Previous Themes – Yoga for Queers and Misfits

THEME FOR 12/12/12

The theme for this week is honesty. This is a time of intensifying energy on every level, and it is an incredibly potent time for honest self-reflection and genuine assessments of how you are doing on your journey towards self-realization, expansion, and liberation. The practice of yoga is one of the many ways that you can learn to be radically and lovingly honest with yourself about how well you are living in to your values; about the kinds of offerings you are making through your thoughts, words, and actions; and about the sort of mark you are leaving on the people and the world around you. Every moment you are making an offering — what kind of offering is it? Take an honest look at what you are serving and take this opportunity to make a thoughtful and intentional offering of yourself to this world.

theme for 10/24: reclaiming (no class next week)

We’ve moved into Scorpio time, the time of digging deep into the shadows. Often we think of those shadows as hiding dark secrets which we’d just assume stay hidden. But this time can also be about retrieving lost wisdom from the darkness and renewing its utility in your life.

I have been an avid journaler for over half my life, and it’s times like these that I love to dig up old journals and see what fruits of past growth can serve me in these times. What hard fought lessons have I allowed to get buried under shiny newness and just plain busy-ness? What wisdom can I reclaim from the past or the parts of myself which are less accessible in the daily grind?

The nature of life is the continuously expanding spiral: you are likely to revisit many times the core lessons of your life. The idea is that each time you meet them, you have greater awareness. A bit more perspective and centeredness to renew your commitment to transforming yourself in the face of those old familiar challenges.

What are the metta messages of your life’s narrative and where are they hiding in you? How can you use this time to reclaim that wisdom, restore your relationship to your own inner sage, and reconnect with the highest part of yourself—the part that sees the big picture and your own place at the heart center of your Universe?

Come explore the ways you can reclaim, restore, rejuvenate and renew your connection to source.

Since next week is the holy feast day of the queers aka Halloween, there will be no class! I’ll be off doing something positively ghoulish and I hope you will too. See you in November!

 

THEME FOR 10/17: CHOOSING YOURSELF

I’ve been thinking a lot about choice and agency these days and the essential role they play in making healing and transformation possible.

A few things are bringing this to mind: first, I’m hosting a workshop in a few weeks on the seva (service) of sustainability, a half-day opportunity to explore the self-care of resilience (Sunday November 4th 1-4 at Durham Yoga Company).

Yesterday there was an article floating around on FB called “An End to Self-Care,” (available at Organizing Upgrade) where someone in the movement was arguing for a re-conceptualization of self-care which essentially takes the “self” out and locates the work entirely in a communal context, indicting the traditional notion of“self-care” as something available only to privileged middle class (presumably white) people.

And this past weekend I was in my second Ayurvedic training weekend intensive. Ayurveda is the “science of life” which emerged from India and is in many ways the medicinal branch of yoga. Ayurveda is an elegant system in which one can experience optimal health by seeking to bring one’s entire system into a dynamic balance. Constant course and fine adjustments are made to accommodate for the seasons, for one’s temperament, for the environment in which one is immersed. It takes work and commitment but the fruits of such commitment are long life, vitality, and abundance of energy.

All these things have got me reflecting on agency—the freedom to choose. I talk a lot in class about how each of us gets to choose–that even though there is so much we don’t have control over, there are ultimately a number of arenas in this life that we can assert ourselves in and ways that we are always creating our own realities.

What I’ve been sitting with in all this is the fact that not only do we get to choose, in every way we also have to choose. The infinite healing that is available to us is only available if we choose it.

What is true is that it is not so simple. It’s not that one just decides to heal and…voila! But without that decision to choose oneself, to choose life, to choose wellness and commit to it…the transformation and healing cannot come. It is a fine line and a delicate balance.

There is a wealth of information available, and yet we don’t act on it.  There is a growing body of research that overwhelmingly links stress to a variety of illnesses and disease—simultaneously we also know the amazing benefits of meditation in mitigating against the corrosive affects of stress. Do we meditate? Most of us don’t. (I don’t.) Do we take 15 minute walks per day to clear our minds and connect with nature? Most of us don’t. Do we incorporate any number of minor (or major) changes into our lives to reduce stress, improve nutrition, increase vitality and quality of life? Often the answer is no.

Don’t get me wrong – I know there is an endless number of really good reasons why folks don’t make these changes. I know because I have used them all—and still use many to this day.

But at the end of the day, I am the only one who can choose to put myself at the center of my universe and decide that I am worthy of the kind of justice and wellness that I crave for this world. I can lament about what I don’t have and wait for the perfect moment when I finally have “enough” time or resources to really do this work of sustainability and healing justice. Of course I can. I can deprive myself of things that are good for me until everyone has access to such things, sure I can. I get to choose. I am choosing all the time.

But at what point does my health and wellness and happiness and fullness mean more to me than all those excuses? At what point will I decide to put my focus (and therefore energy) into what I want, not what I lack? At what point will I stop meditating on the obstacles to my wellness and start meditating…period?

Through the study of Ayurveda I am learning so much about the magical and mysterious inner workings of the heart-body-mind, understood holistically. Everything really is connected.  No one else can choose wellness for you, you have to choose it for yourself. I can offer you all the diet and lifestyle consulting you like (and I will, if you like!) but if you aren’t convinced you deserve to be free and aren’t willing to make the commitment, it won’t really matter. I can give you as many awesome, custom-tailored asana (yoga pose) sequences that you want, but unless you are willing to get yourself on the mat for a few minutes each day and open yourself up to your true nature, it won’t matter.

This is the real work, I think. The inner transformation that has to take place to decolonize our hearts-bodies-minds and exorcise the demons which say we are not worthy, we are undeserving, we must wait for the perfect conditions before we can enjoy these things. In the book, The Long Haul, which somewhat chronicles the life of Miles Horton and the founding of the Highlander Folk School, Horton talks about the importance of working with people who have hope. That the real, sustainable work of transformative justice only comes when people have hope. They have to be committed to a vision, they have to want it, they have to believe it’s possible. And they have to keep choosing it.

For me, it is all summed up in one of the foundational teachings of Ayurveda: you want to do what you can (which is a lot!) to create and sustain optimal health for yourself so that you can live a long life and do your svadharma, your unique life’s work – the purpose for which the Universe gave you this body and this life. This is the purpose of health – living a long life to do the work of the Universe that only you can do. To paraphrase a famous saint, the Universe has no hands on this earth but yours.

How we use and move and nourish and care for our bodies are essential factors in the kind of health we’ll experience (or not), but they are just some of the important pieces. Beyond any physical factors, at the ground of being, comes the will, the desire for freedom and fullness. This is literally the building block upon which all life is based, and is essential for any sort of commitment and any kind of transformation to happen, at any level.

You have to choose yourself. That is the beginning.

THEME FOR 10/10: LOOKING FOR THE GOOD

The sometimes harsh realities of life, the effects of pain and trauma, even the daily grind can make the seemingly simple act of looking for the good into one of the most radical things that you can do.

Through this practice, you can begin to retrain yourself to look first for the beauty, the place of connection, the gifts and blessings (even when they’re in disguise).  This does not mean denying the truth of what is–those harsh realities of life or the very real impacts of pain or trauma.

But it is a way of supporting yourself in staying connected to the Highest and moving from that place, rather than moving from a place of disconnection, isolation, a sense of limitation or fear or any number of other powerful forces which can influence your perceptions and behavior.

How might your life change if you first looked out for the ways that the Universe was offering you something incredible, precious, unique, and invaluable?

THEME FOR 10/3: JOYFULNESS

There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever. -Gandhi

Today would be Gandhi’s 143rd Birthday, and while his teachings about nonviolence are among his most noteworthy, he was also an profoundly reverent and devoted person of deep faith. He committed his life to service and found an incredible amount of freedom and joy in living out that commitment.

Encouraged by Gandhi’s example, tomorrow’s class will be devoted to joy as a way of honoring and serving light and grace. Anytime is the right time to celebrate, to revel in some joyfulness.

For tomorrow’s class I ask that you come ready to celebrate, that you approach your practice as an opportunity to revel in a feeling of joy.  Whatever might be going on in your life–even if you’re in the midst of some deep struggle, or just feeling so-so about things–there are always reasons to celebrate.  And if you’re having a hard time finding them, let the practice and your community help you do so.

The ability of your own body to move and express what’s in your heart, that is cause for joy. 

The capacity to devote time and other resources to a communal and liberatory spiritual practice, that is cause for joy. 

The fact that there is a community healing arts space which offers donation-based yoga, that is cause for joy.

And there surely are so many more…

Join me tomorrow for an inspired and joyful celebration of all the reasons we have to make more beauty and art in this world.

And don’t forget – Yoga for Queers is turning 2 this weekend!
Come celebrate this Sunday from 1-3:30 for a 2.5 hour all-levels workshop followed by a community potluck from 3:30-5. Come to either part or both – it’s your chance to enjoy the spaciousness of the new Durham Yoga Company in the company of kindred queers and misfits. Plus, you know our community knows how to bring it with the potlucks so you don’t wanna miss out!

And if you missed it last week, we are taking our ques from Virgo right now and getting back on the timliness train — please come *before* 7:30 so we can start on time!

THEME FOR 9/26:  FROM THE INSIDE OUT

I’ve been talking a lot lately about what this time in seasonal and cosmic shifts can mean on individual, interpersonal, and communal levels. Inspired by radical changes happening within and without, I’ve felt called to connect the individual with the universal and try to make sense of it all.

While the spring equinox invites “spring cleaning,” to make way for the abundance and fertility of the natural world, the fall equinox can feel more like an involuntary purge: things are coming up from the inside out—whether I like it or not—and my option is to find healthful ways of assisting their exit while also hopefully learning something along the way.

You are always free to choose to ignore the gifts from the Universe, but every trip around the sun will get a little brighter, easier and fuller if you accept the gifts graciously and with an open and humble heart.

This time is definitely about reflecting on the intentions that you set in the spring (the beginning of the astrological calendar) when the impulsive and energetic Aries was in full effect, as well as noticing how one half of a trip around the sun has perhaps matured and tempered your impulsive idealism and grounding yourself in a more refined vision for how to manifest your dreams for the remainder of this year.

What seeds did you plant in March and how are they faring? What distractions have you allowed to take you off your path and what stumbling blocks has the Universe offered to help you linger a little longer in a place you would prefer to breeze right through?

In Tantra, we believe that every single thing is full of the radical, creative and transformative power of the Universe, and thus every single thing and person and event that creates the tapestry of your life has significance, has the power to help you see more clearly what is true about you: you have infinite power and enormous responsibility.

There is no better time than this moment to reckon with the full extent of your power to create your own reality, to manifest your vision for yourself and your world, and to light everything up from the inside out. The outside world is simply a reflection of your inner light. What can you do right now to let that light come out?

THEME FOR 9/19: OPENNESS

Nothing like a slew of new experiences to remind me that I still have so much to learn.  It is the bittersweetness of being an extrovert (and a 7 on the Enneagram)–more is always more.  But sometimes more can be a bit much…

I’m blazing all these trails in my life and getting consistently humbled by my own limitations, as well as my own preconceptions, judgements, preferences, etc.  Such fertile ground for clarifying my values, rooting myself in an expanding base of self-awareness, and remembering that I am never acting alone. In short, fertile ground for the ongoing cultivation of openness.  Constant reminders to take a dose of my own medicine re beginner’s mind, reverence, humility, patience.  Everyone does have a piece of the truth, and the more I engage in the world with an open mind and a soft heart, the greater my ability to receive those truths–to learn from and be changed by them.

Belief in abundance, and the fact that the Universe wants what I want, requires me to be open to the magical and mysterious ways that the Universe works in my life and through me, conspiring to remind me of my own true nature.  The more open I am to receiving those messages, the better I know myself and the clearer my vision for how I want to move in the world.

Join me tomorrow as we move through a practice designed to help you stay open to the mystery and magic of the moment, on the mat and in the world.

THEME FOR 9/12: FREEDOM TO CHOOSE

You are made of the same stuff as the Universe. Out of Its complete freedom, limitless power and infinite wisdom It chose to become you. Which means that your nature is just like that of the Universe – infinitely free, powerful, and wise.

