Archive for October, 2012

Latif Bolat: Wednesday November 7th, at 7:30 pm

Latif Bolat returns to Pickford Film Center after his warmly received performance here last year.

Latif performs as a singer and accompanies himself on the traditional Turkish stringed instrument “baglama.” Other traditional acoustic Turkish instruments which frequently accompany him include frame drum, ney flute, kanun, violin and oud. As an important part of the presentation, Turkish devotional poetry from the 13th century mystics Rumi and Yunus Emre as well as later Turkish mystic poets are also sprinkled throughout the program. In addition to spoken elaboration, slides are used to create a complete experience by providing scenes of the Turkish countryside, cities, artwork, architecture, and people. This provides a deeper understanding of the culture by combining the musical presentation with images of its origin.

Tickets for Latif Bolat’s concert at Pickford Film Center ($12/$16) are now on sale here: Purchase Tickets. The program is on Wednesday, November 7 at 7:30pm.


Last year I heard Latif, and realized that there is a good reason why so many Bhakti yoga practitioners and kirtan artists invoke Kabir and Rumi, and the Sufi poets. If you want to have a marvelous exposure to mystical traditions directly, go to the Pickford and immerse in the images, sounds and stories that Latif will bring from Turkey! If I were not teaching on wednesday I would be there in a heartbeat!

Reminder: No Classes This Week Oct. 29- Nov 2

As scheduled, there are no classes this week. Time to enrich your home practice. For inspiration go here.

Soul Collage: A Workshop




“SoulCollage® is an intuitive collage process, developed by Seena B. Frost, of self exploration and self acceptance. By creating SoulCollage® cards – each representing one aspect of your personality or Soul – you will begin to embrace the many parts of yourself, listen to their stories and discover the gifts thy have to share.”

To learn more about this workshop led by Mary Ellen Weber at Stillpoint at Beckside in Bellingham, go here or click on the image above.




All are welcome to the second of three Saturday classes that Elizabeth will be offering that focus on pranayama and meditation. Each class will have a specific philosophy theme and the one for November will be announced soon! This is an opportunity to more deeply explore some of the things we touch on in class, especially philosophy and pranayama.The class on Saturday, November 10th will be followed by a final class on Saturday, December 8th. The classes can be taken individually.
Sliding fee: $20 to $30
For more information contact Elizabeth.

Yoga in the News: Fear of Yoga

MASSENA, N.Y. — A group of parents and religious leaders in upstate New York want yoga classes out of public schools, saying the instruction violates boundaries between church and state.

Two high school teachers began using yoga last year to help students relieve stress before exams. Special education teacher Martha Duchscherer and Spanish teacher Kerry Perretta also were developing a districtwide program.

But those plans were halted after parents and others in the community complained students were being indoctrinated in Hindu rites.

To read the full article, go here.



Yogawoman playing this Saturday at the Pickford

Okay, this movie is even MORE appropriate for yogis! And is actually the one sponsored by Susan at 8Petals!



Narrated by yoga devotee Annette Bening, this documentary traces the explosion of growth of the ancient art of yoga, and how women worldwide are using the practice to not only get toned, but to also change outlooks, communities, lives and–perhaps–the world.

Yoga was brought to the west from India by a lineage of male teachers. Now there’s a generation of women who are leading the way and they’re radically changing people’s lives. From the busy streets of Manhattan to the dusty slums of Kenya, from the golden beaches of Australia Yogawoman uncovers a global phenomenon that has changed the face of yoga forever.

Showing at 6:45 on Saturday, October 20th. For tickets, go here.

5 years, 25 countries, and shot on 70mm film, Samsara illuminates the world and invites audiences to be both moved and awed by it. Deceptively complex and wholly compelling–not to mention easily the most visually stunning film you’ll see this year. From the makers of Baraka.

Samsara is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life” and the themes of the movie will be of interest to yogis. For all info, see Elizabeth’s Facebook book here.


“People who have faith in life are like swimmers who entrust themselves to a rushing river. They neither abandon themselves to its current nor try to resist it. Rather, they adjust their every movement to the watercourse, use it with purpose and skill, and enjoy the adventure.”
― David Steindl-Rast

This quarter all are welcome to three Saturday classes that Elizabeth will be offering that focus on pranayama and meditation. Each class will have a specific philosophy theme. This first two and a half hour class will invite those gathered at 8Petals that afternoon to contemplate the 5th Niyama, on the theme of Ishvara Pranidhana, which asks us to consider the meaning of “surrender” in our lives. Please read the sutras focussed on ishvara pranidhana, (Sutras 1.23, 2.1, 2.32 and 2.45) in whatever version of the Yoga Sutras you would like, and come practice community reflection, restorative yoga, and pranayama with the theme of surrender.
Sliding fee: $20 to $30
For more information contact Elizabeth.

Ravi Ravindra, physicist, theologist, philosopher and seeker will be leading a retreat on “The Heart and Purpose of Yoga” the weekend of October 12-14, kicking off with a public talk in Bellingham on Friday, October 12 and followed by two days featuring discussion, meditation, chanting and optional yoga asanas at Turtle Haven in Deming. To introduce people to Ravi, below is the beginning of an essay he wrote on the topic of “Yoga in Daily Life”, followed by a link for a pdf of the complete essay. If this speaks to you, you might consider coming to the retreat for which there are some spaces still available. For complete details about the retreat go here or talk to Elizabeth.

Yoga in Daily Life

            Renouncing all actions on Me, Mindful of your inner self,

            Without expectation and selfishness, Fight, without agitation. (BG 3:30)

                         Here Krishna invites us and enjoins us to make our daily life into a spiritual practice, a yoga.  No one can be without action.  Even if we simply lie down, doing nothing visible, we are still engaged in action. “Because no one can remain actionless even for a moment. Everyone is driven to action, helplessly indeed, by the forces of nature” (BG 3.05).  Even if the body is still, the mind is in action, associating  this with that, dreaming, desiring something, fearing something else. The question is not whether to act but how to act. Similarly, no one can avoid daily life; the question is not whether we should participate in daily life, but rather how to participate in this life we live daily.

To download the complete essay in pdf form go here.