Derek Pashupa Goodwin
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Writings on yoga, shamanism & life by Derek Pashupa Goodwin, yogi, photographer, vegan, and ukulele provocatuer.

Solstice Yoga Series at Swan River

Wreath Nebula photo courtesy of NASA

Wreath Nebula photo courtesy of NASA


Having passed through the winter solstice we now look forward to the hours of daylight gradually increasing as we move into the mythical year of 2012. Swan River, the studio where I teach in New Orleans, has cancelled most of their classes this week for the holidays. Studio owners Keith Porteous and Michele Baker were kind enough to let me offer classes to our community every day this week.

Tonight I taught a beautiful class at the Mid-City Mandir, subbing Michele Baker's "Swan River Yoga & Gong Bath" class. As the rain fell audibly outside I led the students in flowing asana illuminated by candles and soft lighting. During shavasana I played the gong, using my fingers and knuckles to create a sound bath. I hope the yoginis enjoyed it all as much as I did!

Tuesday through Friday I will be teaching at the Magazine Street Shala (2130 Magazine St) at noon every day. I am really looking forward to these classes and the opportunity to develop a daily rhythm that they offer. I am hoping to come up with a fresh dharma talk and class sequence each day, which will be a challenge! This is also a bittersweet time, as the Shala will be closing at the end of January as Swan River consolidates their energies and offerings into the beautiful and spacious Mid-City Mandir.

I will take Saturday off (and hopefully take a class myself!). On Sunday I will co-teach a very special class, The Magick Male, a News Year's benefit with donations and proceeds going to the Swan River Community Center in Arabi. Class is from 5:30 - 7:00 pm and will be taught by Haiyan Khan, Aaron Lind, Joe Stein, Ben Kappel and myself (teacher bios can be read here). As Michele Baker says, "activate your yang, pingala, surya, and Siva side!"

I hope many of you will join me at one or more of these classes during this very special week. In January I will begin teaching the Jivamukti Spiritual Warrior class at 7 a.m. on Tuesdays & Thursdays in Mid-City, as well as a community donation-based class on Wednesdays at 5:30 at Divine Kundalini. Please check my class schedule page for details on all of my classes.

May the new year bring you all light, love and blessings!