Archive | October, 2012

We Are All Broke!! SAN FRANCISCO

31 Oct

Knowing San Francisco well, I understand that there are classes all over the city that are donation based, less than $10 or even free. But these are the ones that I found links to. Most of them are in Studios, so the amenities of studios go along with it. And, most are suggested donation of $10. San Francisco is expensive, yoga teachers are broke too!

Here is the list!
Monday
7 am, 10 am, 12 pm, 4:30 pm, 6 pm, 7:30 pm, 9 pm, Yoga to the People, suggested donation $10
7 am, 6 pm, 7:30 pm, Sun Room ,Sliding Scale $10-$20
9 am, 12 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:15 pm, 8 pm, Urban Flow, Accepts what is given, suggested sliding scale of $12 to $22
2:30 pm, Laughing Lotus, Donation to a different non-profit each month, $1 minimum

Tuesday
7 am, 12 pm, 2:30 pm, 6 pm (bilingual), Sun Room, Sliding Scale $10-$20
9 am, 12 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:15 pm, 8 pm, Urban Flow, Accepts what is given, suggested sliding scale of $12 to $22
10 am, 12 pm, 4:30 pm, 6 pm, 7:30 pm, 9 pm, Yoga to the People, suggested donation $10
2:30 pm, Laughing Lotus, Donation to a different non-profit each month, $1 minimum
6:15 pm Yoga on the Labyrinth, Suggested donation $10
6:30 pm, Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco, Donation

Wednesday
7 am, 10 am, 12 pm, 4:30 pm, 6 pm, 7:30 pm, 9 pm, Yoga to the People, suggested donation $10
7 am, 2:30 pm, Sun Room, Sliding Scale $10-$20
9 am, 12 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:15 pm, 8 pm, Urban Flow, Accepts what is given, suggested sliding scale of $12 to $22
2:30 pm, Laughing Lotus, Donation to a different non-profit each month, $1 minimum
7 pm, Yoga Mob, Donation based

Thursday
7 am, 12 pm, 1:30 pm, 4:30 pm, Sun Room, Sliding Scale $10-$20
9 am, 12 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:15 pm, 8 pm, Urban Flow, Accepts what is given suggested sliding scale of $12 to $22
9:30 am, Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco, Donation
10 am, 12 pm, 4:30 pm, 6 pm, 7:30 pm, 9 pm, Yoga to the People, suggested donation $10
2:30 pm, Laughing Lotus, Donation to a different non-profit each month, $1 minimum

Friday
7 am, 10 am, 12 pm, 4:30 pm, 6 pm, 7:30 pm, Yoga to the People, Suggested Donation $10
7 am, 12:30 pm, 4:15 pm, 6 pm, Sun Room, Sliding Scale $10-$20
9 am, 12 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:15 pm, 8 pm, Urban Flow, Accepts what is given, suggested sliding scale of $12 to $22
2:30 pm, Laughing Lotus, Donation to a different non-profit each month, $1 minimum

Saturday
8 am, Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco, Donation
9 am, 11:30 am. 4:30 pm, 6:15 pm, Urban Flow, Accepts what is given, suggested sliding scale of $12 to $22
10 am, 12 pm, 5 pm, Yoga to the People, suggested donation $10

Sunday
9 am, 11:30 am. 4:30 pm, 6:15 pm, Urban Flow, Accepts what is given, suggested sliding scale of $12 to $22
12 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm & 8:30 pm (candle-lit), Yoga to the People, Suggested Donation $10
8:30 pm, Sun Room, Sliding Scale $10-$20

If you don’t see your class comment and I’ll add it.

Otherwise, get your butt to a class and be better for your homies!

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Political Yogi

29 Oct


Image Credit: Dieder Ruef

Know all objects to be impermanent

Let not their contact blind you

Resolve again and again to be aware

Of the Self that is permanent.

-T. Krishnamacharya

I was a political junky for years. I worked for both the cities of Chicago and San Francisco. Very left leaning municipalities, they served my progressive spirit to a t. Spending more time now with my family and in my studies, I’ve found that my political passion has waned some. Not because I no longer find it important to support progress in my city, country, or world but because the coverage of politics is too much like reality TV.

