Please come join us on Saturday 6/29/13 from 5-7 pm for a final Vinyasa Krama workshop before I head off to travel to Vermont and New York for a few weeks.
Vinyasa Krama is defined as the linked moments in a continuous succession of change, and Sadhana is conscious spiritual practice. This two hour monthly class opens with philosophical contemplations and Sanskrit mantra then dives deep into vinyasa sequences designed for the continuing student. We close with dedicated time for pranayama to steady the breath and mind, and then settle in for silent meditation.
This workshop is at Shakti House and is $20. To sign up, please click here.
This week this is where you can find me:
9:30am Hatha Flow The Peoples Yoga NE
8:15am Meditation, 9am Vinyasa 2 and 5:30pm Restorative Yoga Union
9:30am Hatha Flow Peoples NE and 4pm Vinyasa 2 Yoga Union
See you there!
It’s an ordinary rainy Tuesday afternoon, and I’m reflecting on our time in Portland since our travels across India. I’ve returned to my weekly classes, monthly workshops and also just completed co-directing Yoga Union’s Teacher Training program. Stepping back into my teaching schedule has been both inspiring and challenging. I have not felt well since landing back in Portland and am doing the work to understand why this is the case. Most days have felt like climbing up a mountain, even within the simple life I share with my sweetheart David.
In order to ensure my health and practice take priority, I am making some changes to my teaching schedule. These changes are a work in progress and I truly don’t know how all of this will unfold. I am doing my best to be clear with myself about my health and how I can continue to teach in a way that is both healing and sustainable. It’s always good to sit with things. It’s also important to make necessary moves.
So, this is what is on deck for the coming months. On May 29th I will teach my last Slow Vinyasa class at the Shakti House and I intend to continue teaching workshops at this beautiful space, including the Taeden Fundraiser posted below. On June 1st, I’m thrilled to be co-teaching with Chris Calarco during the closing celebration for Living Yoga’s Yogathon. That same evening, I’ll lead the monthly Vinyasa Krama Sadhana practice at Shakti House. For the month of June, my weekly classes will be at Yoga Union and I will be stepping in to sub a few classes around town. Please follow this blog to stay updated on where to find me.
In the beginning of July, David and I head to Vermont to assist cooking for my teacher Manorama’s Satsang Retreat. We are really looking forward to this time in the country, and are considering Vermont as a potential place to live. Again, another unknown. I remember after my health diagnosis, Manorama told me “Anything that brings you closer to the unknown is in your favor,” and I am slowly seeing how this is true.
In light of all of this, I keep remembering that it is perfectly acceptable to say ‘I don’t know.’ Why do we even pretend to have the answers? I say lean close to the mystery and observe how things continue to shift. Take breaths that expand you with kindness and do something useful with the days you have…
Thank you all for staying close.
With love and curiosity,
Please join me for this special fundraising class for super-kitty Taeden!
This will be a steady, sweet 2-hour asana and meditation practice to help raise money for kitty Taeden’s medical bills. Taeden is a six month old feline friend of Kat O’Toole, and in mid-April got his leg caught and broke his femur. The medical bills were almost $3000 to get him on the mend, and he is doing fabulous. Suggested donation is $15.00 but more or less is accepted. 100% of proceeds will go towards paying Taeden’s medical bills.
Please contact Shakti House at 503-972-2929 to RSVP for the class – please bring cash or check to the studio the night of the class.
We regret to notify everyone that the Yoga, Ayurveda, and Vedic Astrology Retreat that William, Mauri, and myself had planned at the Oregon House this June has been cancelled. The Oregon House was sold to a new owner, who will be doing renovations for the next few months. We decided to cancel this trip for the time being. We wish Melita, the former owner of Oregon House, the best of luck and are excited to see how this beautiful retreat center will transform.