Gratitude for Every Body
Aligning Attention and Intention
Upon finding out that I am a yoga teacher, I am often told by friends and friends of friends, “I love yoga, but I’m not any good at it. I can’t do the postures well.”
Over time, course-correcting this comment has become somewhat of a passion of mine because the statement itself indicates a misunderstanding of what yoga is really all about. Yoga, at its core, is an innate opportunity for connection available to all of us—regardless of shape, size, strength, skill level, or natural “stretchiness.”
Ways to Slow Down on the Mat
Do you have a clear direction of where you want to go in your life? Are you on the road that will lead you there, or do you feel like you’re driving without a map?
A a yoga teacher, I dedicate a few moments before beginning a practice by guiding my students to set an intention. An intention is defined as “a determination to act a certain way.”
Balance Life in the Mountains Through the 5 Elements
The balance of yin and yang is common knowledge. Ancient origins residing in Chinese philosophy, it presents the idea that the opposites in our lives are co-dependent on the other’s success. An easy example is that if you were to stay awake for 24 hours a day every day, you would eventually expire. On the opposite end, you would equally expire if you slept for 24 hours a day every day. They are inseparable from one another. Without being awake, sleep would not exist. Without sleep, being awake would not exist.
Why Meditate? And how easy is it?
Yoga in Sanskrit means Union, a union of coming together of all sides of ourselves. The dark and the light. Yoga takes many forms, beyond what we stereotypically may think of - a classroom with a teacher and lots of “fit” people in tight clothes. Yoga, at its roots, is designed to remind us of our connection to nature and all of life. It is this connection, or unity consciousness, that yoga leads us towards and as a result, gives us the experience of health, peace and joy we all seek.
Arm Balances: Five Reasons to Kick Your Feet Up!
You don’t need to be flexible or be able to sit for 30 minutes straight. There is no such thing as "I am too old or too young to meditate." The practice is not about becoming someone that you are not. There is no “final destination” to reach in this practice, nor is it an attempt to become something greater... it is simply about paying attention and recognizing your life experience.
How to Align to the Seasonal Cycle of Spring
Although I love it all, arm balances in particular have always held a special place in my heart. The challenging nature of the poses helps us to step into a state of presence on our mat, overcome fears, and embody lightness, balance and joy. They have a unique way of opening us up to the possibilities, building a combination of humility, self confidence and potentiality along the way.
Yoga and Backcountry Skiing: Same Same...
Springtime is associated with the element Wood. In traditional Chinese medicine, the Wood element represents the liver and the gall bladder. The liver function is called the Official of Strategic Planning, the grand architect for our vision of the future. Its companion, the Gall Bladder Official, gives the ability to make decisions and judge wisely. Through these officials we can see both new possibilities and the wisdom of the past, and thus see the clear and appropriate course to take.
6 Tips for Clean Living, Vitality, and Energy Inside and Out
Today I got re-inspired. How? By going outside. Getting on snow, walking up the mountain on my skis, and reconnecting to everything that is important. Being Present. And on my skis today, I realized how much backcountry skiing is like yoga.
What is Reiki and Why Bring It to Your Practice?
All the screen time in our lives can overwhelm our senses and wear on the health of our brain, eye-sight, vitality, sleep patterns. It’s amazing how much clearer you can think when your closet and house is free of clutter. Nature fuels the soul, connecting to the vastness and beauty fosters expansion and growth in our lives. There are super easy and accessible practices that can revitalize your well-being.
Why Reiki? Reiki is an alternative energy healing modality with roots based in Japan. Recipients of Reiki increase the opportunity to accelerate their body’s natural, innate and internal healing response. There is no physical manipulation whatsoever during a traditional Reiki session; everything is done on a purely energetic level.