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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

March 5. 2017
The Gift Of Never Arriving
Last Sunday I was leading a class through Urdhva Danurasana (upward facing bow) & we were having so much fun!  There were folks in class 'amping' the asana up by using the wall to flip up into handstand, folks were playing with bocks under feet and hands to get more juice in their hips or heart, some folks were working beautiful Setu  Bandha (bridge pose), some were pushed their edges with straps around arms to begin to get more arm extension. It was awesome!  Everyone in the room was meeting their potential in that moment for that asana..... and then smack in the middle of the Backbend Kumbaya something terrible happened .... & then something lovely happened...

All of a sudden amidst all of this amazing work students started climbing out of their own practice and into other students practices by looking around the room.  I began to see and hear signs of self-frustration and disappointment.  I couldn't believe it; even though I,like most of us, have at times been that practitioner looking around the room and feeling 'less than'. But the work I was witnessing that day was so moving that, as a teacher it was hard to understand.  Then the ' Lovely' part happened - I realized the class had opened a door for me to talk about the biggest lesson yoga has to offer... the gift of never arriving. 

At Blue Banyan we teach that the cultivation of Prana is the premium in the practice, that creating and moving Prana through the body is the ultimate yoga experience.  The biggest gift our practice can give us is that of Life Force Energy (or Prana).   If we, as practitioners, were able to 'conquer yoga', if we could reach a place where every asana was attainable, we would most likely not come to mat very often, our yoga practice would become 'been there, done that".  If that happened than we would not be taking advantage of the opportunity to cultivate Prana that the practice affords us & demands of us. 
It is a GIFT not to be able to 'do' everything we may want to do in our yoga practice, whether it's an asana or a breath practice that we are working towards; it's the 'working towards' that challenges us & inspires us to keep coming back to the mat.  And it is on the mat where we cultivate Life Force Energy. 

So, perhaps, next time the judge-y / analytical mind or the ego pops up in practice  you can tell It with absolute confidence and conviction that you will never arrive, nor do you ever want to.  Yoga Magic lies in the never ending journey of our practice and the fuel  (Prana) it demands to keep us  going in our practice. We say 'Practice' for a reason....

Shanti, Shanti, Shanti,