be here, now
i have found myself wanting to rush
my way to the ending of things
i am in the practice of not pushing so hard
dropping back into my body
taking the extra moments
to really feel my feet
on the ground
and being with my breath
and what i find there
in its wholeness
- Danielle Doby
When I read Danielle Doby's poem it reminds me of why yoga is so relevant. Danielle Doby is a writer, yogi and breast cancer survivor. Her yoga practice was essential to her healing. In her own words, "My yoga practice has been a tool that has helped me become more present in my experience. From the moment I step onto the yoga mat, I am invited to be in my body and emotions, just as they are, without the need to fix or tidy up anything. Yoga teaches me that to be embodied means to honor both the light and shadow. When I allow my pain to exist, I allow love and joy to exist too".
I will often describe to students in class that the poses are considered sacred architecture. It is as if in each pose through our attention to the alignment, that we are tuning the instrument of the body. I will often equate the alignment in each yoga pose to the tuning of an instrument so that the instrument (much like the body) plays at its most optimal ability. The yoga practice takes your body through a set of postures that encourage your mind to quiet, your central nervous system to settle, to connect with your breath, to find balance between rest and movement and to be present to your experience unfolding just as it is.
If you are a yoga and meditation nerd like me and curious about how science and psychology supports these type of practices I recently read an article by Holly Lebowitz Rossi entitled, Embodied Spiritual Practices Are the Way to Calm.
Sundays 4:30pm-5:30pm www.bhaktibarn.com
Mondays 9am-10am Summit YMCA www.thesay.org
Tuesdays 11:15am-12:15pm www.bhaktibarn.com
Tuesdays 6pm-7pm Summit YMCA www.thesay.org
Been awhile since you unrolled your mat? Email me if you are interested in starting back quietly for privates or small group privates at your home including guided meditation sessions
DECEMBER RESTFUL MINI RETREAT
WITH JENNY & SHERRI WEDNESDAY December 7th 12:45-2pm
SAVE THE DATE & VISIT ME ON MY BIRTHDAY!
Location: Bhakti Barn Yoga Studio, Millburn
Link to sign up here (under the workshop tab) or call 973.232.6227 www.bhaktibarn.com
Bhakti Barn School of Yoga Weekday 200 Hour Teacher Training begins January 9th - May 17th
Meetings are Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30-2:30pm
I will be leading this training program with my dear friend Tamara Tsoutsouris.
Please feel free to reach out to me if you are curious!
NEW CLASS ON YOUTUBE
30 Minute Flow for anytime of day
I hope all of you all find time during the holiday season to take time for yourself to quiet the mind, replenish the physical body and to feel well and relaxed within.