I recently traveled to New Orleans: the crescent city, birthplace of jazz, grounds of recent massive destruction, exodus and transformation. It was my first visit, and I was curious to see how people have fared in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. I must say I was so impressed! Everyone seemed to be blending the best of old New Orleans tradition with the vitality of new beginnings.
The purpose of my trip was to teach at beautiful Swan River Yoga. My friend and fellow teacher Cat McCarthy and myself had received a gracious invitation from co-owners Michelle Baker and Keith Porteus to guest instruct. With two colorful and funky studios under one roof, Swan River Yoga represents a skillful blend of their love for Jivamukti and Anusara Yoga.® Though still young, Swan River has already built an amazing community that honors diversity.
During our workshop, Cat and I introduced a theme from the Kenny Rogers song, “The Gambler” as a metaphor for our yoga. We explored knowing the difference of when to “hold ‘em” and when to “fold ‘em” through Aunusara Yoga.® Our class intention focused on the dichotomy of taking action towards what is truly important while at the same time, being courageous enough to let go of what is non-essential. Everyone embraced the theme whole-heartedly which contributed to a feeling of transformation throughout the room. Cat and I will be teaching the same themes in Jackson Hole on June 12-14. Please feel free to come and play with us! Click here for more info.
The weekend workshop was supported with local culinary delights such as chicory coffee and beignets, shrimp gumbo, King Cake (complete with Mardi Gras colors and a toy baby inside), and our staple: Cat’s quinoa and beets!
New Orleans was a complete delight for me, and I look forward to returning for another workshop. Thanks to Cat, Michelle and Keith, the Swan River gang, and everyone who traveled to the site for supporting this amazing time of exploration and growth.