LUNATION BRACHIATION CELEBRATION!

PACIFY YOUR MONKEY MIND THIS LUNAR NEW YEAR 

I'm still lurching into the habit of posting highlights of special classes I teach throughout the year. These special classes honor the global community's festivals, holy days, demarcations, and celebrations. I'd meant to post this one more than two months ago, so I'm completing the gesture belatedly, as part of my practice.

In honor of Lunar New Year (commonly known as Chinese New Year) we'll examine the astrological reorientation that is shifting us from the year of the Green Wood Horse to the year of the Red Fire Monkey. As noted on astrologyclub.org (the specific link is below), "following 12 months of the dignified and surefooted Goat, the New Year of the Red Monkey is going shake, rattle and roll!"

In my classes around the Lunar New Year, we'll reassess the intentions we may have made for the Gregorian New Year a mere month ago, infusing them with an enlivening and transformative dash of the fire element. We'll call up Hanuman's fierce courage and devotion in striking down our own demons as we banish the so-called Monkey Mind. Like the spontaneous and freewheeling monkey with its prehensile tail, we'll use radical ingenuity coupled with safe support to take calculated risks, evoking the nimble and intelligent problem-solving of monkeys at play, as we work on hanumanāsana (split pose) and eka pada ūrdhva dhanurāsana (one-legged full wheel). Having stoked a powerful inner heat with this challenging and energetic flow, we'll cool down with a brief restorative practice designed to soothe the metaphorical, experiential, and metabolic inner body fire altar known as Manipura Chakra, our personal core of will, action, and transformation. 

My safe, supported, and enthusiastic hanumanāsana at Greenhouse Holistic in Williamsburg

CLASS SCHEDULE FOR 2/6 - 2/9:

Saturday 2/6, 10:30am, 90 min: intermediate/advanced vinyasa at Greenhouse Holistic, N. 8th location, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Saturday 2/6, 4:30pm, 90 min: open level vinyasa at Greenhouse Holistic, N. 8th location, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Monday 2/8, 4:30pm, 90 min: open level vinyasa at Greenhouse Holistic, N. 8th location, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Tuesday 2/9, 7pm, 75 min: open level vinyasa at Usha Veda Yoga, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

PLAYLIST:

Pure Drone 1 -- Sheila Chandra & The Ganges Orchestra -- Pure Drones Vol. 1
Pure Drone 3 -- Sheila Chandra & The Ganges Orchestra -- Pure Drones Vol. 1
Intention feat. Morley -- EarthRise SoundSystem -- The Yoga Sessions
Church Gongs -- Michael Baird -- Gongs & Bells
Bhimpalasri Alap -- Nikhil Banerjee -- Afternoon Ragas
Taalmela -- Zakir Hussain -- Icons of Indian Classical Music
Cirrus -- Bonobo -- The North Borders
Jets -- Bonobo -- The North Borders
On the Road -- Skalpel -- Simple EP
Lotus Flower (Jacques Greene Remix) -- Radiohead -- TKOL RMX 1234567
The Pirate Song (Dina Dayal) -- Gaura Vani -- 10 Million Moons
Jingling Bells -- Michael Baird -- Gongs & Bells
Singing Bowls & Bells -- Jane Winther -- Bardo
Pure Drone 6 -- Sheila Chandra & The Ganges Orchestra -- Pure Drones Vol. 1

Further reading: http://astrologyclub.org/chinese-horoscope/2016-year-monkey/