like a reverential offering. That’s pretty much how we pray around here — we commune together to breathe together to share in our uncontrived appreciation for the miracle of being alive. I feel tremendously grateful to all of you for your continued support over the years and for allowing me to share the wonder of this great tradition.
The studio will be closed tomorrow, November 22, in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. And the regularly scheduled classes on Friday, November 23 have been cancelled to give our hard-working teachers a bit of a break and also to make room for the Core Cleanse workshop that I teach every year on the day after Thanksgiving at 10am. If you’ve never taken this workshop before, I’ll just say that it feels particularly satisfying to wring out your abdominal organs after a feast. We accomplish this through a nice sequence of hip openers and twists. Then we get to settle our nerves and smooth out the mind through some fun breathing exercises that we never seem to have time for in the public classes. We conclude the workshop with a sweet mediation that is intended to drop us into the solace of silence. I look forward to this practice each year, and I certainly hope you’ll join me. But you’ll have to reserve your spot now by clicking on the big button below because it’s starting to fill up!
Happy Thanksgiving and hope to see you soon!