Yoga in a ‘Trumped Up World’ Event

So, following up upon the great discussion, collaboration and connection in the February event “We Are Not Alone: Finding the Path of Peaceful Resistance” which was also hosted at Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga Centre, we were pleased and proud to be a part of this event this past weekend:

After a gentle but invigorating asana practice to get our blood flowing, our minds focused, and our hearts open (led with grace and care by Sydney Fletcher, Maddy White and James Fraser – thanks all!), the group broke bread (or pizza, and some birthday cake) and got down to work.

The group worked to develop priorities, collaborating to give shape to alternative visions of what a more fair and equitable society might look like. It was an effective extension of other community-minded work already under way at the studio, and in the community.

We worked to brainstorm ways that we can get active in the community, off the mat (and sometimes, on it):

We also took stock of the issues of concern for many members of the community, and the group worked to organize this work into groups of similar challenges and problems for future consideration and development:

Many existing friendships were solidified, and other new connections were made:

We intend to keep the momentum growing. In addition to potential upcoming events focused on working with the Yamas and Niyamas in everyday life/activist work, and yoga practice for community and self-care, we are making a call to all participants in the two winter workshops, in the monthly Sangha practice, or from those in the larger community to suggest (and participate in organizing) upcoming workshops and events. We hope that this will be a part of an ongoing discussion, and action, tied to and inspired/supported by yoga, across the eight limbs of practice.

Details about the next session (in April 2017?) are pending and will be announced shortly. A Google document (or, rather, a growing list of online resources and information) will be made available via Octopus Garden, and will be reposted here as well.

If you have suggestions or would like to get involved, please email michaelalexyoga@gmail.com or michaelalex@teachlearnchange.org.

Thanks again to Pat Harada Linfoot for her active involvement in and support of this grassroots venture, and to all the people who have taken the time out of their busy lives to practice together with us, on and off the mat. Namaste – K&M