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Going Together in Gratitude
Posted 11-30-2015

I spend some time each and every day in practicing gratitude - small moments at the end of a class when everyone is quiet in savasana, in the car when I'm stuck in traffic, when my legs carry me up 5 flights of stairs back home, when my shower has hot water straight out of a pipe from my wall, when my belly is full and my home is a safe place to rest my head and heart. There is so much to be thankful for in my everyday life, and I feel so much more grounded, present and energized when I take the time to say simple thanks. During this holiday time when we celebrate gratitude - Thanksgiving - I'm surrounded by family and friends. I got to see students all week before the holiday and saw them again after for some fun classes. All I can think about are the simple but powerful words of my mentor teacher, Sandra Robinson, when she set the intent for our Forrest Yoga Mentorship Weekend back in October: "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." (This is an African proverb from all the sources I could dig up.) I'm not interested in going fast - what's the hurry? I do want to go far: far into our bright spaces and dark ones, deep into our Spirits and the choir of voices waiting to be heard inside, long into the pathways of our lives and how they intersect. To do any of that amazing growing work we have to go together. I need others to remind me of my brightness and to help guide me through my dark patches. I want to be an ear to hear your many voices and a set of feet to walk with you when we meet.


Featured Event

Sacred Space with Live Music from Dave Hiltebrand - December 5, 2015 - 1-3pm - Namaskar Yoga - 3946 N Southport - Chicago, IL

$40 / $50 by Nov. 30 REGISTER HERE

The end of the year can be a stressful and challenging time - deadlines to meet, so many parties in so little time, and oftentimes family engagements added to the mix. Sugary foods and extra libations can leave you feeling drained of energy. Carve out some sacred space for yourself this month to refresh with a Restorative Forrest Yoga practice followed by a deep immersion into the meditative path of iRest Yoga Nidra - both set to live music by the amazing Dave Hiltebrand ( Breathe deeply, release tension from your hips and lower back, neck and shoulders, and recharge your brightness for the season of lights. Allison will bring the yoga, Dave will be the soundtrack. Finish off with a talking circle where you can choose to share your reflections on the sacredness of the season through your experiences or to sit with the sacredness of silence. Appropriate for all levels and abilities of practitioners.