Dear Yoga Friends,
Winter is upon us and so is the “holiday Season”. Rather than get caught up or annoyed with the frenzy of consumerism that seems to dominate western culture, let’s be closer to each other.
We are a species profoundly interconnected and interdependent. Keep in mind modern culture promotes an unrealistic ideal of independence and self-sufficiency. This may be hindering our ability to be close. The truth is we all want closeness and connection. I shared this article last year and in case you missed it, you may find it refreshing; closeness, togetherness coziness
I hope you find time for leisurely walks this season. All around us, in the natural world is stimulus for us to understand our own nature, we are made of the same stuff: Water, Earth (minerals), Fire (heat and combustion, digestion and burning of food for energy) Air (Breath) and Either (space). Appreciation of nature on a walk always lifts ones spirits. More about walking in this blog post walking the most under-rated exercise.
Remember to do your daily routine, even in the hustle of holidays, travel and visitors. Your practice, done consistently and mindfully has a powerful healing effect on all levels; physical, mental, emotional, energetic and a multitude of aspects deeper and more profound. Daily practice allows us to face our life, to deal with our emotions and quiet the chatter in our minds. Our negative thoughts and suppressed emotions are toxic. By gaining control of the mind we can grow through conscious awareness of emotions the energy they have. True yoga is a well of strength and peace to draw from. This well is filled through daily practice– asana and meditation.
“The more you sit in the self the more you will feel an energy that you have never experienced before. It comes from behind rather than in front where you experience your mind and emotions.…When you are no longer absorbed in your melodrama, but instead sit comfortably deep inside the seat of awareness, you will feel this energy from deep within. …. Feelings, loneliness, fear are just things in the universe like cars, grass, stars, Awareness does not fight. Within the self you will experience strength of your inner Being, even when the heart is weak…” From the book Untethered Soul – Michael Singer
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” Thich Nhat Hanh
_CLASS Schedule December January, all same except.... There will NOT be classes at RGCSL on Monday Dec 25th or Monday January 1st (New Year's day there will be Primary Lead @ Stone Age Climbing Gym) Consider joining the Wed. class- Versatile Vitality, 4100 Silver SE 8:30am - 9:45am.(wonderful group,lovely space & easy parking) or treat yourself to an individual session to design or refine your daily practice. Gift Certificates available now.