I'VE FINALLY GOT THIS KOHA YOGA THING INTO A STUDIO! it's something that has been on my mind for such a long, long time that i want to share the story... to release it from my brain and let it out into the world! here we go....
YEARS AGO, I HAD A 'ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME' EXPERIENCE in MEDITATION. I TOUCHED 'THAT SPACE' WHICH IS FORMLESS, NAMELESS. I FELT like i was being HELD AND SUPPORTED IN A CRADLE OF UNBREAKABLE PEACE AND ENDLESS JOY. IT. WAS. DIVINE.
LITERALly. CONNECTION. WITH. THE. DIVINE. 💫
THE THOUGHT THAT IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWED MY FEELING OF CONNECTION WAS THAT I WANTED MY MOTHER, MY SISTERS, MY FATHER, MY FRIENDS, MY COUSINS... EVERYONE whom I LOVE TO EXPERIENCE THIS MOMENT, this FEELING OF SUCH WHOLENESS, THE MEMORY OF WHICH WILL SUPPORT ME THROUGH THE REST OF MY LIFE.
A YEAR LATER, I HAD THE SAME FEELING AGAIN. THIS TIME WITH PSYCHEDELICS. SAME FEELING, DIFFERENT PATH. BUT AGAIN IT FELT LIKE SOMETHING SO PRECIOUS AND VALUABLE THAT I'D CALL IT ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME MOMENT. FOR THE SECOND TIME.
TWO YEARS LATER, THE ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME FEELING, BUT THIS TIME THROUGH A YIN YOGA PRACTICE. UNBREAKABLE PEACE, ENDLESS JOY, A FEELING OF COMPLETENESS AND A THOUGHT THAT I WANTED TO SHARE THIS SOMEHOW.
EXCEPT THIS TIME DIFFERED SLIGHTLY. I FELT GRATUITOUS, SPOILT. WHY DO I HAVE THIS EXPERIENCE, NOT ONCE OR TWICE, BUT THREE TIMES? HOW DO I SHARE IT?
AND THEN I THOUGHT OF ALL THE PEOPLE IN MY LIFE WHO COULD BENEFIT, REALLY THRIVE, WITH A YOGA PRACTICE IN THEIR DAILY ROUTINE. ALL OF THE PRACTICES THAT HAD BOUGHT ME TO THIS PLACE AND THIS FEELING: MEDITATION; PSYCHEDELICS; YOGA PRACTICE... THEY'RE ALL PART OF THE YOGA SYSTEM. (PSYCH'S FALL UNDER THE LEFT-HANDED PATH OF TANTRA).
THE PEOPLE WHO WERE CALLED FORTH IN MY MIND TO SHARE THIS FEELING WITH.... THEY COULD NOT AFFORD TO FLY TO INDIA TO MEDITATE FOR 10 DAYS AS I DID. THEY CAN'T TAKE A MONTH OUT OF LIFE TO STUDY YOGA IN BALI. IN FACT THE REASON THEY SPRUNG TO MIND AS THE DESERVING RECIPIENTS OF YOGA IS BECAUSE THEY'RE PEOPLE WHO ARE SQUEEZED FROM EVERY SIDE. RAISED IN POVERTY. DIDN'T FINISH SCHOOL. CHILDREN FROM A YOUNG AGE. POOR DIETS, UNHEALTHY LIFESTYLE. UNEMPLOYED. TOXIC RELATIONSHIPS. SMOKERS, DRINKERS, DRUG USERS. AND NO, I'M NOT DESCRIBING DIFFERENT GROUPS OF PEOPLE, I'M TALKING ABOUT ONE GROUP WHO HAVE ALL OF THESE FACTORS WORKING AGAINST THEM IN THEIR ONE PRECIOUS LIFE. PEOPLE THAT I KNOW AND LOVE. some of them, family. BORN INTO SUCH TOUGH CIRCUMSTANCES WITH SO LITTLE SUPPORT THAT THEY NEVER HAD A CHANCE TO THRIVE. NEVER. THEY'RE AT THE BOTTOM LOOKING UP AND A YOGA PRACTICE COULD LITERALLY TRANSFORM THEIR LIVES!
BUT HERE'S THE RUB. THEY'RE Not GOING TO WALK INTO A YOGA STUDIO AND START PRACTICING BECAUSE MOST YOGA STUDIOS DON'T LOOK LIKE A safe SPACE FOR THEM at all. YOGA, especially as it is viewed ONLINE, HAS BECOME THE DOMAIN OF SKINNY, BENDY GYMNASTS. THEse instagram PICTURES DOn'T IMPART A SEnse of healing or empowerment at all?! so how does that invite someone who's never been fit, can't afford $30-$40 a week for membership and can't touch their toes, to start? of course they won't venture into that intimidating space.
so we're bringing it to the peeps. koha yoga. pay what you can afford, just come.
we've had three classes so far with a wonderful response and we hope to do many, many more.
corban estate arts center
tuesdays at 7pm
saturdays at 9am
learn the philosophy of yoga and build a regular practice. we practice in a beautiful, neutral studio space and all are welcome. mats and blocks provided if you don't have them. our aim is that eventually you will have a solid understanding of this incredible science and a hunger for it too.
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