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Where the Sky Is Blue, Ojai!
Posted By Elena Brower On November 29, 2011 @ 1:09 pm In Eco Travel, Relationships, Yoga | 1 Comment
This fall, Elena Brower  was one of 19 yoga instructors asked to teach at the 2011 International Ojai Yoga Crib in Ojai, California (along with fellow Gaiam blogger Jill Miller ). In this photo essay, Elena shares her experience at this life-affirming event.
Erich Schiffman  provided the most brilliant context for the Love and Light that is the Ojai Yoga Crib  in his opening night talk. He shared that we are tasked to watch who populates our inner world, and that we must name them appropriately, “brother” or “sister.” Anyone who lives in our thoughts — our parents, our kids, our colleagues — all brother or sister on this Earth . We felt that truth, and I’m still sharing it with anyone who will listen.
Mijanou Montealagre  and Courtney Grueschow (Anoushka Shankar’s sitar player) were my wing-women angel Goddess force field; Kira Ryder  was the most incredible host, now my friend for good. And, of course, the sky was quite blue!
Both of my classes were here, on this mountaintop overlooking the valley and staring into the faces of other mountains. Wherever we rested our eyes, we landed on the soothing green of the leaves or the luminosity of the blue, blue sky. Or, in the case of this photo, the beneficence of the rays of the sun.
All around the Crib venues were gorgeous white gauze prayer flags, decorated by attendees of previous Cribs who’d organized prayer circles  in their hometowns and decorated each flag with sweet, juicy artwork. This one speaks for itself.
In 1999, I used to come to Los Angeles to study with the teachers who were defining the yoga for the coming decade. Among them was Saul David Raye , who continues to pave a path of such authenticity in our community through his offerings of asana, ritual, movement, dance, song and true Heart. Saul is devotion to Mother Earth, personified.
Just the most perfect image of a typical sighting in Ojai. Magic really does abound there — everywhere we turned was the perfect turn of events, from the brilliant glimpses of Nature  to the most exalted expression of nourishment through food , or hugs  or yoga practice . I know it sounds excessive; but it’s exactly how Ojai presented herself to me. And yes, I’m teaching there next year, and for years to come.
This smile reflects the Love , sensations of service, belief in myself, my teachers, and the practices that I recovered and redefined on this trip. Thank you, Mijanou of Mystic Mamma, for being my wingman and bringing this Bhakti baby back to life.
And thank you, Mijanou, for this awesome vignette of the weekend. Feels like a vision board  for the whole year to come.
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Ojai-Collage1.jpg
 Elena Brower: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/author/elena-brower/
 Jill Miller: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/author/jillmiller/
 Erich Schiffman: http://www.movingintostillness.com/erich.html
 Ojai Yoga Crib: http://www.lulubandhas.com/yoga/page/ojai-yoga-crib-teachers
 all brother or sister on this Earth: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/universal-family/
 Mijanou Montealagre: http://mysticmamma.com/
 Kira Ryder: http://www.lulubandhas.com/yoga/
 Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/MedMount1.jpg
 Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Recognize-Prayer-Flag.jpg
 prayer circles: http://life.gaiam.com/article/spirituality-and-health-can-prayers-really-heal
 Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Saul-David-Raye-.jpg
 Saul David Raye: http://sauldavidraye.com/
 Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Magic-Bike.jpg
 brilliant glimpses of Nature: http://www.gaiamtv.com/category/environment?chan=GaiamLife&utm_source=GaiamLife&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=10day
 food: http://life.gaiam.com/category/health-wellness/healthy-eating
 hugs: http://life.gaiam.com/article/healing-through-touch
 yoga practice: http://life.gaiam.com/guides/yoga-answers-and-solutions-go-guide
 Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Elena-Brower-in-Bhakti-shirt.jpg
 Love: http://life.gaiam.com/article/seven-doorways-love-how-ignite-energy-love-inside
 Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Ojai-Collage.jpg
 vision board: http://pinterest.com/gaiam/
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