Victorious!

Dear Ones,

April = VICTORY

Ever wanted to break a bad habit, put something new in motion, but in the moment - on the cusp of change - you found yourself falling back to the same old choices you didn't want to perpetuate? This month in class we will activate the magnetic energy of the heart center. The magnetic field of the heart center is said to be 500x stronger than that of the head. It serves to bolster our inner strength to melt habits of inertia and distraction.

We are all exposed to new ideas every day. We learn better nutrition tips, home organization, business ideas, parenting perspectives, innovations, personal products. We are learning all the time. And with that learning we are able to make new choices, to craft new lives, day by day. We can see shift is all around, but your choice for your life needs its own pattern and power rather than the momentum of its past.

Boost your personal power this month with simple, accessible movements that require wholehearted commitment one moment at at time. You will prove to yourself - you can do it. You are made for VICTORY.

I'll be teaching every day of April.
Every single one.
Join me when you can.
Initiate and substantiate your power.
This is how we heal, change, and grow.

We are made for VICTORY.
I will see you there.

Much love, Martha xx

Food matters

Dear Ones,

Twice recently I ate poorly. Too sugary. Too rich. Too late. Well-worn, poor choices. Within an hour each time I was sure of my failures. Not just the failure of my food choices, but my failure as a teacher to sequence correctly or instruct wisely, my failure as a parent to get through the tasks of the day as planned, my failure to my self to find a moment of quiet to reflect and relax, my failure as a friend to reply to the email I'd been meaning to for days... the list went on.

On an ordinary day, I would pause and write considerations of how to alter or tweak my teaching knowing it would lead to better classes and that's always my goal. On an ordinary day I would alter our schedule, finish strong with the kids and spread what wasn't covered into the days ahead. I would feel the bumps in the road, I would act on them, they would smooth out. This is the practice of my life; act, observe, receive, refine, restart, act again

But this time my blood chemistry was against me. I was a science experiment, pure and simple. I was familiar with the ride. What I eat affects my temperament, my perspective, my judgement, my creativity, my sense of what is possible or impossible. Simple put, food changes my outlook on EVERYTHING.

So the simple solution - change what I eat to I change what I think. The inner rodeo concluded as my digestion did its best and I could start again and watch with amazement and appreciation as my self-love returned, my self-respect returned, my faith that I am unconditionally held and helped by a power greater than my own returned.

This is one of the reasons food matters so much to me. I can teach you all the yoga I know, but when you leave the room and return to your plates and your kitchens, you are doing the real connecting or disconnecting to your Self. The chemistry of food becomes the chemistry of us and the chemistry of us becomes our thoughts and our beliefs. I work hard to create classes and sequences and experiences that remind you of how astounding and miraculous you are. How worthy of care and investment and attention. And food can support / amplify that or it can diminish it completely.

Notice, I started with how I'd fallen from the choices I'd LIKE to make. We all do. We all get hurried. We all get frustrated. We all do what we can in the moment. Me for sure. However, this is what I would offer you:

For the next few days, notice how you feel after you eat. Does it lift you up, create focus and accomplishment? Does it thicken your thoughts and make your limbs heavy and slow? Does it sadden you, uplift you, space you out, fill you up? Just notice. When you want to feel this way, eat that way. Only you know. Your kitchen is a pharmacy. Use it wisely. 
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This ties to our April sequence for victory because food has mattered to me for over 20 years since my sister hauled me out of a bathroom stall where I had collapsed from an eating disorder. After that I tried everything to eat Right, to feel Right about what I ate. It was years of effort and little progress. The only thing that started to make sense and provide traction was to start to simply enjoy what I ate. To eat with other people. To take my time with shopping and preparing and clearing up afterwards. When I allowed the food to get larger and consider it an act of loving and being loved, I started to make progress. A victory, right? (Go, go April sequence!)

