“Time to go into the dark
where the night has eyes
to recognize its own.
There you can be sure
you are not beyond love.
The dark will be your womb
The night will give you a horizon
further than you can see.
You must learn one thing.
The world was made to be free in.”
-Excerpt from “Sweet Darkness” by David Whyte
Venturing into the darkness, the unknown, we often lose our bearings. The surface identifiers of our lives, what we all too often build our sense of self around, are eclipsed by the power of night, leaving us to ask: Who am I, really?
Like our yoga practice, the darkness is a container for transformation, a chrysalis. It’s a sacred space we can dip into to know ourselves for who we are underneath all the “stuff” that can obscure our ability to see ourselves and our lives clearly.
In the good company of fellow seekers and with the beautiful backdrop of live shakuhachi flute music from Beau Vandendolder, we will practice by candlelight, combining fluid, breath-based vinyasa, restorative shapes and pranayama to invoke and integrate what is most essential.