Journeying Toward Wholeness

MAY 2018

Greetings Yoga and T'ai Chi Students and Lovers of Breema and The Painting Journal!

Greetings Yoga and T'ai Chi Students and Lovers of Breema and The Painting Journal! 

Classes are cancelled May14-17. ( I will be in Florida for the graduation of grandson

Matthew from Arts High School!)


Restorative Yoga is the week of May 21st. Do bring a bolster if you have one.


The Yoga Class at Riverbend has been experiencing three modes of meditation. Simply finding a comfortable way to sit in the body is essential, and not always easy when you have focused on strengthening and enlarging muscles through intense workouts. This in itself can be challenging when your seat is a thin yoga mat on a cement floor. Blocks do help! The present meditation is Erich Schiffmann's “50 Breath Meditation”. No matter how busy the mind can become, counting those numbers is an almost guarantee of coming into a still place in five minutes. I think this is a favorite among the men. If one has been frustrated in actually feeling this sense of stillness within, this is a winner.


Two longtime members of the class have been absent for several weeks working on a special job. With the job finished, they returned to class. One on them has moved through parole, and will be joining the Nashville community with good supports in place. I asked the other one how long he's been in and when was parole for him. With a smile on his face, he said he's been in 34 years, and parole was in August. The shock I felt, showed. He said, “No, it's's ok...all good.” He is an example to me of one who has transformed whatever inner distress into an attitude of acceptance, and moving into the next moment free to taste the aliveness of now. Someone's done some inner work!


Mantra: Sounds Into Silence” This film is abut connection through music, especially Kirtan (chanting), and includes some of the greats in the field; Krishna Das and Jai Uttal and others. It will be shown at Green Hills Theater May 30th at 7:30 pm. One needs to sign up on line (There needs to be 35 people signing in advance for the film to show). The website is


Yoga Classes



9:30-10:55 Beginner Yoga @ Friends Meeting House

11:00-12:30 Intermediate Yoga @ Friends Meeting House

6:00-7:30 Blended Yoga Class @ Friends Meeting House



2:15-3:45 RMSI Yoga Class



10:15-11:30 Beginner Yoga at “50 Forward” in Brentwood


T'ai Chi Classes

Tuesdays (7:15 @ Fidos) 8:00-9:00am @ Dragon Park

Thursdays 9:00-10:00 am@ “50 Forward” in Brentwood


World T'ai Chi Day took place in Dragon Park Saturday April 28th from 10-12:00. The weather was spectacular and Jen-Jen began the occasion by having the T'ai Chi teachers each perform their style of T'ai Chi in a grouping for six minutes. There were demonstrations from the teachers, and chances for folks to participate in simple movements, and forms. It has been a year since Carole Krones died. She was an active participant of T'ai Chi for over 20 years. Before our T'ai Chi and Yoga students(Susan Schapani, Bill Northrop, Barbara Harris, Janet Hassen, Kathy Masulis, Maureen Organ, and Judy Caldwell) began “Swimming Dragon” “Five Element form” “First Circle” and “The White Crane”, I spoke about Carole.


Carole Krones was a part of our T'ai Chi group for over

20 years. Very English and very beautiful, she died from

cancer May 1st last year. Carole was the essence of what

the Chinese call Wu Wei...effortless effort. She moved

gracefully in her T'ai Chi, her English gardens, her

practice of Homeopathy and with her dear


Carole brought beauty into the world. It's what

she was, and what she shared.

I'd like to dedicate our “White Crane”

today to Carole and invite you

to include those you love

and would like

to remember.

Carole is still with us in

The White Crane'


Breema Treatments are available Mondays, Tuesday afternoons and Fridays. Please call (615-498-4090) to reserve appointment time.


Annual Nashville Breema Weekend is this weekend, May5-6...Saturday 12:00-5:30@Ha Le, 2200 21st Ave. So. Contact Katherine Correa for more information and/or registration. Katherine Correa: 615- 415-0242 or


Circle Dancing is happening Friday May 4th and Friday May 18th 7-9 at friends Meeting House. Feel free to join dancers at Calypso Cafe on Charlotte Ave. at 6:00 for a bite to eat before the dancing. All are welcome! Sean Mevis who is the DJ for all the dancing, does so from his wheelchair. He and his amazing mom Karen, come to the dancing from Kingston Springs. He was honored with a scholarship from his church in Pegram, and the Circle Dancers were all there on Sunday to celebrate with him. He is going on to college to study criminal law. Circle Dancing is another venue for forming community, and this one rocks!


ADYASHANTI will be teaching through a DVD this Sunday May 6th at Green Hills Library, 2:30-4:30pm. All welcome!


Well being Retreat Center in Tazewell TN has four retreats planned for the month of May. Check out the website to see what's on the venue.


Cinco de Mayo Kirtan: Saturday May5th 4:30-6:30 @ Half Moon Yoga Studio in Franklin TN. For more information: Amy barnes and the Kirtan musicians will be playing and singing. All welcme!


Art&Soul Market! This is happening on two Saturdays on 12th Avenue South. May 12th and June 7th, Nashville artists will be selling their art from 10-7pm. There is something for everyone! All welcome!




Spring is truly here, and Nashville is coming into its full blooming. Wishing you all deeper embodiment in all your activities with family, friends, community and nature!





Keeping Watch



In the morning

When I began to wake,

It happened again --\


That feeling

That You, Beloved,

Had stood over me all night

Keeping Watch,


That feeling

That as soon as I began to stir



You put Your lips on my forehead

And lit a Holy Lamp

Inside my heart.




Renderings of Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky



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