April 17, 2014
Here is excerpt from an article in the Daily Om by Madisyn Taylor
Releasing and Welcoming- Energetic Sweeping
Sweeping the front porch every mornings an important cleansing ritual that prepares the ground for new energy
In some of our lives, sweeping has become an activity performed without much thought. In many cases, sweeping is a lost art, replaced by the noisy, efficient vacuum cleaner. But in several cultures and religions, sweeping the front and back porch every morning is regarded as an important cleansing ritual that prepares the ground for new energy on every level- physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.
Sweeping each morning prepares the ground for the new day at the same time as it deepens our awareness of the importance of letting go of the past to welcome the present. As we clear the energy of our space, we clear our own energy systems. In addition, we create a space that feels clean, clear, and open to all who enter. Be sure to think welcoming thoughts as you sweep, manifesting what you need for the day. Making sweeping part of our daily ritual tunes us into the continuing cycle of releasing the old and welcoming the new that is the the hallmark of a healthy energy system.
Most of us do not have time each day to bring out our broom and sweep. However, we can pause for a few breaths and SWEEP out our negative thoughts and clear the path for the positive thoughts. Releasing all that does not serve us and welcoming the sweetness of our lives.
April 13, 2014
How many times have you caught yourself in a whirlwind of thoughts? Perhaps you have been worrying about work, a relationship or financial issues and then all of a sudden you find yourself consumed with these issues. Your thoughts begin to spiral out of control leaving you feeling anxious or depressed. We have all been through this at one time or another. The secret to stopping this cycle is to become conscious of your thinking. Take a moment to breathe and recognize what you are doing. Remind yourself that you cannot change the situation, but you CAN change how you are reacting to it. If you stay in the cycle of negativity, then you will have negative emotions such as anxiety, fear and perhaps overall stress. But if you can pause and take a step back, and see the cycle, you can change your thought process. So instead of worrying about what is going to happen, you simply allow what comes next, moment by moment, without resistance, fear or prediction. The outcome of your problem may not be perfect, but at least your mind and your heart are more peaceful. Additionally, if you think you are going to have a bad outcome , then most likely you will because your negative thought process is leading you deeper and deeper into your problems. Once you can recognize what is happening you, begin to let go, and leave yourself open to solutions and a more peaceful mind.
Pause. Take a step back. Breathe. Change your thought pattern.
March 22, 2014
Friday was one those days that I felt the universe was directing me in a certain direction. My son was marching in a parade at Disneyland with his high school band at 4pm. Never once did it cross my mind that I would be going to Disneyland that day. I had not even thought about going because of work, and lets face it, Disneyland is really expensive! Well, the universe had other plans for me. Around 11:30am a close friend of mine was able to score two passes to get in the park ( park hoppers no less!) , and my students let me bail out of class to jam down to Anaheim to catch the parade. Additionally, the money fairy ( a name who will not be revealed!) handed me a bunch of gift cards to Disneyland- so parking, food, and souvenirs were all paid for! And the money fairy gave me a gift card for gas! I would say this was the moment where I let myself be lead down the road to Disneyland!
Well, my friend and I made it to the park just in time to see my son march by, which only took 30 seconds, but was it was well worth the trip. I felt sad my husband could not make it due to work, but I video taped it for him. I ended up really enjoying myself! I even screamed my head off on the roller coaster in this picture!
I was meant to go and see my son’s last field trip with the high school band. He is a senior, and this is just another one of the last events we will be experiencing over the next few months.
This was another moment in my life where I was blown away by the kindness, generosity, and encouragement of others. I believe that things happen for a reason and sometimes we are lead in a certain direction for certain reasons. We may not always know what they are at the time, and that’s okay. Things have a way of working out.
March 16, 2014
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. “- Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
Our weather has literally been like this quote. For me I feel a little off balance, and not quite myself. In the early morning it feels like winter and by the afternoon it feels like summer. Yoga helps me to find that sense of balance and stability. I can feel a difference in my whole being on the days I practice. My head is clearer, I have more energy, I am more productive, and my mood is better.
