Nothing is as magical or fulfilling as practicing yoga in a shala, which is something Jodi Sibilia was able to do every day she was away in Costa Rica earning her yoga certification. There is something to be said about the full spectrum of nature surrounding a sacred space. The presence of wild life, especially birds, singing over head and watching curiously from their perch. It is as though a piece of the world has been carved out just for you, away from the stresses and manic moods of daily living. Actually, that is exactly what it is, a sacred space that's only purpose for being erected was to bring peace and tranquility to all those who enter and practice within, like a mothers arms hold her child safe and protected whiles her heart swells with infinite love.
Shalas can take many forms, from a dirt patch cleared of fauna and debris deep in the Indian jungle to a fully renovated man made structure consisting of pored cement, imported bamboo floors, and self regulating central heating and cooling systems complete with stereo surround sound in the middle of Manhattan. I think we can agree that it's about the feeling or atmosphere that sends positive healing vibrations into our practice. As we know, we are the filter for the worlds depravity and suffering, our sacred space can function an echo chamber of our gratitude and light.
A yurt is not a complex structure, in fact we see them crop up around in 600AD in the Central Asia region, known to be build in under 2 hours with a quick and efficient disabling speed meant that they were the perfect dwelling for the roaming nomads of the time and for generations to come.
Today yurts have an endearing modern use, most are constructed for daily living as an environmentally conscious way of building, some are built into studios or summer cabin structures and do not come with modern comforts such as plumbing.
Imagine yourself practicing a rhythmic flow of sun-salutations or a inspiring Tia Chi form in the Mongolian yurt pictured above. That is exactly what Jodi and husband Michael did when they decided to close down their city studio practice and move it out to a plot of land in the foot hills of the Hudson Valley. Their mission is a simple one, carved out the of belief that all people need a safe and peaceful place to reflect and grow, they wish to provide small group practices for the local and traveling community in a full fledged yurt located in Cold Spring.
In order to make this dream a reality they need help from practitioners like you. They are on their way to raising the $4000 it will take to buy and build the yurt yoga shala they will share with their community and with people who flood the Hudson River area through out the year for a slice of nature and relaxation. Help them raise the money they need to make this dream a reality, you can donate any amount to their GoFundMe page today. Namaste.