Hi All, just wanted to be sure you have the link to Brittany's blog so you can stay informed about her health, treatments, progress, hopes and dreams. Our warrior just turned 33 and of course is showing us all daily what living in the moment is all about. To stay in touch with Brittany and follow her journey please visit http://cedarhillsmassage.com/category/blog/
Stay tuned for another community class coming soon to help Brittany with her medical bills!
On March 1st, the Blind Café assembled at the Santosha Yoga studio with three hours to take a beautiful, light, inviting, hardwood floored space and turn it into a completely blacked-out room. By darkening the room, it allowed for each yogi to experience our other four senses: sound, touch, scent, taste.
Dina Lang, co-owner of the studio, arranged for the workshop to explore Pratyahara (withdrawl of the senses). Dina planned the entire experience, with thoughtful attention to the class, on what we would need to know going in and then led an all levels yoga class in complete darkness. No notes, no readings, only her guidance and her beautiful singing at the end of the yoga practice.
Dina also passed out strawberries - one for each participant of the sold out workshop. In the dark, with no sight, our other senses were heightened. The sound of our breathing and the fans. The scent of the strawberries bringing images to mind summer, light, warmth. The taste of the strawberry was heightened, too.
The sweetness, the lushness, it was almost like you could taste the red of the berry.
It was "a truly enlightening experience" as one yogi shared after the workshop ended. The relief I felt going back into the lobby, the escape back into the light, was startling to me - both the amount sunshine that awaited us and how glad I was to have my sight back. It was an opportunity to explore our perspectives, expectations, and assumptions. And frankly, to be free for a couple hours - free from any worries any yogi has ever felt about clothing being out of place, alignment not being perfect. Yoga in the Dark was an escape from the mirror, while usually a tool, and its feedback about how our poses and our bodies move in yoga. Yoga in the Dark was a beautiful opportunity to simply be on your yoga mat and feel your yoga, rather than see it. If you missed it this year, do try to catch it the next time!
The Blind Café also travels throughout the nation setting up blind dinner events and other experiences in pure darkness. Check out their website to learn more, plan to go to one of their events, and our support them. The Blind Café website.
I went into this teacher training not quite knowing what to expect. This was a diverse group of twenty people coming from very different places in life, who I now call friends.
For me the purpose was to expand my yoga practice and eventually become a teacher. I was injured for the first month of the training. As the wound healed, I learned the benefit of the Yama Ahimsa (non-violence) towards myself. I used this particular word as a mantra throughout the training when I felt impatient with the healing.
Dina Lang knows yoga, lives a Yogic lifestyle and is bursting with empathy which greatly impacted each of us on our own journey.
I have to say, I was pretty terrified of teaching my first class. So much so that I barely spoke loud enough for the first few minutes of the sequence and forgot to turn down the music when I was reading, but nobody got hurt or told me they quit yoga afterwards so I kept teaching! I took a lot from The Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita texts and apply what I learned to classes I teach.
I can visualize us sitting in the studio with the lights low, learning about our bones from Janci or rolling on the tune-up balls with Nina, giving us hands on experience, adding to the already tremendous training with poses, adjustments, alignment and release of the fascia.
Dina was often seen on the floor somewhere in the studio hand-writing the many yoga poses, purpose, contraindications and benefits of the poses she had planned for the training. After the intense retreat, full of yoga, anatomy, hugs and emotions we celebrated and graduated! The gratefulness for this training is simply too much for words.
I am currently subbing and teaching classes a week. I very much appreciate the confidence Dina had in me when it was lacking, encouraging me to find the best version of myself.
Dina Lang, RYT 500 and co-owner of Santosha Yoga, was asked to be one of 12 yogis selected to be an Ambassador for the 2015 Yogathon to support yoga programs provided by Living Yoga a non-profit in the Portland, Ore. area.
It is an honor to be an Ambassador for Living Yoga’s Yogathon.
Anything that brings awareness to the good works being done on behalf of others is only a good thing. As a culture we hear first and foremost about wrong doings, bad news, human unkindnesses and it can breed hopelessness. But there are so many good things happening all the time and I am so blessed that my job is about offering a space for loving kindness to grow and spread.
Yoga is the practice of making time to step away from some of the negative influences around us and make a choice to fill our own spaces (bodies, minds, souls) with hopefulness.
In April, my personal practice and classes I teach will be dedicated to making space, creating a solid foundation on which to cultivate peace, love, tolerance, patience and hope. The good works of Living Yoga will be at heart center as the month’s intention. I hope you will join me by dedicating your practice this April to offering hope to those who need it most. To join TEAM SANTOSHA or make a donation please visit our page at http://yogathon.living-yoga.org/yoga/teampage.asp?fundid=1911
By creating the best version of yourself on the mat, you give others permission to do the same and together we carry those best selves off the mat and into the world.
DINA & Katy