But we humans are bound in the relative world by things that the Universe, in the absolute world, is not. Which means that even though ultimate freedom, power and wisdom are our nature, we sometimes forget. Our own true nature is sometimes concealed from us by ignorance, by fear, by trauma, by failure to remember first and foremost that we are all connected. Such human conditions and limitations are what make possible everything from trash-talking and jealousy to much more extreme manifestations of the failure to recognize oneness—such as the tragedies of 11 years ago and 39 years ago and countless others throughout recent and distant history.

While not a panacea (cure-all), the practice of yoga can bring revelation by supporting you in staying more fully present to the truth of your nature—and reminding you that you are free to choose.

You get to choose how to hold yourself in the midst of challenge. You get to choose how to love yourself and others enough to expect the Highest and respond from the Highest. You get to choose to build community and connection with beings who support and lift you up, even as you choose radiant spaciousness from people and situations that don’t. You get to choose to engage in practices like yoga—and so many others—which give you the capacity to know yourself more, receive your whole self as a gift, and offer back from the Highest.

This is why many people see yoga as a spiritual practice: simply put, yoga helps you cultivate an intimate relationship with the truth of who you are. Yoga helps you choose to see your fullness, your radiance, your ultimate freedom, your divine bliss. The choice does not lie in creating the fullness, radiance, freedom or bliss that is your nature—but rather in opening up to it, fully accepting it, and learning to live and love within it.

You create freedom for yourself and the world by changing yourself, not the world. Changing how you choose to perceive and receive the world around you—and how, what, and in what spirit you offer back. This is as simple and profound as can be.

You are made of the same stuff as the Universe. Out of Its infinite freedom, It chose to become you. Therefore you too are free, so free you get to choose. Choose to build practices and communities that uplift and support you on your path, and give you the chance to do the same for others. Choose radical self-knowing and self-care. Choose love over fear, connection over isolation.

You get to choose. Choose yourself.

THEME FOR 9/5: RITUAL

This is the time of year in which many folks are coming back and settling in. Virgo season is perfect for that–leaning into the regimented and organized energy of a routine that will make the work of your life more possible.  In routine and regimen can be much freedom, as they support you in establishing a rhythm that your body heart and mind will respond to favorably.

Ritual is much like regimen or routine, but with an added element of the sacred. In ritual we choose to infuse simple acts with intention, allowing them to take on greater significance and allowing their impact to expand.  Each time we intentionally revisit the ritual, it is embued it with even greater energy.

The practice of yoga can be one of many rituals that can bear fruit in all aspects of your life.  For many of you, Yoga for Queers is a Wednesday night ritual–a weekly moment that signals you’ve made it past humpday and are already more than halfway to the weekend! And a great time to connect with folks, meet new people, explore your edges in healthy and fun ways, and often blow your own mind with what you can do!

The ritual of choosing to spend your time and resources intentionally–to make the choices you need to make to not only get yourself to class on time but in a place to give and receive from the highest–is empowering and freeing. Empowering because in saying “no” to some things in order to say “yes” to others, you embrace a a discipline that is freely chosen, based on knowing what serves you, what lifts you up, what reminds you of your nature.  The subsequent effect on your whole self (physically, mentally, emotionally) is affirmation enough.  Freeing because in making choices which serve you, you are lining up with the flow and tapping in to the currents of the Universe that are always expanding–just like you.  Simply put, when you align with nature, the magic and healing and energy and everything just flows.

How can you tap into the cosmic storehouse that is Virgo in choosing right now to institute and affirm rituals which will support you in taking the fullest form of the pose of your life? Making a choice to support healthy rhythms in your life becomes almost instantly self-fullfilling, especially when the rituals include time for observing the effects, bearing witness to your own Self and how you respond to the choices you make to move towards freedom.

With a new yoga studio opening and three more chances each week to take yoga with yours truly–plus many other teachers on the docket–this is a great time to put yoga firmly in the center of your weekly ritual! For some morning ritual inspiration, check out this sweet article by my friend Chloe Park.

THEME FOR 8/15: FORGIVENESS AS DETOX

It has been said that forgiveness is something we do for ourselves. By choosing to fully inhabit the hurt that you’ve experienced, you can more fully and honestly free yourself from it. And this is the great service that forgiveness offers you–it allows you to do a deep detox, to evacuate the negativity inside and free up energy and psychic space for the pursuit of that which you seek.

In other words, as in all things, you get to choose. You can choose to liberate yourself from toxic feelings of resentment, hurt, and anger by first fully experiencing and exploring them, and then choosing to move beyond for your own sake.

Essential to this process is locating yourself in the center of your healing. The true, lasting spiritual freedom that comes through forgiveness really has little, if anything, to do with the person who may have caused you harm or suffering. Rather, it has everything to do with honoring yourself enough to feel the full range of emotions which come from that hurt, and then choosing every day, every moment to soften your heart and free yourself from the burden of the corrosive effects of resentment.

You get to choose. I hope you’ll choose your own freedom. Let’s do it together.

THEME FOR 8/8: COURAGE

I’ve been meditating a lot on courage these days. My life is twisting and turning in ways that can only be described as surprising…and on a good day, maybe even “magical.” Mostly, though, I am simply in awe of the expanding spiral of the Universe and the way that the Shakti is really taking me for a ride. I pretty much have no choice but to stand tall in my light, hang on for dear life, and try and enjoy it.

Certainly I could try and run from the gifts that the Universe is so persistent in offering me. I could stick my head in the sand, cling to my illusions of self or permanence, and wait for this storm to pass.

Bollucks! Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but about learning to dance in the rain! The Dance of Life is about having the faith to know that when you step out into the storm, you won’t melt. And having the courage to expose yourself, letting the rain wash away the layers of illusion in order for your truer, deeper, clearer form to emerge…from the inside out.

The practice can help you connect to the fierce and fearless part of yourself that knows you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by refusing to sit this life out. The practice can help keep you connected to your heart of hearts, the part of you that knows you are bound by the laws of the Universe to expand and grow. The part of you that knows your heart is made to grow in proportion to how much you open and expose it, how much you live in it and move from it, how much you honor it by showing it—by showing YOU—to the world in all your infinite glory and limitless potential.

Come get your courage on. The Universe awaits.

theme for 8/1: restoration

It still feels like the peak of summer, even though (as a friend pointed out yesterday) it’s already clear that the days are getting shorter. It’s especially obvious each week at Yoga for Queers…around the solstice it was still nearly bright-as-day in the room come final meditation…now it’s decidedly darker.

But since it’s still a peak time for movement, acceleration and exertion, I am taking a suggestion from the Universe and will be teaching a restorative class tonight. I know, its shocking! We will still warm up (of course) and do a few poses to get your blood flowing and get you into your body, but then we’ll slow it down and focus on sweet hip openers, gentle back-bends, and supine (laying down) restorative poses.

I hope this sounds like something you need and if not, feel free to run/bike to class in order to get your sweat on and your ya-yas out. The restoratives will feel even more incredible after that. See you on the mat!

THEME FOR 7/25: THE BALANCE

Abhyasa and Vairagya are Sanskrit words that are often taken as the supreme or most essential teachings that come from out of the Yoga Sutras, some of the first texts to codify yoga as a physical and spiritual path.

There are many ways to interpret these terms, and they are often loosely rendered as practice and non-attachment, respectively. Striking a balance between these two is a bit like finding the sweet spot in the middle between “Never giving up” and “Always letting go.”

Abhyasa is persistent, devoted practice. An unfailing commitment to singing the song of your own heart, to consciously and consistently choosing to line up with something greater, to always weigh your options in the context of what will serve you on your higher path. Making the choice again and again to choose yourself.

Vairagya is non-attachment to the outcome of your efforts. In some traditions, this is understood as non-attachment from people, corporal sensations like pleasure and security, and even from desire itself. In my tradition, non-attachment is understood more in relationship to one’s work: the way that you undertake efforts, make the fullest offering in every moment, without attachment to the fruits or the outcome. In this, deeper and more nuanced understandings of non-attachment may emerge, such as non-attachment from limiting ideas of self and illusions of permanence.

You can see perhaps how these two teachings can support and affirm each other: through consistent and devoted commitment to knowing and singing the song of your own heart, you get clearer and clearer about your purpose in this life and about the spirit in which you want to undertake your life’s work. In this, there is ultimate freedom. It’s not that you cease to care about the impacts of your actions, its just that you get better at tuning in to what your heart is moving you to do and be in this world…and in that you are doing infinite service to the world. When you are following your heart and choosing skillfully and steadily to line up with something greater, you can experience a sense of true liberation. The ability to let go, to not cling, to detach (with love!) from the illusion of control.

When you align with nature, magic happens. And there is nothing more natural or magical than residing in…and moving from your heart. Come join your community tonight as we explore the balance of effort and ease.

THEME FOR 7/18: OPEN TO GRACE

The Dance of the Divine is really work its magic on me right now, pushing my conception of what I thought I could handle, of my own strength, of my own capacity for standing in my light.  My work in this phase of the Dance is to be open; not to be distracted by self-doubt, not to be skeptical and self-defeating, not to hold my breath and wait for the other (the next…?) shoe to drop.

Oh no. This time is about building the container to hold the Shakti. It is about doing my absolute best from moment to moment to stay an open, willing, and receptive vessel for the creative power of the Universe to work its magic.  But I have to make the choice: I have to keep the doors to my heart open. I have to keep an attentive ear to the song of my heart.  And I have to be as patient and loving towards myself–when I inevitably forget, close down, fall short–as the Universe is towards me, in the form of those around me who are holding me with love and patience.

This work of healing, of consistently wiping the mirror of my consciousness clean of the specks of illusion which block me from seeing my own true nature, it is no joke. It is the work of a lifetime (possibly more than one…) and it is work that I want to do. It is a freedom that I want for myself. It starts by being Open to Grace. From moment to moment. Breath to breath.

Being open to healing, true freedom, and abundance.
Like I said, the work of a lifetime.

THEME FOR 7/11: EXPLORATION

Today, 7/11, is my little niece Kiko’s birthday; she’s turning three. I just got to spend a few delightful days on the beach with her and am full up of her love and inspiration. Among her many amazing qualities is how fearless she is, and how she undertakes just about everything with a ginger smile. Whether happily chasing a crab on the beach, or thoughtfully reflecting on her pinched finger (after the crab fought back), Kiko is totally unstoppable in her dedication to observing, exploring, and enjoying the world around her. And she is a perfect embodiment of the expanding spiral — everything she does seems to give her MORE energy and inspiration for further exploration. She knows no limits.
So tomorrow we’ll take a que from Kiko and have a little fun exploring some interesting poses while keeping a smile on the face and especially in the heart. There is nothing like delving into the unknown territory around and within you to remind you of how much room there is to always keep growing and expanding. The summer is a perfect time for this — long warm days make for suppleness and receptivity in body, mind and spirit. Take advantage of it and join others Queers and Misfits for some fun and lighthearted playing-the-edge.

THEME FOR 6/27: STRENGTH IN STRUGGLE

Struggle is significant to me; be it personal or political, struggle is the place where the most growth, revelation, and transformation happens. In the tradition that I practice and teach, we view struggle and conflict as opportunities to deepen awareness and relationship.

The idea is: you know that a life worth living (well, really life in general) will be full of the unexpected, the unknown, the unforeseen. There is no way you can stop this or control it. It is part of the nature of the Universe. What you can control, where you have agency and choice, is how you engage with the Unknown. You get to choose the extent to which you will welcome the unexpected gifts and unforeseen miracles that Grace offers you. Struggle is an opportunity to challenge your preconceived ideas, your prejudice and your desire to control or predict the future. All of life is just a dance with the Divine. And the Divine is not bound by the limitations that you are—the Divine can move in realms and ways that you cannot possibly predict.

In the midst of struggle is the possibility for unparalleled growth. But it can’t come easily, and it won’t come without some strife and sacrifice. You will have to learn not to fear the dark. You will have to learn to stay steady in the center of the storm. And the practice can help.

Today is also Emma Goldman’s birthday. If you’ve never heard of “the most dangerous woman in America,” let this be your invitation to find out more about her. Her famous quotation (though it may actually be a paraphrasing of her ideas rather than a direct quote), “If I can’t dance, I don’t to be in your revolution” is an incredible invitation to find strength, joy and even celebration in the midst of the essential work of social and political struggle.

