Our sangha will wrap up 2021 and move gently into 2022 together with an 8 week Mindfulness of Breath series. Course starts on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 6PM Pacific/ 8PM Central/9PM Eastern, meets weekly at that day and time, and goes through Tuesday, January 4, 2022. Join for the series or drop in depending on your schedule. All classes will be recorded and shared to those who register and are unable to attend a live session. Cost is $180 for the series, $25 to drop in, and sliding scale is available. _ This series will teach you accessible and useful mindfulness practice that supports using awareness of the breath and body as initial foci for meditation. These tools support living a life grounded in freedom rather than being constantly reactive to the whirlpools of the mind that cause suffering, fear, anxiety, depression, etc. _ I practice and teach mindfulness as tenderness and care in an embodied, justice oriented sense. May the seeds of attention we plant in the mud of uncertainty yield flowers of contentment, happiness, and joy. And, may we do so with friends, lovers, family, strangers, dogs, cats, and other wonderful members of our home communities. _ Looking forward to seeing y’all soon, wherever you are.
Science tells us that a useful way to slow down, de-stress, and self-regulate is through extending the exhale. This month I’m offering a way to check in with your own tools of self-awareness, including self-regulation, through a four part Intro to Breathing & Meditation Course.
We will meet on Zoom on four Thursdays, Sep. 9, 16, 23 & 30th from 6:00 – 7:15 PM Pacific/8:00 – 9:15 PM Central to explore a range of breathing and meditation practices.
The Intro to Breathing & Meditation Course is open to new and experienced practitioners, and we will cover a range of topics, including: -finding your seat (or not seat) -grounding meditation -release valve breath -sensing your body as a whole meditation -balancing heart mind meditation – 4 levels of mind: understanding your mind/thoughts and why you are not them -gentle yoga for mindfulness practice
REGISTRATION: Please contact me if you’d like to register. The cost is $150, payable via Venmo or Zelle. As always, if you want to practice and are requesting a sliding scale please let me know. Zoom info will be provided to all attendees upon registration. If you register for the Course and are unable to make a session please email me and I’ll send you the recording.
The American Psychoanalytic Society’s COVID-19 Advisory Group has issued an important statement on Pandemic Trauma and Stress Experience, PTSE. Read the statement to learn more and gain a deeper understanding of the individual and collective trauma and stress experience of our time.
Like many of you, today I’ve been taking the time to sit with Dr. King’s teachings, including the I’ve Been to the Mountaintop address, which was given a day before he was murdered in Memphis, TN in April 1968.
Dr. King was in Memphis supporting the efforts of the sanitation workers who were striking in response to the workplace death of two of their colleagues, with demands for fair pay and humane working conditions. If you’ve seen the I AM A MAN poster, you may know it was used by those marching.
As we sit deeply in this moment of reckoning, I continue to struggle with the system of whiteness that was created to enslave, imprison, murder, and subjugate millions of people of color. I vow to keep listening, acting, and participating. I vow to stay aware, awake, and connected to community, even as we struggle with isolation during the pandemic.
This is the practice of yoga on the mat and into the world.
I am ecstatic this week our world will see a man of faith and principles and a woman of color and clarity, both compassionate, wise, and experienced, lead the USA. May we step forward into a new space. May we continue to see the stars!
Get involved now: Marjorie Joseph, ED Houston Coalition Against Hate (HCAH) and I wrote a letter May This Moment regarding the insurrection at the Capitol and next steps for moving forward. We encourage you to read the letter, and to get involved. If you’re able to donate to HCAH, please know we appreciate any amount.
Intention, Practice & Sangha for an Energetic, Grounded & Flexible Year
A fun series with a focus on sankalpa (intention), sangha (staying connected to spiritual community/social justice), pranayama (breathwork) (pranayama), qi gong (energetics), gentle movement, and other practices for personal inquiry and expansion.
In December, I am offering a grounding and nourishing 3 part Yoga Nidra series on Zoom.
I offer yoga nidra in a way that is appreciative of ancient tradition, and also unique to my experience as a practitioner and student of yoga and energetics. Info below. All are welcome. Please email me if you are joining!