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The Whorled

First Ever

I was so thrilled to see 20 people in the room June 22nd at 6pm for the first ever Ritual of Rest in Oakland, CA. We were located at the beautiful and inclusive certified green yoga studio Anasa in East Oakland. My co-host for the event was Sima Kavary. Together we led an evening of restorative yoga, crystal grid meditation, breath work, and sound healing.

Thank you to everyone who came to Summer Solstice Ritual of Rest at  Anasa Yoga  and made it a sold-out evening! As well, thank you to everyone who cheered us on and showed interest but couldn't make it! Rest assured, more to come.

Thank you to everyone who came to Summer Solstice Ritual of Rest at Anasa Yoga and made it a sold-out evening! As well, thank you to everyone who cheered us on and showed interest but couldn't make it! Rest assured, more to come.

In our inaugural Ritual of Rest, we dived into the expansive empowering energy of the Summer Solstice to practice deep listening to our bodies and inspire our visions of our presence in the future.

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My favorite moment of the evening was the 10 minutes or so we spent in silence, each walking near and in circles around the crystal grid. I can only imagine the depth of appreciation, contemplation and illumination that each person felt gazing at the beautiful spread of Citrine, Carnelian, Tiger Eye, Rose Quartz, Selenite, Amethyst, Amazonite, Honey Calite, Sunstone, Moonstone, Labradorite Daisies, Chamomile, Rosemary, Rose, California Buckwheat, Dandelions and Lavender.

The “Ritual of Rest” emerged from my experiences this past winter. During this time I was sidelined by painful injuries and seemingly impossible roadblocks involving my family and my professional direction. It was crucial to renew my habits of self-care that related to rest, listening, and inner vision (innervation/ in our vision). Intentionally practicing rest became the light in my lantern as I walked the path through physical and emotional pain, depression, doubt, and uncertainty.

Bringing the first Ritual of Rest to reality was my first experience in communicating and co-creating some closely held ideas with a collaborator. Having collaborators has become more and more important to me as I learn to share my intention, vocabulary, and influences more widely. Conveying to Sima my ideas regarding rest and its importance was, for me, the most critical and enriching part of co-creating the ritual.

I look around, and I become more sure about the importance of rest for all peoples but especially, in these United States, for People of Color, the African and Caribbean diaspora, and activists to name a few key groups. Stay tuned for more of my writing on listening, dreaming, resting, re-organizing, visioning, and aligned action!

To the familiar faces who joined us and to the new friends we made- We feel gratitude for your presence. We couldn’t have done it with out you.

To the familiar faces who joined us and to the new friends we made- We feel gratitude for your presence. We couldn’t have done it with out you.

Take a little of the Ritual of Rest home with you by practicing this short supported inversion at home.

1. Lay on your back and declare to your body that you are here for rest and ease

2. Prop your legs up on some pillows (or up against a wall or on a couch or chair)

3. Soften, slow, and deepen your breath

4. Consider your feet, legs, hips or whatever is your vehicle for getting you where you are going as an extension of the earth element. Feel/imagine/sense/smell earth, soil, roots, groundedness.

5. Invite the wisdom of the earth (everywhere you've been, wherever you are going and any place you have called home and rooted into) to move to your heart. It might be feelings, thoughts, stories, smells, faces, visions, or just a deepening sense of support.

6. Inner-vision where you are going next. You might be visioning something very specific or visioning your continued rest-full-ness.

7. Affirmation from Black Spruce flower essence: The eternal wisdom of the ages is alive within every cell of my body. I apply all the knowledge gained from the past to my present learning.

*if you have any limitations with getting down to the floor, use your bed and prop your legs up on pillows. If you are more comfortable in a chair or make your moves from a wheelchair, request assistance so that your legs can be propped up on a chair and some pillows across from you. If including the legs doesn't work for you at all make any changes you need to be as comfortable in your current posture, make your declaration of ease and rest, and move to #3-6 for the meditation.

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