Next week is a holiday and I’ll be enjoying the delightful presence of my little nephews which means – No Yoga for Queers and Misfits! So come out tonight and get your fix for the next two weeks.

THEME FOR 6/20: LIVING FOR TODAY, VISIONING FOR TOMORROW

SPECIAL CLASS: 7-9PM

I often talk about how the practice of yoga is a “moment to moment remembering.” That concept can be hard to grasp, and I’ve been thinking of it a lot as I ponder how to create the fullest expression of the pose that is my life.  This moment in time – the solstice, when the sun seems to momentarily stand-still before beginning to “wane” for the remainder of the calendar year – is a perfect one for pausing and reflecting.

All you really have is this day…and in the end, all you have is this moment. To be your fullest self. To embrace the Dance of Life. To squeeze all the juice out of your abundant existence.

One of my teachers says, it is important to think about your death every day. In this way, you value your life more fully. The moment to moment remembering is a way of embracing your life—and your death!—fully. A way to “show up” for each moment, each person, each opportunity in your life to the fullest, knowing that the more open you are to the greater energy present in all things, the greater insight you’ll get into the truth of your heart and your path in this life.

Thus, being present to this moment is also the way to build your vision for the future. To reside completely in the now and recognize your fullness, even as you know that the continuously expanding spiral that is your life will continue to unfold forever. That there is no limit to your inner landscape, nor the extent to which you can explore it. There is no limit to how you can grow and change as you engage in the Dance of Life. There is no limit to the power of your dreams—the only limitation is that which you place on your capacity to vision or your willingness to invest wholeheartedly in the realization of that vision.

In tomorrow’s special TWO HOUR solstice class we will explore the dance of concealment and revelation, blur the boundaries between our bodies and the world, and reside fully in the moment as a way to radically invest in the future. This is a potent time for revisiting and reinvesting in your visions for your life. And is especially potent to do so in community. Our practice will include some breathwork and meditation, as well as the rocking poses you’ve come to love.  Join kindred queers and misfits for this special two hour chance to blast it out!

THEME FOR 6/13: MINDFULNESS

The days are passing very quickly for me. Already June is halfway over, which means this year is almost halfway over. In the blink of an eye, it is already time for the seasonal review of my visions for the year and assess how I’m doing. Already it is time to plan for the observance of an important event in the astrological year — Summer Solstice — with a special class honoring the pinnacle point of light. [To that end, please note that next week’s class will be Solstice for Queers, a special two hour event to honor yourself and the potency of the moment. 7-9p on June 20th.]

Time is everywhere and nowhere, and is in fact our most precious resource. We can never go back, and we can never get it back. We can have no impact on the past, and the future is built on this moment.  Socially and cosmologically we are living in an accelerated age.  Our psychologies and physiologies are literally not equipped to process the amount of stimulus and information that we are exposed to daily.  It creates the sensation–at least in me–of being unable to catch up.  Always behind at work, always a mountain of chores, always a growing list of friends and relationships that deserve my care and attention…I am forever behind. Which creates the tendency in me to want to move faster, to play into the illusory idea that I ever could actually catch up, could move at the speed that things in the world around me seem to move…that megabytes and money and airplanes move.
Paradoxically, the only antidote is slowing down.  The only way to be caught up is to get caught up in the moment. The only way to lead a full life is to fully inhabit each breath. Many traditions call this mindfulness: the *simple* act of being present to what you’re doing. Whether it’s breathing or biking, washing dishes or working the land, living into your vocation or taking out the trash. If you are constantly meditating on the past or the future, you are not really living. If you are constantly lost in thought so as to move more quickly through the present task or to “maximize” your sense of productivity, you are not really living. If you spend more time wanting to be somewhere or someone else than who and where you are right now, you are not really living.
Tomorrow’s class will be about breathing in to this moment and everything it contains for you. All the joy passion possibility mystery and monotony of the moment. To truly observe, listen, and feel fully the sensations happening on every level is the best way to help you understand the purpose and meaning in your life, which supports you making choices that create expanding purpose and deeper meaning.  The future is made up of this moment. Will you remember it? What does it mean to you?

theme for 6/6: Back to Basics

I’m not gonna lie: I’m going through a hard time. And someone very wise recently said to me: go back to the basics. Do the simplest things to care for yourself: get enough sleep, eat right, get some movement every day. It was such a helpful and freeing reminder. I don’t have to solve every problem right now. I don’t have to have a solution for every challenge in this moment.  I will be better positioned to carefully and thoughtfully discern the next big thing if I simply do (as one famous program says) the next right thing.

So tomorrow will be a Back to Basics class: nothing flashy or fancy, all the poses you’ve come to know (and hopefully love) with an emphasis on how to apply the basic principles of alignment.  We’ll especially be looking at the alignment of the shoulders and upper back–which support the first principle of this practice – Opening to Grace; as well as the action of rooting the thighs back for stability.

I hope you’ll join me. We can all be served by regular refreshers in the basics.

THEME FOR 5/30: VITALITY

Vigor. Stamina. Energy. Power. Vibrancy. Awareness.

You have not only the right but the inherent capacity to enjoy a life characterized by these qualities and many others. Vitality is your birthright, the natural state of your holistic system—the complex entity that is your mind-body-heart-spirit. There is nothing you have to do make that true; the work is in turning towards the light—in consciously choosing vitality, wholeness, vibrancy over other, potentially corrosive choices or patterns.

While vitality and a robust quality of life are our nature, that doesn’t mean they always come naturally—that we always instinctively know how to do what serves us. There are so many patterns embedded in our samskara or energetic memory imprint. So many forces in and around us which don’t serve us, don’t bring out the best in us, don’t help us feel as full and free as we inherently and eternally are. As Rumi said, “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” So it is your work to mine your inner landscapes and continuously work to remove the obstacles to your power, freedom, and wellness. The keys to a whole self, your whole self, are within.

So you have to choose—you get to choose—vitality as a way of life. Practices, regimens, relationships, endeavors which serve you and steep you in your magic and essential goodness. Do you want more vibrancy in your life? Do you crave to know your power or meet it anew? Choosing vitality is about opening the Universe’s energy valve and letting it blast out of you, from the inside out—making spiritual stamina and physical power not the exception by the rule, making fulfilling and life-giving relationships with yourself and others not a novelty but the norm.

Choosing can be work—the work of a lifetime—and it is effort, but it can also be fun and freeing and empowering and joyful and exciting. Think if your system were running on that kind of fuel all the time? Talk about power.

theme for 5/23: Rooted in Your Lineage

I am—in many ways for the first time—exploring the history of some of my people. Not my blood relatives (not as far as I know), but some of the women who first dared to call themselves Lesbians and claim their right to love as they knew how. Neither this post nor tomorrow’s class will purport to be a history lesson, I’m nowhere near equipped for that.

But all this reading about the early days of some of the feminist and lesbians and feminist-lesbian movements has gotten me thinking a lot about history, tradition, and heritage. Whether I have known how to articulate it, been prone to claiming it, or aware of how its shaped me, this history is part of my lineage. Part of what makes it possible for me to move in the world as I am—often callously disclaiming a word and its many articulations due to complete ignorance and lack of exposure.

So I am choosing exposure now. It’s humbling, and inspiring. And encouraging me to do some further digging, not only into the type of lineage that I can learn about through books like Sappistry and Skin, but also about the lineage of my values and the origin of my commitments.

The Pulsation is really taking for a spin right now, and it is a perfect invitation to reflect on my values and recommit to the vision of the world that I want to live in. So tomorrow’s class will be about grounding, an invitation to focus on (re)claiming the sources of steadiness in your life, for honoring the shoulders that you’re standing on and the ground underneath all of it.

What are you rooted in? Who do you call your kin? What is your liberation lineage? How can you honor that lineage and your ancestors by continuing to reflect on the ways that those who have come before you have made the way for you? And in so doing, how can you get more clear about the way you want to be making for others?

theme for 5/16: Surrender

This week we will work with the idea of surrender: yielding to the truth of what is. Through careful self-examination, it is likely that you know the work you must do. You know where you healing nexus lies, or at least you know the next right thing. You know the lessons that you seem to keep needing to learn, time and again.

Enter the resistance: spending precious mental and emotional (and therefore physical!) energy hoping and praying, wishing and wanting that things would be different. That the overwhelming amount of challenge and turmoil which characterizes your past is just that: in your past, and no longer affecting you….that the emotional scars of childhood have been long buried…that the cycle of relationships you seem to be trapped in is just your bad luck with love, nothing to do with healing work that’s still undone…that the clear invitation that is coming from the Universe to do your work, by offering your unique combination of skills and gifts in service of the work, is in fact just an ongoing series of coincidences…

How much of that precious energy could you be investing in building the vision for your future? What would it feel like to stop resisting your healing work and surrender fully to it, remembering that you are always being held and that everything within you is also made of all the good things from the Universe? What would it look like to surrender to your heart’s deepest desire and commit yourself fully to making it real in this world?

Surrender is about acceptance. It is about softening and releasing into the truth of what is, engaging your efforts in what is and not in what you wish it were. Here and now is where the transformation will happen, but only if you accept the truth of what is here and now.

Surrendering into the truth of what is is not resigning yourself to fate, nor is it giving up on your dreams. It is in fact the most potent way to commit yourself to your future and your dreams: by investing your whole self in your present—by showing up fully and completely for yourself, by engaging as a willing participant in the Dance of Life. When you choose to surrender into the truth of what is and live into that truth, the result will be renewed vigor, replenished energy, and rekindled commitment to the vision of your heart.

At your core you are made of perfect fullness, sparkling radiance and pure freedom. What is stopping you from surrendering fully into that truth?

theme f0r 5/9: resilience

I know some of you want to give up. I know you want to stay inside and mourn in solitude. Trust and believe, I am with you. But alongside the sadness and the grief is also the irrevocable bond that is formed in struggle. The strength we obtain from fighting and loving and grieving and continuing to show up for each other, along side one another.  We honor ourselves and each other by NOT going back into the closets and the isolation of our loneliness and heartbreak.  We honor ourselves and each other by offering our fullest selves and standing along side others who do the same.Join us in Yoga for Queers as we recommit to the Dance of Life: the pulsation of drawing in and remembering that there is a rock-solid-unbreakable-positively-whole part of you and me and all of us that can never be harmed…then offering that fullness back to each other and this world. You don’t need a system that dehumanizes you to confer dignity and rights upon you. You will always have your dignity, you already know your own undeniable beauty as a vessel for creativity and boundless love. Your heart and your wholeness and your incredible and irreplaceable contribution to this Universe are in tact, not in question, not up for debate.Join your community in honoring your wholeness, even as you might feel broken.  At the ground of being is your essence, which is true freedom and connection.  Come out of the shadows of your sadness, if only to share your light with someone else who needs it. This is what defines our communities: struggle. And resilience. We make it and offer it to ourselves and each other.

theme for 5/2: commitment

This is a time of much movement in North Carolina. Yesterday was International Workers Day, whose origins date back to the 1800s struggle for the 8 hour work day, and which we continue to commemorate because workers rights are human rights and neither is sacred or guaranteed in this day and age. Tomorrow is a the RJ Reynolds Shareholder meeting, at which workers, organizers, and activists will stand up for the rights of workers to dignified working conditions and collective bargaining power. This weekend is the final push in the struggle to defeat Amendment One, the proposed anti-family constitutional amendment; early voting goes through Saturday, and the big day at the ballots is next Tuesday.

And then on Wednesday, North Carolina will continue in a long line of collective action against big banks: taking it directly to Charlotte, Bank of America’s headquarters, at their shareholder meeting on Wednesday the 9th. If you haven’t already gotten plugged in to these and other important struggles, it is essential to do so. Buses are leaving from Durham for the Reynolds meeting tomorrow, and for the BofA meeting next week—I’ll be going, so hopefully I’ll see you on the bus! Contact organizers to reserve your spot on the buses: for Reynolds click here; for BofA click here.

So…what does all this have to do with yoga you might ask? The theme for this week is commitment, and it is all about the myriad daily opportunities that we have to stand up and speak out for what we believe in. Collective liberation is not just the inspiration for cool t-shirts and tattoos, and it is not called collective for nothing. It takes commitment to continue, day-in and day-out, to take a stand for what you believe in. And it is so much stronger, fuller, more potent in collective.

