Hello Dear Yogis, We have turned the corner in this pandemic, and it is a difficult corner! Now we are in summer, and the pandemic is still very much here, and the country is in upheaval. Darkness has come to light; our country’s racial shadow, corporate greed, climate change denial, is in plain sight and we are in enormous social upheaval. It is good to remember that big change only comes through chaos. We each handle this in the way we are called. More than ever we need the stabilizing energy of Yoga Practice. I am so thrilled that so many of you are receiving benefit from the classes that are on offer. The classes are growing, and I receive most heartening and appreciative emails, that energize me to continue to offer more. It seems we will be doing yoga online for a while yet. Please build your own little yoga space at home, Zoom in, practice and feel so much better! It’s really easier than driving classes.
Click here to be included on the list. My personal life has changed SO much. Chris and I are thoroughly grounded. Our Soul Gypsies Travel business is well and truly at stand-still. No more flights across the world to far-flung exotic cultures. Now we enjoy the memories, and the priceless value we received from those journeys; as well as exotic dishes that are prepared by the two of us in our little kitchen!
It has been a gift to return whole heartedly to my first love, which has always Yoga! I so hope you will join us on Zoom and try a class.
April 3rd 2020 Dear Yogis, The world has suddenly and truly changed! In the blink of an eye, we are confined to our own home shelter. A dreadful reason: the rapidly spreading deadly Covid 19 virus. Yet in spite of the global lock-down, there are extraordinary gifts to be found. It is a time to truly go inwards through reflection, pranayama, yoga practice, deep relaxation as well as meditation and prayer. I am here with excellent tools to help with anxiety, stress and depression, in a private Zoom consultation online, or by the group classes scheduled for the week. I, like many other Light workers all over the world, have been preparing many years for this time of great change. My offerings to support you in this intense transition period, are scheduled online. My home yoga garden studio has been turned into a broadcasting studio, with lights, camera and ‘action’ happening several times a week! Currently we are working with Zoom. We are investigating better platforms for future classes. This too is changing and definitely for the better! I would love to share my offering with you. The best way to stay up to date is to be on my email list. Click here to be included on the list. Currently I am sending one email a week with the following week’s program. All my love and blessings to you. We really are in this together in this time of “correction” or “reset.” Namaste Maggie
In this transformational workshop, learn a simple yet powerful pranayama that is not typically taught in yoga classes, and yet can create positive and lasting shifts in your life.
By raising Prana in the subtle bodies, this breathwork technique releases physical and emotional blocks, as well as stubborn mental constructs, and takes you into the celestial realms of Pure Awareness.
Maggie and Stella will guide you into a deeply relaxed and expanded state in a reclined position, using spoken word and evocative sacred sound, including native drum & sound bowls. Leave feeling enlightened!
***Please note: As this class involves breath retention, it is not suitable if you are pregnant, have heart disease, or you are on prescription medication to balance emotional levels.
Bring your yoga mat, or camping pad, eye pillow, blanket and bolster. (a few will be available)
Some of the reported experiences:
Release of mental, emotional and energetic blockages.
• Physical release and relaxation of areas of tension or constriction.
• Profound experiences of love, peace, and gratitude.
• Experience of expanded states of consciousness.
“Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We feel more alive. We also gain immediate access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation and healing.” Jon Kabat Zin.
Yes, everything we do in our day to day living can be intentional, conscious and done with awareness. I love this so much, and yet have to constantly laugh at myself at failing so dismally at being intentional. Does this ever happen to you? I find myself in the house, retracing my steps in the attempt to remember why I walked into this room. Surely I came here to get something, what though? Ha ha, so much for being intentional. Yet the moments when I am fully engaged in what I am doing, time does expand, the moment does become vivid and I feel so alive.
This brilliant illumination came to me not in a Himalayan temple, but in my tiny kitchen. The dreaded task of emptying the dishwasher faces me again. Ugh, gotta get ‘r done quickly so I can move on to something more fun. What if I did this intentionally? What if I took the time to place each plate, glass and piece of cutlery intentionally into its assigned place? Aha, now I am placing my world in order. There is a satisfaction about that, a warm feeling of my breathing and of being productive. This is enjoyable and I feel vividly alive. I am transformed by simply taking time, this NOW time, my real life, and doing the simple task well. I am healing my unconscious habit of hurtling forward to the next thing, totally missing this moment!
It doesn’t matter what you may use, to keep reminding yourself to stay Conscious. I have this solar powered prayer wheel on the dashboard of my car. As the sun rises it begins to turn. The Tibetan Mantra Om Mani Padme Hum are inscribed on the wheel, and while I drive, it makes a subtle turning sound.
Recently I drove behind a truck that had a variety of stickers with slogans that are counter to the slogans I might choose. For example, the Peace sign sticker had a circle with fighter bombers inside it, with the message Peace the Traditional Way – implying that force is the way. Aaaarg! I find myself in argument with the driver of the truck, who I have never met, and I discover a rising anger towards him. Then I hear the subtle turning of my prayer wheel, and see the sun shine on its golden color: Ha, now the mantra comes into my Awareness. My thoughts shift away from judgments and self-righteous ideas, back to a place of openness and freedom. As soon as I realized where my mind was taking me, what story I was telling myself, I just laughed out loud and felt immediately free!
Driving with this reminder, keeps my mental/emotional body in check. When the monkey mind wanders off down some well-worn pathway, we can be pulled back. This is of course a spiritual muscle that needs strengthening, just as much as the physical body needs that.
I got my solar powered prayer wheel in Bhutan! Saw it, and HAD to have it. I believe there are only 3 of them in our town. If your desire nature has suddenly sky-rocketed, shop at Amazon!
This is officially PANIC Day! Is a yoga teacher allowed such a day? Yes yes yes! The panic quality is giving me enough adrenaline to get things done. Like decide which clothes are allowed to come. Like tell Dorji of Topanga Bhutan shop, I am delighted to take his gifts to Thimpu, but cannot take all three jackets in my suitcase. Lovely to have him visit my home this morning with his wife. Like make sure all bills are paid on time, and ensure that the remnants of my life in Thousand Oaks stays in tact! Like checking all electronic equipment is in place.
The liminal world – between two zones, where time both speeds up and then stands still.
Must confess that too much panic means not being able to think clearly, so the lists are handy!
Word from Chaing Mai that the floods have not been too devastating. Also appears thant Bangkok is safe from the rising waters which coincided with full moon extreme tides. In gratitude!