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February 27th, 2 019
To be present in the moment is a choice. And as Mirabai Bush says "when we choose to be in the moment, not caught in memory or expectation, there are always new ways of seeing, always something new to learn". This is why the practice on the mat changes, continuously, over the weeks, months and years. It's been so many years by now that I know this is how it goes, but it can still bring me to a state of awe. As I investigate "being" through my practice, new experiences take place, dots are suddenly connected that weren't before. What felt whole or complete now feels whole in a different way. And just like Mirabai expresses, I have the feeling that this process will never end. And how could it, really? For it to end I would have to stop changing, and that is impossible as long as I am in this body.

I am about to take a workshop with Rodney this afternoon, so writing this brings me back a bunch of years to one of his teacher-trainings, in which he gently cautioned us all. He told us to be careful when we think we know something. To be aware that we close down if we think this is it, that we know it.

Rodney's warning echoes in my mind now and then. I grew up under circumstances where I was  misled to believe false statements and misinformation. As I came to realize this in my early twenties, truth became increasingly important to me. I wanted to know the facts whenever possible.You can probably see how yoga was helpful to me in attempting to remove the veils of false information. To clearly see what actually is taking place. But this also led me to "hold on" to truth at times, and Rodney's teaching was very helpful. It helped me to see that truth changes, as life, I and the people around me change. And the only way we can stay open to the truth is to continuously choose to be in the moment. Can we bring the wisdom from past experiences, but look at this moment with fresh eyes at the same time? This is my question.


Remember!

New Class on Saturday Mornings


Gentle Restorative Yoga
 
with Lena


Class time: 10:45am - 12 noon



This class is a a bit different to the gentle class on Thursday mornings. It focuses on easily accessible postures that open up the physical body, what some might think of as "stretching". This encourages a fuller and freer breath, and leads us into one or two restorative postures at the end of the class. The vast majority of the practice, if not all, is done lying on the floor. For those of you who attended the classes between Christmas and New Years, know that it will be very similar to that kind of practice.

The class is open to anyone interested. No experience is needed and you can drop in any Saturday. For those of you who are currently in my other classes, this can be an added class when you feel like it, a make-up class, or you can make it a regular class.

I feel strongly that more then ever we all need this gentle, less effort-full practice to come back home to ourselves, to breathe more deeply and to sooth our nervous system. 

I will offer Thursday, and   5 Friday, Saturday  and Sunday  classes this month.

There are no cancelled classes.


Peace,

Lena


Lena Madsen Yoga
The Lotus Flower

The Lotus is one of the most beautiful flowers in the world. It has its roots in the mud, at the bottom of streams and ponds, but rises to bloom above the water without becoming wet or tainted by the mire below. It symbolically represents being fully grounded in earth, yet aspiring towards the divine. For thousands of years the Lotus has symbolized spiritual growth and self realization.