Friends and yoga-lovers: The summer is heating up! Let’s capture the heat and let it burn away what’s left of the detritus in our bodies, hearts, minds, and souls. Join me Tuesday through Friday this week for a yoga marathon of yurt-a-licious yoga at TLC Farm. Check my yoga page for up to date class times and more information.
The flower is opening wide to the possibilities and opportunities under this nourishing summer sun. This past cycle of the moon has revealed deep wisdom and promise for my path moving forward as I captured the magic of the Bloom Festival gathering and ventured through a two-week yoga teacher training. In my contemplations, Bloom Festival served as a prayer for fertility of creation in the lives of all who participated. The following yoga immersion training activated the transformation of that creative expression into a new form.
The Blooming process exemplified my creative patterns. I allowed for an expansive fullness of the Bloom vision to emerge until I held a Universe of beautiful and inspiring ideas and possibilities in my mind. My third eye, thoroughly activated, struggled to transmit the information to the throat to organize the information and communicate it too my lower chakras and the world.
This manifested in my experience as dwelling upon strategies of how to manifest various projects and sometimes refraining from reaching out for guidance. My heart held onto the vision in its overly nurturing way that didn’t leave much room for the death of the less vital projects. My power center built up tension as I strived to complete all of the tasks with the minimal amount of outside support… Until a week before the Festival.
The buzz was growing louder and everything was speeding up. I insisted that TLC Farm must be decorated with 40 hand-painted plywood flowers and critters.
Once again, I had imagined and set into motion more processes than I could manage alone. Memories of the TLC Farm 2013 Holiday Party fluttered through my mind. This isn’t inherently a bad thing, but I definitely learned lessons: Balance and rhythm.
Future endeavors will be aimed at honing my time management skills and balancing my desire to create with other needs such as flow/sustainability of process and preserving energy at the end of the race to connect with those who come to participate in the resulting experience.
On Festival day I had organized my time down to the minute, utilizing the gracious helping hands that arrived to beautify and prepare. A special thanks to Lianne (my Mom!), Larissa, Joseph, Landon, Sage, and others who helped to pull things together at the last minute. I raced around decorating and organizing until I collapsed.
loving faces celebrating and sharing in community.
My final project was at 7pm when I climbed into the East Gate Altar Nest and serenaded my friends and family.
The overall outcome was pleasing and heart-warming with the exception of not having as much energy to socialize as I would have liked (for those of you looking for more information about the festival, visit the Tryon Life Community Farm website and Facebook page).
After a few days of recuperation I began yoga teacher training. Wren at the Lotus Seed, a nonprofit organization with a beautiful heart, hosted 10 brave yogis and yoginis in an intensive exploration of the history, philosophy and practice of yoga in ancient times through modern times. From 8am to 8pm every day, we met, meditated, practiced yoga and learned together in an intimate, dynamic environment. We even spent a day at TLC Farm hiking through the woods, sharing a sauna and yoga jamming in the yurt. Emerging from the training, I felt enlivened and inspired, seeing the many ways that yoga can be used to help deepen ones connection to themselves and the oneness of the world.
Now how to apply it? For the last year I have been developing the concept of Awakening Creatives, the intention of supporting people on their paths towards self-actualization through an integral approach. At first the vision came through BIG as a image of a physical public space to support a culture practicing integral lifestyles (honoring the wholeness of being; mind, body, soul and heart as an example of one model). I imagined a cafe-type space with collaborative and private creation spaces nestled amidst a yoga/movement arts studio with a public front offering creative counseling and professional support from a variety of holistic practitioners. #Complexity!
Once the opportunity arose to move into Cedar Moon Intentional Community at TLC Farm, the vision hibernated through a period of more private self-study and grounding into the physical realities of living a balanced and integrated lifestyle. As a Gemini, I often soar for too long on the winds of my imagination. I struggled through a confusing winter as I connected with my many dreams and desires which competed with my finite manifestation energy.
I was moved to create a map of quests and challenges, organizing my priorities and necessary tasks to complete various goals. For the first time I could visually conceptualize the nature and amplitude of energy I was exchanging with the universe. Through this challenge I deepened my understanding of my own patterns of moving creative energy through me and into the world.
After pursuing multitudinous paths of creation and developing my relationships with art, music, and land tending, yoga came bursting back onto the stage of my heart as the spirit that beckoned my attention. Not only was it a system for deepening wisdom, but provided a road map for living integrally. At last! I had a structure for integrating the teachings of ancient philosophers with fresh unfoldings. The threshold to the deepest creative potential is another breath closer. I am hungry for more experience and to be a spearhead in bringing yoga to TLC Farm. Most importantly, I have a focus and a practice I can proudly devote my whole being to.
With roots of profound purpose abound, I am proud to announce that beginning in September I will be holding regular yoga practice space in the yurt at TLC Farm. There are some other surprises cooking as well. Stay tuned on the website or visit my yoga page to find upcoming classes and workshops. I am so excited to be offering yoga to Cascadia and am more than willing to travel to give my offering. Don’t hesitate to call or email to set something up! In the coming months I will be posting more about yoga, my evolving perspective and adventures in weaving the threads of this emerging tapestry that is Awakening Creatives among us. Your feedback and support throughout this process is deeply appreciated and encouraged.
Thank you and blessings on your journey