Hot Head

Hot Head

Often when people start a yoga practice they have an agenda.  On their “list” might be, flexibility, strength, lose weight, or to just  keep moving.  Sometimes we don’t have an agenda, we just know we should do yoga.  But yoga is unique in it’s approach, unlike running, or biking.  Unbeknownst to us,  the yoga postures are working at a deeper level, a level on the mind, and how we think.  This fact surprised me. I have always been a “hot head”, especially in the car.  When other cars pulled out in front of me, I would let them know by honking, cursing, or other choice expletives, that I was “un-pleased” to say the least.  I’m sure driving with me was a pleasure :), but even more unpleasant was when I was a passenger.  And yes, I told my husband how to drive, when to speed up, slow down, turn here, etc.  Luckily, he didn’t throw me out of the car, even when I deserved it. Well, that all changed with my yoga practice.  I was practicing everyday, and feeling better and better.  Creating playlists for my classes opened up a whole world of bhakti, or yoga chants.  Sometimes, even after class coming home, I would listen to these chants, and try to sing along.  After 6 months of intense yoga practicing and chanting, I believe something inside slowly changed.  One day, I turned to my husband and asked him if he noticed a change.  I felt less “reactive”, less angry, more calm and centered.  It’s good to point out, before yoga training, I ran, biked, worked out at an...

Be free, be LOVE.

When I first came to yoga, I didn’t know what it was, or anything about it.  What I did know, is that I liked it.  I liked the way I felt afterwards.  You could say, I “fell” into it.  The more yoga I did, the better I felt.  When a persistent hip pain preventing me from running, I took the only path available at that time.  I was going to become a yoga teacher.  I was naive as they came.  I thought I was going to learn about the asanas, or postures, and I did, but along the way my teacher opened me up to a whole new world.   A world where I learned how to really be healthy.  A world that was free of judgements, pain, and criticizing.  Those thoughts were in my head, not in the way others saw me.  I was accepted, no matter what I was, or who I was.  I was loved, no matter what I was, or who I was in the past.  My teacher looked past my obvious faults, and encouraged the light within me to shine. I’m not saying that I’ve had a hard life, in fact, I think I’ve had a pretty ordinary life, even average.  There are not deep hidden secrets in my family, that in any way I’m ashamed about.  But I do think that all of us carry hidden facts about us around, hiding the truth from others.  We fear, that if we were to really “show” ourselves to others, we would be judged, shunned.  The practice of yoga strips these away from us, at times...

Living Light

My teacher used to say that all of us are making our way up the mountain.  Some of us use the quickest, hardest path upwards, and others choose a more lengthy route in circles, slowing making our way up.  Others skip from one path to the other.  At times others come into our path and help us overcome a hurdle.  No one way is the right way; we get to pick and choose according to our circumstances.  When we make our way up to the top, we are light.  We have been transformed by the struggles of our journey.  When we make it to the top, and find our light, our whole vibration reverberates out to the universe.  This world as we know it will never be the same.  Our lives change, and the life of everyone we meet is affected by this vibration.  After finding our own light we help others find theirs; we help them up the mountain. All of us come to this earth with “samaskaras”.  Samaskaras are deeply ingrained tendencies or habits that we repeat over and over again, until we choose to accept our pain, and then use measures to deal with it.  Some people have physical pain, say an old injury of shoulder, hip, knee pain that bothers us.  Others carry emotional pain; the pain of losing a loved one.  Some of us carry  mental burdens; such as not enjoying our job.  All of these pains (physical, emotional, mental) can be used as transformations up our journey to the top of the mountain. For certain, our life will contain struggles and pain.  It’s...
Solar Power

Solar Power

I couldn’t help but marvel at my practice yesterday morning.  I practiced outside, facing the sun.  All of us can relate to the power of the sun.  It sustains us, warms us, cheers us up, energizes us.  The yogi’s of yesterday realized the full power of the sun, and revered it for it’s properties, and developed surya namaskar, or sun salutes.  We practice them in most beginner and vinyasa classes.  Some people who practice yoga only practice sun salutes.  They are a complete yoga practice by themselves, and strengthen/stretch every major muscle group.   Here are 34 reasons to practice sun salutes, starting with the first 5…… 1. Strengthens the entire digestive system (including stomach, pancreas, intestines, liver, etc.) and cures, and prevents constipation. 2. Invigorates the nervous system (including the brain, spinal cord, lower plexus, and cures brain-fag, forgetfulness, worries and other forms of mental derangement. Though shattered nerves take a longer time and are more difficult to repair than other cells, our graduated course of Surya Namaskars will slowly but surely restore them to normality. 3. Invigorates the heart and will cure and prevent blood pressure, palpitation. 4. Develops the lungs, gives you deeper breathing and prevents tuberculosis. 5. Improves the quality and circulation of the blood. Active circulation of the blood is the first law of health. Read the whole article here.    So, what are you waiting for?  Grab your mat, and practice, and feel the difference of solar power in your body. See you on the mat,...

The Gift

We have just finished up with another group for teacher training.  I can’t help but marvel at their wonderful progress, both on the mat, and off.  What is really truly different is an indescribable twinkle in their eyes, and lightness in their faces.  I can almost see a glowing in their aura.  That is my gift. All of them had struggles, both personally, and with the teachings of yoga,   but all of them persisted.  That has made this yoga teacher training even more special, their personal transformations.   Now they will take what Diana and I have given them, and teach it to others.  It is how  yoga has survived for thousands of years. Imagine, you received a gift far more precious than a kings ransom.  This gift was not free, but purchased through personal struggle and growth. This gift changed your life, and how long you will live.  It also changed the lives of the people you live with.  It changed every encounter you had until your death.  This is how yoga works.  Each teacher pours their knowledge into each student, just like a vessel.  Each student they have, they pour a little knowledge into their students, and so it continues. What gift have you received today?...
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