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Winter 2005
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Namaste!

Welcome to the new look of the Lotus, the E-zine of Mythic Yoga and Storytime Yoga for Children and Families. May this serve to keep you updated on my latest events, as well as present you articles, stories and ideas to bring alive the joy of sharing story and yoga with your family and community.

May you have a peaceful season, passing from darkness into light, from untruth to truth.

Om Shanti.

With Love,
Sydney


STORYTIME YOGA
Be sure to attend the Storytime Yoga Teacher Training and learn the art of storytelling to teach yoga and character education to children. Jan 28 at Green Mountain Yoga, Arvada.

Order your copy of the all new expanded and revised 102-page Storytime Yoga Teacher's Manual. With photographs, songs, games and 7 multicultural wisdom stories scripted with yoga poses. Keep kids healthy and literate through yoga and story!

Storytime Yoga kids classes come to Om Time Belmar! Classes Start Feb. 6 at the brand-spanking new hot spot for yoga.

Storytime Yoga travels to New Hampshire’s acclaimed LANES conference this April.

Storytime Yoga Family Fun December.
Solstice fun as well as an art project.

MYTHIC YOGA
This winter and spring, Mythic Yoga will be in Mexico as well as performing at the
Boulder Public Library Winter Festival of Stories.

ESSAY: The Sun Inside

STORY: Osiris and Isis

Joseph Campbell Foundation Roundtable Colorado News.

News.____________________________________________________
STORYTIME YOGA


STORYTIME YOGA TEACHER TRAINING

Teaching Yoga to Children Through Storytelling
for Health and Literacy
for Teachers and Parents
With Sydney Solis
Yoga Teacher and Storyteller
Saturday, January 28, 2006 1-4 p.m.
Green Mountain Yoga Studio, Five Parks

$95 includes Storytime Yoga Teacher’s Manual. Learn the art of storytelling with Storytime Yoga to make yoga, health and literacy even more exciting for children at home or school.

This workshop and teacher training will bring you into the enchanting world of the Storytime Yoga method, which kinesthetically ignites kids’ imagery and imagination to learn while having fun and staying healthy. Learn the power of story and tap into the healing and wisdom of yoga through story for children’s health, literacy and character education.
Storytime Yoga can be used in the home, classroom, yoga studio, gym or other activity center.

Children Love Yoga and Stories! From story warm-ups to multicultural wisdom tales and kids’ original stories acted out with yoga poses, children play and learn with Storytime Yoga. The Storytime Yoga Teacher Training will teach you everything you need to know to bring the joy and health of yoga and meditation to children ages 3-11 using story. Watch your children grow in health and literacy with this unique and fun program.
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You will learn to:
• Become a storyteller. How to find, create and tell stories for use in yoga.
• Teach yoga and meditation using story to different age groups Pre-K, K-3, 4-6 and mixed ages.
• How to create and manage an effective class or home ritual/practice.
• Techniques for teaching self-esteem and improving oral, literacy, learning and listening skills.
• Much more.

WHEN: Saturday, January 28, 2006 1-4 p.m.
WHERE: Green Mountain Yoga Studio, 8566 Five Parks Drive, Arvada, CO
COST: $95 includes the all new expanded and revised, 102-page Storytime Yoga Teacher and Parent Manual - with 7 multicultural wisdom stories scripted with yoga poses. Plus meditations, games, songs, and much more about how to use story in teaching yoga to children.

PLEASE REGISTER EARLY.
Call Mindy at
303-421-4131 to register. www.greenmtnyoga.com
www.StorytimeYoga.com

NAMASTE!

STORYTIME YOGA TEACHER’S MANUAL
Get the latest edition of the Storytime Yoga Teacher’s Manual for only $29.95 through the StorytimeYoga.com website. This 102- page manual is chock full of ideas to make yoga come alive with storytelling. Learn the power of imagery and the imagination in the body to teach kids literacy and health through yoga and story. 7 multicultural wisdom stories retold by Yoga Teacher and Storyteller Sydney Solis. Plus songs, games, meditations and more. Visit www.StorytimeYoga.com to order your copy today.

STORYTIME YOGA COMES TO OM TIME BELMAR
I am pleased to announce that I will be teaching Storytime Yoga at the smashing new Om Time Studio in Belmar, 7337 West Alaska Drive, Lakewood, CO, 303.934.2030. www.OmTime.com.

