We hear with more than our ears, and when Music joins the practice of Yoga a spontaneous wave of co-creation takes place.
Like never before, like never again, the beauty of the present moment is revealed, and we're nourished at so many levels.
Join us this Sunday at 9am for a Live Music Yoga class with Rachel Arnold playing her Cello while I lead us through a nurturing practice.
Drop-ins welcome, please come a little early so we can get started right at 9am
Here's a clip of Rachel and her band The Grownup Noise. (she'll be playing solo cello for us)
I just love offering our monthly Sunday Live Music Class in West Concord, and going by the feedback I receive, you do as well.
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Many thanks for supporting our Live Music Yoga series, I've got some great musicians lined up for the Fall!
Om Shanti, I'll see you in class
p.s. Tickets for Being the Change (the Peace conference that I co-founded) are going fast. If you know you're joining us, skip the long registration line by getting your tix online at www.beingthechange.us
Meet Andy Mackie – The Harmonica Man. After many heart surgeries and dire warnings, Andy went off all medications and started teaching children to play music. He thrived for 13 years and left a legacy of over 25,000 new musicians:
Your greatest strengths, your finest qualities… are not yours. They exist for helping others. What if we all lived our passions as fully as Andy did? What if you started today?
Love this life. Please share this with a friend or two, and click the 'like' button below if you're on Facebook. Thanks!
I couldn't wait to share this brief video with you all!
Tao Porchon-Lynch was recently recognized as the world's oldest yoga teacher by the Guinness Book of World Records. Tao is much younger that her 93 calendar years!
Be inspired, Click on the video below to see her lift off in full lotus pose:
Here's to a mindful Yoga practice that evolves along with us, a practice we can do our whole lives.
Many thanks to all who came out this past weekend for the special classes I co-taught with Jessica Crow of Dharma Mittra Yoga, and Jennifer Sundeen of Durga Yoga. Thanks to you, our offerings were a great success, and Jessica boarded the train back to NYC with a beaming smile. She sends her gratitude.
Please share this inspiring video, click the 'like' button below, or the '@' symbol to email to a friend or two who could use some encouragement and inspiration.
Take care, and I'll see you in class. -j
p.s. So Happy to announce my return to Lumina at longfellow starting this weekend! Visit my events page for the details.
oh, and a final note:
Here's a blast from the past, I posted a video of her back when she was 'just' 91, and now at 93, Tao has renewed my inspiration, What do you say we open a Yoga teachers and practitioners un-retirement community?
The amazing technology of the internet brings us closer together,
and we can all meet Maia, who at 95, is still a lover of life…
you’ll be so happy you watched her practice, share this one with a friend:
Join me in living an inspired and simple life, brimming with happiness. We’ll begin again today at 4 and 5:30pm.
Om Shanti, I’ll see you in class. -j
ps. So happy that Irene Solea will play and sing for our monthly Live Music Yoga this Sunday morning at 9am. Irene needs no introduction and words don’t describe… we’re patiently awaiting her album will be ready soon. Please come a bit early! See the Events page for more information.
For those who asked, our spring retreat in on, and the date is set. Let me know if you’d like to be on the pre-invite list! -j
Every few thousand years, a good book comes along:
Before written language, teachings were passed to the next generation by the chanting and memorization of short soundbites called sutras. Sutra means a thread, it's where our word suture comes from.
The teachings were sacred, secret, and for the priviledged classes.
Patanjali, often called the father of classical yoga was the first known person to gather the knowledge of Yoga and write it down, penning The Yoga Sutras over two thousand years ago. I can imagine at the time this was quite blasphemous, to break from tradition and write down the secret teachings. He was a radical – our kind of guy.
Now anyone could learn the secrets of Yoga and liberate themselves.
The sutras can be cryptic, and were meant to be 'unpacked' through commentary by a teacher. In the practice of Swadyaya, we play detective, excavating the meaning of the sutra within the context of our own lives.
As your practice and understanding of yourself evolves, your understanding of the Sutras evolves. In essence, you weave these threads of wisdom into your practice, using them to help navigate your life.
