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The Dance of Forgiveness
Series co-taught with Anya Porter, yogi/Buddhist/dancer extraordinaire!
What does it mean to forgive or to ask for forgiveness and how can these actions empower us and bring deep healing to our lives and the lives of others? Forgiveness is a practice and offering in many spiritual traditions, enabling us to move forward from the past, and to disengage in retribution, allowing the harm and violence that we have been dealt to stop with us; to do the work we need to do in order to not “pay it forward”. In this four-week series, we will explore the tender, complex, and ultimately liberating dance of grace and letting go in the three traditional paths or Yanas of Buddhist philosophy. Each week includes meditation, discussion and engaged activities to shine light on ways in which we can work with forgiveness.
Self-forgiveness and the Individual Path of Liberation.
We can often be the most judgmental and aggressive toward ourselves, resulting in resentment, shame and doubt in our intrinsic value. We start with ourselves, looking compassionately at the ways in which we have inflicted pain upon ourselves (including externally visible self-destructive behaviors or addictions, or the more internal and perhaps more subtle ways in which we simply do not treat ourselves kindly). Using methods in which we can shine the light of awareness on our own self-aggression and shame, we will work with the possibility of forgiveness of self as a path of personal liberation.
Weeks 2 and 3: The Path of the Compassionate Warrior
Asking For Forgiveness.
In the Mahayana or Compassionate Warrior’s path, we seek to heal our relationships with others in order to relieve mutual pain. We too have hurt people, and we have also been hurt, it is a part of the human condition. Asking for forgiveness is a powerfully liberating practice that allows us to heal old wounds in relationships and within ourselves, acknowledging the ways in which we have harmed others, sitting with that pain, and seeking forgiveness by skillfully engaging with those we have hurt. Within this session, we will also explore the differences between asking for forgiveness and apologizing.
Perhaps one of the most difficult of all aspects of forgiveness, forgiving others who have hurt us, is another tool through which we can empower and liberate our relationships, as well as ourselves. Through this process, we can contemplate being with, and then letting go of resentment and anger, thus making room for the possibility of love and acceptance. In this session, special attention will be given to making space for pain and anger, and creating healthy boundaries with those we forgive.
Universal Forgiveness and the Indestructible Path.
What would it look like to work with forgiving the First Noble Truth, or the truth that suffering exists in the world? In the Vajrayana, or Indestructible path, there is a possibility that we can actually embrace that which causes pain as yet another avenue to awakening. Perhaps this world is not how we would have constructed it to be, and it contains discomfort, pain, and trauma, but is it possible to move towards the world, towards all beings, out of a more spacious understanding of the First Noble Truth? How can we relate to the reality that suffering permeates the human condition and how might we find the silver lining of this truth in order to heal our relationship with pain itself?
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Metta on the Mat
New Year’s Transition: clearing and growth
Please bring a journal and a mug for tea.
Gratitude Practice on Thanksgiving Day
This is a practice that honors who we are, the blessings that have been bestowed upon us, and connecting us with all of life around us, without separation. To begin class, we will honor the people that originally inhabited Brooklyn, acknowledging the complicated history that underlies this holiday. We will confront jealousy with the warm practice of gratitude, creating a sense this morning that we all are, and we all have, enough. Come to this Thanksgiving Day class to connect with yourself and your deepest wisdom, joining with others on the path. This open-level class will involve asana, meditation, and breath work for yogis of all ages, all capacities.
Come and give thanks.
Queer and Trans Yoga
Blissful Boo: Partner Yoga
This workshop will involve grounding yourself, and then turning toward your partner. Lezlie and Jacoby with guide you in a series of flows that will help cultivate receptivity and mutual support in your partnership. We will practice meditations, postures, and give each other massages and adjustments. Both partners will have an opportunity to give and receive during the session, and will be guided through the sequence step-by-step.
No prior yoga or massage experience necessary. Comfortable clothes recommended. Bring your partner, or a dear friend.