Jeez, I'm not sure. But its a good question to ponder every now and again. I've never come to a definitive answer but as of late what keeps coming up for me is to stay present, engaged, and in service to the world around me. The Dalai Lama says that “We are visitors on this planet. We are here for one hundred years at the very most. During that period we must try to do something good, something useful, with our lives. if you contribute to other people's happiness, you will find the true meaning of life.”
When I opened BHATI, I wanted create a place that would serve the community, a place where people would come to heal, and be healed, to share information, and to receive. I wanted to create a serene and artistic ambience where others could also serve, and share their passions with the community. With that in mind, I recently launched a "Creative Collaboration Program" at BHATI. I am thrilled to introduce BHATI's new collaborators.
Starting this Sunday, October 2nd, and every Sunday thereafter, Allie Townsend, a 200 hour certified yoga instructor, long-distance runner, and mountain biker, will guide us in a "Meditation through Movement" Practice. Allie incorporates a slow paced vinyasa flow, pranayama and meditation to continuously explore the relationship between the mind, body, breath, and Spirit. You will hold poses for longer periods of time, allowing you to build strength and stamina, adjust and readjust in a pose, give space for your emotions to arise and through the process, stabilize your mind.
Every Monday, Johari Mayfield, a dancer, choreographer, and personal trainer, will work us out with her signature "African Dance and Cardio Jam" Class! Johari utilizes her dance background, along with cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and yoga to hone the synergies of mind/body, strength and flexibility. She describes her style as Double Dutch meets Martha Graham meets African Dance and coloring books! No dance training is necessary, just a desire to move, release stress, and have some fun!
Wednesdays, Kripalu School of Yoga and Ayurveda certified yoga instructor, Bridget Walsh, will offer her "Tree of Life Yoga" classes. Bridget is a Natural Health Specialist, Dance Educator and Performer, and Cultural Anthropologist with a concentration in indigenous culture and shamanic healing. She has taught and trained in the disciplines of Meditation, Pranayama, Aero and Acro Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Aromatherapy, Crystals, Chakras, Kinesiology, Nutrition, Herbal Remedies, and Philosophy. She takes a holistic approach to physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health by interweaving elements from all disciplines into her teaching and personal practice.
Every Tuesday, 7-8:30pm, Buddhist Insights offers a donation based meditation class at BHATI. It is a great opportunity to meditate with, and learn from, a wonderful Zen Buddhist monk.
As always, I offer private yoga lessons and my signature blend of energetic and deep tissue massage. Please e-mail, text or call if you have any questions, or answers to the meaning of life. I hope to see or hear from you very soon!
With love and gratitude,