Yoga Journal Conference: Estes Park, CO

Yoga Journal Conference Sept 22-25 2016

Assisting Tias Little at the Yoga Journal Conference this fall in Colorado was a valuable experience in understanding how adjusting and assisting is just as communicative as teaching the class itself. The art of touch while understanding the energetics of the pose can be truly healing. While working as an assistant, I was able to observe Tias work while also being of service to students- discovering that as teachers, we are laying down the ground work for each practitioner to experience themselves. 

The following workshops and day-longs allowed for the students to first settle in energetically with meditation, take flight with arm balancing classes to experience their fire energy, and finally into deeper workshops to connect to our subtle body. 

  • The Alchemy of Silence: A one day retreat
  • Flight of the Crane
  • Getting to the Bone
  • Unleash Your Life through Nadis
  • Sky is the Limit

 The Yoga Journal Conference was a union of inspiring teachers in the mountains. Each teacher I took a class from brought a different perspective to this fruitful subject. I was finally able to take classes from teachers in distant locations: Dharma Mittra, Judith Hanson Lasater, or Kathryn Budig. Deeply appreciative of this experience. 

Yoga Teacher's Retreat led by Stacie Overby // Costa Rica . Blue Spirit

On retreat, I had the honor of being surrounded by wise women on the path.


Stacie Overby
Dharma Talk Excerpts

"Clarity is not enough. We must tend to our seed."
"Support a life that allows me to live in 'that place' as much as possible"
"Learn how to direct my being in the direction of where I want to go"
"All of the spiritual teachings are basically saying: All of your intentions should be coming from God"
"We must be at our Highest to hold space for others in their Highest... the amount of work you do on yourself determines the depth of your personal container"
"Follow your Truth. That is your Practice"
"A way to get back to my Innocence as a teacher is to get back to my Studentship"
"The 'container' grows so big  because you are so comfortable with your Flaws... as well as your Magnificence"
"Yoga is shifting Samskaras of our Old Destructive habits for New Nourishing Habits"
"All practices are : the ability to discern if our choices are motivated by outside sources or Inner Knowing."


 

Farewell San Francisco

As a few of you may have heard, I'll be moving away from San Francisco... and consequently, I will no longer be holding classes at Moxie as of February 13th. I have enjoyed the last 8 years in SF watching the city change... watching myself change. San Francisco introduced me to the practice of yoga and food culture. Here, my curiosity about our relationship to nature and learning of our own true nature began. My move to New Mexico is inspired by the ability to dive in deep with these subjects. 

My partner and I will be continuing /SHED, the dinner project we began in Marin, back to his hometown of Taos where he can return to his native roots and we can create a more permanent establishment. Along with this, I will be continuing my studies of yoga with Master Teachers Tias & Surya Little of Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, New Mexico allowing me to give deeper offerings in my teaching. 

It has been such a pleasure to teach in San Francisco and to have been a part of the Moxie community. It is an honor to be a teacher on your path of yoga. Thank you to my teachers and the  students who continued to come to class reassuring me of my path. 

As a Farewell Class, I'll be hosting a special 2 hour Advanced Practice tying together the physical practice, breath work, and meditation on SAT February 13th 5:30-7:30pm at Moxie. RESERVE your SPOT. 

 

YOGA IS...

"... a technology for arriving in this present moment.  It is a means of waking up from our spiritual amnesia, so that we can remember all that we already know. It is a way of remembering our true nature, which is essentially joyful and peaceful" - Donna Farhi 

I've been re-reading material from my second yoga training and I came across "A Return to Wholeness" by Donna Farhi. At times, I find myself get caught up in the mechanics of things- Last evening I read this passage and I remembered that the reason I practice yoga is because it's a means to return to myself. As a teacher, I am simply walking students through the same steps I know, so they too, can find that for themselves. 

L E S S I S M O R E

After several years of practicing yoga, I've learned that I can work more efficiently by simplifying. For the last 3 years, I have juggled my work in order to sustain myself in San Francisco. 

This month, I've decided to take the leap and teach yoga full time. I am excited to focus my efforts toward yoga. Guided by inspirational teachers, I look forward to advancing my personal practice  as well as delivering what I've learned through teaching. 

It will be interesting to watch my classes take on their own style and grow just as I grow as a student and teacher.