Just the other day I read a short blog regarding the extent of the yoga practice. As I read it, the Serenity prayer came to mind. I am going to guess that you have read or heard this prayer more than once in your life. No matter if you have any affiliation to Christianity or not. Personally I have seen it in many places over the years, never actually looking for it. It goes something like this:
“God, grant me the ...Continue Reading →
Now and then I encounter a lack of understanding within the yoga teacher community. I have decided to try to shed a little light on a pivotal point today. The misunderstanding related to why we yoga teachers need to have a deep understanding of the workings of the physical body. And why, what often is called form or alignment, is crucial to a posture practice, as well as a pranayama (breathing) and seated meditation practice.
My role at the teacher training ...Continue Reading →
If you have ever listened to, or read books by some of the wise spiritual teachers in the world, you might have come along the encouragement to not only accept the challenges of life, but even to welcome them. Some go so far to encourage us to actually invite change and challenge in to our lives. Quite a stretch, wouldn’t you say? To actually ask for the painful events that we all go through at different times? Why would anyone ...Continue Reading →
If you have ever stepped into a yoga studio you probably noticed a variety of props in a corner. You might even have used some of them in the class. Things like blankets, bolsters, blocks, belts and folding chairs. And most likely you were asked to put away these props by the end of the class. Which is what happens at the end of all my classes as well. There is not a single class that takes place without us ...Continue Reading →
Some days what is needed the most, is one step. One little step that then can be followed by another little step. And yet another.
It is what it takes to get out of bed. To make a cup of tea. Get into the shower. To get dressed and to move towards my responsibilities towards others and myself in one given day. And if I keep taking that one little step, at some point, there seems to be some sort of ...Continue Reading →
I was moving through my regular morning routine which includes making lunches for my two teenage boys to take to school. It all starts around 6am and I will admit that I tend to many different tasks between then and 8:15 when my younger son takes the bus. Except for school lunches there is breakfast being made for all of us, and depending on the day there is laundry, paper work, emails, accounting etc.
This particular morning, the week before my ...Continue Reading →
Fran called me on Wednesday evening. A week and a half had passed by without me speaking with her. The last few months no more than a week would go by in between our phone calls or meetings, so she had been on my mind the last few days. Our conversation was short, she wanted me to know she wasn’t in a good place. That day there was suddenly no energy to stand up that morning. Hospice had been contacted ...Continue Reading →
We are in the depth of it, the Holiday season. And for so many of us this includes buying and giving gifts. Which means searching for just the perfect gift for our friends and family members. Some of us really enjoy this process. The challenge of it so to speak. And you might even enjoy going from store to store with thousands of other people, looking and searching. But, for some of us this is neither an activity that we ...Continue Reading →
Just the other day I was talking to a friend about her plans for the upcoming Friday evening. She told me about an event she felt she “should” go to, but then she pretty quickly added that she has been letting herself off the hook lately.
As she said this I immediately recognized the need for us all to “let ourselves off the hook” on a regular basis, and perhaps more so during these Holidays then ever. I remembered how I ...Continue Reading →