...powering through all the circumstance that seems to clog the way forward. We simply fly over all the doubt, and the complex landscape of many moving parts that make decision making, and big actions hard. The way forward becomes clear as you take the leap itself, and are already in the air stretching yourself beyond what you thought were your limits. You’ll be letting go of fear and elongating your stride to it’s absolute maximum capacity. It is cathartic, cleansing, and the results manifest in your life as well as your inner constitution.Read More
One day when I was rock climbing, I found my way to a large ledge just a few yards from the top.
I tried to get over it or around it for several minutes. Finally, exhausted, I yelled down to my belay partner “Coming down!”
He said, “Nah, you’re almost there!”
“Yes,” I said, “but I can’t get past it, and I’m exhausted and just done.” I said this in complete satisfaction of the height I’d reached, it being the highest I’d reached yet. As a yogi, I lack a competitive nature. Well, actually, I was born that way—there’s not a competitive bone in my body, not even with myself.Read More
Bhav, or Bhaaaaav means just like how it sounds, a delicious yogic mood. It’s the quality of living in a divine state. We often think of our mood as something we have little control over. Like the weather, we are subject to the things around us, what happens to us, how much sleep we get, hormonal fluctuations and well, yes, the weather itself.Read More
From “Should” to “sweet desire…”
Most of us have no problem indulging in things. Come on… What’s your vice? Mid-afternoon latte? After dinner chocolate? Happy hour drink? Yet, what people often report to me about their yoga or meditation practice is that they “should be better about it.” I try as best I can to shift the mindset from “should” to one of sweet desire
Inner strength grows when you start to believe whole heartedly that absolutely no one or nothing has the power over your happiness but you.
When life feels off balance in some way, it's natural to look at our external circumstances and check to see if any change needs to be made. While it's true, making changes to our external lives can reflect intuitive direction toward continued growth, what happens when you've tried all the changes you could, externally, and something just still feels wrong?
With all the sniffles and coughs going around, and the totally insane state of the country, it's time to step up your self care routine big time! It's amazing how our mental state can affect our health, so here's
3 tips for better self care!
Change is a constant. It is our privilege and our challenge all in one, but it's never wrapped up neat and pretty with a bow. Anytime one moving part of your life changes, the other parts jostle around to make room for it. So, change is usually messy, uncertain, and filled with both excitement and anxiety.Read More
The first breath: feel the wealth, the warmth and sweetness this life already holds for you...
Second, Third and beyond breaths: Envision all that you want to create this year. Breath life into each and every dream in your soul right now. See it feel it coming to life in the same way you feel the elements what you already have.
How do we incorporate the generosity we find on our mats with the outside world? Personally, when I set intentions for my practice, I often set personal intentions. At the end of class I like to encourage myself and my students to appreciate the self-care, generosity and compassion found on the mat.Read More
Each time I think of trust, I end up traveling inward. One of the greatest gifts that my practice of yoga has given to me, is to find trust within myself, both on and off the mat. It took me many years of practice, with many wonderful teachers who repeatedly expressed this idea to me in a variety of ways, but for so long it didn't sink it. I seemed to unconsciously fight against the concept that nobody else knows me like I do.
With yoga we have to always remember it’s a balancing swing. The release of attachment to results is the medicine to those held in the clutches of misery when they don’t get what they want. But we can’t hover at the front crest of the swing, any more then we can hover at the back end. Meaning, complacency is as much an obstacle to a free and happy life as anything. It’s the attachment to being unattached!
Dvesa is an obstacle (klesha) in the way of freedom. It is our avoidance of pain. I noticed during the spring month of April that I had a lot of internal rules that helped steer me clear of things which even remotely reminded me of past pain or echoed possibility of pain. I'm, at times, too good at learning. Having built up a stockade of "don'ts" I realized this month it was time to tear them down and let myself walk into fires that once burned me.Read More
The difference between surviving and thriving is almost always in the perspective. It’s in what type of breath you are taking in. Are you gasping in short shallow breaths to serve only the purpose of the moment? Or, can you breathe in big, and ride the moments like a wave – whether tumbling inside it, gliding on it’s crest - always with a laugh just because you are in the ocean at all!?Read More
We all have expectations from life. We dream things, are conditioned to want things, and also work hard toward achieving the things we want. But “expectation” is just a little far over the edge. Expectation is like the over ripe tomato. It has lost it’s inspiration to potentiality be something delicious by stewing it it’s own sense of itself.
his theme has been alive in my life very actively the past few months. I used to think that in order to maintain good relationships or connections with the people in my life I needed to empathize with them no matter what the emotion. In this way I attracted a lot of negative energies (insecurity, jealousy, anger, ext.) into my life. Instead of trying to counteract these people and their emotions with joy and kindness I got bombarded with my own load of negativity for no reason at all but to simply be accepted by others!Read More
About a week ago, I was having a rough morning. Just one of those mornings where everything is going wrong: the weather was terrible, my dog ran through mud and was a mess, I was running late, and then I JUST missed the subway. As the doors shut in my face, part of me wanted to scream. In my head, I was blaming the train conductor for not waiting two more seconds, cursing the guy who was taking forever to swipe his metro card...slipping farther and farther into a bad mood. Pretty much the opposite of loving kindness.
This month I invite you to deepen your participation in the dance of sharing and receiving. Whether you feel you are in a state where you need to reach out for support, or just in a place of quiet reflection. Open your mouth and talk on a very real level about what's up for you. Be willing to receive the wealth of care that is available through your fellow stumbling, flying, humble humans.Read More
I read somewhere once that one way to be a better conversationalist is to tell yourself when you're in the middle of a conversation, that "the next conversation can be about you." Once you tell yourself this, you can get out of your own head and be more present to what the other person is saying.Read More
It's been amazing to me as I've been practicing quieting down my mind just how much it's filled with. I thought it would just be the day to day, what I had to do later, that my leggings were too small for me, was I sitting too close to the person next to me. When I close my eyes and center before class, it's so much deeper. They are sounds have been filling myself with my whole life.
There’s a lot of background noise. From the city streets to the mumble of thoughts and worries in your head. Trucks belt out their gas guzzling roar, clashing music wars, arguments and conversations, thousands of people in short radius, talking, thinking, sending out frequencies to interrupt your clear personal connection to your inner peace.