How do I feel in this moment?
September’s Schedule 2018
Tuesdays, beginning Tuesday, September 4, 9:30am Morning Gentle Yoga with Erika Indrani Eddy. This is an eight week series. Drop-ins welcome.
Tuesdays, beginning Tuesday, September 4, 11:00am Peace and Pranayama with Erika Indrani Eddy. This is an eight week series. Drop-ins welcome.
Weekend Sanskrit Immersion Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9. Inquire for details
Crystal Bowl Sound Bath with Reiki Sunday, September 9, 6:30pm. $35. Drop-ins welcome.
Mala-Making Workshop Sunday, September 15, 2:00pm – 5:00pm $79
Soul Collage® Saturday, September 22, 11:00am – 3:00pm $35
Restorative Practices for Anxiety and Depression Release Saturday, September 29, 2:00pm – 4:30pm with Brooke $35. TWO SPACES LEFT
Restorative Yoga Therapy and Meditation Wednesdays and Thursdays 5:45pm – 7:15pm with Brooke $15. Drop-ins welcome.
All of these events support self-inquiry, self-regulation and trauma relief.
Most of our problems can be addressed in relationship but all of our problems must be addressed within ourselves. This is conscious activism. Whether it is systemic oppression, arguing with your beloved or something as intimate as negative self-talk – whatever it is that we are consciously hoping to change, the two best remedies are self-reflection and self regulation. Collaboration with one another and with the Divine are important, too.
How do you feel right now? What is happening in your body? Are you angry, tired and grieving? Are you hopeful, grateful and true to yourself? Are you feeling all of these things, and more? Or are you numb…?
Are you self-regulating with coffee, cigarettes and energy drinks? Or are you self-regulating naturally, regularly resting the mind by moving and relaxing the body and breathing fresh, clean air deeply, often?
We all have different ways of coping. It may be that the quality of our coping directly reflects the quality of our lives. Numbness, denial and intimacy-isolation are strategies that keep us complicit in the misery of our lives. Community, honesty and feeling difficult, shadowy feelings help us maintain rhythm in the autonomic nervous system, and grow healthy relationships.
Movement helps release tension and toxins from the body. Breath stretches DNA, releasing tensions and toxins – unprocessed trauma. Lots of shadow work brightens the day. What traumas are lurking in you, waiting to try to complete themselves in unpredictable ways? What aspects of your life are suffering? What circuitry is running your life?
You have the power to change. Breathing, Yoga, relaxation and meditation, art, exercise, awareness, willingness, forgiveness, and humility all contribute to social justice. We have the power to change the world, together, as one.
In August, I studied with Seane Corn, Hala Khouri, Suzanne Sterling, founders of Off The Mat, Into The World® and forty-five people from around the planet. We explored Yoga, sound, trauma, empathy, self-regulation and collaboration – the importance of self-inquiry, authenticity, love, peace, accountability and long-term relationships – and their impact on sustainable social change. Conscious activism takes courage and insight. Yoga gives us the opportunity to practice both of those things and more.
Watch Seane Corn talk about Yoga, her experience with obsessive-compulsive disorder, self-inquiry, self-regulation and reconciliation as trauma relief here. This is another interesting interview. She’s fierce, spiritual, and sensitive, one of the world’s most well-known yoga teachers who made vinyasa popular. She says she used to be crazy before she started yoga. Exploring uninvestigated tension and stress in her body made her happier.
“The revolution is here,” she says.
Thank you for being the change you wish to see in the world. The courage to change the things we can, including breath, attitude and self-care, can change the world.
Brooke West Yoga Therapy and Meditation Studio
7730 Morro Road, Suite 207, Atascadero, CA
We are currently under construction and our calendar has been known to change as we settle. Please keep checking this website for more information or contact Brooke@brookewestyoga.com.
There aren’t any other Yoga Therapy studios around. The Brooke West Yoga Studio is the only one I know of in this region. What are we doing there?
We have a line-up of some dream events at the studio:
The American Sanskrit Institute Weekend Sanskrit Intensive in August; Kirtan, Reiki Training and a Pranayama Workshop this weekend;
A Pelvic Floor Workshop August 8;
Two Sound Healings on the Fridays of the next full and new moons;
twice-weekly Restorative Yoga and meditation classes on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, 5:45pm – 7:15pm.
