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Mar 15th

Ommm Healing Journeys- Observe

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I walk my dog every day.  Okay almost every day. Most of the time I listen to a podcast.  I generally feel like I’m aware of my surroundings while I walk. Every now and then, though, my sight is lost in my thoughts.  My eyes don’t catch the new patch of moss because they see some imagined future or some moment already spent instead.

Today I just wanted to observe the now.  However it was. I know, I’m just walking my dog on the path I take almost every day.  But today I made a deliberate choice to stay with my senses and open them to anything that captures them along the way.  My expectations weren’t grand. What grand things could I observe walking the sidewalks of regular old suburbia?

Well, first there was this blue.  It was crisp, like the chill in the air. There was a light snowfall overnight.  Scattered patches of tiny snowflakes blew across the surface of the street like smoke.  Then like tiny whirlwinds as a car passed by.

A group of turkey vultures rode a rising stream of air over the treetops in the distance.  There was a faint smell of woodsmoke and frost. When I turned down the hill, the sun made our shadows long in front of us and made tiny sparkles of the snow it touched.  My dog found a branch with rolls of peeling bark that looked like an ancient scroll. He dropped it back down on the sidewalk, next to a tiny curl of chickweed peeking from a crack.

I heard the birds singing.  A song I haven’t heard in a while.  It was light and playful. I scanned the trees for the birds but they were too far away to see who sung.  So I closed my eyes and gave my ears to them. The sunlight seemed to dance across my eyelids and I enjoyed the concert until a blue jay called an intermission.  I opened my eyes to swaying branches weaving through the blue, leaves beginning to bud on every tip.

 

What did I observe?  

This morning I observed promise.  In the blue, in the sun, in the air, in the trees.  In the bird’s song and in the vulture’s circle. I felt the Earth’s quickening. The pulse of its rhythm.   It was much deeper than the promise of spring. It was promise itself. The force that moves us into spring after each winter, into day after each night, into the light from a buried seed.  The drive behind all that is possible. It was out there today. I suspect it is out there everyday in some form or another. In our own nature too. Just waiting for our kind attention and loving consideration.

“If you inquire deeply enough into anything, you will arrive at the revelation that you the observer are intricately bound with that which you observe. At higher levels of frequency, you begin to enter the holistic domain of synthesis in which all phenomena are increasingly seen to affect each other. At a certain stage, the Gift of Inquiry must always lead you back into your Self.” – Richard Rudd, Gene Keys

 

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Feb 28th

Pose of the Month – Warrior ll

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Virabhadrasana (veer-uh-buh-DRAHS-uh-nuh) – Warrior II

Virabhadra is the name of a tall, dark and fierce deity, depicted with a thousand arms, flaming hair and eyes, and wearing a garland of skulls. She represents patience and persistence. Practicing this pose helps to build strength, stability and stamina in the body and the mind. Find your gaze, set your intention and ride the waves of your breath to find your flow in this most peaceful warrior pose.  (more…)

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Feb 28th

Yogi of the Month – Meet Will!

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I have dabbled in yoga, mostly at home. With growing physical tightness and the stress from years of business ownership it became clear that I needed more than weight lifting or an occasional vacation. I also wanted to add some regular meditation practice but being a physical/busy type I found sitting still challenging if not annoying.The first time I walked into the cafe at Nourishing Storm, I sensed an obvious feeling of community and then taking classes at all levels, whether I spoke to anyone or not, there was a feeling of non competitive and supportive camaraderie. After practicing for months, I feel stretched physically and mentally and I find myself craving a class and especially the stillness of meditation afterwards. I love being part of this community!  – Will

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Feb 28th

Yogi (Staff) of the Month

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How did you find yoga?

I found yoga in the midst of dealing with a lot of divorce drama between my parents. Being a support system for both of them, I felt like the weight of the world was on my shoulders. My time spent on my mat and in class lessened that weight little by little.

How long have you practiced?

About 4 years

How long have you worked for NS?

I started working in the cafe as an ambassador in June 2017 and quickly dove into my teacher training the following September. I’ve stuck around ever since, and you’ll often see me behind the cafe or teaching classes!

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Feb 12th

Yogi (Staff) of the Month- Nancy

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How did you find yoga?

Yoga found me during a time of devastating loss. I intentionally sought out yoga as a means of healing and in looking for a studio I found NS. What came next was a transformative yoga practice, a community, a means of not just surviving, but finding beauty, grace and lots of inspiration! I feel like NS has allowed me to grow and become my most authentic and highest version of me… always a work in progress though and never finished!

How long have you practiced?

I had a longtime dabbling practice, but as of 2016 it’s become an integral part of me. I cannot imagine where I would be without it. My mat is my safe, honoring, healing and my favorite place to be!

How long have you worked @ NS?

It all started with my Love Bulb project and Kristin’s willingness to support that by selling them in the cafe. “What’s next” is the question she always asks me! What’s next was the Grief Gathering and Storm ambassadorship in the Community Garden and most recently being part of the Teen Series. I’m actually part of the soon to graduate class of NS “Root to Rise” Teacher Training! The Garden is resting and dormant now but the days are getting longer and as spring comes it will soon be time to grow! Stay tuned as all are welcome to join me in the community yoga garden! So grateful for the opportunities that NS has brought to my life and cannot wait to see what’s next!

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