Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
the state motto of Colorado:
"Nothing without the Deity"(Nil sine Numine)
The Latin phrase Nil sine Numine is commonly translated as "Nothing without Providence," but it was specifically stated in a government committee report that the original designers of the state seal (which includes the phrase Nil sine Numine) intended the translation to be "Nothing without the Deity."
Numine is Latin (meaning any divinity, god or goddess); God is a purely anglo-saxon word
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
Ah! The ever so lovely and talented and truly loving Lila Pierce Brown came to town this weekend with her surfer musician school teacher partner Mark Dragon and the pair of them offered our community a huge blast of sunshine through some rainy rainy days.
Um. Awesome. Few. Very Few people live up to my idea of what Anusara yoga should be and should feel like... Todd, Ann, John ... Well, Lila lives up to it entirely. If you are ever able to study with her, DO IT. Anyway, can you tell we had an amazing weekend?
They offered two studio style workshops on Saturday. The first was hand balancings with a little bit of backbending and full pigeon. Super fun and inspiring. The second was hip opening and hamstring opening... working towards Surya Yantrasana and other fun poses like that. On Sunday they came to a local health club and offered a fun 90 minute practice focused on play. I think the play came across loud and clear and everyone had a "rockin" fun time.
When I think of this kula here in Richmond I imagine us like a little tiny tiny seedling. We've been in seed form for quite a while and then when I got inspired status last summer and we started building into a somewhat organized community the tiny plant cracked the shell and started to come out. It is just a teeny tiny little seedling of growth, with not much showing above the level of the soil, but we are here.
This weekend felt like we suddenly got our first real bright and sunny day with the full force of sunshine radiating on all of us. It was very sweet and magical. Our seedling just sent down deeper roots and got a massive craving to grow grow grow.
I have so much gratitude to Lila and to Mark for being the amazing people who they are for making this happen for us. I also have tremendous gratitude to my friend, Niki who, well, ROCKS! She has been building an Anusara outlet for a long time and has so graciously supported me in all the that I am doing. And of course I have so much gratitude to all the students who came out and supported Lila and Mark and supported Anusara this weekend. It was a shakti-filled magical moment right here at home. So. Sweet.
Friday, May 13, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
It occurred to me lately that my own home practice is at a little bit of a stand still. I'm working deeply and subtly and am learning quite a bit that way. But at the same time I've reached a place where I have a level of competency in some poses and I'm "satisfied" with them, but am not particularly reaching out for more. Of course, there's no reason I have to reach for more. But why stop here?
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
- Facebook it -- you can join the Richmond Anusara Kula on facebook. This is great for keeping up with the larger RVA Anusara stuff. AND I now have my own facebook page at SarahFischerYoga join me there to get little mini-reflections on my classes, short quotes, inspiration, and teasers for upcoming classes
- Monthly Email -- Every month I send out the KulaRVA email that tells the schedule of anything going on that month or planned for the future. If you want to be added just shoot me an email at kulaRVA@gmail.com or leave your email address in the comments below.
- Kula Jam! -- Come out! Every 3rd Saturday we have a kula practice party from 2 to 4 at Yoga Source. It is a gathering of all of us who are interested in Anusara and want to continue to play with it. It is totally informal and meant to be fun and community building. We keep it as a donation based class with a $10 suggested donation but as I say we'll accept $100 and we'll accept $0, we'd just love to see you.
- My Website -- I don't do SO much with my website, but I do keep a calendar of events of anything local or regional going on. It's worth checking in there from time to time. I try to get things onto the blog, but often they go on the events calendar much further in advance than they go on the blog.
So that idea of boundary/freedom reminded me and a friend about John's theming in PA (Nov 2010) on setting clear boundaries to enjoy freedoms in life. What he said that stuck out was: "sometimes you say No to say Yes" As in, Yes, I will be in a relationship with you, but NO you can't treat me that way if you want me to stay. Yes I will take this job, but NO i will not work more than 40 hours without compensation. You see how it goes. And we do this to become more skillful at living our lives and living from our hearts very clearly and directly.
Now if you're not much of a boundary setter, or you're an over-boundary setter, (and you'll probably find yourself on one of these spectrums) it can feel challenging to start to move towards healthy Yes and No Saying, healthy boundaries and freedoms. When we try to change our habitual behaviors it feels pretty icky! And that's why we often start trying something new and easily give it up OR we don't even try at all.
So thinking about this reminded me of John speaking on finding balance. He said, that to balance oneself you actually have to move into the areas you are not quite so comfortable in. And the reason to do this is because Balance equals Health. An unbalanced system is unhealthy and more susceptible to breakdown. It's like always brushing your teeth with the same hand, if you switched hands daily, you'd have a greater balance between sides. It feels weird to brush with the non-dominant hand, but it is leading to greater balance, not to mention stimulating the brain. Same as sitting with the opposite leg in front when crosslegged, or crossing the opposite fingers over top when hands are clasped. It feels weird, but brings balance. These are small examples but imagine if you only did lunges on one side when you practice Surya Namaskar, your body would be so completely out of balance you would become injury prone and probably pretty cranky very very quickly.
And so it is worth it to go out there and try some new ways of behavior that are leading towards a deeper alignment with your heart. Initially it may feel actually quite crazappy. But over time you're building a new skill that will hopefully help you to come into a greater place of balance... with yourself, your partner, and anyone else you're in relationship with. It may not be easy, actually, it WON'T be easy and it WON'T be a linear path. But it's all in the service of moving towards the true you living loud and clear.. I think it's worth the struggle personally.
Contemplation: What is my relationship to the themes of Boundary, Freedom, and Balance?
Monday, May 2, 2011
I am super excited to say that one of my favorite Anusara Yoga teachers, Lila Pierce Brown, is coming to town. So if you're in town it will be totally worth it to get out and come to one of the offerings she'll have during the weekend of May 14 and 15.
Saturday 5/14 will be at Om On yoga for two workshops
Sunday 5/15 will be at ACAC Midlothian for a 90 minute public class type workshop.
(Call either place for more info and to register)
What will also be fabulous is that her partner, Mark, will play live music for all of the sessions!
AND they and their doggie will be staying with me and my family for the weekend. Lila is a total sprite of loving Shakti and I'm so excited to share her with the community here, but even more excited to have some time to host her in my home and possibly to pick her brain about teaching and life etc
Along with her teaching gigs, she's also going to take and evaluate my Sunday morning class that week. We have to do a yearly evaluation for Anusara. I have to say I'm a little nervous, but I know Lila is totally loving... and I respect her greatly, so bring on the feedback.
Either way, I'm getting excited to have some good Anusara right here in town to participate in. What's coming up for you in the next few weeks?