I am typing this via sporadic internet, from a Mindfulness and Yoga retreat in Pune, India, where I have been from January 15th until January 30th. I see images of snowy New York in the few minutes a week that images drift into our little meditation ashram from the world outside. And I feel "with" my New Yorkers in their snow drifts ...
Our retreat mate Kimberly uses the image of a snowglobe to describe our daily experiences of meditation. When we sit, our thoughts swirl, like the flurries of a snowglobe. Gradually, as we sit and silently watch, they settle. When they are utterly settled, utterly still, a supreme calmness reigns. And in that stillness, in that calm ~ we find Bliss. Then, we seek it in the snowstorms of Life.
For two weeks I awaken daily to birdsong, from the third floor of my house by the river in Koregaon Park.
We practice morning yoga on a roof deck, to a view of birds and water buffaloes on the Mula Mutha river. We share meals, meditation, circle encounters and journaling sessions, and interact daily with the local people and animals, market places and parks. I learn to navigate the left lane roads on my borrowed bicycle, and convert rupees to dollars in my head.
I gaze into the eyes of every woman or girl I meet, and I find a sister, a mother, a soul twin. I talk with them, and I hear echoed back my very same loves and concerns, joys and aches.
Twenty years after starting my Yoga practice, I finally visit Mother India, the birthplace of Yoga. My son Raphael, whose birth began my Yoga path, recently turned twenty. I return from the Motherland as though in my own new birth ~ as indeed each day, each phase of our life truly is, when we awaken with that realization each day.
Dance with your snowglobe.
Sit with your snowglobe.
Let it settle.
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|My weekly schedule follows, plus two Valentine Restorative workshops and my spring/summer weekend retreat at Wagging Tail Yoga Studio in Bethel, New York, on the hundred-acre farm and retreat center of co-teacher/ hostess/ partner/ friend Ora Ramat.
Details for the Workshops and the Retreat are at right sidebar.
Valentine Restorative Workshops:
Valentine’s Eve Restorative Pure East ~ Sat. Feb 13th, 3-5PM
Valentine’s Day Restorative Feast Pure West ~ Sun. Feb 14th, 2-4PM
Spring Weekend Retreat:
June 3-5 ~ Wagging Tail Yoga Studio, Bethel, NY
Pure Yoga Weekly Yoga:
Pure Yoga East - 203 E.86 St.
Mon: 10:30 Slow Flow Meditation
Tues: 12:30-1:30 Restorative
Thurs: 12:30-1:30 Restorative
Thurs: 5:30-6:30 Vinyasa 1/2
Pure Yoga West - 204 W.77th St.
Friday: 11:30-12:30 Restorative
Om Factory Weekly AcroYoga:
Friday: 7:30-9:15PM AcroYoga Flow Open Level - Fashion District
*1st Friday/Month 9:30-11:30PM AcroYoga JAM - Fashion District
Private Sessions by Appointment:
Thai Yoga Bodywork * Restorative * Meditation * AcroYoga * ISHTA
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Above is my beautiful Mindfulness & Yoga India Retreat group, with our fearless leaders Frances Murchison 2nd from left, and Deborah Dunn 2nd from right. Below, Mendhi artists' family, and some rooftop flights!
Photo thanks this issue go to:
Deborah Dunn, Raul Aranas, Ora Ramat, Chris Martucci, and quite a lot of thanks to my iPhone 6+! Even to my new GoPro for capturing wide-angle videos, and some hundreds of bicycle eye view traffic shots throughout Pune!
Till Feb end ... Namaste!
|This Valentine weekend, come restore your body, heart, and soul, with me and my loving assistants, at Pure East on Saturday or Pure West on Sunday.
In deeply supported nestled poses on bolsters and blankets, dip into the nectar of your own body wisdom in calibrating your seven chakras, as I guide you soothingly with mantra, yantra, aromatherapy and imagery, through your own natural healing and tuning of your seven energy centers.
Treat yourself! Do feel free to invite a friend to share the treat! Yogis and non-yogis, Pure members and non-members are ALL welcome. Gifts of an essential oil are prepared for every guest.
Pre-registration is strongly recommended to ensure a spot.
Come and be your own, and mine own, Valentine. xoxo
|Ora Ramat and I are so excited and delighted to offer our Spring/Summer weekend Yoga retreat this June 3rd-5th, with an inner and outer focus on loving connections, communication, and wholeness.
We are hosted by the beautiful Wagging Tail Yoga Studio and Retreat Center in Bethel, NY, Catskills, home of the historic Woodstock Music Festival.
Yes, there is a terrific museum exhibit in town that you can catch on the Friday if you just arrive a few hours early.
Couples, friends and family are especially encouraged to register together, with a Friends discount for two together.
Retreat space is limited. Registration open now! Early bird pricing ends April 22nd.
Info & Registration here.
I hope you will join our delectable little retreat group in June! Questions? Shoot me an email!