Three words

Sometimes less is more. I recently read the book, Teaching beyond the poses. As a teacher, I love a good theme and this book had great ideas for theming classes and a convenient framework for planning themed classes. But, I think the most valuable aspect of the book was the journaling prompts. This was my …

Shine

In my purpose, I immerse. A piece of the puzzle of universe. I leave an empty place Without my unique shape in the space. Being the best me I can be. Encouraging others to reach their dreams Because it seems My accomplishments do not take from others, nor theirs from mine. There’s room for all …

Forget-Me-Not

If you’ve read my bio, you know that I am a widow. I don’t write specifically about it much anymore, but the experience of loss and living with loss shades my perspective of everything I experience. Valentine’s Day. It can be a difficult day when you’re “alone.” There used to be flowers and fancy dinners …

Just monkeying around…

Today I celebrate my 500th class at Kom Hot Yoga. My 500th class was actually a few days ago, but who’s counting? Well, I am! I chose my “90% Monkey Pose” to commemorate the occasion. Why? Because it represents important things I’ve learned: *It’s yoga practice, not yoga perfect. This is my monkey pose today, …

The Essence and the Flow

“…both essence and flow can exist in the same breath.” – D. Arguetty. (2009). Nourishing the teacher. Yoga is balance. Yoga is paradox. Darkness and light. Movement and stillness. Grounding and flight. Today I consider “essence” and “flow” as it pertains to the study of yoga, inspired by a selection in one of the books …

Let Go

Life is an interesting dance. To live it is to take a chance. The whole world lives within the heart. Accept juxtaposition, balance can start. There must be black, the darkest night, To pierce the eyes with blinding light. It is when silence does abound, Entering the ears is resounding sound. In the vast expanse …

Chucks and Pearls

Chucks and pearls For all the girls Whose eyes are wide With dreams inside With hearts a fire And intense desire. You go, girls! Sporting chucks and pearls. Your road may be tough, But, you are enough. Sometimes it’s a fight, But winners take flight. You’ve got this, girls Running in chucks, wearing pearls. How …

Lele. Coming soon…

“She had no idea of the impact her work would have, but she did it anyway.” -Rolf & Kenison. Meditations from the Mat. pg. 399. As I read these words today, I took them to heart. When we have creative ideas, do the labor, and eventually give birth to them, we don’t know our effect …

Inspire

inspire [in-spahyur] : to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence. Sometimes people tell me, “You inspire me.” This statement arouses different feelings in me depending upon the day. Sometimes I feel honored and proud that something I’ve done and shared causes another to find inspiration. In my sharing heart, I know that even …

What could you “bee” if…

What could you “bee” if you weren’t afraid? What if you didn’t doubt yourself? What if no one said to you, “You’re too …” or “You’re only …” or “You’re just …” or “You’ll never …”? Or “That’s impossible.” What if you didn’t say these things to yourself? “Your wings are too thin.” “Your body …

The Monkey and the Latkes

As an assignment in my YTT, for one week we were to keep a log of our daily activities and record whether they were energizing or an energy drain. This was a self-study of brahmacharya, or “right use of energy.” “Entering this realm of more pervasive exploration, we must still bear in mind that anything …

This is how I roll…

Today when Wheel Pose was offered during my practice, the Yoga Voice from within encouraged, “Do it.” My body resisted initially. It wasn’t that I couldn’t do the pose, but when I’d done it before, it was a struggle, with my arms fighting to lift my head and chest. Sometimes I’d get part way up …

I am Enough

“Let go of the frustration and the judgment and work with your unruly mind as you would with a child or a puppy.” – Gates & Kenison I’m grateful to have found my “yoga voice.” When I speak it to myself it is much kinder and gentler than my critical voice that internally spoke of …

Living and Learning

“You can’t step into the same river twice.”* Each breath is new. Isn’t that nice? This is your moment to seize and explore. When it fades, it returns no more. The past is over; the future lies ahead. But, grounded in this moment, find your peace instead. Inhale. Exhale. Feel and let go. In the …

Wisdom in the Dance (Parts 1 and 2)

“While performing asana, the student’s body assumes numerous forms of life found in creation, and he learns that in all of these breathes the same universal spirit, the spirit of God.” -B.K.S. Iyengar Part 1 While many of us equate yoga and asana (postures) as one and the same, asana is only a part of …

I am a Teacher

In my YTT journey, there is a lot of reading. A lot more reading than I’ve been used to. Sometimes the words flow through my brain like a river, not really seeming to stay (but I know they are filed away somewhere for a time in the future when they will serve me or serve …

Atlas, Ruby Slippers, and the Onion

As I delve into the 5000+ year history and philosophy of yoga, I’m learning more about the spiritual aspects and working to develop my own understanding and way to explain my understanding, if someone asks me. In addition to reading assigned texts, I’ve done a little Googling on the topic to read what others have …

Teaching is a work of heart

“To teach a yoga class well, the teacher must hold back nothing. The teacher’s heart must be entirely open.” – Gates & Kenison. Meditations from the Mat. Page 127. This quote jumped off the pages of my book this morning, the day following my first experience teaching a public yoga class. My yoga school arranged …

I am Santosa (contentment)

I am Santosa. I am that beautiful, wonderful self that resides in my very being. I am not my body. I am not my mind. I am not my abilities. I am not my mistakes. I am not my accomplishments. I am not my roles. I nurture my self with kindness, using words of ahimsa …

Happy Yogaversary!

Today is my two-year “yogaversary.” It’s been two years since the day I decided to use the extra 15 minutes I had each morning during summer school to start a yoga practice. I figured I could build a habit during the month of June, continue in July during my vacation and then it would be …

“Head”ed out for another great day in Maui

Every time I look at a map of Maui, it looks like a turtle to me. So, if you want to get into a honu’s head, there is a trip around the north shore that won’t disappoint! Our first stop was a lookout over the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Here there are …

Dreams of travel in the time of the pandemic…

These are strange times. I’m interrupting my series of stories from my beloved Maui to write about our current reality. I’ll try not to use words like “unprecedented,” “pandemic,” or “COVID-19,” but it’s almost impossible while writing about the today’s state of affairs. As you read this, most states have some form of “stay-at-home” order, …

A Whale of a Tale

Greetings from a beautiful humpback whale off of the shores of Maui! Our whale watch excursion was amazing as we journeyed into the protected waters of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary on a 15-passenger raft, where hundreds of migrating Alaskan humpback whales are making their home and propagating their species in these …

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