I have wanted to share teachings on food with students for years but it felt too personal. I wasn't brave enough to help with how to eat. A week ago, the first Martha's Kitchen dinner was held. I smiled for three days straight afterwards. I was SO excited, so happy to open my fridge and share what I know. It was a huge, healing victory for me as a woman coming through eating confusion for so long, as a teacher offering more than what fits on a yoga mat, and as a friend and participant in our community to open my front door and find some of you there. Victory victory victory.
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So, as we come into the conclusion of this month, what will heal you? What would you love to offer out into the world but have hesitated? What feels like victory - big or small? 

For example - a wonderful, wise student of mine had an idea to teach cooking in her son's school. While the school commitee meets to decide on the details, she has had a class of one and taught my daughter about sourdough bread. Now we are feeding a yeast starter every day and making bread better than we could imagine and her skills and interests are loose in the world. You matter. What you love and what you know are needed. Find it. Let it loose. Big or small. One student or a whole school. Feel into it. Maybe no one else needs to know - or if you like, tell me. I'd love to know. I'll cheer you on. 

May you be victorious xx 
Much love, Martha

Surya energy considerations

Dear Ones,

I got into some interesting conversations with this shirt recently. With men mostly, who were asking why it was necessary. Wasn't I already Woman-ed Up, just by being a potent woman?

Maybe so, but for me it is far more nuanced, more interesting than simply power.

Surya Kriya this month activates our solar energy, our more masculine energy. It comes from the right side 'nadi' or energy channel, and correlates to the right side of the body and the left side brain. Western science has made us aware of the cross-activation of brain and body and most of us are familiar with how the right hand will light the left hemisphere of the brain if watched in a brain scan. This left side of the brain is responsible also for our sense of logic, schedule, routine, physical structure, problem solving, and analysis. This is our solar - surya - energy.

Surya energy has dominated our society for centuries. It is the form of empires, dictators. It has created feudalism and financial markets. There is order to its power, clear and direct.  And most often, men have been in power in these social hierarchies.

Now, however, we are at a point where there is a need for a new form of thought. We need a deeper relationship to what is around us, to what lies within us. We need to understand how best to connect to one another and leverage our differences. We need solutions we have never seen before, and we need them from the people who require them. 

We need to use every capacity. We need music and community and sound and flesh. We need to reach deep into ourselves and into each other. There is no time to waste. This innovation is our lunar energy, the right hemisphere of the brain.

Too much solar energy and we become rigid and dictatorial, stuck in our own patterns of thought and in our past. Too much lunar energy and our emotions are unwieldy, our creativity becomes volatile. What is needed is the structure and the clarity of the solar to enable the lunar to be free within boundaries and direction and purpose. 

Surya Kriya of this month feels so good because of its clarity. We remove the fears and doubts which can be a sort of creativity of the emotions as they over-interpret and double back on our perceptions. I leave this practice with a powerful ability to Get It Done, to check the box, to sweep the floor and clear the table so that the flow state can move through. I am more creative because there is clarity. 

Why 'Woman Up'? Because it is time to use what we have and with it, create something new. Men and women alike are invited to access their solar and lunar qualities - their masculine and feminine tendencies - to our collective best advantage. I need you all to dig into the true passions that fill you because it is there that your contribution lies. That passion becomes power when it has businesses and roads, wi-fi and websites to hold and deliver it well. 

Let this month show us how we need both - a solar flare to clear the way, a lunar softening and wild daring to share what matters most. Use surya energy to create a channel for what you believe in. Woman Up. Use surya energy to have the strength to look and listen to what hurts in the community around you without flinching, to have the steady strength to listen to those you disagree with. Woman Up. Can you see how they go hand in hand?

Daniel Pink's recent book - A Whole New Mind - addresses exactly this and is interviewed in two worthy two podcasts, one with Oprah Winfrey and one with Tim Ferriss. I'm sure there are more if you like, but these stood out to me. He says the time is now for right-brain thinkers. That's his way of saying we all need to Woman Up. And I would agree. And I would add that to do so most effectively, we need a new relationship to the masculine we all possess to power up our inner sun and shine on.

