Hello Dear Yogis,
Close your eyes and take five deep breaths. Feel the ability of this life force to connect you with peace, right here, right now. Observe yourself slowing down and deepening. Ahhhh. Feels good, right?
I recently returned from the most wonderful yoga retreat with Urban Yoga Foundation in Long Beach Island, New Jersey. We were able to catch the tail end of summer weather and spend time playing in the waves and walking on top of large rocks in the water.
Whether you made it to the beach this summer or not, imagine the ocean where it meets the shore. See the sunlight bounce off the water. Hear the sound of the waves. Picture a large rock firmly planted into the ocean floor. It is large enough that you could climb on top of it to sit and watch the sea. As the waves roll toward the shore, they crash against the rock. In the midst of the turbulence, notice how the rock stays strong and grounded, right where it is.
In our own oceans, we have currents that are constantly flowing. There are waves of thought that come and go, flooding our minds, sometimes crashing against them. There is another current that permeates us, just as powerfully, and that is our breath. Like the waves, like the tide surging toward the shore, then pulling back, our breath surges through us, never stagnant, always flowing.
Your yoga practice is an awesome space where you can let your breath keep you steady. As thoughts come to you, let the breath bring you ease, focus, simplicity, and bliss. Observe the distractions that come, embrace them, then let them go. As you move through intense postures, as your heart beats faster, as you feel the water moving across across you, covering you, the rock stays firmly grounded in the sand. In the midst of the noise and the force of the crashing waves, I invite you to find the power of your breath…
I am delighted to announce that I will be teaching weekly classes at a brand new BROOKLYN studio in Bedford-Stuyvescent, starting October 4:
Emerge Studio (partnering with Urban Yoga Foundation)
Tuesdays – 12:30 – 1:30 – Basic Hatha
380 McDonough St.
Brooklyn, NY 11233
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I am also subbing classes at Area Yoga over the next couple weeks. Check out the calendar tab of this blog for all dates.
In addition, I am teaching youth at DREAM Charter, Pusteblume International Preschool and Bronx Academy of Letters. I will also soon be giving classes to teachers through Success In Motion 4 U. I am so happy to be able to use the gift of yoga to help empower youth and the teachers who guide them. If you are interested in having me teach someone if your life, please let me know!
Come join me this week to reconnect with the breath, body, mind and spirit. As we practice staying grounded with our breath while our bodies experience floods of sensations and challenges on our mats, we are increasing our ability to find grounding and balance in the midst of our daily challenges in life. As the current of life brings new experiences your way, may your rock stay grounded throughout your week. May your waves of thought and breath move in harmony.