Monday, December 12, 2011
by Warren Greenwood photo by Ed Dittenhoefer
Friday, November 4, 2011
From Astro Yoga Calendar 2012: Integration of Opposites
It's been long stated that there are three types of Scorpios, or a phase someone who is Scorpionic could be in...
The Scorpion: "Oh, I'm sorry, I couldn't help but to hurt you..." Or what I like to call the 'baby viper' the immature but powerful one who uses ALL the power in one bite and wears itself out...
The Snake: The classic symbol of Transformation...an uncomfortable crawling out of old skin...shedding the old...like Mother Nature right now is shedding leaves from trees to make compost for spring...
The Eagle: Highest form of Transformation or Enlightenment
We view this sign we are in right now as a time of Death and Rebirth, it's the "Death Card" Trump in Tarot Major Arcana which heralds not death literally but transformation like diving into uncharted territory coming out the other side a new being.
This is where I like to interject the imagery of the Phoenix...all must come down to ash before the magnificent bird is reborn and again sets flight. To me, this is what this sign is about. This is also why I chose to represent it as a 'yonic' symbol of birth...but made sure the element of water and darkness hinted to a sense of flight. It was such a joy to work with this trio in this picture...two Scorpios and a Taurean...quite a sensual combination of Earth and Water symbolism.
Friday, September 9, 2011
I loved putting this slideshow video together last Birth Fair, but projected it live with Joe Smellow accompanying if you were there, you'll remember, way different experience. I so look forward to going to the Birth Fair this year. I hope to see you there. Our Ithaca, NY has the most amazing Birthing community supporting women and midwives, men and children to have the birth they desire. I am so deeply touched by this experience of working so intimately with women when they are pregnant. To be creative with a woman during this window of time in their lives is my deepest honor.
Truly, you are goddess embodied, and shall be treated as such. My hope, in my own way, is to remind you of that!
Thank you to Eric 12th Moon for Mandalas and the beautiful voice of Amanda Rodgers for her music that inspires me to tears every time. If you are not already a fan, check out some of her cds, she's amazing!!!! (Fellow Saggitarian of course)
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Click here to check out FLYF going on NOW I have to get going, and catch the last 24 hours of this festival myself, so I'm going to keep this entry short, just wanted to share and support yet another blossom in the fertile land that is the Ithaca Region in the realms of integration and community.
It was wonderful to see Astrid Jirka (Aries), Ethan Sisser (Taurus), Lennessa (Virgo) and Mikey Shantaya (Capricorn), and Lyca Michael (Leo), from our Astro Yoga Circles (Calendar of 2012)...and to start to think about the next year's calendar being formed...I feel truly a part of this community both reflecting and reflected by one another's beauty.
One Love Devotional Chant and The Pranadhanas, ones whom I've collaborated in the past with when we did Mandala ( a pivotal piece and the 'we are together' love-piece for 12th Moon and I sort of initiating the beginning of our love relationship to the community ), were doing their thing...both these entities have evolved so much as well, and are truly capturing the spirit of Kirtan and Yoga Dance and so wonderfully sharing in a communal way. It's so easy to just jump on stage and do open mic and to flow into acro yoga postures led by the amazing teachers at FLYF.
Here is Huck before the festival communing with the land.
AKA "Mathiew Ingles" Huck is a sweet guy who truly wants to not just throw a big party for the community, and start a movement in the yogic consciousness but is an amazingly inspiring yoga teacher. This is a Yoga Festival for sure...full of joy and sharing.
Here are some more bits from the festival...hope you enjoy... and hope to see you there...
Here is Lyca Mikhael and (please let me know musician's name?) guiding FLYF attendees in an Elemental Chakra yoga/ Contact Yogadance class. Definitely something only this teacher could bring to us in this way. It's so nice even after working with you and Crystal Amethist with Leo/Aquarius alignment, Lyca, to have so many layers being revealed in your role as a teacher, leader, student of the elements... you were such an integral part of the group, and so very beautifully heart centered (Leo).
This was just one of three yoga classes happening at that moment.
"I step into the flow and then I let it go...open my mind, my heart and my soul.....I SURRENDER"
From one of the many involving musical performances of One Love Devotional Chant that just gets you singing and dancing from the soul. My favorite part of this is the absolute surrender to the divine.
These folks are amazing...if you ever have a chance to catch One Love, do yourself a favor and attend. As I told the lead singer, Jody Kessler yesterday my daughter has grown up with these chants as her 'favorite' songs, and sings them to herself as she does artwork, or plays. They are truly a molder of our local culture, connecting us to a variety of disciplines and religions while standing in the yogic center...love.
Ok, I have to jump in the shower now, and not miss the festival for writing about it on my blog...here are some more images to whet your appetite....see you there!
Courtney Novak, RYT
....and with the music from the following video in my head...I am OFF to FLYF NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(PS Anyone out there with a 'steady cam' please contact me...thanks Ethan for the video cam loan)
Beauty Before Me...Beauty Behind Me...Beauty Beneath Me...Beauty Above...Beauty Surrounds me...is all around me...beauty enCIRCLES me with LOVE.....(sung by Jody Kessler)
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Well, I'm back from my spiritual trip to Ram Das Puri at Summer Solstice doing Kundalini Yoga!
|Kundalini Yoga at Ram Das Puri 2011|
|Kundalini Yoga Class at Solstice|
|Preparation for White Tantric Yoga|
|White Tantric Yoga and the beauty of working with a partner is exactly the inspiration of why I'm using opposing signs in my calendar project. The gold is in that opponent, reflection of you.|
|Partner Work in Prep for White Tantric|
Stand by for Slideshow I'm doing for the 3HO (Healthy Happy Holy Organization) coming soon. I'm so grateful to have been able to have been on the Multimedia Team as my Seva!
Sunday, June 12, 2011
The reason they are nude is not only for their beauty, but to explore abandoning illusion and allowing authentic self thru in the context of performance and photo art. My intention is to explore the notion that when we integrate the 'opposition' in our lives, it is the first step towards wholeness. If we do it all as a unit, there is a gestalt that speaks of ecstatic freedom. This group shoot, for me, was the height of this series, and here, the beginning of our conversation.