Global Mala 2015…

September is fast approaching! To me, this means another school year with a new class of precious kindergartners, national yoga month, and Global Mala!

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Global Mala is held on the United Nations International Day of Peace & Fall Equinox every year and people all across the world gather to celebrate peace. As yogi’s, we will gather to practice 108 sun salutations and offer our practice for world peace. Don’t let the number 108 scare you! Come as you are and offer your practice as it is now. Every year we have yogis that come and rock all 108, some set a goal for doing 20, and others come and sit in meditation (or better yet, savasana!) and feel the energy of all the like-minded peaceful humans around them.

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CALLING ALL BIRMINGHAM YOGI’S AND YOGINI’S… 

Join us for a pre-party at Trim Tab Brewery on Thursday, September 17, 7:00-9:00pm. Come out an get to know your yoga community! Fellow yogis from all over Birmingham will be gathering together at Trim Tab to mingle and have some of the best brew in town! Get your photo taken at our photo booth, have your tarot cards read, meet your favorite teachers and fellow yogis, enjoy some eats from Cantina Food Truck and enjoy a beer on a fall evening. (See the Facebook event here: Global Mala pre-party at Trim Tab)

FOR THE MAIN EVENT, we will gather at Vulcan Park on Saturday, September 19 at 8:00am. Bring your mat, some water, and your beautiful self! We will join together to practice sun salutation looking over the city at Vulcan Park. The group will complete 108 rounds, but don’t be intimidated by the number! Simply drink in the energy of the practice or practice for as long as is right for YOU and then relax, enjoy the music, view, and community!! Escape day spa will make an appearance and offer free Thai massage, manicures, and free products! You can also treat yourself to a little henna tattoo! Children are always welcome, so bring the whole family! (See the Facebook event here: Global Mala 2015)

After party! Join us for a post Global Mala meal at Asian Rim in the Colonnade, 11:00am – 3:00pm. Who doesn’t love brunch?! They will be donating 20% of the proceeds from all sales between 11:00am and 3:00pm to Sweet Om Alabama. Come and enjoy some post sun-salutation fuel with your best new yogi friends! (See the Facebook event here: Brunch at Asian Rim Benefiting Sweet Om Alabama)

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Annie, from Villager Yoga sporting her beautiful henna tattoo!

Every year our National Yoga Month events support Sweet Om Alabama. A charity organization that supports other charities in the Birmingham area! Sweet Om Alabama shirts are available for a $35 donation and have an awesome design with the Birmingham skyline! I also bought a super soft sweatshirt for a $45 donation! The sweatshirts are gray with a black Sweet Om logo.

Sweet Om shirt and a selfie!

Sweet Om shirt and a selfie!

I can’t wait to see your smiling face at Global Mala!

Peace,

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I heart my yoga community…

Birmingham has the most wonderful yoga community, and it’s only getting larger every year!

Beautiful people cultivating peace

Kids yoga circle with Annie!

All the friendly butts 🙂

Much deserved savasana!

Beautiful savasana music by Shannon & Jasper

Reunion with ’09 teacher training class! Not quite complete without the whole group…

See you again next year!

For the love of Surya Namaskara…

In light of Global Mala this weekend and the impending 108 Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskara A) I wanted to share a visualization for each pose that I found both funny and enlightening. These are from the book Downward Dog, Upward Fog by Meryl Davis Landau. In this book, the storyteller, Lorna, does not like Sun Salutations. I personally have a love-hate relationship with them (all 108, that is). Love the way they make me feel, but start to hate them around #25. But then an amazing thing happens, at about #75… I start to link with the energy of all the people around me and just flow. It becomes effortless and I love them once again.

