Dec 15 2010

Family Yoga!

Willis Tant

There is a class at Jivamukti Yoga on Sundays at noon that is called Family Yoga.  It is intended to be for all people of all ages and can be shared by any and all family members.  The teachings are simple and useful, there is a sense of fun, and songs that help students easily learn the movements.

It is my favorite class that I have the honor of teaching.  I am often so touched by family togetherness that I am moved to tears.  There have been students who bring in their sisters who visit from out of town, there have been father-son moments, and grandparents and small children who delight us all.  But most regular has been one family, who, come almost every Sunday, because they make it THEIR Family time.  Their time to BE and grow together!  Their time to stretch, and breathe, and SEE each other.  Often they go on a picnic or to the beach or even to the grocery store together afterwards.  But for that one hour, every Sunday, they practice together.   I revel in their beauty every week. 

Last Sunday they were telling me how they invite other families to join them, how they spread the word because they have experienced such value from the practice together.  They inspire me and I am so grateful to their dedication and enthusiasm.  They humble me and are a living example of light.  So may this, my first blog, be a sincere offering to this family who has shown me so much love.  Thank you. 

And thank you for coming to practice yoga together in my presence so many times over.  We invite more Charleston yoga families to join us! And look forward to growing, being, and seeing you more often.


Nov 16 2009

Living Unplugged

Rae

In the matter of two weeks my washing machine, car alternator, computer and camera broke. Thank God for Holy Yoga! These are the times we take our practice off our mat and breathe. As a stay-at-home momma of two boys under four, wife of very busy husband who owns Five Loaves Café and Sesame, and part time yoga teacher, I couldn’t help but have a pity party and thought, “If one more thing breaks, I think I am going to break too!”

True test of character is revealed in the midst of stress. An unknown author wrote, “Peace doesn’t mean to be free from noise, hard work, or trouble, but it means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” Despite the inconvenience and frustration, the light bulb goes off inside that I can’t change my circumstances, but I CAN change my mind about them. These external sources which we need of course to make our lives run efficiently when removed teach us something about our reliance on our internal source and humility in asking others for help. If none of those things had broken, I would have missed out on the humbling opportunities of bringing my clothes to a friend’s to wash, or receive rides home with my kids, and experience the willingness of those around me to lend a helping hand.

So what does life look like when the things we rely on daily are removed? It can become a living experience off the mat of withdrawal (pratyahara), the fifth limb of the yoga which is part of the Eight Limb path to wellness. I refer to it as the “AA”approach to yoga. I personally realized how much unnecessary time I spent on the computer and how living unplugged allowed me more precious present time with my loved ones. A check here and check there of emails, Facebook, etc., add up and this time has been truly enlightening in the fact that it is much easier to live without something then it is to live with something and create boundaries. The first limb of yoga Yama means “restraint.” MMMMMMM….The challenge is now: can we live unplugged and be plugged in at all times? “We can through Christ who strengthens us.” So refreshing to know that in our weakness, He is The Source of Strength. It is through the noise, hard work and trouble that we experience deeper spaces of gratitude and thanksgiving for all that is.

Peace and Health,

Rachel Glowacki, RYT

www.sunraeyoga.com

5 Daily Invitations to live unplugged

1. Avoid cell phone use while driving… (I know. So hard!) Commit to at least one route a day and observe your commitment.

2. Depending on your profession, consider what works best for you and discipline self to a daily AM and PM time of checking e-mails, Facebook, Twitter, and surfing the net.

3. When we look at the clock, may it remind us that The Creator Himself is the author of all time.

4. When our phone batteries run out, call on the Lord.

5. Find a silent yoga class or create one at home that moves to the rhythm of the breath instead of music.


Oct 19 2009

Enhancing Personal Beliefs and Faith with Yoga

Rae

Namaste Yogis and Yoginis! It is an honor to be a part of a community that embraces all styles of yoga and support for one another. Regardless of what style we choose, yoga is about yoking and creating union, so wherever we are creating unity within and out, we are experiencing the fullness of yoga. The style of yoga that has moved me into deeper spaces of my personal faith is Holy Yoga. Understanding that yoga is NOT a religion; it is a health science. Yoga has the capacity to and will often times inevitably enhance your personal beliefs and faith. Holy Yoga is a practice that encourages patience while cultivating an awareness of what God can manifest in our physical and emotional bodies. When we intentionally withdraw ourselves from the craziness of our daily living, we find the peace that is God Himself as the center of our existence. Consecrated by God’s Word and prayer, Holy Yoga invites us to worship with the entirety of our being; heart, soul, mind and strength. When we live and move and have our being in Him, we find ourselves in the flow of His magnificence and in the midst of His grace.

Last week during class we breathed in the scripture Matthew 6, we are encouraged by Jesus not “TO WORRY!” We waste a lot of time worrying, have you heard of the saying, “worry looks around, regret looks back, and faith looks up?” In the message translation of the Bible, the Word speaks simply, “Has anyone fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch?” Paraphrasing here, if God takes care of the birds of the air and flowers of fields, how much more will He take of us. “Don’t you think he’ll attend you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I am trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. Steep your life in God reality, God initiative, God provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.” It definitely takes effort to surrender and trust that all things will work for the good when it may appear at the present it is not what we desire or hope for. So not only is God holy, pure, love, peace, kind, and gentle, He is also funny! For we are created in His image, so therefore, humor surrounds us.

The GOD humor…Holy Yogini Penny shared with me that as she was driving her daily route she noticed something that she had never seen before. There was plant life growing out of the roof. She asked her friend,” Why are plants growing out of the roof, so strange?” He responded, “well, when birds eat seeds and dispose the seeds in their stool, (YES POOP) life sprouts out.” I thought, how like our God, that even through poop, He will make life spring forth. So in the crappy situations of life, know that life will be sprouted. We just need to take the time to notice where it is, maybe we need to look up at the roof instead of looking around at everyone else. Thank for you opening your hearts to Holy Yoga.

Be Free

Peace and Health,

 

Rachel Glowacki, RYT, CYT
Sunrae Yoga, LLC
Holy Yoga and Yoga instructor
http://www.sunraeyoga.com
Radiating Light and Truth