Suh-Suh-Suh-Summertime Sabbatical

I am on a brief sabbatical for May and June.  I’ll be back to teaching in July.

Make sure you’re on my email list to stay posted about when and where I’ll be teaching when I return.

Saturday’s Align and Shine is being covered by Kate Murray for May and June.
Yoga for Queers and Misfits on Wednesdays is on pause for now.

There is a lot of great yoga to be had in Durham, so let yourself get adventurous while I’m gone and check out some other classes and teachers, mmmkay?  We can compare notes about the beauties of trying new things when I return.

This week: Know Your Rights

JUST THREE CHANCES LEFT FOR YOGA WITH ME*

Yoga Happy HourWednesday at Yoga for Queers and Misfits – 5:30 and 7pm

SPECIAL EVENT: Love Your Body Happy Hour Yoga – Friday at 5:15pm

Saturday at Align and Shine yoga – 10:30-12pm

*Until July when I’m back from my sabbatical…


Know Your Rights

Since the legislature is hell-bent on trying to legislate our very existence away, I thought I would offer this parting message for y’all as I prepare to take a much-needed sabbatical.*

Your worth is not in question. Your value is not up for debate. Your wholeness and humanity cannot be legislated away.  You have a right to know this with every part of your being.

Radiant health is your birthright. The justice, peace, stability, equality that you seek for your world—you are also entitled to the fullness of these things. The love, compassion, respect and affection that you seek for your communities and your loved ones–you also have a right to bask and revel in the power of these things.

Sometimes it can be hard to act with love towards your own self. Sometimes it feels so much easier to work towards justice out there, or sacrifice your self for the sake of someone else’s healing, safety, wellness. Sometimes it can be hard to resist voices which tell you you’re not whole, that have been downplaying your greatness and emphasizing your limitations.

It can be tempting—or sometimes may even happen unconsciously or habitually—to assent to the forces that seek to keep you small and deprive you of your freedom, to cut you off from your true nature.

It is your right to experience fullness and freedom, because it is your nature. It is your right to experience optimal health in a holistic sense—that your body, mind, and heart experience the fullness of vibrancy and vitality, the unhindered flow of energy to every cell, the undiminished inner light shining through your outer body.

It is your right to experience your fullness in every moment—not just once a year on a retreat, or once a week in a religious or spiritual setting. It is your right to know yourself fully—through the complex layers of embodiment right down to the unwavering essence of goodness. It is your right to find an expression through your outer body which matches your inner experience.

Co-conspire with the Universe to create the conditions for yourself in which you can open to the fullness of who you are. Yoga—union with the Divine, the balance of contrary complements—can be a path to residing in your freedom. Come along and check it out.

  • *This is my last week of yoga for awhile, as I am on SABBATICAL in May and June!
    • No Yoga for Queers and Misfits in that time! Please keep your eyes peeled for an opportunity to share your thoughts on the past, present, and future of YQM.
    • Align and Shine (Saturdays) will be covered by Kate Murray
  • Don’t forget: Friday, 4/29 – I’ll be teaching a FREE
    LOVE YOUR BODY Happy Hour Outdoor Yoga Class at Duke.  5:15pm at Duke Chapel Quad. Bring a mat if you have one, and I’ll bring a few too!

Inspiration

Images from Corina Dross. corinadross.com

Saturday 4/16 at Align and Shine
Note: there’s no YQM this week 4/20 because our venue is unavailable. I’ll be back next week for the Final YQM before my two month sabbatical (see below).

I’m working hard right now to just get through this next week – basically my final final push through some intense deadlines and things.  And as I work my butt off, I am trying to be brave enough to pay attention to all the ways that I try to cope and keep it movin’ in the face of the relentless onslaught of toxicity I’m immersed in (we’re all immersed in, imho).  I know that I cope by trying to control things that I cannot control, that I turn against myself in icky ways, and that I get tempted by the lure of keeping quiet because I think it will keep me safe.

