Teaching yoga outside a studio offers wonderful ways to let go of habits and expectations. Gone is the level floor, the access to props, control of the temperature of the space. In return? The feel of the sun on my skin, the sounds of the birds and the water, the views of the lake, trees, and maybe even a sighting of a turtle or two. Yoga at Emerald Lake this week brought more students, quite a bit more heat, and a chance to expand our yoga practices off the mat.
It does not rain in the summer in the Bay Area!! Except when it does! Emerald Lake yoginis were not deterred by the unusual weather, and practiced on the shore as the drizzle drizzled. Visualizing a peaceful, calming place may have been just that much easier as we headed into meditation at the end of class, gazing over the lake and breathing in the beauty. See you next Monday at 10:30 for further adventures in yoga on the water.
June 21st is the official beginning of summer, a wonderful time for outdoor activities. This summer, I will be teaching a Yoga on the beach class at Emerald Lake Country Club on Monday mornings at 10:30. It will an all level Vinyasa flow hour long practice, taught right on the water's edge, with the sand under our mats and the tranquil setting of Emerald Lake. Members and their guests are welcome, please join us as we celebrate the season!
During the month of May, members of the Fair Oaks Community Center yoga class went on a world wide trip together, all without leaving our beautiful town.
Class members took turns counting out our yoga sit-ups in different languages!
We tapped our way through 8 languages, from Europe, through Asia, and all over the globe. Many thanks to all students who participated, by sharing their gifts of a second or third language or sharing the enthusiasm that spread student to student as we traveled our way around the globe, never leaving our mats.
Apple-co-founder Steve Wozniak sent UC Berkeley graduates into the world Saturday with a freewheeling and informal commencement speech -- and two mathematical formulas a fifth-grader could understand:
"Deep in the sea are riches beyond compare,
A mantra is defined as a sacred verbal formula repeated in prayer, meditation, or incantation, such as an invocation of a god, a magic spell, or a syllable or portion of scripture containing mystical potentialities.
Often we begin or end a yoga class with a chanted mantra, and, bringing the sacred into our practice. What if, just for today, we consider thank you as our mantra? Thank you for a small thing, a large thing, or the simple reality that today is another chance for each of us to live, breathe, learn, love, help,need help, smile, cry.....
Perhaps your car started today, or a co-worker greeted you warmly, or the sun was shining, even much needed rain was falling, find a path to awareness of the miracles that surround us.
Don't over think this, find something in your world, and take a moment to create your own mantra of gratitude, thank you.
My week as a yoga teacher was truly wonderful. I returned to teaching a group class for disabled adults, taught my usual classes at Peacebank yoga studio
and Fair Oaks Community Center, and subbed in Friday afternoon and evening back at the studio.
Working with beginning students is a true joy. Yoga has changed my life in so many ways, and it is a privilege to teach those who are starting on this path.
My hope is to make this journey fun, meaningful, and educational, all in 60 or 75 minutes!