Farewell to Marilyn
Yoga increases awareness of beginnings and endings. We observe the beginning of the inhalation, the end of the exhalation and new beginning. For several years the beginning of my work week as a counselor is noon on Mondays. My practice of care for self so I can care for others always begins on Monday mornings with Marilyn. The ritual often starts in the parking lot welcoming the regulars. We then tuck shoes in cubbies with the frequent comments: “I need this.’’ We enter our sacred space where our minister/teacher Marilyn is usually quiet on her mat getting centered and holding space.
Marilyn sets the tone for Sutra1.1 “Now begins the study of yoga.”
She begins with a brief Dharma talk which always seems right on target.
What follows has no excess words, just simples instructions of a well ordered sequence of asanas.
Marilyn’s playlist is predictable with soft music that allows us to go inward.
We become a group of breath and motion with little distraction.
She eases from gentle flow to build on more focus and strength in the standing postures.
Marilyn embodies the best of traditional yoga and a return to basics. However, she did tell us recently, with humor, about goat yoga she observed in Chicago. Animals seems to continue to show up in the natural practice of yoga.
Thank you Marilyn for years of faithful Karma Yoga. Well done! You will indeed be missed up front on Monday mornings. We know you love this community. We look forward to seeing you in classes and sharing your bright energy. May you feel beloved and cherished. We wish you happy beginnings.
–Ingrid Adelsbach, Just 1 of many regulars