Now is the time to nurture your commitment to building the world you want to see, one which includes justice and dignity not just for you and your people but for all beings.

Now is the time to recommit to the struggle for dignity and self-determination.

Now is the time to fight for justice in ways that lift all people up.

Now is the time to embrace freedom from the inside out—to free yourself from the confines of whatever self-imposed censorship and internalized self-deprecation keep you from acting in the world for the world you want to be a part of, alongside the folks who lift you up and reminder you of your nature.

Now is the time to be your own best friend—and indeed a best friend to the world—and not your own worst enemy.

Now is the time to surround yourself with people you love and to get what you need. To do whatever it takes to do more than just survive but to start thriving.

You can do this by helping to build a container in yourself and in your life to hold the Shakti—to allow the infinite creative power of the Universe to work in you and through you in the service of something greater. That ‘something greater’ could be collective healing and community caregiving; it could be collective action for justice, fairness, and accountability. It could be as simple as making one good choice that serves your own holistic wellness.

Our liberation is connected, whether we choose to accept that or not. Can we commit together to showing up for ourselves and each other, even when it’s hard? Even when we’re tired of having to defend our right to live and breath? Even when it’s easier to retreat? Can we stand up together and commit to caring for our communities collectively?

Can we be our own best friends?

theme for 4/18: Building the Fire (no class next week)

Next week I am heading north for a quick rendezvous with all my sisters, something that only happens about once a year considering we span many states, continents, and oceans! So no class next Wednesday 4/25!

That means this week’s class has gotta be potent enough to last you for two whole weeks…

The theme therefore will be Building the Fire. We’ll do a full spectrum class devoted to the fire of transformation. We’ll explore heating poses new and old, designed to help you get in touch with your inner fire and keep it burning as we fully inhabit spring and all its magical and mysterious movements full of positively potent portals for transformation.

I hope to see you there!

theme for 4/11: standing in your light

This is a time of transition for many.  Scholastic calendars, seasonal shifts, birthdays, babies.  So many things are in flux, so many things taking new shape.

So what’s new? The only constant is change.  In yoga we call this Pulsation. The Divine Dance. Lila (pronounced LEE-luh).  It is the magic of the Universe that is constantly presenting itself in new and different, more magical and mysterious yet utterly accessible forms.  Ironically, it is by flowing with Grace, dancing with the Divine, that you create steadiness.  Opening yourself up to the creative power of Consciousness in each moment.  Knowing and acting as if you are always being held.  Standing in your light and blasting it out!

Looking to the outside world for steadiness and stability will only make you vulnerable to the inevitable shifts to come.  The only true source of steadiness is within yourself.  So you must learn to stand tall in your light, no matter what the circumstances; revel in the mysteries no matter how unforeseen. Squeeze all the juice out of life as fuel for the fires of your transformation.

It starts when you take your place on the mat, stand tall in your light, and open to grace.

theme for 4/4: Integrity

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

April 4th is the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  While he is most remembered for his work nonviolently advancing civil rights for African-Americans in the US, his work was not limited to making laws more equitable for black people. Dr. King was in Memphis, the site of his assassination in April 1968, in solidarity with striking sanitation workers, supporting them in their efforts to improve working conditions. After the peak of his civil rights work, King continued in struggle for freedom and collective liberation by turning his sights on economic, worker and labor justice—knowing full well that true “equality” for African-American people in the US was not going to come just from desegregation or other efforts to balance power socially and politically alone, without addressing root economic injustice and inequality.

King’s approach to the work for justice was rooted in integrity: standing by one’s own principles and values come what may. When the going gets rough, many people toss their values and beliefs out the window. It is far easier to go with the flow—no matter which way the flow is going—than to stand your ground in the face of opposition that is virulent, violent, and vindictive.

However, while many people continue to stand up for justice in the face of continued and extreme conditions of injustice and inequality, for many people the question of integrity is not so much about responding nonviolently to threats or acts of violence. Integrity, in a quotidian way, is about doing your best to ensure that in word and deed you stay true to your creed. Whatever your beliefs and values are—whatever motivates you, whatever you respect, whatever you admire or wish to emulate—integrity is about living those values out in your life.

Acting in ways that reflect your belief in the interconnectedness of all beings, in the inherent dignity and sanctity of all beings, in freedom of choice and the right of self-determination—the current configuration of our capitalist society is seriously antagonistic to these and many more values. Silence is consent, and when we fail to stand up, speak out and work against systems and situations which are oppressive to any people, we are complicit in that oppression.

The practice is here to help support you in knowing how to discern right action and integrity, and is especially here to help you withstand the push back, difficulty, and unexpected outcomes which may come your way when you stick to your (nonviolent) guns. Acting with integrity is rarely easy, but with the help of the practice and your commitment to transformative and accountable relationship, you will get ever-better at discerning what integrity means for you in this life and how to stay true to it and stand up for it, come what may.

theme for 3/28: Self-Awareness

My heart is heavy with sadness and indignation; more than a month since the injustice of Trayvon Martin’s death and still his killer walks free—gets news interviews and the opportunity to tell “his side,” an opportunity Trayvon will never get.

A variety of emotions comes to the surface when I sit with this reality: sadness and pain for the suffering of Trayvon’s family and community; a desire to mourn in community for all that is lost when patriarchal and white supremacist violence continues unchecked; acute anger at the reality that while Trayvon’s name and story are nationally known, there are so many more cases just like his from throughout this “Land of the Free”—examples of white people’s hate enjoying free reign and impunity; and especially, a burning desire to do something, to take action to prevent another young person of color from dying at the hands of unchecked bigotry, racism, white supremacy—whether in a gated community, on a subway platform, or on death row.

This is certainly a time for action, and it is imperative that our action be rooted in self-awareness—be motivated by the kind of justice that we want for ourselves, our community and our world. Though it is challenging to sit with the emotions, it is a potent time for doing so—embracing all that comes up whenever the sanctity of human life and human dignity are violated. Anger—even rage—is a justified and natural response to the violation of a person’s dignity; as is grief and mourning; sadness and sorrow; depression and even a desire to give up. But through consistent practices of mindfulness and self-awareness, you can support collective action which honors others dignity and your own.

By engaging in the practice, you can become skilled at honoring and embracing the full range of your human experience in order to know yourself more and in an effort to reflect back to the world your own true divine nature. Moments like these are incredibly debilitating in part because they remind us of mortality, of the limitations and dark places of the human mind, of the fact that the capacity for hurting others is something each person has. So you turn inside. You look within. You courageously and continually look at yourself and you see yourself with the eyes of the Universe—you look for connection, you remember that we’re all bits in the Universe’s kaleidoscope—different unique manifestations of Something Greater. You come together in the safety of community to dig deep and offer up the fullest form of the offering that is your life, by honoring what was and visioning what will be.

It is not easy. You get to choose.

Theme for 3/21: Fresh Start

The time has finally come! Spring is here, and with it the beginning of the new astrological year.  Spring technically begins in the Northern Hemisphere on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at 1:14 A.M.—that’s tomorrow morning!—and the astrological new year will be ushered in by the new moon on Thursday, March 22 at 10:37 am.

If you haven’t done it already, it is time to undertake some spring cleaning, inside and out. This is a great time to consider a juice fast, Master Cleanse, or a brief exploration of raw and/or vegan eating to cleanse and detoxify your physical body. It’s also an optimal time for cleaning out clutter in your home, office, yard or vehicle; or even expanding on the idea of “cleaning” by getting your finances in order as well. Revisit your plan for the year and make sure you’ve built in time for respite; if not, carve it out now because if your life is anything like mine, you are freaking out that it’s already almost April!

This is also a great time to get your mental and spiritual “house in order.” Your yoga practice can help you focus (or refocus) on that which serves you, and can support you in continuing to refine the alignment of your life so that your choices reflect your values, and your behavior reflects your beliefs. It can be one of your greatest tools in learning what serves you and how to hold on to that, while supporting you in knowing what doesn’t serve you and how to let go of that.

The practice continually offers you the chance to bring a beginner’s mind, a fresh perspective, to yourself and your life so that you can be as intentional as possible in bringing your heart, mind and body into alignment with something greater. That greater energy, the creative power of the Universe, wants what you want. And is always within you and around you, ready to support you in realizing the fullest form of the pose of your life. You can choose in this time to remember what you want to serve in this life, get juiced about it, and bring a fresh and invigorated commitment to it.

THEME FOR 3/14: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

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 not to give in to 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 keep you small and seek to 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.

THEME FOR 3/7: WISDOM

We are nearing the end of the astrological year: the year is waning and Pisces is reigning over hearts and minds. In my case, that means that I am just ITCHING for the cycle to begin again. I myself am feeling a bit, shall we say, stagnate at this juncture. I am doing my best to stay present to the moment but I can barely contain my excitement for spring and the dawning of the new cycle (year) that it will bring.

In the meantime, it is a great moment to look within and reflect on the past year. Knowledge applied becomes wisdom. What did you learn about yourself in the past year and how did you put it to use? What changes has this trip around the zodiac brought? What transformations have you made possible? Which commitments bore fruit, which will you continue into the new cycle, and which will you let fade only to become fertilizer for the next cycle?

Now is an incredibly opportune time, cosmically speaking, to really look back on what sort of reality you have been co-creating with the Universe these past 12 months, and to look forward to the continuously expanding spiral that is your life. How can you pay attention now to what is and what was, so that what will be is better, fuller, bigger than ever?

theme for 2/29: LEAP INTO BOLDNESS!

It’s Leap Year Day.  Tonight’s practice will be designed to help you leap confidently in the direction of your dreams.

Leap and the net will appear! Leap first, ask questions later. The opportunities are endless…

Tonight’s class will be a playful and energetic opportunity to take a few risks, with the support of your community and indeed the whole Universe, to help keep you moving in the direction of your dreams. This time of year is *especially* hard for me. Winter—as mellow as it’s been—is slowly coming to a close and I’m getting a little antsy. Cabin fever to the max! So we’re gonna heat things up from the inside out tonight, playing with arm balances and some other challenging-yet-rewarding poses to help you take things a little less seriously, and to remind you that the point of life is to remember your greatness and celebrate it.

Come on, leap into boldness tonight with your friendly neighborhood queers and misfits.

See you then!

Theme for 2/22: mourning and meaning-making

Several important and cosmic things are providing the backdrop for the flux of emotions I’ve been experiencing in the past few weeks.  The first is Pisces time, and specifically tonight’s new moon. It is the time in the pulsation of the year in which we begin to let go of the old to make space for the coming dawn of the astrological calendar.

This is a time perfect for mourning and grief.  Contrary to how many folk approach it, grief is not an illness–something to be cured from, to power through, or to let pass.  Facing grief head-on can certainly speed up the process of moving through it and making meaning out of it–as well as minimize the corrosive effects that unattended grief can bring.

But it truly is something that we must engage in actively, make space for, treat with reverence and honor.  For grief is the natural and essential end of a process which started from meaning-making.  We met someone incredible, discovered something meaningful; we choose to cultivate attachments to that someone, we choose to invest ourselves in that something.  And grief comes when our existing relationship must evolve or transform in some way, often unexpectedly.  All change can be painful, and the fear (or reality) of loss can be doubly difficult.  Engaging in grief is a way of honoring the significance of what was, and a very concrete way of making way for what is to come.  And it is a way of bowing in reverence to the pulsation–out of the mourning we come back to meaning-making.  We get to choose to record the memory of that which we are losing by embedding the meaning in the ground of our being.  Not forget and move on.  Place a stake at the intersection, or a cross on the side of the road: to honor this important juncture, to mark the place that you’ve been. Like a page in your emotional scrap book.

Tonight (2/20) is also Maha Shivaratri. The night of the new moon and a cosmic time of potency.  It is said that your prayers and mantras are magnified 10,000 times on this powerful night.

So, along with making space and time for grief and mourning, it is also a time for prayers of redemption and mantras of healing and wholeness–when your intentions can be infinitely powerful.  A time when you can be especially served by taking time to turn within–and do more than just look! With intention, this potent time of mourning and meaning-making is the perfect ground in which to sow seeds of hope and renewal, like the Energetic New Year.

As my favorite astrology blog VirgoMagic said, “Create a safe space for yourself to feel whatever feelings you’ve been avoiding or repressing, and trust that if you go all the way through, you will come out the other side, cleansed and renewed.”

