January 16, 2015

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 freedom, independence, originality, unexpected, sudden, unpredictable change. inventions, cosmic consciousness, Divine Will………

 

See what I mean. These descriptors are so ungrounded there is nothing for my mind to hold on to about  Aquarius or Uranus, the planet that rules it.

 

At the same time, I must also admit, I am fascinated by the Energies it represents and have been since I sta...

October 29, 2014

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 rewards in other ways. For me I feel incredibly grateful to be part of a system that is cultivating health, wholeness, peace, and joy in the world.

 

I believe that one of the keys to longevity is to set yourself up so that you continue to be fueled by the work. I am also a believer in that old adage, “variety is the spice of life.” Incorporating meaningful themes in yoga classes can help keep things in...

October 22, 2014

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 Fall. It has such a mixed feeling to it. The trees look like they are a blaze in flames as their leaves give us one last hurrah before dropping to the ground.  Nature, in our part of the world, yawns and readies itself for a coming time of increased darkness and seeming silence. But even in apparent dormancy life goes on. The creatures that truly hibernate still have a heart beat. The coming reclusi...

April 15, 2014

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 to the soothing rhythm of the breath.

 

In the middle of the ebb and flow of life there is a clear, calm, steady place that is nourishing and invigorating. By focusing on the flow of the inhalation to the exhalation and the exhalation to the inhalation we can create a calming effect on our mind and nervous system. In every way life ebbs and flows. It’s natural for their to peaks and valleys. This up and...

March 23, 2014

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 truth is that sometimes we do have to employ great strength and power to stand strong and true in a world that is not always as peaceful and harmonious as we yoga practitioners might prefer. Sometimes we do have to take a stand against the injustices we experience in our world. Our yoga practice, as much as being an opportunity to keep our bodies strong and flexible, also gives an opportunity to proc...

February 12, 2014

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 offer some insight and inspiration on practice but was struggling to come up with a pertinent topic. The topic has surfaced and truth be told it’s a bit of a hard one.

 

One after another this past weekend I heard of the passing over of some sweet souls. Loved ones left behind, grateful for time shared, and saddened by the parting of ways.  Loss has also touched close to home for one of our community me...

January 21, 2014

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 exact scents I inhaled deeply but I can describe the feeling, the physical and emotional reaction I experienced in the garden- freedom, peace, outbursts of creativity, beauty and awe.

 

I wish I could share the exact words Felicia spoke in class this morning. The lesson I took away with me goes something like this: Don’t judge yourself, don’t criticize yourself, don’t belittle yourself by saying- when I l...

January 15, 2014

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 and with our surroundings, vibrant health is much easier to experience.

 

Through 17 years of personal training and 15 years of yoga, I’ve seen sooooooooooo many fads and trends come and go. As I’ve explored the wide array of books, concepts, and programs (and considered but not gotten involved with the products), I’ve found that what has worked best for my clients, my students, and myself is to just ke...

January 14, 2014

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 and lots of sleeping.  At least once a day I tried to spend some time on the mat. Poses that stretched the back and shoulders were a great relief for tight, twisted muscles that ached and joints that seemed to crack like brittle wood. Moving, stretching and getting away from the sick bed and sofa for a few moments on the mat where I feel energized and strong helped me feel healthier.  Finally,...

January 6, 2014

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 than to expend it. With the increased light and energy that naturally comes with Spring, there are clearly times of the year that would be easier and more natural to make the more drastic changes that come with resolutions.

Although I don't think New Year's is the best time to make changes, I do think it's the perfect time to reflect on the changes that would be helpful in one's life. As you recogni...

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