Feathered Pipe Blogs

Moving from Attention to Awareness – Gernot Huber

Our minds have the tendency to be overly reactive, to zero in on what appears to be the most pressing thing at any given moment, to the exclusion of everything else. For survival in prehistoric times, such focused attention was probably a healthy response. But to live mindfully, it is best to minimize this tendency, because being attention-driven and overly reactive keeps us in a state of perpetual low-level stress, always mindlessly reacting to the strongest stimulus. READ MORE

Transition into Potential: Yin Yoga Spring Sequence – Routed Connections

This time of year is full of possibility. Even in this political climate and an overall feeling of uncertainty, it’s impossible not to be hopeful when trees are glowing green and the air is fully charged. The renewal of the landscape inserts itself in plain view, creeping, budding, and sprawling its way from the earth in even in the smallest patches, nooks, cracks, and crannies. READ MORE

Celebrating Life’s Magic

It matters that we help each other to wake up. That we stop taking the ongoing revelation of what’s valuable and embraceable for granted. This life event is a miracle worthy of much fuller attention than we give it. Unconsciousness — whether my own or anyone else’s — is bothering me more than it used to because it nudges us to normalize the intolerable. READ MORE

The Blessing of Montana – India Supera

When we began offering yoga programs 42 years ago, people would ask us what we raised at the Ranch and we’d answer “eyebrows,” yoga being so unusual in Montana back in 1975. Even so, Montanans, used to the unusual, always accepted us! Where else could the Feathered Pipe Ranch succeed as well as it does in this land of such variety – prehistoric cave at the Blacktail Ranch, the Dutch Dinner, Ice Caves at Pryor, the Crystal Park on Wise River, the many, many hot springs and on and on? READ MORE

Minimum and Maximum Edges – Gernot Huber

The place that is usually called “the edge” is the point along the stretch continuum beyond which you are in danger of injuring yourself, and beyond which your awareness deteriorates into an obsessive focus on whatever body part is experiencing the greatest intensity. Using yoga teacher Erich Schiffmann’s terminology, I want to refine this concept by calling this place your maximum edge, and talk about another place along the stretch continuum, your minimum edge, which is the place where you first feel a stretch. READ MORE

Nature and Nurture: Reconnecting to Self and the World We Inhabit – Autumn Benedetti

Imagine placing your feet on your yoga mat and feeling the coolness of the earth beneath all four corners of each foot. Envision the sense of grounded-ness that comes from literally establishing a connection to the grass or soil through the soles of your feet. As your toes spread your own roots move into the earth creating a sense of solidity, stability, and certainty that you are part of something more. READ MORE

Going Deeper: Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana – Marla Apt

So often in your practice, you’ll feel a craving for deep sensation, like that of a cat luxuriating in its morning stretch. Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana (Revolved Head-of-the-Knee Pose) is one of those asanas that can inspire this desire, and if you practice with a focus on stretching, the pose can definitely provide a great deal of sensation. READ MORE

Home on the Ranch: An Homage to the Feathered Pipe Ranch – Andy Vantrease

Since 1975, Supera has built the ranch into a sacred space where people can come to get quiet, drop into their true selves and be inspired by the natural world. With help from a core group of intellectuals, artists, yoga teachers, and other kindred spirits, the Feathered Pipe Ranch became one of the most sought after retreats centers in America. READ MORE

Laughing Water – India Supera

Laughing Water, who was still known at the time as Paul Superak, was originally brought to the Ranch by Judith and Ike Lasater as LW and she had been roommates in college. He came as the cook for the first real workshop in 1975, which featured Judith Lasater, Gisele Fitch, and Felicity Hall who is now known as Felicity Green. READ MORE

Pure Gold: Heidi Goldman & Tom Ryan – India Supera

In my whole life I never saw anyone as skilled as Tom. Still my gold standard. He was older and had done everything from serving in the US Navy to cutting hair. With Tom’s arrival we had almost all the talent to make the ranch work. I have no idea why everyone who came was willing to take on such a difficult assignment as working at the ranch. But we have always said that only the craziest among us stayed on. READ MORE

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