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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

Ojai Collage [1]

This fall, Elena Brower [2] 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 [3]). In this photo essay, Elena shares her experience at this life-affirming event.

Erich Schiffman [4] provided the most brilliant context for the Love and Light that is the Ojai Yoga Crib [5] 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 [6]. We felt that truth, and I’m still sharing it with anyone who will listen.

Mijanou Montealagre [7] and Courtney Grueschow (Anoushka Shankar’s sitar player) were my wing-women angel Goddess force field; Kira Ryder [8] was the most incredible host, now my friend for good. And, of course, the sky was quite blue!

Mountain Sun [9]

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.

Recognize Prayer Flag [10]

All around the Crib venues were gorgeous white gauze prayer flags, decorated by attendees of previous Cribs who’d organized prayer circles [11] in their hometowns and decorated each flag with sweet, juicy artwork. This one speaks for itself.

Saul David Raye [12]

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 [13], 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.

Magic Bike [14]

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 [15] to the most exalted expression of nourishment through food [16], or hugs [17] or yoga practice [18]. 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.

Elena Brower in Bhakti shirt [19]

This smile reflects the Love [20], 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.

Ojai Collage [21]

And thank you, Mijanou, for this awesome vignette of the weekend. Feels like a vision board [22] for the whole year to come.


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[1] Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Ojai-Collage1.jpg

[2] Elena Brower: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/author/elena-brower/

[3] Jill Miller: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/author/jillmiller/

[4] Erich Schiffman: http://www.movingintostillness.com/erich.html

[5] Ojai Yoga Crib: http://www.lulubandhas.com/yoga/page/ojai-yoga-crib-teachers

[6] all brother or sister on this Earth: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/universal-family/

[7] Mijanou Montealagre: http://mysticmamma.com/

[8] Kira Ryder: http://www.lulubandhas.com/yoga/

[9] Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/MedMount1.jpg

[10] Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Recognize-Prayer-Flag.jpg

[11] prayer circles: http://life.gaiam.com/article/spirituality-and-health-can-prayers-really-heal

[12] Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Saul-David-Raye-.jpg

[13] Saul David Raye: http://sauldavidraye.com/

[14] Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Magic-Bike.jpg

[15] brilliant glimpses of Nature: http://www.gaiamtv.com/category/environment?chan=GaiamLife&utm_source=GaiamLife&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=10day

[16] food: http://life.gaiam.com/category/health-wellness/healthy-eating

[17] hugs: http://life.gaiam.com/article/healing-through-touch

[18] yoga practice: http://life.gaiam.com/guides/yoga-answers-and-solutions-go-guide

[19] Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Elena-Brower-in-Bhakti-shirt.jpg

[20] Love: http://life.gaiam.com/article/seven-doorways-love-how-ignite-energy-love-inside

[21] Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Ojai-Collage.jpg

[22] vision board: http://pinterest.com/gaiam/

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