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Through working with Joanna Macy and other great teachers, I have come to believe in the power and importance of despair work. Most of the people I speak to about this work are totally understanding of this need, and are excited that this work is spreading through the communities engaged in activism around environmental and social justice, personal and collective transformation, and spirituality. However, I recently became aware that even within the community there are some that find the thought of such work self-indulgent and unnecessary. Though I could write for hours about why I disagree, I will post a link to this article written by Joanna Macy for Yes! Magazine (one of my favorites!) — Joanna is far more capable of summarizing why this work is so essential to these most challenging times.

Would love to hear what y’all think. This is one of my favorite quotes from the article:

Zen poet Thich Nhat Hanh was asked, “what do we most need to do to save our world?” His answer was this: “What we most need to do is to hear within us the sounds of the Earth crying.”

To our ever-deepening power to listen — within and without,

Tal

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If you’re reading this, I hope you’ll be joining me and several other yoga students and teachers for an exploration of what gifts our yoga might bring us in this time of global crisis — in our relationship to ourselves, each other, all other beings, and the Earth herself. For those of you that have not experienced The Work That Reconnects, and would like a little glimpse into the work and the great being that helped birth these practices, please visit joannamacy.net — there you will find videos of Joanna (including her recent talk at Bioneers), descriptions of some of the practices (though, like a description of a yoga pose, reading about it is nothing like doing the actual practice), and even a picture of yours truly, who was part of the summer intensive this past August.

In addition to sharing some practices from the Work That Reconnects, I’ll also be sharing some teachings from my studies with many other teachers in several different modalities, including (but not limited to): Anna Halprin (one of the pioneers in expressive arts therapy, modern dance, and community ritual — and a main reason I ended up moving to the Bay Area), Continuum Movement (I’ve studied with Beth Riley and founder Emilie Conrad), Bill Plotkin (see his books Nature and The Human Soul and Soulcraft, as well as his organization Animas Valley Institute), Dylan Newcomb and The 16 Ways, and 5Rhythyms.

So we’ll be moving and experiencing our bodies in different ways, though this will _not_ be a traditional asana class (just to be clear!). Please let me know if you have any questions by adding a comment here or sending me an e-mail. Thanks! (More will be forthcoming about next week’s workshops, too!)

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