Surya Kriya in the studio until the end of February. Come and get it done!
See you in class or online xx

Much love, Martha
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2019 Resolutions

Dear Ones,

This year...I am hungry to feel magical. Powerful. Feminine. Free + focused. I want to amplify the Good of me, the talents only I have - the reasons I am Here.To listen to what I'm thanked for, to lean towards the moments when time melts or stands still. To reside in moments rich with inspiration. We all have them. They are our inner instructions. Our real hunger. 

Very often, in the standing asana postures like warrior 1 or 2, we have a stance we are familiar with, a length of stride that has become habitual. But the thing is, as we practice, our abilities grow and our stance doesn't shift to match. When this happens, 1. we can't see our progress, and 2. we can't continue to deepen our work or see to grow. 

I feel a need to redefine boundaries I've assumed over the last few years. To feel my growth, notice what it's built. To feel my capabilities, and then hear what calls next.

As I've tuned into these desires/instructions recently, I have gone beyond the traditional bounds of what is typically taught in kundalini and in asana. I've broken the mould I was taught in. It has been time to explore, to create.

That means...

...No wearing only white for me just now. I need color. I need black. I need to choose for myself what each day requires. I need the outside and the inside to work together. I need to feel free enough of tradition to create what hasn't been seen yet. If you have taken to wearing white - to adding color, to shifting how you come to class in anyway - keep at it, honor it, and make it right for you. I give you permission. Explore. Dream. Show me. I will meet you there. How will you dignify your practice?

...Creating more Gatherings similar to Jan 1 - Kundalini by Candlelight. I relish the chance to use all the yoga tools I know to meet the season, the spirit, the moment with music and movement and community. The next one is A Night of Love 7:30-9:30pm at Midtown on Friday Feb 15. Such pressure on Valentine's Day to find love, woo and be wooed. Give it your all, then come the next night, just you, to release and repair the elements of deep love. Wring what is unforgiven from your body, lift and free what is heavy in your heart, and redefine what you understand as love in THIS moment so you can feed your spirit directly. I can't wait. There will be another in late spring on creativity.

To gather together, move, sound, explore, and return to ourselves. This is my goal for the year ahead. Somewhat scary, racy rather, but this means I'm standing in the right current and the Guidance will carry us.

...Making more time for rest, for stillness, for wider reading. I am thirsty to pause, to sit with new ideas. So I will honor it and let it lead me. The time is marked upon my calendar, as important as anything else, this is how it can show me the way. Make time for what matters. Don't hope for it. Don't wait for it. Carve out the space, in your room, in your day. Invite it in. This is how you become what you seek. 

...I'll be offering evenings of Dinner + A Documentary at my house. Like a field trip workshop where you can learn plant-based meals, enjoy good company, and see/discuss meaningful media. More detail will follow, as will a schedule and a menu to match. For now, know it is coming. Food matters. It is where we start. It is how we vote, for business, for the planet, for our health. You may come and just enjoy the meal, you may come and learn to cook. Each Saturday evening will be different, but you will leave wiser and fuller and able to enact your choices.

...THE RETREAT. Yes. Xinalani Yoga Retreat in Mexico is still calling. I think I was holding off because I thought, "Who am I to just go off and have an incredible week of yoga and beach and fresh air and food when there is WORK to be done?!" This past year I got caught in a  mentality of grinding forward. The retreat was so different. I didn't allow myself the possibility of being away, something new, delicious. Notice if you did that too. If you don't have a retreat of some sort on your calendar, don't wait for it to show up, you have to claim it for yourself. What do you need? Where? With whom? Oh you, take the time. We are here such a short moment, listen to what you need, and may it be so.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO COME, the deadline for April 27-May 4 registration is now March 15. Take your time. Make your plans. Come along. The next date will be October 19-26, 2019. My website has all the details. Email me if you are interested. (Blessings on Laurie and Stephanie for making it happen xx)

...Regular classes will go on as ever. We will develop as a community. Your practice will wax and wane as time/weather/work allows. I will be there through the year, grateful for each chance I get to move and breath and learn with you. Remember, you can always bring a friend for free as my guest. I am always available online; youtube, Facebook Live Mondays 7-7:30am, and Spotify. Follow me on Instagram for latest glimpses and snapshots.

