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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
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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.

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

There is SO much that make Blue Banyan wonderful and unique (first and foremost YOU and our amazing, dedicated group of teachers) but so much more as well.... Including the train....

The train which runs and stops directly across from the studio, has become one of my favorite aspects of the day to day life at Blue Banyan. .

I worried, when we first opened that the rumbling and whistling ... sometimes screeching and honking.... would be an unwelcome distraction to the 'sanctuary' I hoped to create; but in fact, I have grown to love it! It reminds me,  in a very visceral way, of our close knit community, of the history of Philadelphia (both struggles and triumphs), the beauty and  stories behind the stations & other architectural gifts that make Philly so unique(Frank Furness etc..), the provincial and local way that we live here in Mt Airy without loosing sight of the work that we need to be part of globally.

It also feel reminiscent of "The Little Engine that Could", as Blue Banyan has been "The Little Yoga Studio That Could" from time to time- tucked away, off the beaten track (no pun intended) 

These thoughts, reflections, insights have mixed over the years  into a sort of cocktail that I drink every time a train goes by. It's a cocktail that creates visions of helping spread good intensions, Prana, mindfulness of actions and words, Kindness, Self acceptance, hard work....whatever we are cultivating that day in the studio - off down the tracks and spreading  through out the city.

I have shared these insights with students and teachers alike and I have heard many different responses.  This has made me curious,  what your experience of the train is in relation to Blue Banyan? Have you every noticed it? Is it a distraction?  Have you met regular commuters who are heading to the train as you head to the studio? Do you feel is negative,  positive or simply neutral to your Practice at the studio? Do you have a 'Train Story'?

I'm going to present this question on FaceBook (bluebanyanyoga), or you can respond to this email directly, if you care to. 
I'll  do a follow up newsletter if I receive responses.
As always, thank you for reading and for pondering.

Chugga- OM. Chugga- OM
- sophie