Archive for February, 2017


Yes to Tuesday Class, February 28th

At present, at 9:48 pm I am planning to teach class tomorrow morning! I have been out of town for three days, and just returned home to see there is certainly some snow here! But having just driven the road, I can report that there is not significant accumulation on the roads themselves. If conditions change significantly overnight, I will reevaluate in the morning, and post here on my blog, and on my phone’s voicemail message for incoming calls. It is probably good to leave a few extra minutes for your drive here, to be safe and steady with the snow that is on the ground.dendrite-snowflake_9425_600x450

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Schedule Updates

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Here is a revised schedule for the Winter Quarter; UPDATES ARE NOT YET ACCURATE ON THE GOOGLE CALENDAR!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE CHANGES FROM ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED DATES, DUE TO ERROR ON MY PART, AND CANCELLATIONS FROM THIS QUARTER. THE LISTS OF DATES REFLECT CLASSES THAT HAVE ALREADY HAPPENED, AND THOSE YET TO COME THIS QUARTER. I APPRECIATE YOUR FORBEARANCE IN THIS! PLEASE DO LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS.
Tuesday Classes, we had no class on 1/24 nor 2/7, so will be adding in 4/4 and 4/11

Wednesday Classes, we had no class on 2/8 and will add 4/5 at the end

ORIGINALLY, I WAS TAKING OFF WEEK AFTER NEXT, BUT WILL TEACH ON 2/28 AND 3/1

HERE IS A LIST OF ALL THE DATES FOR CLASSES THIS QUARTER:

TUESDAYS: JANUARY 17, 31 FEBRUARY 14, 21, 28 MARCH 7, 14, 28 APRIL 4, 11

WEDNESDAYS: JANUARY 18, 25 FEBRUARY 1, 15, 22 MARCH 1, 8, 15 and 29 APRIL 5th

 

 

 

 

 

Yes to Yoga on Wednesday 2/15!

The roads are clear enough for relatively easy passage to Turtle Haven. There is rain in the forecast that we hope will further melt the remaining snow and ice, perhaps completely by tomorrow’s class!  The county came and removed more snow today. Updates on make up classes coming soon. Thanks for your patience.p1000432

Yoga for February 14th, 2017

It has been a momentous week at Turtle Haven, with stories many of you have also been living this past week, of trees sadly breaking and falling with sound effects of wartimes, repeated needs for clearing new fallen trees from across our smaller access road, and a full time job of cancelling and rescheduling, calling PSE, Frontier, and CHS for propane, neighbors for giving and receiving help, and then pausing in the silent moments without phone or internet to “speak” with the outside world. We did then seek pockets of cell connectivity that sometimes allowed for short conversation or the lucky transmission of a text!

On a positive note, bridges were built between and among neighbors in certain instances, and we had more than basic comfort with cozy fires, delicious food in ample supply, and even a couple of hot baths. We feel a deep gratitude for our neighbor we met through this, who got our generator working…. wow, it would have been much different without that! A walk around the Turtle Haven lands reveals much destruction in the natural realms, but in the shrine circuit, we were blessed that not a single one sustained damage– did all the accumulated prayers help? One never knows, because certainly we are praying for much these days that has no easy resolution. But we are grateful for the prayerful places that will be accessible once again when the trails are cleared!

Here is the update for yoga this coming Tuesday, February 14th. It is my plan to teach the class. The road is not all clear, however. Jillian and I drove it all the way to the highway today in our Forester, which has AWD and good clearance. This was an especially mindful drive, but did not feel perilous. In theory, it will be better in a couple of days. Perhaps the most challenging element is in parking here, as we have had a neighbor do some clearing, but the usual number of spaces is somewhat reduced by snow and debris piles. If you are currently enrolled in the class, you have received an email and could communicate with other students about more helpful carpools, or driving with someone who has a better vehicle for current conditions!

I will be posting the new schedule soon. It will be an odd quarter of classes, extending into April. The Google calendar on my site is not currently accurate, but will be before long. Because I have already needed to cancel two classes, I am inclined to teach this coming Tuesday, and am hoping very much that this will be of benefit, and not cause undue stress for anyone. Yes, there was beauty in all of this; here is a photograph from Jillian’s collection.

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Class Cancelled for 2/8

Turtle Haven continues to be a challenging place at present, in terms of access! We had no power, internet or telephone today, and were blocked in by fallen trees from the night before precluding any chance of departure by vehicle. The road has rather deep snow, is very narrow, and would be a hazard for many vehicles; thus the class for 2/8 is cancelled. I will be posting updated schedule by the end of the week, to include make ups for Tuesday and Wednesday classes missed thus far this quarter. Stay tuned!P1080882

Snow Cancellation!

Turtle Haven is officially sequestered in a snow and ice laden winter blanket, that compels me to cancel class for the 7th of February. Please stay tuned for news on Wednesday’s class, which is likely to be cancelled as well.  Also check back for rescheduling of missed classes this quarter later in the week! I miss the rhythm and constancy of our times of gathering for practice, and hope that may transpire soon. If all goes well, the Tuesday class will meet next week on February 14th. Be warm, safe, and along with me, consider being in the practice of santosa, contentment, in less than optimal circumstances. The internet did not work here earlier today, but the class cancellation is also on my voicemail message. Please always check both, given the likelhood of communication challenges in the midst of inclement weather!

I received an email this week from an inspiring Bay Area yoga teacher, named David Sirgany, and share two quotes from that email:

“The likelihood that your acts of resistance cannot stop the injustice does not exempt you from acting in what you sincerely and reflectively hold to be the best interests of your community.” – Susan Sontag

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it” – Rumi

May we each continue to refine our path relating to the world, and simultaneously find our own barriers to love, that we may find a deeper surrender to that most beautiful force of love that is at the heart of life itself. And may our yoga practice guide and support us in these quests.

 

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