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Garden of Gethsemane Yoga

This is my favorite time of the Ecumenical year.  I love the real, scared and tender Jesus we see and hear in the garden of Gethsemane.  His questioning of “Why me?” is a familiar one to us as humans.  In this season I am reminded of this very personal question.  Not only am I reminded, but I find the gratitude and the humility in the question “Why me?”  Why did God choose this yoga ministry for me?  This is a ministry of helping people keep the temple of their body strong and sacred, and to keep clear and pure the offerings of love and devotion at the altar of our hearts.

As Jesus takes his human-ness, feajesus-in-gethsemane1r and reluctance to God in the Garden of Gethsemane, so too, will we take our journey into our hearts and onto our mats to discover “Why me?” What is our duty in this life? As a Christian am I keeping up with who God created in me? What is our calling?  We all share in this very human moment that Jesus had in the hours before his ultimate offering of love.

By searching our hearts and bodies through the practice of yoga we find the Lord’s answers coming straight from our hearts. I am so honored to share this with the members of First Church of Christ, Congregational UCC in Middletown, CT.  This is my love offering to the God in you.  Join me in this quiet all levels yoga class to find the edge of God’s purpose for you.

Jesus meditating

I will be offering this class for six weeks on Sunday evenings beginning February 22 at 6:00pm – 7:30.  All levels are welcome and encouraged.  Wear modest, loose, comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat and a towel. The class will be 90 minutes of a Classical Hatha Yoga Practice; deep breathing, sun salutations and asana (postures) followed at the end by a deep relaxation practice called Yoga Nidra. Bring a blanket, sweatshirt and warm socks for deep relaxation.

Living Yoga Retreat

I wanted to post a little reminder about my dear teacher’s Yoga by the Sea retreat coming up on June 28th, 2014 at the Mercy Center in Madison CT.  Divya Jyoti DiFazio has been teaching yoga in Middletown for years, however it is her tireless work with the Atma-Vidya Ashram children’s orphanage that continues to amaze me.  Every year she has many events, but this retreat is the BIG fundraiser for the orphanage.  I taught a couple of years ago at the retreat and it was such a lovely day, but last year I missed it because I was at a teacher training at the Sivananda Ashram. So I am looking forward to attending and teaching this year!

Divya asked me to do the early morning advanced pranayama (breathing/cleansing practice) followed by silent meditation, as well as an Inversion workshop!!! WOOHOO!


Don’t worry – we won’t be doing the headstands on the rocks in Madison, we will be inside although I couldn’t resist this great picture of Mariah doing a headstand on the rocky shores of Maine.

Divya had no idea that beginning last month I had given myself the personal challenge of practicing my handstand every day.  What a challenge! But is has been fun, and the whole family has been in on it. I can say my handstand is up to about 1.5 seconds…yes, you read that right. A vast improvement over collapsing on myself. So don’t be scared, we won’t all be jumping up into handstands but we will explore some of the more common inversions during this workshop – I will have all sorts of little goodies for you to add to your inversion toolboxes.


So save the date, June 28th at the Mercy Center in Madison.  You can reach Divya at 860-613-0373 for more registration details.  It does sell out quick, so don’t procrastinate!