May is Maia's month. She is an Italic goddess of Spring, and is also associated with the Goddess of Fertility. May is truly a beautiful month in both hemispheres. In the North, Spring is gradually blooming into Summer while the South celebrates the gorgeous colors of Autumn. As practitioners of Yoga, we can honor this month as a month of renewal. For most of us who reside in the Northeast, May finally brings warmer air and hopefully less rain than the month of April. On our mats, our bodies are ready. Heat is created through movement and breath more quickly, and we feel eager to truly shed the last vestiges of winter and open to new beginnings. It is also said that this is the month when plants and flowers really start to grow.
The lotus flower, as described in the poem above by Mary Oliver, is a special flower. It is rich with meaning not just in Yogic culture, but in Hinduism, Buddhism, and ancient Egyptian religion. As challenging as Lotus pose (or Padmasana) is for so many of us, the hip opening involved in this pose can benefit us all, whether we ultimately get fully into the pose or not. Also, the beautiful and powerful metaphor of the Lotus, that it is a flower that grows in the water of ponds and creeks, a many petaled delicate and gorgeous flower that literally blossoms out of the the murky depths, offers the promise that we, too, can blossom out of darkness and confusion.... Continue reading
JBYoga Studio opened its doors in the spring of 2009 as "KamaDeva Yoga", in a small space that could only hold 15 students. Since then, it has grown to its current home, which is able to accommodate 40 students. Open year round and almost every day, the studio provides a family, a community, and a sanctuary for both students and teachers alike, with a wide array of yoga classes to suit all levels.
"It is my hope and dream that all people, regardless of their age, physical ability, or income may be able to experience and benefit from this amazing practice that has saved my own life time and again over the past twenty years. Yoga has been such a gift to me and I truly believe there is a yoga for EVERY BODY. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your continued love and support. May we all cultivate deeper gratitude and presence of awareness every single day, and share that with everyone we come into contact with."
~ Jessica Bellofatto, KamaDeva Yoga Founder
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