Lately I’ve been seeing so many photos of beautiful yogis in amazing poses that I can only dream of doing. I know it is my ego causing me to feel insecure and less than. I also know that yoga is so much more than a perfect body in a perfect pose. After all I teach yoga to many populations that will never be able to attempt, Eka Pada Sirsasana, yet, they and I are still yogis and yoginis (female). Yoga is more than the practice of asanas (postures). It is also meditation and pranayama(breath practices). I believe Yoga offers a set of tools to facilitate a life lived with presence and compassion. I love yoga and am so grateful for finding yoga in my late 20’s! I love how I feel after my practice and how yoga and meditation help me to be more present and joyful in my daily life. My hope is that if you have shied away from yoga because you are not fit, flexible, or are living with a disability, you give yoga a try. Find a studio near you that offers classes based on your needs and commit for at least 28 days and notice how your practice begins to affect you physically, mentally and spiritually. It may just open your heart to yourself and the world!
“The success of yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.”
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Clutter can leave us feeling bogged down energetically as well as mentally. When I have clutter, I have trouble focusing and getting things done. I feel a sense of underlying low level anxiety and stress. I, like many of you, do not have entire days off when I can clean and de-clutter so I’m left with where to start?! Recently I completed Laura Thompson Brady’s e-course “Hectic to Harmonious”. http://www.thenourishedhome.com/ This course was amazing and really helped me to set small achievable goals. One part of the e-course was simplifying your home. She suggested to pick one small corner or one small area and envision what you want it to look like and feel like and de-clutter or reorganize that one small area. WOW! This had a huge impact on me and my family’s energy level and mental health. I started with bookshelves as I love books. I reorganized and gave away books that were no longer age appropriate or ones that were no longer of interest to me. The energy I obtained from this small task encouraged me to continue this process when I had even just 15 spare minutes. My son’s art table was my most recent project. This table is in our kitchen and is one of the first things I see when I walk into my home from the laundry room. It is a “catch-all” for my son. If he doesn’t want to take the time to put it away, he puts it on the art table. I found some great ideas on Pinterest for organizing pencils and crayons and placed a large piece of white paper on the table. It looks wonderful and it feels so great to walk into my kitchen now. I invite you to pick one small corner of your home and de-clutter. I would love to hear how this affects your life!
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Happy Spring! Well, maybe it’s finally starting to feel a bit more Spring-like. Spring time often brings a sense of renewal and growth. A time to release what is not serving you. A time to plant and grow the things that will serve you. With the change in temperatures, we often start craving fresher, lighter foods as well as venturing outdoors more to play and work. I’ve decided to blog about Spring Cleaning for the month of April. Spring Cleaning our bodies, our homes, our schedules and our minds. I hope you will join me on this Spring Cleaning Journey to discover what new seeds you can plant in your life and how you will blossom.
Week 1: Spring Cleaning my diet. Our liver works hard all winter to clear toxins as we eat heavier creamier foods and more sweets during the holidays. Spring is a time when we can thank our liver for the job it has done and eat foods that support detoxifying the liver. Foods like dandelion greens, arugula, lemon juice and beets. One of my favorite salads this time of year is made with arugula, beets, (peeled and diced small), with a dressing of lemon juice and olive oil, sprinkled with a bit of oregano. If you would like, you can add a few crumbles of goat cheese and enjoy!
The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.
– Thomas A Edison
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The start of a new year offers a time to reflect on what is working for you and what is not; what thoughts and actions are leading you to your best self. The beginning of a new year opens the door to possibilities. My yoga practice deepens my life experiences and fosters a life lived intentionally. Yoga offers me the tools with which to look inside to discover who I am and my purpose in life. Many use yoga as a form of exercise to tone, stretch and strengthen their body. If this is what you are looking for, you will find it. Yoga can offer so much more as well. A consistent yoga practice can offer relief from physical and mental pain and lead one to potential inner happiness. Maybe you set New Years’ Resolutions every year and find that by the end of the first month you have forgotten about them or thrown in the towel, seeing the “resolutions” as unattainable. I invite you instead to open yourself to the possibilities of what this new year can bring you with small but meaningful changes by giving yoga a try. Yoga is not just for the flexible, (which actually, I’m not naturally flexible). If you can breathe, you can do yoga. Real Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis DVD was created to reach those with MS. However, anyone can benefit from the yoga practices on this DVD. We are offering free shipping and handling for the month of January 2014. Check out this sneak preview of our DVD.
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I have viewed fall as a time for reflection. Reflecting on what is working and what is not, reflecting on our summer and on the new school and work year ahead. Fall is a time of growth and change. A time when I set goals for myself and encourage my children to do the same. There is time and space in my schedule now to de-clutter my home to create space and energy for our goals to be achieved. Some of my goals are to work on my yoga and meditation practice and to continue to share yoga and its many benefits with my students. Another big goal for me is to bring my yoga practice to my parenting challenges to stay calm during the storms and surrender to the flow of this thing called life.
“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”
Peter F. Drucker quotes (American Educator and Writer, b.1909)
Success is not measured by what one brings, but rather by what one leaves. Author Unknown
Watching my children’s caterpillars transform into beautiful butterflies reminded me of a persons ability to transform. A yoga and meditation practice can transform one’s body, mind and spirit. I see how my body has transformed through my yoga practice, becoming stronger and more flexible. My mind is going through transformation as I find more stillness throughout my day, times to notice my breath or the sounds of nature.
Spring is a time of growth and transformation. As you look around, you see the new flowers and leaves on the trees as well as the new baby animals scurrying about. All the changes in nature may inspire you to make changes in your life. Maybe a new hairstyle, trying new recipes or starting a new yoga/meditation practice.
According to the dictionary to transform is to make a change, usually for the better.
I believe, like the butterfly, as we transform, we are able to spread our wings and fly.
“Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.” Marianne Williamson