September Sequence – Basics for Building a Balanced Practice
I visited Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM last weekend to get a feel for the land in preparation for a retreat that I’ll be leading there next month. While only spending a couple of days, I was taken by the power and stunning beauty of the landscape. The canyons, the cliffs, the green valley floor and mystical rock formations embraced me and took me home again. Home to my love of the outdoors and how nature inspires a sense of awe and wonder deep inside us.
I wanted nothing more than to be grounded in this superlative embrace. Like the reunion of lovers after a separation, I was swept into the rugged and calling beauty. I close my eyes and it’s all I see, and my prayer: May we all be rooted in the landscape of our hearts, that is nothing unlike the natural world, the embrace of a loved one, a baby’s smile, music that transcends, or our life’s dream.
Inspired by the grounded awakening that nature gave me once again, I offer the September Sequence as an act of grounding us in our own inherent beauty. The sequence builds to Turtle Pose (kurmasana) as a peak pose and ends with the solitude of pranayama and meditation.
In class, depending on the level, I’ll be breaking poses down for deeper understanding and for getting to the intent of the pose… as each one has one. But truly and I think more importantly, our practices: postures (asana), breathing (pranayama) and meditation (dhyana) are all for being in the place of the heart.
I’ll see you there.