Experiencing Svarupa, the Sanskrit word which can be defined as “one’s own true form”, “the transcendental form”, “the real identity”, is at core of this three day all inclusive retreat.
Through yoga practice, ritual and contemplation in beautiful nature, nurturing expressive arts experiences and heart connecting group exercises, you will be guided to experiencing your true form, as you nourish your essential nature and reconnect with the true shape of your…
Yoga and several other eastern philosophies are built around the concept of the wheel of karma and samskara.
Karma is action. Samskara is the imprint of the action: the unresolvedness of the action.
POTHOLES, a metaphor
Where I grew up there were still a few dirt roads left. I'd often see in these dirt roads these strings of potholes, decreasing in size. As I looked at them I deduced which was the initial pothole, the first and largest - it's cause unknown,…
Leaving class the other day I overheard something both beautiful and curious. A student who was leaving the class I just taught said to someone who hadn't, something like "I want to go home and have a good cry." The other person (I'll call them "Chris") said "I know, I always feel like that after his class, that's why i stopped going."
I posted this as my FB status and got a lot of interesting responses, which has had me sit down and think about it. These are my thoughts,…
An introduction will be led by Steve Bearman, PhD, the founder and facilitator of Interchange this Monday (September 12th) at 7pm. The evening will be a gathering of people getting to know each other and learning about Interchange. It will also be a chance for us to meet and chat if I haven’t seen you in a while, it'll be awesome :)
Details: September 12th (Monday) 7pm 1808 Addison St. Berkeley, CA 94703 (map) cell: (415)…
I've been meeting with a group called the Center for World Spirituality.
What's exciting to me about them is that they seem to be creating a place for Spirituality to blossom independent of religion. For people to foster their connection to spirit rather than their connection to a place or system of worship.
Which has me question what spirit actually is. So I call on some powerful teachings...
I sometimes think of yoga as the practice of exploring the nearly impossible.
All these crazy postures: they seem impossible, but someone has achieved them, so that means they actually ARE possible. One of my first big conceptual breakthroughs in my yoga practice was replacing "can't" with "haven't" when referring to my abilities both on and off the mat. "Can't" means to me that it is outside of my abilities, now and forevermore. "Haven't" implies that it just hasn't happened… Continue
MY garage is full of things that either don't belong in the main space of the house, or that I don't use very often: Clothes that are too big for my kids, camping equipment, an old stereo I'm keeping for backup, out of season clothes, [kids clothyou get the idea. Sometimes when I go to put things there the shelves are full, but I don't have time to rearrange things, and I put things on the floor until I have a chance to clean the garage.
Every so often I go down there and spend a day… Continue
I will be sharing this quote with you all this evening:
Bless us with your honest beauty and ugly glory.We're not here for fakes. We're here for the real you. So, let 'er rip. Wide open. Wider still. Because if you never let yourself fly free, messy and raw and real, you're withholding sustenance from the universe. Yes, sustenance. You. Believe it or not, the universe gets off on you. No matter what you're doing or not doing. If you're holding tight, not being you, keeping yourself… Continue
I took a training this past weekend for workshop leaders to improve the workshops and retreats I'm leading, and during the intensive weekend, when we were talking about marketing, he asked what people get from my workshop, and I shared in front of the group that it was about intimacy, and he said vehemently that NOBODY WANTS THAT.
I couldn't believe my ears. Doesn't everyone want intimacy? Yes, of course they do, on the inside, but most people associate intimacy and vulnerability… Continue
First, allow the yoga to still the body and the mind, to open you to receiving. Then, be circled, or support another through their Journey. Witness the magic of circling that gives people their spark back. It is like the broom that uncovers the damp, decaying bits that have been preventing the spark from igniting into a fire. Everyone has a spark. Some have lost the flame. Some have flames that have dimmed. Sometimes, the flame need a little extra kindle to be ignited. Sometimes, the embers… Continue