YS II.35AHIMSA PRATISTHAYAM TAT SAMNIDHAU VAIRA TYAGAH
Originally written in Sanskrit, there are many translations to choose from. When researching a sutra, I often have many translations open, gleaning an understanding from bits of each commentary.
Namaste. Thanks so much for all the well wishes and welcome backs!
I've been on a relatively fast pace since returning from India, and really felt the need to sit in quiet reflection. I headed off to Ananda Ashram for a few days of Mauna, the practice of sacred silence.
Arriving at Ananda is like coming home. No matter where you've been, the ashram always takes you back, and it's like you never left. I always pause at the old iron gates to set an intention for my stay. When I looked inwards, what came back was 'quiet'
Sitting down for my first simple meal, I looked up and there was the radiant Shrimati Kankana Banerjee sitting across from me.
She smiled and said, more as a statement than a question: "You're coming to my class tomorrow?" Before I could even think about an answer, I felt my head nodding yes.
Turns out that Kankana is considered the best vocalist in india and she was at Ananda to teach a weeklong immersion in Classical Indian Singing.
You can't always get what you want.
I was a bit resistant to this idea of not just singing, but singing all-day… I mean, I made my vow not to speak for 3 days, I was committed, or rather – attached to my plan.
After some going back and forth in my mind, I finally surrendered to the new plan, the opposite of what I 'wanted.' That next morning, I fixed myself a really huge mug of green tea and settled in for my first lesson.
But if you try some time.
Kankana played an ancient harmonium, and led us in stringing many single syllables into beautiful – swimming melodies called Ragas.
You just might find.
Practicing the Raga scales is very meditative, There's a true sense of surrender to it She leads, you follow, it's simple, beautiful, and beyond mind.
My friend Kamaniya said "I didn't see you leave, but you were gone for some time, and I saw when you came back into your body. You were different."
You get what you need…
At some point, hours into the practice, I merged with the seductive sounds, sliding into a peace I've never experienced before. Words don't describe this new threshold, so I'll not even try.
Three days of Mauna practice may have been good for me, but surrender to the new plan was even better.
I grapple with decisions sometimes. When faced with several equally nice sounding options, my mind gets all attached, looking for the 'right' decision. Is one ever really more right than the other?
I've got this great opportunity to study with my teachers this October. It will take some effort to travel to Ohio to be with them for a few days. Planes, travel details and expenses… but mostly, being away from the students I'm so blessed to have.
As I churn this choice in my mind, and type this, it seems I still haven't fully grasped this lesson that surrender is best. That things tend to appear right when we need them, and often not in the tidy packages we are looking for.
To make room for them, we sometimes have to un-make our minds. Have you found yourself changing plans midstream, how did it work out?
I'll leave you with this beautiful video of Kankana singing:
Next Saturday August 28th is our free Open Mic Music Night at Yoga and Nia for Life. And note the Live Music Yoga class with special Guest Tom Lena – 9am Sunday September 5th. Om Shanti, I'll see you in class.
A must-see video of our favorite Mantra preformed by a middle school choir:
They are singing Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu… The beautiful mantra I share with you at the end of each Yoga Class. It means:
"May all beings – in all places – be happy and free."
The melody comes from Girish's latest ablum, which I'm honored to have helped produced. You've been hearing sneak-peeks and early edits from 'Diamonds' in class.
Great news! looks like Danielle is coming up from Jivamukti Yoga NYC to assist our Sunday morning 9:00 4'th of July Yoga class in West Concord.
It's a joy to teach on all the holidays. Most studios close, and the mix of people coming from all over makes for a very nice class. We get our practice in early and have the rest of the day to savor it.
There's just a few spots open for the local Fall retreats… all the details on the Yoga Events Page.
Always check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. One of the first steps in Yoga is commiting to truth. We become
responsible for our wellbeing, and don’t force or enter any position that feels inappropriate.
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Offering Yoga Classes at 50 Beharrell St. Concord Ma, 01742 – 978-257-6430 Also offering classes in the wider Metrowest area, including the towns of Acton, Sudbury, and Wayland Ma.