Good Morning Yogis,
Just Announcements today
Its a go! Inga and I have found the perfect location for our Tropical Yoga Retreat, and we are so excited. Mark your calendars for April 8-15, 2017 and be prepared for a week of deep relaxation, play and nourishment at the Playa Bay Resort in Roatan, Honduras. I bet you didn’t know that this magical island 40 miles off the coast of Honduras was even on your visit list. Well it is now. Imagine:
- Yoga – twice a day, blend of yin and yang practices in the most beautiful yoga studio ever.
- Meditation – why not sit quietly and let your mind settle to the sounds of birds and surf
- Secluded white sand beaches
- Snorkeling on the second largest reef system in the world
- Kite Boarding for the beginner and the expert
- Fishing – its a big deal there
- Meals featuring the freshest fruits, vegetables and local seafood
- Beach parties
- Deluxe accommodations
- Warm weather and water
You get the idea. We’ve book the entire resort, which being respectful to the ecosystem only sleeps roughly 20, so you will have to sign up early to reserve your spot. Click here for the full brochure.
The other big announcement is that our Soundbaths with Daniella White at River Tree Yoga continue to be a sold-out success. Must be something about settling in for a deep svasana in the Pond Room while Daniella refreshes your brainwaves with the resonance of her crystal bowls, incredible voice and powerful gong. I know that sounds super woo-woo, but seriously it is an inspiring and healing experience. Last night was the last one for the summer, but our next Soundbath is scheduled for September 21 – the Fall Equinox, so note that on your calendar as well.
Have a great weekend,
Shalom & Namaste,
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
It’s a blustery day in the Seattle Area. Its windy, its wet, and it’s surprisingly warm. And I am still coming to grips with the fact that we are almost half-way through December. Don’t get me wrong, the fact that Winter Solstice is only 10 days away makes me incredibly happy. It’s just that I catch myself wondering…where did the time go?
I know I am not unique in this wondering. All of us at some point or another are struck by the fact that while time may seem to move incredibly slowly at one moment, most of us often have the feeling that time just keeps slipping away. Dates that seemed so far in the offing are suddenly upon us. Babies become children, children become adults, adults become seniors and each of us find ourselves wondering how did we end up here.
The focus of my classes this week have been on Svadhyaya, or self-study. It is the 4th of the Niyamas, or individual practices identified by Pantanjali (400 CE). This is an integral aspect of our yoga practice. Beyond getting the right alignment for a pose, or moving just so with the breath in a pose, there are also so many questions about our everyday practice. Which poses do we like and not like. Which poses do we avoid? Which poses make us feel powerful? Which bring us healing in times of suffering? Which poses make us mad or make us feel like crying or make us feel triumphant?
Svadyaya is also about the deeper stuff. Why do we feel a certain way in a pose? Do we always feel that way in that pose? What else is going on for us in that pose? Are there poses in which we feel nothing? How is it that putting our bodies in an asana can even elicit that emotional/intellectual response? Why do the asanas do that? Are we even aware of our thoughts and emotions while in any given asana? So, not only are we trying to become more aware of our breath and our movements on the mat, but we are also trying to engage more fully in the study of who we are in each moment, and in every breath.
And if you thought this was just about yoga… it’s not… or it is. It is not just about yoga, if yoga is something that only happens for you on a mat, in a studio, for about an 90 minutes a day. On the other hand, it is all about yoga if you have begun to notice that your yoga is moving with you beyond the mat. It kinda has the habit of doing that. Check out this link from Richard Freeman called Yoga Ruins Your Life, in which he talks about the permeability of yoga, as well as showcasing some very nice asanas guaranteed to make you ooo and ah.
Then these questions, this work of self-study really gets deep. On a daily basis, moment by moment, we begin to explore who we are, what makes us think and feel the way we do, and why. This is, I believe what we call the examined life – a life of self-study. This is a life that allows us to answer that question, Wow, how’d we get here? with something along the lines of ” I don’t quite know, but at least I was awake for some of it. ” Through Svadhyaya, we participate in the most important dialogue of all time; the dialogue that begins with ourselves; the dialogue that enables us to be more fully present in each moment.
Happy Holidays everyone. I hope the Season brings you much light and love. May the questions you ask continue to deepen and expand. Don’t let yourself get too attached to the answers, they will probably change (follow this link). Enjoy the journey and stay full of wonder.
Shalom & Namaste
Wishing the very warmest wishes and heartfelt gratitude to all my yogis and friends and family. Here is a poem by John O’Donohue.
I give thanks for arriving
Safely in a new dawn,
For the gift of eyes
To see the world,
The gift of mind
To feel at home
In my life,
The waves of possibility
Breaking on the shore of dawn,
The harvest of the past
That awaits my hunger,
And all the furtherings
This new day will bring.
Tonight my daughter comes home from college, and we will drive down to Portland to spend the holiday with family. So, I will not be teaching tomorrow, but I do have two very special classes planned for this weekend. I hope you can join me for one if not both of them.
Saturday @ 9:15am @ River Tree Yoga
Benefit Class for Yoga Behind Bars
You can you use your pass if you have one. I will be donating all proceeds from the class to YBB. This will be a class focused on gratitude, a heart opening practice designed to nourish and inspire.
Sunday @ 9:45 @ Village Green Yoga
A special class to help us unwind, detox and restore after a long weekend of celebration.
Shalom & Namaste
I told you earlier this month that Fall is the Season of Change. And so it is for me.
My server doesn’t like handling my mailing list. Sending out a regular newsletters was becoming oh so very cumbersome. And I was concerned that not everyone actually associated Kharma Bella Yoga with me, Diana Bonyhadi, the yoga teacher at several different studios.
So, I have decided to create a newsletter and an online presences as Diana Bonyhadi Yoga, and I will be using Mail Chimp for distribution. I have done the research and have determined that it is a safe and respectful service and includes easy to opt-in and opt-out features which will allow you and other yogi friends to choose exactly how often you want to hear from me.
The newsletter will be short, keep you informed of upcoming workshops, changes to my teaching schedule, interesting local yoga events, thoughts on yoga, and perhaps some other juicy yoga tidbits on anything from philosophy to fashion (?), to book reviews, asana, music, food, etc.
If you are not on my mailing list you can easily join by completing the form at the bottom.
The Blog/this website will continue as before.
Do let me know how you like the changes. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you on the mat or out and about.
Shalom & Namaste