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2:23 pm

What do you remember about your first yoga class?



How much I hated savasna and how I thought I was hot shit for getting my rump to the floor in half pigeon, but then the teacher came around and gently showed me I was all wrong and, with good alignment, was actually a good ways from the ground. ~ Naomi

I was worried about keeping my bodily functions in check. hee hee. also. it was quiet and challenging. ~ Kate

I don't remember my first yoga class--I started at home. I think the first must have been at a temple in Nairobi, Kenya, and thinking this is not like the book... but feeling grateful to see and connect with another part of the city and its people I wouldn't've otherwise. I thank my grandmother for taking me--it was her book that first got me trying yoga, in Kenya.  ~ Koa

My first yoga class was at a Bikram studio in Denver. I remember sweating like crazy during class then eating an entire Chipotle burrito afterwards! ~ Heather

I remember feeling like I was HOME! ~ Sharon

Forgetting to breathe! :) ~ Mara

The teacher threatened to separate me and my best friend. We were 16 and giggling. It was Bikram. ~ Katie


Being instructed to keep my bum and belly soft.  Ouch for the lumbars!  Oh, how times have changed ~ Susu

My first yoga class was a Chicago Park District community class. I loved how it challenged my brain and body to communicate and work together. And I remember being SO excited to go back for the next class! ~ Olivia

I remember being so tired and blissed out that I had a hard time signing out of the studio! I think I spelt my name wrong. ~ Allissa

I cried during Savasana. I knew this was powerful stuff and I had to learn more. Nine years later I completed by 200 hour RYT. ~ Donna

About 28 years ago my first yoga 'class' was via a book (I still have it) and after going through all the postures i wrote this on one of the pages: "This is hard! Be careful"  Which is probably why i now cue correct alignment like a fiend. ~ Jaromey

I was a sleep-deprived freshman in college, just 18 years old (23 years ago!). I remember falling asleep in savasana and being startled awake when class was over. ~ Jen

I remember the Yoga Room in Berkeley and the fabulous Richard Rosen.  I remember it was hard and that I couldn't stand up from Prasarita Padottanasana.  I remember laughing at myself. ~ Lisa

I was surprised that I had to take my shoes off & kept them close...  Everyone was laying on pillows (bolsters) and I worried that I was showing up for some weird adult nap time. ~ Kristen

Feeling really awkward about wearing spandex in public! ~ Lissy

It was a very dedicated Iyengar class. I was thinking “When are they going to let me move; oh my gosh I have so much to do!” ~Kristina

I fell asleep in savasana and was totally relaxed even though the class was in a gym and weights were clanking. ~ Theresa


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4:37 pm

MEDITATIONS BEFORE KADDISH


MEDITATIONS BEFORE KADDISH

When I die give what’s left of me away
to children and old men that wait to die.
And if you need to cry,
cry for your brother walking the street beside you.
And when you need me, put your arms around anyone
and give them what you need to give me.

I want to leave you something,
something better than words or sounds.
Look for me in the people I’ve known or loved,
and if you cannot give me away,
at least let me live in your eyes and not your mind.

You can love me best by letting hands touch hands,
and by letting go of children that need to be free.
Love doesn’t die, people do.
So, when all that’s left of me is love,
give me away.

MISHKAN T’FILAH

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5:05 pm

Summer Solstice Yoga with Jennie Cramer


“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.” -Joseph Campbell

The dance of the Earth around the Sun is the steady rhythm around which life revolves. The blooming of flowers, the buzz of the bees, the mating and birthing rituals of Nature's creatures, are all tied inextricably to the movement of Earth around the Sun. For humans, something happened in evolution when we rose up on two legs and our consciousness evolved beyond the automatic pulsations of Nature. From this departure came opportunities to make decisions about what we "want" as individuals, beyond just the need to reproduce and pass on our genetics to a new generation. From this evolution came incredible potential as well as the inherent human struggle for joy and peace of mind and heart. For me personally, the farther I allow myself to depart from the inherent rhythms of Nature, intertwined deeply into the strands of my oldest DNA, the greater that struggle becomes. Each of us can find greater steadiness and ease in our world when we honor our inherent connection the rhythms of Nature and sync ourselves with the energies of the seasons.

