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Yoga this week!!

Holy cow! It’s that time of year again… I’ll be teaching this week on Wednesday. Join me for this special class the day before the Winter Solstice.

If you have a neti pot, read this

Yikes! So, I was killing some time today waiting for my neti pot salt to arrive, and what on earth did I see on the internet?? Neti pots linked to brain-eating amoeba!!

I’ve owned neti pots, given them as gifts, worked in establishments that sold them, and I never, ever remember anyone stressing the importance of using distilled or sterilized water in them. Take note! If you do not have the time or inclination to read the article, read this: It is critical that you use distilled or sterilized water in your neti pot. Otherwise, you could get a brain-eating amoeba.

Good thing I had some distilled water left over from all those priops I killed last year…

Daily reminder

“The man form is higher than the angel form; of all forms it is the highest. Man is the highest being in creation, because he aspires to freedom.”

~Paramahansa Yogananda

The gifts keep on coming

This is just too beautiful not to share… and y’all know I feel about Angels. Watch and enjoy!

Holiday presence

Yep- things are definitely under way now. Less than a week until Hanukkah and the Winter Solstice, and barely a week until ’twill be the night before Christmas.

So, tell me, my friends… how’s it going? Are you experiencing the holidays or experiencing a holidaze? Personally, it was holidays, then Holly-days, and now… Holly-daze??

That’s why I am even more grateful for this great reminder about staying in the moment during the holidays- though these suggestions are invaluable for being present at any moment (holidays or no). Check out Panache Desai’s Six Ways to Be Present During the Holidays.

Have I told you lately…

Hello, beautiful orchids! The celebrations have begun now- the parties, the observances, the gifts, all the decorations are up (right?).

Here’s a gift from me to you: 50 reasons why you are beautiful. Enjoy!

Daily reminder

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.”

~Henry David Thoreau

Karma Yoga: Yoga off the mat

In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna states that the most important lesson his disciple, Arjuna, can learn is to perform his duties with devotion and without attachment to the fruits of his actions- i.e., without an eye on rewards for what he does.

The yogic path has several branches. While Hatha Yoga (the yoga of physical postures) is the most well known in the Western world, “doing yoga” can actually mean many things. Karma Yoga is the yoga of selfless service- it calls upon the yoga practitioner to serve without seeking a reward. Gandhi was a model Karma yogi.

It is often said that this time of year is a time for giving. One cannot turn on a tv or walk down the street or do anything really without being bombarded with suggestions for how and what to ‘give’ this holiday season. So, here‘s another one- giving time and service through Karma Yoga. Take your yoga off the mat and into the world this holiday season!

Daily reminder

“What other people think of me is none of my business. One of the highest places you can get to is being independent of the good opinions of other people.”

~Dr. Wayne Dyer

Go, Mercury, go!

I mentioned in my last post that I’ve been feeling out of sorts lately. I also mentioned that I’m aware I must be present through everything that I’m feeling- lest my ego take this valley and turn it into an abyss. A bottomless chasm of separatemess (typo, and it’s staying).

‘Here I am all alone on this island and no one elsewhere could possibly speak my language… or help.’

Nonsense! When I respectfully ask my ego to zip it and sit down, I remember my connectedness to all life. I realize that, in many ways, my plight is universal. If not universal, cosmic.

Jupiter, my ruling planet, has been retrograde for about four months now. This year, there have been shake-ups in my astrological chart that haven’t happened in nearly a decade. There has been a series of eclipses that have been like astrological earthquakes for me, beginning on December 21, 2010. Things are opening up in a miraculous way, astrologically speaking.

Well… not just astrologically. I feel it on many levels, which makes me that much more eager to share insight into the astrological conditions that are shaping the ‘state of things’.

December 10th was the last in the series of eclipses. On December 25th, Jupiter will go direct (thank you, Jesus). And tomorrow- tomorrow, Mercury will go direct again. Hallelujah.

Mercury is a cheeky little monkey. Its retrograde stations are the most discussed of the planets in our solar system. This is an elucidating explanation of the effects of retrograde planets.

Take note, ego. The jig is up.

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