Future 2006 events
*July 21 - 23,
Vibrant Living Yoga Workshop, Jakarta, Bali
*Aug 22 - 29,
The Art of
Vibrant Living ReTreat,
Daniel Aaron &
Anahata Resort, Bali
*Weekly Yoga Classes at
BaliSpirit, Ubud, Bali
*Oct 6 - 10,
Detox Your World Annual Retreat, Croyden, UK
*Oct 21 - 22,
Vibrant Living Yoga Workshop, Bangkok,
*Oct 24 – Oct 27,
Vibrant Living Retreat,
Kamalaya Resort, Koh Samui, Thailand
*Nov 9 - 19,
Astrology in Bali
*Nov 25 – Dec 2,
*May 20 - June 17,
Vibrant Living Yoga
Anahata Resort, Bali
|July 2006 Newsletter
Greetings from the Island of the Gods, where ‘dry’ season is wet and summer (from my previous North American seasonal calendar) is cold. Of course cold and wet are delightful here, in tropical balm.
In line with Mercury moving into its retrograde cycle (more on that below), our news this time is brief: just to say hello, we’ve got some fun stuff happening, and we hope to see you soon or sooner:
• Yoga in Jakarta, July 21 –23
• Art of Vibrant Living ReTreat, August 22-29
Our Yoga Teacher Training (still 11 months away) is already shaping into the yoga event of the century. We’ve just added Edward Clark, of Tripsichore Yoga Theatre in London and old friend, superb Iyengar teacher, Allaine Stricklen, of Miami Beach – they’re both world-class teachers. We’re currently negotiating a famous and fabulous ashtanga teacher (I’ll tell you who when it’s confirmed), and an equally starry Kirtan singer and band.
Since it’s a newsletter, and we’re all about the good news, and lately the other news is largely not so good, here’s a little, if bright, story about some people making the news good.
A Balinese friend commented to me the other day about all the ‘problems’ in Indonesia lately. “What can we do about it?” she mused. I’m personally grateful to those who have given time and/or resources to help in Yogyakarta, no doubt it means the world to those affected by the earthquake. That’s something – a lot.
And something else: the real truth of the biggest help we can give to the ‘problems’ around us, is to address the ‘problems’ within us. Of course from the more enlightened perspective there are no ‘problems.’ There’s only what is. And yet wherever we struggle, fight, resist and react – in our own minds, hearts and bodies – we’re contributing to ‘problems’ in the world.
This good news flash is about a group dedicated to health, well-being and community. ‘Seger Oger’ (which means ‘super healthy’ in Balinese) has over 100 members who meet daily at 7am on Sanur Beach for Yoga. Accepting their invitation, we shared Vibrant Living Yoga to 110 people on a bright Sunday a May (photos below). What a pleasure to be with such optimistic people sharing their goodwill and the benefits of yoga.
What complaints can we let go of? What are we grateful for?
The three-day workshop, held in Central Jakarta, begins on Friday evenning (630pm -830pm), and continues through Saturday and Sunday with morning (9am - 12pm) and afternoon (3pm – 5pm) meetings.
||Yoga in Jakarta - July 21 –23
Jakartan Yoga enthusiast Yusni, started the website www.JakartaDoYoga.com and began inviting visiting teachers to Jakarta. Not only did she invite us for a taste of Vibrant Living Yoga, she’s organizing light raw meals, including uplifting cacao smoothies during the weekend.
For more information see her website, www.JakartaDoYoga.com. It’s selling out quickly, so if you’d like to join, please contact her directly at hp# 0811940360.
Art of Vibrant Living Retreat - Aug 22 - 29
Paul Benhaim returns to co-host an 8-day Art of Vibrant Living ReTreat at Anahata. We still have some space available and, until July 15, you can take advantage of the early registration discount ($100 off). In eight days and seven nights we create an experience that can begin a whole new life for you. Yes yoga, gourmet food, stunning accommodations, adventures into Bali, nature, education, body treatments... yes, yes, yes. And the juiciest part, the most potent, is our intention to craft our lives ever more artfully, ever more sparkling. How good can it get?
Someone from the US just booked her space in the retreat. She debated it first, wondering if it’s worth the long trip. It doesn’t take much energy to keep things as they are. And sometimes transformation begins with just enough energy to get us moving. “Ninety percent of success is just showing up” (please email us, if you know who said that).
For more information about retreat activities, Anahata Resort, Living Foods and the August adventure, please see www.radiantlyalive.com/retreats5.php. Registration information is available on our site, and you can also contact us directly at email@example.com to reserve your space.
|Astro Tidbits -
July 4 Mercury ‘goes retrograde’ until July 27. Mercury, who rules communication, logical thinking and electronics, moves into a retrograde cycle (meaning that it appears to be moving backwards from the earthly perspective) three times a year for three weeks each time. When it does, it counsels us to look inside more than outside. And if we have to look outside, if we need to make something clear, it’s best we double check, go over the fine print and assume that there’s some element of which we’re not yet aware. My favorite image representing Mercury retrograde is two people meeting at a train station: one walks from one end, while the other starts opposite. They unknowingly pass each other in the middle, get to the other side, turn around and do it again.
As Mercury retreats, the great jolly benefactor of the sky ends his backwards romp and begins forward motion again. Jupiter, in true Santa-ish fashion, bestows gifts upon all this July 6 as it stations and goes direct (from the earthly perspective Jupiter stops and begins moving forward again), and the benefits may be apparent for some weeks after that. Everyone gets a different reward, less dependent on what you wished for, and more determined by what house (segment) in your personal chart Jupiter is currently transiting. Every house correlates to a different part of life. If Jupiter goes direct in your 4th house, you’re likely to get some kind of housewarming gift – literally or metaphorically. If it’s in the 7th, you might receive some benefit in the realm of intimate relationship, or from your intimate partner. If you don’t know your chart, or where Jupiter is right now in it, you can get a free chart at www.astro.com, or email me and I’ll check for you.
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