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AIDS Walk Atlanta 2017

September 15, 2017

Every year, I am delighted to join the Positive Impact Health Centers team for AIDS Walk Atlanta. My greatest joy as a teacher, is getting to offer yoga & meditation classes within PIHC’s substance abuse rehabilitation program. Each year, the funds I raise through the AIDS Walk get funneled directly back to support these offerings.

Your donations in the past have helped me grow these offerings from one class to three. Last year, along with my colleague Tom Murphy, we presented a seminar at the Association for Specialist in Group Work National Conference in D.C. based on our work incorporating yoga and mindfulness into a traditional trauma/substance abuse treatment protocols. I also began on ongoing mindfulness podcast for our clients as well as clients in similar treatment programs.This year, I am expanding our yoga offerings to include a partnership with shame-resiliance curriculum.

Will you consider donating $10 this year to help support the continued success and growth of these classes? Your gift makes a direct difference to the amazing clients and staff of Positive Impact.

Donate Now!


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2030 Bolton Road

Atlanta, GA 30318

678-705-3448

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info@sacredchillwest.com

 

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“Let it be easy”
“Make space for your future”

I’ve had the two notecards from the photos above stuck on my fridge for the last two months. It was the beginning of August when I decided to take some time off to “make space for my future”. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was looking for, what I was visioning, but I KNEW it was time for a change. A growth.

Barely two months later, I am so proud to share that I am opening a yoga studio in partnership with Annelise Lonidier and Octavia Raheem. Collectively we have over 30 years of experience teaching yoga and meditation in Atlanta and we couldn’t be more thrilled to embark upon this next step on our path- TOGETHER.

There are many things that are Sacred to us: yoga, meditation, and seva {service} being three of them.

Admittedly Octavia, Annelise, and I are all variants of Type A, and thus, deeply understand the importance of engaging in practices that invite us to chill and engage our inner Type BE.

Our studio,

Sacred Chill {West}:
Yoga. Meditation. Seva. 

honors the practices we value most.

Our new studio space formerly housed Bending Branch Yoga (BBY). Founded by Nicole Bacon, BBY was one of the first studios in Atlanta to emphasize the more yin and meditative aspects of the yoga practice.

We continue in that spirit, leading classes that focus on cultivating stillness, slow and mindful movement, and going inward. Our class offerings will include restorative, yin, slow and moderately paced flow yoga classes. Meditation and yoga nidra will be stand alone classes and included in each of the other practices.

Located on the Upper Westside of Atlanta in the Riverside community at 2030 Bolton Rd Atlanta, Georgia 30318, we are less than two minutes from I-285. Our studio is easily accessible from every direction in Atlanta.

We are the place where you have full permission to connect to what matters most to you, to what you consider SACRED. We are the place that you come to be still, to move in creative alignment, to be quiet, to rest- to CHILL.

We are Sacred Chill {West}.


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Each one of us (Annelise, Octavia, and I) were given a piece of the vision that has unfolded and revealed what is now Sacred Chill {West} SCW. In creating SCW, we are taking a bold risk and departing from yoga as usual to bring this vision to life.

This has required tremendous faith, trust, strategy, sacrifice, resource, dedication, strength, and flexibility of each of us.
And we haven’t opened our doors just yet.

This is an important moment.
Life changing even.
Defining for sure.
For us.
For our yoga community and Westside Atlanta.

You are invited to support the vision of Sacred Chill {West} in a bold way. You are invited to become a founding member of our Sacred Circle.

As a member of our sacred circle you make a commitment that insures that our vision flourishes into the ever-expanding light of its fullest potential-

Sacred Seer at $1850 Includes:

  • First look preview of studio on Tuesday, October 25th
  • One year unlimited yoga effective from first visit
  • 3 annual “sacred supporter” exclusive workshops that aim to restore & reinvigorate your connection to self, community & the practice of yoga
  • 10% off class purchases for lifetime of studio
  • Mat storage at studio for 1 year
  • Opening gift

Support us at this level today. Limited to 5 people.

Vision Keeper at $1000 includes:

  • First look preview of studio on Tuesday, October 25th
  • Two months unlimited yoga
  • 3 annual “sacred supporter” exclusive workshops that aim to restore & reinvigorate your connection to self, community, and the practice of yoga
  • 10% off all class purchases for life of the studio
  • Opening gift

Support us at this level today. Limited to 5 people.

