Winter Solstice

We are famished, starved for light. We are ravenous, with tables covered in food. We are of little faith, less hope. Yet hands reach out, gifts are at the door. We are consumed by connective technology, yet we cannot be intimate. We stand at the longest, darkest night in the Northern Hemisphere. What is to see us through? For our ancestors, Winter Solstice was a season of death. It was a time when fire-it’s warmth and light, were necessary for survival. Today, many are dying through lack of light, loss of spirit and faith. Yes, also through lack of food and warmth; and not through lack of food. Rather, it is an inability to be deeply nourished. We are starved for soul food.

The world we have known is dying. Much of it needs to die. A hard new world is being born, and like all births, it is painful. There is no turning back. In this long dark night of the soul, the assessments, prerogatives, and assumptions we have lived by, are no longer. One by one we ask ourselves, what sort of birth am I willing to undergo to deliver a new-world-baby? How much love do I have to offer it? What is the great work of this child? How/what shall I teach it? When this darkness ends, and it will, what sort of nourishment will I pass on for this life to embody? How do I bear witness to this dark time? What vulnerability can be cultivated now?

To that dying work we must surrender a worn, outmoded consciousness grown from darkness, festered in fear and resentment. If we hunger for light, we must be the light. If we are starving, we must be the ones who forage for what nourishes. If we are without hope to see this long night through, we must reach out to those who can, those who embody hope though no reason exists. These are the creators, the survivors, the battered warriors who have failed, struggled, failed again, then walked through their despair to remain love-resilient.

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

Dec 21st~5:15~ Level I-II~Subbed by the Fabulous Jen Cooper

7:00 PM~Level II-III Subbed by the lovely Corey Halaby. Laughing Dog Yoga, 159 Linden st. Wellesley.

 Dec. 24 No 8:30 Sat. Morning at Blue Lotus Yoga, 945 Great Plain Ave. Needham. We meet again on Sat. 31st to close down 2016!

Note: Your Holiday Collection bowl for ‘Humanity Crew Org.’ raised $378.00 for refugee ground relief. Nice going, my friends. Every bit helps.

 

Astrology and Yoga of Transformation

Hang Tough! Dream Big! Jan. 17-24

By the Inauguration, Neptune’s charismatic glow will lie over everything. As has been the case all along, this emperor remains impossible to pin down. He is a spin- doctor of the highest water, and our job will be to plow through Neptune’s illusions and show up time and again for reality. It will not be easy because we are emotionally at trigger points. Finding a clear path through the miasma of uncertainty requires some degree of review and revamp, but try not to get mired in old messes. Yes, we need to heal the world. Yes, clarity is hard to come by. How do we take first steps to clear up the intolerance, indifference, and lack of education?

Thursday, Mars is moving to square Saturn, which can be a challenge. It can also sustain an unrelenting power. Because Saturn also squares Chiron, the wounded healer, the challenges may be those we fear, those that hold wounding. As this election peaks and we see clearly the president we now have, shades of JFK’s famous line appear again: the question is what can I do to provide a better world for myself, my children, strangers mired in poverty, refugees mired in survival? For this is MY job. I can no longer pretend that the work will be done by my government. Nor do I wish to turn my life and dreams over to the new emperor. Mars squaring Saturn may be just the antidote.

Jupiter may also provide a clarion call to this battle. He is in Libra where we want to be fair, graceful and harmonious. But Jupiter opposes Eris, the Warrior Goddess, who is ready to do battle at all times. Creating dialog with these opposites is helpful. What also helps is an objective view point. With the Sun entering Aquarius on Thursday, we shall move toward that clear-eyed thinking. It’s true, Aquarian energy does not shirk from a fight, but it also looks to the future to see what will help mankind. Many of our great rebellious leaders have Aquarian energy that thinks and acts outside the box.

Your Practice This Week: Act upon the future you want. Shrug off the inertia of despair, stand your mat and dig into power poses. Challenge yourself with: Parsva Bakasana/Side Crow; One of the many forms of Eka Pada Koundinyasa/One Leg over the elbow, the other somewhere in space; Kapinjalasa/Raindrop Drinking Bird Pose. I leave that to your imagination. But whatever you do-Dream Big! Don’t give up on the tough poses, or your path. They are inextricably woven together, just as all of us are who dream a better world.

Your Birthday Week: You are a ‘cuspal body’- straddling two diametrically different energies. You may come up against the restraints of your Capricorn directives with the Mars pushing you to shift gears. You may fill your Aquarian freedom fighter being controlled by outside sources. Never easy for you. But, I trust you will prevail for we count on you to lead the next successful revolt. Hang tough! Dream Big!

SCHEDULE   Hope to see you all in classes this week as I will be gone 1/22-2/22

Wed. Jan. 18th, 5:15 pm level I-II & 7:00 pm~ level II-III classes~ The high prana continues to float boats this week.   Laughing Dog Yoga, 159 Linden, Wellesley.

Thurs. Jan. 19, 8:30 AM~ Pilates mat. The Studio at One Edson rd, Natick

Sat. Jan. 21, 8:30 ~Intermediate Vinyasa Flow. Blue Lotus Yoga, 945 Great Plain Ave. Needham.

Upcoming~ Boston March Jan 21. Here’s the link: Check it out. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-womens-march-for-america-tickets-29650185503 Let’s go! Arm in arm, singing our songs, showing up for our rights, our life, our freedom. No better way to toast the New. Hallelujah -See you there! I will set up a meeting spot in town and send out ideas for a song list that everyone can join. Send me your ideas as well…think Selma, early folk, civil rights, old timey church sounds, the Beatles. What gives us courage? What makes us happy? What declares us free agents? What sings our souls?

European Workshops~ Winter 2017

Shakti Yoga Dances Provence 1/29

Madrid Teacher Training-Shakti Yoga Dances 2/4-5

Shakti at the International Congreso de Yoga, Valencia 2/12

Bikram Yoga, Weekend Taller de Shakti, Valencia- 2/18-19

If interested see International workshops at: shaktidances.com &   dailybreathjournal.com