On April 8 and 9th, our celebration of togetherness continues with an extraordinary yoga festival marking the official opening of Down Under Cambridge. Our faculty of all different lineages come together in celebration of community and action. The weekend will showcase all methodologies, mingling classes, discussions, fundraisers, demonstrations, visiting guests, senior faculty, old faces and new.
On Saturday, our School of Baptiste showcases the Journey Into Power methodology. Whether you are new to Baptiste Yoga or a seasoned practitioner from the glory days of Baptiste's Boston roots, join the community in exploring the foundations of this powerful practice.
On Sunday, doors open to a world of yoga, returned friends, and yogis uniting for good. Meditations From The Mat author Rolf Gates returns to Cambridge to lead a Master Class and meditation open to festival participants. A full lineup of our Senior Teachers and faculty join together for a jam-packed day of yoga and union.
I always think of my personal emotional journey like my journey as I study poses on the mat. It started out with gross movements and big steps. Then it became more subtle. The steps weren’t so clear, the forks in the road not so visible, but now I had more tools and a trust that I was on the right path.
Within the first week of being in the Mysore room, I found a rhythm, strength and focus in my practice that I had not felt before. At the end of each practice, I was spent yet felt limber and ready to take on the day. Most importantly, it has started to give me the tools to be able to practice on my own anywhere and at anytime.
As a teacher you hold the space of Yoga which is the space of fearlessness. Freedom from fear of death, fear of life, fear of loss, fear of the other, fear of looking like a fool. Only with freedom from fear can there be love, joy and ease.
Bringing a phone into a space that is intended to be a refuge for all is a disservice to not only the practice of yoga itself, abstract as that may sound but also other students. We are all in this together.
No music, no talking. Bodies moving and breathing all contextualized by an age old process of moving energy. That the method is tried and tested and researched bolsters my faith.
The beauty of this class is that, although it is geared towards beginners, it has the potential to deepen even the most experienced yogi’s practice. On a purely physical level, working with foundations gives you a chance to check back in with your basic poses. Literally, what is the foundation of your practice?
Down Under School of Yoga has grown to become New England’s premier yoga school. Featuring three generations of teacher-to-student lineage, unparalleled credentials, all major yoga traditions, and a powerful anti-commercial platform, the quality of instruction is matched only by the studio’s warm and welcoming atmosphere and the individualized attention given to students aged 3–93.
My yoga is about acknowledging the union of all the parts; all of my darkness coupled with my ferocious light, my strength with my weakness, my grief nurtured by an unwavering belief in love, and my experiences met with the understanding that there is only more to learn.
A gentle fall