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Sara Agelasto

We are so lucky to have our yoga practice particularly during times of change. One of the ways we remain grounded is by adherence to the Yamas and Niyamas, one of which is Svadhyaya or self study but also includes the study of spiritual texts.  I recently began re-reading the Bhagavad Gita during a particularly tumultuous time with my family. The first chapter of the book introduces us to the protagonist, Arjuna, who must go into battle with his family.

The Gita is a mythology to which we are all meant to relate. I was able to relate Arjuna's experience to what I was going through with my immediate family, but if we broaden our perspective it can also help us to relate to our global human family. While what we are experiencing has made me feel closer to my community, others may feel that we are in competition, not trusting one another and not feeling safe amongst one another. We may feel we are going into battle.

The 2nd chapter of the Bhagavad Gita leads us towards the solution, the Yoga of Wisdom and the need for the yogi or wise one to remain equanimous....

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Practice Love and Self-Love
posted: 2/21/20
Finally, in February, we welcome the return of the light with Candlemas on Feb 1 - the midway point between the Winter Solstice & the Spring Equinox. You may have noticed an increase in energy as the days become lighter and lighter. Hopefully, you have spent some time in reflection and are starting to feel the call to begin to plant seeds to grow your vision for the New Year. And it's ok to move slowly, like the Groundhog, and return to your Winter's nest for a few more weeks. February is a great time to get organized and make plans, but it is also a time to continue to nourish...
Tim Miller in Padmasana Photo Credit: Michelle Haymoz
posted: 1/23/20
We hope you survived the New Years Celebrations relatively unscathed? So what have you learned? Not just from the holidays but from the lessons of the past year. Wintertime, the essential time of annual hibernation, is upon us and despite how our LED-powered world removes the enforcement of winter rest, we really are better served to heed her call.  The Nei Jing, the ancient Chinese Medical Text, says that “The North is the region of storing and laying by.”  The extreme cold and long winters in Northern China dictated that people of the North needed to store up as much...
Winter Solstice
posted: 12/30/19
Happy Solstice! We approach the end of this year (and Decade!) and the shortest day of the year. We then begin our return to the light from now until the Summer Solstice. For now, we rest in the stillness that the dark nights bring. Now is the time to turn inward, to rest, recover and recuperate. We will be turning the lights down low through the end of the year to spend time with friends and family to restore ourselves from a challenging year. While we are resting, the elves in our download store will be working overtime to offer you all a gift for the end of the year! Now through the end of...
Lungs are Life
posted: 12/12/19
  Here we are again at the end of what has proven for me and my family to be quite a challenging year. We are encouraged to practice renunciation as we enter the last few weeks of the year or the letting go of the results of our efforts. This is the foundation of yoga as we read Sutra I.12 in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - abhyasa vairagyabhyam tannirodhah - "Practice and detachment are the means to still the movements of consciousness." - BKS Iyengar No matter what happens. No matter what we are facing we continue to practice the path of yoga and then we surrender our efforts...
Hanuman Jack-o-Lantern Credit: Charles Wandag
posted: 11/18/19
Halloween has always been a favorite celebration of mine. I love coming up with a costume and actually creating something beautiful or scary to wear. I teach yoga this Halloween so I have had a lot of fun turning my creativity towards designing a sequence of poses that are in the Halloween theme. My sequence includes poses like Skeleton Pose, Full Moon Pose, Zombie Pose, Rabid Dog Pose, Headless Headstand Pose, Frankenstein Pose, Swarming Locusts Pose, Dead Bug Pose and of course Corpse Pose. You can see a link to the traditional names of these yoga poses here. If you have...
Dr. Steffany Moonaz in Dandasana
posted: 10/9/19
We have entered my most favorite time of year. Earth is the name that the Chinese give to the energy of late summer. Earth is the time of harvest and gathering. It is the midpoint in the cycle of life. The time when we raise a family, create a body of work, settle down, and begin to reap the rewards of our labors. Our thoughts turn to nurturing, parenting, mentoring and mothering.  Earth governs our bodies, our flesh and our ability to nourish ourselves through the foods that we eat. Earth governs our cycles - sleeping, eating and breathing. Earth energy also helps us on a mental...
Lois Steinberg in Kapotasana
posted: 8/7/19
Can we finally begin to breathe a sigh of relief? July was unbearably hot. August invites a cooling down period or at least tells us there is an end in sight! We kept visions of cool ponds, pools, rivers and oceans everywhere we went. In southwestern Virginia, we were lucky to receive plenty of rain in the spring and early summer, but now everything is dry and hot! We want to be sure to mention some news that came out this month, "For First Time Ever, Scientists Identify How Many Trees to Plant and Where to Plant Them to Stop Climate Crisis." We are very excited about this because...
posted: 6/14/19
Wow Friends! We are almost halfway through the year and there is so much to celebrate! The summer solstice is right around the corner and with it the peak growth and full blooms of all of our hard work this year. The first official day of summer is also the day that the United Nations chose to celebrate International Yoga Day! There are events happening globally. It is an opportune time to be with your community to celebrate the gifts of yoga and share those benefits with others. Our community in Virginia is offering 4 free classes in honor of International Yoga Day. The class I will teach is...
Photo Credit: Mwangi Gatheca
posted: 5/14/19
As we discussed last month, Spring not only brings with it the ability to plan and organize, as the time of year of Liver/Gallbladder Energy. But now is the time to lighten the load on these organs by consuming more of the fresh green (and sour) foods that are in season. One of the best things about these foods being in season, is that they can also be foraged and free. As long as you have access to an organic wild meadow, you can find dandelion greens, chickweed and violets everywhere you look! The taste associated with the springtime is sour, but beware as too much of this flavor can be...
Tim Miller in Padmasana
posted: 3/29/19
Happy Spring! This is always an exciting time of year. After a long winter's rest the spring flowers are beginning to bud and bloom. There is so much potential! Spring brings with it the energy of Wood in Traditional Chinese Medicine. We see this in the energy of the green shoots sprouting out of the ground. If used wisely, Liver energy is perfect for envisioning, planning and organizing. We till the ground and plant the seeds for the fruits that will come later in the year. What are your goals? What do you hope to accomplish in the coming year? And what are the steps you will take to get...

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