Archive for January, 2012

A Reflection from the Upanishads

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
— The Upanishads

Schedule For Next Week, January 23 through 27th

All classes will meet next week, barring unforseen circumstances, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF WEDNESDAY EVENING JANUARY 25th, BOTH 5:15 and 7:00. THE MAKE-UP FOR THIS CLASS WILL BE AFTER THE SESSION ENDS, ON MARCH28th.

Yoga In Everyday Life

My friend and yoga student John passed along this link today, which essentially invites each of us to make ethical choices through how we spend our money; have a look if you like! The foundation of yoga is in the Yamas, the Great Vow of yoga, which has the essential teaching of nonharming; we all know that we can practice yoga in our lives through our everyday choices, but information and guidance along these lines is not always clear. See if this is a useful tool for you.

BETTER WORLD SHOPPER is a site dedicated to providing people with a 
comprehensive, up-to-date, reliable account of the social and 
environmental responsibility of every company on the planet AND making 
it available in practical forms that individuals can use in their 
everyday lives. Coming out of more than 5 years of intensive research, 
this work is based on a comprehensive database of over 1000 companies 
and utilizes 25+ reliable sources of data to cover everything from the 
environment to human rights, community development to animal protection.

Hearty thanks to all of you who participated in raising funds so that others may eat, and eat well! Together we raised $1,075 dollars to disperse through these worthy organizations, which will provide benefit locally and abroad in the larger world.

Since the weather shift towards warmth is unlikely to happen in time for ease of transport, at least for some, I will resort to the final cancellation of classes for the week! This week’s January 19th class will have its make-up on the 26th.

There have been some remarkable visuals through this snow fall, and my camera battery charger has gone missing. I am left with thoughts and words. Here is a haiku:

Muting snow blanket
My soul sings, silently bright
Inner realms flame lit

Wednesday Classes At Turtle Haven

With 14 inches of snow, and predictions of more in the next two days, I am aware that Wednesday classes at Turtle Haven seem impossible! The Internet failed to work this morning until I did a thorough “dish clearing”, and given the precarious connection, I thought it best to post the cancellation for tomorrow evening’s classes. Now for some skiing from my new winter vacation home at Turtle Haven! Luka and I are headed out for an adventure. May your days bring moments of bright blanketed silence and mirth in the slowed down times of cancellations and home boundedness. Stay tuned for updates, and the phone is always another option: 360-303-3892.

Due to weather and road conditions, class will not be held at Turtle Haven on Tuesday morning; originally there would have been NO CLASS next week on Tuesday; WE WILL NOW HAVE CLASS, SO PLEASE ADJUST YOUR CALENDARS. Also, see the entry prior to this for reminders about practice sequences for a cozy practice at home!

Due to the predictions for snow accumulations, classes will be cancelled this evening at 8Petals, both at 5:15 pm and 7pm. If you would like the latest updates regarding schedule this week, continue to check back here, or call my voicemail at 303-3892. The Monday class make-up will be announced shortly, and in the meanwhile class resumes next Monday the 23rd. Consider using the Iyengar yoga sequences from the national IYNAUS site; the New York Iyengar Assocation formulated these sequences, and they are organized by level and include images in case you do not recognize the name of a particular pose! I hope you are able to enjoy the snow; Turtle Haven has been exceptionally beautiful clothed in sparkling white for the last several days!


As many of you probably know, this past Sunday, the New York Times ran a disturbing article entitled, “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body” whose subtitle was “Popped ribs, brain injuries, blinding pain. Are the healing rewards worth the risk?”  It’s a hard article to read because of the detailed injuries described, but more so because it doesn’t sound like the yoga we’ve all experienced in which Elizabeth takes great care to help us practice safely and beneficially. Oddly, there’s a particular focus on Iyengar yoga in the article (which is an excerpt from a book “The Science of Yoga: Risks and Rewards”). So you may be wondering what the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States’ response was. Elizabeth provides that below:

8 January 2012

To The New York Times
Re: “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body” by William Broad

To the Editor:

If yoga hurts, it is not yoga. A student’s overreaching ego, a teacher’s ignorance –many causes may lead to injury while doing yoga, but yoga itself cannot be blamed. Nor can B. K. S. Iyengar, who more than any figure in modern yoga has made yoga safe, accessible and transformative for all.

Many teachers and students of Iyengar Yoga were disturbed by the negative tone and outright errors in “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body” by William J. Broad. Just one example: Broad calls Roger Cole a “reformer” who advocates reducing neck bending in Shoulder Stand by lifting the shoulders on a stack of blankets. But this teaching was devised by Mr. Iyengar – Cole is simply one of many of Mr. Iyengar’s teachers who work this way. Similarly Broad writes that Mr. Iyengar does not address yoga injuries in his seminal book Light on Yoga; any reading will reveal countless instructions on how to perform poses correctly, without harm.