I love heated debates, perceived difference, quick witticism and pointed arguments. Some days I live for them. What I can’t get over right now is how our media seems to be embracing this as politics.

From where I see it, we are all in this together. What happens to you is also happening to me. It may not happen today, I may have a few more dollars in my pocket or some additional comfort in my walk from public transport to my home. I may even have better healthcare or options for elderly support. The thing is, at some point, I will be affected by my disregard for you or my attitude that you alone are responsible for your circumstances.

We are a system, democracy (not capitalism) is built on the idea that we all get a say in how things work and how our system shakes out. For me it is working from a collective idea of what is good for us all. It’s hard to totally parallel with the idea of the eternal Self, since we are still talking about humanity, but in there is the idea of recognizing the suffering of all as the suffering of one, and in turn the solution for one as the solutions for all.

As a youth what I loved about out political system was that those on opposite sides of the aisle worked together, they compromised and made slow change based on what was often good for a larger majority. What I see today is both parties marginalized, trying to make policy that serves them singularly and others that they perceive to be like them.

Here, in our humanness, we all have the same fears and anxieties, our politicians play on those enabling us to more effectively demonize the people we see as not like us. In the end, we all go back to the same place; this is just a moment in eternity.

We can choose to work together, make things happen or we can let people play us into thinking that our shells should determine how we treat each other.  I’m giving up the political drama, but I am still a junky for democracy. A junky for people working together to support a larger human family, for making this a space that will lessen the physical suffering of generations to come, or for an opportunity to develop a place and practice to learn about the Self: individual, collective and eternal.

How are you playing out your politics?

Easy Like Sunday Morning

28 Oct

Image Credit: Zazzle.com

Flow on Saraswati, you rad chic, you awesome totem for the arts and knowledge for using both logic and creativity.

When I teach class that focuses on the energy of Saraswati it is grounded and ascending, contracted while reaching, and deep while remaining light. What I love about her is that she is the essence of the middle, beautiful and brainy, crabby and cordial. Saraswati represents the ability to use your creativity in a constructive way, because you have taken the time to build a solid foundation.

You are able to flow, change your perspective mid-stream, open up to what the universe has to offer. Jodorowsky says in Psychomagic, “The active imagination is key to expanded vision. It allows us to envision a life according to points of view other than our own, to think and sense things from different perspectives. This is true freedom: to be capable of leaving ourselves, crossing the boundaries of our little world to open the universe.”

Flow on Saraswati, paintbrush pusher, dance dealer, radical revolutionary and transformative teacher.

We are all broke! EAST BAY

26 Oct

With a little internet research and elbow grease, I found multiple classes a day that meet the Yoga for the Masses criteria, awesome, fun, and less than $10.

No excuses, get your butt to a class, take some deep breathes and be better for your homies.

Mondays

7 am Square One, $6 Emeryville
10 am, 12pm, 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:30pm, Yoga to the People, donation Berkeley
6:15 pm, Lake Merritt Community Yoga/Yoga for the Masses, $5-$10 Oakland
6:30 pm, East Bay Community Yoga (Starline Social Club), $5-$15 Oakland

Tuesdays

7 am, Square one, $6 Emeryville
10 am, 12pm, 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:30pm, Yoga to the People, donation Berkeley
4:30 pm, Yoga Kula, donation Berkeley

Wednesday

7 am Square one, $6 Emeryville
10 am, 12pm, 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:30pm, Yoga to the People, donation Berkeley
9:15 pm, Flying Yoga, donation Oakland

Thursday

7 am Square one, $6 Emeryville
10 am, 12pm, 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:30pm, Yoga to the People, donation Berkeley
4:30 pm, Yoga Kula, donation Berkeley
6 pm, West Oakland Yoga, $10 Oakland
6:30 pm, East Bay Community Yoga (Temescal Arts Center), donation Oakland

Fridays

7 am Square one, $6 Emeryville
9 am Adeline Yoga, $5-$15 Oakland
10 am, 12pm, 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:30pm, Yoga to the People, donation Berkeley

Saturday

10am, 12pm, 5pm, Yoga to the People, donation Berkeley

Sunday

11 am, Lake Merritt Yoga, donation Oakland
12pm, 5pm, 7pm (candle-lit!), Yoga to the People, donation Berkeley
6 pm, Yoga Kula, $8 to $16 Berkeley
Please pass this on and post a link. I have had so many questions about low cost yoga, let people know it’s out there.

