This season has always been a special one for me. My parents had a gift for making the holidays magical- the anticipation of Santa’s visit, our huge family meals, feeling that intense mix of mystery and hope which always led us to Christmas morning.
My dad held the highest position on that day- handing out presents to all of us (of which there were many) one at a time. He set the pace. He announced each one (To….Brenda! From….Santa!!) and great applause allows followed. It took hours. And we loved it. I don’t know who will be the one to take his place in distributing gifts this year but I know he will be with us, guiding us slowly and with great love, helping us to see the beauty and goodness in the simple act of being together.
I am feeling so grateful for the extra time that I’ve had with my family and friends since leaving the ecce space. I do find myself however missing your faces. I am very aware of the fact that ecce yoga has given me a community of support and friendship just as much as I have tried to create that for others. My practice and my commitment to ecce has held me up during some really difficult times in my life. I know now that as I held that space over the years for those who were willing to come I was also holding that space for myself.
More than any posture, I believe yoga is a process, an unfolding, for some even an awakening. I believe yoga should be an experience and a practice of authenticity. Ecce has always been a place of exploration for me, not just of the physical body, but of the mind and heart space, which is so vast, complex and beautiful. I believe the yoga and wider downtown community is made better when one is honest and true in their work. I believe yoga is and should be a reflection of how you live your life and how you treat others.
Some of you may have seen or heard that the previous ecce space is now the site of another yoga studio. I was unaware of this fact until very recently. I feel more certain each day that my decision to move onward was the right one. Classes with Jim and Steph will continue at the Spirit Room until I am able to find the right place for more offerings and I will keep you informed as I know more. I am planning a special New Years Day class (Jan 1st @ 10am, new ecce gallery space downtown) and sincerely hope you can join me to ring/chant in the new year!