Coming Back To The Mat After A Summer Of Transitions

Students practicing for the first time at the new studio, July 2017

Students practicing for the first time at the new studio, July 2017

Well here we are again… seems like Summer is on its way out the door, and Fall is knocking, preparing to make her grand entrance. I am such a Summer chick, it’s bittersweet. The summer went so fast, but this particular summer was life changing for me. I had the opportunity to go to India. Talk about a transformative experience.

I went wide open, and with no expectations. Well…I got more than I could have wished for. It’s funny - I was prepped for all this negative shit: classism, racism, and sexism (a lot like our current status in America). Don't believe everything someone tells you. Your journey can be different. After a 24 hour flight, I arrived. I was greeted like I was a star. Ha, “Peaches is NOT Beyonce”!!! Such a sweet innocence. The cows in the streets, the homelessness, the smells, and just having my ass there was something else. Oh, and the mosquitos!

I did not see one African American the whole trip, which was a bit odd. At times I felt like a freak, but that was squashed quickly after I spoke in detail with an Indian person I met. He explained that people there had never seen anyone who looked like me. It was more like a curiosity thing and this was something so endearing about the Indian people I crossed paths with. They stared, and I met each stare with a smile.

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Then the magic occurred. When you take away all the exterior bullshit, we are ALL human. We don't have to speak the same language, but the eyes and heart don't lie. It rained every damn day…YES, YES, YES!!! I got sick. I had never felt that discomfort before. It took me down, and humbled me for sure. I studied Iyengar with one of the most amazing women. Gulnaz had my body doing things that it hasn't done since my lyme diagnosis.  That broke me open, but the icing on the cake (one of many beautiful moments along this journey)… the SHRINES!!!!

Man, oh man! It’s hard to put this into words. I sat in a temple, and felt all of these hands on my body. I went hot, I went cold. I literally couldn't breathe (thanks Nikki Costello for holding my hand). Spirit was on me, even as I type this I feel them and my eyes are tearing. When you can go into a space and just let whatever needs to happen, happen…PROFOUND! Throughout it all, I knew I was on my path. I know, unequivocally, that I’m right where I need to be.

With that being said, we are in a new space at 843 Sterling Place, second floor. We are working on the new Fall Schedule which will begin Oct.1, but before that we will have a Sound Bath on September 9th at 9pm. Can’t wait to lift the vibrations in the studio. This week we will have our doors open to receive donations for the Harvey survivors in Houston.

I have to say, every morning I thank Spirit for allowing me another moment to be here. Material things are just that…THINGS!!! I have a great family and I’m relatively healthy. I’m blessed to be able to do exactly what I LOVE to do. I don't take that lightly or for granted. Be grateful, and count your blessings, because tomorrow is not guaranteed to anyone.

Always and in love,
Jyll

Sit in Yo Shit!

As the holidays are approaching, and the year of 2016 is coming to an end, all I can say is "don't let the doorknob hit you on your way out!!!!"  I am grateful that I had the opportunity to put that notch of fifty on my belt. Hell, after that... It's all a blur of a blob. I'm don't want to appear to be pessimistic, but I am writing this post election.

The energy out there is so overwhelming. Folks are in pain. I have to admit, it has affected me as well. I was disappointed, but surely not surprised. I mean my last newsletter I had just left Cape May, and felt like the only jiggaboo!!! It's apparent there is hella work to do out there in the world. I mean the day after the election, I drove my kids to school. The younger two cried and the older one wasangry. What do I tell these babies to comfort them, and help them process this???? I was at a lost. That day I opened the studio for meditation. We sat, AND BREATHED!  The emotions were high. We exchanged all those feelings. I wallowed in the shit all day. I woke up on Thursday and thought... What can I do to shift, and make sure this asshole doesn't get re elected?

I have to look in the mirror??? What do I see... An amazing black women who controls her own destiny. No one owes me. I got me, and I got me STRONG.  I have to make sure Urban Asanas  is prepared to supportfolks as they journey on this ride.  All of this starts within.... SELFCARE!!!! We have to slowdown and exhale. Breath supports the nervous system.  Take the time to sit with yourself, and love yourself.

Take the time to get to know you. When was the last time you looked in the mirror and said "I love you?"  If you don't love you, how can you go out there in the world? Self love is imperative. Do the things that make your toes curl back.... Date yourself. Nurture your spirit. Sit and dine with you. Take a bath, get a massage, a mani/pedi. We all have different desires, slow down and tap into yours. I can pretty much guarantee, once you do YOU... You can do for others.

