I’ve really missed being here! I hope this finds you and yours well! This past summer I set an intention to spend quality time with my kids and I did just that. We had a wonderful summer together! My kids for the most part got along. We didn’t go on any extravagant vacations, we simply enjoyed each others presence, visiting local attractions, enjoying trips to Jeni’s for delicious ice cream, and hiking through our local parks.
Intention according to the dictionary is: An aim that guides action. At the beginning of many of the yoga classes I teach and attend, the teacher offers a moment to students to set an intention for their practice. Often this intention comes from asking oneself, “why did I come to yoga today?”. This intention creates an “aim” or focus for one’s practice, and, maybe even one’s life off the mat.
I have found the act of setting daily intentions allows me to maintain my focus and move through my day with purpose and connection to my family and students. By no means does this mean that I live a “perfect” life without regrets. Living with intention provides me a “road map” so, when I take a wrong turn I can find my way back.
As we head into the Holiday Season it is my intention to stay present and to enjoy time with my family.
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Ardha Chandrasana has become one of my favorite yoga poses. By engaging the core and finding the strength of the standing leg, I can open into freedom, into a feeling of bliss. I often tell my students that by practicing balance poses we can find balance in our life off the mat. Hmmm…. With my children home for summer and my erratic work schedule, I seek balance on a daily basis. As I mentioned in my post Disconnecting to Connect, I set aside a day each week to just be with my children fully engaged and present. This helps me to have some balance between work and family time. A recent trip my family and I took to Lakeside, Ohio offered me just what I needed to feel firmly planted and open. At Lakeside, there is very limited access to Wi-Fi, the local coffee shop is the only place that offers Wi-Fi, so I refrained from my daily activity on email, only using my phone to tell my daughter when to return to the cottage. Our days were spent riding our bikes, walking down to play by the lake and sitting on the porch reading and greeting the passer-byes. I felt firmly rooted with an open heart and mind to be present for my family and myself. Returning home I had a busy week of Yoga for Girls Camp yet, I felt so grounded and open to each moment of the week. I’m still enjoying a sense of balance as a result of this week that my family spent away from the chaos of our modern life fully engaged and balanced.
How do you find balance on and off the mat?
“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” Thomas Merton
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