Kelly

Jun 192014
 

I have been voraciously digesting the thoughtful words of Brene Brown these past 3 months.  I’ve now read three of her books:  I Thought it was Just Me; Daring Greatly; and The Gifts of Imperfection.  Click on the link above for more information- it will take you right to her website.

Her research (on shame and vulnerability) is solid and her words are honest.

Daring Greatly  has some great points about how to teach children without using shame to discourage bad behavior.  She also has some great ideas about how to communicate with people (especially those you love) without shaming or blaming.

Check out these printable posters that remind us to be our best selves:

Whole-Hearted Parenting Manifesto

Daring Greatly Leadership Manifesto

Checklist on how to give Engaged Feedback

Authenticity

Namaste ~ Kelly

 Posted by at 5:09 pm
Jan 032014
 

Meditation is hard for several reasons.  Number one, we are not trained to sit quietly.  We are trained since birth to look and explore and accomplish things.  As we get older we are told that success is measured by how much money you make, and how many new things you acquire.  Sitting still is basically “wasting time” right? Time that could be spend accomplishing things.

When we do hMeditation pictureave “down time” we turn to email or social media, t.v. or even radio to fill the silence.

“Ok” you say? “I’ll learn how to be silent and quiet; I can do this.”   Then you sit down to meditate  and immediately you start to think about that conversation that you had last night with your spouse.  You got defensive, you snapped at him and made him feel badly about something that shouldn’t probably have been an issue.  Why can’t you just keep yourself in check and You know you hurt his feelings but you were trying to explain to him that you were feeling hurt also.  Herein lies the hardest part to meditation…. clearing out your demons, that energy of hurt or anger or frustration or fear that we harbor inside when things in our lives aren’t at peace.

I think it is Iyengar who says that you can’t just practice one limb of yoga… you have to practice all of them. Living right- following the Yamas and Niyamas is an important part to the Whole of a Yoga Practice.
Just as practicing the Yoga Asanas helps you to sit more comfortably in meditation, and Pranayama practice helps you to breath more steadily and focused, the Yamas and Niyamas help to guide your life so that you aren’t harboring pain or sadness or fear from the way you are living your life.

This happens to me often when I start to meditate… things come up that I haven’t resolved.  I think it is best to not fight it -not try to ignore it just so you can say you meditated (there’s that pesky ego).  But to acknowledge it, to work through it and maybe even to write about it or do something to resolve it….?  When you have cleared that bad energy or made peace with the people that have hurt you or that you have hurt…. you can sit once again in stillness and begin to really enjoy the energy of meditation.

Peace and Namaste.  Happy Meditating!

Dec 302013
 

Hands of the poorA New Year’s Resolution…
I just read an article listing 10 charities that help hungry and homeless (children and adults).

Some of these charities only need $1 to help make a difference.
It inspired me to think that no donation is too little… so I donated my first $25 to a worthy cause and RESOLVED to send $25 per month to different charities that help people in need.

Here is the list of charities (taken from Parents Magazing December issue)

1.  Children’s Health Fund runs 50 mobile clinics in a “big blue bus”and has more than 200 health care centers for low-income households.  Reaches more than 350,000 poor and homeless children to date.  $25 gets three babies essential immunizations

2.  Save the Children has been helping needy children since the Great Depression! It’s first huge contribution was the hot lunch program for hungry school children in Kentucky.  This inspired the Federal School-Lunch program.  Today this organization is in 120 countries around the world.  For less than $1 per day you can sponsor an American child, corresponding via regular updates while providing early education opportunities, nutrition and school health

3.  Share our Strength helps focus on kids in America who are still going hungry even though we have many programs to help feed them.  This program helps to connect children with school breakfast programs and is also helping to develop programs such as giving teachers a grab and snack options to hand out in the classroom.  A $1 DONATION WILL HELP CONNECT A CHILD IN NEED WITH UP TO 10 MEALS!

4.  Feeding America uses programs like Kids Cafe to help feed kids a healthy meal or snack afterschool.  Kids Cafe distributes nearly 3.4 billion pounds of food to 37 million Americans annually through food banks and food-assistance programs.  $1 donation provides 9 MEALS!

5.  Playworks this organization works to make recess fun and safe for kids in low-income urban schools.  In too many of these settings, playgrounds get overrun with fights.  Playworks combats this by offering a full time coach to organize games at recess.  Kids stay active and also learn conflict resolution. $35 pays for balls and cones for one school.

