““Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion.”
~His Holiness, the Dalai Lama
Monthly archive for March 2012
I recently had a student ask me to recommend some yoga DVDs so that she could strengthen her practice- even if she couldn’t make it to a class. I definitely have a few well-worn favorites that I’ve used over and over since my son was born. It was a great way to practice faithfully without having to worry about child care. My son has even taken somewhat of an interest in yoga from watching me on my mat his whole life.
My absolute favorite DVDs Gentle Energy Yoga with Kim McDermott, Vols. 1 &2 blend yoga with energy work and guided meditation. Kim was an instructor at the spa where I worked in Sedona. She recommended these DVDs as being gentle enough for any body (I was pregnant at the time), and I still love them even now. They just leave me feeling great.
Another of my favorites is Detox and Destress with Kundalini Yoga with Maya Fiennes (a preview is above). It is also a challenging and rejuvenating practice, though you remain seated throughout.
Check out these other recommendations as well as further insight as to why yoga DVDs can benefit any yoga practitioner.
“At one pole of my existance, I am one with the stones and the tree branches. Thus I must submit to the yoke of the Universal law.
It is this, in the end, that is the very basis of my life. And that force comes from that which is closely bound up in the unity of the world, which is in full communication with all things.
But at the other pole, I am distinct fromm all of the rest. Here, I have broken the barriers of equality and I find myself alone, as an individual. I am absolutely unique. I am I. I am incomparable. The whole mass of the Universe cannot crush this individuality that is mine. I maintain it despite the formidable gravitation of all that exists.
It is small in appearance, but great in reality.”
Ooooooh… the first card is a unicorn with a rainbow. I’m already in love. It was a beautiful morning for yoga this morning. We had a great class in my secret fairy garden (yard). The blue skies, sunshine, and little birds had me kicking up my heels (on the inside) and playing with my inner child. Hummingbirds bring that out in me.
See what Doreen and the fairies have to say about the rest of the week above. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water 😉
“Choice is born out of opposites, and the duality of the second chakra is forever challenging us to make choices in a world of opposing sides, of positive and negative energy patterns. Every choice we make contributes a subtle current of our energy to our universe, which is responsive to the influence of human consciousness.
Managing the power of choice, with all its creative and spiritual implications, is the essence of human experience. All spiritual teachings are directed toward inspiring us to recognize that the power to make choices is the dynamic that converts our spirits into matter, our words into flesh. Choice is the process of creation itself.”
~Caroline Myss, PhD, from Anatomy of the Spirit
Hey there, yoga lovers! Join the party tomorrow morning at 10! Mercury will be going retrograde again on Tuesday, so let’s make the most of the last day of Mercury being direct.
Also, stay tuned for a very special schedule announcement this week. I know you’ll be waiting on the edge of your seat… haha.
“Blessed mother, the Ashtibhujaa, the jananee, the divine, nursing and nurturing, the source of all affection, love and courage, the symbol of divinity, dignity and grace, reality among all non-realities, power among all the impotence, and glow against all darkness. The destroyer of the demons, ill will and negativity– cleansing and purifying the strength of the Self. Oh Creative Mother, the giver of freedom and strength, give us joy and happiness today and dwell in us forever so we can serve the Earth in Thy grace, love humanity in Thy name, and reach the ecstasy for Thy sake. Sat Nam.”
~ Yogi Bhajan, July 4, 1994
Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury,pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
Today marks 60 years since Paramahansa Yogananda entered mahasamadhi. As he said, though he left his body, his spirit shines on so brightly and lights the way for so many.
In the past couple days, I’ve been thinking a lot about honoring loved ones who have passed and how to stay connected to their spirit. Yesterday was the 10 year anniversary of my grandmother’s passing, and she’s been on my mind. She was such an amazing role model in her sweet, loving way. She certainly taught me a great deal of what I know about love and loving. I honor her and stay connected to her by living my life with a loving heart.
I found the prayer above on her memorial card, and I think it expresses so much of who she was and how she lived her life. Such an inspiration. I aspire to live up to it every, single day!
Thank you Yogananda, and thank you Gram for being such bright, shining stars ♥
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched- they must be felt with the heart.”
Oh, help me, Jesus…
She really said ‘angst’ & recommended energy healing work. This is officially the 10th week of 2012. We’re deep into things now. It’s really getting real.
This is actually the deck that I gifted to my mother for Christmas, so let’s see what’s in the cards for us this week. Doreen says it’s one of her favorite decks, so what does it have to tell us??
As Doreen suggests, ‘big changes in the week to come.’ We’re approaching the Spring Equinox. And she’s right on target for so many aspects. Personally, I feeled challenged to step up my game in many areas. To acknowledge that we’re beginning a new cycle.
What does her reading mean to you??