We urge readers to try an Iyengar Yoga class themselves. Iyengar Yoga teachers are held to the most rigorous standards. Only after years of practice and study, and close examination by senior teachers, are they certified. A Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher is a student’s guarantee of a yoga experience which is safe, progressive and personalized to their condition.

During his more than 70 years of practice and teaching, B. K. S. Iyengar has pioneered modern yoga and modern yoga therapeutics. One of his guiding principles – that yoga is for everyone – led him to develop modifications for the yoga asanas (postures) using props which allow them to be performed by practitioners of every age, fitness and skill level.

Iyengar teachers are trained to work even with students with serious limitations and injuries, to recognize when students are ready for certain asanas, and not to ask them to go beyond their readiness. Going to one’s maximum also means not going beyond one’s limits; teachers must help students understand this.

Before undertaking the practice of asana, those who pursue the eight-limbed path of yoga must first practice the guidelines of yama and niyama; first among these is ahimsa – non-violence. For a teacher, this means “do no harm.”


Christopher Beach, President
The Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States (IYNAUS)

UPDATE: The NY Times seems to be pursuing the continuing kerfuffle from the yoga article in the current “Room for Debate”. The topic is entitled : “Me, Myself and Yoga: Is Yoga for Narcissists?” You might want to read it, if only because it will make you all the gladder that you live in Bellingham and study with Elizabeth.


Greetings Yoga Friends,

This letter presents an offer to participate in an Authentic Movement class at 8Petals; Jillian is a wonderful teacher, and this form complements profoundly the inner work of “witnessing” in yoga. Let me know if I can answer any questions, as I have a strong relationship with this form in addition to yoga. Warmly, Elizabeth 

Dear Friends,

Beware! This is a rather lengthy letter!

Nearly forty years ago, Joseph Chilton Pearce wrote A Crack in the Cosmic Egg, a title that surfaces as I

gaze at this image that recently appeared on a wall at Turtle Haven.  According to Pearce and many others,

we have access to a primary consciousness on which our ego-consciousness is based. A human being can

exist in the realm of ego identity and in the realm of this ever wondrous primary process. Ego-consciousness

is individualized; to a great degree, we all collectively share in a primary, unitive mode of consciousness, what

the mystics call direct experience or what Jung calls the collective unconscious. During my twenty years of

practicing Authentic Movement, I have been blessed to access this embodied state that names and transcends

“second hand reality” comprised primarily of beliefs and projections.  This form has become the foundation of

all my relationships as well as my spiritual practice.

I last offered an authentic movement training in 2008.  Some have inquired about opportunities to more deeply and

consistently explore the practice of Authentic Movement and perhaps share it with a friend or significant

other.   As I live into the vision of creating a more accessible and sustained local practice community, I am now

prepared to initiate an Authentic Movement laboratory and witness its evolution, trusting in this practice to call those

who will be served by an integrated way…

  • to experience deep listening
  • to receive and follow the inherent wisdom of the body
  • to give creative form and expression to what one notices
  • to move awareness with sustained presence
  • to compassionately and truthfully witness Self and other
  • to embody reciprocity in relationship though mutual service
  • to access unitive states of consciousness in community

One of Authentic Movement’s central teachings is: as we more clearly see, the more clearly we, too, are seen.

It is a form that is sometimes playful, sometimes emotive, sometimes mysterious and sometimes contemplative

and often a spontaneous, simultaneous soup pot of all these states of being and more.

No previous movement experience is required.

If you are an experienced practitioner, you are welcome to share this information with men and women you

imagine are interested or would be served by experiencing what has been an integral part of your path.

Please ask them to email me to set up an informational interview.

If you have no previous experience, are curious and would like to have a conversation that contributes to greater

clarity about this discipline, please let me know.

This laboratory will be held at 8 Petals Studio, 1317 Commercial Street in downtown Bellingham

on 8 Tuesdays, 2/7, 2/21, 2/28, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 5/1 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

with a culminating longer session on Saturday, 5/12 from 1-5 p.m. at Turtle Haven Sanctuary in Deming.

The irregular rhythm is due to my previously arranged travel schedule.

If you know, in advance, you will not be able to attend any of these sessions, please contact me to discuss this.

The sliding fee for this series is $280 to $340, with payment plans or limited scholarships available as needed.

As the size of this practice group is limited, to secure a place, please send a $75 deposit or the full tuition

by January 17, payable to Jillian Froebe, 6551 Rutsatz Road, Deming, WA 98244.

The planetary call to co-create spaces and practices that contribute to the necessary shifting of consciousness is clear.

This is one of many paths.  If you are indeed moved to explore and express in this way, I welcome your presence.

Thank you for taking the time to read so many words!

With loving blessings for the New Year,


Jillian Froebe  360.319.8704

” seeker of truth…follow no path…all paths lead where…truth is here” ~ e. e. cummings 

“More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.”  A.L. Tennyson