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In Loving Silence
Posted 10-25-2016

I am just returning home from a silent meditation retreat - the third one I have done in a few years. I have been meaning to write about my experiences being silent for two years - but it had been difficult before this last retreat to put into words what really happened to me when I went silent. Here is the beginning of a multi-part blog series I want to share with you about why silence is so powerful...and why I think everyone should go into silence at some point in their life. Two years ago in November of 2014 I went on my first silent meditation retreat - four days with an iRest teacher named Anne Douglas who I didn't know very well. She was leading a weekend retreat from a Friday evening to a Monday midday in Dayton, Ohio. It was close, a cheap flight, I liked her the one time I met her at an iRest Teacher Training and the retreat was part of the requirements for my five year foray into becoming a Certified iRest Yoga Nidra Teacher. I signed up figuring four days was an easy start, and committed to silence. Inside I felt really nervous about the whole thing. You see, I'm a talker - a chatter. I come from a long line of mothers, daughters, aunts, sisters, cousins, nieces and grandmothers who have the gift for gab. One of my favorite verbs that I learned while studying abroad in Italy is chiacchierare (to chat). The thought of being silent for four days - not even four full days - really sent me into a spin of internal discomfort. And there is one thing I've learned about discomfort over the years: facing it head on has always brought me to amazing places I never knew existed.


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Flash into Fall - October 22, 2016 - 1-3pm - Namaskar Yoga Studio - 3946 N Southport - Chicago, IL

Take time to work within your practice to connect to the energies of brightness and warmth at this transitional time of Fall moving into Winter. The brilliant colors of the fall season come in like a flash of light before the longer, darker days of winter take over. This workshop will teach you the many variations of the Forrest Yoga pose called Flash. Come explore how to use this pose to develop shoulder strength and stability, deep rivers of warm energy coursing in the body, and a connection to your own inner brilliance to lead you on the path towards winter. Expect pranayama exercises, integrated core work, therapeutic shoulder exercises, fun sequencing, inversions, arm balances, laughter and sweat. Appropriate for all levels of students. Learn more and register HERE.