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Can you see the octopus in the ancient maple tree? Lateral thinking is fun!
Promotional postcard for Octopus Garden Yoga, and their upcoming teacher-training offerings.
I have been practicing yoga for many years, in varying degrees of commitment through different stages of my life. When my favourite studio announced they would offer a yoga teacher training program this spring, it felt like the time was ripe to take this practice deeper! With only one month (out of four) left to go, I am so pleased with that choice. A period of sustained, intensive practice and learning, with the guidance and support of great teachers, has been such a powerful experience. How amazing to come to old barriers and find them gone, to study poses that seem impossible and begin to see my way in.
A few weeks ago, a photographer from the Toronto Star came to take pictures at the studio for an article on "The Rise of Yoga" in Toronto. I was shy to pose with my co-students and teachers, but it was fun! I am glad I did, though I didn't make it into the newspaper!
Thanks to photographer Rene Johnston of the Toronto Star.
I had the pleasure of visiting Norway's National Gallery in Oslo today. The collection is quite broad and includes many Norwegian artists I did not know. There is a strong tradition of natural landscape painting, so appropriate to the drama of this rugged country. I have only explored Oslo so far, but my imagination is filled with vivid landscapes such as this. At a glance it looks like low rocky outcroppings, but when you look closely, a small farmhouse, barn and outbuildings are visible, nestled in the green vale. The light here now, in late October, is a little like that in the painting: sideways slanting sunlight makes dawn and dusk very long, and the brightest light shines for a shorter and shorter period each day.
I love this nuanced understanding of karma in action:
"A person disposed to anger will more and more easily erupt in anger anew at any provocation. But in a moment of kindness a kindly disposition is deposited, and one becomes incrementally more disposed to kindness. The attitude with which we respond to an object of experience, with anger or with kindness, will therefore not only influence the causal field outside ourselves but also progressively reshape our very nature."
~ Andrew Olendzki, "Karma in Action"