It was a true pleasure to share conversation, study, ideas, and time with my yoga sister, Veronica. First, her perspective (as a Black women who has had her freedom and opinions squashed) was super valuable to hear. I appreciated her openness and honesty. She had a valuable perspective if what the people on the receiving… Continue reading Final Exam
As we worked through the ending details of our time together, I was feeling very soft, tender, and had very mixed emotions of happy to complete the training and sad to lose this community. The group of ladies that have worked on showing up in the YROL teacher training space in a particular way have… Continue reading Gratitude
Just after lunch today we tried to breathe in and fold over at the same time. We were trying to feel what it was like to inhale and limit the space in our abdomens. On a full belly there was a lack of space and it felt like pressure. I needed to digest to be… Continue reading Digesting…
I am looking for simplicity. I often complicate things, overthink, analyze, look for patterns, etc. Right now I am looking for the simplicity of just being. Whenever I am in the space of listening to the pain of others, all the complexities of my own mind fade away and I just feel the unity of… Continue reading Simplicity
Today was a lot. Sitting through hearing what people of color experience due to racism brought up a lot of pain and sadness in me -- I will need to really spend quite a bit of time to sit with that and process it, so I am not going to write about that here --it's… Continue reading Can I not be white, please?
After this day 2 of training I feel inspired to act, but also to plan. I feel like I am often very impulsive and act spontaneously without really thinking through all the impacts of what I am doing. This training, and other things in my life, are making me realize that maybe I have been… Continue reading People’s Institute Day 2
I had not had much exploration of chakras prior to Brooke's presentation, so I really appreciated the time and space to talk about them and experience them physically. I was glad to have this opportunity and feel like it reinforced other energy understandings that I have had. Thank you!
This self-led day was soooo nourishing. The morning started with a lovely series of gentle yoga on and off the chair. My comadre yoginis were the guides. We went to a leisurely lunch and from there shared our experiences of yoga anatomy. Then we were led through another restorative practice to conclude our day. The… Continue reading Deliciousness
I really felt sad last month to have to bail out of our weekend training unexpectedly due to the stomach flu. So, I am really happy to be present and participating this weekend. I was also extremely happy to hear Joanne Spence's presentation on her life's work of service through yoga. It was very inspirational.… Continue reading Creating Sacred Space
Today we again returned to the anti-racism discussion of yesterday and tried to line that up with the 8 limbs of yoga. How do we embody our stance as anti-racism activists? How does that enter our yoga practice and teaching? We had a chance to experience this through a day of yoga. The morning was… Continue reading Synthesis & Speed Yoga
Saturday we spent the day with Martin and Amanda working on the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond anti-racism training. The main take away for me is to work to be in a place where we are all in touch with our own humanity and the humanity of others.
Much of the training this weekend led to me having so many questions. The more we do together, the clearer my own lack of knowledge and understanding become. The more questions came up and the more we talked the more I understood the need for my own centeredness in the face of the uncertainty. Some… Continue reading Questions
Today was an experiment in how we embody our practice in such a way as to lead someone else through a class of our own design. This is the first time I have ever tried to design and lead a whole class. It was a bit terrifying. At the same time, I was very supported… Continue reading Embodiment
Having missed last months time together, it was lovely to have a time to hear everyone's voice, everyone's story, and everyone's heart. The time to share and listen made me feel reconnected and in community with all present. I felt so much love and positivity from the group. I felt so much gratitude for being… Continue reading Heartful
This weekend I read a sutra that said if we have an acid solution and start putting in drops of alkaline, eventually the acid will be transformed into an alkaline. My hope is that each one of us is a drop of the alkaline of love that will enter into the acid in our society… Continue reading A drop of transformation
My normal life is full of hectic, busy doing. It's hard to find time to reflect and create a vision of my life. The open space of time to sit with a group of women to contemplate how to live our lives in a better, more heart-based way, that is aligned with our values, was… Continue reading Sutras and sisters
The gold is being in community. The frankincense is the aroma of loving energy. The learning is an opening of heart and mind.
Our first weekend together has been a time of getting to know each other and feeling each other’s hearts. I feel so grateful to be in a space where each person is coming into the space open and willing to share themselves with others. It is not a common experience in daily life to be… Continue reading Sisterhood