6.  Children’s Defense Fund has been around for 40 years.  This fund helps to support programs such as Children’s Health Insurance Program as well as Head Start and Early Head Start.  It also develops after school and summer programs designed to help foster a love of reading, build self-esteem, and engage in community service. $25 gets a Freedom Schools book and teaching materials to one child.

7.  JumpStart has been around for 20 years and works in 76 cities across 14 states.  Members work with kids to help them read and improve vocabulary, and learn letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.  $25 supplies a year worth of crayons and paper for one classroom

8. Harlem Children’s Zone has been working since 1970 to end the cycle of poverty in the 97-block area of Harlem.  They have two private charter schools and run various health and social-service programs. $50 gives supplies to elementary-school classroom

9.  Oh I’ve lost the last page of the article with the last two charities… but here’s some that I think are worth giving to:

Sierra Club -right now you can become a member for $15.  I just read that Environmental Clubs like the Sierra Club are now out weighing the oil and gas lobby with more power and $$~!! Way to GO!  Yay for the Environment!
Project Hope is a charity that helps homeless women and children in Boston get a chance at a better life.  My friend Cyndi is raising money for this cause and is also running the Boston Marathon in 2014 to raise awareness and $ for them.  You can donate on the link posted here.

 Posted by at 3:04 pm
Jun 202013
 

Hey Dedham Community!  Yogis and Stiff People!

Memorial Park

Memorial Park

All Ages and Yoga Flex-Abilities!

Beginners and Advanced Movers!

Come join us for YOGA IN THE PARK (SUMMERS ONLY)
Memorial Park (Eastern Avenue, Dedham)Sundays 9-10am (Starting THIS SUNDAY JUNE 23)
Donations will be collected for Dedham Youth Commission and DCH Youth Scholarships

$10 donation suggested (but give what you can/what you want- most especially bring your smile!)

For more info: www.facebook.com/yogainthededhampark

 

 Posted by at 2:02 pm
May 172013
 

Students ask me all the time, “How many times a week should I be practicing yoga?”.  It’s a complicated question…. with an easy answer… or is it a simple question with a complex answer…

What I say is to work on practicing yoga on a daily basis.  I’m not talking about going to yoga class for an hour or more a day… I’m talking about being mindful in the morning, taking some deep breaths, listening to your body and stretching in ways that help you warm up and feel more alive.  Yoga is a discipline that we should use as a tool to keep our bodies toned and our minds quiet, and if you only do this twice a week… it’s not going to cause much change in your life.  But if you look at it as a daily practice (even for 5 minutes– or how about every time you need it during the day… this could turn out to be a LOT of yoga!), then you aren’t under any pressure to get your two or three yoga classes in a week.  There is no chance to feel badly about yourself.  But if you do want to make yoga class a GOAL.  Try three times a week… but make sure you do your home (or office) yoga practice on a daily basis.

Sometimes yoga practice can just simply be taking some time out and regulating your breath. Like I have said before… yoga is mostly about mind control.  If you can take your awareness out of that busy mind, and put it IN your body, you will quiet your nervous system and MAGICALLY start to feel better, more calm, more at peace.

Peace and Namaste!
Kelly

Daily Yoga Practice

Daily Yoga Practice

 Posted by at 8:15 am
May 142013
 

Please Join Us!

Sundays 9-10 am

Sundays 9-10 am

Help raise money for a GREAT CAUSE– EDUCATION!!- And practice yoga with friends and family this summer!

Sundays this Summer, the Community with gather together in the great outdoors to practice (and learn) yoga together!NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!
Bring a yoga mat or towel and a SMILE!

Like us on Facebook for more information
SUNDAYS 9-10am
June 23-September 8

FREE YOGA– but in gratitude, we ask for a donation that will be collected and distributed to two Scholarship Funds for Youth extracurricular activities (through the Dedham Community House and Dedham Parks and Rec) and another worthy cause– the Children’s Literacy Initiative.

EVENT IS SPONSORED AND SUPPORTED BY:
Dedham Community House
Dedham Parks and Rec
Kelly Western Yoga
Yoga Now
Stil Yoga Studio
And other guest Yoga Teachers

 Posted by at 9:26 am
Mar 282013
 

Spring FlowersYesterday was  a gorgeous day– I know the warm wonderful weather is coming! It’s so nice to get outside and feel the change in the air after a long winter…

Another way to shake off the winter blues is to do a little yoga practice everyday… even if it’s just in the bathroom after you brush your teeth– a few stretches and breathing a long inhale and exhale a few times.

