Introducing skYoga Sangha

April 2020, New York City.

 

Dear Friends,

It has been over a month since my city shut down. So many have lost so much. Here and everywhere, there has been confusion, anxiety, and grief. While I feel tremendous gratitude to be safe and healthy and sheltering in a secure home, none of us are untouched by the suffering and dramatic changes. I hope that you are finding your way.

 

 

In recent years I have often said that Home Practice saved my life. While that has been true in this crisis as well, it has taken me a little while to re-find that practice and be ready to teach again. I hesitated from jumping onto the Zoom/Vimeo bandwagon. These wonderful classes are blossoming everywhere, and although at first it was great to drop in on teachers that I don’t normally get to “see,” within days I resisted being tethered to a screen any more than I already was.

I was wondering how to teach in a way that felt authentic to my own practice. And then finally, one day last week (and it was literally after banging my head against the wall, but that’s a story for another time), I reached deep down into my roots as an oral historian and realized that the way I wanted to share yoga right now was via audio!

 

 

Skeptical?

I understand. But think of it as the difference between radio (or podcasts) and television. The purity of listening has a capacity to lead us into a state of mindfulness that is quite unique. Whether you use earbuds or a speaker, audio-only guidance encourages deep concentration, pratyahara (softening of the senses inwards), and a better possibility of exploring the poses as a loving conversation with your own mind and body, rather than a mirroring or emulating of someone else’s. At the same time, with these recordings, you are not alone. Practicing in this way is, in fact, intimate. I create these classes directly from my own practice and my own experience and without fancy equipment. My hope is that you feel accompanied and guided, almost like we are together in the same space.

 

 

The careful practice instructions (that I will keep refining!) are an invitation to listen, not just to me, but to the details of your experience with curious and compassionate attention. Befriending yourself in this way will, I strongly believe, help build the resilience you need to live in our current world with grace and generosity.

And I’ll totally admit it, this is a bit of an experiment, both for you and for me. But if not now, when?

 

 

Since the city’s closure, I have been so touched by students reaching out because you missed our classes together, as well as by those just wanting to say hello. You inspired me to conceive of this new way of teaching as a way of expanding community (sangha). To get a sense of what I mean by that, you can read about the April classes here. The selection will grow each month, and change as we do.

Are you ready to give it a try? I’m guessing you have questions! I think you will find the answers to many of them on the skYoga Sangha FAQ page, but please do not hesitate to reach out to me with requests, responses, and feedback. I want to hear from you!

 

 

The Buddha taught that everything we need to fully awaken is available through the experience of living in a human body with a human mind. I hope that these practices will help you feel that.

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