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The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

The Peace of Wild Things

Wendell Berry

 

Listen to Wendell Berry read this poem here @ On Being

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The Sun by Mary Oliver

Have you ever seen

anything

in your life

more wonderful

 

than the way the sun,

every evening,

relaxed and easy,

floats toward the horizon

 

and into the clouds or the hills,

or the rumpled sea,

and is gone--

and how it slides again

 

out of the blackness,

every morning,

on the other side of the world,

like a red flower

 

streaming upward on its heavenly oils,

say, on a morning in early summer,

at its perfect imperial distance--

and have you ever felt for anything

such wild love--

do you think there is anywhere, in any language,

a word billowing enough

for the pleasure

 

that fills you,

as the sun

reaches out,

as it warms you

 

as you stand there,

empty-handed--

or have you too

turned from this world--

 

or have you too

gone crazy

for power,

for things?

 

The Sun

Mary Oliver

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Thanksgiving Meditation, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving Outdoor Yoga community! 

I know I speak on behalf of all students and teachers when I say our gratitude for you and this community is massive. By adventuring around the city to show up for your practice, to create new experiences, to do your best in sharing your love and light with all of us, even on the tough days, even on the awesome days, and all those in between.. you create this magic that is our community.
Thank you for being you. And thank you for making life in San Francisco so much sweeter. 


We hope to see you at the end of this weekend, for a sunny Sunday practice at sunset on the most beautiful beach in the world! Celebrate the end of a special weekend in yoga community. 

A few of you had asked that we share the Gratitude Meditation and Prayer from our Gratitude Fundraiser Class on 11/13. Here it is for you. This is our collective gratitude prayer woven in with a traditional loving kindness meditation from the Buddhist tradition.

 

Gratitude Meditation + Prayer

Sit up nice and tall wherever you are. Stacking all of your vertebrate perfectly one over the other.

If you don’t sit in this position often feel free to find a wall space to lean against, or a buddy to go back to back with.

 

Julie

We congratulate you for taking this time to be in the spirit of gratitude and community tonight.

Allow yourself to settle here, to notice your body, notice your breath.

Checking the ego and judgement at the door. It's part of the human condition :)

And choosing to remember our oneness. With all the people around you here tonight. And all people everywhere. 

With a kind breath, inviting ourselves here into the present moment.

 

After each person shares a piece of the meditation, we’ll repeat this phrase from the traditional buddhist loving kindness practice:

May I be happy, may I be healthy, may I be peaceful, may I live with ease.

 

Grateful for this opportunity to notice what is going right.

Trusting that what we focus on expands.

Knowing that our primitive minds are wired to notice what’s going wrong, to survive and protect.

And so skillfully, with compassion, choosing to focus on what’s going right.

With each breath this evening, an invitation to refocus on all the blessings around us.

Breathe in gratitude and feel it expand in the body.

Exhale out the rest.

 

May I be happy, may I be healthy, may I be peaceful, may I live with ease.

 

Grateful to this opportunity to have gratitude for ourselves.

For all you do.

For showing up.

We each manage an unbelievable amount of life, everyday.

For all of your intention, everything you do day to day to make this world a better place.

Acknowledging that we are doing the best we can to bring kindness, love, patience into our lives and to others.

And quick to forgive ourselves for the moments of judgement, fear, anger.

Forgiveness is such an important part of our gratitude practice.

 

Breathe in forgiveness.

Exhale judgement.

 

May I be happy, may I be healthy, may I be peaceful, may I live with ease.

 

Gratitude for all of our emotions.

Imaging a recent instance of sadness, hurt, or frustration

Call up that feeling. Hold it in your heart space. See it. Acknowledge it.

Grateful for all the feelings that remind us we are human, that we are connected.

We are grateful for this practice that illuminates the darker moments and helps us to remember the light that lives within.

Grateful for all emotions and our practice that holds space for us to feel beautifully human.

 

May I be happy, may I be healthy, may I be peaceful, may I live with ease.

 

Grateful for this community here tonight, for everyone who couldn’t be here but who we miss, and for our yoga community everywhere.

For all the teachers that have come before us.

Acknowledging all practitioners, everywhere in the world.

For everyone who steps on their mat, everyday, with this same prayer, this intention for this practice to benefit all beings everywhere.

Inhaling with grateful for our global yoga community.

Calling to mind all yoga practitioners in the world, and especially the ones you know, and even the ones you don’t.

Gratitude for our all those who show up.

 

For all of our yoga community:

May you be happy, may you be healthy, may you be peaceful, may you live with ease.

 

Grateful for all people everywhere, who work to make this world a better place.

Our service members, heart-centered politicians of whom there are many!, our activists, environmentalists, artist and all people everywhere who consciously show up in this world to bring light to others. 
Gratitude for all those living in service of others.

For all people everywhere showing up in service:

May you be happy, may you be healthy, may you be peaceful, may you live with ease.