  • Position one: Palms together at my chest. I connect with the loving energy inside my heart
  • Position two: Stretching my arms out, up, and back. I envision the warmth of the sun and indeed the entire universe dancing on my face.
  • Position three: Folding forward toward the ground. I expand my appreciation to all of Mother Earth.
  • Position four: Left leg back, left knee on the floor, back arched, arms stretching up. I remember that even when I feel low, I’m always connected to my higher self.
  • Position five: Both legs back, arms straight in a plank. I get in touch with the inner strength that never leaves me.
  • Position six: Lowering knees, chest, and chin to the ground. I remember to be humble around other people, since they, too, are extensions of the universal energy.
  • Position seven: Pelvis to the floor, chest rises up in a cobra pose. I extend my sense of oneness to all the animals in the world.
  • Position eight: I make the upside-down V that is Downward Dog. I can’t remember what Miss Gumby said about this one, so I just give the universe a quick, friendly wave of my butt.
  • Position nine: Left leg forward, right knee on the floor, back arched, arms stretching up. I start to rise to my full potential.
  • Position ten: Folding forward as in position three. I remember to pause to gather my inner resources before taking action.
  • Position eleven: Stretching up and back. I open to the full universal energy once more.
  • Position twelve: Palms together at my chest. I realize this higher power always resides inside me.

This Saturday we will only be doing a 10-step Surya Namaskara (skipping position 4 & 9 above). But I thought this visualization was too good not to share!

Global Mala 2011

Location: Vulcan Park

Time: 8:00-10:00am

108 Sun Salutations with a view!

There will be a kids circle, pre-natal sun salutations, and a drum circle! Come one, come all!

Free event! For a small donation you will receive a water bottle and/or a Sweet Om Alabama t-shirt.

See you Saturday!

Sweet Om Alabama…

Sweet *Om Alabama now has a website!
Sweet *Om Alabama is a non-profit organization founded in 2007 and is dedicated to uniting the Birmingham Yoga Community to raise awareness and funds for pressing issues of our time.
This wonderful website is still being built but you will find information on community yoga events in the Birmingham area. The main event for yearly donation is Global Mala.
The above logo will be the T-shirt design this year. For all of those who give a donation of $35 or more will receive a bamboo T-shirt! Donation proceeds this year will go to starting a fund that will allow local yoga teachers to serve the at risk and in crisis population through the practice of yoga.
More info on Global Mala 2011…
This year’s Global Mala Project will kick off Friday, September 23rd with a beautiful evening of yoga and meditation. The night will include a yoga set led by Akasha Ellis and a Healing Circle Meditation led by Kerry Meon.
6:30-8:00pm
The Historis Cahaba Pumping Station
4012 Sicard Hollow Road
Birmingham, AL 35243

Saturday morning we will join together to practice sun salutations looking over the city at Vulcan Park. The group will complete 108 rounds, but don’t be intimidated by the number!! Please come and practice for as long as is right for YOU and then relax, enjoy the music, view, and community!!
8:00-10:00am
Vulcan Park
1701 Valley View Drive
Birmingham, AL 35209

See the website for more info!
Oh! How I love living in Sweet Om Alabama!

Global Mala 2011…

Birmingham’s Global Mala 2011!

Friday, September 23, 2011
Meditation & Kundalini 6:30pm-8:00pm
Location: Cahaba Pumping Station
Saturday, September 24, 2011
108 Sun Salutations
Location: Vulcan Statue
I will update when I find out what the service component will be this year! Serving others through acts of peace is always a wonderful way to spread joy!

Global Mala THIS Weekend!…

Grab your sunscreen, it’s supposed to be a beautiful weekend!

A weekend full of yoga, meditation and fun, loving energy with amazing people begins on Friday night with Kundalini and Kirtan at the Cahaba Pumping Station. Saturday is our 108 Sun Salutations at Vulcan! Don’t be weary of the number 108, you do not have to do a single sun salutation, just come and feel the wonderful energy and beautiful view! Sunday is the Yoga Crawl and on Monday come practice at the Alys Stephens Center under the Giant Outdoor Earth Harp!


See my previous blogs for more detailed info: Global Mala 2010, Alys Stephens Center: practice yoga under the Giant Outdoor Earth Harp, Sweet Om Alabama.