This up and down with the weather can definitely make us feel out of sorts. Here are a list of poses that can help get you back on track.
March 1, 2014
If you let go a little
you will have a little happiness.
If you let go a lot
you will have a lot of happiness.
If you let go completely
you will be free.
I was recently a apart of a devotional exchange and I received this quote from a participant. It really resonated with me as I tend to hold on to things a little too long. Everyday I try to practice “letting go” of the things that no longer serve me. I do this with breathe work and my yoga practice. The hard part is not always knowing that certain things are weighing on me. But I have found by simply breathing in Sukha ( sweetness, goodness) and exhaling the Dukha (stress, suffering) I am able to appreciate the abundance in my life and free myself of the things that weigh me down.
What can you let go of to gain more happiness and be free of worry and suffering?
February 20, 2014
Do you remember when you were a kid and you would grab a piece of paper and just draw? Most of our childhood drawings were about what we wished for, what we enjoyed doing and what we loved. Like sunny days, ice cream, and riding our bikes. As I look at this picture I can see all the little things that make this heart full. When you look at this picture what do you see? Can you see the strawberry, the music and nature?
What do you see in your heart? In my heart I see my family, my friends, my yoga, my yoga students, music, books, the beach, and of course coffee! Sometimes when we list the things that we love we begin to see how full our hearts are and appreciate these things more.
Grab a piece of paper and draw a heart. Fill it with pictures of things you hold close to your heart. What do you see? Take a moment and feel gratitude for these things. As you open your eyes to the fullness of your life, perhaps you can feel the love around you.
Love. Peace. Happiness.
Have a great day!
January 25, 2014
This is an excerpt from an article in Daily Om.
“Allowing a playful mood can influence your thoughts and actions, causing you to put aside your responsibilities so you can focus on activities that are fun. It may be that you are feeling a touch overwhelmed by your professional or domestic responsibilities, and the notion of play appeals to you because you need a break. Play is an important part of adult life because it provides us with an outlet through which we can relax and rejuvenate ourselves in a less than structured way. We are required to adhere to schedules and specific methodologies in so many areas of existence, and the need to be consistently organized can exhaust and overwhelm us. When we play, we are free to exercise our imaginative minds in a variety of ways, and we can choose how we will handle the complexities inherent in the forms of recreation we like best. The games we enjoy can be as tiring as work itself, yet the freedom we are allowed to wield as we have our fun provides us with a welcome break from the rigidity of day to day living. ”
Here are some more pictures of us playing in Hawaii on Oahu Island.
Camel Pose at top of Diamond Head Hawaii
A Fish from Snorkeling
At the beach with a turtle
Dole Pineapple Plantation
January 22, 2014
I have been back a week now and I just feel like I am getting back into routine! I miss being on vacation. The freedom of waking up and deciding what amazing place we are going to visit. The ability to grab my mat, walk down to the beach and do yoga. The traveling, the shopping, the food, and sharing the special moments with my family. I am going to try and hold on to the spirit of Hawaii and do some of those things right here at home. It is time to take more time to play and have fun!
Here are some more pictures.
Scenic Bike Tour
Top of Diamond Head
Sunrise beach yoga
January 18, 2014
I had such an amazing trip to Hawaii. Being so close to the ocean and nature was very healing for me. We had a lot of fun driving around the island in the convertible mustang we rented. I loved spending time with my family and enjoying the beautiful sights we saw!
Here are some pictures. We took a ton so I will post more soon. Namaste.
January 4, 2014
“When you rest in quietness and your image of yourself fades, and your image of the world fades, and your ideas of others fade, what’s left? A brightness, a radiant emptiness that is simply what you are.” ~ Adyashanti
Happy New Year everyone! I hope all of you are enjoying the after glow of the holidays.
I will be in Hawaii this next week and I will be back to my normal teaching schedule as of Jan 15. I look forward to seeing you in class when I get back.