2nd Annual Yoga for PASCON

Please join us, the evening of October 25th, for the 2nd annual Yoga for Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket

Community, Tribe, Yoga, PASCON, NIR

I read recently that loneliness, or feeling like an outsider, will increase your chance of an early death by 45%. When compared to more obvious lifestyle risks, like obesity (30% chance it will lead to an early death) and abusive alcohol consumption (20% chance) this is a BIG DEAL. I mean, it’s SHOCKING. Right? In her new book Braving the Wilderness, Brene Brown writes:

“A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong. When those needs are not met, we don’t function as we were meant to. We break. We fall apart. We numb. We ache. We hurt others. We get sick.”

Brown goes to say “Research shows that playing cards once a week or meeting friends every Wednesday night at Starbucks adds as many years to our lives as taking beta blockers or quitting a pack-a-day smoking habit.”

Wow. Now that is reason to pause, take a deep breath, and re-evaluate how we spend our time.

The good news is, we can mitigate the risks associated with loneliness with a simple solution: more CONNECTION.

We can come together during rites of passage like weddings and funerals, celebrate human creativity at art openings, concerts and theatrical performances, and solidify a sense of community by attending local events like non-profit fundraisers, or church services, or volunteering at the local soup kitchen.

For me, the sense of connection and belonging that comes from a ritual practice – like a yoga class, healing circle or group meditation, is once of the most powerful ways of solidifying a sense of tribe. It’s one of the reasons that, when traveling, I always visit the local yoga shala; to get a sense of the local community.

On that note, Nantucket Island Resorts. and I are offering an evening of yoga + meditation with the intention of celebrating the healing power of tribe. The experience will be open to students of ALL LEVELS, and dedicated to support for and memory of Nantucket’s local cancer warriors. 100% of funds raised during class will be donated to PASCON, with matching donations from NIR.

Interested in joining us? Here are the details….

Donation yoga, Lunar Prana Vinyasa, PASCON, Nantucket Island ResortsHeld in the beautiful Ballroom at the White Elephant Village, this practice will include a Lunar Prana Vinyasa flow, seated or reclining meditation, as well as breath work & visualization to promote and restore a deep sense of well-being and community belonging.

Yogis with any amount exposure to the practice of yoga will be encouraged to set up towards the front of the class, so that novices can feel comfortable in the back, with their additional visual support. I will offer modifications for students with physical limitations and hands-on assists for those who enjoy them.

No reservations are necessary, just drop in. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one and I’ll bring as many extra as I can carry.

Electric Love: Ganesha Charity Art Auction

Ganapati by CAM

Dear Friends,

Here it is in all it’s finished magnificence: “Ganapati” by CAM (aka Craig Anthony Miller). This painting, which was created before a live studio yoga audience, has been generously donated by the artist himself. It’s auction, which will start this evening on eBay, will raise money for Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket, the non-profit beneficiaries of our recent Electric Love Yoga, Music and Art event at the Dreamland. We hope you will spread the word and help us continue to raise support for PASCON, which provides much needed care for individuals and their families navigating long-term illness and those in need of hospice care and grief counseling.

Electric Love: Craig Anthony Miller Paint Session from KMTP on Vimeo.

 

To bid on Ganapati on eBay, Click HERE

About the painting: The Urban contemporary style of Craig Anthony Miller has shed another view on the popular deity Lord Ganesh (aka Ganapati). In the past four years, Ganapati: the remover of obstacles and the great lord of success, has become a staple in CAMs paintings. Originally becoming intrigued with the deity after a friends introduction. Out of the many Deities, CAMs connection to Lord Ganesh has become the one image that he still attached to.

Medium: Mixed media, tribal graphic that takes on the inspiration of stained glass. CAM has been painting the image of Lord Ganesh since 2007. It has become a signature of his Brooklyn studio and he has been commissioned numerous times to create the image for personal meditation spaces.

Dimensions: 55″ x 38″ on wood.

Bidding starts at $500 and will commence this evening at 7pm.

About CAM: The art of Brooklyn native, Craig Anthony Miller aka “CAM”, is an exploratory process, mapping shapes into images that repetitively convey messages of strength triumphing over despair. Initially influenced by stained glass art and the street art and graffiti dominating NY’s boroughs, CAM employs his graphic training to create work that explores far, distant lands and tribal warriors stealthily transplanted into layered urban landscapes. For years the ongoing theme known as the “Warrior Within” has since morphed into the popular Hindu Deity, Lord Ganesh, a now major symbolic form of CAM’s work. CAM’s latest incantation of “Be Mindful of Your Ability to Fly” and the term “A Single Dove,” has segued into a new path of “yogic” warriors and the reintroduction of figurative painting in an ever growing popular Yoga community within an urban context. The simple and complex construction of the body is more expressionism over the association /connection to body, mind and spirit.

CAM also has an Etsy store, where you can purchase very cool t-shirts and prints.

By the way, if you missed Electric Love, DJ Pete Ahern’s set is live on Soundcloud. You can download it for free and spread the love with a share or several. Take a listen.

~May all beings be happy and free

Love,

Caitlin