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Why a “Jam” on New Year’s Day?


I’ve been thinking a lot this past week about this transition into a new year and why the choice to mark the occasion with a Yoga Jam.  There is the obvious, which is the combination of great music and great yoga with a roomful of great people, which is of course, one of my very favorite ways to celebrate.
But beyond that, I’ve been thinking about the whole concept of “jamming” and how it applies so well to bringing in the new.  When a group of musicians get together to jam, they aren’t playing scales necessarily, or working on technique.  And yet, the more accomplished they are, the better the jam.  So they bring all of their talent and skill, all that they have gleaned from their many hours of practice and skill in the past, and they employ it all in the moment and allow something new to be created.
Similarly, the idea of a Yoga Jam is a time when practitioners of yoga bring all of their cultivated skill and presence and we come together to jam, creating a collective event and experience of gratitude, joy and camaraderie. All of the yoga we’ve practiced over the years is with us on the mat, and yet, the experience is unique and created in the moment.
As we close out 2012 and look forward to 2013, each of us bring with us from the past all of our learning, the wisdom we’ve gleaned from our past experiences, and yet, what we will create in 2013 will be something new.  We don’t start from nothing, but rather, we start from all that has been, and it informs and supports what is to come.
For everyone I know, this year that is drawing to a close tonight has been full—full of laughter, joy, tears, beginnings and endings, love and heart break.  It has been a year of learning, of living and of letting go. And our new beginnings stand on the foundation of all that we have been, and create the possibilities for all that will be.
I am deeply grateful for each and every one of you who have touched my life.  Your hearts, your presence, your sincere efforts on this path of yoga are an integral part of the great gift this past year has been, and I look forward to our continued work together in the year to come.
Lokah Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi…
Blessings to all & Shine Brightly~