Join me in community-based yoga this week as we support each other in making space for mourning and meaning, to move forward towards an energetic clean slate.

THEME FOR 2/15: NON-CLINGING

I am reflecting a lot on non-clinging and humility these days, as a scandal breaks out in my yoga school and the global yoga community. I am sitting with a lot of paradox, and ultimately the need to make decisions about what to hold on to, and what to release.

In times of crisis or pronounced change, the practice can be especially important in grounding yourself in a spirit of openness to change, one that is about flowing with the pulsation and not resisting the change or grasping too hard to this moment.  Through the practice, you work towards non-attachment or non-clinging: not holding on to tightly to things as they are, to the ideas you hold, even to the illusions you have of yourself.  Through the practice you can continue to meet your life, yourself and your practice with freshness, letting go of the things which don’t serve you and being open to new things which heighten your capacity to know yourself. This includes holding fast to the idea that all things, all circumstances, and all people can be your teacher and that you can turn anything into a blessing and a tool for expansion.

Theme for 2/8: Freedom to Choose

I get to choose. Today I am sitting in a space of so much gratitude for that. Talk about privilege. Getting to choose how to spend my time, where to invest my energy, and with whom to build community and power for collective liberation.

You create freedom for yourself and the world by changing yourself, not the world. Changing how you choose to perceive and receive the world around you—and how, what, and in what spirit you offer back. This is as simple and profound as can be. You get to choose how to hold yourself in the midst of challenge. You get to choose how to love yourself and others enough to expect the Highest and respond from the Highest. You get to choose to build community and connection with beings who support and lift you up, even as you choose radiant spaciousness from people and situations that don’t. You get to choose to engage in practices like yoga—and so many others—which give you the capacity to know yourself more, receive your whole self as a gift, and offer back from the Highest.

This is why many people see yoga as a spiritual practice: simply put, yoga helps you cultivate an intimate relationship with the truth of who you are. Yoga helps you choose to see your fullness, your radiance, your ultimate freedom, your divine bliss. The choice does not lie in creating the fullness, radiance, freedom or bliss that is your nature—but rather in opening up to it, fully accepting it, and learning to live and love within it.

You are made of the same stuff as the Universe. Out of Its infinite freedom, It chose to become you. Therefore you too are free, so free you get to choose. Choose to build practices and communities that uplift and support you on your path, and give you the chance to do the same for others. Choose radical self-knowing and self-care. Choose love over fear, connection over isolation.

You get to choose. Choose yourself.

THEME FOR 2/1: UNFOLDING

Do not be satisfied with the stories that come before you. Unfold your own myth.” –Rumi

You can’t rush greatness. It is an eternal process of becoming. When you feel a sense of impatience at your own “slow progress,” think about a pearl, a mountain, a butterfly. Each takes an incredible amount of time, dedication, and—yes—ritual repetition of a singular process, to become what it is. It doesn’t happen overnight, nor does it every truly end.

Your practice of yoga can support you in a continual process of unfolding, each time becoming a clearer and clearer representation of your fullest self. It is about continually digging deep into the present and the past to recall the lessons and cull the wisdom of your experience, so that each day, each cycle, each trip around the sun is more refined and evolved than the one before. The nature of the Universe is expansion and revelation. You are made of the stuff of the Universe. You don’t have to make expansion happen, you needn’t force revelation. All you have to do is choose steadfastly to continue to commit to your own awakening by showing up, on your mat and in your life. The rest is the work of Grace, moving through you as you.

THEME FOR 1/25: EVERYTHING IS SPIRIT

This weekend I had the incredible privilege to attend the first ever North Carolina Summit organized by Southerners on New Ground (SONG). For almost 20 years, SONG has been a home for LGBTQ liberation across all lines of race, class, abilities, age, culture, gender, and sexuality in the South.

At the gathering, I existed almost entirely in a heart space, as I had the opportunity to connect with so many incredibly spiritual folk who shared generously about their journies of struggle and transformation. I felt so at home, and so much unity, engaging from my heart to theirs as we connected about the importance of being right with ourselves and owning our own power as people committed to building a healthful and communal struggle for liberation. Every moment truly felt full of spirit.

Spirit is not some mystical term that refers to something other than your own hopes and dreams, the experience of your own body, mind and heart. To say that everything is Spirit is to acknowledge that there is something greater at work in every moment and every facet of your life. How you came to be the person you are in this moment is the result of a lifetime of Spirit-filled encounters which touch and test every aspect of your being. To embrace Tantra is to be able to embrace each and every encounter of Spirit with an open body, mind, and heart: open to the mystery and movements of Spirit that you cannot contain or control, but you can collaborate with. You are always immersed in Spirit, in an all-encompassing Grace that wants what you want and your work in this world is to learn to co-create your reality by lining up with this greater energy we call Grace.

You are already completely divine and full of Spirit. You already have everything you need to take what’s in your heart and manifest it in the world. Your work is simply to open, to pause and feel and know through your own lived experience that you are being held.

THEME FOR 1/18: EMPOWERMENT

Empowerment: it’s a word that has come up repeatedly in life and conversation over the past few days.

It is showing up in conversations about liberation: the idea that empowerment is a stepping stone to liberation but not the same and not as far-reaching. Empowerment essentially requires oppression and power imbalances in order to realize itself: if someone’s agency weren’t repressed, suppressed, or oppressed, that person wouldn’t need to be empowered. So the notion of empowerment, while oft-used and certainly preferable to patriarchal modes of conceiving change, doesn’t go far enough in helping us envision the truly radical paradigm of right relationship to power that we’ll need if true liberation is what we seek.

It is showing up in conversations about healing. I’m reading a book right now by Caroline Myss, Ph.D . She’s a medical intuitive who can literally read the energy of a person and know with a high degree of accuracy the physical afflictions that person has. She writes extensively about power as a requisite for healing and holistic wellness: that we can think of the word “power” with respect to our body just as its used in physics and mechanics to describe the ability of systems. Without “power” aka energy aka electricity, systems will eventually stop working. If there is a net loss of power—if more energy goes out than comes in—sooner or later things will slow to a grinding halt. The same is true for our holistic selves. If we do not strive to develop a healthy relationship to our body’s own energy and especially how much of it we give to others, then we do not have the spiritual and physical ground upon which to build holistic health, true vitality, or real and lasting wellness.  Our systems, on every level, will eventually stop working.

It is showing up in conversations about the survival of our species and our collective life sustenance system, this planet Earth.

And because we coexist on a planet long defiled by habits opposite to love, it seems to me that the task of surviving and/or the task of providing for the survival of those who are not as strong as I am, is a political undertaking: Vast changes will have to be envisioned, and pursued, if any, let alone all, of us will survive the destructive traditions of our species. Enormous reversals and revisions of our thinking patterns will have to be achieved, somehow, and fast.And to accomplish such lifesaving alterations of society, we will have to deal with power: we will have to make love powerful. We will have to empower the people we love so that they can insist upon validity of their peculiar coloring or gender or ethnicity or accidental economic status, so that they can bloom in their own place and time like the tiger lilies growing beautiful and free.” -June Jordan, “The Creative Spirit in Children’s Literature” (1977)

We have an incredible task before us. Incredible in its importance, in its enormity, and especially in the opportunity it offers us: we have to make right relationship to each other and this planet our priority. We have to learn some new ways of being and relearn some very old ways.

It starts when we remember our connection to each other and to Source. When we first see difference, we start from a place of disconnection which manifests in discrimination, in oppression, and in mutual destruction. When we remember we’re connected and that each one of us has everything that we need already, the promise of mutual liberation becomes so much more possible. When we remember that having everything we need includes having the power to choose to use our energy in the service of relationships and communities that thrive with vitality and wellness, the promise of mutual liberation becomes that much more real.

Theme for 1/11: Simplicity

There are many things in this life which are much more complicated than they need to be.  And the trend is only worsening.  While I wouldn’t advocate that we “go back” to the way things were in all realms, there are many venues in life which could benefit from a dose of simplicity.  My life feels complicated in ways I never dreamed of as a youth–trying to balance my needs with my wants in the context of limited resources and unlimited stimulus is an ongoing lesson in the need to keep things pretty simple.

The simplest practices can be the most profound.  And while outside resources are incredibly helpful in advancing endeavors from healing to building, sometimes it is important to come back to the basics and recognize that you have everything you need inside yourself.  That the challenge is in resisting the stimulus, taking a step back from the bombardment of media and activity, moving into stillness so that your true nature can be revealed to you.  Yoga, conscious breathing and meditation are some of the most potent tools for supporting that movement.

So tonight’s practice will be devoted to simplicity.  We’ll do some fairly uncomplicated meditation, breath-work, and poses, at a nice steady pace, in an effort to remind ourselves that more isn’t always more.  That our efforts to push ourselves and strive for more are often much more effective when balanced with some steady routine, some more uncomplicated endeavors, some erring on the side of feasible over flashy.  That in fact the most “basic” poses can be profound opportunities to observe your attitude towards yourself and the practice, to refine your awareness and spread it evenly in an effort to create a fluid balance from pose to pose.

See you there.

THEME FOR 1/4: ON SOLID GROUND

Let the fullness of a fresh start begin! Welcome to 2012 and everything that it holds for you. Come back together with your community at tomorrow night’s Yoga for Queers and Misfits. The theme for class is solid ground, and we’ll dedicate class to grounding ourselves in the intentions we want to set for this year.  You are encouraged to bring an item or symbol to place by your mat during practice to help remind you of what is centering you and to what you want to dedicate The Pose of Your Life in 2012. If you haven’t yet crafted goals for this year, we will work to create openness rooted in sensitivity and reflection to help you coalesce those goals and put you on solid ground and steady footing for the blessings and challenges to come.

Love love and see you there!

12/21: SPECIAL TWO HOUR SOLSTICE PRACTICE

This is my last class for 2011 and what an incredible year it’s been!  Come celebrate the longest night of the year in style with two hours of blastin’ it out.  We’ll have a rocking practice that includes a bit of meditation and pranayama (breathing) as well as plenty of poses to help you reflect on 2011 and get primed for 2012.

If I don’t have the pleasure of sharing practice with you tomorrow night, I look forward to greeting you in the new year.  Have a safe and blessed holiday season!

THEME FOR 12/14: COMPASSION

For some folks, this season can be pretty full of a gamut of emotions. The holidays, for all their glory and build-up, are not always full of joy and merriness.
Thankfully, through the practice of yoga, you gain a greater capacity to make your own fun, to choose your own adventure, to find and stay in your center. The tumult of the holidays–which might include travel, loneliness, fun, worries over money, gluttony, parties, etc—needn’t throw you for a loop so long as you stay open and stay connected to your center.
Especially if the holidays include time for you to be around your family or community of origin—which can be a delight but also full of sensation!!–it is never too early to begin thinking about the concrete ways you will treat yourself (and others) with compassion. Do you journal? If not, maybe this is the time to start…Is there a daily reader whose excerpts help ground you? A guided meditation you can listen to in the car or airplane? A travel-friendly craft like knitting or drawing that can help you connect with the creative side of yourself and remind you that you are more than your emotional reactions? A short sequence of yoga asanas (postures) that can help you connect to your breath, your ground, the unwavering part of yourself that whose goodness cannot be marred by any challenge?
There is no shortage of ways for you to proactively incorporate practices of compassion and self-care into the next few weeks. Your capacity to prioritize your own wellness in the midst of a potent and potentially overwhelming time will reap incredible rewards as you set yourself up for another incredible journey around the sun, one full of a continuously expanding spiral of possibilities.

theme for 12/7: Matrika shakti – creating a new mantra

Shakti is the creative power of the Universe. And Matrika Shakti is this power in the form of words. Sharing the same root as the words matter and mother, the power of Matrika Shakti is like earth (matter) and like mother: our words and our relationship to them play a foundational part in the way we experience our reality.

Our words contain incredible power for shaping our realities and those of others. Our words, like our hands and our eyes, are an extension of our hearts; an external canvas for our internal realities. When chosen with intention, our words can lift people up and create more beauty, freedom, and connection. When chosen unconsciously, our words can create separation and hurt.

