Journeying Toward Wholeness

Jan 2019 Update

Greetings Yoga and T'ai Chi Students and Lovers of Breema and The Painting Journal!


Greetings Yoga and T'ai Chi Students and Lovers of Breema and The Painting Journal!


No Classes February 11-15 (I'll be at The Breema Intensive in Oakland CA)


Yoga Classes at RMSI have been full, lively, and peaceful at the beginning of the year. Because of floor repair and readying for Inspection, the last two classes were not held. Communication has been made with the powers that be in the prison for yoga students in Nashville to again come and join in a Yoga Class. No word so far, but hoping this will again happen. Mike Maraschiellowas the recipient of several books from yoga students Maureen and Brenda several months ago. Several folks in the Yoga classes have sent books to the men from Amazon and other sources. He wrote a note saying:


Dear Doctors,

With gratitude and appreciation, I sincerely thank you for

helping me on my path of knowledge. Your contribution

of funding my books for me to pursue a Masters of Christian

Studies (Grant) to raise the $1,500.00 tuition is humbling

for me, a prisoner. The school is giving me an 85% discount.

I was asked to fly in a Youth Ministry, and must have the

credentials to be successful of which your help is making

that possible, Sincerely,

Mike Maraschiello

Thank you for empowering me with knowledge.”


( Mike has graduated Summa Cum Laude.

He is a Gulf War Veteran, former Special Needs

Teacher, and former commercial pilot. He did not

know one of the book donors was a nurse!)


Full Snow Moon on February 19th. This week is Restorative Yoga and continued exploration ofBodymind Ballwork. Please bring a bolster if you have one.


YOGA CLASSES – No classes 2/12, 2/13 and 2/14



9:30-10:55am Beginner Yoga @ Friends Meeting House

11:00-12:30pm Intermediate Yoga @ Friends Meeting House

6:00-7:30pm Blended Class @ friends Meeting House



2:15-3-5pm RMSI Yoga Class



10:15-11:30 Beginner Yoga @ 50 Forward: Brentwood





(7:15 @ Fidos) Coffee-Tea-Conversation

8:00 T'ai Chi @ Dragon Park or Belmont Methodist. Call for location: 615-498-4090



9:00-10:00am @ 50 Forward – Brentwood


Breema: Nurturing presence and Balance with Katherine Correa and laura Lawson

Saturday & Sunday March 16-17 @ “The Farm” in Summertown TN 38483 -1+ from Nashville. This is the 20th Annual Breema retreat in Middle Tennessee. Space is limited. Do not hurry, but do enroll now. Contact Katherine Correa... 615-440-1342 or


I will be at The Breema Center February 11-15, and am available for Breema Treatments the rest of the month Mondays, Tuesday afternoons and Fridays. Please call 615-498-4090

 Julie's Breema sessions are amazing.

I leave completely rested, revitalized

and expanded...mentally, spiritually

and physically...I really feel

2 feet taller.” B.A.


Circle Dance is happening this evening 7-9pm @ Friends Meeting House on Charlotte Avenue. Folks are welcome to get a bite to eat at Calypso Cafe on Charlotte Ave. at 5:30 to visit with other dancers. All welcome!! This month there is no dancing on the 15th but the second dance date is All welcome!


If I feel depressed I close into myself, my body

posture slumps, and my walk is dragging and heavy.

If I feel full of joy and optimism, my step is light and has

an up-lift and my body soars upwards.

If however when I feel depressed and

would rather feel joyful, I make the decision to

straighten my body and feel it drawn up, my

inner self will respond to this body programming.

Changing my body posture and my facial expression changes

the way I am.”

~ June Watts


Adyashanti will be teaching through a DVD Sunday February 3 at The Green Hills Library, 2:30-4:30pm . This is a free event, and all are welcome!


The Way Of The Heart -A journey Of Ecstatic Embodiment – A 9-month Dive Into Bhakti Yoga & Tantra; Amy Barnes & Guest Teachers. For Info and enrollment, visit: and 615-498-4090


Community Kirtan with Amy Barnes & Friends; @ Shangri-La-Yoga, 2269

Wilma Rudolph Blvd. 37040, Saturday Feb 9, 3:30-5:30 -For more info., contact Amy @ 615-400-0908


Don Oakley from Well Being Retreat Center in Tazewell TN will be speaking for a 2nd time at The Ivy House Monday February 25, 6:30-8:00. A $10 donation is suggested. Don's book on Amazon is: It's Time To Wake Up Now; The Top Ten Myths that can Hijack Spiritual Awakening.


Well Being Retreat Center in Tazewell TN offers an almost Silent Retreat weekend, “Discovering Our Essential Nature” February 28- March 3. One is asked to bring food for one meal, and there is a $40 housekeeping fee. For more information please check


A Day Of Mindfulness “Being Peace, Being Present” w/ Sister Peace & Monastics from Magnolia Grove Monastery; at Brookemeade Congregational Church, 700 Bresslyn Rd., Nashville, 37205, Saturday February 23, 9-4pm. Free and Open...donations appreciated. Please RSVP by February 20 to

Magnolia Grove is connected to Thich Nhat Hanh and his continuing work.


If you are looking for a seasoned practitioner in Vedic Astrology, Martha Rather offers

Life Insight Coaching Vedic Astrology.




A brilliant red Cardinal just jumped to the ground by my house. What amazing color it radiates in the gray of the morning! These little moments bring us through winter! I am excited to be going to The Breema Center, and bringing back more of what we all so need! Katherine Correa has gifted Nashville with this teaching and practice, and she continues this work at The Farm for us all!





The Big Dance


There is nothing wrong with you.

I repeat, there is nothing wrong with you.


This chaos that seems to be your life

is absolutely normal

it's just constant change

it's just the way things are

and the moment you begin

to recognize

that this chaos

is simply the voice of God

and that you are meant

to be in it totally but not of it

only then can you begin

to glimpse the Great Mystery

only then my friend

can you even hope

to join all of life in the Big Dance


Things will never settle down.

Thank God things will never settle down.


~ Joe Zarontonello




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