This little studio isn’t like anything else I have seen anywhere. It’s casual and cozy. It’s calm and cool and shaded, like a room where we would go to nap or relax. It’s secluded, upstairs in a commercial office space under the canopy of trees. It’s intimate: everyone either knows one another or you can find us introducing ourselves to one another. We are frequently grieving and, also, often giggling. We are people coming to Yoga while trying not to panic, because we are nervous, anxious, depressed, uncomfortable, lonely. We are trying to live with or resolve chronic pain. We are recovering from the confusion of addiction. We are frequently wiping tears and consoling one another, reaching to one another in loving, caring ways. We are sometimes desperately shy. We are always really, really nice to one another. We come here to rest and to feel better.
Private Yoga Therapy clients change – it is unlike anything I have witnessed anywhere. I am watching people metamorphosize in front of my eyes. Women, mostly women, come in totally overwhelmed and leave class refreshed. Women come to private Yoga therapy terrified and leave triumphant. Women come in in tears, in pain, and leave mobile and free to enjoy themselves and their lives. It happens quickly. It happens because of friendship and care, by listening and being willing to show up and find compassion for oneself.
After everything that has happened this year (read my last blog), I kind of gave up having a vision and sort of let God take over. In doing so, the private Yoga therapy aspect of my work has really taken off. I don’t really have time to teach a lot of public classes, because I see clients all day, every day. I am very grateful to do what I do and to watch people change so dramatically.
This spring, for example: one lady quit her job and is so much happier. She came in because her blood pressure was out of control and she lived with panic. One woman had basically crippled herself from fear of hurting her already vulnerable spine. Now she’s cruising the fair and her kids and her co-workers notice the difference. Agoraphobics are coming out of the house. Headaches are relieved. Suicidal thoughts subside. Balance and strength are regained. Medications decrease or are stopped altogether. Happiness returns.
Please join us and be a part of the miraculous healing! UPCOMING SCHEDULE:
Free YOGA THERAPY CONSULTATION
YOGA TEACHER MENTORSHIP for teachers interested in Yoga therapy!
Wednesday and Thursday 5:45 – 7pm RESTORATIVE GROUP CLASSES led by Brooke $15
Friday July 27 7pm KIRTAN! Singing reduces pain naturally. See the latest research here. Includes a post-kirtan feast – bring a dish! $20
Saturday July 28 12pm – 4 REIKI ATTUNEMENT $150 Become a practitioner!
Sunday July 29 PRANAYAMA AND PEACE (contact email@example.com for more info)
Friday August 3 6:30pm FULL MOON GONG BATH SOUND HEALING $30
Saturday August 4 SOUL COLLAGE® ART, BROOKE’S BIRTHDAY, STUDIO BLESSING $30
Wednesday August 8 6pm CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE PELVIC FLOOR WORKSHOP $25-35
Friday, August 10 CRYSTAL BOWL SOUND HEALING AND REIKI $30
Saturday August 18 and August 19 SANSKRIT WEEKEND INTENSIVE $235
Details to be announced. Email Brooke for more information and to reserve your spots. Space is limited. No previous experience required.
Dearest Amazing, Wonderful People,
I have forfeited the rights to the Grateful Spirit Yoga brand by not continuing aerial yoga, which was suspended due to safety issues by the owner of the building.
The aerial yoga was terminated by the owner of the property, Bob Newberg, due to safety concerns, on May 2.
- Inspection of the entire aerial system by a Licensed Structural Engineer.
- Completion of any modifications, additions or deletions to the aerial system and the support structure that may be required by the Engineer.
- The addition of Tres Robles, LLC. to your Certificate of Insurance as additional insured. Also, evidence that aerial yoga is covered by your insurance.
- Certification by the Engineer that any required modifications, additions or deletions have been completed and the entire system is safe for the intended use. I am sorry for this disruption to your business but it is essential that we take these steps to insure the safety of all concerned.”
“Thank you for wanting to bring understanding to the perceived conflict, however, I am currently focused on consolidating both my centers into the Atascadero location.