 

And now take a moment to acknowledge 3 things you are grateful for that have happened in the last 24 hours.

Something as small as the feeling of your sheets in bed, or your first sip of coffee this morning.

To a great accomplishment or interaction with someone.

Allowing ourselves to be witness to the miracles of life all around us, simply by calling it to our attention.

 

A now a moment to acknowledge something you're grateful for that's bigger than you.

Your family, your yoga community, your faith. Something bigger than all of us.

 

May we be happy, may we be healthy, may we be peaceful, may we live with ease. 

 

Namaste

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Holiday Prayer

December 18, 2016

The returning back to mat, again and again. 
To show up authentically, as ourselves. 
To breathe into the depths of layers where our light lives. 
The reconnection to nature, to oneness, to wholeness. 
The collective intentions set and lived. And when we forget, or falter, we come back again.
We help each other honor and remember ourselves. Valuing the connection within.
We forgive quickly. We remember compassion.
We remind each other of our greatness, our truth, of the opportunity to begin again.
Grateful for all of gorgeous morning sun and sunsets shared, the love amplified.


May you set aside time to breathe in and breathe out the greatness that is you.
The gorgeous, radiant light that is you.
And to remember that we are here, as a yoga community, and within all communities we're part of to be of service.
To elevate each other authentically, without hesitation, in any and every way. 
May you this be an invitation to you to continue to live your yoga this holiday season with a pause and intention as we spend time with loved ones.

This is the yoga practice. We are the one's we've been waiting for.  May our practice on the mat and with our loved ones this holiday season be of great benefit to all beings everywhere.

I love you all and wish you peace,
Julie

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Outdoor Yoga SF's new Sister, Lyra Yoga

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Outdoor Yoga SF's new Sister, Lyra Yoga

 

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Why Lyra? Lyra is the bigger picture for us. It's the connector to our classes both inside, outside, in your community, and everywhere we share inspiring movement classes with you. It's also about our why.

 

Every time we step on the mat, it is our deepest intention to authentically share what inspires each of us with you, to inspire you, to move you, and to most important, to connect all of us to incredible well of light, love, and strength within, to connect us to each other, and to the bigger world around us.

Lyra is a constellation, and it looks just like the Y in this logo. The dots here represent stars - you, and the constellation - interconnectedness with one another and with nature. The stars also symbolize the light each person in our community shares when we show up to practice, as we are. You, dear student, teacher, and friend, are the light at the heart of our community.

So what does this mean for you? 

  • More unique class offerings around SF for you! Everything from Candelit Yoga to a new series called Lyra Power Hour (30 min boot camp, 30 min yoga) classes coming in Jan. Stay tuned for more new offerings.
  • All Outdoor Yoga SF classes + events will continue to be, right here on the website.  Lyra classes and events will also be linked here, and on the Lyra Yoga website. 
  • We're also housing booking for all classes + events under one platform. With (new + exciting!) class pack options to streamline booking to make it super easy and more affordable.

 

Take a moment to set up you're Lyra Mindbody account + our new package offerings so it's super easy to book in the future.

 We are insanely grateful for you. And we can't wait to share the inspiration with you in 2017.

Wishing you happy holidays, R + R, and looking forward to starting again and renewing together soon. Big hugs 💜

Julie + The Outdoor Yoga SF + Lyra Team!

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Taking Yoga Off the Mat: A Letter from a friend

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Taking Yoga Off the Mat: A Letter from a friend

Dearest yoga friends,

It is being part of this community of spirited, generous, kind people like you that makes life in the Bay extra sweet.

Community is at the very core of why we come together to practice yoga.

We could all stay home and practice in our living rooms, but we don't. We travel - after work and on the weekends, to land on our mats among people we feel a kinship with. Even when these yogis are strangers, and we're at a new studio, this sense of connection is real.

Knowing everyone has shown up here for a reason beyond the physical workout, for something more potent, something that brings us together so that together we can go within... it's powerful stuff.

And what this yoga and community awakens within us is magical. From simply feeling grateful to for this breath, to being moved to take action about something important to us.

My dear friend Jenny has shown up thousands of times to her mat, and what she's found has transformed her. With an open heart, she has felt, as we all do, the suffering of homeless youth in our city and has transformed her emotion to action in joining At The Crossroads.

We're happy to support her work and energy with a $1 donation from our summer yoga events, totaling over $300.

We know this yoga practice serves all beings, and at Outdoor Yoga SF, we're happy to make all of us yogis part of the solution. Your energy, time and resources have been part of this effort, thank you. 

Please read the note below from Jenny to hear her experience firsthand.

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Hi, my name is Jenny Lyell.

I am a devoted yogi and a San Francisco resident for three years now. I make it to my mat as often as I can.. but these days my interest in the practice has taken new form as an active volunteer with At the Crossroads to support homeless youth in San Francisco. Over the last 1.5 years I've been on the board and part of this organization, I've witnessed the transformation within the lives of homeless youth through our work of building long-term relationships via 1:1 counseling.  

