Trust this finds you safe and perhaps even able to adapt to current circumstances. In either case, it’s times like these that force us to reframe our assumptions of “normal”, reconsider where we derive security, and reflect on our yoga practice.
Personally, meditation has always been my go-to safe-space. I can practice at any time, regardless of outer circumstances, and find refuge. It is a friend in times of plenty and in times of need.
On March 23rd, on the eve of the stay at home order, I slammed into the concrete in a bike crash and broke my left femur bone. Assessing the damage, getting to the hospital, going into surgery… it all felt so surreal and beyond my control. This is not happening to me?
Then the emotions came. At first, I held the warrior’s edge to deal with the pain and work with the medical teams. Which gave way to grief once the initial trauma subsided and I was alone in my hospital bed at 3am. Slow warm tears and a sense of loss.
It’s been a journey of reckoning. Throughout that journey, meditation has been my throughline, the port in the storm, my guiding compass and light. Bedridden, through the powers of meditation, I began to put my fragile self back together and ignite the flame of healing.
Adversity brings out many things in people, and in my case, it’s inspired me to share what I know and love best with you. Meditation. Current events make this offer even more pertinent. I hope we can all find a way to give our gifts in a time of need.
All are freely welcome. Come and reflect on our yoga practice.
Hatha Yoga Meditation Class Format:
The 35-minute class will look like this:
- Candle lighting and mantra invocation (Mahamritunjaya mantra for personal and collective healing)
- Dedicated pranayama practice
- Guided meditation
- Closing mantra (Shantipath for peace)
Taught from the serenity of my ‘yoga basement’ this class will emphasize direct practice of tantric hatha yoga meditation, more so than theory or explanation. I will provide supplemental links and resources so you can continue the practice outside of our sessions.
Yours in Peace,