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Archive for August 19th, 2008

Big Announcement!

Om La La is holding our first retreat this fall and we want you to join us!

Here is the lowdown:

November 7-9 at the Porches Inn in the Berkshires

Expect a lot of fun, some hard, sweaty practices to banging music, healthful, vegetarian food, a fun mix of people, and a chill way to wind down from your week!  You don’t need to take off time from work, transportation is easy, and the fall foliage will be out in full force!

Check out our site omlalayoga.com to check out the itinerary, our philosophy, and details regarding the trip!  More details will follow, but we want to see who’s interested, so please, send us a note to let us know if you want in!

-Britt & Eliza

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I struggle sometimes with the idea of being happy just as you are.  This is sort of a basic yoga principle but not something that I can get behind 100%.  I was on a yoga retreat (ish) in May where many of the other vacationers were firm believers in the idea that ignorance is bliss.  I work in journalism (for now), where you are constantly increasing your knowledge- at least in terms of history, current events, etc.  I’m in awe of two of our writers that have been in the business for many years and remember obscure politicians, conflicts I’ve never heard of and the like.  Everyone chooses to respect certain virtues and even how to define what a virtue is- I realize that these are not the same for everyone.  Regardless, I was frustrated on this retreat, because so many of the people there just didn’t care what was going on (this was during the beginning of the end for Hillary), and it made me oddly angry.  Our country isn’t exactly in a great place right now and not caring about who we were going to pick to clean up this mess just seemed irresponsible to me.  Selfish. I wonder- is your own bliss that important?  So important that you don’t care about your fellow citizens who are losing their jobs, their homes to foreclosures, their sons and daughters to a thankless war?  To me, yoga is more about finding a balance.  Yes bliss and enlightenment are things to strive for, but not without being grounded in reality.  This morning I read an article by Olivia Rosewood and Steve Ross that addressed the idea of living as a yogi in the Western world, which I thought I would share a portion of:

“Your life is perfect as it is. Every aspect is exactly as it should be, pointing you precisely in the direction you’re meant to go. Whether you’re able to see it this way or not is a reasonable measure of your happiness, no matter what your life situation might be. What might seem like problems to some may be seen as invitations to change for others.

If you can realize that you — and that “you” includes the whole world — are perfect right now, you might be able to get past your guilt, find a rock in the woods and sit in silent bliss for the rest of your life. Rocks themselves do it, after all.

In India, faced with an arranged marriage, a life of family drama, and the mundane world of materialism, many people choose to put on the orange robes of renunciation and seek a deeper experience. In the jungles, caves have been filled with yogis seeking the truth in solitude and silence for thousands of years. They go to the caves, perhaps build a fire and sit in front of it, eat freshly picked berries from the forest, perhaps realize their enlightenment, perhaps not, and never leave this natural wonder. It’s a beautiful life, and it is accepted by the Indian people as a noble path. This solitary truth seeking is seen as a service to the planet at large in its own, albeit indirect, way. By not further polluting the world with worries and conflict, they are becoming a part of silent evolution. The love and bliss hundreds of cave dwellers are feeling even as you read these words are emanating and rippling through the world.

True, it’s not that easy for everyone. Not all of us live in a country where a life in a cave is as acceptable as a condo by the beach. Some of us have jobs in office buildings and pets and children to nourish. In our culture, it’s easy to still the mind temporarily: surfing, a hard workout, sexing yourself silly, eating yourself into a coma. But full bliss won’t reveal itself to you in a lasting way from a quick fix like this. But bliss can be found, even in our culture. When every action is performed with full attention, in a way that doesn’t solidify the illusion of a psychological identification with the ego mind, you are meditating, merging, practicing yoga in every moment: in your car, at the supermarket, at work, at the park.”

Find the rest of the article on Huffington

-Britt

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