And you? What are you doing differently? What are you shaking loose or claiming close? The year lies ahead, open and ready. Listen and make order so you can tell me what is on your list for 2019. 

With much love,
Martha 

New Year 2019

Happy 2019, Dear ones!

It has felt such a relief to turn to a new year, to start again. 2018 was thick and worthy, full of lessons. But still, a fresh page is exciting. Of course, like many, I spent time considering my resolution

Many options. One answer.

Smile.

So simple.

Smile.

It is under everything. It is the landscape under my thoughts and honestly, I have been lax in the use of my smile. Returning it to use has shown me its rust. Trying to use it more often feels unfamiliar sometimes. Stiff. But I can feel its influence as I use it more.

In the past ten years I have worked so hard to go from what felt deep dark to light. But the diligence to get here had a shadow, its drive left a residue. Every moment seemed driven not to slide back, to push forward. The present moment became coated in fear that I would wake lost in that dark again. Worry became a habitual state of mind. Rarely contented. I was never enough.

The worry says “I won’t find a way around this. I don’t want it to be so.” It creates fear, denial, and withdrawal.

But my smile invites me to engage. It means I am participating. It means I have an opinion, I've chosen an attitude. I'm not neutral or distracted. I am offering a response. I claim a state that has an inner safety and sufficiency. 

My smile says, “It will happen. It will all happen. The ups and the downs, gains and losses. I am here to experience it all and help as I can.”

Notice now, as you see these photos. Let them encourage you, let them invite you to your own smile. Feel it change your posture. Feel it change your breath. It starts here. Our expression is the threshold between outside and in. And by smiling I create an intentional positive, kind, interaction with what's happening. I want to live from here. My inside rising to meet the day around me with this state of mind. 

Other resolutions will come and go, goals and resolve will intertwine this year to make my efforts strong and supple. But this is different. I want this under and in everything. It isn’t that everything is good. Suffering is here. Everyday. But I am here to meet it. I am fortunate to feel, to participate, even in what hurts. This is not denial. This is full-attachment living, in love with my Whole Life.

As a result, my smile takes stamina. Determination. Subtlety. Honesty. Reflection. And it rewards me each time I remember use it. 
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As I've practiced this resolution I've noticed how often I’m not smiling. So...

My Loves, please, if you catch me unsmiling, smile at me - with a wink and a nod - it will remind me to lift out of my hurried thoughts and concerns (is the class good enough? on time? prepared? good kids? good food? car full of gas and insurance? contented/supported Love at home?). Your smile will remind me to be here with you, that you are glad to be here too. And my smile will rise to meet yours and our together we will be elevated.

I am so grateful for you. Keep coming. Keep practicing. Happy New Year xx m

Got your sunhat? Too cold to smile?
XINALANI YOGA RESORT IS CALLING US...
Retreat with me to Mexico. 
April 27-May 4, 2019 - registration ends Jan 15, 2019
Register + details HERE.

Can't make it these dates?
Next trip will be October 19-26, 2019
Registration will open March 1, 2019
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Until then, meet you online Facebook Live Monday mornings 7-7:30am
Or on YouTube on my channel + Spotify
Or in the studio for classes all month long:
Kundalini : Mon noon @Fells, Tue noon @Midtown, Wed noon + 7:30pm @Midtown, Thu noon @Fells, Sunday 8am @FedHill
Vinyasa : Saturday 9:30-11 @FedHill
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POP-UP VINYASA CLASSES
FEB 17 6:30-8pm @FedHill (registration opens Feb 1)
MAR 17 6:30-8 @FedHill (registration opens Mar 1)
spots are limited. free to members. regular class cost drop-in.
Claim your space!

