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Tranquility du Jour #425: The Magic Ten with Sharon Gannon

The Magic Ten with Sharon Gannon. In this week’s edition of Tranquility du Jour, we discuss the components of the Magic Ten, the importance of daily practice, how an ancient Egyptian cartouche inspired her, and more.

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Tranquility du Jour #425: The Magic Ten with Sharon Gannon

 

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Featured Guest:

Sharon Gannon is a 21st century Renaissance woman who excels in many artistic, spiritual and social mediums. Sharon is best known for creating, along with David Life, the Jivamukti Yoga Method—a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings. Blessed by her teachers Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati, Shri Swami Nirmalananda, Shri K. Pattabhi Jois and Shyamdas, she is a pioneer in teaching yoga as spiritual activism and is changing the way that people view, spirituality, life, themselves, each other, animals and the environment.

The Jivamukti Yoga method emphasizes asana, Sanskrit, scriptural study, devotion, prayer, music, chanting and meditation as well as animal rights, veganism, environmentalism and political activism. Jivamukti’s passionate focus on the original meaning of the Sanskrit word “asana” as seat, connection—relationship to the Earth is as practical as it is radical at this time of global crisis and consciousness shift.

The Jivamukti Yoga method is taught worldwide at Jivamukti Yoga Schools, and affiliated centers, in Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa, Turkey, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. Sharon travels extensively teaching and lecturing throughout the world.

YOGA JOURNAL Magazine has called her an innovator and VANITY FAIR gives her credit for making yoga cool and hip. JANE Magazine nominated her as Gutsiest Woman of the Year and THE FARM SANCTUARY awarded her the compassionate living award. She is a long-time vanguard member of PETA and has helped with many of their campaigns.

She has produced numerous yoga-related DVDs and music CDs including the 2010 release of Sharanam, her solo debut album, which Sting describes as, “inspired, daring and essential.” She is a prolific writer and has authored several books: Jivamukti Yoga, (also translated into German, Russian & Italian) The Art of Yoga, The Jivamukti Chant Book, Yoga Assists, Simple Recipes for Joy (also translated in Italian) and Cats and Dogs are People too! (also translated into Italian) and Yoga and Vegetarianism (also translated into Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Turkish), which has been acclaimed as the seminal work on the subject of how a vegan diet relates to yoga.

Along with David Life she is the founder of the Jivamukti Yoga School, New York City and the Wild Woodstock Forest Sanctuary, a 125-acre wild forest sanctuary in upstate NY, USA.

Find Sharon

Magic Ten and Beyond Website
Jivamukti Website
Instagram

Mentioned in the Podcast

Online Bon Voyage Facebook Live THIS Thursday at noon ET
First podcast with Sharon: Spiritual Activism
Piece I wrote about Sharon’s comment: What Makes You Come Alive
Podcast with Jamie Cat Callan: Parisian Charm School
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Paris Preparations

Paris is always a good idea.—Audrey Hepburn

At this time in one week, we’ll arrive groggy to the City of Light with suitcases and Belle Starr in tow. This is her second trip to Paris and I wrote about her journey from a puppy mill to Paris here.

I’ve been preparing for this trip since last fall when I searched high and low to find the perfect dog-friendly and airy AirBnB close to Luxembourg Gardens. I also booked rooms in my favorite hotel where Penning in Paris retreaters reside.

Over the past few months I’ve coordinated a few surprises, recorded a new just-for-retreaters Paris podcast, shipped pre-Paris goody bags, and made reservations for a champagne cruise on the Seine and a lunch at Laduree.

In between ballet, a Pigs & Pugs Project board meeting, and collaborating with clients, I’ll start the packing process. Here’s a peek into my previous 2013 6-week jaunt, 2012 6-week jaunt, and 2016 10-day packing posts.

My suitcase will soon be filled with TranquiliT pieces, more goody bags (it’s one of my favorite parts of leading retreats!), retreat supplies, comfy/chic footwear, writing tools, and more.

Before we fly out on Thursday, July 19 I’ll host an online bon voyage Facebook Live gathering at noon ET to share an insider’s peek into the Paris preparation process. There’s dog-sitting, garden-watering, suitcase-packing, retreat-finalizing, and more to be coordinated.

Get a look into all that goes into preparing to leave for 10 days in Paris and a preview of our adventure. I hope to see you at our online bon voyage and plan to do more in Paris so you’ll be coming with me! Bisous. x

June in Review + Resources

There are two great days in a person’s life—the day we are born and the day we discover why.—William Barclay

June in Review

I know I shared this quote last month, but it’s such a powerful one and felt apropos with this Month in Review. The search for my why continues.

June’s Year of Tranquility focus was wellness and we explored 10 different types of wellness. During the month I tapped into the intellectual, occupational, social, and spiritual wellness types through a week of learning and exploring in Utah, building new skills, growing connections, and volunteering/exploring purpose.

Last month went quickly due to 12 days of family and nonprofit travel. When I review June, it feels quite compressed despite having 30 full days.

The month’s experiences were vast—from a memorial service in Texas, to hosting Yoga + the Animals, a 7-day detox, and Tranquility du Jour Live, to spending 30 minutes in an MRI machine, to taking a pet portrait painting class, to spending a week at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary learning about sanctuaries, to collaborating with mentoring and therapy clients, to taking ballet classes, to celebrating my 45th birthday by seeing Hamilton and having high tea.

There were a few wishes that didn’t happen—moving deeper into online classes, finishing books, or diving back into memoir writing.

Instead, I did my best to drop deeply into the experiences I was in—eating Tex Mex with Mom and Dad, dining al fresco with the pups and Tim in Utah, walking sanctuary dogs at Best Friends, soaking up the beauty of Zion National Park, running through Coral Pink Sand Dunes with Gizmo, and savoring the performance of Hamilton.

Although it’s never pleasant to review my June Dreams and see unchecked boxes, I try to remind myself of what I did experience last month.

July is another month with 10 days of travel hosting the Penning in Paris retreat so it may also feel distorted. Despite the beauty of travel, it does have an interesting ripple effect on everyday life. Routines get shaken up, there’s a lot of acclimating to new environments, and daily life is turned on its head.

As someone super sensitive to my environment, I try to set myself up for success by toting creature comforts and reminding myself to just focus on the day’s MITs (Most Important Tasks). I’m no longer a robot moving through a to-do list. Instead I’m encouraging myself to fully appreciate what’s in front of me.

Maybe that’s my why. To appreciate simple pleasures, make deep connections, and do meaningful work all while spreading compassion for all beings. I like it! Bisous. x

July Wish List

Host inspiring Penning in Paris retreat
Ship lots of Year of Tranquility care packages {doing today}
Release three podcasts
Savor tea time with girlfriends
Take 10 ballet classes
Read two books
Write daily
Nurture my patio garden
Collaborate with mentoring and therapy clients
Organize paperwork
Plan a mini-getaway
Learn lots at Compassionate Action for Animals Conference
Make a macrame wall hanging {done!}

Savvy Sources

7 Versatile Pieces for Your Summer Wardrobe
9 Easy Tips for Going Green at the Grocery Store
These New Indoor Plants Are All the Rage
5 Ways to Reset When You’re In a Creative Funk
Poses For Your Yoga Cool-Down Routine
This Documentary Will Help You Reconsider Your Diet
How to Decorate Your Office Space
7 Habits to Adopt if You Want to Write More
Ways to Manage Your Time
20 DIY Boho Decor Ideas
5 Tips for Macrame Beginners