Verbal Flow

Masterpiece

if we remember what Patanjalis teaches in the Yoga Sutras, we will remember that the practice of yoga begins now, and that now happens every second of the day, each day, all year long. Begin your practice with the intention of watching it grow and of staying present for it and for yourself now, and let now happen over and again, with each new breath. Intend to layer your practice with brush strokes that refine and make you stronger , more nourished, and balanced year after year. Start slow, build a base of poses and understanding, learn about what works for you now, and continue to ask yourself that question day after day. And remember that the loveliest works of art take time.

Ring Out, Wild Bells

Find your traditions--the ones that allow you connection and allow you to complete this year before starting fresh. Time is a continuum and yet is also portioned into moments that allow us periods of rebirth and renewal. Now is a wonderful time to ring out all that is a false distraction to the truth of you. Let this new year ring in a commitment to knowing yourself completely; to becoming mentally still enough to make wise and aware decisions; to learning to respond with grace and honesty. Let your commitment to your yoga practice be a daily exploration of all this and more.

Love Yourself Challenge

Somewhere along the line, maybe you, too, forgot to love yourself completely and so now doing so really is a challenge. How little we value our own precious life shows up in how little time we make to take care of our own needs, or the guilt we feel when we do allot this time; it shows up in the ways we sabotage our health in numerous ways; it shows up in the feelings of anger and regret we carry in our bodies and hearts; it shows up in the blocked hearts we carry around that keep us from trusting and adventuring fully. It shows up again and again. Intend to give yourself this brief period of days--it's a small chunk of time to give yourself and endeavor to notice what you bear forth in your own life.

Grace

Approaching these life milestones, of turning 40, beginning a second teacher training, and continuing to expand our yoga offerings, all feel like budding miracles. The path to where I am has been marked by less than perfect decisions, struggles and pain, and life has become so much different than I ever imagined or planned for, and yet here I am, ready to begin again, with my heart wide open to what may come.

Yoga and Giving

Today, I met with the mother of one of the families we adopted…

Selfishness for Selflessness (and an interview with Brian Filon)

What is our yoga practice for? Do we engage in this practice to make our body feel good? Is it for mental clarity? Is it a selfish practice, one that takes time away from the outside world, so that we may focus on our internal landscape? Is it for the good of others? My answer to these questions is yes, it is for these things, and for so much more.

Learning to Ebb and Flow

as I settled into not practicing physically, I felt my practice with me endlessly. This is not something that I came to learn right away, but as I've grown to experience the effects of my practice when I'm living my life, out in the real world, I've grown to accept that this practice is available within me, is part of my living, no matter where I am. The key is in developing consistency in arranging your life around being a practitioner.

A Path Centered in Action

Krishnamacharya, who was the father of most of the yoga poses we know in our modern practices, said that yoga is the practice of seeking out the obstacles to our freedom and working to dissolve them. A yogi, he said, is someone invested in knowing their self better, someone investigating their self. Certainly this does not describe a practice that is for the uncommitted or for those who want only to experience sugar and spice and everything nice. That is not what a yogi is made of.

Union Ellen DeGeneres Style

Yoga, as DeGeneres defines, means "'uniting' because when you're doing it you're uniting your mind and your body. You can tell this almost immediately because your mind will be thinking, 'ouch that hurts,' and our body will say, 'I know.' And your mind will think, 'You have to get out of this position.' And your body will say, 'I agree with you but I can't right now. I think I'm stuck.'"