Generosity is not a way of life, but the way of life. As the Buddha said, ‘Many garlands can be made from a heap of flowers. Many good deeds should be done by one born a mortal.’ Many of the great spiritual masters encourage people to give without strings attached- to do good just for the sake of doing good. Long before we get to the point of being able to provide higher, invisible acts of power, we need to provide visible ones. We need to delight in helping someone heal or in creating wonderful surprises for others. These are the means through which we discover the enchantment of giving as well as the gift of receiving.
~Caroline Myss, PhD, Invisible Acts of Power
Yoga this week… with special guest stars! Yes, in fact, I am referring to the return of the roses in the yoga garden. They seemed to fully pop over the past few days. I love teaching and practicing yoga there when the roses are in bloom, so you know this week’s class is going to be a special one.
We’ve just passed Earth Day, and Mother Nature is working over time to make our practice space lovely. Join me on the mat this week to join the party!
Hey there, yoga lovers! Happy Earth Day!
This is another great reading by goddess Doreen. Personally, it’s so spot on for changes happening in so many areas of my life that I felt as if I was getting a personalized reading as I was watching it. I especially love her outlook for the weekend.
She is on the road and using the Angel Tarot deck once again. The readings she does with that deck always seem so detailed and accurate.
How about you? Did this reading ring as many bells for you as it did for me? I love to hear about it in the comments!
Have a beautiful, blessed week, everyone… namaste.
i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes
Angels, angels, angels!
Doreen is using one of my favorite decks for her reading this week- Daily Guidance From Your Angels. It’s a great deck, as she says, because of the simple clarity of its messages. I’m not sure if that is why this week’s reading caught my attention so much or what, but it definitely rang a lot of bells for me.
Check it out and see what you think!
Have a wonderful week, everyone!
Check out what Doreen and the angels have to say about this week!
It is spot on for me… I’m taking this week to focus on balance, clean(s)ing, and gardening leading up to Easter on Sunday. As part of my “detox,” I’m spending very limited amounts of time on the internet, social media, etc. So, without further ado, I present to you…
Doreen and the Angel Dreams oracle deck!
Best wishes and blessings for a wonderful week!
The spring equinox is Wednesday… ’tis the season for new beginnings and renewal.
Doreen’s reading this week blends quite nicely with my personal theme for the week: spring cleaning. I’ll have much more to say about this as the week progresses, but as the cards have recommended for today, I’m off to spend some time outdoors. So, without any further ado…
Doreen and the fairies!
Have a wonderful, beautiful, blissful week, yoga lovers!
If you are not familiar with ‘inner body’ awareness, close your eyes for a moment and find out if there is life inside your hands. Don’t ask your mind. It will say, ‘I can’t feel anything.’ Probably it will also say, ‘Give me something more interesting to think about.’ So instead of asking your mind, go to the hands directly. By this I mean become aware of the subtle feeling of aliveness inside them. It is there. You just have to go there with your attention to notice it. Your may get a slight tingling sensation at first, then a feeling of energy or aliveness. If you hold your attention in your hands for a while, the sense of aliveness will intensify. Some people won’t even have to close their eyes. They will be able to feel their ‘inner hands’ at the same time as they read this. Then go to your feet, keep your attention there for a minute or so, and begin to feel your hands and feet at the same time. Then incorporate other parts of the body- legs, arms, abdomen, chest, and so on- into that feeling until you are aware of the inner body as a global sense of aliveness.
~Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth
That was where we began class this week. Since my inspiration this week was metaphorical- preparing the soil for the seeds we will be planting and growing in the rest of 2013- this passage from A New Earth served to anchor our practice in our bodies rather than our minds.
Spring is a time of renewal, and I find myself excited and inspired annually at this time. I have had a backyard vegetable garden for a few years now, and the process of preparing, planting, and tending that garden has connected me more deeply to the unique qualities of this part of nature’s cycles. I’ve become more aware of how my efforts in the garden can serve as a template for renewal in many areas of my life- and how those efforts can be bolstered by the prevailing conditions of the season.
As any gardener knows, before you can begin planting the seeds and watching them sprout, you must uproot the weeds and prepare the soil. Our practice, therefore, comprised of grounding, standing postures and special attention to the flow of apana vayu. Standing postures activate and balance the root chakra, which governs our sense of security, stability, and safety. A healthy root chakra is an essential foundation.
Apana vayu, one of the five “winds” or aspects of the life force, is associated with the lower abdomen and pelvis and relates to eliminative functions. Shedding, of sorts. It is the downward-flowing energy that allows the old to be released and transform into the fertilizer for the new to grow. Staying in the “inner body” awareness where we opened our practice together, we used various standing postures to explore apana vayu and connect with this “shedding” energy that enables renewal. To learn more about apana vayu and yoga postures that activate it, check out this article from the Himalayan Institute.
I’ve created a Pinterest board to gather my “spring cleaning” inspirations. As I said, this is one of my very favorite times of the year, so I’ll be keeping you posted on my progress throughout the next few weeks. Stay tuned…
Namaste, yoga lovers!
A little bit of fun for you… check out my little man practicing his singing crystal bowl skills while battling a case of the hiccups.
A happy, blessed weekend to all!
We’re transitioning into one of my very favorite times of the year, and I am so stoked for class this week. We’re a week away from the spring equinox now, and that is going to serve as the inspiration for our yoga practices together for the rest of the month.
Tomorrow (Thursday, March 14), we will explore apana vayu, the downward-flowing energy of elimination, along with grounding standing poses to “prep the soil” for new beginnings this spring.
What seeds are you ready to plant for the rest of your year? What do you wish to manifest?
Join me on the mat to put those visions into action!
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