I will be teaching Mondays at 4 p.m starting February 6th. Drop your kids off, and then shop for groceries at the gorgeous new Whole Foods in peace and sanity, knowing that your children are practicing yoga and storytelling with Sydney! Remember, if Mamma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!

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MYTHIC YOGA


MYTHIC YOGA at the BOULDER FESTIVAL OF STORIES
Come to the Cabaret with the Boulder Winter Festival of Stories!

Join me and storytellers Susan Kaplan and Kate Lutz for Cycles, Stories and Secrets for Women and the Men who Love them, February 4 at the Boulder Public Library. Hear lively and moving personal stories with feminine folklore that move through the cycles of a woman’s life – Maiden, Mother and Crone. With harpist Margot Krimmel. Presented by the Boulder Public Library and the Rocky Mountain Storytellers Guild.

Saturday February 4, 7-9 p.m.
Boulder Public Library Auditorium
1000 Canyon Blvd.
Boulder, Colorado
Free and open to the public.

MYTHIC YOGA IN MEXICO
I am joining with the Rev. Rebecca Armstrong of Human Rites and el Centro de Estudios Mitologicos in Oaxaca, Mexico March 2-4. For Dreaming the New Myth Body of the Americas.

We will be uncovering the story in the body and rediscovering our mythic and imaginative roots y practicando el arte de conversacion en Espanol.

Presented by the Joseph Campbell Foundation Mexico. Contact me if you are interested in coming and would like details.

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JOSEPH CAMPBELL FOUNDATION ROUNDTABLE COLORADO NEWS

The World Peace Interfaith Storytelling Gathering the JCF hosted at the Boulder Public Library Nov. 17 was a wonderful and peaceful event! 120 people enjoyed the incredible line up of 12 storytellers who represented a diverse array of faiths and mythologies. JCF Colorado Roundtable’s own Connie Buffalo, Eric Patterson and Sydney Solis performed. Thanks to everyone who told stories and attended!

Anniversary! It’s the first year of JCF Roundtable Colorado being on the air and ever expanding!

On Dec. 17, JCF associate Greg Shaw was featured on the JCF Roundtable Western-Exposure Radio show with Host and JCF associate Jerry Fabyanic. Shaw updated us on his work with Vera Kohn in Ecuador, blending Zen Buddhism and psychotherapy. Sydney Solis, Stuart Yoshida and Tina Otto joined.

KYGT 102.7 FM serving Clear Creek County

It will beposted on the web at www.westernexposure-co.com shortly.
And it will also be posted shortly after the broadcast on the website.
The website serves as the official site of the JCF Roundtable Colorado.
Check it for downloads of past radio shows.

Roundtable meetings generally meet the third Saturday of the Month at the Arvada home of Sydney Solis. Call 303-456-6311 or email Sydney at SydSol@MythicYoga.com for more information.

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STORYTIME YOGA FAMILY FUN
Get together with your kids and talk about the coming Solstice Dec. 21 and New Year 2006 .

Explain that the sun is “passing away” but being reborn. What is passing away in life now? What is becoming new? What cycle is completing itself? Tell a story about something you feel used to be important to you and no longer so. Encourage children to tell their own story as well. Go to the library and ask your librarian to help you find books explaining the solstice.

Meditate on impermanence. Teach children to be aware of their surroundings, noticing how objects people, events, the time of the day, etc. arise and disappear, arise and disappear, like the cycles of the moon. However, consciousness, is always present, and undying like the sun. Ask them to notice that awareness is always present, like the sun.

Bring out the photo album and show children how they have changed over the years.
Have children write down a problem or anything else that is giving them grief. Youngest children can dictate it to you. Fold it up tiny and then burn the paper in a fireplace or other safe place. Tell children that now the past is gone, the problem is released. A new cycle has started.

ART PROJECT:

New Year’s Mandala

Imagining the New Year ahead. Ask children to close their eyes for a minute and think about things they’d like to become or do for themselves or others in the coming year.
Have them spend time really creating it in their mind with as much detail as possible. Such as go to Disneyland, help my mother more with the dishes, create a piece of artwork for Aunt Mildred.

Have them think about their personality as well. Then have them make a list of descriptions and positive attributes about themselves, such as: smart, funny, good at trombone, kind to hamsters, like to read, draw, tell stories and practice yoga! Have children also think of their shadow, or negative side, things they don’t like about themselves or things they don’t like in general. Like war, lies and treason.