So I’m turning to the world around me for inspiration…and I found these beautiful images from the Portable Fortitude body of work by Corina Dross.*  What beauty and joy I found in this simple act of creativity, in pairing these images with a joy rock from my oldest nephew and godson Henry. Just looking at it gives me hope.

What gives you hope right now?

I’ve been teaching all month on themes related to Resilience and Renewal, inspired by spring and, let’s be honest, a deep and very personal need to be reminded of what I’m made of (what we’re all made of imho).  Tomorrow we’ll look at Inspiration. Will you join me as we hold space together for what inspires and lifts us up? For what keeps us keepin’ on and lovin’ and fightin’ and resistin’ and ??

I need you right now. (I think we all need each other in my humble opinion.)


Some reminders

  • April 20 there will be no Yoga for Queers b/c our venue is not available.  So next week 4/27 is the last class before my sabbatical…

  • I am on SABBATICAL in May and June!
    • No Yoga for Queers and Misfits in that time: join me in April and not again until July
    • Align and Shine (Saturdays) will be covered by Kate Murray
  • THIS JUST IN: Mark your calendars for Friday, 4/29 – I’ll be teaching a FREE
    LOVE YOUR BODY Happy Hour Outdoor Yoga Class at Duke.  5:15pm, Stay tuned for location information.

*Y’all I’m not getting paid to promo this work or anything, this is just an honest look into what’s doing it for me right now and I think it’s honest and right to give creative credit. But I do hope you support Corina b/c she’s a badass–and now LOCAL TO DURHAM–artist and her creative offerings have given hope and resilience and inspiration to so many.

 

Resilience

resilience Saturday 4/9 and Wednesday 4/13.

We can do hard things. We are doing them all the time.  We keep getting up.  We rest when we need to.  We cry and we rage.  We resist and we renew.  All of this and more is part of a resilience practice.

Here’s to all of us who just keep doing the hard things…Join me as we practice resilience on the mat to help us keep going off the mat.  Right now, we need it more than ever.

Some reminders!

  • April 20 there will be no Yoga for Queers b/c our venue is not available.  JUST TWO MORE WEEKS to get Yoga for Queers with me before my sabbatical (see next bullet point): this week aka 4/13 and 4/27.
  • I am on SABBATICAL in May and June!
    • No Yoga for Queers and Misfits in that time: join me in April and not again until July
    • Align and Shine (Saturdays) will be covered by Kate Murray
  • We’re almost full for Radical Listening, Radical Love – the workshop I’m co-leading with Michelle Johnson to dive deeply into the intersections of trauma-informed yoga, social justice, and self-care/community-care.
    Join us April 22-24! Go here for more.
  • THIS JUST IN: Mark your calendars for Friday, 4/29 – I’ll be teaching a FREE
    LOVE YOUR BODY Happy Hour Outdoor Yoga Class at Duke.  5:15pm, Stay tuned for location information.

 

 

Connection is Your Natural State

illusion of separationAt Yoga for Queers and Misfits.
Wednesday at 5:30 and 7pm in Durham.

This week, we continue our Spring-inspired exploration of themes relating to Renewal and Revelation. We will do a full-spectrum practice aimed at helping us reconnect with our natural state – which is complete union with the Divine, total connection with Grace, utter peacefulness.  It is always there.  You get to choose to remember it.  Let’s do it together!

Reminders / Updates

  • April 20 there will be no Yoga for Queers b/c our venue is not available.  So you have THREE MORE CHANCES to get Yoga for Queers with me before my sabbatical (see next bullet point): this week 4/6, 4/13 and 4/27.

  • I am on SABBATICAL in May and June!
    • No Yoga for Queers and Misfits in that time: join me in April and not again until July
    • Align and Shine (Saturdays) will be covered by Kate Murray
  • We’re almost full for Radical Listening, Radical Love – the workshop I’m co-leading with Michelle Johnson to dive deeply into the intersections of trauma-informed yoga, social justice, and self-care/community-care.
    Join us April 22-24! Go here for more.