What is this Something More of Which You Speak?
I had a great time in Denver, Colorado this weekend, as usual. I have taught at Practice Yoga and Reiki School several times and it is always awesome to be there. Practice, under the direction of the wonderful and humble, Chris Muchow is a great place to study, to practice and to enjoy the company of other yogi's without any fuss, fanfare and extraneous BS. I always find my time there to be so inspiring but also so grounding because the folks who come to the workshops there seem to be so well-trained, open to learning and dedicated to the practice.
I had a chance to spend the weekend with my friend Laura who is one of my friends from college and so as great as the workshop was it was completely wonderful to be with her, her husband and family and to have a chance to unwind in the company of someone I know so well and with whom I have been friends over many seasons. There really is nothing like long-time friends.
Michelle Marchildon, another good yoga pal recently asked me to write a foreword to the second edition of her book Finding More on the Mat. She and I had a chance to discuss what are we really talking about when we say more, as yogis? (What is this more of which you speak, Michelle?" Certainly more, from a yoga perspective, isn't the more that Madison Avenue spends millions of dollars every year to convince us we need. Certainly, more in yoga is not more money, more fame, more beauty, more things, more acquisitions, etc. (And lest you think I am a renunciate or something like that, let's be very clear I do not think those things are NOT yoga I just do not think they are the point of yoga. Of course, that is another post.)
At any rate, our conversation gave me a springboard for my opening talk on Sunday which you can watch here. (Those of you who have been in workshops with Manorama will also recognize her influence in my talk.)
Like so many things in yoga, more is a bit paradoxical. So many times, we find something inside ourselves in yoga that feels like more and yet it is nothing other than who we have been all along. But having this more as our truth and realizing it, living from it being established in it are different things. So we practice to get reminded, to make the connection to our truth as it exists in potentiality within us and in the our moment-to-moment experiences.
Sunday evening Kelly and I drove over to our cabin in Buena Vista, Colorado to spend a little time in the mountains before heading back to Austin. We are living and working here this week, preparing for Asana Junkies Fall Session that starts Wednesday. I am super excited about it because I have improved upon what was already a great program and created an online resource center for the participants to use that is the best yet. Asana Junkies is an awesome and affordable program with a honor-based sliding scale, or payment tiers. However, some folks have told me that it would help them a lot if they could make payments on the tuition so if you have been on the fence about joining because of the big chunk of money due all at once, just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help distribute the tuition over a longer time period to help the program work with your budget.
Have a great day!
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