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13 Aug

I like to think I practice regularly.  But if I actually think about it, a good week is if I get to class once, and that doesn’t happen often.  I also like to think my morning yoga routine is satisfactory – but it is so brief, with a few cat/cows and down dogs to wake up my body that I can hardly count it.

I was reading an article about the countless benefits of yoga, and each study included that the participants practiced 3 times a week, or at least once a week regularly.  That got me thinking about how much more I’d like to actually practice yoga regularly, rather than think about it, read about it, or look at yoga pictures.

Then my brain begins to play the incredible mind game once I start thinking about unrolling my mat: ‘You don’t have enough time to dedicate to yoga now – you have emails to write, sessions to plan, dishes to clean, etc, etc.’ And it is so convincing I often buy into this banter.  I do have all those things to do.

But here is the sparkling gem.  When I make time for yoga, the rest of it gets done with more ease and grace than otherwise would have without yoga.   So now I am subbing this banter in: if you want to do this ‘to do list’ gracefully – get your butt on the mat for at least 30 minutes three times a day lady.  And don’t even try to listen to the excuses the mind will fabricate – because the mind is veeerrrryy good at making excuses.

Take a look at see where your excuses are giving you a way out either with exercise, diet, relationships, career, etc – and do what you know is going to be the best for you.   Because we all know what it is that we could be doing.

Primary Foods

25 Apr

You know your primary colors, but are you familiar with your primary foods?  They are all the things that feed your soul: your relationships, career, physical exercise, spirituality, creativity, finances, joy, health, etc. the parts of your life that when in check make you feel satisfied and alive.  Full and complete.

When your primary foods are out of balance people often turn to their secondary food – or the food you actually eat. Your diet can often be a reflection of your primary foods.  You may become dependent on certain foods.  You may crave chocolate, ice-cream, potato chips, (insert your comfort food here) which you are actually using to fill a space.  You’re smart.  Food does give you those moments of joy and satisfaction – but they are fleeting – you never feel satisfied.  As much as we focus on our secondary foods, often times it can be more effective to peel back the layers and take a look at what is going on with our primary foods.

lunge into it

lunge into it

When was the last time you moved your body?  How is your relationship with your mom?  How do you feel in your job?  When you begin to take a look at the core of it all, well the secondary foods have an ability to fall into place.  What is your ideal? What do you want to feel?

I love this relationship.  And when I peel back the layers and look at my primary food I realize I am hungry to create, to make art, to dance, to engage in all the things I loved doing as a kid – that create joy for me.  This awareness helps me to make effective and powerful choices…  so I don’t end up at the end of the bag of cookies after one sitting (I can’t tell you how many times I have engaged in that activity!)

open your heartInterested to dive in a little deeper – to see uncover what you want and get clear so the universe can conspire for you?

I am honored to be hosting a yoga and primary food workshop with health coach, Alaina Muckell, here in NYC.  Next Friday, May 3rd we are going to dive into this juicy stuff getting clear on what it is we desire, what it is we want – so we can then move towards that feeling with ease.

There will be a live acoustic guitarist (!!), a sweet yoga flow, and some rich conversation getting to: what is it that we want to experience – a roadmap to our desires.  Get ready to feel full of the good stuff life has to offer – you may discover chocolate doesn’t have as tight of a hold on you anymore.  Imagine that?!

Give yourself permission

 

Bold + Beautiful

30 Dec

The New Year is a real gift.  A structured part of our lives where we are encouraged to reflect back at what was and look ahead thoughtfully at what could be.  I love it.  A clean slate where we can create what we crave.  A way to start new.  Whether our desired outcomes last the whole year or not… well that is a different story.

I have been slowing down a bit, doing yoga, meditating, reflecting, reading, and journaling – all in the name of getting clear of what I want 2013 to be, how I want to feel, what opportunities I want to find.  I have been thinking about what  essence I want to embody, words came up like: spaciousness, creative, and beautiful.

With that in mind I’d like to offer you this 37 minute vinyasa flow yoga class that you can use to create a clear intention for the days ahead.  Expect to move, build heat, ground down, and open up.  So go ahead and sneak a little practice in today, or schedule it into your days ahead.

 

‘Immerse yourself in the energy of what you desire.’ – Hiro Bogu

Yoga Tunes

20 Nov

A recent yoga playlist that I have been loving.

The Wailin’ Jennys – One Voice

Jason Mraz – Living In The Moment

Trevor Hall – My Baba – Featuring Krishna Das

Krishna Das – Hallelujah Chalisa

Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah

Dave Dale & Nadaji – Gayatri Mantra

Guru Singh – I Am

MC Yogi – Shanti (Peace Out)

Wah! – Ganesha

DJ Drez – Om Jahta

Starting the Day in a Deliberate Way

28 Oct

I used to start the day by waking up and immediately reaching over for my phone.  I would automatically and mindlessly check my email, Facebook, and whatever else.. all within 1 minute of opening my eyes to a brand new day.  I began to realize I could start my day in a much more thoughtful way, and now this is what my mornings looks like:

  • Wake UP
  • Wash up
  • Drink water
  • Get down on my yoga mat and wake my body with some cat/cows + down dogs + cobras + childs pose
  • Sit and breathe for 10 minutes
  • Set an intention for the day

Then I am free to check my phone…

In order to feel grounded and ready for my day, I need to take this time to get clear about the day.  Lately, I have been meditating for at least 10 minutes before I move on with the rest of my day.  And don’t think when I say the word ‘meditate’ I am sitting with an empty mind, completely enlightened, watching my breath… haven’t gotten there yet!  My mind normally is a big swirl of thoughts, and I just work on watching them and observing rather than reacting.  A definite work in progress.  But from that quiet comes my intention that I create for the day.

One of my favorites from this week was:

‘I greet this day with fluidity, moving into the spaces of my day – present and clear.’  

 

How do you get ready for the day?

Clarity

17 Oct

‘Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful.  Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you.’ – Mahatma Gandhi

Clarity is something I search for every day.  When I get clear I become efficient, I get things done.  You may have experienced moments of clarity where everything seems aligned.  It feels magical.

When I am clear I move towards the life of my dreams.  When I take the time and space to arrive into my body, into my breath, and into my mind, I am able to create clarity and I find my intention.  When I nurture and feed my body the best food that I can, I feel light and aware.  We have this body that we use as a vehicle daily, but how often do we take the time to maintain it?  Check in with it? Really be in it and feel what is going on?

There are many ways to get back into your body but I have found there is something so powerful about yoga, about its ability to align the body and the mind.  As I move my body in a meaningful way, I am able to connect to my breath, which opens up space in the mind and leaves me feeling clear.

A Thoughtful Read

28 Sep

It’s not often I find a magazine that has rich and meaningful content on nearly EVERY page.  So when I stumbled upon Origin Magazine I knew it was something special.  With meaningful musings about YOGA. ART. MUSIC. CONSCIOUS LIFESTYLE. HUMANITARIANISM. &  SUSTAINABILITY,  it is jam packed with interesting and inspiring articles.  I haven’t even finished this issue yet, but here are some of the gems I have found so far.

On Yoga:

“We watch our depths rise to the surface, and if we are sensitive enough, allow that which does not serve us to be released without judgement or disdain.” – KK Ledford

On Life:

“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as in being able to remake ourselves.” – Mahatma Gandhi

On Food:

“Energy is like money; once spent, it’s gone. – Will the nutritional return justify the digestive energy expenditure?”              – Brendan Brazier

So pick up your copy at Whole Foods and see what you find.  🙂