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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Rainy Day Yoga

Today when my alarm clock went off, I had a pounding headache and it was raining. It was to be my first day teaching with YIP, and I really wanted to create a great class for everyone. Not so good, I thought. I called Grisel in a little bit of a conundrum: I was SO looking forward YIP, but I felt hesitant to go with only %50 of my brain functioning. Could maybe she cover for me today?

With her usual groundedness and patience, which I have witnessed in action through months of teacher training, Grisel gave me the nudge I needed to hit the ground running. "It would be really great if you could make it anyway," she said, "But the important thing is that you feel well." So I took some tylenol and hopped on the train.

Feeling well. Words of wisdom indeed! Let me tell you guys, nothing could have made me feel better today than joining in with your wonderful community of yogis. The rainy day didn't interrupt our chance to practice yoga in the backdrop of nature: rather, I felt that it supported and nurtured our slow-burning, restorative practice together. Breathing deeply in the simple, challenging poses helped clear away all my conundrums and revealed to me in a new way that stillness and rain don't have to be so hard to deal with. It's okay to be still. It's okay to move slowly, and maybe sometimes it's even okay to function at %50. It was such a cozy, safe haven and I left feeling aglow.

Thank you all so much for your open hearts and welcoming smiles! I can't wait to join you again whether I am practicing on the mat to your left or leading another therapeutic class, growing and rooting and thriving. I'm very grateful to have had such a nourishing rainy day with you.
Namaste! And cheers!


  1. Thank you Jeanne for the incredibly therapeutic class. I felt that taking on the challenge of finding stillness in holding the poses you had selected really helped increase my awareness of subtle sensations within the body. Thank you for this gift!

  2. Thank you Jeanne. Sunday was an amazing class for this rainy day. Very interesting focus on the idea of tranquility. Take care,
    Sebastien !

  3. Hello All,
    Thank you Jeanne for the class. It was very nice and calm class with lovely voice...
    Thank you and good luck with new job!

  4. Thank you so much Jeanne, It was a wonderful class on Sunday!
    I think your voice is something so special, I was so relaxed at the same time, you gave us good challenging poses.
    I am looking forward to taking your class again very soon. Masumi