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Alert for Saturday, June 25th - We have had to cancel our morning in-person classes due to road closures around Shine for the Hyde Park Blast. We are still able to hold virtual mixed-level at 8:30 and our afternoon pre- and post-natal.
I have been studying astrology since the the late 1980’s when Steve and I moved to Colorado and worked with Sun Signs’s and Love Sign’s author, Linda Goodman. Even when we were studying with Linda, I always found Aquarius a bit of an enigma. The eclectic sign of consciousness, groups, ………… What does that mean? Group consciousness? On the mundane level Aquarius is characterized as the absent minded professor, one who has knowledge but not necessarily common sense. It is about
As I sat down to prepare my “All Hallow’s Eve” yoga classes, I began to think of my current group of Yoga Teacher Trainee’s. A key point for me to help develop in them is the potential for a career with longevity. At this day in age, being a Yoga Teacher, can actually be a pretty tough gig. A lot of energy goes into leading a yoga class — and — If I’m being honest, rather than only optimistic, the financial return is usually not that great. Of course yoga teachers reap their
The chill is returning to the air here in the Northern Hemisphere. Many of us like Fall and the incredible colors it brings, but there is also simmering dread in some of us as we contemplate what comes after Fall. Some like winter and it what it offers but for many of us feel the constriction in our bodies from the changing temperature and we feel a heaviness at least for a while as our bodies transition. Enter the season of Scorpio. It is a fixed sign. The first sign of Fal
I love the “reset” effect that vacation often offers. It’s like taking a little time off just to enjoy yourself and focus on your closest loved ones opens up a window to see your life with a fresh perspective. I’m just back from a busier-style family vacation. This vacation emphasized the need and value of making things a little more simple for this moment in my life. In my yoga practice and classes, I’ve been focusing on the simple but powerful practice of connecting fully t
Having just come through the Vernal Equinox, I feel like I should be writing about the Spring. But when inspiration flows, I’ve found life flows the most gracefully if you go with the current rather than swimming against it! Last week as we were leaving class, a student commented on another students "Spiritual Gangsters" sweatshirt. The questions, "What is a spiritual gangster?" was followed with a pause and some giggles. At first thought the two words seem like an irony. The
I knew that committing to this blog would be a challenge. With many roles and responsibilities my days are packed full! This month has whizzed by in a blur. Many of you know that we had a big event here at Shine with Sianna Sherman. The studio was abuzz with energy and community. I’m so grateful for all those who came to practice, learn, and for those who helped pull off the big event! As is natural, the highs are often followed by some lows. I’ve wanted to get back here to
There are times when I wish I recorded my trips to Shine so I could hear again what the teacher shared during class. Shine’s yoga teachers expertly guide their students through a beautifully choreographed series of yoga poses, as well as share their insights and reflections. Their short reflections have helped me have a happier, more positive outlook on life each day. It reminds me of returning from a day in the gardens. Sometimes I can’t tell you exactly what I saw or the ex
These days corporations and all the "hot experts" want you to think that you need a special product or program to get the body or the lifestyle you want. It’s true that a program can be a helpful tool to create healthy lifestyle habits, but it doesn’t have to be hard, and it doesn’t have to be exceptionally “special.” Most of the time, simplicity will take you right to the heart of what you need to live up to your highest potential in life. When we are in tune with ourselves
Easing Back to the Mat..... Saying I had to ease back to the mat this week after only being a student for a few months sounds a bit strange until you hear why I was AWOL for over a week. I had the flu. I joked the other day that I would rather have a cold than one of my migraines, and well, I got one heck of a cold and flu. Note to self- be careful what you wish for! A few sad attempts at working punctuated a week spent taking hot baths, sitting with a heating pad set on hot
I'm really happy to be seeing that people are talking about a few more ways to reflect and refocus at the New Year these days. I have to admit that I love the "resolution-rebels" out there. My preference has evolved from strongly held resolutions as a personal trainer in the 90s, through intentions as a Yoga Teacher, and now as I evolve, into a place where I recognize the potent time that winter is to reflect. Winter is a time to draw in. It's a time to conserve energy rather