Come feel the joyfulness of knowing that people all around the world are celebrating this international day of peace through yoga together. It is our belief that peace begins within, that WE are the embodiment of Peace. Creating harmony and peace within, creates harmony and peace throughout the world.

One heart, one mind, one purpose. Global Mala for Peace.

Shanti,

Peace…

Sharing the beautiful words of Christine Caiola describing the Global Mala event that she will be hosting across the world in Palau. I asked permission to share her words, as they conveyed what our intention was, which can sometimes fade from consciousness as we become involved in the acts of service necessary to manifest our vision.
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“The intention of this worldwide event is clear: to create peace in the world through yoga, through coming together and performing 108 Sun Salutations together, in unison, One heart, One mind, One purpose. Why the Global Mala for Peace Event? It is our belief that peace begins within, that WE are the embodiment of Peace. Creating harmony and peace within, creates harmony and peace throughout the world. This event also hold its intention that we are responsible for peace and that peace begins with ME. Peace is our responsibility, peace is a choice, and we can choose peace at every moment throughout our day.”
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Global Mala: September 18th, 2010. Vulcan Park. Birmingham, Alabama.
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“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart”.
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Global Mala 2010…

Internationally, Global Mala is a world-wide experiment to unite the global yoga community that forms a mala (108 interconnected beads as a meditation necklace) around the earth through collective practices based upon the sacred cycle of 108. Takes place at the Fall Equinox, the UN International Day of Peace, and National Yoga Month and serves as the yoga world’s offering to world peace.


* GLOBAL MALA WEEKEND! * Sept 17-19. We are crossing the borders of our mats and yoga studios and raising awareness and funds for an important issue… Clean Water! The yoga community is coming together as one to raise money for the Alabama Rivers Alliance and the Wildlife Conservation Society (specifically their rescue initiatives with the sea turtles in the Gulf). The 2010 edition Sweet Om Alabama shirts will be given to the first 200 people donating $30 or more at any of the following events:

Friday, Sept. 17, 6:00-9:00 pm. Gather at the Cahaba Pumping Station Museum (4012 Sicard Hollow Road) for an evening of Kundalini and Kirtan. Akasha will lead kundalini and Bhakti Messenger, (a kirtan band from Atlanta) will entrance us with music. Included in the evening will be a silent auction of items ranging from a spa experience to art. Doors open at 6:00 pm with Kundalini beginning at 6:30. You can reserve your space (not required, but will assure your space as long as you show up by 6:15) for this event through a donation at: http://birminghamyoga.eventbrite.com/

MAIN EVENT!!! Saturday, Sept 18, 8:30-10:00 am. Join us at Vulcan Park for 108 Sun Salutations! Overlook the city, feel the rhythms of a drumming circle, and practice along with 100+ friends as we offer our practice for world peace.

Sunday, Sept. 19, YOGA CRAWL fever hits Birmingham! Immerse, play or sample different styles of yoga and teachers at different venues across the city. Imagine almost 12 hours of yoga in one day!! We’ll be levitating by days end 🙂

Yoga Crawl Schedule (Sept 19)
8:30-9:00 am: Rise with Kundalini at Birmingham Yoga (Akasha)
10:00-11:30am: Yoga off the Mat at Yoga Circle (Jasper)
1:00-2:00pm: Yoga Nidra at Heartwood Yoga (Kate Tremblay)
3:00-4:00pm: You’re Better Than You Think You Are at Ph Balance, Vestavia, (Ravi Chhabra)
4:30-5:30pm: Trance Dance at Soho Piyo (Gabriela Pomplova)
6:00pm: Community Dinner at Silver Linings (April Jones and Taj India)

You can make your donation at one location or all locations.
***ALL donations benefit the Alabama Rivers Alliance and the Wildlife Conservation Society!***
Sweet OM Alabama T-shirt design to follow!!!