Then, create a New Year’s Mandala Collage. Get kids to look through old magazines, discarded books, etc and find images that call to them. Have them include images that represent the positive descriptions and attributes and desires, and also include a part of the collage of negative attributes. Cut out a big circle from poster board. Starting from the center. Have children paste image in the circle, moving outward. Alternately, children can paste an image at the center, and then move to the outer ring. From there, fill in with images moving toward the center. Get them to tear the edges of the images, use colored markers, glitter, stickers, and to overlap images in anyway they want and feel.
Have children present their collage and talk about each picture, or tell stories that may come up from talking about the image or part of their personality. They may talk about other members of their family or community.

Ask them to express how they felt creating the mandala.

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THE SUN INSIDE
The sun is the reflection of the Sun beyond the Veil” - Rumi

The allowing of religious-themed floats in the Denver Parade of Lights this season reigns in a new era of storytelling possibilities. I really do love the Jesus story. But there are a lot of other great stories out there that ritualize this winter solstice time of year that I think would make for some great floats. How about a yoga float next year with a big Om symbol? Then there’s the Roman’s sun God Mithra. Or my vote is for a float celebrating the birth of Osiris, the Egyptian God of the dead and symbol of masculine fertility, who was born, died and -- thanks to his devoted wife the Goddess Isis -- was born again. Osiris rides across the sky in his chariot, as does Ordin the Norse God, as well as the Hindu Sun God Surya whom we salute in the yogic sun salutations to warm our bodies and ignite it with the flow of energy and life force, prana. And of course we’ll keep Santa riding across the sky in his sleigh. Hey, think about it! It would be a great parade!

So we’re celebrating the return of the light. The return of the Sun. It’s always there, up in the sky. Such a simple thing as sunlight we take for granted everyday. Now it’s passing its lowest point toward the earth this solstice Dec. 21, the shortest day, narrowing down to the darkest hour. As is Osiris symbolized as the setting sun. Until his rebirth out of death to life. So rebirths the sun.

And as the sun is rebirthing in the outer, it is also rebirthing in the inner. In our own inner.
Narnia’s Hollywood debut this season reminds us with that radiant lion Aslan, of that wonderful solar symbol, the supreme cosmic power, the undying one life inside of us. By its many names, the Christ, the Holy Spirit, Osiris, the Buddha and Krsna consciousness is the symbol for the ineffable that is inside us all, in the deeply personal and unique way we perceive and experience it. That clarity and beauty knowing that we and all life come from the sun, and that life is eternal and that there is no death, only a constant changing kaleidoscope of outer form arising and disappearing --life coming from death. We’re uniting with that nuc stans, the illumination of standing still in the one of the sun, the eternal now, as we seek to escape (or not escape) the continual round of existence.

In many cultures the Sun is masculine, however, it is also feminine, such as in Japanese, Celtic and Cherokee mythologies. The sun is a solar symbol of unity, the one, untouched by duality, like the phases of the moon. However, the moon itself can represent unity, as it is only an illusion that we see the phases of the moon, as it is always whole and complete. The moon also gives the promise of life, with the birth, fullness and death of itself, only to be born again from the darkness of the new moon.

Through our own yoga, we take the sun’s symbol and apply it to our lives and ourselves and know the truth and the promise of unity and eternal life that is within us. And in that experience we create our own story, our own heroic journey from darkness to light, from untruth to truth, from death to eternal life.
Enjoy this solstice Dec. 21. Practice yoga and tell stories. Spend time with children and others in your community to explore what it means to find that peace and the light that comes from recognizing your divine identity and your unity with sat chit ananda, being, consciousness and bliss.

May there be peace in your heart and may there be peace on earth.

Have a joyous holiday season and a blessed New Year.

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OSIRIS and ISIS
Seth hated his brother, Osiris. Osiris, King of Egypt, civilized his people, and taught them to cultivate the land with barley and grain, and laws to live by. The opposite of Seth’s chaos and drought.

Finally, with the help of the Queen of Ethiopia and 72 other conspirators, Seth decided to destroy him.
Seth held a great feast, and a coffin was offered as a prize. All the guests slipped into it, trying it out for size, however, always one was too tall, too small, too fat, too skinny.

When Osiris tried out the coffin, it fit exactly.

Immediately the conspirators nailed shut the coffin and poured molten lead into the cracks, cutting off all air as Osiris took his last breaths on earth.

Osiris became Triumphant and ruler of the dead.

