the invitation :

“The life you want waits inside you, the way a flower waits

inside the seed.” ~ Mark Nepo

This is an invitation to join me in practices that will ripen the seed of your being, to support your life flowering in consciousness, intention and love.

Our bodies are our temples. The living, breathing, loving worship of life happens in these temples. These temples of muscle, bone and blood, of pulse, sweat and tears, are where we live. The body is the temple of the soul.

Our bodies hold the record of our greatest hopes and efforts, our dreams and loves and pleasures as well as our pain, our disappointment, our frustrations.

That our bodies are the temples of our souls is at once beautiful and affirming as well as a responsibility. It is our responsibility to take care of this temple, to cleanse, to nourish, to revere and to purify.

Each year, I design a practice for my temple to purify it of the energies of the preceding year. This practice is for both the physical body temple as well as the conscious and subconscious gates to the temple. Body, mind and spirit are purified in this practice. Each year, I also design a practice for myself that will prepare me for the coming year, allow me to vision my coming year and ensure that I have laid down a practice that will enable me to manifest my next level of being in the world.

It has become an annual tradition for me to share my personal practice in 2 workshops. One that closes the year and one that opens the year. These workshops both stand alone in perfect integrity, should you feel called to just one of these aspects but they also work together cohesively to amplify both purification and manifestation.

I would be so very deeply honored to share these practices with you and hope that you will join me.

Purify the Temple will be on Saturday, December 30th from 2:00 – 5:00 pm at Asheville Yoga Center. This practice will be vigorous but accessible to all levels.

Ring in Love will be on Sunday, December 31st from 2:00 – 5:00 pm at Asheville Yoga Center. This workshop is gentle, co-taught with Luna Ray and live music, with a chance to sing your coming year in with love and intention.

 

what matters

“ ... love is the bridge between you and everything ....” rumi

How to make this practice real?

At the heart of our practice is the understanding that everything is connected to everything else. Beginning with our minds and continuing with our bodies, our spirits and expanding through all forms of life, all actions on earth, we are intimately connected.

As Michael Stone says, “because of the sweeping changes of the modern era – including genetic research, the telephone, the Internet, high rates of literacy, swift air travel, two-column accounting systems, and faster and faster life styles – the Iron Age worldview out of which yoga teachings began to be described and refined can only offer us a partial platform, path and set of truths. We begin in this culture at this time, so we must begin now to articulate and reenvision a yoga that is responsive to present circumstances – rooted in tradition yet adaptable and alive in contemporary times.”

To Stone’s acknowledgement of now, I would add that we need to include the travesty of climate change, the oppressive weight of racism in all forms, gender and transgender bias, the shallow and soul killing spread of consumer culture, the ever widening gulf between the “haves” and “have nots” and ecocide.

Stone goes on to say: “For too long, yoga has been mischaracterized as an inner practice without understanding the teleology of the practice. Yoga practices tune us in to reality by waking us up to the inherent transience of earthly life, the freedom that arises when wanting is relinquished, the truth that no thing is “me” or “mine,” and the basic intelligence of the mind, body, and the life that supports us. The term “yoga” connotes the basic unity & interconnectedness of all of life including the elements, the breath, the body, and the mind. The techniques of yoga – including body practices, working with the breath, and discovering the natural ease of the mind – reorient the practitioners to the very deep continuity that runs through every aspect of life until they realize that mind, body, and breath are situated in the world and not apart from worldly life in any way.”

What does it mean to have our practice intertwine with personal, social, and ecological responsibility? Where does the practice of yoga fit into a world on fire? Can we take our practice to the next level – where the fruits of the practice nourish and replenish not only ourselves but our loved ones, our community, our earth?

I think we can. I think that is what yoga is all about. I hope you’ll join me in this exploration and call to practice, not just on our mats but in all the moments of each day, with each breath we take.

This curriculum has been inspired by Michael Stone’s Yoga for a World out of Balance. I offer it knowing that we have the ability, opportunity and moral obligation to bring ourselves and our world back into balance.

Classes open to the public and offered on Mondays at 10:00 am at Asheville Yoga Center, Thursdays at 7:00 pm at Asheville Yoga Center and Fridays at 8:45 am at West Asheville Yoga Studio

9/11, 14 & 15                   The Path Unfolds

9/18, 21, 22                     Restraint in Times of Unrestraint

9/25, 28, 29                    Lack

10/2, 5, 6                        Karma : Causality

10/9, 12, 13                      Ahimsa : Nonviolence

10/16, 19, 20                   Satya : Honesty

10/23, 26, 27                   Asteya : Nonstealing

10/30, 11/2, 3                  Brahmacarya : Wise Use of Sexual Energy

11/6, 9, 10                        Aparigraha : Nonacquisitiveness

11/13, 16, 17                      Nothing is Hidden

11/20                               Jewels Shower Down

11/27, 30, 12/1                  Samadhi

 

Come or don’t come : no need to RSVP : there is always room for you, always space held with love. It is an honor & a privilege to explore this path together.

