Journeying Toward Wholeness

July 2019

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


Mike Maraschiello is now a proud graduate with a Masters in Christian Studies. Some 65-80 men marched into the large room at RMSI on Friday June 21st in their black gowns and motherboards to the sounds of Elgar, and Mike stood out in his light blue gown, representing his Masters degree. He is a candidate for a ph.D and will soon be out and working as a minister and teacher. Men were receiving degrees in several areas including 7 with yellow hardhats who'd completed work in construction and building.

     One of the graduates Willie Taylorhad been in the RMSI yoga Class several years ago. A large quiet man with a bright spirit, he struggled with painful knees, but hung in there. At one of those classes he came in with a brochure which he handed to me. It was from his mother's funeral which he could not attend. He wanted me to read it. In that moment I realized he could not read. I read it to the whole class and learned what a devoted church goer  and community worker his mother was. It was a very poignant moment for the whole group. Here at the graduation Willie had taken many steps to become a reader, a writer and recipient of a degree! He looked wonderful!
     Roxie Brunetti, a longtime yogini who has done the RMSI yoga class several times in the past, came on June 19th. She was very well received and brought the presence of one who meditates and practices. She wrote a note to the class:

Dear Julie and the RMSI Yoga Class -
It was a pleasure to join your class this past week.
I was warmly greeted by both familiar and new yogis
and was made to feel very welcome.
An air of reverence was present in the gym as we
began, and your concentration and energy
helped lift me as we were led in a 
powerful practice.
It is an honor to share this practice
with such earnest and dedicated yogis.
In peace and contentment,

If you are interested in joining the RMSI Yoga Class for a session, please contact me by text or email…615-498-4090

The Full Buck Moon is July 16th, and the Yoga classes will be doing Restorative Yoga. 
Please bring a boltster if you have one!

T'ai Chi Classes continue Tuesday mornings 8-9:00am at Dragon Park.You are welcome to join us at 7:15 am @ Fido's Coffee Shop in 21st Ave before the class begins. 
Thursday mornings 9-10:00am at The Martin Center in Brentwood.

Yoga Classes:
  9:30 10:55am Beginner Yoga @ Friends Meeting House
  11:00-12:30 pm  Intermediate Yoga @ Friends Meeting House
  6:00-7:30pm Intermediate Yoga @ Friends Meeting House

   2:15-3:45 pm RMSI Yoga Class

   10-11:30am Beginner Yoga Class @ Martin Center, Brentwood

I am available for Breema Treatments Mondays, Tuesday afternoon, and Fridays. Please call to make your appointment…615-498-4090 

Shangri La Yoga in Clarksville TN offers an afternoon of Bhakti Yogawith Amy Barnes and musiciansSaturday July 6th 1-3pm. Contact Magdalena Moore @

Circle Dancing will be happeningFridays July 5th and 19th @ Friends Meeting House on 26th Avenue N. Several folks meet at Calypso Cafe a 5:30 to eat a bite before the dancing.All are welcome. Julia and Jim Gilligan teach many of the dances on Friday evenings, and have given  time and energy to keep Circle Dancing an on- going happening in Nashville.  Below is an invitation from Julia.

Julia's July Pool Party!
Pool open all day~
Potluck - BBQ + Burgers provided~
Dancers, friends, kids, friends of kids invited!
Lunch at 2:00pm
9407 McFarlin Rd.
Bon Aqua TN 37025
Bring fireworks -stay late if you can!

Well Being Retreat Center in Tazewell TN offers  Becoming Grace-Prone a mostly silent retreat July 12-14. Byron Katie says, “Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you.” Bring food for one meal…$40 housecleaning fee only. Don and Patty lead the retreat. 
     2nd Annual Inner Space Yoga + Meditation Retreat with Tammy Kaousias + Jennifer Leffin - July 26-28. For either retreat contact Don: 423-626-9000  ordon@WellBeingCC,org 

     Don Oakley will be speaking at theIvy House, 6385 Ivy St. 37209 in the early evenings:
     Mondays…August 12th, August 26th and September 9th. 

Wishing you all good breathing in this expansive time of Summer. Safe travels to all venturing out this holiday, and blessings to whomever invented the marvel of A/C that we eventually come home to…and for those without, hopefully there is a fan! 


May I escape the shame,
inadequacy, self-judgment
and self-doubt my training
has taught me. 

 May I trust that my love is
as needed as my

May I remember
in me the limitations of

May I be open to know my
darkness and true to what
light I have.

May I be used as a blessing
and a friend to life.

             ~ Rachel Naomi Remen


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