June is such an exciting time to be a gardener. Long, hot, sunny days--and such transformation! The other morning, I went outside and checked on some winter squash plants that are climbing their way up strings tied to the trellises above. Cut back to single vines, unburdened of flowers and early fruit, the gardener pushes the plants in a single direction--and up they grow! The long, sunny days of summer offer the plants so much energy...and the work of the gardener is to funnel that energy into purposeful directions so as to help the plant become as productive and healthy as possible. In the evening, I checked on the same plants, each of them 4-5 inches closer to the support above than they had been just a few sunny hours earlier.
This is how summer feels to me, as well. So much energy! The desire to rise with the sun, to do more of everything, to stay busy until dark and take advantage of all that solar energy. The challenge, for me, is one of directing that energy--the challenge to maintain focus, ignore distractions, and make purposeful progress towards a chosen goal. It's easy to let my attention slip, and watch all that energy dissipate as my push spreads out into too many scattered directions. The gardener's strategy can help humans flourish as well--eliminate distractions and upwards we grow!
If you're like me and the summer's energy has you charged up and ready for growth, this might be the right time to focus on self-care and self-transformation by focusing attention on developing your yoga practice. As the winter squash vines demonstrate, it is possible to make great progress in a single direction when the environment is right and distracting temptations are avoided. Join me for a new class at Blue Sky Yoga from 8-9:45 am on Tuesday mornings beginning in July. Mysore Ashtanga is a unique class format that allows each yoga practitioner to learn and develop their skills at their own pace, with the guidance of a teacher and the camaraderie of a group. My goal as a yoga teacher is to empower students to practice on their own, so that the yoga practice can be a grounding, steadying force when life is full of bumps and swerves. If you enjoy led asana classes and feel summer's energy pushing you to grow your asana practice into something self-directed, this class might be just right for you. Get in touch with me and I'll give you a little more background on how the practice works--or just come!
My public class schedule:
-Tuesdays, 8-9:45 am: Mysore Ashtanga at Blue Sky Yoga (begins July 5)
-Thursdays, 3:30-4:45 pm: Led Ashtanga Standing Series at Blue Sky Yoga
-Fridays, 3:30-5:30 pm: Led Primary Series Ashtanga at Blue Sky Yoga (no class on the 1st Friday of each month--that's tomorrow!)
**Blue Sky Yoga is a pay-what-you-can yoga studio, so bring your smile and enjoy yoga no matter what--because yoga is for everyone.**
Upcoming guest teaching:
I'll be teaching 35 hours of philosophy (and a tiny bit of asana and pranayama) for Mark Balfe-Taylor's upcoming Hot Yoga Teacher Training. If you or someone you know is into hot yoga, click here for more info!
I've switched over to an electronic waiver program--fancy! If you know you'll be coming to take class with me soon, take a minute to sign one now and save yourself the trouble when it is time for class.
Heads up! Make sure my email is in your address book to ensure that future mailings make it to you. And so that you can let me know about how great your headstand or peach tree is doing. :)
It's HOT out, and time to head to the mountains for some cool, fresh air! Here's a photo of me watching the wild horses out at Cold Creek yesterday.