And, if you are ready to make changes to your diet that are pro-active- amping up your immune system and actively working to ward off cancer…  is Eat more LEAFY GREENS-
There is a great book called Green for Life and it tells of all the great benefits to eating more (like a whole head or bunch a day) leafy greens.
And the easiest way to do this is to make a green smoothie each day (it’s a great morning to afternoon drink to sip on)
The greens bring the SUNSHINE straight to your organs and blood and make you healthy from the inside out.

My favorite green smoothie recipe:
A whole bunch of baby spinach
a handful or less of baby arugula
1 cup mango juice (I get the Bolthouse farms– but you could also put in frozen mango)
1-2 bananas (you can also freeze old bananas and stick these in whenever you make a smoothie)
1 cup water

Sometimes I add an apple or a kiwi or I change up the greens…. I like romaine or the mixed greens (that come pre-packaged).
I’ve tried Dandelion and also beet leaves and mustard greens and parsley too– but that’s getting wild, so start off slowly and make sure you like it so that you want it
everyday or every other day at least!

That’s all for now!
Peace and Namaste!
:) Kelly

Mar 222013
 

YogaYou know how you feel about going to the gym…? Just get in and get out and get that work out done!

Or how you feel about cleaning your house…? Its got to get done, its just GOT to get done!

Sometimes we take this kind of approach to our YOGA practice.  You might fly through the door, 5 minutes late, make everyone move their mats, then the throw the mat down and join the class halfway through a twist that you are only going to get on one side… but hey, I made it!  oh… and did I remember to turn off my cell phone…?

(If you don’t already) Think of Yoga Class as a sacred time that you have given yourself.  I mean, you are connecting with your SOUL here, your SPIRIT, your SELF! This is SACRED STUFF!

HONOR it by making time for it, by showing up 15 minutes early to class and walking in slowly– enjoying the moment.  Stopping to smell the roses on the way in, or look at pictures on the walls, absorbing your surroundings.

START practicing yoga the minute you get in the car to drive to class.  Put on some uplifting music, or just let your breath fill the sound in the air.  Start to focus your mind on the gift that you are about to give yourself… 1 hour or more to just TURN OFF and TURN IN.

Give the GIFT of YOGA to yourself as a SPA TREATMENT.  Even if you are in a class and the person next to you is irritating you, or your mind is trying to coherce you to think about the list of 100 things you have to do… LET IT GO, and ENJOY the moment, as you would if you were getting a massage or facial, or any other spa treatment.

What a gift.
Make your practice sacred, and put it above almost all else.

Om
Kelly

Mar 052013
 

WaterSometimes when I think I’m having a terrible day because I’m tired and can’t seem to get out of the Funk, I remember to take a big glass of water and mindfully gulp it down.  Most of the time I realize I was thirsty… and my body thanks me with renewed energy– and that’s when I wonder why I don’t remember more often how important hydration is to the body.  It’s SO SIMPLE!  and can have a HUGE impact on how you feel!

When you are dehydrated, your blood volume begins to drop, your body may restrict blood flow to less “important” areas of the body and your respiratory rate starts to drop*.  These are not good things!  They can make you feel fatigues, foggy and overall terrible! Not to mention that the body get rid of waste by using water.

The last thing I’ll say about water is that we should take some time out to have immense gratitude for the fact that we have VERY easy access to clean drinking water.

Take some time out of your day, drink a tall glass of refreshing H2O and be thankful  and you nourish your body with this simple compound (the chemistry teacher is coming out…)

*I stole this from “Painful Yarns” by Lorimer Moseley– my favorite authority on Pain.

Mar 042013
 

I was recommended this book by my good friend Ted Weber who is a physical therapist.  I’ve been fighting SI pain as I try to heal a herniated disk for the past 2 years.  Learning the biological mechanics of pain is something I’ve always been interested in, but I understand it may not be as interesting to the masses…. this book will change your mind.

Lorimer Moseley is a physiotherapist and a neuroscientist.  He is also HILARIOUS.  This book is a medley of stories he has collected through his life and each story illustrates how the body perceives and uses pain to help keep the body safe– interesting enough, most of us just ignore or mask the pain and live for years fighting the havoc that the pain creates in our lives- both physically and emotionally.

Great read for EVERYONE– so interesting and humorous.  You will laugh out loud and at the same time go– hmmm, WOW that is SO interesting!

"Painful Yarns" by Lorimer Moseley

“Painful Yarns” by Lorimer Moseley

 Posted by at 7:41 am