by Jill Abelson
On the way to catch the ferry last weekend, in the middle of fall’s harvest, I wandered with awe through the farmers market. On display that day was the abundance of Nature, in all her glory: grapes and almonds, pears and potatoes, beets, pickles, and all kinds of fantastic gourds, pumpkins and squash. It’s an incredible sight.
The Yoga scriptures contain many references to the seeds of potential leading to an abundant, happy life. A pumpkin doesn’t appear out of nowhere. First comes the seed, then cultivation, then ripening. The sage Vasistha (for whom side plank pose is named) tells us in the Yoga Vasistha that destiny is “nonsense” — self-effort is the most important thing. What we call “destiny” is a choice we’ve exercised earlier on. That choice begins as the seed of a thought, which can blossom into abundance and generosity, negativity or scarcity, or something in between. How we cultivate and water these seeds is entirely up to us.
Realizing Abundance is Yoga Tree’s theme for November, and we have a wealth of offerings this month, including workshops with Paul Miller-Ortega, Annie Carpenter, and Yoga Tree’s Kerri Kelly. In “Nectar of Fire,” teacher and scholar Paul Miller-Ortega will take us on a journey of experiential discovery of the Tantric practices of the Heart, in a weekend-long workshop. Teachers and advanced practitioners will find abundant inspiration in Kerri Kelly’s 4-part series focusing on “Teaching with Purpose,” weaving together asana, introspection, group exercises and coaching, as we explore our motivation as teachers, uncover our purpose and authentic expression, and put it into action in the community. Thanksgiving weekend, Annie Carpenter visits Yoga Tree to share deep, subtle yoga practices that will engage all aspects of self, cultivating a curiosity to inspire personal practice AND create a safe, intelligent way to practice for the rest of your life.
As always, check the workshops page for all the details.