Greetings for 2018

Dear Yogis

Happy New Year.

I sat down several times in the last few weeks to write you all a letter of Holiday Cheer and New Year Wisdom.  Alas alack, after several attempts, I found that really most of what I had wanted to share with you, had already been said by someone else, and usually way more eloquently than I could ever articulate. I gave it up for a bit, but today I realized, I did want to send you all a note.

So, I will keep it simple.

I am grateful to all of you: my students; teachers; friends and fellow yogis for all the support you have given me this past year.  and I want to let you know that I am here for you. If ever I can be of service to you in any way, please let me know.

You may have noticed, that my teaching schedule has been reduced.  I am only teaching a couple of public classes a week (Mid-Day Bliss at Village Green Yoga).  Instead,  I am teaching more classes at senior living communities and volunteering with a few local service organizations.    If you are interested in scheduling private or small group classes or workshops, I do still have room in my schedule for that.  Give me a call or drop me an email to set something up.

2017  was a tough year.  I think we can all agree on that.  But I also believe it was the catalyst many of us needed to step up and commit to doing the work we were each meant to do.  For me, this has led to enrolling in classes in physiology, kinesthesiology, meditation and philosophy.  And, while I miss time on the mat with my students, I know that now is the time to return to my studies, delving deeper into my meditation practice and giving back to my community.

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, which was this week, I wish you the very best for 2018.  May this be the year, you truly step into your dreams, following your heart, listening to the voice of wisdom and compassion that lives within you, and may you find the work that inspires and nourishes you and all those around you.  In the yogic sense, this is following your Dharma.

Eat well, move safely, sleep soundly and breathe with awareness.

May this be a year of blessing and joy.

Shalom & Namaste

Diana Bonyhadi

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New Class in West Seattle

Quick Announcement:

I am super excited about a new class  that I will  hosting in West Seattle.

Starting tomorrow evening at BendnMove Yoga on California St.

Tuesdays, 6:00-7:15pm           Hatha Integration – all levels

 

 

 

 

Last Sunday Class in Issaquah

Namaste Yogis,

A quick note to remind you all that this Sunday will be my last day of teaching my 9:45am All-Levels Vinyasa Flow Class at Village Green Yoga.  Gosh I hope to see all of you there.  We have had such a good time together these many years.  We have learned so much about ourselves and each other, and of course about yoga.  I am deeply grateful to all of you.  I do hope you will join me this Sunday.  I guarantee you an amazing and heartfelt practice.

Don’t worry, my Tuesday/Thursday Noon Mid-Day Bliss Class at Village Green is not going away.

Are you excited about the eclipse this Monday?  I am.  Hopefully you will be able to take an hour out of your busy day and spend some time experiencing this amazing event.  Research tells me that we will see 92% of the eclipse which is pretty close to the entirety.  The darkness will only last a couple of moments, but the whole event will last from 9:02-11:38am. The silence and stillness will peak at 10:22. I fully believe that that stillness will be felt deeply in our spirits if we allow ourselves to be open to it.  Make sure you have those proper glasses and are in a wide open space, preferably facing southeast.

Be Well

Namaste

Diana Bonyhadi

Letting Go & Reclaiming Space

Dear Yogis

Happy Summer!  I hope everyone is enjoying this long stretch of sunshine we have had in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  I know I have.  As  usual, summer finds me playing on the water, hiking in the woods, picking berries, and dancing to music in meadows.  Yep, life is good.

I wanted to let everyone know that after much consideration, I have decided to make some changes to my teaching schedule.  I have decided to reclaim weekends and evenings and spend less time on the road driving.  Its has been a hard decision to make, and even as I write this I feel a pang of loss.   I will miss our Wednesday evenings in the woods and weekends mornings when we all breath together and nourish our bodies and spirits.  We have all grown so much over the years, and I will miss each and everyone of you.  Truly, it has been an honor.

But in letting go of these teaching slots, I will open myself up for more opportunities to study, practice and travel. I look forward to deepening my understanding of yoga, philosophy and anatomy and meditation through retreats and workshops that frequently fall on weekends.  Let’s call this a mini-sabbatical.

What this means  in the short run is that I will no longer be teaching at River Tree Yoga on Wednesday evenings or on Saturday mornings.  It also means that I will no longer be teaching at Village Green Yoga on Sunday mornings.  

My last day at River Tree Yoga will Be Wednesday August 9th.  

My last Sunday at Village Green Yoga will be August 20th.

I will continue to teach my Tuesday & Thursday Mid-Day Bliss class at Village Green Yoga.

And I am still offering privates, scheduled at your convenience.

In the Fall, I will be adding a weekly evening class in West Seattle and a monthly advanced practice class at Village Green Yoga.  There is also the possibility of workshops at River Tree Yoga.  More details on all of these will be coming your way shortly.

 

Be Well, Breathe and have an amazing Summer.