Some of your most toxic words may be the ones you direct toward yourself. The things you say in the confines of your heart can be some of the most hurtful, degrading, and limiting. Why do speak to yourself that way? This is the work of the malas, the spots or stains on the mirror of our conscious minds. The malas create your capacity to feel a spectrum of emotions but in their most extreme, these “specks of dust” limit your ability to see yourself fully; they allow you to perceive yourself as small, as disconnected, as incapable of acting. It is natural in the life to face the presence of malas and their potentially corrosive implications.

Your work in those moments—when you feel unworthy, when you feel isolated, when you feel immobilized—is to call upon the power of the Matrika Shakti. Create new messages for yourself. Develop new patterns in your conscious mind. Create a new mantra: the grounding, uplifting, encouraging phrase that you will meditate on to replace the old ones rooted in smallness, separation, stagnation. In this way you are honoring the potency of words and the impact they have on you. Just as the harsh and negative phrases can bind you in negativity, so too can the positive mantras reinforce your essential goodness, wholeness, and capacity to act in the service of your heart.

At first it might be hard or seem downright cheesy. And indeed any time we step outside the comfort of our routine there is some feedback, some sensation, even some discomfort. But you are made of the stuff of the Universe and you get to choose how you will use the precious gifts of your mind, your heart, and your body including your words and your deeds. There is nothing casual about this life. Every moment is an opportunity for healing, for connection, for revelation. Choose to turn towards the Light. Choose to see yourself the way Grace sees you—whole, complete, lacking nothing, abundantly free and sparkling with radiant beauty.

THEME FOR 11/19: FIRE IT UP

My long-awaited opportunity to reconnect with my beloved teacher is upon me, so this will be my last Yoga for Queers until the very last day of November.  Next week (11/16) devoted yogi Luke will be generously prepping the space for an Open Practice, a time for one and all to come and practice alongside each other in an organic way.  I hope you will come and continue to invest in the container that supports your community for some creative and free flowing exploration.  The week after is Thanksgiving time, so we’ll cede the space back to our gracious hosts so they can have some holiday celebrating (i.e. no class/practice on Wed 11/23).

Since I won’t see some of you for awhile, tomorrow’s class will be devoted to Firing It Up.  The days are quite short now, and it is sooo tempting at this time of year to just become a hermit as soon as the sun goes down.  The cold and dark outside has a numbing effect on me, and I have to work even harder to get to the mat and keep the inner fire going.  Tomorrow’s class will be an antidote for the dark and the cold, and hopefully will leave you with some interesting poses to work on at home and in shared practice space for the few weeks while I’m away.

I do teach class on Saturday mornings and that will likely be my last class for awhile.

>> If the Universe wants it, there *may* be a special fundraiser/send-off class next Monday night 11/14 at 6pm…if I can find a location to do it in.  I will of course keep you posted. <<

Until tomorrow…or sometime soon!

THEME FOR 11/2: service

Coming from a pretty politicized place, “service” can be a tricky word. While some people think of it as a way to try to absolve themselves from the guilt of their own privilege, service can have a much deeper purpose and higher intention.

The Universe chose out of its own free will to become you, to become me. This is not an accident but in fact means that your life and my life are infused with great purpose. Because the Universe is completely free, so too are you free to choose how to use your time in this life. Through the practice you can experience and know your own true, full and free nature. The more you experience it in yourself and see that light in others, the more you want to serve it. The greater your devotion to your own practice and to all things which create more beauty—shri—and freedom—svatantrya.

Your efforts can be infused with intensity and purpose if you undertake them with the intention to serve. Service needn’t be laden with notions of sacrifice or power differentials. Service is something you can choose with ease and a sense of spaciousness as you recognize the ways that serving others’ freedom and fullness enhances your own. The light that shines in others isn’t metaphorically the same light that shines in you, but is very literally the same light—made of the same stuff, infused with the same fullness, freedom, self-awareness and bliss. Why not serve that light in yourself and others? It comes from your heart.

THEME FOR 10/26: RECLAIMING

We’ve moved into Scorpio time, the time of digging deep into the shadows. Often we think of those shadows as hiding dark secrets which we’d just assume stay hidden. But this time can also be about retrieving lost wisdom from the darkness and renewing its utility in your life.
I have been an avid journaler for over half my life, and it’s times like these that I love to dig up old journals and see what fruits of past growth can serve me in these times. What hard fought lessons have I allowed to get buried under shiny newness and just plain busy-ness? What wisdom can I reclaim from the past or the parts of myself which are less accessible in the daily grind?
The nature of life is the continuously expanding spiral: you are likely to revisit many times the core lessons of your life. The idea is that each time you meet them, you have greater awareness. A bit more perspective and centeredness to renew your commitment to transforming yourself in the face of those old familiar challenges.
What are the metta messages of your life’s narrative and where are they hiding in you? How can you use this time to reclaim that wisdom, restore your relationship to your own inner sage, and reconnect with the highest part of yourself—the part that sees the big picture and your own place at the heart center of your universe.
Come explore the ways you can reclaim, restore, rejuvenate and renew your connection to source.

THEME FOR 10/19: Trust

It is a powerful word, and an even more potent concept. One source defines it as “reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.” And also, “confident expectation of something; hope.”
There is so much in this: trust is all about confidence and hope. A magical combination of both being able to rely upon and also place hope in. This is not easy. With the only constant in life being change, with the hypermobility that globalization has afforded some (including yours truly), with the utter fallibility and imperfection that characterizes the human condition, it is truly an act of faith to trust in anyone or anything.
Yoga is about building this trust. It is about committing to a process in which the unwavering steadiness and utter reliability of the Universe are revealed to you as you. It is the process by which you become best friends with the Universe as yourself.
Each time you choose to open to and align with the greater benevolent energy of Consciousness, your nature is affirmed. You have a direct experience (anubhava) of your own fullness and this builds trust. Each time you look for the good in others and it is revealed to you, this builds hope. Each time you can stay centered enough to recognize the ignorance (avidya, not seeing) in others as such, this build trust. Each time you apply the knowledge of your own self-awareness in making sound choices about who and what you can place your trust in, that knowledge becomes lived wisdom. And that builds confidence.
It is a process, an unfolding. And it is, of course, a choice.

THEME FOR 10/12: THE SACRED

If Yoga for Queers were a baby, zhe would be just about to turn one. Probably zhe would be learning to walk about now. And zhe would say amazing things like “heart” and “soften” and “yougettochoose.” Zhe would be the apple of my eye.
Well, Yoga for Queers and Misfits IS turning one this week, and after 50 classes and over 50 queers and misfits welcomed into a communal space for healing and building, it IS the apple of my eye. I couldn’t be more excited about what we’re all working together to create week after week. You do get to choose, and I’m thrilled that so many of you continue to choose to build community and resiliency—and so much more–in this way.
Join other Queers and Misfits in the sacred space of kindredship that we build together each week as we celebrate one whole year of blasting it out. To honor the pulsation of the past year, and the potent and divine space we co-create, tomorrow’s practice will be devoted to The Sacred.
Everything is illuminated; everyone is full of light! Every moment can be an opportunity to open. To be reminded that life is a continuously expanding spiral. Sometimes we draw into ourselves for steadiness, sometimes we rock it out full blast. But always, always we are immersed in the currents of Grace. Being breathed to life by an infinitely wise, powerful, and beautiful source that is in all things. The sacred is all around you. You get to honor it in yourself, in your community, and in this life if you choose.
I hope you (continue to) choose to blast it out with your community tomorrow night for the Anniversary Edition of Yoga for Queers. As always, 7:30-9 at 204 Rigsbee. As always, donation based.
And don’t forget about the Ice Cream Social-Political on Thursday night, from 6:30-9pm in the same location (204 Rigsbee #201). Consider bringing a sweet treat to share, an item to silkscreen, and information about a local issue, struggle, or campaign you want to share with your community kindred spirits. All are welcome!
6:30 Fun and Treats
7:15 Community conversation and popular education/info-share
8:15 Silkscreening and more fun

theme for 10/5: Freedom

You are made of the same stuff as the Universe, and just as the Universe acted out of complete freedom to become you, so too do you have abundant freedom to choose. Freedom to choose is one of the most potent powers that we possess as people. Not everyone has the capacity to exercise this power. It can be scary and overwhelming to make choices, to take risks. Fear of the unknown, attachment to what is, scarcity thinking…all of these and more can stop you from being a protagonist in your own life.This week in Yoga for Queers, we will celebrate the capacity that we all have to choose. You get to choose how to spend your time and energy. You get to choose how you respond to the challenges of life. You get to choose where and with whom you build your kula–your community of the heart.

We’ll also be honoring the fact that living into freedom means the shape of our community is constantly changing. Some beloved beings are leaving us quite soon, and tomorrow night is one of our last chances to share space and practice with them. Come on out as well have a bittersweet celebration of what the freedom to choose is all about.

THEME FOR 9/28: New Beginning

Yesterday was the beginning of a new moon. Darkness reigns supreme in the night sky. And while I’m not yet ready for the kind of persistent night that winter will bring, the new moon is a nice reminder that good things can come from such absolute darkness and stillness.

I am increasingly under the spell of astrological influences, for which I will share some of the significance of this new moon.

This moon squares Pluto, the god/goddess of the Underworld. Pluto’s job is to reveal what is diseased, stagnant and corrupt, challenging you to heal, transform or let go of what no longer serves you. If you want to make a new beginning, something’s got to go.” -VirgoMagic.com

So the good things that will come from this time can come as a result of assenting to these greater energies. Our fullest freedom will come as a result of continual dedication to processes of refinement and renewal. What are you holding on to that no longer serves you? Only you can know. What do you fear in the darkness? And how can you transform that into light?

All of life is but a Dance of the Divine, a cosmic peek-a-boo of concealment and revelation. Lunar cycles dictate much of the rhythms we experience on this earth, and the New Moon is one of the bigger examples of the cyclical nature of life. A new beginning, the opportunity to put to rest that which does not serve you from the past cycle(s) and usher in renovation and renewal for yourself.

The comfort for me rests in knowing that the darkness is only one part of the cycle, and the more deeply we go into it, the clearer and more refined our light will be.

Theme for 9/21: Accepting the Invitation

The light is getting more muted. The days are shortening and the leaves are falling. When I lived in New England, there was no question about what these changes meant: slowing down, turning in. Accepting the invitation from Mama Nature to sync up with her rhythms. Doing less and resting more. Working less and chilling more. And especially in my case, socializing less and reflecting more. It always feels so scary and overwhelming to me, this time, even as it excites me. What, the days are getting shorter already? Hunh, I have to yet again face the inadequacy of my winter wardrobe? What do you mean, set the clocks back an hour–its already dark in the morning?

There is always a recalibration period required before I can accept and absorb the fullness of what’s being offered. Early Friday morning, the Fall Equinox will come. And indeed this is its own sort of recalibration: the nights will begin to overshadow the days (so to speak). And the calming, centering energy of night will begin to more fully supersede the rousing energy of day.

It is an awesome thing to see how all of us–who are part of Nature–respond to this. And even more awesome to move into it with the intention to receive illumination from it. This is part of the greater pulsation, and its humbling for me to think about people throughout the ages accepting the same invitation. Likewise its grounding to take this opportunity to look back at the past season, back further to the last Equinox when Spring was upon us and summer a distant dream. Back even to last fall at this time and what my life held for me. Mama Nature gives us so many opportunities to reflect on all the blessings and gifts we have, and all the power and possibilities within us.

I hope you come out tonight for an Equinox class devoted to honoring the last days of the Sun’s reign and ushering in the Era of the Moon.

Theme for 9/14: Living for Today, Visioning for Tomorrow

I often talk about how the practice of yoga is a “moment to moment remembering.” That concept can be hard to grasp, and I’ve been thinking of it a lot as I ponder how to create the fullest expression of the pose that is my life.

All you really have is this day…and in the end, all you have is this moment. To be your fullest self. To embrace the Dance of Life. To squeeze all the juice out of your abundant life.

One of my teachers says, it is important to think about your death every day. In this way, you value your life more fully. The moment to moment remembering is a way of embracing your life—and your death!—fully. A way to “show up” for each moment, each person, each opportunity in your life to the fullest, knowing that the more open you are to the greater energy present in all things, the greater insight you’ll get into the truth of your heart and your path in this life.

