I write this in a gray, rainy morning with the ongoing, never ending sound of construction outside my door and with an equal measure of heaviness in my heart in regards to the violence in our nation and gratitude for community that shows up committed to eradicating hate. There were people from various faith traditions and communities that showed up last night for a heartbreaking, yet inspiring service at our local synagogue.
I feel like the chaos of the construction that began early spring and has continued full force ever since, this necessary removal of old structures and systems that can no longer function and replacing them with newer functional systems has this awful inbetween period of chaos, uncertainty and lack of grounding and orientation is currently mirrored in our society. Change is messy, dirty and uncomfortable and I feel my own resistance even though the end result will be what is needed.
As America grows more diverse and less white, we see the extreme end of the resistance to this phenomenon in the three hate crimes we witnessed last week with the mailing of bombs to individuals that represent this diversity and change, the murder of two people of color because they exist as people of color and the massacre of Jewish people in their sanctuary, their place of worship. This is not to me only about politics because although we need fair and just representation and policies that support the well being of all, not just a few, but about humanitarian values of fierce kindness and compassion. This is about people having the right to exist. We will not find answers to all our issues in this country in the political realm. A lot of the answers lie within us and how we are showing up in these times and how we are caring for one another with fierce kindness and compassion. This is about Ahimsa. Satya. Asteya, Brahmacharya and Aparigraha. This is about all beings having access to wellness, being able to freely and safely navigate in their environments without fear of danger and the right to live in peace. We can negotiate and compromise on policies but never on this.
The yoga mat is obviously not the answer to the complex challenges and tragedies of these times but it can be a way forward with a practice that is oriented towards mindfulness and the awareness of the privilege and gift of life and owning the inherent worth and value of one’s being and extending that to others.
Moving forward in a way that allows us to unpack the ranking of identity in society that ranks people by their ability to produce and their access to power and decision making but to see each of us as an essential part of the whole, as part of the diversity of species, not apart from, or above, but as part of nature. As one that is a reflection of Beloved Creation and of Beloved Creator.
This month we will go deep with cultivating our own inner heart fire, cultivating the courage to transform our own anger, ignorance, greed and delusion into fierce kindness, tenderness, empowerment, and compassion which can be of service to all beings.
I hope to see you in class. Last month I had the privilege of leading a retreat for prison chaplains and also offering a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Training to Yoga Teachers. These were both amazing experiences and I am looking forward to expanding my offerings in these areas. This month I will travel to Elkhart, Indiana to present a paper on sexual assault entitled “ A Love Letter to Survivors.” and offer a workshop called “Sound and Movement Of Life: Embodied Practices of Joy”. at a conference called “Women Doing Theology: Talkin Bout a Revolution .” I am equal measures excited and nervous!
501 Cypress in Moxham. YogaSong Home Studio Offerings!
Heart Yoga. Saturday All Levels Yoga! 9:00 or 10:30! November 3, 10, 17, 24, join Rachel in a blended practice that combines yoga philosophy with breathwork, asana, sound, mantra, and live music for meditation. Please RSVP as to which class you prefer. Contribution based. Payment options include: $30.00/month, $10.00/class or offer what you can. We will explore tending to balance through the ebbs and flows of life.
Self Care for Activists! Thursday, November 15, 7:00-8:00 pm. Explore Sacred Activism, the balance of Action in the world and Practice for Grounding and Orienting ourselves to values of compassion and fierce kindness for oneself and extending that to the world. We will explore techniques of breathwork, Movement and Sound that can be portable and useful for sustainability and to build resilience. $10.00 suggested contribution. All contributions welcomed. Even if you don’t consider yourself an activist, but are interested in this type of community, please don’t hesitate to join us. RSVP necessary as space is limited.
Friday Morning Dance Party! Join our Conscious Dance community as we explore non choreographed movement for self expression and community. We are taking a break this month as my daughter Riley is having surgery and will have a hospital bed just outside the home studio and likely will not appreciate the noise!!
All classes above held in home studio @ 501 Cypress. Street parking available. Additional parking at Grove Ave UMC Church. Come right in door on small porch by fenced in yard! Take your shoes off and make yourself at home!
Private yoga sessions and Reiki sessions are made by appointment. I also offer synchronized healing sessions which include Reiki, movement/yoga and sound healing through Quartz Crystal bowls and mantra practice. We can create the session that best supports your needs.
Bottle Works Yoga in funky, creative historic Cambria City!
Tuesday, November 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 10:00 am. $30/session or $10/drop in, This is a gentle class and can accommodate a range of abilities.
Come for class! BottleWorks Arts on Third always has something creative and exciting happening! Stay and shop the gallery store or linger and explore the current exhibit or other classes happening! www.bottleworks.org
Checking in! Who is interested in exploring Body Image? Menopause? Let me know!
“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” Cornel West