Please join us on Sunday, Nov 29 10am EST for a Meditation Workshop. Go here for details.
About a month ago I volunteered to tell a story for the 8th annual Storyteller’s Tellabration. It’s been a few years since I’ve tackled this kind of creative endeavor and I’m a little nervous.
My genre of storytelling is a hybrid of personal memoir and ancient mythology. In the past I’ve delved into ancient gods/goddesses from different cultures and I’ve always learned something important. I’ve added some links below of stories told if you are interested.
Thanks to the internet I found my muse right away. She was hardly known in the pantheon of gods/goddesses.of Hindu mythology. She was called Askilandaeshvari and her name holds the key to understanding what she is all about. In Sanskrit, Aki is Universe, lan is ruler, and deshvari is Goddess…………..she is the Goddess who Rules the Universe and her powers are unmatched by any other. But the Sanskrit also says something else. Akilanda can be also translated as Never-Not-Broken. She is the Goddess of Never-Not-Broken. Reconciling those two translations took a bit of meditation and contemplation. Within days my obsession took over and I researched and read and tried to paint the image I found of her.
I looked at all the places where I was broken, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. Slowly as I came to understand her story and the symbolism I could see why Never-Not-Broken = Ruler of the Universe. As a life long yogini I have learned what it means to ’embody’ something. I watched my self *embody* Ashkilandaeshvari.
Her story teaches us about resilience and how with each break, crack, rupture, trauma, crisis, catastrophe we survive, we become stronger.
I suspect that her fame will grow during these turbulent times we are living in. The way she rides the crocodile down a raging river is a lesson in itself.
…to be continued
Here’s an invite to our Tellebration if you want to come.
A Lunar Eclipse….so, between now and then we are in the Gibbous phase. Act Accordingly. Please. Best use during this 3 day period? Self-care. Self-reflection. Spiritual practices.
I knew it was coming. It was inevitable. Today the announcement was made in the Berkshire Eagle. It’s too much to process right now. It’s a big deal for me, and many, many others. There will be many stories in the days to come. Mine will be one of them.
My first visit to Kripalu Ashram was right after Gurudev Amrit Desai, the Guru, had left. That was 1993? Over the next couple decades I commuted to Lenox frequently to assist/teach/train/volunteer/retreat and then some. The Kripalu Community spans the globe and when I did volunteer work at the Amrit Institute in Florida a few years ago, I discovered even more how the teachings of Swami Kripalu are available in other places as well. Nevertheless, the feng shui and energy of this property will live on. I hope I get to go there again.
I’ve written a lot here about Kripalu. If you’re interested type Kripalu into the search bar.
more to come.
Self Study or Svadaya in Sanskrit, refers to the practice of introspection to ‘study of the self’. It encourages one to practice focused awareness and nonjudgmental self-reflection. My intention as facilitator is to align various yoga (therapy) practices with cosmic forces to create optimal conditions for participants to have a meaningful experience. Transformation, healing, or enlightenment are possible side effects. Read more here.
INQUIRE WITHIN – ONLINE!!
Under a Pisces Moon
May 16-17, 2020
Our workshop this weekend will take place 1-4pm on Saturday and 9-am-12 on Sunday. We’ll be alone and together online. You are welcome to attend one or both.
The Moon will be moving thru Pisces, a perfect time to explore the topic of Healing. Healing is not curing. We don’t need to be deathly ill to reap the benefits of healing practices. Whatever throws us out of balance, be it by choice, chance, divine will, or the unexpected consequences of a global pandemic, we all have some healing work to do. If not for ourselves, then in service to others.
This workshop-on-retreat is an opportunity to do the kind of inner work that frequently occurs when we travel to be with strangers. Participating from the confines of your home without the external structure of the typical retreat experience will be an interesting experiment in svadaya.
Experiential portions of this program may include: Asana, pranayama, mudra, yoga nidra, meditation, art, journaling, expressive movement, storytelling. Hatha yoga and experience with astrology is not necessary. The practices will be gentle & challenging at the same time. Experiences and insights that stimulate the mind-body-spirit connection can be profoundly transformational. Inner space explorations of outer space can at times stir up the unconscious and help us to see places we don’t often visit consciously.
Submit the form below to register or call/text 721 531 9013. Once you’ve registered you’ll receive the zoom link and an information sheet on how to prepare. There is no set fee for this program. Donations gratefully received thru Paypal/Venmo/Personal Checks PayPal button is here.
So, I’ve been organizing my personal library and came across this very old, very yellow, coverless paperback copy of Autobiography of a Yoga. I read it at least twice before I enrolled in my first yoga teacher training program and one (or is it 2?) again since. I downloaded it on Kindle so that when this copy turns to dust I will still be able to read it. But, today, in the midst of all that is, I randomly opened it to this page.
Once again I am stunned by the sychronicity between the *universe* and what is happening in the moment. This constant, expression of “As Above, So Below” helps me feel safe.
Meanwhile…. I have been offering my yoga therapy classes online now for 3 weeks and it looks like this trend will continue for some time. The astrology of the day supports the movement to use technology better and safer. I continue to rearrange my living space to accommodate these new working conditions.
If you are interested in joining an online yoga therapy class with me let me know.
FYI I took the photo at the top of this post at the Lake Shrine Temple, which is in Pacific Palisades, CA. A very peaceful place. There are Temples all over the world promoting the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. The organization is called the Self-Realization Fellowship and it’s based in Los Angeles, CA.
Buddha’s Five Remembrances
– Thich Nhat Hanh
I am of the nature to grow old.
There is no way to escape growing old.
I am of the nature to have ill health.
There is no way to escape ill health.
I am of the nature to die.
There is no way to escape death.
All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change.
There is no way to escape being separated from them.
My actions are my only true belongings.
I cannot escape the consequences of my actions.
My actions are the ground upon which I stand.