Greatness

Dear Ones,

You are astonishing me. 
You are showing up for classes in the studio. 
You are tuning in on YouTube to practice on your own.
You are finding time for Facebook Live Monday morning practices.
Using the Spotify playlists in your homes and cars.

You are making change.
We are making change.
In your schedule. In your priorities. In what matters. In your heart.

I taught it in class today: your natural state is Greatness.
And every practice is clearing the connection between you and your natural state.
Be Great.

Me too. I am growing and you are pushing me and pulling me and encouraging and provoking and asking for what I had in mind but had held back. You are building what we do together. Together we are a state of Greatness. 
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Do what you are told.
Get your certificate.
Read the books.
Take the test.
Follow the rules and THEN you will be a teacher, a doctor, a cook, a business woman, an author, an actor. There is a prescription, a playbook. I hear you. I know. There is value in this. Structure and lineage and progression. But new rules are required now.

There is a pace of evolution and urgency right now that calls us all into our Greatness. To honor everything we are taught and tried and tested, this is the left brain, the pingala energy channel, where we are ordered and diligent. This Order has been the wisdom of the Piscean Age. Hierarchy. Clarity. Structure.But Kundalini is built to prepare us for the Aquarian Age. We are now invited to explore the right brain, the ida energy channel - the home of our intuition, our innovation, our connectivity, our senses and creativity. Can you feel the call to make what is needed? To integrate disciplines and experiences? To use all you know for new service?  The time is Now.

So we integrate our minds and our lives. We take the intelligence of the mind and intertwine it with curiosity of the senses and the courage of the heart to stand tall. Now. This is our Greatness. We trust lineage. We respect the teachings. And we add our own experience to create Greatness. 
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So, with my fears momentarily at bay, I will launch the December sequence tomorrow, as unorthodox a thing as I have ever made. It completely respects the energetic health of our spirits as it builds flexibility and ability in our navel and hips. But it is heresy to the laws of Kundalini yoga that say not to alter the Kriya as it is written. But I will. What I will teach is tried and tested and safe for us all to stand on, to grow from, and I am honored to be at the heart of a community that is ready to put it all together and move and learn and find our LIGHT. I have held it back, but the time is Now. 

So, as I step forward to lead you into December, what will you do to move towards your Greatness? What choice feels like constraint and fear and obligation? What feels tall and effortless, like a gift that only you can give? Go there. Keep listening. Try it out. Tell me. And I will be at the front of the room to restore you as you go. Ready? Be Great. 

See you there.
Much love xx Martha

Learning to discern

Dear Ones,

The shift in seasons is bringing with it a new shift in priorities.

I find I am hungry for more time. 
More time to think, to read, to write, to create, to be with my Loves. 

But shifting my schedule - anyone's schedule - is a big deal. No paltry task. 
We are made of deep routine and those routines are the glue and binding that keep schools and relationships and projects moving forward. In this agreement to move through my days at arranged places and arranged times, I am able to intersect my day with yours. I build my schedule to be available: me to you and you to me. And this intersection inhabits all the communities we touch; into our finances, our neighborhoods, our health and our hearts.

Change that is deep and meaningful will often disrupt other people's schedules, their expectations of us. None of this is easy. And we are considerate, responsible souls looking to find stability and traction in our lives.

It is easy to mistakenly hold ourselves accountable to others and never truly land in the vocation or the location of our desires. But that means that if our experiences feel mediocre or worse, we are passengers of our guesses at other people's desires - instead of captains of our own dreams and actions. As a consequence, we may feel resentful. We may notice other successes besides our own. We may compare and judge our inner-selves against the appearance of others and leak energy and imagination unnecessarily.

