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Yoga this week!

Happy hump day, yoga lovers!

I’m back in action tomorrow with yoga at the beach at 9am. We’ve been having a great time at the beach and being inspired by the sand and surf. Join us tomorrow morning to give it a try!

I will also be teaching my weekly heated class, The Rocket, at Black Sheep Yoga in Oceanside at noon on Friday. Jump on your mat, work up a sweat, and let go of the week in this hour-long recharge.

And at 6pm on Friday, I will be back at Black Sheep for a full moon yoga happy hour. What’s not to love about that?

Finally, I will be wrapping up the week at Black Sheep on Sunday with Yoga 101 at 11am. We will be taking the week off at Sunday yoga at the beach due to the Life Time Triathlon in Oceanside. Best of luck to all the iron men and women who will be competing!

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Yoga this week!!

We had a rain-out this morning at the beach, but I must admit… I was so, so happy for the rain yesterday. It had been quite a long time since we had had any significant rain here. So, thank you, Mother Nature, for the much needed shower.

As for the rest of the week, you will have several opportunities to rock it yoga-style with me. Tomorrow at noon, I will be teaching my weekly heated class (The Rocket) at Black Sheep Yoga. I believe the class description still says that this is a set sequence class, but you know me… we’ll be getting inspired and going with the flow instead 🙂

I am also teaching an all-levels flow tomorrow night at Black Sheep at 6pm.

And finally, I will be wrapping up the week with 2 classes on Sunday- an all-levels flow at the beach at 9:30am and Yoga 101 at Black Sheep from 11-12:30.

See you on the mat, yoga lovers!

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Yoga this week… new classes!

Hello friends and yoga lovers!

There are some exciting new changes to my teaching schedule beginning this week. Firstly, I have two new weekly classes at Black Sheep Yoga in Oceanside. I will be teaching The Rocket (a heated class) from 12-1 on Fridays and Yoga 101 from 11-12:30 on Sundays. Additionally, I will be subbing an all-levels flow class this week on Friday night (6-7:15). It’s a great space with a wonderful atmosphere. Please drop by if you have never been there and give one of my new classes a go!

Also, I will be teaching at the beach twice this week- Thursday at 9am and Sunday at 9:30am. Please note that the Sunday class has been changed going forward to accommodate the changes in my schedule. It will begin at 9:30 rather than 10, and it will be held at the beach rather than the park. I have gotten such great feedback about the Thursday classes at the beach, and so many of my students who are unable to attend during the week have been asking for a weekend class at the beach. I can’t wait to kick it off this weekend! Hope to see you there…

See you on the mat!

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Yoga this week!!

Yoga break, anyone?!

Who’s in?? I will be teaching tomorrow (Thursday) at 10am and Sunday at 10am.

The theme of the week is getting into those spots where we accumulate tightness and tension and unlock them with a focused, gentle yoga practice. Make it conscious and let it go!

See you on the mat!

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Yoga this week!!

We’re going to have a sunny, sunny beach day for yoga tomorrow! Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen!

I will be teaching regular Thursday class tomorrow at 10am. The roses are still looking fine and the hummingbirds are stopping by to say hi. Join me for this gentle, all levels flow. We will focus on connecting with our calm and quiet center and exploring expansiveness via the side body. Sound fun? Be there!

I will also be teaching on Sunday in the park (weather permitting).

See you on the mat!

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Yoga this week!!

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.

My regular Thursday class will be held in the yoga garden, and I will also be teaching Sunday at 10am in the park.

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!

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Yoga for healthy roots

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!

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Yoga this week!

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!

ps- The photo above from Kamelienyoga.com was selected to be on YogaPoseWeekly.com. Click here to vote for my photo by clicking on the heart in the upper left-hand corner or ‘liking’ it below the image. Thanks!

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Thank you, everyone!

Happy Monday, everyone!

I wanted to take a moment to offer a deeply heartfelt ‘thank you’ to everyone who supported me in my involvement with the 2013 “Finish Chelsea’s Run” 5K. It was a huge success on so many levels, and I couldn’t have done it without you.

In the end, we raised $555 for the Chelsea’s Light Foundation through my fundraising page, exceeding my goal of raising $500! I am in awe of the support that came in from every direction. It was truly a team effort, and we did it!

I also gave my all to represent our “team” in the race. I clocked a sub-30 minute 5K, which was a personal performance goal for me. It was that much more challenging because of the enormous number of participants in the race. I’m not sure of the exact number yet, but it was around 6000 people. The huge number of people who stood up for Chelsea and committed to “finishing her run” certainly made for more traffic to negotiate through during the race, but it was also very inspiring. Some racers carried sunflowers, some pushed strollers or wheelchairs, some had their dogs with them… people of all descriptions coming together to stand up for hope and positivity.

It was a beautiful experience that I will not forget, and it was that much more special to me knowing that I had cheerleaders all over the country backing me up. Thank you, thank you, thank you… from the bottom of my heart! I can’t wait for next year to do it again!

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Yoga this week!!

This week, I’m a woman on a mission! On Saturday, I will be participating in the “Finish Chelsea’s Run” 5k, which is the primary annual fundraiser for the Chelsea’s Light Foundation and their Sunflower Scholarship Fund. I’ve written a blog post in which I’ve tried to convey why this is so important to me. If you are interested in learning more, you can find that post here.

Since I’m giving this race all I’ve got this week, this week’s class is inspired by my experiences in the weeks leading up to this race. It will be an exploration of gratitude and Being. 100% of the proceeds from this class will be passed along to my fundraising page for the Chelsea’s Light Foundation.

Please join me on Thursday at 10am to take it to the mat and give thanks for the simple gift of having the present moment to express the very best of ourselves.

See you on the mat!

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