Metta:  A 5-week Series on Lovingkindness

Sundays, Sept 11 – Oct 9

6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

Sacred Thread Yoga; Old Fourth Ward location

$75/person

$65/person, if registered by September 1

The urge for happiness is what unites us all as human beings. In some philosophical paths, it was believed if the body was tortured enough the spirit would soar free. These days it seems to be more common to believe if we beat ourselves up mentally enough we will finally change into that person we hope to be…

The practice of Metta or Lovingkindness allows us to move beyond this belief. This meditation practice guides us through the cultivation of love and compassion for all beings, starting with ourselves. Love for ourselves lays the foundation for genuine love of others. ALL others.

Join me for a 5-week meditation series that walks us through the traditional practice of Metta. No meditation experience is needed!

Week 1: We look into ourselves and what we most need to foster self-love and acceptance.

Week 2: We look to those we already love and explore offering genuine love without a loss of boundaries, co-dependency or a painful search for intimacy.

Week 3: We start to share our love with those we don’t know well but come into contact with – the grocery store clerk, the mail person, the barista at your favorite coffee shop.

Week 4: Now, we move into looking at our more difficult relationships – the ones that push our buttons, the ones that have hurt us or the ones we’ve ignored.

Week 5: The culmination! We extend love and compassion to all beings everywhere.

All levels welcome.

Register Here


STY YTTSacred Thread Yoga 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Begins August 28, 2016

I am delighted to be one of the faculty for Sacred Thread Yoga‘s 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2016. I’ll be leading teachings on several topics including meditation, trauma and seva. Read more about this training and fill out an application here.


Presence: The Sacred In the Ordinary

Weekend Retreat with Meryl Arnett & Shonali Banerjee

October 21 – 23, 2016

Blue Ridge, GA

Join Shonali Banerjee & Meryl Arnett for a weekend retreat designed to bring awareness to the beauty cialisfrance24.com and grace of our everyday lives. Over the course of the weekend, Meryl and Shonali will skillfully layer the practices of meditation, mantra & yoga to ignite a deeper sense of awareness to the present moment. We will look at the spectrum of human experience – the joy, the pain, the ordinary – and explore how to be present through all of it, for within all moments lies the opportunity to be fully awake, alive and open of grace. Infuse your everyday life with sacred presence, embracing it all. Expect to be nurtured and awakened, to be reminded of spaciousness and possibility, and to relax and replenish.

All levels welcome.

Get the details here

Join Octavia Raheem and me as we co-lead 108 Ways to Listen: CHILLshop®Yoga & Meditation as part of this year’s Dirty South Yoga Fest.
This practice is s powerful blend of slow flow, restorative yoga, and meditation

designed to allow you a retreat from external chatter and stimuli. In this practice you will be skillfully guided inward and invited to listen deeply to what you hear underneath the buzz and frenzy of everyday life. You will leave feeling connected, renewed and restored.

What to bring: a pillow and small blanket


A Weekend of Chill: Retreat with Octavia Raheem

My soul sister Octavia Raheem is offering a Chillshop Retreat in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains, and I

am delighted and honored to share a yoga and meditation practice as part of this retreat. Go here for details and to register. There are only a few spots left!


Sacred Thread Yoga 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Begins August 28, 2016

I am delighted to be one of the faculty for Sacred Thread Yoga‘s 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2016. I’ll be leading teachings on

several topics including meditation, trauma and seva. Read more about this training and

fill out an application here.


Save the Date: Meditation & Mantra Retreat with Meryl Arnett & Shonali Banerjee, October 21 – 23, 2016 in Blue Ridge, GA.

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A Weekend of Meditation, Mantra & Yoga

with Meryl Arnett & Shonali Banerjee

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Join Shonali Banerjee & Meryl Arnett for a weekend retreat designed to bring awareness to the beauty and grace of our everyday lives. Over the course of the weekend, Meryl and Shonali will skillfully layer the practices of meditation, mantra & yoga to ignite a deeper sense of awareness to the present moment. We will look at

the spectrum of human experience – the joy, the pain, the ordinary – and explore how to be present through all of it, for within all moments lies the opportunity to be fully awake, alive and open of grace. Infuse your everyday life with sacred presence, embracing it all. Expect to be nurtured and awakened, to be reminded of spaciousness and possibility, and to relax and replenish.

All levels welcome.

Dates: October 21 – 23, 2016

Location: Heartwood Health, Art & Yoga Retreat Center located in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains. Heartwood is located 1 -1/2 hrs. from the city

of Atlanta, 8 miles from the town of Blue Ridge, 2 miles from highway 515, in a secluded cabin resort community.

15 people max. Book early to

secure your spot!

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Pricing: Book by August 31, 2016 and SAVE!

FIVE BEDROOM CABIN: all rooms have King beds. Shared rooms mean shared beds!

FULL PRICE

EARLY BIRD PRICING: BOOK BY AUGUST 31, 2016

Shared Room:

$495

ONLY 1 ROOM LEFT!

Private Room:

SOLD OUT

 

THREE BEDROOM CABIN: all rooms have King beds. Shared rooms mean shared beds!

FULL PRICE

EARLY BIRD PRICING: BOOK BY AUGUST 31, 2016

Shared Room:

$550

Private Room:

$700

  ONLY 1 ROOM LEFT!

Pricing includes:
2 nights lodging + 6 delicious, healthy meals + all meditation, yoga & chanting cialis generique sessions with Shonali and Meryl.


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What is the Way?

Ordinary mind is the Way.

Should I turn toward it or not?

If you turn toward it you turn away from it.

How can I know the Way if I don’t turn toward it?

The Way is not about knowing or not knowing…

When you reach the Way beyond doubt, it is as vast and infinite as space.

You can’t say it’s right or wrong.

~Zen koan

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!

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