WHAT A SUMMER!
WHAT A YEAR of LIVING FLUIDLY!
I write this note as I sit alone in a lovely beach house above Sunset Cliffs in Point Loma, California. And I sorely miss being home in Bozeman. The beach does serve as good medicine for the soul, but since falling deeply back in love with Montana last year, the circumstances of life kept pulling me away from January through May. What an ironic situation it has been, forcing me to remain flexible and unattached to my own expectations. Living my yoga day by day, I have learned much about life and death, friends and foe while offering support to a friend through the last chapter of her life. May she rest in peace as her ashes float away upon the tropical waters off the south point of Hawaii.
When I finally returned to the mainland , I settled home long enough to uncover the garden and redirect my intentions. Last summer’s wish was to spend this year attending as many music festivals as possible. Amazingly enough, it did happen. Sharing much camping camaraderie at the various music festivals was truly the highlight of my summer season. Starting with the Portland Blues Fest to the Oregon Country Fair, we then road tripped to the Targhee Music Fest, Red Ants Pant Fest, and finally the hometown tradition of Sweet Pea Fest. And there is one more event at Big Sky over Labor Day weekend. Don’t miss the Mountain Fest featuring Big Head Todd & the Monsters!
September always serves as my personal New Year, and I welcome the transition of Summer into Fall. I realize that this particular week is probably one of the finest in the Rockies for a warm weather outdoor excursions. I have been following the weather reports! And it’s also the turn of events as students prepare for school and summer travels come to completion. This is most often a bittersweet shift in our lives.
I am preparing for the fall by redeveloping the school curriculum for our new Life Enrichment Course and Teacher Training that begins in October. I am delighted with the enthusiastic response and near full registration! The Training course truly serves as a catalyst for better well being and I am so pleased to be able to expand the availability to a broader demographic. First, by shortening the time commitment each month and secondly, by focusing on the personal understanding and application of the art and science of yoga without the pressure of the teaching component. Instructional methodologies will unfold more naturally in the final months of the program.
Having this quiet time to myself in a home on the ocean is a wonderful environment in which to inspire the creative juices and let them flow. Not only am I focused on the Fall programs but I look forward to next week’s 5-day Immersion at YogaMotion Studio. In honor of this transitory time, the theme of the week is “Inward Bound”. The intention is to quiet ourselves and move into a place of renewal as we reconnect through inward reflection. I would like to encourage the start or support the continuation of a daily meditation practice. We will explore ways in which to carve out moments in our lives for this powerfully profound practice. We will support the stillness of the mind by utilizing mindful breathing and graceful movement. Please join me and enter the studio in silence giving yourself time to settle down to the sound of your own heart.
In closing, I am curious as to how you have incorporated yoga into your summer fun? With this new blog format, we have a platform to share, so please tell us a story as we build our social yoga network.
Breathing deeply and evenly.