New Beginnings

September 8, 2016

Dear readers,

I hope this finds you all very well as summer winds its way down and the rhythm of autumn takes hold.

The theme of my summer was connection. There was connection with nature and family during camping trips to Lac Temiscouta and Parc de la Mauricie. There was connection with dear friends and with bright, articulate and welcoming students in Berkeley, CA. And, there was connection with myself through time spent in retreat and spiritual practices.

Many of us have taken more time to rest over the summer. Rest is an essential part of the creative cycle and therefore the cycle of life. It is in the rest and quiet that we give space for inspiration to arise and for new projects and ideas to emerge. 

Coach and media dynamo Hariette Cole asked on her Facebook page this week:

What is your focus as you walk into the fall? What do you want to accomplish? Have you made a commitment? Have you written it down? What have you done to move your idea forward?

These are all great questions to answer as we move into the new season, and especially because right now we're in the middle of Ganesh Utsava, the 10-day festival dedicated to honouring Lord Ganesh. It's the perfect time to invoke Lord Ganesh's blessings for your endeavours this fall and to remove the inner and outer obstacles on your path toward fulfilling all you wish to achieve. Did you know that Ganesh is considered to be the scribe of the Indian epic poem The Mahabharata? Here's a sweet retelling of that story.

My 3-month pause from teaching weekly classes allowed me the space to reconnect with my intention and vision for my work as a yoga teacher. I’ve emerged from my time away with greater clarity and renewed enthusiasm for the projects I am focusing on this season. These include my online mentoring program for yoga teachers, a teacher training in Halifax and the next phase of the World Spine Care Yoga Project.

The biggest project that I’m dedicating my time and energy to is a book I am working on about how to evolve, deepen and expand your yoga practice. My book will be aimed at supporting students and teachers of all styles of yoga to embrace yoga as an ever-unfolding, holistic path of self-discovery on their mats and in their lives.

Here’s my fall schedule of classes and events:

·      Weekly classes at Shri Yoga in Montreal will resume this week. I’ll be teaching Thursday nights 5:45-7:15 for the next 2 weeks (then switching to Mondays 5:45 on September 19) and Friday mornings 10-11:45am.

·      The Skilful Yogi Online Mentoring Program for Yoga Teachers begins September 12. This program can be done 100% online wherever you live, with local practice groups coming together in Halifax, the West Island of Montreal and even in Cameroon!

·      200-hour teacher training in Halifax begins at the end of this month.

·      Yoga Festival Montreal: November 13

·      5 Essential Teachings of Yoga in Aylmer, QC: November 27

And, I look forward to continuing connecting with you through weekly blog posts.

During these weeks of new beginnings, I want to wish each of you whole-hearted blessings for all your endeavors and all you hope to accomplish in this new season.

For a New Beginning

by John O’Donohue:

In out-of-the-way places of the heart.

Where your thoughts never think to wander,

This beginning has been quietly forming,

Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

 

For a long time it has watched your desire,

Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,

Noticing how you willed yourself on,

Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.

 

It watched you play with the seduction of safety

And the gray promises that sameness whispered,

Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,

Wondered would you always live like this.

 

Then the delight, when your courage kindled,

And out you stepped onto new ground,

Your eyes young again with energy and dream,

A path of plenitude opening before you.

 

Though your destination is not yet clear

You can trust the promise of this opening;

Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning

That is at one with your life’s desire.

 

Awaken your spirit to adventure;

Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;

Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,

For your soul senses the world that awaits you.

 

With love and gratitude,

Barrie