Weekend #3 of The Restoration takes us into Discernment; noticing for ourselves where we need to go, what conversations must happen, what choices are to be made to move with wisdom and grace. All our abilities are at play: we move our bodies to build our will, to stand in our decisions with poise; we clear the old and welcome what will come, building willingness and processing the emotions that accompany change; we anchor into our stillness until we can feel the connection and the guidance that exists beyond our personal perspectives.

So, the type of change I am longing for recently is one that requires a courage to interrupt and to re-establish new, unknown patterns - even though it may affect others. I start to ask: "What if..." What if I had more time? What if I listened into my week, into my body, where does it feel heavy and exhausted? Where is it light and inspired? How to release the weight and amplify the light? At first, each time I did this I ran into "I can't..." and it would be because I couldn't imagine past the routine I've already established. It felt like the only way. Change would mean going backwards somehow. 

But continuing to listen to my body and my tone of voice and my fatigue, it became easy and clear. My body led my mind. From the outside it seems simple to drop a class, to make some space. But that class is made of souls, that I have met and who have trusted me to be a consistent teacher. It affects me financially. It affects my relationship with my company. I want to show up all of it. I want it to stay the same. Yet shifting one thing opens many others. (Have you felt this? The longing for change, the discomfort of pushing your own inner lever to make the move? Oh, the time it takes for me sometimes is ridiculous.)

Simply put, Daniel Rahayel will teach Sunday night Federal Hill 6:30pm class in my place until December. 

By releasing one thing that I was sure I couldn't, meant an opening for 2 new things: 
1. Time for more privates with you. If interested, the best slots I have are Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Filling fast, so let me know if you want a spot. $100/hr at my apartment in Ellicott City. Totally worth the drive for the river, trees, and the light.
2. Sunday mornings with Lululemon to teach an hour of intensity and play that lands in a juicy rinse and rest. Should be a time to sweat and laugh and shake out the week in good company. I've wanted to do this for months now but it never fit. Now it does. See you there! Likely starting late November. Watch FB and Instagram and this newsletter for dates.

You can make change.
You need to make change.
This is how we grow.
It is scary and affects others and that gets scarier still.
We fear failure.
We fear ridicule. 
But we can do it.
Your practice will help.
I can't wait to see what you choose,
and how you grow.

Drop in on The Restoration next weekend for more, or see you in studio class, or online Facebook Live Monday mornings 7-7:30am.

Much love,
Martha xxx

Eldering

Dear Ones,

At the hospital last week I was humbled. 

I had watched my mom make her way through phases of recovery after another seizure and brain surgery. From groggy to responsive, from relief to impatience, from survival to healing. "I'm healing," is what she chose to say in response to every person who came through the door, everyone who asked how she was. Because by saying it she could claim it, she could tack it into her consciousness and theirs and make it all the more real. 

The diagnosis still just out of reach, her words still eluding her from time to time, she sat with her back straight, perched on the edge of her beige recliner, and listened to each medical student, to each nurse or attending, to each surgeon and visitor with equal attention. It took her effort and her energy, but she was present.

I sat beside her amazed at the fortitude of her. Her regality. Her intention
In her presence I was elevated. I felt my lineage. I remembered that I too come from this line of strength and determination.
Even here, in her yellow hospital gown and uncertain future, she showed me the path of my next 40 years. I was in the company of an elder.

We are all aging. Some days quickly, too quickly it seems. Some days imperceptibly. But it is inevitable. And when we choose to live our lives as well as possible with longevity of body, mind, and spirit in mind, we are influential. Our choices add up. We raise the collective standard. 

