Ultimately, as I reflect, the greatest obstacles I have faced in life have molded me in to the person I am. Injuries have made me a clearer and safer teacher, times of financial hardship have given me insight into the value of money and empathy toward others who struggle with it, experience both first and second-hand with depression has gifted me with the ability to hold space for myself and others at their lowest. Moving to a new land where I do not speak the language or understand the cultural nuances gives me a small glimpse into what it feels like to be invisible or powerless. It has also given me a greater appreciation for the ways in which I am incredibly privileged. When I offer gratitude to my challenges, when I meet my "enemies" with thankfulness and compassion, it transforms me. Even if the person or situation is not changed at all, I am. How I see and feel and taste hardship changes. And, in my limited but real experience, it makes a profound difference.Read More
Tonglen reverses the usual logic of avoiding suffering and seeking pleasure. In the process we become liberated from very ancient patterns of selfishness. We begin to feel love for both ourselves and others; we begin to take care of ourselves and others. Tonglen awakens our compassion and introduces us to a far bigger view of reality.Read More
Yoga that crosses lineages and includes music from DJs = amazing. Add a significant and worthy cause = unforgettable.
Over $1,000 dollars raised for Japan and we spanned the scope of Anusara, Vinyasa, a little YogaWorks method and incorporated Buddhist Tonglen and Metta practices… Amazing.
Thanks to Yogaworks for hosting and organizing. To Julie and Elizabeth for co-teaching… And Carson and Nikolai for an amazing music experience.
From Pema Chodron, this practice allows us to focus on the pain and suffering of others, to transform it, and by doing so transform ourselves.
This is dedicated to Zoe. She is going through a painful and difficult mastectomy today. We send all of our love and good energy.