I have probably written and erased this first sentence over ten times. Each time, trying out
a new beginning. Not wanting to sound depressed, or overly cheerful when down. Also wanting to sound authentic and not repetitive ... so here we are TODAY!
If I were to describe how I feel, I’d say unsuccessful. I mean who cares about success...
but I mean it from the perspective of opening a beautiful BRAND SPANKING NEW studio. I feel unsuccessful in my ability to create, community, to support people who are in need. Am i wrong to think we are all in need? I need a massage, I need a haircut, I need to live in
a society that supports justice. I need to get out of here. I want to see my family and friends in Greece and Canada. I need to STAY calm. I want to scream. I need to pay the rent! I want to go to a concert. I need to build community, and include others in on this gorgeous space, which is ooooozzzzzzing so much style, so much beauty and peace. When, oh when will we be of service to you???
I need the virus to stop spreading, for people to stop circulating conspiracies and stop diving! It’s time for us to work on ReConnecTion.
YOGA IS THE WORK OF CONNECTION.
It is where we can dissolve our differences, and even better, respect and celebrate, honour and love our differences. Yoga is where we build pathways to freedom. It is the practice of continually becoming kinder, more compassionate, accountable for our actions, aware of our inactions, all the while staying connected.
I want to be fluid, and supple..to roll with the times...I do!!! But hold on a minute! I AM STUBBORN!!! AND SO RESISTANT!! I feel like I am gripping with all my force to some form of “tradition” that no longer has an audience.
THE WORLD HAS BECOME MUCH MORE DIGITAL AND VISUALLY SO.
Teaching yoga through podcasts, or guiding classes without practicing with the people, yoga without mirrors... Giving people the tools to inform themselves and their own practice... these aren’t on the menu. Or they aren’t selling!!!
A year ago, we at YG created a few podcasts, thinking that the pandemic will be over and done with in a jiffy (this is what I call denial now)... and sure we have proven to be very much adaptable as a team, we have created two incredible challenges, an advent calendar of podcasts, and a slew of other packages...INCLUDING the 21 day English PODCAST Challenge.
I RECEIVE FEEDBACK AND I DECIDE TO FILM THE PODCASTS!
I FILM THEM ALL IN ONE WEEK! I LOVE THE PODCASTS.I LOVE THAT THEY ARE SO RICH, AND FULL OF LOVE.
THE TRANSITION FROM PODCASTS (audio guidance of a practice) to VIDEO...is basically the dumping of ‘TRADITION’ or is it the alternating of tradition? The filming is totally different...I realize that I am not at all interested in being a performer, that I never was.
... and NEVER in my life did I look at Yoga as something someone will watch me do (like theater, or dance, performance style) I always, just stepped on my mat and was so real to what I was feeling. My younger self made an effort for appearance, but really when the entire YOGA industry turned into leggings, and outfits, I only dabbled, I didn’t get into it. I wasn’t into Yoga for “the look” Highlighting here that trends are not traditions.
Filming the Podcasts was one of the biggest challenges I have ever experienced. It was like a washing or clearing. My godmother, Zuzana Richterova, passed away and it really was a major cut. I think were it not for all the breathing and moving, all the love in the podcasts, I would not be as well as I am today (which is always negotiable).
Friendships, the special and deep ones, where people are there for you when you fall flat on your face, when you stand up for justice, when you go to jail for standing up for justice… when poverty hits, when immigration calls, when life’s turbulence is eating away at your nerves, and you still have the courage to do do the right thing. These are deep relationships, if you have ever been through this then you know how grateful you are for those who stood by you. That was my godmother. Her friendships were for life. She and I had many things in common, as I am writing this, we also had the NO NEED to PERFORM. We just show up... sometimes it’s sloppy, sometimes it’s intense, but we are there. I needed to see my godmother. I wanted to tell her so many things still. But there is this COVID 19 and there is this crazy lockdown, and there are all these restrictions…limitations...and now she is no longer here.
I DID ALWAYS TAKE THE TIME TO WRITE HER, AND TELL HER I LOVED HER,
AND THANKED HER. I TRIED TO MAKE HER LAUGH OR SMILE.
EVEN IF WE COULDN’T MEET, WE COMMUNICATED...STAYED IN TOUCH...
This leads to YOU and YG. We wanted to provide a practice for you,
so when our doors open, we can be together.
How have you discovered freedom in your practice? Have you made any connection between the practice of yoga and the practice of relationship?
Nothing like death to make you feel alive. Nothing more fragile than this quick life we have. The truth is, whenever someone close to me dies, I automatically return to CONNECTION. While on my mat, i realized so many things...
APRIL WILL UNFOLD SOMEHOW, I AM NO LONGER TOO
PREOCCUPIED WITH MAKING TOO MANY PLANS.
I need to connect with people. Connect on a level where I can be of service and help, to participate in paving a road towards freedom and justice. I am so humbled by all the opportunities I have, all the comfort, and support. I really want Yoga Garden to survive!
To open! Yoga has never been just a physical practice, it is directly linked to how we
are all interconnected, and how we are all capable of being of service.
I hope Spring 2021 finds you breathing deeply, with long exhales. May there be hope and energy within you to keep moving, smiling, and loving. May you feel grateful and excited
to be alive.
I CAN’T WAIT FOR US TO MEET.
SUNDAY APRIL 4th SECOND ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT!
Come with the kids they will love you for it!
PURCHASE our Community Challenge!
English Podcast Challenge turned to VIDEO
ZoOm classes MONDAY@6pm YG class, WEDNESDAY@7pm Vinyasa class
and YES WAIT for it! FRIDAY NIGHTS zOOm ENGLISH YIN class at 6pm