Posts Tagged ‘happiness’

I like the way you move

Outkast said it best: I like the way you move

Movement seems commonplace to us. Yoga and life are always about movement, be it breath, poses, and oms. But it’s also how we think and act and change. A change of location or scenery, growth, graduation or acclimation.
This week, we moved spaces. Having outgrown our hOMe on 58 Main Street in a mere 16 months, we took a nerve-wracking yet exhilarating  journey ever so slightly north to our new hOMe at 4372 Main Street. It’s just a ½ mile up the road but the trip was nonetheless exhausting!

We were fortunate to have amazing assistance from a community of movers. Yogis donated time, energy, resources and kind words to make our big move a smooth transition. We moved our hOMe in one day, in time to open the new studio the next morning for a 7:30 am practice. Whew!
We kicked off our first day with 4 classes, including a FREE community class taught by Dee, a fabulous graduate from our recent Teacher Training program, and the last Debbiepalooza of the season. The day concluded with an Open House, masterfully coordinated by our very own Bitsy. We celebrated our new space and studios with a wonderful assortment of family, friends, new neighbors and a fabulous community.
It’s been a whirlwind week, and I speak for all of the LEY family, when I say:
We are completely overwhelmed and so appreciative of all the support and outpouring of love we have received. We are truly blessed. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Elephant In The Room

Why the Elephant? And why are there elephants all over LEY?

One of our lovely instructors, “Downtown” Coral Brown , threw that at me before she sauntered into class on Wednesday. ‘Write about that’.

She made me laugh. Easy to answer, but not so easy to explain. The easy answer to why the elephant:  Instructor Debbie Valois’ husband Dave threw the idea out there over a night of drinking (thanks Dave). We also love Ganesha, the Hindu God with the elephant head who is the remover of obstacles and the bringer of new beginnings. An informal poll of our students shows that elephants represent wisdom, loyalty, family, quiet strength, and tenacity, and heck, who doesn’t love an elephant?

Why are there elephants displayed all over LEY? They are thoughtful gifts from members of our community. Coral gifted the first elephant picture, a beautifully decorated pachaderm from her trip to India . It hangs over our altar. Our much loved student Cheryl Mcgiveny, who has been with us since day 1, went on a safari in Africa to celebrate a birthday and brought back stunning photos of  elephants at watering holes. And the staggeringly thoughtful painting in our waiting area? An original that faithful student Danielle Donehew had commissioned  for us by a local artist.

As time went on, elephants of all types started appearing. Our community excitedly offered stuffed elephants, stone elephants, glass elephants and an infinite number of Ganeshas.  It absolutely blows my mind that students will be on vacation and think to bring something back for us.

And therein lies the why…

We proudly display these gifts because they quietly hold the energy of the gifter and that energy in turn infuses our studio. They are our own silent Avatars…Avatars are incarnations, embodiments, or manifestations of a person or idea. The Bhavagad Gita talks about avatars or avatara literally meaning descent.  The Lord Krishna incarnated as a charioteer to guide the warrior Arjuna in battle. As the Lord, Krishna explains, he dwells in every being.

So it is with our elephants…They are infused with life, wisdom, memories and the best of our generous community.  The elephants are outward reminders of milestone trips and now they quietly hold our space. Look at the photos; Coral’s elephant kindly stares at you and holds her quiet strength, beauty and talent . That wise elephant watches over us during our practice, willing us through our asanas.  Cheryl’s majestic elephants stand strong together, a reminder  of how tight our community is and how we are better together. And Danielle’s painting of the watering hole? A subtle depiction that this is our meeting place…to play, to learn, to laugh, to just be.

It’s our community’s  energy, their vision, their true essence that hangs on the wall, sits on a ledge or perches on a desk. They are and will always be the elephant in the room and we proudly acknowledge them.

Happiness

by Lori Mancini in Happiness with No Comments

Our Beautiful Bay

Happiness is tangible in the Summer. The coconut smell of sunscreen wafts in the air, shorts, tees and flip flops are the uniform of choice,  and the mood  and smiles are usually carefree and easy. Be it by the beach or in the backyard, life seems so much easier. Is it because we simplify, and take joy in the little things?  Or is it because we take the time to be in the moment, get plugged in and recharge?  That we learn, fleetingly, to love the life we live.

Ghandi said ‘Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.”  He is right on.  And I bet Ghandi  said it in the Summer.