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?...
Spiritual Evolution

Spiritual Evolution

When you start yoga lessons, your primary concern is yourself.  I want to become more flexible.  I want to be stronger, I want to get rid of this pain, etc.  Eventually, as you begin to practice, steadily, and without gaps of time off, the body responds.  You become flexible, stronger, and slowly that pain you had just decides to walk out the door.  But, unbeknownst to you, the yoga is working on a deeper level than just YOU. As you begin to change, others in your life change also.  You begin to attract people into your life who are helpers, who lift you up, support you on your journey.  Your kids become more cooperative, work becomes less stressful.  Your experience of living just becomes more pleasant.  I have seen this in my life, and the lives of my students.  With this practice that is primarily self centered, you start to concern yourself MORE with others well being.  As you yourself step into a more vibrant way of health, your focus becomes that of others health.  As the yoga brings a quiet sense of contentment and peace, you want others to experience this way of peace.  Your focus shifts from yourself to a world view.  Maybe at this point, you become a teacher.  Everyday, when I stand up in front of class and teach, my focus is that of my students.  I’ve adapted the principle, “If I can make others happy, healthy, peaceful, than I will experience health.  But, it all comes down to practice.  I have to keep up my practice.  I have to show up and practice myself...
The “effect” of yoga

The “effect” of yoga

We often feel as though the hand of fate is not kind.  We didn’t get a “good” break.  We got an old injury that won’t heal.  That other people are “responsible” for the way we feel.  That’s not the way it works.  Everyday, we have a choice to make.  A choice to eat healthy.  A choice to exercise.  A choice to meditate.  A decision to either pop that pill to get rid of our headache, or to find the real reason we are feeling ill.  It’s difficult.  The path of least resistance is often a quick fix, (Pill, drug) that gives immediate results, but in a couple of months you are back to the place that feels worse than when you started.   Yoga is not a quick fix, but with very regular practice, over a continued amount of time, it does bring you to a place much better than when you started. This was my thought as I reflected on two events that happened over the past week.  A client of mine choose to do yoga.  She had been to yoga before, but very sporadically, not regular.  At first yoga is difficult.  She didn’t want to sweat, or work too hard, or do this certain pose that I knew would help her pain.  I did the only thing I could as a teacher.  Encourage, encourage, and educate on the effect of the poses, and of yoga practice.  Something clicked this time, and she stuck with it.  Last week in practice, I got her up in a headstand.  At first there was resistance, “Ohh, I don’t think I’m ready for...

The Zen of upside down

Somebody recently asked me how I was doing….. to which I replied “Awesome!”.  It’s easy/not easy to see how I feel awesome.  My life at home has had it’s fair share of disappointments…..here is the dirty list…….Husband out of job for 2 plus years.   Water main broke from the house to street.  Big expensive fix.  Stove stopped working.  Washer went kaput.  In fact, everything around me is broken, except my husband.  How do I maintain a steady stream of “awesomeness”?  Well, I’ll tell you how…… I love my job…..when Monday rolls around, I’m excited, not depressed.  Everyday, I get to push people past their conceived limitations; watch as they open up to yoga.  It’s a beautiful gift for sure.  I have all of you to thank for that.  What also makes a smile come easier than most is my love affair of inversions.  I’m so excited that hammock is finally caught on, and people are banging down the door, for their share of happy.  This practice of inversions for me was so scary to begin, and then so wonderful when I caught on.  In fact, being happy is just one of the many reasons I am choosing to invert on a regular basis.  It all starts with downward dog.  Head below the heart.   Read more about inversions here….. Life is so short.  It’s easy to get caught up in the first paragraph.  Life is what you make of it.  Yoga will help you see the awesomeness of this moment.  I have faith that all will be ironed out shortly.  Life is a series of ups and downs, it’s...

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear”

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” I think this quote was originally made by George Addair although The motivational speaker Jack Canfield usually is credited with it. In any case, the words couldn’t be more true and have been on my mind a lot lately. On my walk with Thor this morning I was musing about how to grow, one has to become comfortable with being in that uncomfortable space. You have to be OK with recognizing you are afraid, being OK with that emotion, and moving forward anyway. So the question becomes how do we become comfortable with the uncomfortable, the fear? One way is to experience it fully and immerse yourself in it. Adventure sports are a great way of doing that. Being afraid before a rapid, a challenging mountain bike section or a difficult climb and doing it anyway, finding the joy that is on the other side is a great way of desensitizing yourself to fear. Another, just as powerful way, is to quiet the mind chatter enough, that you can discern what is coming from your heart and what is coming from your mind. Have you ever been afraid of something and yet felt propelled to do it anyway? That is your heart space talking to you. The “observer”; that part of you that is separate from your mind and ego. It’s a discipline to learn to hear that voice and recognize when your mind is sabotaging you to keep you “safe.” Yoga and meditation, practiced regularly will help you filter the mind chatter from your heart. Come join the...

What pain?

One thing is for sure.  We come into this world.  And at some point, we die.  What we do in the middle makes up who we are, and how we live.  Most people would agree that you need to stay active to be healthy.  So given society’s advise, quite alot of people go to the gym, run, cycle, lift, etc.  All of that is good, except when you can’t do those things, because of pain: knee pain, shoulder pain, back pain.  Then those same people go get surgery to deal with the pain.  Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t.  Sometimes it works for awhile, and then the pain comes back. What is guaranteed to get rid of the pain?  Yoga.  Well, you might say, I’ve tried yoga, and it didn’t work for me.   There are some guidelines regarding yoga practice, and they are: Be consistent.  Yoga should be done everyday.  If you want a pain free life, you have to make choices.  Can I spend 30 minutes most days, and on the other day’s go to the studio, where I can make sure my alignment is going good? Yoga practice should be done with much zeal.  This is something you should look forward to.  You should practice yoga like your hair is on fire, and you HAVE to extinguish it out NOW. Yoga practice should be steady, with even inhales, and even exhales.  No grasping for breath.  No red face. Yoga practice will work over an extended period of time.  This is what trips people up.  Generally, we want things done now.  Yoga works like water pouring over...
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