Caravanning 1200 miles down The Baja, I didn’t know if I’d stay here forever, so I packed enough to survive if I did. I didn’t know if I’d like it here or if I would be too hot all the time or if I would click with the women I am traveling with. It has been a dream of a trip, better than I could have imagined, and a few things made it really comfortable…
Internal Homeopathic Arnica – I’ve shared it twice and it’s soothing for everyone’s heart to see tiny vial of Sweet Hope pills after falls, spills and bang-ups. It helped my new friends to rely on me a bit more and to trust and appreciate me – so valuable in the early days of the trip when we didn’t really know one another, which made me feel good.
A Squat Pint Mason Jar – No spill! I served countless medicinal tincture cocktails in the car to my driver Julia while caravanning 1200 miles down The Baja, and I have soaked a lot of cashews and dates for vegan pies in this friend. A great coffee cup. I brought the plastic Mason jar lids, which aren’t drip-proof but are still easier to handle than the two-piece metal ones while on the road.
My Smartwool Pullover – Paid full price at MountainAir Sports in downtown SLO and will never regret it. Perfect weight, great color, 100% wool. Soft and yummy. I’ll wear it until one of us dies.
!SpanishDict! App – All you need is to say the name with a certain tone and it gets a grunt of a laugh among our group of feminists – but seriously, quick translations of words and full sentences in English or Spanish with audio pronunciation has been really helpful and comforting. It was such a disadvantage without it for the first leg of the trip.
An Attitude of Possibility – God’s got a better plan for me than I can drum up when I am in anxious-mode. The month before I came here, I packed up my shit, threw it into storage, let go of my apartment and said “!Hasta luego!” to most of my clients. It has been a dream of a trip, better than I could have imagined, because I am staying easy-going (most of the time), trusting that the Universe has my back and sporting a sense of humor. I lightened up. I have been able to maintain a feeling great love for my companions and for my life and appreciating Infinite possibility – a “This or something greater” approach, an “I can deal with this, I’m in a foreign country” mindset. I am going home to the gift of a new Yoga studio that I didn’t expect to be given, with a bunch of new friends and the experience of living at beach retreat in Baja, to which I will return with friends from here and from home in the future.
Little packets of Coconut Oil from Trader Joe’s – An all-over cooling moisturizer – it’s so dry down here! Great to stave off hunger pangs. A little in the nose while camping in dusty RV parking lots. A little in the ends of the hair to make it cute. A little on the anus to soothe the tissues after diarrhea. Cuticle care. A protective sheen to swab on the ears. Makes vegan pies more substantive. 4 – 6 tablespoons per day for seven days kills intestinal parasites.
AND ONE FOR GOOD LUCK! Spices – Thyme, Ground Cumin, Ground Ginger, Himalayan Salt, Cinnamon, a special Thai Green Curry dry spice. Brings the campsite alive!
Other things I am glad I brought:
My Preferred Clear Zinc Sunscreen and Sunscreen Chapstick (I ran out of Zinc and had my girlfriend bring me two jars when she visited)
Raw Cashews – can’t find ’em here
A Silk Scarf (it’s my towel, my warmth, my sun- and wind-screen, my beach blanket, my window shade in the car, my sheet on the bed in unknown territory…)
Gluten and Lactose Enzyme Pills (I’ve eaten in more restaurants in eight weeks than in two years in SLO and haven’t had too many problems butI take these at every meal.)
Small Washcloths – I use one or two instead of a big towel for after showering. Takes up less space.
Extra Bags – plastic garbage bags, cloth book bags, ziplock bags, backpack, change purse, passport purse, endlessly useful.
My Earth Shoe Ugg Boots with the plastic clog-like shoe part. Great for sand walking.
Essential Oil Bug Spray – I am using DoTerra Terra Shield and one I made from a mix of oils I already had and put that in a glass spray bottle with witch hazel. The spray bottle is super convenient. Clove oil taken internally in water kills intestinal parasites.
Two Other Sizes of Mason Jars – a half-gallon and two quart jars. Bottled water or purificado from the agua store is essential .
My Down Pillow with Two Pillowcases and a two Flat Sheets – sheets are great for the sand and I sleep better in my own linens.
A Pumice Stone – everyone’s callouses fell off when we got here. My feet started disintegrating. But my heels are so smooth now!
Born in the Year of The Rat, I tend to pack heavy but I am glad to have these resources to make traveling comfortable.
Here’s a video of where we are (a view of why I never want to leave and plan to return and lead Yoga and meditation retreats here – join me!).