sailing into spring

Happy leap year, y'all!

February is generally my least favorite month, the time of doldrums. Well, I did this year way right and had my best February in many years, maybe ever.

Don't get me wrong, I still whine internally about the cold. But this time around I had a LOT to keep me enthusiastic.

Actually, the fun started in January, at "Yoga & Immunity"—a workshop in which I taught how to make sauerkraut. A glimpse of the process:

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In mid-February, I took part in 2 performances of the Vagina Monologues, which raised over $2000 for the V-Day Foundation, as well as a local charity, Charis Circle. I'm always amazed at the appreciation and education of attendees—regardless of gender identification, they all leave with hearts and minds altered.

The following weekend was Numinous Moxie, my retreat about yoga and leadership. I was a little nervous about leading my first retreat, but mostly I was excited. The retreat was an amazing experience—we laughed, we practiced, we debated, we got triggered, we addressed intense issues, we savored great food, we drummed, we drank a lot of coffee. We did a lot of meaningful work, and found the joy in the process.

I left the weekend feeling deeply in service, as well as seen and appreciated for the work I do. And in the first week afterwards, I heard individually from all the participants that they were already—already!—using the skills and tools we developed over the weekend. That was even more humbling...and inspiring.

I squeezed in a final workshop series about asana practice, Foundations in the Feet & Forward Folds. And today, leap year day, I finished both my taxes and my final recordings for the next Blue Spirit Wheel album. Whew!

My last big -BIG- event before spring is Chantlanta 2016. I'm still staying on my mission of taking practice off the mat—in this case, in the form of sustainability. For the first time, Chantlanta will have composting and comprehensive recycling. And no bottled water anywhere!

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