By Jill Abelson
On a trip to India, writer/mythologist Joseph Campbell decided he wanted to meet a major guru face to face. He went to a celebrated teacher, Sri Krishna Menon. With all the difficulties, trials and tribulations in life, Campbell wanted to know why we wouldn’t at times just say “no” to the world, even if we believe everything is an expression of the divine. The guru told him, “For you and for me, the way is to say YES,” an answer that led the two men into a long conversation on the affirmation of all things. Campbell’s book The Power of Myth talks about the potential expansiveness of human consciousness. In the book, he says that we are more than we think we are. There are dimensions of our being and potential for realization and consciousness that are not included in our self concept. Our life is much deeper and broader than we conceive it to be. What we are living is but a fractional inkling of what really is within us, what gives us life, breadth, and depth.
Our classes and workshops in February echo this theme. Pete Guinosso is offering his 40 Days of Yoga to Personal Transformation, an innovative and supportive program combining yoga, meditation and diet. Teaching Yoga to Those at Risk will be offered by Hala Kouri – a training to give compassionate skills and tools to teach to students considered “at risk” due to poverty, violence, abuse or neglect. Janet Stone is back, with guest teacher Jeremy Simon, for her Assisting Intensive, aimed at teachers and advanced students interested in building a foundation of courageous, compassionate assists. All of our offerings are listed on the workshops page. We hope they help you continue to expand, explore and enjoy into the new year.