Always with so much love, Sierra

 

 

 

 

 

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Vibrate the Cosmos

 

“Vibrate the cosmos. The Cosmos shall clear the path” is the 5th of 5 sutras that Yogi Bhajan shared with us to give us strength and guidance as we move into the Age of Aquarius. The Aquarian Age is asking us to move beyond the boundaries that are created and generated from ego to a place beyond boundaries, to Infinity. This shift calls upon us to relate to our soul. By relating to our own soul, we have the ability to relate to the soul in all.

The universe seen and perceived as a well-ordered whole, implicit with a sense of harmony and flow, this is the meaning of the word cosmos. We know that the universe is energy, vibration. All of us, at one time or another, have had the experience of being in harmony with and being in disharmony with the world around us.

For us to vibrate the universe is for us to align our deepest selves with the harmony and order of the universe. In this way we will clear the path for our way forward, embodying the higher frequencies of love, compassion and kindness. The time is here and nothing less is demanded of us.

This curriculum will remind us of all that we already have that we need to call upon right now. We will work with body, mind and soul to attune ourselves to our highest destiny, in beauty and truth. Our practice sustains us, lifts us and delivers us to our best selves. Our practice longs to be truly alive, off the mat, ever present, in each breath we take, each gaze we connect to, in our words and actions.

Inspired by all the wisdom ways I have been gifted with so far, I invite you to join me. Using the timeless technology of Kundalini Yoga, the awakened knowledge of my maha teacher, Yogi Bhajan, the insight of poets, mystics, teachers and leaders, we walk together on this heart journey, the way of the true self ~ sharing the fruit of our practice in a world that hungers for the authentic sharing, the compassionate heart and the action of embodied practice.

Now is the time. We are the ones. Let’s rise together.

Offered: Mondays 10:00 am & Thursdays 7:00 pm at Asheville Yoga Center. Fridays 8:45 am at West Asheville Yoga Center.

 

Week 1: 4/24, 27, 28        Breath & Magnetic Field

Week 2: 5/1, 4, 5              Invocation of the Divine

Week 3: 5/8, 11, 12          Field of the Heart

Week 4: 5/15, 18, 19        Apana & Downward Flow

Week 5: 5/22, 25, 26        Pranic Body & Vitality

Week 6: 5/29, 6/1, 2        Forgiveness & Healing

Week 7: 6/5, 8, 9              Ignite

Week 8: 6/12, 15, 16        Goodness all over

Week 9: 6/19, 22, 23        Summer Solstice

Come or don’t come ~ no need to RSVP ~ there is always room for you, always space held with love. It is an honor & a privilege to share these teachings.

Always with so much love, Sierra

 

 

 

awake in the world : stay woke

"To conquer the unknown, you must trust"  ~Yogi Bhajan

From the alchemy of love made visible, the deep exploration of what we have to give, how we can give ~ we move. We move to the understanding that we are in fact awake and the world needs us more than ever before.

How do we stay awake? How do we keep our practice alive, on and off the mat? For our practice is not about time in temples or exotic places, nor is our practice meant to be strictly formal: on mat or cushion only.

Our practice is most alive in the company of others: streets, forests, community meetings, alleys and in action. Our practice is embodied when the nourishment we receive from movement and meditation and self-care becomes the light we shine in the world.

We are living in an incredible time of personal, social, ecological, and economic imbalance. Now is the hard transition, the gaping edge, the time of the rubber meeting the road ~ maybe even the time of do or die.

This flow is about balance in the midst of imbalance, about the essence of yoga: opening the heart ~ our own, and the heart of the world.

This curriculum will nourish, strengthen and restore us, in harmony with the transition of winter to spring. And, every bit as important, this curriculum is about bringing your practice to a deeper level by placing it at the center of your life.

In the same way that all freshwater rivers find the great salty ocean, your yoga longs to be real off the mat, to reach the hearts and souls and minds of the great sea of humanity. Your practice is longing to come alive, to be the gift that it fully is.

Inspired by all the wisdom ways I have been gifted with so far, I invite you to join me. Using the ancient technology of Kundalini Yoga, the deep knowledge of my maha teacher, Yogi Bhajan, the insight of poets, mystics, teachers and leaders, we will continue the journey of the heart, the way of the true self ~ sharing the fruit of our practice in a world that hungers for love & truth & beauty.

Now is the time. We are the ones. Let’s rise & serve in love.

Offered: Mondays 10:00 am & Thursdays 7:00 pm at Asheville Yoga Center & Fridays 8:45 am at West Asheville Yoga Center.

Week 1: 2/6, 9, 10 Stable & flow ~ the polarities

Week 2: 2/13, 16, 17 Reading the Sky

Week 3: 2/20, 23, 24 Breath & Earth

Week 4: 2/27, 3/2, 3 Anger, not closing our eyes

Week 5: 3/6, 9, 10 This is it

Week 6: 3/13, 16, 17 Quality of Flow

Week 7: 3/20, 23, 24 Realization of Intimacy

Week 8: 3/27, 30, 31 Encouragement

Week 9: 4/3, 6, 7 Turnings of the Mind

Week 10: 4/10, 13, 14 Both feet on the ground

Come or don’t come ~ no need to rsvp ~ there is always room for you, always space held with love. It is an honor & a privilege to share these teachings.

Always with so much love, Sierra