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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.

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

I woke up this morning unsure of what this weeks newsletter would be about.  I was planning on offering a welcome to the Teacher Training class of '19 - but in true fashion I got so caught up in teaching last week that I neglected to take a picture of the group... so stay tuned for that Sangha in a few weeks.

Instead the inspiration for this post trickled in between 9am & 11am this morning, during and after teaching...

Every Sunday I lead a Vinyasa class at 9:15 and many weeks it packs out, Sunday am is a lovely time to practice!

Today we all woke with the rain & I was in a quiet , sort of contemplative mode - reflecting on the new season and the festival in celebration of Ganesh that is happening for the next 3 days in India -It was with this 'going with the flow', sleepy mindset that I showed up to teach.  As I was signing folks in I realized that students just keep coming, & coming & coming... and slowly the sleepy, rainy room was filled with bodies and chatter. A frantic energy built as we moved around in several different configurations to get everyones mat down in a comfortable, welcoming way.  

When we finally arrived on our mats I could feel in the room that the  'mat to mat' business was not for everyone.  I addressed with cautious optimism, stating that as we get into practice the discomfort will drop away - much like it does in a crowded restaurant  over a great meal with good company.

And sure enough, as we became aware of shared space & breath; as our breath cycles came together and our intensions of being on the mat melded with one another we were no longer in the discomfort of a crowd, but rather in the Heart Space of Community.  

As I lead the class I could feel, over time, that a softening, a vulnerability , a feeling of 'Being a Part Of'  came over the room & extended class wide.. it was lovely!  

So of course I took this opportunity and ran with it... I presented an option and the class warmly embraced it - We ended up practicing 2 Circles of Trees (tree pose in a circle holding hands) .. it was so fun and beautiful - each person giving to their neighbor what the neighbor needed to find balance &  at the same time asked for what they needed in return. When we were through both sides with variations , including closed eyes (!), there were high fives, giggles and warmth through out the whole room, new yoga friends were being made.    

It was a blast, it was a gift.  A gift that we were only able to experience because everyone who showed up committed to being there, on their mats, despite their initial discomfort. 

At the end of class as practitioners were leaving,  they shared that they felt Sacred Space was created, that it was a really special class to be a part of, that they needed the sense of community on what they felt was a wet, dark, lonely day. If that is not a full expression of Yoga  I don't know what is! 

So I want to extend a thank you to all of you who practiced with me today - not only did you help me get a Newsletter out this week ;)  , but much more importantly you inspired  & fed me & each other (I think...).  Its a true gift for a teacher to be a Witness to the degree that I was today, Thank you!

Many blessings for a fulfilling, grounded and warm-hearted Fall season, sophie