Thus, being present to this moment is also the way to build your vision for the future. To reside completely in the now and recognize your fullness, even as you know that the continuously expanding spiral that is your life will continue to unfold forever. That there is no limit to your inner landscape, nor the extent to which you can explore it. There is no limit to how you can grow and change as you engage in the Dance of Life. There is no limit to the power of your dreams—the only limitation is that which you place on your capacity to vision or your willingness to invest wholeheartedly in the realization of that vision.

In tonight’s class we will explore the dance of concealment and revelation, blur the boundaries between our bodies and the world, and reside fully in the moment as a way to radically invest in the future.

Theme for 9/7: Know your Rights

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 not to give in to 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 keep you small and seek to 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.

theme for 8/31: Quiet

Sometimes the best response is silence. Sometimes the most generous thing you can do for yourself in the face of difficulty is to keep still. This is not always true: some circumstances demand that we speak out for the sake of our own dignity and for the cause of justice.

But sometimes quiet can be powerful and rewarding. It can make possible the clarification of feelings and thoughts. It can help channel disparate energies. It can be a mindful way to begin your day or a grounding way to reflect upon it. In quiet, you can hear more clearly the song of your heart. In quiet, you can move into stillness and better absorb the fullness of what you find when you get there.

Everyday life is full of stimulus—of noise and chatter and banter and sound—and gives you plenty to keep your focus on the outside world and distract you from your inner workings. By choosing quiet for yourself, you can honor the finer nuances and subtleties that arise when gross movement, cacophony, and stimulus subside. You can experience firsthand your own nature which is full, unwavering, and radiant. You don’t have to fear what you’ll find in the quiet, you needn’t avoid what the stillness will bring. It brings you only deeper reflections of your true self; you’ll find out for yourself the truth of your own radiant, free and full nature.

Theme for 8/24: feeling the love

Transitions abound, especially in my life and the lives of many I know. We are tapping in to the greater pulsation, wherein summer begins to slip away and fall starts to claim an increasing portion of our daylight.

This is one of my favorite times of year…and one of my favorite things about transitions in general is the opportunity they offer me to connect with the incredible relationships that support and sustain me day in and day out…the ways that the Universe and I co-collaborate to construct an interconnected and flexible web of radical love which reminds me again and again of my own nature.

Tomorrow’s class will be a devotional class focused on sharing—and therefore feeling!–the love. An opportunity for all of us to offer gratitude for the relationships that lift us up and help us stay connected to our heart, our source and our path.

I am lucky to know all of you and call many of you friends. Please join me tomorrow for a reverent-yet-playful practice (but of course!) in which we’ll honor the transitions themselves, and the ferocious forces that help us stay focused through them.

theme for 8/17: Surrender

We looked last week at svadharma–your unique life’s work.

This week we will draw on that theme in working with the idea of surrender: yielding to the truth of what is. Through careful self-examination, it is likely that you know the work you must do. You know where you healing nexus lies, or at least you know the next right thing. You know the lessons that you seem to keep needing to learn, time and again.

Enter the resistance: spending precious mental and emotional (and therefore physical!) energy hoping and praying, wishing and wanting that things would be different. That the overwhelming amount of challenge and turmoil which characterizes your past is just that: in your past, and no longer affecting you….that the emotional scars of childhood have been long buried…that the cycle of relationships you seem to be trapped in is just your bad luck with love, nothing to do with healing work that’s still undone…that the clear invitation that is coming from the Universe to do your work, by offering your unique combination of skills and gifts in service of the work, is in fact just an ongoing series of coincidences…

How much of that precious energy could you be investing in building the vision for your future? What would it feel like to stop resisting your healing work and surrender fully to it, remembering that you are always being held and that everything within you is also made of all the good things from the Universe? What would it look like to surrender to your heart’s deepest desire and commit yourself fully to making it real in this world?

Surrender is about acceptance. It is about softening and releasing into the truth of what is, engaging your efforts in what is and not in what you wish it were. Here and now is where the transformation will happen, but only if you accept the truth of what is here and now.

Surrendering into the truth of what is is not resigning yourself to fate, nor is it giving up on your dreams. It is in fact the most potent way to commit yourself to your future and your dreams: by investing your whole self in your present—by showing up fully and completely for yourself, by engaging as a willing participant in the Dance of Life. When you choose to surrender into the truth of what is and live into that truth, the result will be renewed vigor, replenished energy, and rekindled commitment to the vision of your heart.

At your core you are made of perfect fullness, sparkling radiance and pure freedom. What is stopping you from surrendering fully into that truth?

Theme for 8/10: Doing Your Work

“It is better to die doing your svadharma [life’s work] imperfectly, than to live forever doing someone else’s perfectly.” –The Bhagavad Gita

It sounds intense, right: must you die in the process of doing your work? But think about the bigger picture behind the message: your invitation in this life is to be your best self, to create the fullest expression of your pose on the mat—and the fullest expression of your life in the world. This also means letting others do the same for themselves as well.

The message is ultimately freeing. It frees you from the confines of other people’s definitions of success, of other people’s expectations of how you should live your life. It also frees you from spending your time and energy attempting to “help” others in the ways you think they need.

While you might not consciously be living your life by someone else’s rules, you may ask yourself if you are consciously living by your own. Whose dreams are you working to create? Whose healing are you trying to facilitate? Whose freedom are you working towards? In whom are you investing the potent energy of your life? If you are not at the center of your work, then who is?

Finding and pursuing your svadharma—your unique life’s work, that path which the Universe created you to traverse—is the most liberating practice there is; to listen to the song of your heart—composed by the Universe and infused into you—and let that song inspire you to live your life to the fullest.

This is the greatest gift you can give to yourself and the world: to know yourself deeply and honor yourself fully enough to embody your heart’s song, which is the will of the Universe. By honoring your deepest desires you are contributing to more freedom, fullness, and beauty in the world.

You are, after all, the only one who can do it—the only one who can offer the fullest expression of your heart’s desire to the world. And when you honor yourself by following your path and not someone else’s, you give the rest of the world the space and freedom to do so as well.

theme for 7/27: The power of words

We learn so many stories, many of which are embedded in parts of our higher mind that we don’t touch regularly. These stories come to us through our parents and family of origin. Sometimes from exposure to religious or spiritual traditions. Universally—unless you were raised in ways that intentionally isolated you from dominant culture values—there are stories which come from Mother Culture. That metta voice which tells you, implicitly and explicitly, what you should and shouldn’t do. Who you can and cannot be. What you may and may not feel.

These stories create patterns in your consciousness, and each time it becomes easier to replay them. In the course of meditating on those messages (which is effectively what you’re doing if you focus and fixate on them), you become your staunchest critic, your greatest censor, you own most potent regulator.

You have the power to create new mantras—sayings which keep you rooted in your body and connect you to your higher mind. You have the power to choose to create new stories, to free yourself from the confines of that recording which replays inside of you and tells you that you aren’t full, are lacking so much, have so much to do before you’ll be beautiful, have miles to go before you’re truly free.

You get to choose. Those patterns are just that, and that’s why they are easy to reproduce. So comfortable and known to you they are, you play into them in spite of yourself because it feels frankly inaccessible to do otherwise.

As you engage with intention in the practice of yoga—and actively work to bring your body, heart and mind into alignment with something greater—it gets easier and easier to experience your own greatness and accept with authenticity the new mantras which naturally arise, the new stories which affirm your beauty, the new messages which lift up your fullness.

This is the power of the words that you offer to your own self. Those words that come from the highest part of yourself—that part which is free, full, lacking nothing, vibrating with the highest radiant bliss and beauty—help you live your life with more freedom, fullness, and radiant bliss.

Come check it out.

theme for 7/20: Be here now

While summer is a time for ultimate expansion, it can also be a time when we more easily get away from ourselves and our center. While cooler months and calmer weather provide a great environment for grounding and centering, we have to try a bit harder in the height of summer to stay connected to our steady base and stay present to the here and now. (Okay, I have to try a bit harder…)

The practice of yoga can help you be present to where you are now and give you the tools for staying in the center of your experience from moment to moment. Whether you are facing the height of joy, the depths of loneliness, or simply coasting through life on autopilot, yoga can be a tool for connecting with your whole self and creating greater capacity for you to receive the fullness of what your life offers.

It is tempting sometimes to get lost in thoughts of the future or memories of the past. Yoga is here to help you connect with what’s inside of you and revel in it in this exact moment. Here is where you are; here is where the transformation will happen. Be here now.

theme for 7/13: resilience

105 degree heat is the perfect opportunity to connect to your source and remember what you’re made of: at your core is the steadiest flow of abundant energy and radiant beauty. Your essence is potent self-awareness and vibrant expansion. It is your nature.

Life–especially when lived with heart and eyes wide open–offers no shortage of stimulus, no lack of challenges and opportunities to see your true nature reflected back to you through others, through Nature, through the constant flows of change and growth.

Everything in and around you is made of the same stuff you are–that energy, that beauty, that self-awareness. Sometimes it comes to you in ways you didn’t expect and weren’t hoping for. Sometimes it is downright painful to live life with an open heart and open eyes. Sometimes you’d rather stamp “Return to Sender” on the Universe’s latest present and send it back whence it came.

Sometimes in relationship, there is pain; in community, there is aggression; in the simple act of living life, there is violence.

When faced with pain, aggression and even violence, the practice can serve to ground you in the never-changing fact of what you are: good, free, radiant. The practice can remind you that you get to choose to act from the highest, to offer back goodness, freedom, and radiance even in the face of hardship and unwanted experiences. Choosing to hold yourself with reverence in the midst of pain can be a potent gift of the practice.

The practice, then, is your refuge. It is your oasis. It is both journeying to–and residing in–the unwavering place of goodness in which you are always immersed. It can help you rejuvenate, replenish, reconnect. It is your inner energy drink that is always available to sip on…your inner hammock always ready for a quick nap…your inner forest always there for a quiet stroll. It is YOUR source of infinite power and energy. Tap into it.

theme for 7/6: balanced action

I love the cyclical nature of things. The first Yoga for Queers class in 2011 had as its theme Balanced Action. It seems appropriate to revisit this theme as we head into the second half of this trip around the sun.

It is easy this time of year to burn out or overdo it, easy to get out of touch with the practices and rituals that ground you. Easy to throw routine out the window in favor of flexibility or spontaneity.

I am the last person to tell you NOT to opt for freedom and spontaneity, but the question is always: at what cost? Through the Practice you can learn to make choices that help keep you in tune with your greater mission, your spiritual path, the path to realizing your wildest dreams and greatest hopes.

Balanced Action is about finding the place in the middle. The balance of foundation and freedom. Enough engagement, focus, and intention for the fullness of freedom to flourish, in your poses and your life. But not so much freedom that your foundation is compromised…that you lose touch with your bigger vision…that you fail to honor your physical body.

This goes both ways. For me and for some of you, the pulsation is big and expansive, our bodies are open and bendy… and thus Balanced Action requires of us more effort to stay grounded and centered, and move from a place of stability. For others, your body and your lives inherently have more stability, so yours is a movement towards greater freedom. A wider stance…more expansion.

Through the Practice, you are offered endless opportunities to enhance your life in the service of your dreams, to know more deeply your sources of groundedness and growth in order to grow and expand your life in the service of your vision.

Join your community in exploring the place in the middle.

Theme for 6/29: Steadiness

As we move through the peak of the Pulsation, passing out of Gemini and into Cancer, I don’t know about all of you but I feel beat! So much transforming, celebrating, expanding, and just plain fun has left me somewhat spent!

Enter the Practice! Through the Practice, you can learn to ground yourself in the things which do not change and move more gracefully through all of life’s flows. You keep coming back to the place in the middle that is unwavering, always vibrant and full, and get more skilled at moving from that place.

Through the Practice you can connect with the infinite source of energy and vitality that is at the essence of every cell in your body and infuse that energy into your actions and your life. You don’t have to strive to create that energy or bring it into your life–its already there, it is your nature! All you have to do is open to its potency and potential. All you have to do is pause and feel, soften into to that energy, and flow with it.

Get back into the groove with a practice that will ground you in your goodness and fullness and help you ride the waves of change with ease.

