I went to bed at like 9:00 last night. Not much of a party girl this year, which is how I wanted it. So I am up, clear-headed, well-rested and now well-nourished. Kelly and I celebrated New Year's Eve with some time kayking on the river and with an Ayurvedic feast. We made potato/pea patties (fried in ghee-yum), curried chickpeas and cumin zucchini. Everything was awesome and tasty. And in the spirit of New Year's we shared a bottle of Martinelli's Sparkling Apple Cider. ( I know, so wild.)
Today- Kelly and I will do some work on the floor in the guest room and I hope to get a practice in and some time at my computer.
I have a great feeling about this year. There are lots of fun things on the agenda. I am traveling to new places, starting new projects and also renewing some old connections, all of which are great fun. I make several trips to Bozeman, two to Prescott, back to Calgary for the fifth year, back to Friendswood, two trips to Vancouver, to Corpus for the first time, a trip to Wisconsin for the first time, to Idaho for the first time, to Guatemala for the first time. We will complete a 108-hour immersion here, get almost through a second 108-series with a new group. My friend Darren and I will teach series of Immerisons in Tucson, which is a thrill to team up with him. He will come here, Des will come, Sianna will come and John Friend will come.
On a personal note, my parents will moving to Sun City, Georgetown at some point in the year which I am excited about. I am signed up for some fun stuff with John Friend this year- the Advanced Intensive in Tucson, his Master Immersion and probably the weekend workshop following it. I am taking 5 days before the workshops to spend with my teacher up in Prescott. In March I am going to Costa Rica for John's week-long advanced intensive down there. I am planning on taking a week-long vacation in Tofino, BC after I teach for a week in Vancouver, plus a trip to Ann Arbor with Anne to study some with Laurie Blakeney. Then in August Anne and I are going to Feathered Pipe for a week with Patricia Walden and John Schumaker. So- lots of fun, lots of work, lots of time to be a student. Yahoo. Big Year.
And oddly, I am already making plans for 2009. (So much for yoga keeping you in the moment!) I am toying with offering a formal, year-long mentoring/Teacher Training program to help people prepare for the certification process (Anyone interested?), Noah is coming back for a weekend in Feb '09, he and I are teaming up for an intensive in May '09, Desiree is on the books for Nov '09 already, Shelley and I are already scheming about Vancouver, and hopefully we can lure Sianna, Darren, and John Friend back again...
But between then and now, there are lots of fun things. I looked at my calendar last night as I was posting some events on Facebook and each weekend holds something fun to look forward to. In the more immediate domain, in fact- if you are around on Friday and you want to practice, a few of us are getting together at my place from 11-2. Again, its a practice not a class so come ready to work, take care of yourself and practice according to your own wisdom. Be prepared for hip openers, arm balances and inversions. And I am not charging for the practice but I will put out a bowl for donations by Ganesh, if you are inspired to make a contribution. Sorry for the weekday time, but almost all of my weekends are scheduled in 2008 so I really cannot offer practices on the weekends until like July or August. And I think Thanksgiving weekend 2008 is open (Although my parents will be here) and then again around Christmas. But here and there a few Fridays and Wednesdays might pop up as opportunities, so stay tuned.
Kelly just asked me what I was writing about. I said "The Year." and he thought I meant the last year not the next two years! Anyway- he asked me, "Have you every had a better year than last year?" I said, "You know, I really do not think so. 2007 was a fantastic year." Really, on all levels. So as I look ahead, I feel the very real support of so many people who have helped make this past year awesome and who will be part of the adventures to come. Thanks to all of you for making this such a great life.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!! And as John Friend said to me in an email the other day, "I can’t wait to take everything to a higher level in ’08." (direct quote.) No need to wait. '08 is here. Let's go! No top end.