Sangha
 


"Please build a sangha, a true one, a community that can generate brotherhood and sisterhood, peace, and the energy of mindfulness" ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Welcome to Dragonfly Yoga’s Sangha page! The word Sangha means “assembly” or “community”. Here at Dragonfly, our vision is to create a space for not only asana practice, but also a space for refuge. A space where we can all come together with a collective goal: peace within ourselves, joy for one another, and happiness for all those around us. As our yoga community continues to grow, we would like to provide a sangha filled with like-minded people to come for healing and peace.

I hope to practice asana next to you as well as meditate and chant with you. I hope to see you for kirtan and puja nights. I hope to get to know you at book club. I hope to grow with you and learn from you. I cannot do this alone. Please join me and let’s create a sangha together! Love, Michele Annette

Please join us once a month for Dragonfly Book Club! We choose books as a group and always have great discussion in a supportive environment. Even if you have not read the current book or do not practice yoga at Dragonfly, you are more than welcome to come for sangha. Your friendship and your practice will be welcomed! Namaste!

The Yamas and Niyamas by Deborah Adele

When this book was released in 2009, Stephanie was living in Northern Minnesota, near Deborah's yoga studio, Yoga North in Duluth. She had to opportunity to meet with Deborah at a workshop about the book, and it was Stephanie's "ah-ha!" yoga moment! Her practice went from once a week classes to everyday practice, on and off the mat. She has read this book over and over, using the journaling prompts to help her focus on how to incorporate the ethical side of yoga into her everyday life. Now a yoga teacher in Albuquerque, Stephanie wants to share this book with you!

Our first book club meeting is for anyone interested in starting this deeper look a yoga's ethical practice and how to apply it to your life. The book will be available for purchase or you can find it on Amazon! Then, each month, we will explore one yama and one niyama, using the book as our guide. The book has great weekly practices to journal about to help us along the way.

Tuesdays: 7:30-8:30 PM
Monthly meetings tentatively scheduled:
June 13th: Meet and Greet, Intro to Ahimsa and Saucha
July 11th: Discussion on Ahimsa/Saucha reading and journaling; Intro to Satya and Santosha
August 15th: Discussion on Satya/Santosha; Intro to Asteya and Tapas
Sept 12th: Discussion on Asteya and Tapas; Intro to Brahmacharya and Svadhyaya
Oct 10th: Discussion on Brahmacharya/Svadhyaya; Intro to Aparigraha and Ishvara Pranidhana
Nov 7th: Discussion on Aparigraha/Ishvara Pranidhana; Wrap Up

This is a free, community event for anyone (ages 15+) wanting to explore yoga's ethical practice! More information in the studio and on Facebook.

For those unable to make it Tuesday evenings, we are holding a second gathering the Sunday after to discuss the same chapters. Please join us either day!

Sundays: 12:30-1:30 PM
Monthly meetings tentatively scheduled:
July 16th: Discussion on Ahimsa/Saucha reading and journaling; Intro to Satya and Santosha
August 20th: Discussion on Satya/Santosha; Intro to Asteya and Tapas
Sept 17th: Discussion on Asteya and Tapas; Intro to Brahmacharya and Svadhyaya
Oct 15th: Discussion on Brahmacharya/Svadhyaya; Intro to Aparigraha and Ishvara Pranidhana
Nov 12th: Discussion on Aparigraha/Ishvara Pranidhana; Wrap Up

Valley Dragon Dharma Sangha

When: New day and time! Sundays from 7-8:30PM and the 2nd Saturday of the month - half day sit from 1PM-5PM
Where: Dragonfly Yoga 1301 Rio Grande Blvd #2
Questions? Call the studio at 377-3045

Led by ordained Soto Zen Buddhist priests Taisan Joe Galewsky and Keizan Titus O'Brien, we will meet weekly at Dragonfly Yoga for zazen (seated meditation), a brief service of sutra chanting, and a talk with discussion.

Our name derives from our location in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley. Gu Shen, or "the Valley Spirit", is an ideal held dear by the traditions from which Zen emerges. It is described as ever receptive, ever nourishing, cool and responsive.

In East Asia, dragons represent the vibrant yang (or active) principle, and especially enlightened beings of various sorts are sometimes also called "dragons" to designate their vitality and wisdom. Also, two temples with which we are connected also contain 'dragon' in their names. We respectfully connect ourselves to this lineage of places where dragons gather to practice being dragons.

Our guiding teachers are senior Dharma teacher and scholar, Rev. Taigen Daniel Leighton, PhD of Ancient Dragon Zen Gate in Chicago, and Zoketsu Norman Fischer, director of the Everyday Zen Foundation and former abbot of San Francisco Zen Center. We practice in the tradition of Shogaku Shunryu Suzuki, founder of San Francisco Zen Center, Tassajara Zen Monastery, and Green Gulch Farm/Green Dragon Temple.

New Moon

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A pond supports many creatures with it's water, shade, and refuge. Many different creatures live and are supported by the same environment, the pond. These creatures also depend on each other for survival. Our goal at Dragonfly is to provide a safe place for healing, transformation, and friendships. If you know of a family or individual in crisis, please let us know so that we can join together to help our fellow neighbors in need. I would like to see our yoga studio branch into it's own charity. I cannot do this alone and need your help. Email Michele at info@dflyyoga.com if you would like to help organize or know of a family or individual in need. Of course, animals included!