For me, this means creating a yoga practice that ties my bodily rhythms to the world around me. A sunrise practice is different than a sunset practice. A full moon practice is different from the new moon. A summer practice is different from winter. Each year, in rhythm with the seasons, we can reset and reclaim our natural rhythms as we celebrate the season to come.

To honor the coming summer, please join me in my home garden for a very special summer solstice yoga practice. We will celebrate the energy of the sun, the gift of long days and starry nights, and the growth of the fruits of the Earth and fruits within each of us. We will practice together on Monday, June 20th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. just as the sun reaches the highest position in our sky. Pre-registration is required and the address will be sent to attendees only. Suggested donation of $5-$20.

Register here

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4:30 pm

What books are you reading? What yoga or meditation books would you recommend?


Our instructors answer:

"Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles" by Gabrielle Bernstein and "The Journey Within by Radhanath Swami" ~ Mara

"Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert and rotating through the yoga anatomy books by Ray Long (our library is a great resource!)~Theresa

"Light on Yoga" by B.K.S. Iyengar. There are always new poses that I discover in the chapters. It also inspires me to keep challenging myself in my practice by giving me a fresh viewpoint, or a new way of moving through a pose. ~ Sydni

"Talks with Ramana Maharshi"... such inspiring words towards true happiness ~Jaromey

Tantra Illuminated & Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World. I recommend The Yogi's Roadmap by Bhavani Maki ~Kristen

I just finished a novel: "A Thousand Saints", and started the nonfiction book "Salt: A World History". Next up is "Great Tide Rising" by local Corvallis writer Kathleen Dean Moore. Ashtanga must-reads: "Guruji: A Portrait of Sri K. Patthabhi Jois Through the Eyes of his Students", edited by Guy Donahaye and Eddie Stern and a new book by my teacher Kevin Kimple and local professor Stuart Sarbacker: "The Eight Limbs of Yoga: A Handbook for Living Yoga Philosophy."  ~Lissy

"The Pacific Crest Trail: Northern California" (a guidebook on the PCT).  I recently finished a great book titled "Training in Compassion" by Norman Fischer.  He is a Zen Buddhist and this book is his reflections on the lojong slogans, a traditional Tibetan Buddhist practice for cultivating compassion.  Poetry I am reading right now includes a slim volume of Rumi poems titled Night & Sleep, lovingly loaned to me by one of my students. ~ Irene

I am reading:  "Alone: 4,000 mile search for Belonging". By Brian Heron.  (My Brian).  Facing many losses in a short period of time, Brian set off to visit all the significant places in his life.  On his bike.  It's awesome. ~ Sharon
 
I'm reading the "Story of the Human Body" and "Temporary Autonomous Zones."  Neither is literally yogic, but both are very Yogic. My all time favorite meditation book is "Being Peace" by Thich Nhat Hanh. ~ Lisa

"The Kiss of the Yogini" by David Gordon White ~Angie

"12 Years a Slave" and "Crime and Punishment" ... I'd love a recommendation to lighten this load! ~ Koa

"Teaching People, Not Poses" by Jay Fields. I also enjoy my monthly subscription to Yoga Journal magazine. ~ Olivia

I just ordered "Leaving my Father's House" by Marion Woodman and "The Redemption of the Feminine Erotic Soul" by Rachel Hillel.  I just finished "Tuesdays with Morrie"... and I've got at least another handful that I'm paging through, including "The Mind's Own Physician: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama on the Healing Power of Meditation" ~ Kate G.

Reading: "There is no App for Happiness by Max Strom" (amazing yoga & breath teacher). Recommend: "Meditations from the Mat by Rolf Gates" & "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz ~ Katie Z.

I'm reading "Rising Strong" by Brene Brown. ~ Rachel B

 

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