Is it Spring yet? I would love to say I am on my way to some exotic island to warm up or leading a retreat on some exotic island, but not so lucky. However, next year April 2nd -9th 2016, I will be leading a retreat with Buddhist meditation teacher Jon Aaron in Nicaragua on the exotic and beautiful Corn Island (see details below!) I will be teaching three 200 hour Teacher Trainings this year at Yoga Works as well as numerous workshops and retreats! I look forward to seeing you all at any of the below events. :) Thank you all for being a beautiful ray of light in an often dark and uncertain world.
I read a beautiful article I would like to share below regarding a teaching from the Bhagavad Gita, but before that, meditate on this very important quote by Albert Einstein:
"We expand our circle of compassion by dissolving the optical delusion of our separateness."
Be Happy and Be Well!
The Practice that Surpasses All
The Bhagavad Gita is a very poetic text, full of allegorical images, symbols and references to the feelings of the heart. There is a repetitive idea throughout its verses: Above everything that we can do or not do in yoga, there is the power of love. Love integrates, includes, heals, forgives, connects, transcends, transforms and sets free. It is unnecessary to explain it because, being it the essence of our nature, we all know certainly when we are aligned with its energy and when we are not. Krishna tells Arjuna that it is at the core of all things and that it is capable of enlightening the whole cosmos.
If you had to choose only one practice among all the ones that yoga teaches, choose love. It is this simple. Many times we complicate our inner path too much thinking that it has to be complex, painful or full of concepts and ideas that need to be mulled for hours, but Yoga means "union" and we can achieve that state of oneness when we love moment by moment.
Jodie Rufty has been teaching Hatha Yoga since 1995 throughout New York and California as well as internationally and is a registered EYRT through Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level. She leads the Yoga Works Teacher Training programs both in the US and abroad. Jodie is also a Reiki Master, Prema Birthing practitioner , Rising Star Teacher and Practitioner as well as a More Truth Will Set You Free teacher. She was initiated into these modalities by her teacher Derek O'Neill whom she continues to study with several times per year in Ireland. All of these incredible tools and gifts are given to help access and open the channels within us so that we all can awaken to the luminous Spirit and Truth that resides in us all.
"Her knowledge, passion and devotion make her a very powerful teacher/healer."
We Are All One
I could not be where I am today without all of your support. I am sincerely grateful. As I reflect on the past 20 years of teaching yoga, I realize more and more every day the necessity of us all coming together and collaborating our efforts. We need each other to help inspire, reflect and support the unique creative spark in each of us.
Thank you again!
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Upcoming Training and Workshops
Yoga Works 200hr TT
Led by Jodie Rufty
April -June 2015,10-week weekend format
July 2015, 4-week Intensive 2015
Oct 2015, 4-week Intensive 2015
August -February 2016, 300 hr TT professional program
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Yoga and More Truth Will Set You Free workshop
Oasis Yoga Spa
March 21st & 22nd, 2015
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Healing from the Root
Saturday May 9th, 2015, 1-4pm
Yoga Works Westside
w/ Jodie Rufty and Dr. Sherri Greene
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Kripalu Yoga weekend Immersion
w/ Jodie Rufty, Paula Liberis, Sarah Bell and Jeanmarie Paolillo
August 21st-23rd, 2015
To register and for more info: www.kripalu.org
With Jodie Rufty
Private Yoga Classes
Prema Birthing Healings
Rising Star Healings
Rising Star Initiations