Time seems to me moving in two opposing and different directions as I can’t believe I haven’t posted to the BLOG in 3 weeks and at the same time, I just now feel that I getting into my personal rhythm. Granted, I did post my newsletter which had elements of BLOG posting and takes a long time to write, build, link in, and proofread. And I have a fairly busy teaching schedule here on Mallorca.
So as I continue to look deeper into my own life for personal growth, the local environment of Palma and Mallorca to raise the vibrations of my immediate surroundings (part of my ‘life purpose’ these days) and to the world for the global consciousness shift….I am finding a WIDE variety of experiences and situations. Since the last post about the island and the challenges of being a Green Yogi here, I am still finding many of the same situations I posted about about before (plastic…plastic…plastic, trash in the streets, luxury yacht waste, smoking and more smoking, a wide range of societal ‘sleeping’) but I have also begun to unearth pockets of great awareness and a fairly ‘underground’ community of yogi’s, natural medicine people, health consciousness seekers and people with positive intentions. There is a magazine here called Namaste that I found that not only is pointing me towards the health food stores, restaurants and events….but it’s helping with my Spanish as well! The magazine has shown me there is much more to the island then I have seen in my experience from my apartment to the chicky yoga studio and with the students, who although have great intentions, are quite different in lifestyle then me! The other day I went to a magical beach sunset with a friend and to dinner afterwards where ‘our people’ were….jugglers, hippies and fun people! So although I’m still enjoying some solitary time when I can, I have also made good friends with some other yoga teachers, therapists and students who bring a lot of hope and love here.
On the work front, teaching regularly scheduled classes is both great and challenging. I have a deep desire to offer something unique and special every class and have been teaching various themes and ideas in the asanas while also making sure that the points that I feel are important in the practice are repeated over and over and over again…. Since I am in a bit of a groove with the classes, they have grown steadily and I feel a good connection to the regular students and see their development. This is exciting and something I miss when I just do weekend programs and special events. The full time schedule did not impact my practice too much, except this week as I am in a Spanish intensive course in the morning and teaching every evening so my personal practice time has become part of my teaching time. I’m not a big fan of that as I prefer to be around the room for adjustments but I also feel that it is important for me to have some time to practice mixed with my studies, homework and housework. Sure, I could be practicing on my own right now, but I am teaching the ‘advanced’ class in 2 hours and will take practice with them. It’s about finding balance!
I have really been enjoying the advance practice class and am teaching my practice to them….long holds of down dog to start. lunges….handstands, long headstand with variations and shoulderstand with variations. Seems to be well received as well people keep coming back . I also added an Ashtanga Primary Series class to the schedule and that has been well received as well. I like teaching that and sharing with students where Vinyasa flow can trace its roots. That also means the Primary Series is part of my practice once a week as well, which my body likes.
My Spanish classes are going very well, although it is a very basic level class and I have a good basic understanding of the language. I am in a group with 8 other students, mostly Germans, and most could not even ask for the bathroom on day one (donde esta el bano?!?!?)…. I was invited to ‘jump’ to the second class, but I decided to stay in level I to get a foundation….seeing as I’ve been teaching / preaching / living FIND THE FOUNDATION before moving forward in Yoga practice and other aspects of life. Time to taste my own medicine! What I am getting out of it is a much better understanding of verb conjugations and some subtle pronounciation things that are very helpful. Of course, I have become the ‘teacher’s pet’ but I think it’s OK here as I am learning more with her personal guidance and support. Also, I feel I am helping with the group and that I am a natural teacher… The class ends on Friday and I will continue on with Private lessons over the next few weeks to get better and better…. The thought passed through my mind that before I leave here, I will make an entire BLOG post in Spanish….and since I published it for the world to see, now it is so! Before December 23, I will make a whole blog post en Espanol escrivando solo!
I continue to occupy myself with work items as well… booking and scheduling the rest of this European autumn, marketing Morocco and Brasil events and scheduling through 2009…. It’s nice to have time and energy to put forth into my planning. There’s something in my constitution that really enjoys that. People say it’s my Moon in Scorpio that keeps my ‘working mind’ busy all the time. Whatever it is, I also feel it is rooted in deep desire to keep sharing yoga, life music and love with as many people as I can. Today, I found a printer to make 500 postcards for teacher training in February and I am doing as much publicity for New Year’s retreat as I can. So far, I have 5 of 20 spots confirmed in Essaouira and I keep my attention on selling the retreat out.
Thanks to SKYPE, I am in steady communication with Mom and Dad and a few other friends who are on frequently. If you want to chat…hit me up! davidlurey ….really! I was feeling a bit homesick during Burning Man, but that’s passed and I feel really good here. I do not have the ‘depth’ of friendship of my Bay Area crew around me, but I am making relationships with friends here that open fairly quickly. Many of the people here on Mallorca are travelers as well so can relate on that level.
I’ve organzed a weekly AcroYoga Jam on the beach that is going great….there are some superstar flyers here and one other base and we are making a great sangha. the other base is 85 kilos and a big guy, so I am enjoying flying him….and he’s loving it too as not too many people can fly him! The people who are coming to this are the ones who I feel the most connected to, which makes sense, I will work on a new location for the next few weeks when the rain is supposed to start.
This Sunday the 21st is UN World Peace Day and Global Mala….I am organzing 108 Sun Salutations on the beach in the morning and 108 minutes of Kirtan in the evening at the Yoga studio. It will be interesting as most of the students here have never done Kirtan before. It will be nice to support them in opening their voices in the name if the divine (although I will keep it ‘digestable’ for all levels of spiritual seekers!). The 108 Sun Salutes should be nice too, but I am making it a 10:30 AM which is SUPER early for Spain. However, I think some dedicated and curious yogi’s will come.
Oh, one other thing before I sign off….I have been listening to MC YOGI’s new album that I got off iTunes. Holy shit, Nicholas has done something really special there! If you like fun conscious hip-hip, you’ve got to check it out. All the songs are great, but he has one about Mahatma Gandhi called ‘Be the Change’ and I have been listening to it a lot because it’s what I’m up to here! So thanks, Nicholas! Nice work!
New photos on the Mallorca Photo Blog from flying friends and other things….I have not been taking to many photos as this feels like my ‘home city’ for a while….but I will shoot some in the next weeks and get them up for everyone. However, there was a rainbow outside my balcony on Sunday morning and it looked like this!
Light and Love > David