They launched his coffin into the river Nile. But the currents carried it up the coast to Byblos, instead of sinking to the bottom, as Seth desired. There on the shore near a great tamarisk tree, the coffin finally rested. The tree immediately sensed that this was a great God, and quickly reached out its long branches and embraced the coffin in loving protection. In time, the branches and roots grew around the coffin, and the tree increased in size and splendor.

“Ah, what a great tree!’ all the people of Byblos said, admiringly. “Just look at its size and beauty! It is as if from the Gods!”

The people admired it so much, that the King of Byblos ordered it cut down and placed inside the palace hall as a support, unknowing that the coffin was entwined inside.

Back in Egypt, Isis was distraught over her husband. No one knew where he had disappeared. She placed her son, Horus, in good care with the Cobra Goddess Wadjet, and then fled for the Delta in search of her husband. She knew that the souls of men did not rest without the correct funeral rites.

Wandering throughout Egypt, she searched for her husband everywhere.

“Have you seen my husband? Have you seen his painted coffin?” she asked. None had.

Finally, it was some children she met that said they had seen his coffin floating down the Nile. As she continued her journey, again she sought out children to ask, until she found Byblos and sat at the mouth of the Nahr al-Kalb, the Dog River. There the maidens of the Queen of Byblos came to bathe and do the washing. Isis lovingly adjusted their jewels and a sweet aroma accompanied the maidens back to the palace.

“What is that heavenly scent? The Queen asked, and the maidens said it was from the sad woman down by the shore. The Queen immediately brought Isis into the palace and they talked of their children together. The Queen said her young son, the Prince of Byblos, was ill and near death. Isis was a great healer and worker of magic spells.

“I will heal your son, but only if I can do it my way and you must never disturb me,” Isis said. The King and Queen agreed. Day in day out with Isis, the young prince Diktys grew healthier, bigger and stronger.
“Tell me,” The queen asked. “What is she doing in there?” But none of the maidens could answer.

“All we know,” the maidens said, “is that we hear a strange twittering when she enters the hall of the pillar.”
The Queen could stand it no longer and hid in the great hall to see what Isis was doing with her son.

She watched as Isis bared the great doors, and then created a huge fire. She placed the boy in between two logs in the flames, then turned in to a swallow and circled around and around the pillar she knew was her husband, lamenting and crying.

Horrified, the Queen rushed to rescue her son and tried to escape from the great hall.

Isis returned to her real form and confronted the woman.

“Oh, you foolish woman! You should not have disturbed me. In only a few more days, everything immortal in your son would have been burnt away and he would have become like the gods, forever young and immortal.”
Isis asked that the pillar and what it contained be given to her. Servants where brought to bring down the pillar and they split it open, revealing Osiris. Isis returned the pillar to the people of Byblos, and they worshipped it there for many years.

Isis placed the coffin in a boat and sailed back to Egypt. She hid the coffin in the delta under a bush while she went to check on her son Horus. A scorpion had bitten him, and she stayed with him until he recovered.

But while Isis was away, Seth went hunting in the marshes for wild boar. The moonlight glistened on top of the coffin and revealed its hiding place. Seth tore the coffin’s lid off, took Osiris’s body out and shredded it into 14 or 16 tiny pieces. Then he scattered all the pieces throughout Egypt. “It is impossible to destroy the body of a God, but I have!” he said laughing. “I have destroyed the body of Osiris!”

When Isis returned and saw the broken coffin, she knew it was Seth who did the deed. Out of papyrus she made a small boat and again set out in search of her husband. She sailed through the marshes and up the river searching endlessly for his pieces. Each time she found a piece, she created a shrine and performed the funeral rites for Osiris, as to trick Seth. But she kept the pieces until she found every one of them.

“Oh, my beloved, I have finally found you.” Then using her magic powers, she united the body of Osiris and he was resurrected. But Osiris preferred to remain and reign in the Duat, the heavenly afterworld, as the judge and ruler of the dead. Until one day he shall rise again rule Egypt as before.

SOURCES:
M.V. Seton-Williams, Egyptian Legends and Stories, Barnes and Noble Books, 1988
Gahlin, Lucia, The Myths and Mythology of Ancient Egypt. Arness Publishing, London 2003.
The National Geographic Society, Ancient Egypt: Discovering its Splendor, 1978, Washington D.C.
Cooper, J.C., An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Traditional Symbols, Thames and Hudson, London, 1978
Walker, Barbara G. The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets. Harper Collins, NY 1983
http://etori.tripod.com/holiday-myths.html
http://www.touregypt.net/osiris.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osiris

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