~~ special Solstice Class: Tuesday 6/21 7-9pm ~~
Regular Weekly Class: Wednesday 6/22 7:30-9pm

The Universe asked me–via several of you–to teach another Solstice class. It’s hard to believe it’s been six months since our super fun 2 hour Winter Solstice session on December 21st…and yet, it’s been such a full time with so much to reflect on, celebrate, and honor.

So, indeed, we will have a special 2 hour solstice practice on Tuesday night!
BUT, don’t fear: those of you who work/study/care for other beings or plants/simply won’t be here on Tuesday, we will still have Yoga for Queers on Wednesday night as usual, as well.
We are at the height of the pulsation with so much energy for expansion and transformation. If ever there was a time when more was more, this is it!

THEME FOR 6/15: REVERENCE

We are all made of the same stuff as the Universe: Ultimate Freedom, Pure Bliss, Radiant Self-Awareness, Divine Beauty.

Through the rigors and routines of daily life, it is easy to forget this. It is easy to move through life treating others–and ourselves–as less than Divine. We move through life acting as if embodiment is something other than the incredible gift it is, and we come to treat it is as ordinary.

Through the practice of yoga, we can come to more fully remember our true nature and learn how to more fully honor it. We come to understand that our bodies and our whole selves are worthy of reverence, of joyful and loving celebration.

Our lives are infused with deep meaning, our presence on this earth is no accident. Through practicing yoga, we can cultivate and move with a deeper sense of the reverence that our bodies and the Universe merit.

Come join your community in embracing reverence–connect with your Inner Light and support others in doing the same. When we acknowledge our Inner Lights and others’ as well, we cannot help but act from a place of reverence for each other and all life. Join us.

Theme for 6/8: Inner Smile

Tomorrow is the birthday of a great friend of mine in El Salvador. Juancho has an indefatiguable spirit, an incredibly big and open heart, and one of the sweetest smiles ever! His face shines so brightly because his smile comes from the inside. His life has rarely been easy or effortless, but he can make lemonade like nobody’s business!

In honor of Juancho, tomorrow’s practice will be all about the Inner Smile. I often talk about how your outer body is a reflection of your inner light, so in tomorrow’s class we will explore how easy and fun it is to let your outer body be a full expression of your inner joy.

Part of the purpose of this practice is to let your whole body and your whole life be a work of art. Through your practice you can literally create more beauty and more joy in the world, shining your inner smile on the outside and encouraging and inspiring others to do so too.

Everybody has an Inner Smile, but not everyone is willing to show it to the world. Won’t you show us?

THEME FOR 6/1: Cooking with Gas

Despite what you might think about the title of this class, it is NOT about practicing different variations of wind-releaving pose 😉 No, it’s about embracing the ~warmth~ that has descended upon us to really dig deep into some rocking poses. Now things are really heatin’ up, so our practice will too! In tomorrow’s class, we’ll keep pushing the envelope with ne’er-before-seen-in-Yoga-for-Queers poses, as well as all your favorite (well, my favorite) poses to keep you going deeper. Take advantage of the warm weather to explore the inner workings of your edges, even as the heat helps you melt and dissolve them…
Sounds gooey. Let’s do it.

THEME FOR 5/25: Joie de Vivre

The practice of yoga is about celebration. Remembering the incredible gift and joy that this life is, and celebrating that gift in every moment. Through this practice, you are continuously offered endless ways to explore the gift of embodiment, to be amazed and inspired by that gift, and to shine out in gratitude for that gift.

The way you choose to stand and move in this world can be an offering of thanks for the gift of life, and can show the world what the practice of yoga offers you. Through the smile on your face, the twinkle in your eyes, the complete focus and compassionate presence you offer to the task or person before you, all of these can be ways that you infuse gratitude into your life and joy into your actions.

Yoga offers you the opportunity to continuously connect with something greater–the Creative Power of the Universe, also known as Shakti–and cultivate an ever-deeper relationship with that Power. Thus you can smile through the discomfort, you can twinkle through the challenges, you can stay present to the tasks and people who might otherwise throw you off balance…you can move with a Joie de Vivre–a joy of life–that inspires and uplifts others.

All because you remember your true nature, and want to celebrate it by creating more beauty, more art, more joie de vivre.

Sounds fun, eh? Join us.

PS Friday is my birthday, so help me celebrate it with joy on Wednesday.

THEME FOR 5/18: Standing in Your Light

This is a time of transition for many. Scholastic calendars, seasonal shifts, birthdays, babies. So many things are in flux, so many things taking new shape.

So what’s new? The only constant is change. In yoga we call this Pulsation. The Divine Dance. Lila (pronounced LEE-lah). It is the magic of the Universe that is constantly presenting itself in new and different, more magical and mysterious yet utterly accessible forms. Ironically, it is by flowing with Grace, dancing with the Divine, that we create steadiness. Opening ourselves up to the creative power of Consciousness in each moment. Standing In our light and blasting it out!

Looking to the outside world for steadiness and stability will only make us vulnerable to the inevitable shifts to come. The only true source of steadiness is within ourselves. So we must learn to stand tall in our lights, no matter what the circumstances; revel in the mysteries no matter how unforeseen. Squeeze all the juice out of life as fuel for the fires of our transformation.

It starts when you take your place on the mat, stand tall in your light, and open to grace.

Join us.

THEME FOR 5/11: Gratitude

If we live with eyes wide open, we see that there are many reasons to mourn, to be outraged, to engage in struggle.

Global warming’s onslaught of erratic weather and its deadly repercussions, state-sponsored repression as a response to People’s Movements throughout the world and here at home, consolidation of political power in the hands of conservatives who seek to undermine and erode the social fabric of our communities…

And …much more.

What, then, does all this have to do with gratitude?

Cultivating gratitude as a regular–even daily–practice is an incredible way to ground yourself in the truth of your reality, and give you strength to move forward in the face of challenge. Gratitude is an instant breath of fresh air, a powerful antidote to the feeling of powerlessness which can plague us if we live our lives with eyes wide open as sensitive beings, present to the reality of suffering and struggle that so many face.

Practitioners of yoga are sometimes criticized for being self-absorbed and out of touch with the reality of the world. In fact, the practice of yoga invites us to be more fully present to the world and enables us to contribute positively to it. Through a steady gratitude practice, you can keep your spiritual stores full, your mind body spirit centered, your intentions clear.

I hope you’ll join your community in embracing gratitude.

THEME FOR 4/27: Building the Fire

I’m taking a little vacay next week, to visit my boo and other loved ones out in California. Yipee! So, no class next week (5/4).

That means this week’s class has gotta be potent enough to last you for two whole weeks…

The theme therefore will be Building the Fire. We’ll do a full spectrum class devoted to the fire of transformation. We’ll explore heating poses new and old, designed to help you get in touch with your inner fire and keep it burning as we fully inhabit spring and all its magical and mysterious movements full of positively potent portals for transformation.

I hope to see you there.

THEME FOR 4/20: Forgiveness as Detox

It has been said that forgiveness is something we do for ourselves. By choosing to fully inhabit the hurt that you’ve experienced, you can more fully and honestly free yourself from it. And this is the great service that forgiveness offers you–it allows you to do a deep detox, to evacuate the negativity inside and free up energy and psychic space for the pursuit of that which you seek.

In other words, as in all things, you get to choose. You can choose to liberate yourself from toxic feelings of resentment, hurt, and anger by first fully experiencing and exploring them, and then choosing to move beyond for your own sake.

Essential to this process is locating yourself in the center of your healing. The true, lasting spiritual freedom that comes through forgiveness really has little, if anything, to do with the person who may have caused you harm or suffering. Rather, it has everything to do with honoring yourself enough to feel the full range of emotions which come from that hurt, and then choosing every day, every moment to soften your heart and free yourself from the burden of the corrosive effects of resentment.

You get to choose. I hope you’ll choose your own freedom. Let’s do it together.

THEME FOR 4/13: 6 + 25 = 40!

Join me as we celebrate the six months, 25 classes, and 40+ queers served by invoking the theme from the very first class: Devotion.

[We’ll also go back to our original starting time of 7:00pm…that is, please arrive before 7pm because we’re gonna start startin’ on time again!]

Devotion can take many forms. In its highest form, it is an energetic embrace of that which is meaningful. It guides the investment of our time, energy, focus, and love. In our practice, devotion helps keep us steadfastly pursuing our visions even in the face of challenge, discomfort, adversity, and intensity. It requires discipline, a firey desire to transform and transcend, and patience.

Devotion is ultimately liberating, as it helps us steadily cultivate and make manifest the world we want.

These six months have taught me a lot-especially about cultivating Steadiness and Devotion to the Song of my own Heart, come what may. It isn’t always easy, but each and every class is a heart-centered and soulful labor of love, from my heart to yours.

Yoga for Queers is a manifestation of my own dreams and visions for the community and the world I want to be a part of, and we co-create that community together! Come on out and manifest with me!

Those of you who’ve been gone for a while, come on back! The winter is over…it’s time to dust off your mats and your muscles and your muscle shirts and your mini skirts and come on back!

THEME FOR 4/5: Willingness to serve

Building the vision we want for ourselves and for our world takes effort. Sometimes we might find ourselves feeling resentful or negative about the work we are doing. Thus it is important to regularly reflect on why you are doing the work you are.

What are you building for?
What is the vision for your life?
How are your current efforts building towards or making that work possible?

When you remember why you are doing what you are doing–and for whom, yourself and your community and the world–your service becomes an opportunity to express gratitude for the gift of the work and the struggle that this life requires. Your heart’s intention will be seen through the humble way you undertake the work of your community. Your every act, part of a holistic fabric of interwoven actions which serve to make manifest the song of your own heart.

THEME FOR 3/30: Choosing Yourself

With all the exciting, enticing and provocative things that surround you in this time of newness and opportunity, it can be an incredibly radical act to choose yourself. Amongst all the amazing choices, the decision to prioritize yourself, your healing, and your wellness can be quite challenging…and infinitely rewarding.

If you accept the premise that the Universe wants what you want, then the Universe will continue to provide you with amazing opportunities to revel and rejoice in the abundance and fullness of life. Therefore, choosing to prioritize yourself and your wellness at any given time needn’t be seen as a zero sum game–where you make one choice at the expense of another.

Rather, taking time to pause, reflect, settle down, and look within is an investment in your increased capacity to be fully present to the myriad opportunities the Universe is providing for your growth, your celebration, your joy and your play.

Choosing yourself is a radical act. It is choice you can make regularly (weekly, daily, or otherwise) to value yourself and your process enough to move into stillness, to pay attention, to go deep.

THEME FOR 3/23: Welcome in the fullness of Spring with a Beginner’s Mind

A great way to honor Spring and all its glory is to meet it with a fresh heart, a fresh mind, and a fresh perspective. This week’s class will help you do just that by offering a chance to meet new poses with openness and bring renewed vigor to the poses you may have done before.

Cultivating a Beginner’s Mind helps create spaciousness to receive all the gifts of Spring. …It helps keep you present to the abundance of gifts and blessings that always surround you. And it will help you reinvigorate yourself while you refine and reinforce your dreams and visions for the coming season.

Take Spring’s invitation to expand out in all directions, and bring fresh color, perspective and energy into every aspect of your life.

THEME FOR 3/16: Solidarity

This week, I am letting the Spirit move me…and it’s pointing me to two amazing community events which highlight the history and current reality of awesome struggles and specifically queer/LGBTQ leadership in our midst.

I can’t bear to think of missing either of them–though I’m equally pulled towards both–so I am re-conceiving of this week’s class: with the theme of Solidarity, it’s your time to learn more about amazing things happening in your own community and in your world.

Please check out one of these two events (more below):
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If not, be in Solidarity with the emergence of Spring and do something fun and crazy outside.

I’ll see you on Saturday from 10-11:30 at Nataraja, 731 Broad St.

THEME FOR 3/9: FEARLESSNESS

Maybe you’ve heard it said. Every decision comes from one of two vibrations–fear or love. What’s guiding your decisions?

Challenging your fears is a practice which yields incredible results–on and off the mat. Among many other things, it gives you more energy and capacity to choose love! Take advantage of the safe and supportive environment that we co-create each week in Yoga for Queers and Misfits and challenge yourself. We’ll do some poses (including tamer variations) that may offer you a chance to take on and transform your fears. [If you are planning on coming and would like to suggest a pose for this week’s class, please contact me!]

Fear or love–you get to choose!
See you there.

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