Luminary at  $500 includes:

  • first look preview of studio on Tuesday, October 25th
  • one month unlimited yoga
  • opening gift

Support us at this level today. Limited to 7 people.

1000 Serious Moves

May 24, 2016

I came across this poem recently and I haven’t been able to get the refrain “1000 serious moves” out

of my head. Such a beautiful reminder to let go and be with whatever is here.

Allow. Allow. Allow.

 

TRIPPING OVER JOY

What is the difference
Between your experience of Existence
And that of a saint?

The saint knows
That http://www.cialisgeneriquefr24.com/cialis-rembourse-ou-pas/ the spiritual path
Is a sublime chess game with God

And that the Beloved
Has just made such a Fantastic Move

That the saint is now continually
Tripping over Joy
And bursting out in Laughter
And saying, “I Surrender!”

Whereas, my dear,
I am afraid you still think
You have a thousand serious moves.

     ~Hafez

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photo credit Printing Mess. printingmess.com

You know why there are so many articles and books out there about being a working mom or work/life balance? Because the struggle is so real. so. unbelievably. real.

I was delighted to be asked to offer a workshop at Wigwam Fest this year. Last year, it was one of my favorite yoga events so, of course, I was happy to be involved again. I put a lot of energy into developing my class on Metta or the practice of Lovingkindness. Re-reading some of my favorite texts, pulling quotes, designed a yoga practice… I lined up my babysitters. Requested the hubs come home early on Friday for the full moon kick-off party.

And.Then.Asa.Got.Sick.

Because of course it would happen like that. Why was I surprised when he woke up with a fever Friday morning? The doc said virus; nothing to do but cuddle my upset babe and be patient. But what about the festival? Was I the mom who called out the day before an event and said sorry I can’t be there? Or was I the mom who left her sick child to go teach at a festival? Can you hear the distaste in both of those sentences? I hated both options. I didn’t want to leave Ace. I didn’t want to disappoint the festival-goers who signed up for my class or the festival organizers who invited me to participate. I DIDN’T WANT TO.

So, I worried. I called my mom. I called my mommy-friends. I cried to my hubby. And, then I remembered… this is why we practice non-attachment. This is why we keep practicing letting go. Because I couldn’t control this moment. And no amount of brow-beating, worrying or complaining would change the situation or my options. So I softened, a little… I took a breath.

I called the festival peeps and, with an apology, explained the situation and asked for help. We called around looking for a substitute teacher for my

workshop. Meanwhile, I sat, cuddled Asa, and breathed. I saw that he was fine, just uncomfortable. I knew that my parents were planning to come babysit him anyways. It was ok.

There wasn’t a sub available. Ok. I decided to teach my workshop and when I listened, that decision FELT good. It felt right. I would be gone for about 3 hours total. Asa might be bummed his mom wasn’t there but he’d have Mimi & Pop-pop to cuddle him. Ok.

Saturday arrived and so did my parents. They took Asa for walk while I left the house. I connected with with friends, taught my workshop in a gorgeous space on a gorgeous day, and got home to a content, on-the-mend baby. The meltdown didn’t change anything. The worrying didn’t either. All I could do was let go and be in this moment of my life. And, unsurprisingly, it was ok. In fact, it was kinda lovely.

Lesson learned. Again.

The KIND Unity Tent before my workhshop. Gorgeous!

 

a moment to breath and be grateful after class

Ace doesn’t look too upset hanging with his Mimi!

If you attend my classes, you know that I always start with a short dharma talk at the beginning of each class. These talks are designed to share short insights into the deeper practices of yoga that hopefully help to inform our practice on and off the mat.

This week, I’m sharing probably my favorite yoga teaching and it is so simple… Come and see for yourself.

That’s it.

You can listen to me or any yoga teacher talk. You can read all the books. But until you unroll your mat and pay attention to your breath it won’t mean anything. It won’t change your life until YOU practice. The teachings are just that – teachings. They are reflections of some peoples’ experiences. How will they show up in your life? No one can answer that but you. Come and see for yourself.

Lost

Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.

— David Wagoner
(1999)

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