I Am Thankful For (…….)

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Dancing with Batala NYC in the Village Halloween Parade, NYC 2015 

 

Happy Thanksgiving Week, Everyone!

I am delighted to let you know that I will be subbing several classes over the next month at a new location (Park Slope Yoga) as well as at Area Yoga.  Come join the fun and bring a friend.  🙂

You can always find my up-to-date teaching schedule on my calendar, as I frequently add classes at the last minute and don’t always have time to  write a post about them.

So far, I will be teaching the following classes:

Sunday Nov. 29
3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Vinyasa Open (Park Slope Yoga)

Wednesday Dec. 7
7:05 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Open Level (Area Yoga – Court St.)
8:25 p.m. – 9:35 p.m. Basics (Area Yoga – Court St.)

Wednesday Dec. 16
11:00 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Basics (Area Yoga – Court St.)
12:30 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. Open Level (Area Yoga – Court St.)

This week, I invite you to list (maybe just verbally to yourself, or to someone else, or maybe jot it on a piece of paper) some of the things that you are grateful for in your life.  Even the seemingly small things count.  For instance, I am grateful for the children who continuously burst out laughing at a very serious dance performance I just attended.

In light of the chaos and darkness of these times, I believe that it is ever important to find our gratitude.   This is not to downplay the severity of our struggles, pain, disappointment and fear.  Rather, the more that we can appreciate the good in our lives, the more that we can enjoy the present moment, the more energy we will have to face the challenges that arise, the more we will attract positive vibes, and the more we will manifest beauty into our lives and the world.

 

Along those lines, I would like to share one of my recent Facebook posts (from Halloween weekend) with you:

My friend pointed out that this is the month of Gratitude. Last night I got to dance in the Village Halloween Parade with great people and friends— mixing my love for festivals, parades, performance, party-starting, soulful dance, and Afro-Brazilian movement and music. One of my favorite things about living in NYC is getting to partake in events such as this. Today I got to teach 3 yoga classes and reunite with friends and students who I am so happy to have met through being a yoga instructor. The theme for my classes was celebrating Life in the here and now, in the midst of the darkness and chaos in which we may find ourselves on any given day. I felt that this theme was timely after Halloween, a time of both light and darkness, and also celebration. Also, our group’s theme in the parade was Disco Inferno: Shine Your Light. In addition, it’s something very pertinent to my life these days, as stress and worries about work and a fear of failure has brought me down at times. Yesterday a dear friend from LSU drove from D.C. to spend the day with me. Over the past month I have started training again in capoeira and Afro-Brazilian dance. The NYC Marathon passed through my neighborhood this morning. I have had many opportunities to experience art lately. I have an amazing support network of family and friends. The weather here has been beautiful the past few days. There are unanswered questions and uncertainties about certain aspects of my life that are concerning and important and fear-evoking. That being said, I am extremely blessed and grateful for all of the Good in my Life. Man— when you sit down to start listing your blessings, sometimes your list just keeps growing and growing.

—- May you tap into your Gratitude this week, and see every gift at exactly that.  As we continue to do so, we help to raise the vibration and manifest more beauty into our lives and into this world.

I hope to celebrate with you soon at a yoga class!

Here are some jams to carry you into your week:

“Ain’t Got No/I Got Life” – Nina Simone
“We Are Here” – Alicia Keys

Peace, Light and Joy,

Anne