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Smile time

Last summer we offered a benefit Yoga class for SmileTrain, a group of doctors who perform free cleft palate surgeries in the most desperate areas of our world. The benefit was a great success, and we raised $2,500, enough for 10 brand new smiles. I'm starting to get pictures of the children we helped to smile for the first time.

By | February 17th, 2009|events, Yoga|3 Comments

Yesterday’s News

In the 1920's, it was believed that smoking cigarettes helped with respiration, Tour DeFrance riders would lite up and share cigarettes before big hills.  Aren't you tired of the old thoughts, beliefs, prejudices?  How do we release who we used to be, and embrace who we are becoming?  Steady practice wipes the slate clean.  Patanjali wrote these Sutras over two thousand years ago:    1-13 Tatra sthitau yatno-’bhyasah Being firmly established in the state of controlled thought waves is called practice. 1-14 Sa tu dirgha-kala-nairantarya-satkarasevito dridha-bhumih Persistent practice, becomes firmly grounded in presence when it has been practiced for a long, uninterrupted time, and with earnest devotion. sah - that practice tu - however dirghakala - (for) a long time nairantarya - without interruption satkara - reverence, devotion, respect avesitah - pursued, practiced, continued dridhabhumih - firmly grounded   I saw this bag in the store the other day.  Old news.  Not much good except for cat litter and bird cages.  What old ways do you hold on to?  Next time you practice, shed your skin, and thaw your heart.  Let each breath out make room for the new.  It's never too late to re-write your story.   I'm planning a special New Years Day workshop on making space for lasting change.  we'll explore our practice as a vehicle for transformation. [...]

By | December 16th, 2008|events, Uncategorized, Yoga|Add Your Comment

Recession proof your life

Daan Yoga, or Recession proofing your life Two fellow Yoga teachers and I are hosting a benefit for the food pantry Today.  Coming off this cycle of abundance and frivilous spending by much of the country, I think we need to re-learn how to give, how to really experience generosity. Two ways to experince the gift of giving: 1, Root through your shelves and find the box of pasta, and can of soup bought so long ago, and bring them along to class.  Yes, that will feed somebody, and we will very-much appreciate your contribution. 2, Search your cabinets and find the favorite item amongst your stores.  Hold it to your heart; imagine the person who will receive it.  Beam your prayer into the container, infusing the food with this light. Do this until your eyes well-up.  Bring it to class and place it in the bin.  Don't tell anybody.  It's not a story; it's a sacred act of compassion between you and the recipient.  It's important to notice even a slight hesitation in your giving.  Is it an expensive item, does it activate a sense of 'I don't have enough?'   Our lower chakras blindly grasp the material world, and keep us in a feeling of fear and lack.  Our [...]

By | December 6th, 2008|events, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Om Sweet Om

Namaste! Just posted this must-see youtube video to the blog. Stunning  footage of our home planet, with a nice Ommmm... soundtrack.   Tread lightly, John     P.S.  Still a few spaces left in the November Yoga workshop on the 22'nd in W. Concord.  We'll have live Kirtan Music, a potluck, and movie night afterwards.

By | October 24th, 2008|events, video, Yoga, yoga films|Add Your Comment

Reintegration

Namaste!  Everyone wants to know how the retreat went!  Thanks for all the encouraging notes. From the amazing feedback, I would say that our Fall retreat at SpiritFire was a great success.  The weather was perfect, each day the foliage turned more vibrant.  Meals were astounding, and the rooms very comfortable.  I really like how every detail was watched over and cared for by the staff.  This allowed us to really focus on the depth of our practice.  Having our morning Yoga practice and meals in total silence (Mauna) added a richness and texture to our presence at SpiritFire.  The hikes were breathtaking, our Mantra practice cathedral-like, and our celebratory fire circle warmed us inside and out.   The act of spiritual retreat is ancient, and even more applicable in our times, To retreat is to step back and gain perspective, a clearer view of how we've been living.  Through practices of awareness we measure that against how we'd like to be living, and resolve to create the appropriate changes.  Leaving behind the old, we reintegrate back into our lives, holding  space for practice, for presence, and to bring the essence of our retreat back home. We're already planning next years retreat, same place, same weekend!  And we're looking at a Spring Retreat to Ananda Ashram, Where I've [...]

By | October 12th, 2008|events, Uncategorized, Yoga|Add Your Comment