Ultimately we have just one moral duty:
to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves,
more and more peace,
and to reflect it toward others.
And the more peace there is in us,
the more peace there will also be in our troubled world.

Etty Hillesum

Happy October! 

The weather is shifting and the sun is {finally} shining again!
My fall 200 hour Yoga Flow Teacher Training program begun on Friday night and we have a great group of eager practitioners ready to transform. There is something so inspiring when I get to watch someone peel away the layers and re-discover their beautiful Self.

Whether you have completed a Yoga Teacher Training Program, are in one now, or considering participating in one for the future, you can still start today with shedding layers and tapping into your true self. 

For me, the simplest guidelines to help me get back on track, are to refer to the Yama’s & Niyamas. The Yamas & Niyamas are the 10 yoga ethical guidelines, disciplines, observances or directions on how to live a well and joyous life. I personally love and recommend, Deborah Adele’s version.
You can purchase here:  The Yamas & Niyamas

The First Yama is Ahimsa – Non Violence or even better, least harming. Deborah Adele says: “this is the first jewel, it sits as the foundation to the other guidelines, which in turn enhance the meaning and flesh out the richness of non-violence. Non-violence is a stance of right relationship with others and with self that is neither self-sacrifice nor self-aggrandizement. This tenant guides us to live together, share the goods, and do what we want – without causing harm to others or ourselves.” 

American Poet, Lucille Clifton once said, “Every pair of eyes facing you has probably experienced something you could not endure.” It is true that every human walking this earth has painful stories tucked in the corners of their hearts. Isn’t this timely? I thought so too.

This month I encourage you to explore:
“This month practice courage by doing one thing daily that you wouldn’t normally do. If you’re feeling brave, make that one thing something that scares you. If you are feeling really courageous, get excited about the fact that you’re scared and you’re doing it anyway. See if you can discern between fear and the unfamiliar. What happens to your sense of self and how your relationships with others might be different because you are courageously stepping into unknown territory.” From Deborah Adele’s “The Yamas & Niyamas”.

Please keep me posted on your transformation and let’s have an amazing October. 

Also for your information, the last two Tree Top Yoga classes are full for October. My calendar for future classes can be found here :
Jess Purtell Yoga  –New classes will be added soon–

See you on the mat.
With Love, 

Jess Purtell