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Karen is a yogini, writer, student, teacher and meditator. She founded Garden Street School of Yoga in 2000. Karen lives with her husband Chris. They have two amazing sons, Eli and Leo (both of them young men).

Mar 1, 2012

The Thread of Yoga

This weekend at Garden street we are hosting a workshop which Christina Sell will be teaching. 

I have been marveling at the enrollment. The workshop is completely full of practitioners, all of whom  (with a couple of exceptions) have done an Immersion (aka Beauty School) at Garden Street at some point during the last 9 years.  I think it is amazing and auspicious that we have so many dedicated practitioners in our local kula.  These are people who have invested their minds, hearts, time and money into Yoga so deeply that they have been willing to spend a year doing an Immersion (many of them more than one Immersion - many of them an Advanced Immersion) all in order to strengthen their connection to the wisdom teachings and practices of Yoga.

These are people who know how to catch the slender thread of what's most important and to not let go of that thread  - in spite of obstacles and distractions and a multitude of challenging life circumstances.

It is going to be a good weekend - a coming together of a strong community of practitioners who have a firm hold on that thread of radiance and remembrance that is truly the essence of Yoga, to practice together - to be in Good company together ("warm had to warm hand") and in that simple, local and embodied way  to reweave the fabric and stitch up the frayed edges of Yoga after these last few weeks of media storm.

The Way It Is

There’s a thread you follow. It goes among
things that change.  But it doesn’t change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can’t get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.
You don’t ever let go of the thread.

~ William Stafford ~

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