Love manifest love. Love will ALWAYS conquer hate. Try to go out everyday and say HI to a stranger. We have to communicate with each other. We are we... I love you as I love myself. I'm making sure that the studio can accommodate you on this journey. We are offering more community classesand special workshops to deepen your practice. AND, I am excited to announce I'm leading a RETREAT in Greece, 2017! Sign Up for a payment plan and lets bask in the Mediterranean Sun and lift our spirits to the Sky!

As of December 1st, the studio has been open for 4years. I couldn't be here with out YOU all. It's crazy how amazing this community is! There are not enough thank you's. My heart is complete... May we continue to flourish on this journey, even when it seemsdismal. We do have the power... stay present!!!! 

"The best way out is through" Robert Frost   
Sit in your shit!!!
Let's be the change

Happy holidays

Always and in love,
jyll

We're Moving!

Well here we are again...

Sitting here at our local Cafe Rue Dix enjoying the beautiful sun and the warm temperature . Thinking how grateful I am. This life of mine is something special. When I open my eyes every morning I say “Thank You”!!! I am thankful that I’m living my life. I'm living my life on my own terms. I’m Ms.Captain of my ship. I’m at the point of my life that if it doesn’t make me feel good, then I don’t want to participate in it. I want to be around people that I can love, and who love me back unconditionally.

I love what I do!!! I love to bring people into a (safe) space, so they can move through their shit. We go through many things on a day to day basis. We need a space to laugh, cry, grow, and just BE!!! Urban Asanas is just that.  With that being said, it looks as if the new studio will open in a few weeks.

This expansion has tested all that I have. Blood, sweat, and hella tears!!! Initially I thought we were going to open April 1st. Its apparent THAT didn’t happen. I’m sharing this, because I had to completely surrender, and get humble. My vision was HUGE, but reality set in, and I needed to be a bit more practical. The studio didn’t need to be super extravagant. I’m not going to share all the shit that I was fantasying…the smoke has cleared, and my ego has been checked several times over. I can’t wait to open the doors so we can continue the lovefest!!! 

As we move into the May, I have a challenge for all of us. There seems to be some dark and heavy energy out there lurking about. I’m a believer that love trumps hate. So how about spreading LOVE all over that shit. When you look in the mirror, tell yourself “I love you!!!!!" THEN, call someone and tell them “I love you”!!!! Not someone like your parents or closest friends. I mean that cousin you haven’t spoken to in a minute. How about that old neighbor. I promise it’s really awesome!!! I dare you…hell, I double dare you.

We will have some specials happening when we open…..

Abundant love,
jyll

Happy Black History Month!

Happy Black History Month!!! In my opinion Black History is 365!!!

There is so much turmoil going on at the moment.
There is a sense of hopelessness, despair, anger...
You get it.

We are ALL are gagging that this person is destroying everything this country was built on. I'm amazed he got elected, but not surprised.  We can continue to point to the finger at who voted for him. At this point, who gives a damn. We have to come together, and figure out how to move through this thing. I have offered to use the studio to gather, and meet and talk. This begins with communication... A hello to a stranger is a great start.... say hello to your neighbor you pass everyday and don't acknowledge!!!!!! It will make a difference.

Speaking of HELLO!!! I would like to extend a shoutoutand thanks to all you newbies coming through the doors of the studio. There has been some amazing folks that graced us with their presence. A huge amount of gratitude to those OG'swho have been here since like.... Forever:)  The new studio is flowing along at a lovely pace, and with that being said, if you don't know!...Urban Asanas is moving to a bigger space within the block of the current studio. So now you know.

Again I'm birthing a baby. I still feel the same anxiety as if it was the first time. It still blows my mind how many beautiful people come through. The openness, the realness, and the LOVE!!!!!  I could not do what I do, if it wasn't for you. I'm humbled, and honored.

I am a firm believer, this is not my space. This is OUR space. A space that is inviting, welcoming,  and embracing.  We come together to move through our baggage. We come together to breathe. We come together because we are taking care of ourselves. We have to dig deep into our soul. It will not feel good. *YOU HAVE TO GET UNCOMFORTABLE-TO GET COMFORTABLE** I think we all are more than just a bit uncomfortable lately.

Now...more than ever it's imperative to get active. Call your senator, volunteer, donate... Do something! NOW is the time to get real. Let's get on the mat, and get grimy with it.  We can't keep denying he is there...Now what are we going to do? What am I going to do... I will continue to hold space for all of us...

Abundant love,
jyll