Journeying Toward Wholeness

March 2017

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

The Wednesday Yoga class at RMSI continues in good spirits with new men coming to test the waters, and old members gaining the benefits that one wants to maintain by coming to class. I am delighted and amazed with Doug, who seems to recall the Sanskrit words for the Yamas more easily than I can. They are working on the 4th week of the last Yama, Aparigraha (Nonpossessiveness), and will take a break before beginning the Niyamas.

The Yoga classes in town have begun the 3rd Niyama, Tapas:Self-Discipline.

Tapas literally means “heat,” and can be translated as catharsis,

austerities, self-discipline, spiritual effort, change, tolerance,or

transformation. Tapas has the sense of “cooking” ourselves in the

fire of discipline to transform ourselves into something else.

It is our determined effort to become someone of character and


In India some spiritual renunciates practice extreme austerities.

In the dead of winter they sit for three hours in the cold dressed

only in a loincloth. They rig a container so that it will drip cold

water on their heads and rundown their almost naked bodies for

the entire three hours. They do this practice 45 days in a row. In

the heat of summer, they build five small fires around themselves

and one in a container on the head. Then they sit for three hours

in the blazing heat.

This is done to establish themselves in a firm, unmovable center

that is not rocked or disturbed by any extremes the external world

may bring. They practice staying still no matter what thoughts or

fears are running through their minds.

Our practice does not have to be this daunting!

Whether we practice Tapas by showing up on our mat for a regular

posture practice or through constant acts of selfless service, we

offer ourselves to the next higher version of ourselves.

Spiritual teacher Ram Das speaks eloquently to this jewel of Tapas.

When he experienced a debilitating stroke, something he never expected

to happen to him, he found a new opportunity for himself and for others

as he began to wrestle with the possibilities and effects of aging. He chose

to speak of his experience as “ being stroked”by God, rather than as

having had a stroke. And her termed the phrase “fierce grace

to speak of his experience of being burned by the fire of divine love.

~ The Yamas & Niyamas:Deborah Adele

Yoga Classes:

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

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

Tuesdays 6:00-7:30pm Blended @ Friends Meeting House

Thursdays 10:15-11:30 Beginner @ Martin Senior Center: Brentwood

Wednesdays 2:15 @ RMSI...presently, no visitors

Restorative Yoga will be happening this coming week in the yoga classes as we move toward the 'Full Worm Moon' on the 12th. Please bring a bolster if you have one.

T'ai Chi classes:

Tuesdays 8-9am @ Dragon Park, w/ coffee/tea at Provence art 7:15.

Thursday 9-10am @ Martin Senior Center in Brentwood.

Larry Lee, who has been teaching T'ai Chi for many years here in Nashville, is experiencing health issues, preventing him from teaching or being very active. Please keep him in your hearts at this time, and if you wish to send a card the address is:

Larry Lee

1005 Paris Ave,

Nashville, TN 37204

I am available for Breema Treatments during the week. Please call to arrange a time for your Breema session. 615-498-4090 Having had the opportunity to participate at the Winter Intensive at the Breema Center in Oakland CA, was so enriched and re-vitalized, as well as learning more wonderful Breema Treatments. I highly recommend being at the Breema Center for anyone interested in health and well-being! The center has spread its wings around the world, and Breema is becoming more available to more folks!

Katherine Correa will be leading two Breema Workshops in March. The first is a Sunday afternoon March 12th 1-5pm, and the 2nd is a weekend retreat at Gray Bear Lodge, Hohenwald TN March 31-April 2. Contact Katherine or Gray Bear Lodge 615-782-0469

You are invited to join the monthly Satsang with Adyashanti, Sunday March 5,2:30-4:30 at the Green Hills Library. The recorded Satsang is shown on a large screen in the room at the back of the library. All invited! Adyashanti's direct and spontaneous teachings have opened the door for many who seek their true nature.Deborah Narrigan is one of Adyashanti's many volunteers, and makes these showings available in the Nashville area.

Music Mantra Meditation/Wisdom Goddess is happening at Ha.Le' Mind and Body Saturday April 1-3:30. Amy Barnes' offerings and teachings are rooted in the Shakta (Divine Feminine) and Bhakti yoga traditions. The practices explored together include an introduction to mantra and the Wisdom Goddesses: their names, Sounds, Qualities, and how they can be woven and integrated into daily life and everyday loving. Contact:

Circle Dancing is happening tonight (Friday) 7-9pm, and again on March 17th at the same time. Several folks meet at Calypso Cafe on Charlotte at 6:00 to eat a bite before the dancing. All welcome!

There are moments in the Dance, as in life, when the clouds part and

there is a glimpse of ultimate reality, of our divine Self-ness. It is said

that humanity can't stand too much reality all at once, which is true;


dancing with consciousness can open the door that leads beyond form a

little wider each time, and each time allowing a little more reality, a little

more Essence, a little more of the one who watches from the realm of

pure consciousness, to enter.”

~ June Watts

3rd Annual Yoga Retreat with Linda Mills and Friends at Bethany Hills Camp, Kingston Springs Friday April 7-Sunday April 9th. Jessica Ringle, special guest will be joining the retreat. Contact Linda at: Linda:

One-Day Labyrinth Retreat: Sunday March 25; St. Mary's Sewanee 9-3pmContact Jean Jackson for further info.

Well Being Conference Center in Tazewell TN, is offering two Retreats in March.

Healing Early Attachment Wounds & Embracing the Authentic Self “

March 17-19 with Patti Elledge

Integrative Reflexology Certification”

March 30-April1 with Sharon Nash & Tracey Moon


Writing Ourselves Visible: A Soul Journeying Retreat

@ Art&Soul guided by Carol Ann DeMilo

Saturday April 8, 9-3:30pm

Spring AcuDetox Training with Judy Gibson, Lac

March 2-5


I have received a “Golden Turmeric Paste” recipe from Josie Phalen, a yogini, cello player, and healer, who once graced our yoga classes, and have made up the recipe for myself, family and friends. It is taken orally and provides health benefits to humans as well as animals (dogs and horses). Turmeric, known for its anti-inflammatory properties and used medicinally for over 4,000 years, is excellent for arthritis, skin health, digestion, immune system, and even cancer. Recent studies have confirmed that it may be as effective as 14 different prescription drugs – without the adverse side effects. I will send her recipe in another email.


Wishing you all the best that Spring can offer, in its wildness, unpredictability, and amazing blooming!



"The most radical thing you can do is introduce people to each other." ~Glenn Hilke


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