An elder, in my mind, my mom has a wisdom made of experience and reflection. 
She has eaten well her whole life and it has kept her body able and her mind sharp.
She has continued to learn, attending seminary at the same time I was at college. 
She has continued to travel, returning to see my sister in Africa just this past spring.
She has continued to work as a spritual director and hands-on healer with private clients and in her community. 
She has rested in the late afternoon sun. She gardened and walked in the woods. She has seen art and heard music. She has played cards and laughed and danced with friends.

This encourages me. It inspires me. It gives me long-term perspective.
I want to think not of aging, but of "elder-ing" - leaning towards long, deep wisdom and ability.

May I walk every day and eat plants and sleep and sleep and sleep.
May I write in my journal, talk with my friends, and teach what I believe in.
May I find meaning in the seasons, the tides, the moon, and my connection to my Source.
May I know heartbreak and love and celebration and grief as honorable aspects of my human journey.
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This is why I practice. This is the heart of what I teach. 
To land at 86 years old with a regal and inspiring constitution of spirit.

Pay attention to who / what inspires you. 
What daily actions are in place that propel you towards your own version?
Put them in your schedule, on your calendar. Make notes. 
Make reminders.

May we all find ways to move and to reflect and to age with diligence and with influence.
That when we may feel we are most in decline, we do it in a way that raises those around us.

I am so grateful for my life and for my loves and for our good community.
Be diligent. You affect your years ahead and the lives beyond you.

Much love,
Martha
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ps. Mama, I know you are going to read this because you were likely the third person on this mailing list, supporting my every effort. I could've told you I was going to write this. I could've sent you a copy and gotten your approval. But instead here it is. I am sending my approval to you. Keep going. We are listening. you matter. Love you so xxx

ONG NAMO

Dear Ones,

I saw these elevator doors every hour as I went in and out of the hospital last weekend. Each time I saw them they brought to mind the chant we use to start class, our Adi Mantra.

ONG NAMO - traditionally translated as 'I bow to the teachers before me who pass on these teachings.' I bow to the teachers before them, and those before them, and on and on. I also bow to the people who drove them to school, cooked their food, who made their beds, who bound their books and sold them pencils, and on and on. We are so very interconnected. 

ONG NAMO - At the hospital I bowed to the doctors and nurses, to the lab techs and anesthesiologists. I bowed to the engineers who configured the wall of instruments behind each bed in the ICU, to the people who made the batteries that ran the thermometers, to the people who stocked the latex gloves, to the innovations that kept the bed inflating on one side and then the other to prevent bed sores. How astounding. 

In the ICU it was in the open how many people and connections and ideas and efforts were caring for my mom. All the studies of each person there so they knew how to do what they do, as a team and as individuals. ONG NAMO. I bow to our interconnection, our intersection; the thread of innovation and evolution that ran through the corridors and right up to the elevator doors.

GURU DEV NAMO - I bow to everything inside of me that allows me to notice the collaboration around me, how it holds us, heals us. I bow to everything inside of me that feels the compassion that motivates cooks and seamstresses, designers and authors, translators and diplomats. I bow to my own abilities, my own stream of failures and forgivenesses that lead to the knowledge I lean on every day as I practice and teach. I bow to all that I am, compassionately, respectfully. 

In our practice we are joined together. We share the room and the movements. We are unified by this common hour of effort. And we are reassembled, renewed, restored to ourselves. We are joined back together from all the ways our busy lives can fracture our heads from our hearts. From outside to in, from top to bottom, front to back, we are joined. This is our yoga - yoking - unity - reconnection.

Each time you say this mantra as we begin, call to mind some outer aspect that brought you in to class, that supported you, that nourished you. Call to mind as well, some aspect of yourself that you've been holding back, pushing aside, neglecting. Bring it all into the room with devotion and attention. This is where we begin.

Ong Namo. Guru dev namo. Infinity and Identity. All in one. Feel it as you say it next time you come to class. See it all around you as you walk through your day. 

Namaste, I see you. I see your light.
Sat Nam, I see myself. I see my light.

Much love dear ones, much love xx m