Tag: storytelling

“Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too”
~Isabel Allende

“Yea/But”, Yoga & Your a Story 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

1-5:30 pm  $55/$65  (Sanctuary students/All others)

Register  before Oct 21 and get 10%off!

Reading, wrijuggling-animals.jpgting, and telling stories has been a cultural phenomenon  thruout human history.  That’s because it’s the best way to learn……just about everything.

Join us for this lively, soulful, and hopefully entertaining workshop, the day before we put on our Halloween masks.  Everyone is welcome, although we will be meeting in a yoga studio and working mostly from the floor.  Chairs are available, and we most certainly will be getting up and moving around often enough to keep you flexible and engaged.

Bring with you: a favorite writing instrument, if you have one, a personal journal (optional), and maybe a mask if you think it might help you achieve some ‘authentic’ truth.   A water bottle would be handy to have too.

We begin promptly, so please be on time.   And, there’s a meditation in the space earlier that morning (10am) which may also help you quiet your mind enough to really reap the benefits of our afternoon.  Activities include: gentle stretching, yoga breathing, mudra, savasana, dyads, expressive movement, writing practice, and more.

To register in advance call/text 732.531.9013.   Program Location is: The Sanctuary, 560 Main St, 2C, Loch Arbor.  Space is limited to 10.  Register early to avoid program cancellation due to minimal attendance.

 

Tugging_at_your_harp_stringsWow!  Sunday was my first-ever storytelling performance with a harp, and the audience was delighted.  I recognized some serious applause and I was told later that everyone was talking about me, although, I don’t think it was really me they were talking about….it was really about the harp.  Once again  I forgot how utterly mesmerizing this instrument is to most people….and me too, of course.  For all the worry, anxiety, and practice….the music just flowed exactly the way it was supposed to.

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Chiron teaching harp to Achilles

In the first person, I told the story of Chiron’s Birth and why he came to be living in a cave with his harp.

This centaur, known as The Wounded Healer, is a mythological story that has captured my attention for the past 20 years or so and I’m frequently referring to his symbolism in my lectures/workshops and yoga therapy classes.  He’s got a powerful story for our times, for sure.  So many of us  feel wounded, shamed, abandoned and just plain old sad.    I’ve blogged a bit about Chiron, the asteroid, and this post gives a pretty good overview of the astrological Chiron.   Today Chiron is traveling thru Pisces which supports healing thru music.

 This was the first time, in a long time, that rather than teach or facilitate,  I practiced Performance & (intentional) Drama.    I was totally unprepared for the sheer joy that I experienced after it was over and thruout the following day.  It was wonderful to find a new, creative outlet that brings together so much of what I love to do, and still challenges me in new ways.  But four minutes is nothing when your hands are on the strings, you know?

Already, I am planning Chapter 2, and expanding my story to maybe 10-15 minutes?  Who knows?  For now, Storytelling is a new hobby/activity for me and I am so excited to see where it takes me.

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