Ashley Turner 's bhakti ( devotion ) centric classes are known for their traditional and philosophical depth coupled with a strong and transformative asana flow. I am fortunate to have discovered her classes at SMPY several years back. Her insights @ last night's class dealt with Patanjali's ( compiler of the Yoga Sutra ) yamas and niyamas (guidelines on interaction with the outer world ).
Most meaningful for me was her pairing of the word
" santosha " ( contentment ) with a challenging asana - raja kapotasana ( pigeon ). It was uplifting to hear "santosha "when my mind was chattering another mantra in English : " I can do this, I can hold this , 3 more ujayii ( victorious ) breaths = another 5 minutes " .
One of Ashley's announcements after class made mention that one of my co-practitioners , Maria Rivas Hamer , was a candidate on June 6th for the position of Judge-Superior Court.
I didn't know much about Maria so I took one of her flyers by the donation box. A couple of things grabbed my attention. Maria indicated that she wants to " pump some Prana in the judicial system " and that she currently provides free legal advice to victims of domestic violence. Sounds great to me.
Believe that Satsang ( company of the highest truth ) SaMo needs another Yogi -
to accompany our co-yogi and City Councilman Bobby Kennedy Shriver.
Please visit www.ashleyturner.org to learn more about her Brazil Immersion Retreat with Brazilian teacher Lygia Lima on June 10th.