When I moved to downtown San Francisco three years ago, I was struck by the number of homeless people in the community, as I'm sure you were when you moved here. And while young homeless people are less noticeable, I learned that there were so many youth who were among the homeless. They’re not necessarily the people you see with grocery carts around, or visibly showing signs of mental illness + drug abuse. You may not even notice them because they don’t want to stand out or identify with homelessness. 

Homeless Youth are often wearing donated clothes, trying to find places to wash up and maintain hygiene, and they’re out on the streets because their situation at home (when there is a home) is often worse off. They flee from child abuse, parent(s) on drugs, unhealthy foster care, and ATC is specifically focused on reaching out to these children, the ones who have fallen through the cracks of our system.

This is why ATC resonates so much with me: the mission is built around connection, non-judgement, and empathy.

It’s deeply rewarding to know that we can do something to support youth in our city, and that through ATC many kids now have someone in their life who can give them hope and support. T And it is my hope that we can provide them not only resources to lessen their suffering and get on a track to a safe home and job, but also that in the future we can pre-empt homelessness by continuing to support youth through relationship building and mentorship.

I'm so proud to be part of this organization. 

If you'd like to learn more or how you can help, please reach out to me at jennylyell@gmail.com. Donations are always welcome and appreciated as well here on our donations page. Thank you for your attention here, we appreciate you.

Jenny

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Smoked Salmon [delicious + power packed!] Fresh Rolls

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Smoked Salmon [delicious + power packed!] Fresh Rolls

photo credit: I Am Food Blog

photo credit: I Am Food Blog

This snack is on my-go to meal and snack rotation almost every week because it's fresh, easy and feels like I'm winning at life when I make it. And it's a cornerstone recipe of the 7 day Honest Yoga Detox seasonal cleanse program because it's just so perfect.

This pairing of avocado and smoked salmon is a classic. This snack is full of omega 3s and healthy fats, which are so unbelievably key to a healthy diet and happy person. 

It's also a great snack because all of the ingredients are easy to keep on hand / easy to find at the store. You can keep your smoked salmon in the fridge for many weeks and rice paper rolls in the pantry, and the other ingredients are easily found at any corner store.  

 

One tip for making this recipe:

Practice rolling. Rolling gets easier and your food gets more beautiful with practice!

Serves: 2 people. 5 rolls    Time to Prepare: 15 minutes

 

Ingredients:

6 rice paper wrappers

1 avocado

1 medium carrot, julienne

1/2 cucumber, julienne

2 lettuce leaves (optional) - softer lettuce works best

1 4oz pack wild smoked salmon or 1 4oz pack organic tofu. (seasoned teriyaki flavor works well here!)

1 bunch fresh cilantro


Ingredients for Simple Dipping Sauce:

Soy Sauce, Fresh Ginger, Fresh Cilantro, Rice Wine Vinegar

 

Directions:

1) Sliced all cucumbers and carrots into julienne slices or as thin as you can make them. (1/4" x 1/4" thick.)

2) Slice avocado super thin too. To do this, cut the avo. Remove pit. And scoop the avocado out of the shell with a spoon. Then turn face down and slice.

3) Chop cilantro, loosely and separate lettuce leaves. Make sure all of your ingredients are ready to go. As in photo. It doesn't have to be all Martha Stewart style, but it's easier when it's all set.

4) Take a rice paper wrapper and completely submerge it in a bowl of warm water for 10-15 seconds. Place the wrapper on a plate or cutting board. It will continue to soften as your assembling your roll.

5) Add fillings - just a couple slices of each, in this order: avocado - on the bottom, for beauty! smoked salmon, cucumbers, carrots, lettuce, cilantro. Fold the bottom half of the wrapper up over the filling, just like you would a burrito. Then fold in the sides and roll. 

 

Simple dipping sauce:

Low sodium soy sauce with fresh ginger slices + loosely chopped cilantro. And If you have it, a splash of rice vinegar!

 

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Chai Date Coconut Dessert Balls

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Chai Date Coconut Dessert Balls

If you've been to one of Lacy's outdoor yoga classes, you may of tasted one of these ridiculously delicious treats. They're spiced like chai tea (another one of our faves!) and are a completely natural and super easy treat. So here's the recipe.

Makes 8-10 rolls

Time: 40 minutes (with 30 minute chill time)

Ingredients

  • 1/4 c. raw pecans
  • 14 medjool dates, pits removed
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/4 t cinnamon, ground
  • 1/8 t ginger, ground
  • 1/8 t cardamom, ground
  • 1/8 t cloves, ground
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/8 c. coconut, shredded

Recipe:

1. Combine all ingredients but coconut and pulse in a food processor until a sticky dough forms.

2. Chill dough in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

3. Roll out dough on a piece of wax paper and form the dough into small balls about 1" size or smaller, then roll each piece in shredded coconut to lightly coat.

Store in the fridge for up to a week and share generously !

 

 

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