The news in the past few weeks has been downright scary. Many of us feel helpless and/or angry.
One of my friends recently shared a YouTube video called Run, Hide, Fight or something like that. It is a public service video put together by the Carmel Police Department and gives advice on what to do in the event of a shooting in a public place. The video aims at helpfulness, but I found it deeply disturbing. It reminded me of the Duck-and-Cover civil defense films from the Cold War. Shown in elementary schools and in the theatre in the 1950s, Duck-and-Cover advised our parents (then children) to hide under their school desks in the event of a nuclear strike.
We later learned that taking cover under your school desk is completely absurd. Running and hiding is probably good advice in the event of a public shooting. But the need for such an instructional video is contrary to everything I believe in. I believe that people are fundamentally good.
If you’re reading this blog post, you probably feel the same way. This is why we need more yoga – and especially right now. In the face of frightening world events, we need to love globally and act locally. Very locally. As locally as possible: within our own hearts, minds, and bodies.
To use “Do more yoga” as a rallying cry might raise as much ire as the recent “God isn’t fixing this” Daily News cover. But seriously, do more yoga! Think of it as your oxygen mask. When you fly on an airplane, the flight attendant instructs you to put your oxygen mask on first, before helping anyone else. It makes sense. If you run out of oxygen, you wont be able to help anyone else with their oxygen mask.
Practice more yoga in order to gain more and better access to your heart. If yoga was to have a goal, that goal in the Tantric view is gaining a direct experience of the goodness (or the divine, or God, or Allah, or the Universe) that resides within you. Once you tap into that good oxygen within yourself, you’ll be better equipped to help those you care about and those you don’t even know do the same.
Here’s a new playlist…YES!
Kayaking on the lake (kayaks provided!)
Join me this August 21st-23rd for a light-hearted, spirited yoga retreat. Get in touch with your forever fun and youthful inner self at the Jouvence (“youth” in French) retreat center. Located near Magog, Quebec on a 194-acre site on the shores of Lake Stukely in Mont-Orford National Park, Jouvence is a great place to rejuvenate and reconnect to your fun, youthful self. With lots of outdoor activities, gourmet food, friends and yoga classes, this is a wonderful way to celebrate life and enjoy one of the last weekends of summer.
Quiet walks around the retreat center included. :-)
4-6pm Arrive and check-in
9-noon Yoga (with coffee break and snacks)
Noon-3pm Lunch & Free Time
3-6pm Yoga (with coffee break and snacks)
9-noon Yoga (with coffee break and snacks)
Noon-12:30 Pack up room
12:30-3pm Lunch & Free Time
3pm-5pm Extra Free Time (optional to stay at Jouvence and use facilities, swim, kayak until dinner)
COST (includes yoga, lodging, food, and access to outdoor activities):
$434 + Quebec Tax (3 or more in room)
$464 + Quebec Tax (double occupancy)
$524 + Quebec Tax (single occupancy)
REGISTER HERE – http://www.johnmcconnellyoga.com/retreats/
The students who are in my yoga teacher training program are graduating this weekend…YEA! As celebration, they are teaching shared classes all day on Sunday. I really hope you can make it. These are great teachers, and great people..below is the information at it.
Free Yoga Classes will be taught by the 2014-2015 Graduating Class of the UVM Yoga School.
Celebrate with the graduating students and find out more about next years Yoga Teacher Training.
Classes starting at 10am – Open to the community!!!
Location: UVM Campus Recreation Studio
Class 1 from 10:00am-11:15am
Class 2 from 11:30am-12:45pm
Class 3 from 1:00pm-2:00pm
Q &A Session for YTT 2015/2016:
Class 4 from 2:45pm-4:00pm
Class 5 from 4:15pm-5:30pm
Class 6 from 5:45pm-6:45pm
Class 1: Adam, Chelsea, Grace, Emma, Natasha
Class 2: Ada, Shannon, Paula, Emina, Lily
Class 3: Cydney, Kathryn, Paul, LaVerne
Class 4: Andrea, Deonne, Brenna, Eli, Eileen
Class 5: Chad, Autumn, Alex, Kate, Jackie
Class 6: Jess, Katie, Danielle, Jane
So…took me a while, but I’m finally getting playlists on Spotify. My Spotify name is “jmcyoga”, if you wanted to follow my playlists.
Here’s the first one from the great Fabulous Fridays! last Friday night. Yea Music!!!
Next Fabulous Fridays! is coming on April 17th @ ArtsRiot. The theme is Spring Into It.
Hope you can make it for this good time doing yoga with friends. This will be the last Fabulous Fridays until at least July, and maybe September…so, come on by and celebrate the coming of Spring!!