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Thanksgiving Blessings

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.
Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.

- Albert Schweitzer

Dear Friends,

I am really really grateful for you all. You keep our spark going here. I think everyone on the teaching path knows this. Like the last ten days at Exhale. The presence of every student-friend was really inspiring - the way you show up with openness, adventure -  your heart, breath, sweat and soul.

Without you, there is no circle. Like musicians showing up to play with no dancers. You ignite the breath. You have made this path really satisfying on an inner level - the sense that our movement is part of a larger movement. You must know that truly and sincerely.

I am grateful to my bones to be in a community where we can cultivate peace and are not living in fear. We are able to practice without being afraid of expression, our bodies, men and women practicing in the same room. We have spiritual freedom, freedom of movement, music, speech, coming together. This is not a right everywhere. In fact, in Mali right now where some of the greatest musicians and dancers in the world live - music and dance is once again illegal in some parts punishable by violence and imprisionment. I am grateful for the freedom to pray for peace with our whole bodies and not be afraid to walk out our doors.

I give thanks that we have enough to give back. We are supporting the collective classes that are being organized around the country all month for those who need support from Hurricane Sandy in NJ and NY organized through Debbie Kaminsky and Seane Corn through Off the Mat. Thank you yoginis. Please join us for a donation class tomorrow for Thanksgiving Day at 10:30 a.m. at Exhale to stoke our inner fire in peace.

Also save the date for the the Winter Solstice Retreat on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 at Exhale!  Yoginis please join us on Dec. 15th as we offer a special class with incredible SFTribal movement artist Debra Rubin.  

We are offering a special online program Shanti Sadhana - Ten Days for Peace. This is a potent meditation practice requiring only 30 minutes a day to bring into your life from 12-12-12 to 12-21-12.

So grateful for Kristen Townsend - the PULSE newsletter editor, and our new team at Samudra including Glenisse Pagan for Teacher Training and Julian Rea as Media Coordinator (good things coming in 2013) and all the amazing Prana Flow open community of teachers, mentors and friends. Maha pranams and gratitude to my beloved, family and Teachers you are my spark, fuel and shared flame.



Tender love to you to you all,
Let the feasting begin in remembrance, joy and gratitude!

Love All Ways,

Shiva
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