March 10, 2017
If you know anything about me, you'll know I have some challenges when it comes to technology. It's ok. I own it :) So when I update this blog, frequency really depends on....hmmmm. I don't really know. AND THAT IS OK!
So here we are. Almost to spring. I've spotted magical hummingbirds and worry, just for a moment, that they've emerged a bit soon. Then I remember, they've got this. They've been doing their thing for a lot longer than me and they know how to go with the flow. Lessons learned every day from our beautiful planet. How are YOU? Are you making space throughout your day to breathe, to sit quietly, to gaze out a window into the sparkling and sometimes fleeting sunlight? Move more slowly and deliberately through your day and see what happens...you won't be disappointed. Peace.
December 12, 2016
Journaling. I love it! I look back at some of my entries over the years and marvel at the things that were so important to me at different times of my life. I don't spend a lot of time doing this but checking in once in a while is a good thing. I noticed that at this time last year, I was counseling my students to "say yes only when you really want to, and to no when you need to" and to not feel guilty about either. Although the sentiment was centered more around the chaos that the holiday season often brings, it really applies to all times of the year. Well, I've finally taken my own advice and have let go of some of my classes. It was time to move forward and even though it was difficult to say 'good-bye for now' to the students I've been privileged to teach at this venue over the past 18 months, I feel lighter! And brighter! And know that this step will bring new opportunities for me and my community. Happy New Year!
September 27, 2016
Autumn. The air is changing and I love it, don't you? New seasons always inspire me to make big changes or try new things. This year, it's a big adjustment to my diet. Part of the NeoYogi lifestyle is bringing mindfulness to every part of life...including food. Just as I tell my students during flow classes, simple doesn't necessarily mean EASY. Building a strong foundation in your asana practice brings strength, peace and allows you the space to fly. Eating a simple, nourishing, clean diet with little sugar, lots of lean protein and leafy veggies helps to build that same strong foundation! One step at a time...that's all you need to do. Take that first step. Then be patient, kind and forgiving.
March 29, 2016
Spring has sprung! Rejoice in this time of renewal. Peel off the layers, inside and out, and let the light shine in. Earth's energy has been waiting patiently for this amazing season. It is bursting forth in color and light. In fragrant flowers, beautiful birdsongs, longer days, deeper nights. And remember...change is inevitable. Embrace this fact and enjoy every moment. There is beauty there if you just take the time to see it. Feel every feeling. Sadness, joy, fear, love and especially gratitude.
February 22, 2016
I participated in a workshop last week, focused on hip opening. I have described myself as one of the world's most tight hipped yoga teachers [giggle] and I truly lived up to the hype. Observing my fellow yogis in various states of hip openness lead me quickly down the path of deep introspection, and it brought me to this simple thought. 'Do the best you can'. That's it. Not a revelation...that is part of the NeoYogi mantra
! But it did give me a chance to explore a bit more.
Our best is a moving target. It is affected by many factors and can change from moment to moment. To live mindfully is to consistently ask the question, "Is this my best? Is this the best that I can do?" It is amazing how your attitude and actions can shift with that simple question! The 'greater good' is the end game and how we move toward that end, when you do the best that you can, makes for a wonderful life! Breathe as deeply as you can, love as freely as you like, hug longer, laugh louder...just be you. The best you.
December 9, 2015
Holidays are upon us and I'm thrilled to report a surge in the number of students I've seen in class!
With the insanity that sometimes takes over during this time of the year, are you making time for yourself and your well being? A perfect gift to anyone in your life is to offer them the best version of yourself. Cliche? Maybe. And also completely true! Yogis are nurturers. We want the best for everyone and can tend to expend lots of energy doing our best to make that happen. This comes often with a detrimental effect on ourselves. Please make a commitment to check in with yourself often and ask the important questions. Am I in need of downtime today? Am I breathing deeply? Have I been drinking enough water? Am I saying 'yes' to far too many things? Take care of yourselves! Happy Holidays...
November 22, 2015
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. How did that happen?
The last few months have been a whirlwind for me of teaching, working, traveling, family, friends and smiles. There has also been stress, tears, sadness, joy, laughter and peace. There is so much going on out in the world! Can we choose to focus on what is good and positive? Can we contribute positive energy to the universe's vibrations? Of course we can. It is a choice. It's a choice to be positive, to be nice, to forgive, to do the right thing. It is always a choice. It may not be an easy choice, that's for sure. Sometimes, the muck of negativity disguises itself as a warm safe place to hide. Don't be fooled. Continue to make choices that benefit you and the space surrounding you. Move more slowly, rest, eat well, spend time with friends and family and most importantly, BREATHE. Be mindful and present in everything you do. Make the choice to notice all of the details in your life. If you take care, you will be able to share your best self with all of us and we can't wait to spend time with you! Happy Thankgiving...
October 18, 2015
Thank you to my teachers.
