Namaste Dear Sonic Community,
It’s been a long winter for New Yorkers . I could feel the huge sigh of relief as we passed over on the March 20th, equinox into spring. Yet, despite the freezing temperatures last week, I am still witnessing the budding of spring in the tenacious plants in my yard pushing upwards towards the sun.
April is a sacred month at Sonic. We are celebrating both Spring Navaratri and Earth Day. Navaratri is the 9 day festival honoring the goddess Shakti in all her forms. It is a beautiful practice of purifying, manifesting and reflecting as we mirror nature in her transition from winter to spring. Earth Day is created to honor the preciousness of our natural environment & to heighten awareness of campaigns meant to preserve & restore the purity of our sacred planet.
Some of you may have noticed that I’m no longer teaching weekly public classes at Sonic. As things are shifting in my life, it has become important to spend more of my energy on the visionary aspects of the business, as well as spending less time away from my precious daughter, Jaya. I will continue to teach a monthly “Special” class with live musician friends, alternating monthly on Weds at either 12:30 or 6:30pm. I hope to see you there.
Just as the earth turns on her axis, we often find ourselves spinning through life. For me just having returned from teacher training in Costa Rica and gearing up to teach in Japan this month, connecting to my roots is an essential healing practice.
One way to honor Earth Day is to take it literally and “earth oneself” It is an opportunity to take time to anchor, to connect to your roots and to celebrate steadiness.
Here are some of my favorite ways to ground on Earth day :
- Move slowly
- Breathe slow & deep
- Say no
- Create space between commitments
- Sit and eat three full meals
- Massage your feet
- Play an instrument
- Turn off your phone
- Look in someone’s eyes
- Complete one task at a time
- Take a walk-barefoot
- Read a real book
- Plant something
- Take a nap
- Smell the flowers
Another way to honor Earth Day is to participate in an Energy Fast as created by my teacher Shiva Rea in her Sacred Activism program YEA. Yoga Energy Awareness.
Here are some simple steps from Shiva for unplugging:
- Bike instead of drive
- Use solar or candle light for zero electricity use.
- Unplug all appliances, turn off cell phones, computers, iPods…(except refrigerator).
- Go for zero or as little waste as possible by composting and recycling.
- Cook less, eat less, waste less
- Reduce water consumption: flush one less time / cut 2-6 minutes off your shower
Go to Facebook and sign up to participate in Shiva’s Yoga Energy Activism group page – unplug, use zero waste, and tune in with thousands of other yoga practitioners around the world to inspire positive global change.
And finally, please join us for two special Earth Day celebrations at Sonic:
Spring Serenade with Lauren and Thomas on Live Sitar on Wednesday, April 23 at 6:30pm. A special class dedicated to sweet mother Earth and her radiant blossoming into Spring ! And, Shamanic Earth Healing Ceremony with Brian McGuire on Sunday April 27 at 6:30 pm. Align with the healing powers of the universe and channel this love and sacred energy back to our precious planet
Sending you all healing love and beauty. May you move through this transition with patience and grace leading to a powerful blossoming into full spectrum joy and expansion!