"Everything — every tree, every blade of grass, all the animals, insects, human beings, buildings, the animate and the inanimate — is always changing, moment to moment. We don’t have to be mystics or physicists to know this. Yet at the level of personal experience, we resist this basic fact. It means that life isn’t always going to go our way. It means there’s loss as well as gain. And we don’t like that."
Pema Chodren, "The Places That Scare You"
Over a week ago marked the fall equinox, Friday was the new moon and even though the weather hasn't been the most autumnal, one season has ended and another has begun. I'm reminded that everything is always changing and moving, and that it can be a struggle at times to let change happen with an open hand. The cause of much of our unhappiness and suffering is attachment to things (even seasons and weather, and also hopes, dreams, expectations...) and as a result, we prevent natural change and organic movement from happening. When we practice mindfulness, though, we become aware of when we are attached and can then practice gently releasing, allowing things to flow again. When we let go, we can live and love and experience life more fully. So, for these first days of fall (and beyond), l invite you to practice letting go with me.
"We begin with the understanding that we can’t experience profound well-being without working with, not against, the gritty reality of life."
Pema Chodron, "Living Beautifully"
One practice that continually teaches me about this very thing and working with the "gritty reality of life" is my yoga practice. It's hard to flow from pose to pose if I don't release the one I'm in, and it's impossible to take a fresh, new oxygen-filled breath if don't let go of the one I'm currently holding.
Honoring these very ideas of shifting and changing, I'm excited to offer some special classes & workshops over the next month.
- October 8, 10-12:30 Get Grounded: Transition Easefully from Summer to Fall with Yoga & Nutrition @ Catskills Yoga House just a few minutes outside the hip Catskills mountain town of Phoenicia, 2 1/2 hours away from the city. $40 pre-reg/ $45 day of. Read more about it & register here.
- October 20, 6:30-8pm Intro to Essential Oils Are you curious about Essential Oils? Join me along with Oceana Baity (acupuncturist & yoga teacher) @ The Shala, Union Square and learn about what essential oils are, why and how to use them and where to source them. Free. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- November 4, 6-7:15pm Essential Oils for Moms & Daughters Join my daughter Isabel and me in our LES apartment and learn about how to use essential oils to promote an overall sense of health and well-being, why they're effective and where to source them. For moms and daughters/ nieces/ friends (10-14 years old). $10/ per person. Light snacks provided. RSVP to email@example.com.
- November 5 12-2:30pm Get Grounded: Find Ease in Autumn with Yoga & Nutrition @ The Shala, Union Square. $45. Read more & register here.
As always, please feel free to reach out if you're interested in scheduling a private yoga/ nutrition session with me & drop into my group classes anytime (schedule follows).
Tuesday: 7:45-8:45pm, Home Studio (Lower East Side - contact for address), all levels vinyasa
Wednesday: 12-1:25pm, The Shala (815 Broadway, NY, NY 10003) int/adv
Friday: 9:15-10:15am, Home Studio (Lower East Side - contact for address), all levels vinyasa
I'm looking forward to connecting with you! Please let me know if you have any questions/ comments. I'd love to hear.
May we dive into this season with grace using the tools we know to guide us and practice letting go and opening our hands & hearts together. Happy Autumn!