Shalom & Namaste,

Diana Bonyhadi

It Pays To Speak Your Mind

Thank You Everyone.

The response to my post and newsletter two weeks ago was incredibly supportive and affirming.  I guess I am not the only one who has been trying to figure out how to navigate these challenging times.  Thanks to all of you, I not only feel comforted but also inspired to continue to teach yoga from my space of satya (truth).  Now when I listen to the news, I realize that there is something more that I can do other than make phone calls, sign petitions and march.  And I have been doing it all along – teaching yoga and helping people to find a space of inner peace and strength to follow their own path of Dharma.

Announcements:
We have made a slight change to the schedule at River Tree Yoga.  On Wednesday evenings I will only be teaching one class at 6:30pm.  It will be a Hatha-Yin Fusion class.  We will go slowly and deeply into our poses, look to alignment and strength, and finish with some long luscious yin holds to restore and rebalance our energy.

Other news at River Tree Yoga, we have a Yoga Sound Bath with Daniella White scheduled for Tuesday February 28th at 7:30pm.  If you haven’t gone to a Sound bath yet, you really should.  Imagine a gentle yoga practice followed by a nice, long svasana and being lulled into a deep state of meditation by crystal singing bowls, vocal harmonics and gongs. Participants are bathed in powerful vibrations that help entrain their brain waves into Theta. It is in this deeply relaxed state that physical / mental / spiritual healing can take place, activating the parasympathetic nervous system, cellular regeneration, stress release, and emotional/physical healing. Click here to register.

All my other classes are on schedule as planned:

River Tree Yoga, Fall City

  • Wednesday, 6:30 – 8:00pm:                             Hatha/Yin Fusion
  • Saturday, 9:00 – 10:30am (alternating):              Hatha Flow

Village Green Yoga, Issaquah

  • Tuesday & Thursday, Noon – 1:00pm:          Mid-Day Bliss/Gentle
  • Sunday, 9:45-11:15am:                                       Hatha Vinyasa Flow

BendnMove, Seattle

  • Wednesday, Noon – 1:00pm:                           Mid-Day Bliss/Gentle

 

Thank you again for your continued support.

Shalom & Namaste

Diana Bonyhadi

 

Sometimes, it’s hard to speak your truth

Read at your own risk:

Some people might find the contents of this message disturbing.

But, I can no longer can sit in silence.  I can no longer ignore the elephant in the room. Or the cognitive dissonance in my life.

Up till now, I have not wanted to risk making people uncomfortable. I have tried very hard not to offend folks in my classes or through my writing.  Why?  Because I grew up in a home where it was important to keep everybody happy, not to make waves, and to avoid personal, religious, or political conversations all together.  I have carried this into my professional life. After all, my politics are my politics, not yours, and your yoga practice should be a sanctuary.  Yoga is a practice of finding strength, flexibility and inner peace, who am I to disrupt your practice?

Well, that’s just it, isn’t?  I teach yoga not just because it is good for your body, but because I truly believe it is a clear, effective and authentic path to peace.  And I am a dedicated peace activist – always have been and always will be.  I teach yoga, because I know that if we can’t find peace within, we will never be able to build lasting peace for all beings on this planet.  And I want that, not just for me and my children, but for you, your children, and their friends and their parents and their parents friends and for all beings every where.

So…

How do I manage the feelings I experience when waking up to the morning news?  They range from anger, to fear, to frustration. And to a deep sadness.

I feel as though there is nothing I can do and yet I must do something.

What can I do?

What do I know?

I know that I care deeply for these people in my life; my husband, my children, my extended family, my friends, my colleagues.

And I care deeply about people I haven’t even met yet.  I know that every life is sacred.

I know that I love the mountains, the oceans, woods and rivers.

I know that there are animals on the planets I want to see – alive and free, not just in a museum of natural history.

I know there are places I want to visit that at risk  due to global warming, pollution and careless/selfish acts of humans.

I know that while I haven’t always been a patriotic American, I love this country and many of the values and ideals that it stands for.

At least until now.

Yes, I was one of those who didn’t believe Trump would be elected. How could America elect somebody who manifestly lied half of the time, stretched the truth the other half of the time, and hid behind hyperbole and redundancies?  Who threatened, bullied and incited violence.  I just didn’t see it coming.

I get it, there are many in our country who felt that he was offering them something new, a new way of getting things done in Washington and for this country.  Who seriously believed that he was going to be able to get them jobs and make America “great again.”  I get it, for too many Americans, hunger, poverty, lack of health care and bad education is a reality.  And I am so very sad about that.  I want it to be different too.

But not at the expense of Democracy and human rights.  Not at the expense of the environment and the health of the animals and humans living up or down stream of here.  Not at the expense of international relations and planetary safety.

