Good Morning Everyone,
It’s Tuesday. We celebrated Winter Solstice on Sunday night, we are about to celebrate the last night of Chanukah, and tomorrow night is Christmas Eve. So many opportunities to spend time with friends and family, eats lots of good food and generally have a good time.
Inga and I are offering a free yoga class tomorrow at River Tree Yoga. 9:15am, come in your jammies if you want. We will be supplying tea and cookies and other such holiday cheer.
I will be teaching almost all my regular classes, except those that fall on Christmas Day, New Years Eve night and New Years Day. So come take care of your body and nourish your spirit. Lots of yummy poses and meditations are planned for this week.
I came across this handy guide to meditation I thought you might like. Yep, one more plug for meditation; you can do it anywhere, anytime, and you know it is good for you. It is brought to you by Happify, a sort of brain games site for happiness, with the guidance of Dan Harris, ABC News anchor and author of 10% Happier.
Happy Holidays everyone. Enjoy life, take care of yourselves, give back, nourish gratitude, smile.
Shalom & Namaste
Dear Seattle Yogis,
Are you ready for an amazing workshop, guaranteed to open your heart to the abundance of the Holiday Season? I can’t wait for this Sunday. I just got off the phone with our musicians and I am so psyched. We are going to move and chant and be moved by their incredible voices and rhythms.
See you soon.
A Practice of Gratitude
Sunday, November 24th
1:00 – 4:00pm
Welcome the Holidays with this Essential Heart Opening practice featuring live music by Tova Ramer and Steve Grant.
Steve has been singing Kirtan for years and has performed with his Bhakti Bliss Band as well as studied with Jai Uttal and Gina Sala. Tova has been singing for years in Jewish, interfaith and folk rock groups in the Seattle area. She’s inspired by Snatam Kaur, Gina Sala and Deva Premal.
This workshop features heart-opening asanas such as backbends to help you open more fully to the experience of the holidays and digestive asanas to help with you process the physical and emotional abundance of the season.
Our flow will be beautiful and deep and enhanced by the sweet sounds of live kirtan.
Open to students of all levels.
River Tree Yoga
6922 Preston-Fall City Road
Issaquah, WA, 98027
$40/student, pre-registration strongly recommended.
Workshop limited to 15 students
Contact Diana Bonyhadi to sign up
Happy Spring/Almost Summer.
Wow! I am amazed at how much growth there has been in my garden this week. Flower beds that have been dark and empty all winter are now overflowing. Honest, I haven’t planted anything. I just get to watch and enjoy. I guess it’s just that the conditions were perfect for emergence. The soil had all the nutrients, there was plenty of water, a burst of sun and some careful attention, and plenty of space to allow for expansion and abundance.
And that is what we do in yoga, we create conditions which enable us to emerge from the darkness. We sow the seeds of abundance and create space in which to grow. We kindle the natural energies of expansion – earth, fire, water, air.
And it is from this place of nurturence that we find our deeper selves rising to the surface. Our bodies begin to shed the densities of the winter months and perhaps even years of dormancy. As we move slowly, with compassion and integrity, our bodies begin to heal and strengthen. Injuries and traumas from years past which have remained buried and stuck can be carefully addressed. Injuries of the spirit and soul which have become stored within the body memory, can also be released.
Plant the seeds of your healing, nourish with healthy food and plenty of water, build some heat, and add some prana, breath deeply and aerate, allow space for growth, and be open to the growth and change that can and will happen.
Have a great week.
Shalom & Namaste