“How tender can we bear to be as we welcome ourselves and others into our hearts?”
“The Devine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” by Rebecca Wells
How Yoga Supports My Journey Back To Health
The early yogis saw yoga as a formula for successful living; a practice that unravels human suffering. They used themselves like human laboratories to better understand what it means to be human and how to live happier and more optimal lives. They wanted to unravel suffering which they knew was inevitable: part of every human life. In a sense they created a formula to bring balance to our lives and to help us cope with the inevitable difficult times. The formula described in the Yoga Sutras has three parts:
Practicing the Opposite
I have been given shingles to deal with and it brought five weeks of severe nerve pain, sleeplessness, flu like symptoms and complications from prescription medications. It has been a big challenge, but also one that has provided me an opportunity to apply the trusted and true yogic skills. I can honestly say whenever I applied the yogic practices, my suffering lessened but in truth the gift of accepting my condition eluded me many times. When fear and/or anger were present, there was more suffering. This is what the yogis call the suffering of the suffering; the pain of the pain. I was presented with an obstacle and all my railing against it magnified the problem and depleted me even more.
Fortunately, there were times when I landed in the present moment just as it was and found my breath. I relaxed in those moments, riding the breath and being with the pain. I guided my awareness to different body parts and used moment-to-moment sensory awareness to take me out of the suffering. Chanting audible “Ahhhhs” did the trick too. I found ways to outwit my pain mind! My shift in consciousness brought the gift of relaxation, and even sleep sometimes.
In meditation we watch the mind. Over time, patterns emerge and information is revealed about the quality of our thinking. When we think about our thinking we have the opportunity to discern which thoughts are enhancing and which are depleting. Over the last month my practice of meditation supported this type of investigation. Feeling what was helping and what was hindering helped me see where I needed to practice the opposite; where I needed to find balance.
-Finding myself dreading the return of the pain, I brought myself back to the present moment.
-Softening resistance to being awake in the middle of the night, I lessened psychic stress.
-Stopping the medications and focusing on healing from the inside out with the help of acupuncture, good nutrition and juicing, released me from both grasping for an outside cure and the challenging side effects of the drugs.
-Focusing on the heartfelt messages of love and good wishes sent from friends and family helped me when I was feeling down.
-Being tender and caring to myself helps me to stay present for my feelings of vulnerability. Now as I recover, consciously restraining myself to push through and not do too much too soon.
All these are acts of self-love – that kindhearted moment to moment practice of being present with what is. I know I will never arrive and stay there, but I accept the worthy life-long endeavor of staying present in my life for exactly how I feel.
Self-Acceptance by Dana Faulds
In the midst of difficulty,
my curiosity is piqued
and I aim the lance of
self-inquiry into the
center of my deepest fears.
I give myself permission
to feel exactly what I feel,
to be just as I am, and in
that self-acceptance I find
energy, awareness, and a
thousand gifts I never
guessed were with me
Make-up classes January 2-7
Nine Week Winter Session
January 9 through March 18
(extra week in the session for winter weather make-up classes)
8:00am – 9:15am Wednesday
10:00am – 11:15am
5:30pm – 6:45pm Friday
9:00am – 10:15am
$117/once a week
$198/twice a week
Please note: All classes need eight people to run
Strengthening Your Meditation Practice
Tuesday, 7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
January 24 – February 14
This five day retreat in Jamaica will be a guided individual exploration of self care through yoga, meditation, exercise and diet. Taking the time to care for ourselves requires creating and keeping a practice and a life style that makes health paramount.
We will explore what that means for each of us. We will explore what foods fuel you? What exercise works best for your body? What thought patterns no longer serve you? Let’s unravel the chronic stress in our lives, inhabit our bodies fully, and find what is individually nourishing.
This retreat will include:
-daily yoga practices
-a variety of meditation practices
-transformational breath work
-readings and discussions on the 8 Fold Path of Yoga
-trips to nearby private beaches and healing rivers
-locally sourced food
-three delicious meals each day
-a new hiking excursion
-charming shared accommodation
Limited space is available for this retreat.
The cost is $1200 (shared accommodations). Price does not include air fare. 50% deposit is needed to secure your spot.
For questions and more information please contact Chris.
-please be mindful of the three young children who live on the barn property
-park along the side of the road except when it snows and on Saturdays when cars are parked in the U-shaped driveway
-refrain from turning in the driveway opposite the barn.
Please, no fragrances in the barn and do not come to class when symptomatic. Thanks everyone!