Tension

Tension.

In yoga we create tension to release tension.

Each pose leads the body in opposite directions,

up and down,
forward and back,
twist and straighten,
push and pull.

These opposites create a tension, which creates a space,

to unwind from a day of sitting to long,
to uncoil a repetitive physical motion,
to untangle emotional stresses.

On the mat we breathe into the space and let it go.

Yoga brings us back to where we once were.

Before.

 

 

 

 

 

Wanderlust 2018

Wanderlust is a yoga and music festival that descends yearly upon Stratton Mountain Resort making it look like a yoga college campus. Students flood the resort carrying mats, walking to and from classes and lounging on the grassy common area relaxing, socializing and eating.

My daughter and I took a total of nine classes and a hike to the summit over the course of four days. Classes varied from bringing awareness to the breath, giving gratitude, connecting with our inner child, learning detailed alignment of poses, challenging arm balances and inversions in the air.

The instructors all brought something different to the mat and they were accompanied by assistants who helped and musicians who played instruments or sang during the practice. These classes were held in various locations: one at the top of the mountain, another on an outdoor field, and yet another in a hammock suspended in the air. But mostly these classes were held in large wedding style tents equipped with flooring, staging and elaborate sound systems. The student body was plentiful and included fellow teachers, students, a few children and a couple of well-behaved dogs.

In the background of all of this are healthy food vendors, temporary tattoo stations, rocks for building sculptures, sculpting sand, water refill stations, free snacks, slack-line walking, hula hooping, jump roping, mural painting, hair braiding, music and flowers. It is nothing short of an imaginative playground encouraging us to make connections, try new things, or the chance to remember and revisit them.

As a teacher, I attended to enhance my practice, so in turn, I can enhance my students practice. After four days of immersion, I am a bit saturated and feel I need time to absorb, process and reflect upon what I have experienced. The festival has left an imprint on me.

Take time, make time to wander and explore.

The Wanderlust Festival gives the opportunity to wander and explore both our  internal and external worlds, connecting with ourselves, new people, places and things.

 

Bloom

 

Morning light
Morning yoga
Time to open up and let the soft light fall in

 

 

Happy

The beat of the heart softens with a continuous rhythm of gratitude
The body at ease, comfortable with its abilities
Bends easily and transitions gracefully
Movements strong and stable
Float on the breath; let the mind rest; let the body work.

Latitude Sports Club, Salisbury
Heated Athletic Yoga
8:00AM Wednesday, Studio 3
9:30AM Sunday, Group Fitness Studio

 

 

 

Listen To Your Heart

It is Spring.

Open the doors, open the windows and listen. Listen to the birds chirping and the insects buzzing. Listen to your heart. Listen to the message. Hear it.

Breathe in slowly. Let the breath carry your thoughts and feelings. Greet them at the door, or wave to them at the window. Exhale slowly, and without standing in the way, or inviting them to stay, let them pass through your house.

It is Spring. The air is rich, sweet and heavy with new life; it circulates through your house. Let it pour in, mixed with the light and warmth of the sun. Let it refresh like a glass of iced tea.

 

 

 

 

Latitude Sports Club, Salisbury
8:00AM Wednesday, Studio 3
9:30AM Sunday, Group Fitness Studio

Listen

Listen with all your attention. Be still and listen.

Breathe in slowly. Fill your lungs like the water glass from the bottom up; steadily pour the oxygen in until the lungs are full.

Pause.

Breathe out slowly. Empty your lungs like the water glass from the top down; steadily pour the oxygen out until the lungs are empty.

Pause.

In the pause there is a stillness. In this stillness, direct awareness to the areas we tend to overlook; and look. In that quiet, that space between the breaths, look without judgement and connect.

Connect with a small part that is ignored or hidden and see it, as it is. Acknowledge it and address it. That thought, that feeling, that action will no longer be ignored or hidden; no longer a bug, or discomfort to us. It will be free and we will feel lighter not having to carry its weight.

8:00 AM Wednesday  at Latitude Sports Club, Salisbury, MA
9:30 AM Sunday at Latitude Sports Club, Salisbury, MA