Rock on Hanuman

24 Oct

Image Credit: Sbuone

There’s this cat named Hanuman. He is by far one of my favorite Hindu deities. He is this amazing monkey, full of devotion and strength and power. But he forgets who he is. In a dramatic moment, where Ram must find Sita, and she is over miles of water, everyone convinces Hanuman to jump from the mainland to this island named Lanka. Being so humble Hanuman is dumfounded. Not realizing he is a god and sure that he is jumping to his death, he takes the leap. And makes it, from shore to shore. In that leap Hanuman remembers who he is, the son of gods, full of power, made stronger by devotion.

Hanuman is amazing. This story reminds me that we all forget things that are deep and integral to who we are. Sometimes, it happens because we are distracted, or it might happen because we form relationship patterns with someone that encourages to bury parts of ourselves. But using the leap of faith, we literally can rediscover ourselves. The amazing parts, the dark parts, the shining glittery parts.

Jump. See how far you can go.

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Reading a Body

23 Oct

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Over the last month a lot has happened in my life. I have had some very tough times in my relationship. I have been searching for new clients and new ways of integrating yoga into the fabric of my life. I have been reading the sutras and meditating, finding new sources of inspiration and new ways to commit myself to daily practice. I have also had several inspiring visitors, each bringing their own gifts to challenge my assumptions or support my inquiries.

When my friend Megan was visiting from Chicago we took several classes together and she also came to one of mine. Megan gave me some incredible feedback about teaching, as she always does.

Quick aside. Megan and I have taught together for years—writing, quilting, faculty development, civic engagement, service learning—now we are developing a writing and yoga curriculum that we hope to debut next summer in a weekend workshop for people a lot like us, writers, artists, eaters, question askers, knowledge acquirers.

Megan doesn’t do hand stands. We all have our reasons for not doing things, and they are typically VERY complex. I will not go into all the reasons she won’t but in my class I challenged her to. And, she did. While we were debriefing in the evening over wine and risotto, she gave me some very interesting insight to why she decided to give it a try.

“You believed I could, so I did.”

So, um, can you explain that a little bit more, Megan?  What she went on to describe was the same feeling we all have. We tell our teachers, oh, I have this problem or this limitation, and then we have permission to not push ourselves. By telling them the limitation it some how exempts us from having to try. What is interesting about my relationship with Megan is that I have known her for decades, so I get that she has a bad back, separated stomach muscles from child birth, and an internal struggle with her waist size and scale number. But I also can read her. I know when she is faking it. I know when she can push and it won’t hurt her. I can read when her mouth is saying something that her body doesn’t believe. In that way, I can also ignore what her mouth says, and since she trusts me, can guide her gently to give her body the challenge that it’s seeking. Then later over wine, as we always do, we can deconstruct why we push each other. Megan did an L-shape hand-stand. Harder, I think, in many ways than a traditional handstand. And, she held it, with her feet planted on the wall, her weight pushing into her hands. Megan took the time to adjust her shoulders and pull in her navel. She took time to read her body and get a new perspective.

What I didn’t take away in the moment was what I learned at dinner that night. This is how I teach, how I have always taught. Whether it is Megan, Mary or Sue. I don’t always listen to what the mouth is telling me, but rather read the body. It’s how I get MFA students to trust their performance personas or encourage yogis to try something new. I am honest with their bodies about what is ok and that you can always come back tomorrow. I give them permission to say no or to fail and I am there to teach them how to trust themselves, the vehicle changes, the message–the same.

And, that is MY big lesson, in learning to read myself, I am open to reading others. Reading and listening.

Thanks. Megan. Now let’s move fast.

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