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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Show-Me September Adventure

A year ago at this time, my dad and I were on a major road trip through the western United States. It was not so “bad” as we cruised through the Badlands, took our time through Mount Rushmore, drank the world’s freshest water in Montana, breathed the alpine air of Glacier National Park, explored the …

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 …

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, …

I am a Tree

I am a tree. I am strong. I am grounded. I am flexible with branches waving. I extend from all directions accepting what I need from the universe. I am a shelter. I am a protector. I am beauty. I am dormant and resting. A shadowy figure on a backdrop of grays. Learning to appreciate …

Rocky Mountain High

Our final national park destination of the trip was Rocky Mountain National Park. We spent a day and a half there. We arrived in the afternoon and scaled the narrow, winding and sometimes shoulder-less Trail Ridge Road which ascended to the Alpine Visitor Center and the highest point in the park. On the trek, we …

Marvelous Montana

Montana is a beautiful state of mountains and rivers. Big Sky Country did not disappoint. We visited the Missoula/Lolo area. The Bitterroot River ran right behind the house of the friends we stayed with and made a beautiful scene for morning yoga. We took several day trips. We visited the small town of Anaconda, which …

The hills are alive…

If the national parks I visited were a beauty pageant, Glacier would get the crown. Glacier National Park was breathtaking with alpine mountains, grassy meadows, glassy lakes, singing streams, cascading waterfalls and beaches covered with colorful rocks. The air was refreshing. If it was possible to capture a photo of it the way it looks …

Not so “Bad”…

The air was fresh and the sun beat down on an early September day at the Badlands National Park. They were named for the rugged conditions, extreme temperatures and lack of water. They were called “les mauvais terres pour traverse” by French trappers in the 1900’s literally meaning “bad lands to travel through.” Despite the …

Who ever said principals were boring?

I met a kindred spirit at Anamaya. She was a lovely lady with a quick smile and a patient voice, who quickly became an inspiration to all in our group. We sat together at dinner one night and through conversation discovered that we were both retired principals. E had been retired for several years and …

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