Pieces

Sometimes we find a piece of us that has been missing, and maybe we never knew, or realized it was lost. A piece can be large or small and found in a subtle way, or sometimes we receive a direct hit from the universe that shakes our foundation.

Often, a piece evokes some sort of feeling, and this feeling can hold varying degrees of significance to us. It may be tied to a memory or experience in the past, or it may feel new to us. Whichever the case, our boundaries have expanded and our perspective has shifted.

Picking up the pieces can imply something that was once whole, has broken and shattered. But, if we aren’t whole and perfect  to begin with, we pick up pieces to add, enhance, improve and create ourselves.

 

 

 

 

On or Off the Mat

Stay in the moment
Do the best you can
Let go of expectation
Let go of judgement
Let go of competition
Breathe
Open your heart
Be grateful for what comes your way
Be thankful for your tribe

Namaste.
The light in me honors the light in you.

Teaching Schedule:
8:00AM Mon at Mandala Garden Farms, Kensington
8:00AM Wed at Latitude Sports Club, Salisbury Studio 3
9:30AM Sun at Latitude Sports Club, Salisbury Group Fit Studio

Photo from Pinterest

 

 

 

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

 

Meditation-There’s No Place Like Home

Our house, our home is a place to return to at the end of the day that is uniquely ours, where we take comfort and process life. That’s where meditation comes in. It gives us that place to go. That quiet place in our house to take a break and restore.

Focusing on our breath, an object, sound or word is one method of approaching meditation. If the mind wanders it is returned back to the choice of focus. Many have success with this, however, sometimes the focal point gets mixed in with all the other stuff, competing for attention and leaving a feeling of frustration.

Rising above is another approach, described as leaving the busy main floor of a house and going to the second floor, where it is quieter.

Rising above is my preferred approach. Acknowledging  my present state I realize my mind is often jumping all over the place. Acceptance of this state occurs because it is the result of managing a complex life. At this point I try to rise above. I let the thought processes continue, but they become soft, faint  and eventually quiet as I distance myself. When my mind wanders, patience is exercised and I gently take it back to that quieter place, without judgement.

It takes trust to leave the busy main floor, confidence believing nothing will fall apart, and understanding I can pick up where I left off, managing the complexities of life with improved focus, efficiency and less stress.

One day I will learn to retreat to the attic and eventually rise above the house.

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

 

 

 

The Breath Connection

Slow and steady, we breathe in through the nose and we breathe out. Our breath creates a moment; our breath creates change. With awareness and practice, we notice the subtleties of our breathing and how closely it correlates to the way we feel.

When I started practicing yoga, the breathing was the last aspect of the physical practice to fall into place. Following the class, learning the poses and getting acquainted with my flexibility, strength and balance were challenging. At some point, connecting the breath with the movement started happening. Now, paying close attention to the quality and timing of my breath is an intricate part of my practice that I exercise in equal measure as my muscles.

The breath holds the purpose of fueling the transitions and poses, but then something wonderful happens. Change. I look for it; embrace it; the feeling of being grounded, calm and centered, unaffected by external events.

Like the ocean, we can be raging and wild or calm and peaceful.

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