Whenever I find myself in front of students, either leading an asana practice or answering questions, I always take a moment to be grateful for my whole lifetime of experiences that have shaped who I am right now. I am so thankful to every soul whose path I have crossed. You have taught me patience, compassion and forgiveness. You have shown me how to find, use and nurture my voice so that I may endeavor to do the same for others.So, thank you teachers. Thank you for showing me how to exhibit grace in times of chaos. I thank you for allowing me to chanel your energy when I am leading a class so I can inspire as you've inspired me. Thank you for your encouragement and your kindness and your gentle (well, sometimes not so gentle) kicks in the ass when I need them. You have helped me to become exactly who I should be, right here and right now. And I am taking this moment not only to thank you but to ask you to allow me to continue to be your student. I will never have too many teachers and whether you know it or not...you are one of them and I am grateful every day.
September 21, 2015
Forgiveness. We should not use this word lightly. It's so very important. None of us are perfect. It is in our imperfections that we find our most intriguing selves. It is also in exploring these imperfections that we find our greatest strengths and weaknesses. Step one...forgive yourself. You cannot move forward or begin to forgive anyone else if you don't first forgive yourself. For questionable judgment or action, for not following your instincts, for trusting or not, for opening up your heart or for closing it off. Forgive yourself. Life is about learning. Step 2...forgive but do not ever forget. Choose to live your days with a light and open heart. It will serve you well. The rest we'll figure out as we go along :)
September 11, 2015
A day of reflection...
Fourteen years ago, I was just arriving at my job in Bethesda, Maryland. The view outside of our window was impressive. We could see the Pentagon in the distance. As I rushed in (late, of course) I took a quick look at the television monitor and saw the 2nd plane hit the tower in New York. News reports were coming in quickly. Then, in the distance, we could see smoke coming from the Pentagon. I needed to get home to my new husband who I knew would be heading to work. He was a DC police officer and it was all hands on deck. The rest of that day are a blur. We lost so many friends, family members, colleagues. We lost fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, grandparents, brothers, sisters. For what? Hate. Why? We needed to find our own answers to come out on the other side. Some of us have. Some have not. Have you? Anger, hatred and bitterness are self destructive. These emotions don't serve me so I don't cultivate them. I choose to be a positive force.
A whirlwind trip to the east coast (Washington, D.C.) has left me happy to be home and thrilled to have spent time with good friends and family. I'm excited to get back into my teaching groove, for sure. My regularly scheduled classes should start any day now. In the meantime, I'm still subbing up a storm! Check out my schedule here.
August 29, 2015
Have you ever found yourself in the position of being so happy with how something is going that you are almost afraid of acknowledging it? No, really. Crazy as it sounds, you think that it might go 'POOF!' and disappear if you let the universe know you are actually paying attention and that something is precious to you. Rest assured, that isn't actually how things work. Sometimes it just feels that way. Rather than worrying about this wonderful thing coming to an end, wouldn't it make more sense to revel in every beautiful moment that it exists? Express gratitude, sing praises, shout it from the rooftops! Just remember...change is inevitable. Don't hold on so tight that everything crumbles. Be prepared to let it go and move on. That mindset will allow you to enjoy it fully.
August 23, 2015
The fires are intense on the east side of Washington state, along with many areas out here in the west. I spent the past couple of days on the east side in an area touched by smoke but not fire. The mountains are so very beautiful and it is difficult to wrap my head around everything going on. Firefighters have lost their lives. Hundreds of thousands of acres of forest are going up in flames. I can only hope that there will be a re-birth...a Phoenix rising. An opportunity for the land, the wildlife and the people to find their way back. Whatever you believe in, send positive energy out into the universe, whether it be prayers, donations or other assistance. We're all we've got.
August 13, 2015
How many times have you used as an excuse not to do something important to you that you just don't have enough time? 'Not enough hours in the day' used to come out of my mouth so often! Over the past few months I participated in a workshop that was about a) discovering what is most important to you in your life and b) realizing you have plenty of time to do everything. When I started the workshop, I was very sick, I had just moved into a new home and was getting my feet underneath me in a new job. I was not teaching yoga, was barely practicing on my own and could not see any light at the end of a very long tunnel. It was a struggle, but I made the time to do the work for this workshop. It involved some difficult conversations with myself. Part of the work was to describe what you wanted your life to look like. I did and then stashed it in the back of my mind. I realized this morning that my vision has almost completely come to pass! I'm teaching, I'm healthy! I've had loads of amazing quality time with my family. That was my vision! I realized it on my morning walk. What a gift!
If you are interested in the 100 day workshop, go to www.youatthecenter.com.
August 11, 2015
I'm back! Back to teaching, back to health, back to feeling like me again. I look forward to spending time with you all again, in class and online. Someone actually said "can you believe summer is almost over?" to me the other day. Are you KIDDING me? We are in full swing! Seattle has been very un-Seattle-like this summer with soaring temps and no rain at all, versus LESS. I have to admit it, I miss the rain. But then again, I'm not one who complained about it in the first place. I won't spend time worrying...I'll just enjoy all of the new experiences this summer in my new neck of the woods on the southern end of West Seattle. Coleman Pool... UNBELIEVABLE. Salt water with a breathtaking view of the sound. I've found out I really enjoy aquafit. Exercising in deep water (with flotation) is so relaxing! You should check it out...Lincoln Park Tuesdays and Thursday nights until Labor Day.
I hope to see you in class soon! Check out my teaching schedule. See you there!