WELCOME TO SUN DOOR

September 1, 2015

Welcome to SUN DOOR YOGA….

 

Over the last year we have been illuminating different aspects of Yoga with monthly articles from various island teachers at SUN DOOR.  I’d like to take the opportunity this month to more fully introduce SUN DOOR YOGA to you, with the joys of celebrating its first anniversary this autumn.  It’s been a remarkable year to see how this beautiful new Yoga hall on Hornby is serving the island community.  Local islanders and visitors have been thriving in their practices within the walls of SUN DOOR, and the common remark has been ‘finally, a sanctioned space on Hornby for Yoga and Yoga related events.’

 

Everything comes in its own time.  I returned home to Hornby in 2006 after the better part of a decade working and living in India as a midwife, while throughout that time relying on a Yoga practice and studying the precepts of Yoga and Buddhism.  I have personally learned that Yoga provides a sound container for the complexities of life and one’s health and awareness and is an agent of change and growth in all its guises, forms and practices. Spanning continents in this day and age, Yoga has touched the lives of millions of people worldwide. It has found its rightful place central to healing and alternative healthcare, wellness programs, therapy, counseling, workshops and retreats, spaces set aside in homes for practice, and most obvious are Yoga studios in every town and city worldwide.  Living in India I was introduced to the necessity of ‘sacred space’ in everyday life, and particularly in community.  It was perfectly clear to me upon my return that Hornby could prosper with a Yoga ‘shala’ in so many ways, and I set out to create that.

 

And what is a shala?  A Yoga Shala is a 'place of yoga'. It is a gathering place for students of Yoga to practice, share, experience and grow.  It typically stands apart from the busyness of the market place and social activity, providing a hallowed, consecrated space for devotion, practice, solitude and sanity.  We certainly have this now on Hornby and I feel honoured and challenged to be providing, and helping to grow this exquisite Yoga hall here at SUN DOOR for this community purpose.  Building SUN DOOR has been the strongest personal gesture in ‘bowing down’ to Yoga and I’m deeply touched by everyone who comes to practice as they express how much a sanctioned space brings to their experience and understanding of Yoga.  A Yoga shala is just that, with its doors open to all who share a curiosity  and knowing of its benefits,  an interest in study, a sense of awe around wellness and a joy and celebration in healing and finding a sure ground of being within themselves in a pretty wild world.

 

Neither building or the deeper rigors of Yoga are a walk in the park, but call for a certain level of surrender.  I aimed to ‘build beautiful’ as we do on Hornby with fine resources and a few key people that made this happen.  Jim Griffin felled the trees, Jake and Kelly Parker milled them up for the post and beam construction that Ken and Isaac Fisher designed and masterfully completed, and Steve Tovell finished the interior.  I purchased most of the building materials from Demxx in Coombs, which began with the remarkable teak ‘Sun-Doors’ from Rajasthan that you enter through into the shala.  Hence, Sun Door Yoga.  Midway, I realized that this building had a soul and destination beyond my grit and ambition and like a Yoga pose or practice required my conscious presence while I also get out of its way with my agitated mind and concerns.  This has been a prominent and ongoing process as I watch Sun Door grow, become part of the island community and take its place in the field of Hornby architecture and sanctioned Yoga halls around the world.  A young woman friend visiting from Los Angeles this summer lamented, ’I wish we had something like this in LA!’ Surely you do I suggested, but no, most Yoga ‘studios’ are rentals carving out space in an otherwise commercial or public area.  Complete, SUN DOOR YOGA is a glorious building whose destination I continue to watch unfold as it inspires (more) Yoga on Hornby .

 

Over this last year there have been regular drop in Yoga sessions for all ages, meditation, dance classes, singing, a sit down concert, several workshops and retreats and private use, and Sun Door is prepared for more of the same as this new year unfolds.  Different Yoga practices have been introduced to the curious and adventurous and familiar practices have fed those practitioners with a regular practice, while the schedule has generally offered up a variety of practices for a variety of people.  This fall we are opening up in October with island teachers offering  a new schedule in Hatha, Kundalini, Restorative, and Yin Yoga, with Toddlers, Seniors and Young  Girls Yoga classes and special events planned throughout the year (Oct-April).  If you are interested in entering into or continuing an exploration in Yoga…connecting the breath to the body, coming home to the Self, or seeking a balance within yourself (the constant search!) there is so much here to delve into.  If you are simply interested in developing more flexibility, strength and balance in both body and mind, stepping into a personal Yoga practice can be your entry into an enhanced sense of well-being.  Have a look at the SUN DOOR website for deeper descriptions of what is being offered and don’t hesitate to call with queries on any classes that interest you.  An ‘Open Hall’ is being held on Sunday, October 11/15 and you are heartily invited to come meet the teachers here at Sun Door and enjoy the Yoga space itself.

