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From the Ground Up
14 June 2018

From the Ground Up
14 June 2018

From the Ground Up

Hello from Santa Fe, dear ones! Today marks the last day of the first session of my immersion out here in beautiful Santa Fe, at Prajna Yoga. It's been a very full week, and very hot here. My daily life is somewhat monastic: early to rise, meditate, 8 hours of learning/yoga/meditation/sangha, home to transcribe notes, shower, eat, sleep. (OK, also the occasional netflix fix for comic and psychological relief). I don't have a lot of time or space to get into the nitty gritty, but I will say it is a wonderful opportunity to study yoga "From the Ground Up", the aptly named "session one" of the program. This means our group is a combination of brand new, bright-eyed yoga instructors in training, and old farts like me who have been teaching a long time but hunger for a re-boot; and everything in between. The basic idea behind this first session is to understand the practice from the ground—literally, from our feet, and then map the myofascial sheaths from toe to tip. We began with the lateral sheath (side body), then dorsal sheath (back body), then ventral sheath (front), and finally core sheath (deeply interior structures and anterior spine). Part of our exploration includes a daily Dharma talk where we are exploring Vipassana and its correlation with the practice of yoga asana, pranayama, etc. Lots of rich territory in all of it, and Tias Little is a most skilled and sophisticated teacher. I can't tell you how fortunate I feel to be here, learning from he and Surya both. Tomorrow Surya will do a full day on yoga and women's health, and the next 2 days will be Sanskrit and work with the Yoga Sutras, and then our next full session, Session Two, begins Monday: The Fluid Body. I'm soaking it all in (and then sweating it all out) and it's just so luxurious to be a student. But I also miss UVY and my husband and my home and all of you. Sending love, Leslie


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The building itself was renovated to be energy efficient, and the room is moderately heated in cooler seasons to promote a good, healthy sweat, but not heated to an excessive or wasteful degree. There are cubbies in our large office to store your personal belongings, a spacious changing room, a comfy sofa and a water cooler (please bring a water bottle to fill, to cut down on paper cup usage). Two nice, clean bathrooms are located just down the hall. There are also cubbies in the studio itself for valuables, which students are welcome to use. We have a full lending library of yoga books, and encourage students to borrow freely. Gift certificates are available for purchase in any amount.

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Please do not wear perfume or any strong scent

People with allergies can be very sensitive to scent. Also, lots of people sweating in a closed space is less stinky than lots of people all wearing different brands of perfume or deodorant.

Wear comfortable clothing

Not so tight it binds, not so loose it gets in your way. And please do not wear clothes that “gap” and are inappropriately revealing.

Practice on an empty stomach

If possible, don’t eat at least three hours before practice. If you know that this isn’t possible for you, eat easily digested food one hour before class.

No food or outside beverages inside the studio

If necessary, bottled water is okay, but remember we are trying to generate internal heat; constant sipping cools the body. After practice, drink plenty of pure water.

Bring your own mat

Shared mats are not hygienic; you may borrow one from us if one is available, until you are able to purchase your own, but please clean it afterward with the mat wipes provided. Please understand mats may be borrowed on a first come basis….we have only a few to borrow, and do occasionally run out of them.

Keep your eyes on your own practice

The practice is richer when it happens from the inside out. It’s not about comparing yourself with the person next to you. Be present with your own experience.

Be kind and loving to yourself

Rest when you need to. Honor where you are in your practice. Use the energy of those around to inspire, not diminish, you. Remember: you are perfect just as you are now, and yoga is meant to enhance that understanding and let that perfection shine. Have fun!

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