Sep 252012

I love this poem that I found in the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying (which is an amazing book by the way)

The author is unknown….but is titled
“Autobiography in Five Chapters”

1.  I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I fall in.
I am lost…. I am hopeless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

2.  I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I’m in the same place.
But it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

3.  I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I see it is there.
I still fall in…. it’s a habit
My eyes are open
I know where I am
It is my fault.
I get out immediately

4.  I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I walk around it.

5.  I walk down another street

I have to re-read this poem every year… but each time I do I realize that once again I’ve fallen in the hole and blamed everything else- and when I realize the only thing I can change is myself… I do something different, and it makes all the difference.

Sep 152012

About twice a year I lead a 4-6 week detox and yoga program that helps people reset their lives and refocus on what is important to them. I mostly stress that your health should be the number one priority every day.  If we don’t start the day off feeling good, how are we going to accomplish all the things we need to do that day as well as find our inner peace and happiness?

This is the reason I give for doing a daily yoga asana practice every morning.  After teaching 5,000+ yoga classes, I’ve seen A LOT of people go from tired and cranky before yoga class, to blissed out and ready for the day after the class is over.  People are always pointing out how great they feel and why don’t they do this EVERYDAY? 

I don’t know– why don’t they do it every day?  We brush our teeth every morning because if we didn’t, we would have yuck mouth and feel gross the rest of the day (not to mention the risk of tooth decay).  We brush our hair and put on clothes to make us feel good.  How long does it take YOU to get ready in the morning?  Have you ever considered that just 5 more minutes in your morning routine (that’s right!  just a 5 minute yoga practice), can change your WHOLE day?  Try it… what do you have to lose….5 minutes?

You will start the day feeling great and thus everything else that comes your way will be seen in a different light.

Daily Yoga Practice

Daily Yoga Practice

What’s the magic behind it all?  It has to do with the nervous system.  Have you ever considered why a big stretch in the morning feels so good and so natural?  It’s your body telling you it wants to, it needs to, stretch out.  Consider how you feel after a long car ride.  Your body hasn’t moved for hours… you feel stale and sore and tired.  Why should you feel tired after sitting in a car for hours?  Because the energy in your body has gotten sticky (odic), and your nerves are stuck and all kinked up.  When you stretch out (or practice yoga), you make the energy change to active, light (actinic) energy, and your nerves stretch out and the electrical impulses that control our bodily functions work better– and poof- it’s magic- you FEEL great!

So try it out!  Don’t set unrealistic goals, just start with 5 minutes a day (you can do more yoga in your yoga classes– but start a daily practice on your own).  Choose the5  best poses that feel good to your body, do 3-5 sun salutations to warm up and open up your whole body.  And finally, spend a minute or two in the final resting pose, Svasana, focusing on your breath and challenging yourself to quiet the mind and not get pulled into thinking about your day…. it’s challenging!  But YOU CAN DO IT!

Peace and Namaste!

Sep 122012

Yoga makes life better.  Everyone who practices yoga on a regular basis knows that it is a magical thing that can make everything about your life better.

Helping others also makes one’s life better.  When we put our focus outward on others, we change perspective and forget to feel so sorry for ourselves, and in return we feel happier- lighter.

Shopping doesn’t really “help others”, in fact it tends to simply “help ourselves” -making us feel good at the time… but never leading to a sense of contentment and bliss.

But today, after purchasing a few things a the thrifty shop this afternoon, I noticed that I actually left the store feeling like I did something good.

Usually after I’ve spent money on something I feel heavy and guilty( and broke)… but I spent $10, and walked away with a fall hat, a long sleeve shirt for my 1 1/2 year old daughter, a few very well loved books, and a naked barbie (which Lily wasn’t going to part with).  Oh, and a gently used kid backpack with a broken snap.

And what I felt was a sense that I was not terrorizing the Earth with more stuff that I was going to pack into our home,into our drawers,  while discarding with ease the items that were replaced by these new goods.  Instead, I felt like, I gave these items new life and  the money even went to support a local alternative high school.  I spent less, gave more and in the end, felt absolutely NO buyers remorse (which is typical after a shopping spree of mine).

So, next time you are thinking you NEED something… possibly take a look at a thrifty shop…. it’s a good way to honor the Earth, to help others (many thrift shops are non profit or go to a good cause), and to feel good about reusing what others felt was good enough to pass along instead of throw in the trash!

Hat and Bag

Reuse and Recycle

Sep 122012

I want to extend my sincerest thank you to my friend and teacher, Dandapani for all the help and support he has given me.  Dandapani, you have taught me many lessons that I have implemented in my life, and you have helped me time and again with websites, marketing and anything else I seem to need– even a listening ear.  Is there anything you can’t do?

Have a great trip to India, I look forward to the day I can travel on one of your amazing adventures, and I also look forward to future workshops with you so I can continue to learn and grow!

Thanks again Dandapani!

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Class with Dandapani

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