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Finding Home Wherever You Are

I’ve been on the road for about a week now and there is a temporary lull in my schedule as I await our Teacher Training students to arrive in Greece.

I’ve found myself in some familiar places and some cities and towns completely new to me.
Wherever I go, I know that I can always find a home in a local yoga studio.

This week I took my first class in French in a quaint studio in Nice – Art Yoga.
Language doesn’t matter; the language of yoga is universal. We communicate through a feeling that is created by the teacher’s tone of voice, the sound of the inhale and exhale, and the energy of the other students in the room.

That is one of the greatest gifts yoga gives us; a welcoming home and community wherever we go.

To date I’ve taken classes in Japanese, French, Greek and Spanish. This week I may even try an Italian class. My French teacher graciously threw in some English to help me along but I wasn’t fussed about getting everything right, just soaking up that good yoga vibe…coming home.

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Care More

Lauris’ passing stirred a lot of emotion in our community.
I was touched by all the emails and stories shared about this inspiring woman.

Last Monday we took a moment of silence at our Solstice Celebration in remembrance of her. We then decided to celebrate her life loud and strong, by dedicating a song to her and having a dance for her.

What an incredible thing it is when as a community we care.

Care about your health, care about your happiness, care about the stranger right beside you, care about those you love. Care more. It changes everything.

This week finds me across the globe again, taking our Semperviva style celebrations to Amsterdam and Nice.

A wise old Indian teacher has been reappearing in my life for years. His message to me has been consistent….”Gloria, teach joy.”

So tonight after teaching at the Breathe As One Yoga Festival and the Amsterdam Yoga Festival, I hope for a few moments students did experience joy – a lightness in their hearts and a smile on their lips.

Good night from Nice,

Gloria Latham

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Who are we to each other?

This is not the post I had intended to write.

It is with a heavy heart that I share the passing of a beautiful woman and Semperviva student, Lauris.

43 days ago, I asked Lauris to sit at the front of the room to share her yoga story because she inspired me so much. You can read her full story here.

Yesterday afternoon I received a call from my team, concerned that they had not seen Lauris for two days. They asked if it was ok to go to her home and look for her.

I reflected for a moment if it was our role to track people down if they skipped class but we all sensed something was wrong.

Our discovery was a sad one.

I’m grateful to be part of a community that cares that much for each other. To be amongst people that notice your absence and want to reach out.

So many of us have been touched by Lauris and she lives in our hearts forever.

Tomorrow, Monday night, we’re having an early Summer Solstice Party and I’d like to celebrate Lauris and what she has meant to our community.

May the long time sun shine upon you,

Gloria Latham

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I’m not a morning person

I’m not a morning person and yet I find myself willingly waking up earlier and earlier. There’s a stillness in the early morning hours that I have come to crave.

It’s a time to connect with my own thoughts before I become caught up in everyone else’s.

The night owl in me has issues with this, so I’ve stopped watching the clock.

I don’t want the clock to dictate whether I should feel tired. The only thing I’ll let the clock dictate is being on time for commitments I’ve made with other people.

These early morning hours, 2 ½ hours before sunrise are referred to as the “ambrosial hours”. In yogic scriptures they say it is the time where “auric protection” is strongest and prana/life force the most concentrated.

On a practical level, it’s the time of day where the rest of the world is still asleep so there is less noise and fewer disturbances; no one is looking for you at that time of day!

Before you head out into the world its important to do your “internal work”. As Robin Sharma says: “The way you begin your day determines how you live your day”.

Your internal work can include yoga, meditation, journaling…essentially just be with yourself. Connect with your values, reflect on what you’re grateful for and make sure the things you’re about to race out and do have meaning and value for you.

Don’t lose yourself by not spending time with yourself.

It takes 40 days to establish a new habit pattern, like waking up earlier.

I have lots of great yogic tools to share with you for installing the habit of yoga, mediation and self-reflection into your days.

You can learn more about these breakthroughs in my live courses, and online training.

May the long time sun shine upon you.

Sat Nam

Gloria

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