Monday, June 13, 2011

The Fullness of Experience Comes From the Fullness of the Heart

The Summer Solstice is approaching, and the fullness of the season is everywhere I look. All the trees are full and luscious. The flowers continue to pop out of the ground with such vibrancy. Vegetable gardens are coming to life, and the some-what monochromatic wood trails I trotted down with my dog all winter long are now adorned with sparkling Mountain Laurel. How easy it is this time of year to recognize the fullness and abundance outside and all around us, but what about recognizing our inner fullness as well?

The Sanskrit word Purna means to be full; an inner fullness. In Anusara, when we Open to Grace, we open to the fullness that already exists inside our own hearts. We open to the full spectrum of possibility and potential already inside each of us. A fullness that is waiting and wanting to be recognized and engaged. Of course sometimes, maybe even most of the time, this is much easier said than done. It is easy to feel full inside when things in life are going our way. When the weather is beautiful, when we’re joyful and feeling at ease. But, what about the moments we’re not fully absorbed in the light of loving ourselves? What about when we’re in periods of suffering? Or simply just having a bad day? It is in these moments, when experiencing our inner brightness may not come as easily that practicing purna is most important. In these inevitable moments of lack we must remember purna is also the full recognition of the self. To recognize fully whatever you’re feeling inside at any given moment. What is fullness for you in this moment? What is fullness for you today? Once you’ve recognized however full you are feeling try asking, Can I make more? If you can make more inner fullness great! If you can’t today that is great too! It is recognizing the self in all of its complexities that matters most. When we allow ourselves to sit in the fullness of self-recognition, we can begin to deconstruct self-inflicted judgment and limitation, we can more easily access our own innate goodness, and the Ananda or joy that already lives inside all of us. And then, from the fullness inside we can expand out into the world and engage life more fully.

The easiest way to find our inherent fullness is to open and connect to the fullness of the breath. The breath’s nature is fundamentally full and expansive, and the best part is that it is effortless! You do not need to think or control it, just let the fullness of the breath breathe you. Let the breath make space in your physical body and in your awareness for the inner fullness that is always there, always in the space of the heart, just waiting for you to embrace and experience.

Written By Suzie Goldstein

Friday, June 3, 2011

Yoga Sanctuary's Open House & New Arrivals

So much exciting news at YS this Summer! First, a special welcome to our newest kula member Layla Grace and a welcome back to our director Sara Rose who gave birth to Layla back in February. This week both of them were back in the studio. Sara is now teaching her Friday morning class again as well as upcoming special workshops and heading up our exciting Teacher Training Program. It is so wonderful to have her inspirational teaching as the cornerstone of Yoga Sanctuary. Be sure and try to get to her class at 9:00am on Fridays - you'll be glad you did!

We are also welcoming back Sarah McAnulty who has a long history of teaching at Yoga Sanctuary. Sarah will be teaching the Level I/II class Tuesday mornings at 9:00am. She is a wonderful spirited teacher with a background in both Iyengar and Anusara yoga. We encourage you all to try her fun, invigorating classes this Summer.

Congratulations to our lovely Suzie Goldstein who is our new Yoga Advisor. Suzie will be guiding new as well as current students through the schedule and helping them find the best fit for their practice. Suzie is also a recent graduate of our YTT program and will be teaching our new YogaHour on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings. Now there is no excuse that you do not have the time to do yoga when there is always a YogaHour waiting for you!

The new Summer schedule is full of many new options such as the PowerHour with Abigail Clarke at 7:45am on Wednesday and Friday mornings - a great way to start your day. Abigail is a very creative teacher who brings a warmth and joyful approach to her classes. Her laugh is worth getting up early for! Karen Sheingold has a wonderful new class - Over Fifty which will encourage you to bring a spirited approach to your yoga practice. Join Karen on Tuesdays at 5:00pm for a thoughtful, fun and engaging class. The Summer schedule also includes all our well established classes with Amy Reed, Kendra Hodgson and janet Vecchia along with new offerings for the beginner with Lisa Leizman and Susan Elena Esquivel. Check out the new schedule in it's new easier to read format at:

Just in time for the Summer, we are pleased to introduce our monthly Memberships. Why the membership option? Over the past few years we have watched so many of our students struggle with how to use their yoga budget. Many find they have to space out the classes they attend since they only have 8 classes on their class card. The benefits of yoga can not be fully appreciated with this limitation, so we decided to offer a new way for our students to build their practice and create more abundance in their lives.

What results can you expect from regular practice? On the mat, you will find increased focus, strength and flexibility, reduced pain and stiffness, as well as healing of injuries due to biomechanical misalignments. Even more important are the off the mat benefits of overall increased vitality, clarity and well-being as well as reduced stress. These are just a few of the benefits of a regular yoga practice, the possibilities are endless.

Membership at YS equals Freedom! No more class card blues - now you can attend any class, any time. This gives you the freedom to explore and try all the wonderful teachers and classes we offer, finding more options for yourself.

This Saturday, June 4th from 12 - 5pm we are pleased to hold an Open House where you can check out all that YS has to offer. We have free yoga classes throughout the afternoon so you can get a taste of the Summer schedule. We will also have special deals on the Membership options, snacks, great deals in the boutique and as if that is not enough we have an amazing Kirtan with HuDost at 7:30pm. for more details on the Open House visit:

Join us to celebrate and make this the best Summer ever!