I am overwhelmed almost every minute of every day by the decisions being made by Trump.  It seems he really is going to do some of those things he said he was going to do.  Amidst all the shadowing of the truth, he is in fact going to gut health care, remove environmental restrictions, promote business (particularly those of his friends), reduce/stop funding of the arts, put up a wall on the US/Mexico Boarder, and stop anybody who might be fleeing from a land destroyed by violent extremism from ever finding any safety or sanctuary here in America.

I can no longer remain quiet.  I commit to myself and to you, that every day I will do something, at least one thing, to let my voice be heard for freedom, honesty, integrity, health and wellness, and the environment.  I will walk, march, write letters, make phone calls, help in schools, help in prisons, help immigrants and refugees, help environmental organizations, help health care organizations.  I will do whatever I can think of.  I will do something every day.  I will allow myself to cry and I will hugs my friends when they need a hug.  And I will get back up and do it all over again.  Why? Because I believe this is my Dharma.

And I will continue to teach yoga.  I will help all of you to look inside and find what values you hold most sacred.  I will help you find strength to defend those values.  I will help you remain grounded and strong so you can speak out for the things you believe. I will work with you to keep you healthy, and to help you find peace inside. I will work to keep our yoga spaces places of safety, for all of us.  I will continue to provide yoga to people who don’t normally have access to yoga.  I will hold strongly to the fundamental tenets of yoga: ahimsa (non-violence), satya (truth), asteya (non-stealing), bramacharya (respecting and maintaining the body) and aparigraha (non-coveting).

I will continue to use this newsletter to talk about yoga.  The former by-line for this blog was “Living Yoga Beyond the Mat”  I still seek to do that.  Let’s begin with inner peace and seek to make that a reality for everyone.  Let’s stand up for the environment and for one another.  Let’s be kind, honest, only take what we need, treat our bodies and our souls well, and let us not wish for or take that which does not belong to us.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year Yogis

2017 is already set up to be a year of dramatic change.   Not only will we be shifting gears in the geo-political arena, but we will also be seeing many shifts in our own personal space.  And for most of us, change is something we tend to approach with trepidation. Its unsettling. We don’t know where we will be going and what it will look like.  What we know, the current situation, while possibility uncomfortable and painful, is at least familiar.  So how do we prepare ourselves to step into change with an open heart and internal vitality?

One way, is to take time to know what our own internal landscape looks like and feels like. Once we know where we are, it is easier to move forward. This is most easily accomplished through meditation.  Taking time each day, to sit quietly with ourselves and simply observe.  Its best to do this first thing in the morning, before the busyness of life takes over.  But of course you can do it at any time.  Just set a timer (I like to use the app Insight Meditation Timer) and sit.  It doesn’t have to be for very long, 5-10 minutes will give you plenty of time to observe your breath, thoughts and feelings.  Don’t make it complicated, just be with yourself as you would be if you were sitting listening to your best friend.

Sometimes, its hard to just sit.  That’s where yoga comes in.  Moving our bodies, stretching our muscles, aligning our spine; all of these help to make it easier to sit in comfort. Take your time, again it doesn’t have to be very long, to move, strengthen and flex your body.  If you don’t have time to take a yoga class, there are a ton of options online.  A few times a week, and you will feel amazing results.

Also, it is very helpful to challenge yourself.  Do something you haven’t done before. Be it taking a class, volunteering for a cause about which you feel passionately, or pushing yourself in your yoga practice to explore a new pose or taking your postures a little further than you have done before.

I particularly like inversions.  They really do turn your world upside down.  Not only is there is that element of going upside down, but there is also the opportunity to see your world from a whole new perspective.  Not to mention a moment or two of fear. Will I get this?  Am I going to fall? And the moment of exultation.  I did it!  Maybe just a little bit, but I actually got a foot off the ground, or both feet, who knew?

So, whatever changes you may be facing, whatever challenges you are stepping into, I wish you  ease and comfort as you approach them.  Go gently on yourselves.  Give your self time.  Cut yourself some slack.  And at the same time, believe in yourself and your ability to move through change with strength and flexibility and love.

I will be offering a workshop on Inversions at River Tree Yoga.

February  12th, 2:00-5:00pm

Class size is limited, so we will have plenty of space and time to explore, ask questions and move.  The workshop will help you strengthen your inversion practice (headstands, handstands & arm balances) if you already have one, and help you get ready to start exploring inversions if you have never been upside down. Do sign up early if you are interested through the River Tree Yoga Website.

Also, many of you have been asking when will I ever start teaching on the West Side.  Wait no longer, as I will be launching a Mid-Day Bliss class at BendnMove in West Seattle.  This will be a gentle therapeutic yoga class appropriate for all ages and bodies.

12:00-1:15pm, Wednesdays, BendnMove

All my regular classes are back on schedule.  Its good to be back.

See you on the mat or out & about.

Shalom & Namaste

Diana Bonyhadi