Cyber Monday! New Moon! Classes Begin!

Love, Light, and New Moon blessings to you, you blissful babes!

Join me in Yoga and Meditation this week at Sojourn | 1055 West Moana Lane

Check out my current schedule and class descriptions on the Yoga and Events page!

Interested in Cyber Monday savings!?  Get. Up. On. It!  You still have 12.5 hours to take advantage!

Loving you and cannot wait to practice with you!
xoxo
-el

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Cyber Monday! Starts NOW

Cyber Monday starts this very moment!

10% off all the following: *Yoga classes, private lessons, and bundles *Individual coaching sessions and bundles

*Healing Intensives

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Happy Holidays to you and your loves!

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The Holiday Season is upon us and we cannot wait to celebrate with you at Sojourn! Now through Black Friday, enjoy the following specials

$10 toward a Spiraling Relaxation Massage with Courtney
$10 toward a 5-class Bundle with Ellie
$15 toward a 60-minute Coaching session or Private Yoga session with Ellie

Come by and say hello, or send us a Private Message for more details!

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The Magic of the Dakini

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Tonight, I learned of being a Dakini:

“It is said that women make superior healers because they are able to dive into meditation much more easily than males, as males are afraid of dropping the intellect.  To be naked in the meditation experience is frightening for them, whereas women seem to be able to manage this naturally.

“A female embodiment of enlightenment is called a dakini in the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit.  This translates, literally, to “sky-goer” or “space-dancer”,  indicating that these ethereal awakened creatures have left the confinements of our solid earth and have taken to the vastness of open space as their elusive playground. Dakinis embody a special female quality which has a quality of soft sharpness, and a fiercely radical, courageous yet gentle heart, and a clarity of higher mind that cuts through intellectual ossification by pure and cosmic intuitive force.

“On a secret level, this being is seen as the manifestation of fundamental aspects of phenomena and the mind, and so her power is intimately associated with the profound insights. In this, her most essential aspect, she is considered to be the formless wisdom nature of the mind itself. And on an inner, ritual level, she is a meditational deity, visualized as the personification of buddhahood. On an outer, subtle-body level, she is the energetic network of the embodied mind in the subtle channels of energy and vital breath of tantric yoga. Yet, even more so, she is also, temporarily a mortal, living woman.  She takes many forms and may be a mother, a guru, a yogini, a powerful teacher, or a woman who simply teaches directly through her own life example.

 “Dakinis are the most important elements of the Enlightened Divine Femine in Tibetan Buddhism.  They are the luminous.  Subtle, yet spiritually energetic.  They are, at once, the key, the gatekeeper, and the guardian of the unconditioned state. If we are unwilling to invite the dakini into our life, will simply will not and cannot enter these subtle states of mind on our own.

As such, in order to be awakened and enlightened, we need them, and they will appear to us as messengers, nurturers, protectors, lovers, and guides.

…Yet, no matter what form they take, they will appear, and they have one purpose and one purpose only:  To open your heart.”

This Week with El: YOGA at the PARK

To my Yogic Lovers:

While there is no class at the studio this week, I will be co-hosting practice with Mother Nature tomorrow morning at 10.00am at the Spicer Park.

Here, we will bask in the warmth of the sunshine, ride the breeze, and take rest under the beautiful canopy of trees (‪#‎justlookup‬)

Come ONE! Come ALL!


And if you’d like to set something up with me (private, semi private, or open to all) do feel free to be in touch!

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Nowhere. Now Here. Here Now.

 

 

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Presence, or the |Art of Being-Here-Now|{for me} is an ongoing practice.

…For, as I experience it, [presence is a practice] indeed. And it is one that I simultaneously crave and resist.

Because to live in the present moment is to both *feel and experience* ABSOUTELY EVERYTHING that is to be registered on a conscious level.
And to be really and truly present during such here-and-now experiences is to register any and all sensations that may arise, in the very moment that they are occurring, the very space that they are occupying, and for whatever duration that is required for them to unravel and unfold in their ENTIRETY.


So, naturally, to experience this concept of presence, even for just one teensy flesh-and-blood moment, is to feel things intense and uncomfortable. It is to tiptoe beyond the comfort zones of our unconscious living and into the enlightening discomforts of personal growth and awareness. It is to surrender into the present, give into the mystery, and let this unknown stuff wash over, engulf, and have its way with us as we let go and trust the process that we know nothing of.


…So, it is no wonder that these beautiful experiences are also messy, visceral, vulnerable, intense and raw. And, it is also no wonder that these magical moments are also playful, creative, ecstatic, dreamy, intimate, and euphoric, as well.


Yet, even so, this present moment living is worth every moment that it has to offer. It is worth learning to detach, observe, accept, and embrace each and every experience these moments offer us . It is worth learning to unlearn, tear labels off, and become nonsensical, and somehow, strangely, more alive, as we instead surrender into a process of transformational metamorphosis, that deconstructs us, reconstructs us, and then sends us off to emerge and transcend whatever wilderness it was that we had come from.


…This is presence. And presence, no matter how beautiful and tricky, is magical and ever-changing.

The Inner Most Process

The inner most process is the deepest, the most intimate process that we will ever experience.  It is a vibration that dives into, combs through, and energetically touches and massages every cell of our entire being:  The physical and sensual body.  The conscious, and ever-undulating mental and emotional self.  The cosmic, spiritual creatures that we are.

When we tune into, and align with this process, we become guided by something greater.  A different language of sorts, that we naturally, intuitively, and creatively understand with our hearts and souls and visceral bodies, no matter what logic and our intellectual minds may have to say.

So, listen.  And whisper back.  And have these pillow-talk conversations with and through the self.

In doing this, you will enfold organically and spontaneously, unlearning and re-learning, and expanding.

You will find a sense of gravitational grounding that strengthens and heals.  And you will let go so that you may trust, play, and be guided.  Almost as if you are doing a Trust Fall with the Universe and playing with Life again, as if (and it really is) your most intimate love and your best friend.

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All Things Are Temporary

Just as all things are temporary, so is my class schedule at Satsanga.  Please read on for adjustments to the current flow.  Most notably, all Thursday evening classes have been re-arranged due to low class attendance, as well as life changes on my behalf.  As such, Meditation is now on Wednesdays at 5.00pm and Thursday’s Happy Hour Yoga has been removed from the calendar.

Yoga at Fowhole Brewhouse is on the books for April 16th and May 14th from 12pm-2.00pm.  This is the most delicious combination of Yoga + Beer + El you will ever get.  Mostly because Foxhole has INCREDIBLE brews, and I don’t even drink beer.  See the Events Page or Facebook to register.

Also, stay tuned for more calendar updates (HOT HINT:  Jen Grant and I will be co-hosting a half-day Alchemy of the Soul workshop/retreat on May 1st that will be to LIVE FOR)

Yoga and Meditation Schedule

Monday

After School- 5.00pm:  Yoga for Kids- Elementary Age (Pre-K through 4th Grade)

Yoga for Kids- Middle School Age (5th Grade Through 8th Grade) – Please express interest to help us find a time for this class!

Tuesday

6.30-7.30am: Sunrise Yoga

Wednesday

5.00pm: Meditation

5.30-6.30pm Astanga Flow

Thursday

No Class

Friday

10.00-11.00am- Gentle Flow