Gratitude for Pop-Up Community Time

Thank you to my wonderful Grant Park neighbors, friends, and yogis who came together this morning for 75 minutes of community, sweaty yoga, and a good cause–Hotel St. Dunstan’s.

Thank you Nirvana Yoga for the studio space and for allowing free community donation classes to take place on a regular basis.

 

Rebecca, Tom, Carol, me, Adrienne, Elizabeth and Joanna for community donation yoga class at Nirvana to benefit Hotel St. Dunstan’s.

From the church website: “St. Dunstan’s serves as one of 13 host congregations that provide shelter and meals for up to four homeless families for a week at a time, four times a year. Sunday School classrooms become home for the families while they are here. Parishioners provide meals, serve as evening hosts, and spend the night. We are assisted by parishioners from Holy Innocents and St. Anne’s Episcopal Churches. Family Promise is a national organization, providing networks of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim congregations around the country.”

Class intention: Gratitude

“Research suggests that gratitude may be associated with many benefits for individuals, including better physical and psychological health, increased happiness and life satisfaction, decreased materialism, and more,” according to a UC Berkley paper entitled The Science of Gratitude. “Additionally, some studies have found that gratitude practices, like keeping a ‘gratitude journal’ or writing a letter of gratitude, can increase people’s happiness and overall positive mood.”

Reading:  Buddhist Tantric master Tilopa (988-1069 CE) “Song of Maha Mudra

The clouds that wander through the sky

Have no roots, no home; nor do the distinctive

Thoughts floating through the mind.

Once this is seen,

Discrimination stops.

Rest at ease your body.

Giving not, nor taking,

Put your mind at rest.

Maha Mudra is like a mind that clings

to nothing.

Yoga buddies: Jenn and Adrienne.

Class playlist

(You actually can’t access the playlist unless you have Pandora premium. I’m thinking about a workaround–at minimum, I’ll post the songs and artists by this weekend. Funny, I couldn’t get the playlist to work in class either!)

After class, Jenn took me to eat at this awesome vegan restaurant in Southwest Atlanta–Viva La Vegan. I recommend the buffalo cauliflower and sweet potato fries. Thank you, Jenn! XXOO

 

Always get a menu with a phone number.

 

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