Sat, Apr 14 & Sun, Apr 15
Join us for a day of mini-workshops, classes, and conversations celebrating the diversity of our yoga offerings while supporting one of the largest humanitarian issues in our world: climate change.
We are excited to formally announce our chosen charity for our Down Under Unites Festival in April. It is our commitment to support one of the most pressing humanitarian and global issues, climate change. We will be donating 25% of the proceeds from the festival to the Cambridge-based non-profit, Union of Concerned Scientists. UCS scientists and analysts develop and implement innovative, practical solutions to some of our planet’s most pressing problems—solutions for combating global warming; developing sustainable ways to feed, power, and transport ourselves; fighting misinformation; advancing racial equity; and reducing the threat of nuclear war. Join us at the festival to support this powerful cause.
$35 gets you a weekend wristband.
Down under unites festival schedule
Down Under Voices: A Blog
Consistent work is hard (even when it involves bolsters and blankets!) but from it grows a complete and utter love of the practice, and the ability to start noticing that the body and mind respond to that effort and that individual self-attention.
I ride the breath like a wave and try to open from deep within with each exhale then lift to the top of the wave with each inhale. When my body tires during class or my mind wanders when meditating, I return to my breath. When I am in the throes of everyday life — annoyed, disappointed, frustrated — I can now choose to return to my wave, my breath.
When I was a young child, I used to try to catch that particular moment when the sky would go from daylight to darkness. I thought that if I paid close enough attention, I’d be able to see that split second when the lights went off outside. Through observation, I came to learn that shifts in the natural world happened at a much slower pace than I could discern, and I couldn’t see the sky becoming pitch black any more than I could witness the precise moment of the buds bursting in Spring or the leaves turning in Fall.
I think other medical trainees and anyone with a demanding career should embrace Ashtanga yoga as a possibility for them, even though it can seem like it doesn’t fit in with their lifestyle. The system can seem rigid, but it is well-balanced physically and lends itself to easy modification for whatever your life brings.
I decided not to waste another chance I had been given for this life. I made a decision to live differently and make every day count. Through numerous conversations with my students, I have witnessed our commonality. Many step on the mat to cope with health problems, loss of a loved one, career stresses, divorces, and other challenges.
After practicing, I generally feel as though some of my mind static has burned off, allowing me to view my life-stuff with more detachment. From the big picture vantage point it’s easier to put things in perspective and stay calm. Even huge world problems seem less paralyzing when I’m in this mindset. Ultimately, it becomes easier to see myself in others, and to act with kindness and compassion
Feldenkrais brings about change by taking the force out. By slowing down and doing small easy movements, the body teaches the brain to rewire itself. When the effort is removed, the brain can notice differences between variations of simple movements and will naturally choose the most efficient way of moving.
I discovered that asana had a way of inviting curiosity at every turn. Curiosity about sensations in the body, qualities of the breath, where the mind goes and why, how one responds to the shapes presented, to achievement, to perceived failure… there were opportunities to explore and question all of it.
This mini-sequence gets into all four sides of the hip. It's a perfect sequence for beginners and advanced practitioners alike to bring more awareness to the lower body and start to alleviate lower body tightness, while being fairly accessible as all of the poses are supine (on the back).
Whether you’ll continue with an existing yoga practice or start a new exploration, it is beneficial to consider your physical adjustments as baby grows and your body accommodates the transition.