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September, 2019
Friends and Family Week! Share the YOGA LOVE, Bring a Friend

July 1, 2019
The Path of Liberation is
All Around Us

April 24, 2019
Forest Yoga Bathing

April 4, 2019
Sweet Darkness

March 8, 2019
Overheard At The Water Cooler & Yoga Teacher Training Q&A: Do I have the time?

January 21, 2019
Furlough Community Fund

November 30, 2018
Expanding Community Through Karma Yoga
Infuse the Sprit of authentic giving into the upcoming Season of Light.

October 31, 2018
Schools Back in Session!
A peek into Yoga School...

September 26, 2018
Packed Classes Bring BIG Gifts Next time your are mat to mat - hang in and see what might happen..

July 25, 2018
The Invocations of the Train Are A Mixologist.... Chugga OM, Chugga OM Slurp...

June 5, 2018
A Bug, A Dog, A Girl and an Insight...? A True Story....

May 5, 2018
Look at ME!! Did you see?

March 4, 2018
Spring!!! In Like A Lion!

February 8, 2018
Warm up from the inside out and the outside in!

January 7, 2018
2018 is going to be a banner year, full of beautiful, profound, insightful and fun offerings.

December 28, 2017
2018 is Around the Corner - What Are You Intending...Set yourself up for success on and off the mat in the New Year.

October 24, 2017
Step back and feel the magic You are keeping our Banyan Tree alive

September 10, 2017
Fake News: "Hand's On Assists are Fixes"


August 20, 2017
Enhancing life exponentially with every yogic action


July 10, 2017
Hot Town Summer In the City

May 30, 2017
Karma Yoga, One of 8 Paths...

April 19, 2017
Confident Vulnerability

March 22, 2017
Spring is Finally Here!

March 5, 2017
The Gift of Never Arriving

February 13, 2017
A Picture's Worth 1000 Words

January 29, 2017
Breath: A Gift of Life, A Tool for Coping

December 4, 2016
Fortitude on the Mat. Take Action off the Mat.

from Our Blog:

The Sunday Sangha Circular

December 4, 2016
Fortitude on the Mat. Take Action off the Mat.
In the current political, cultural and societal climate many people are coming to class with heightened emotions and a desire to take action. As I have witnessed tears, frustrations, confusion, feelings of powerlessness in some students I have been thinking hard on what we as teachers and practitioners can do to stabilize, center and empower ourselves.

The first step is to come to the mat in order to nurture ourselves, to find fortification.  It is through healing that we will have the strength and clarity to move off the mat with mindful action. There are a few specific practices that I have been teaching to help bridge this gap.

  1. The potential for us to self identify as compassionate, heart open beings. This occurs when we bring Angali Mudra (prayer hands/ balancing seal) to the heart. The placement of the thumbs - said to be the "seat" of the Ego,  meeting the Heart Center - said to be the "seat" of Compassion.  This begins the conversation between the Ego and the Heart- a very powerful manifestation.
  2. The potential for inspiring Heart-Centered action when we place one hand on our heart (Anahata Chakra)  and the other on  our navel (Manipura Chakra).  Manipura - the chakra of the will being energetically drawn to Anahata Chakra - the chakra of kindness, forgiveness and love.   When the power of the Will guides the Heart we find strong action rooted in love.
  3. The understanding that the deep mindfulness of body placement, breath & alignment on the mat can inspire and dictate acute mindfulness of words, actions and thoughts off of the mat.
  4. The importance of intension and commitment. It is through clear intention & consistent follow-through that our actions create change.  This can be exhausting work - physically, emotionally taxing and can dampen the Spirit - but hold firm - It is through the Fire (Tapas) that transformation takes place.

I encourage you to commit to one or more of the above practices on the mat, again to help stabilize, nurture and fortify yourself.  Once you are feeling steady perhaps you would like to take more concrete action off the mat.

If so, Eleonora Bartoli's, a friend and Blue Banyan yoga student has begun a blog in the wake of the elections. The last two posts contain a quick/easily reproducible bystander training and a guide to political activism.  Fellow yoga teacher Emile Sorger wrote the perfect endorsement when I shared the blog with him  "I appreciated how straight forward and pragmatic the blog was without losing touch of the underlying urgency of action"

Shanti, Shanti, Shanti,