Dia De Los Muertos Student Reflection:  Guest post by Joyce LeeAnn

Daily, we enter Sacred Brooklyn with our yoga mats, water bottles, and sweat clothes. We stand tall in Mountain Pose (Tadasana) or gaze into our own eyes in Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II) as a declaration of self-love. We continuously nurture our practice because it heals us. But once a year, we shift the gaze to each other; place our mats in a spiral circle; illuminate ourselves by candlelight; surround our beings with the nourishment of live music; and create a sacred space to devote our practice to the dead. We celebrate and honor those lives we still cherish, and the ancestors that give our movement purpose. I appreciate this annual ritual, because I first entered the studio during a period of mourning. And every time I bring the pendant of my grandmother’s ashes and her photo to place on the altar next to the offerings and keepsakes for others’ beloved, my spirit finds relief and community.

Dia De Los Muertos will be celebrated at Sacred Brooklyn on October 30th, 2014. Join us.