Monthly Archives: April 2016

May Upcoming Events

IMG_4752Schedule Updates:
Tuesdays 6:30a Gentle Level 1 with Michael
Thursdays 7:30p Half Primary with Stella
Fridays 6:00a Full Primary with Linda

Series Classes:
Prenatal Yoga at Step by Step -- Westerville with Julie Carpenter Mondays 6:00p May 9 – July 25 / 10 week $149
6 Week Advanced Vinyasa with Lara Falbert Mondays 7:30p May 9 – June 13 / 6 week $75
Advanced Ashtanga at TTI with Tom Griffith Wednesdays 5:45p May 25 – June 29 / 6 week $75

Workshops:
May 1 – 31 May Commitment Challenge -- 21 or 30 Class and Team options!
May 6 Prema Hara Kirtan with Kamaniya and Keshavacharya Das
May 7 Mother & Daughter Yoga Event with Jennifer Gebhart and Julie Standish
May 8 Sekoia Mother’s Day Mini Retreat with Karine Wascher
May 14 Reiki: Natural Unfolding of a Deeper Healership with Jodi Patton
May 21 Art of Teaching: Arm Balances with Marcia Miller and Tom Griffith
May 22 Art of Teachign: Advanced Sequencing with Marcia Miller and Tom Griffith
May 20 Glowing Goddess Ayurveda: Beauty Rituals to Feel Healthy, Confident and Sexy with Jasmine Grace
May 22 Yoga for Pelotonia Fundraiser with Susan Cunningham
May 27 Glowing Goddess Ayurveda: The Beauty of Digestion with Jasmine Grace Read More…

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Spreading Suffering

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I’m going to tell you a little story. It’s a story of spreading suffering versus spreading well-being. For many years I have been practicing meditation. At some point it went from being a personal practice to part of my professional work. And, along the way I added many other pieces to what I consider my self-care puzzle—all parts of a whole that I felt were necessary for the expression of the full picture. I thought I had pretty much figured things out.

Then my professional and personal life began to grow. I changed my habit of waking up at the same time, very early, to meditate. I began to squeeze it in, usually on waking, but sometimes later in the day. As a practice, I’ve found some meditation somewhere in my day is OK, and certainly better than no meditation. Though many teachers might say otherwise, my personal experience is that, as long as meditation is a priority in my daily life, varying the time of day of my practice can work for me. The problem was that at a very stressful time in my life, I allowed it to be less of a priority. And there was the slippery slope… Read More…

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Our Hearts Are Big Enough

IMGP6019-horz_0How often we find that our work as Urban Zen practitioners hits home—in our guts and in our hearts. Today I signed my father up for hospice. He has needed a lot of help to stay alive lately though we have long abandoned any life-extending treatments.  When I met with his care team this week, I was mostly calm. I know he is near the end of his life—I’ve known that for a while.  Thankfully those of us who love him know that he is more or less ready to die and have talked about his wishes for end-of-life care.

I know that he could die at any time and, if I am honest, I am amazed that he is still here. I feel grateful to have had so much time and healing with this man and continue to learn from our relationship.  When we talked about hospice and as I type this now, I’m very grateful that he will be getting extra care AND I’m tearful and sad.  My head knows he is going to die, and I am mostly fine with it.  I believe in death—it is the closest companion of the life we live and celebrate.  These last few years have not been easy for him….and yet my heart is so sad. As I touch into the power of this sadness, I can also sense the cultural training that wants me to ignore and distract myself from anything that feels this uncomfortable. And yet, because of my years of yoga and my years of Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (UZIT)™, I also have training to be with and to feel all that is present in my life.  I can do it; I am doing it, but it is a practice—a remembering of what is important and true. Read More…

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