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May 04

Reclaiming Our Wild & Authentic Nature

Reclaiming Our Wild & Authentic Nature

“The Peace of Wild Things”

When despair for the world grows in me
 and I wake in the night at the least sound
 in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
 I go and lie down where the wood drake
 rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
 I come into the peace of wild things
 who do not tax their lives with forethought
 of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
 And I feel above me the day-blind stars
 waiting with their light. For a time
 I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.


May first marked the halfway point between Spring and Summer. The Celtic celebration of Beltane marks this halfway point by acknowledging the marriage of Earth and Fire, masculine and feminine ( the Hieros Gamos) to bring about the abundance of Summer. Summer is coming but now we stand in the union between two seasons and feel everything quite powerfully.  Every Spring I promise myself that this year will be different. I feel prepared to manage the rising energy of Spring with out letting my emotions spin out of control. Yet this year, like last year, I am  shocked to find myself in the tumultuous upheaval of pendulum like anger and excitement. My yogic judgement sets in as I take stock of my own unruliness. Why am I such a mess? What is wrong with me and how can I fix it? Is there some magical set of postures and mantras that will get me to a place of equilibrium? Maybe yes, but what if I take a different tack entirely? Can I see the swing of my emotions as part of my humanness instead of a shortcoming? Is it possible to befriend my wildness and call it wild and natural?   We all understand taking refuge and comfort in nature. We can go outside and feel that there is an order to all this wildness that holds the universe together in balance .  Knowing that we are also natural beings, we can rest into our awareness in an easy and nonjudgemental way and find a kind of freedom there too. We can come to know our simple wildness and our home in the family of wild creatures simply by listening, feeling, and observing the body/heart/mind. This softening and acceptance prepares us for the joy and abundance of Summer that calls to us. Now is the perfect time to go inward to create acceptance then go outside and connect to the great Mother…feel that you are at home in your body and the world…find refuge…allow for forgiveness…and get on with the playtime!

Mantra of Wild and Authentic Nature:

thank you bones
thank you breath
thank you wild mind
thank you great heart

Apr 03

Transition to Spring


Welcome to Spring time energy! This is the real New Year for me as I shake out the winter aches and tap into the rising sap of creative life force. Spring is a powerful and sometimes violent time of year. Life is explosive! Here are some thoughts on ways we can navigate the shift.

The Meridian pair for this time of year is the Liver/Gallbladder in the Chinese Medicine system.
Liver is associated with the Wood Element (Think about the stability and flexibility of a rooted tree filed with sap that can yield and respond with fluidity to outside pressure).

The Liver is called the general of the army and it governs detoxification…if the chi is imbalanced we will see a lot of frustration and anger and equally if we are marinating in anger often, we will deplete our liver chi. When our Liver chi is balanced we have smooth emotional transitions and a sense of energized ease.This is the time of year to lay off the booze and add in bitter greens and more fresh earthy foods. Our friend Lexa Keane of Sacred Circle Herbal recommends using an herbal tonic for about a week to support the liver. Yes, you can get the good stuff from her if you aren’t yet your own herbalist:) (more about Lexa and her products here!)

The postures to favor this time of year are hip openers to liberate and stir the primal energy of the second chakra and core work focusing on bandhas to direct that unbridled sexual force into refined creative energy in our lives.The Chakra most associated with this meridian pair is Manipura (the naval chakra) which governs our will. It is very important to consider your reactivity as all this energy gets moving. The force of Spring is, as I said, explosive and when circumstances block our rising pulsation we can get very aggressive. Meditating on compassion and loving kindness can temper the intensity of this season.

Remember that each season has its own beauty and that through our conscious choices we sow the seeds of our future seasons. As always, movement, meditation, inquiry, creativity, and community are central to our practice of awakening in the Mission Yoga family.


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Our Mindful Vinyasa Program will help you discover your own voice as a teacher and empower you to share your love of yoga with others. You will refine your understanding of the science and art of yoga through the study of anatomy, physiology, and philosophy. We only offer one Program a year and we limit the number of students that are accepted to our program in order to ensure a high level of personal attention and an intimate experience of transformation. You will learn to sequence, theme, and teach a purposeful alignment based flow practice, graduating with the confidence to follow your bliss.




Jul 10

Mission Yoga introduces " THE ADVANCED STUDIES PROGRAM"

As we continue another year of Mission Yoga’s mindful vinyasa teacher trainning we are excited to bring to our students the ‘Advanced Studies Program.’ The Mission Yoga Advanced Studies Program is a portion of our 2015 training program designed for those who are interested in deepening their knowledge and practice of yoga but are not interested in teaching.  It is a perfect course of study for serious students and teachers whose initial training was light in yogic philosophy. During 6 weekends over the course of 5 months, we will dive into alignment-based asana practices, study of the historical timeline and context of yoga, major yogic philosophies and texts, including some that are not covered in most teacher trainings, and practices of meditation and inquiry that help you bring the teachings of yoga into your everyday life.


Also for this months Wine And Chi Potluck as we will be having a special musical guests ContraForce joining us. Free live music, food and connection. Bring something to eat to share with the group and whatever you’d like to drink. No RSVP required, come as you are! WC3


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