 

It’s helpful to know more about what interests you regarding SUN DOOR and Yoga and I’ve prepared a short survey to gather this information.  If you could take a few moments to complete it, what you submit will be taken to heart as we continue to plan, or shall I say follow the direction that SUN DOOR is leading us?  All paths lead home…

Welcome to SUN DOOR YOGA….

 

Over the last year we have been illuminating different aspects of Yoga with monthly articles from various island teachers at SUN DOOR.  I’d like to take the opportunity this month to more fully introduce SUN DOOR YOGA to you, with the joys of celebrating its first anniversary this autumn.  It’s been a remarkable year to see how this beautiful new Yoga hall on Hornby is serving the island community.  Local islanders and visitors have been thriving in their practices within the walls of SUN DOOR, and the common remark has been ‘finally, a sanctioned space on Hornby for Yoga and Yoga related events.’

 

Everything comes in its own time.  I returned home to Hornby in 2006 after the better part of a decade working and living in India as a midwife, while throughout that time relying on a Yoga practice and studying the precepts of Yoga and Buddhism.  I have personally learned that Yoga provides a sound container for the complexities of life and one’s health and awareness and is an agent of change and growth in all its guises, forms and practices. Spanning continents in this day and age, Yoga has touched the lives of millions of people worldwide. It has found its rightful place central to healing and alternative healthcare, wellness programs, therapy, counseling, workshops and retreats, spaces set aside in homes for practice, and most obvious are Yoga studios in every town and city worldwide.  Living in India I was introduced to the necessity of ‘sacred space’ in everyday life, and particularly in community.  It was perfectly clear to me upon my return that Hornby could prosper with a Yoga ‘shala’ in so many ways, and I set out to create that.

 

And what is a shala?  A Yoga Shala is a 'place of yoga'. It is a gathering place for students of Yoga to practice, share, experience and grow.  It typically stands apart from the busyness of the market place and social activity, providing a hallowed, consecrated space for devotion, practice, solitude and sanity.  We certainly have this now on Hornby and I feel honoured and challenged to be providing, and helping to grow this exquisite Yoga hall here at SUN DOOR for this community purpose.  Building SUN DOOR has been the strongest personal gesture in ‘bowing down’ to Yoga and I’m deeply touched by everyone who comes to practice as they express how much a sanctioned space brings to their experience and understanding of Yoga.  A Yoga shala is just that, with its doors open to all who share a curiosity  and knowing of its benefits,  an interest in study, a sense of awe around wellness and a joy and celebration in healing and finding a sure ground of being within themselves in a pretty wild world.

 

Neither building or the deeper rigors of Yoga are a walk in the park, but call for a certain level of surrender.  I aimed to ‘build beautiful’ as we do on Hornby with fine resources and a few key people that made this happen.  Jim Griffin felled the trees, Jake and Kelly Parker milled them up for the post and beam construction that Ken and Isaac Fisher designed and masterfully completed, and Steve Tovell finished the interior.  I purchased most of the building materials from Demxx in Coombs, which began with the remarkable teak ‘Sun-Doors’ from Rajasthan that you enter through into the shala.  Hence, Sun Door Yoga.  Midway, I realized that this building had a soul and destination beyond my grit and ambition and like a Yoga pose or practice required my conscious presence while I also get out of its way with my agitated mind and concerns.  This has been a prominent and ongoing process as I watch Sun Door grow, become part of the island community and take its place in the field of Hornby architecture and sanctioned Yoga halls around the world.  A young woman friend visiting from Los Angeles this summer lamented, ’I wish we had something like this in LA!’ Surely you do I suggested, but no, most Yoga ‘studios’ are rentals carving out space in an otherwise commercial or public area.  Complete, SUN DOOR YOGA is a glorious building whose destination I continue to watch unfold as it inspires (more) Yoga on Hornby .

 

Over this last year there have been regular drop in Yoga sessions for all ages, meditation, dance classes, singing, a sit down concert, several workshops and retreats and private use, and Sun Door is prepared for more of the same as this new year unfolds.  Different Yoga practices have been introduced to the curious and adventurous and familiar practices have fed those practitioners with a regular practice, while the schedule has generally offered up a variety of practices for a variety of people.  This fall we are opening up in October with island teachers offering  a new schedule in Hatha, Kundalini, Restorative, and Yin Yoga, with Toddlers, Seniors and Young  Girls Yoga classes and special events planned throughout the year (Oct-April).  If you are interested in entering into or continuing an exploration in Yoga…connecting the breath to the body, coming home to the Self, or seeking a balance within yourself (the constant search!) there is so much here to delve into.  If you are simply interested in developing more flexibility, strength and balance in both body and mind, stepping into a personal Yoga practice can be your entry into an enhanced sense of well-being. 

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