Raging Grannies & Warrior Spirits Needed!
On February 14 I’ll be engaging in a new endeavor! I’ll be marching with a group called the Raging Grannies in the 9th annual Moral March on Raleigh. The march is to express love for qualities of life that we all hold dear: Justice, Education, Climate, Economic Sustainability, Worker’s rights, Livable Wages, Equal Protection Under the Law, etc. and is led by Reverend William Barber.
I’m quite excited about this new activity and feel it’s a way to take my yoga off the mat and into the world … literally into the streets! Interesting too … it feels like continuing the work of Martin Luther King. It reminds me of the 60’s! People from all around the country are expected to attend, and it’s open to all – join us if you’re close by or want to travel!
As Drew Dellinger has stated: “Democracy is one of the deep spiritual challenge of our times”.
I am also quite excited to be attending the Kindred Spirits Reunion in Austin, TX, a weekend get-together for all previous and current Anusara teachers and students. It’s the brainchild of Desiree Rumbaugh, with Suzie Hurley, Marsha Nieland, and myself helping out.
This year I am greatly looking forward to offering Yoga & The Climate Crisis presentations at yoga studios around the country. It’s an opportunity for us to pause in our busy lives and take a look at the biggest challenge that faces humanity.
The question that’s been haunting me for the last 2 years is this: “What does Yoga uniquely have to offer to this situation?” I’ve come to see that yoga’s offering is monumental and I’m passionate about sharing my vision and adding my perspective to the conversation. In the presentation we’ll review the latest science and focus on what we can contribute, both individually and collectively.
Upcoming in March I’ll be teaching in the 300-hour Rasika Teacher Training Program developed by Kelley Gardner and Stacey Millner-Collins. This is an impressive and thoroughly professional Yoga Teacher Training, modeled after a college curriculum. I’m proud to be participating, and pleased to be teaching in the Program again in July.
In addition I’ll be co-teaching the Spirited Women’s Retreat with my “young & juicy” friend and colleague, Suzie Hurley. We’ll have a mini-version at Kripalu April 2-5 and the full version in Tulum, MX October 24-31. This year our topic is ” Six Keys for Aging with Grace, Beauty, Passion & Juice!” Registration opens for the MX retreat March 24.
2015 looks like a pivotal time as more people around the world wake up to see what dire straits the planet is in. We are experiencing a convergence of major issues from climate change, inequality, and loss of our democracy, to the increasing oligarchy in the US where the 1% are determining what is possible for the rest of us.
NOW is the time to wake up our Warrior Spirit, whether it’s a Raging Grannie or the Goddess Durga! Time to speak up and speak out; to take the risk of sharing what’s in our hearts: our hopes, dreams, and vision for a healthy and sustainable and just world. We are truly all in this together!