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Yoga props for your home practice

Happy Wednesday! I made you a present. I initially intended to make this video in September (National Yoga Month), but I was sidetracked by illness for a little while there.

But I didn’t forget you, my dears!

I made this video for you to demonstrate ways that you can re-purpose items from around the house to use as yoga props. My home practice is the heart and soul of my yoga practice. It gives me the ability to spend time on my mat every day even though I am a full-time mommy.

Even if you don’t have time for an entire class, just spending a few minutes in postures that work the areas where you need it most can change your whole outlook. Or if you have a few minutes before bedtime, you can do a few restorative postures to let go of your day and prepare your body and mind for sleepytime. Use the props that I’ve suggested in this video or have a look around and get creative.

Here are links to the sites I mention:
~YogaGlo
~Yogis Anonymous
~My Yoga Online
~SoulTV

I don’t know about you, but my favorite part is the rainbow.

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“You are what your deepest desire is.
As your desire is, so is your intention.
As your intention is, so is your will.
As your will is, so is your deed.
As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

~ The Upanishads

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

Hello, friends! How are things?

‘Things’ are quite busy around here. Beginning with my son’s birthday this week, I’m moving into the “festive” part of my year with holidays, get-togethers, celebrations, and special occasions arriving one after the other through New Year’s.

Doreen (working with the Angel Tarot deck) offers some great advice for centering and taking stock this week so that we may move ahead with greater presence of mind and spirit.

I’ve personally never worked with the Angel Tarot deck. It has 78 cards rather than 44 (most of the other decks have 44), and the images look beautiful. Check out this week’s video to learn more about Angel Tarot and to see what wisdom the angels have to share about the days ahead.

Have a wonderful, blessed week! I hope everyone enjoyed their Columbus Day holiday!

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Yoga this week!!

There’s a yoga party, and you’re invited!

Monday at 10am.

Don’t be tardy for the party.

ps- the word for this week is: Confidence.

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Your October horoscope!!

I love Libras! Yes, I do! I love Libras! How ’bout you?

Some of my very favorite people in the world are Libras. So many of my fondest friends and loved ones will be celebrating birthdays this week, including my son. He’s my favorite Libra of all time- man! Very favorite person of all time! Although he does have some extremely worthy competition in my sweet, beloved little Grandma. Both she and Max share the same birthday! He will be four on Thursday, and she would have been 97.

So, so much birthday love to all my special Libras this week! I can’t wait to celebrate you!

Libras and non-Libras alike can find their astrological forecast for the month of October here (via AstrologyZone).

Sadly, it is a few days late this month due to the passing of astrologer Susan Miller’s mother, Little Mom. She wrote the most beautiful, poignant tribute to her mother. If you have a moment and would like to read it, you can find it here. It is such a touching statement about her mother’s strong, unique spirit, but it also speaks powerfully about the bond between mother and child. Reading it renewed my inspiration and resolve to always give my very best as a mother.

Love to Susan Miller, Little Mom, Maxim, my little Grandma, all my Libras, and everyone else!

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WWHSD? (What would Higher Self do?)

Well, my friends, we’re 10 days past the fall equinox now, and my fall check-in is over. The intensive period of “fall cleaning” has come to an end, and I have much more clarity about the work I have ahead of me in the remainder of 2012. As I was preparing to teach this week, I hoped to bring some of my new-found inspirations to the mat and share them with my students. So, what is my final answer? What bits of wisdom do I have to impart as we move ahead? In short, love, love, love yourself. When it comes time to choose, choose love!

As part of my fall check-in, I listened to Doreen Virtue’s Chakra Clearing: A Morning and Evening Meditation to Awaken Your Spiritual Power (available on iTunes) regularly. It was a great addition to the process, doing the kind of clearing energetically that the fall winds are working on outside right now. The segment related to the sacral chakra resonated most with me.

In that segment, she asks the listener to release their appetites and desires to the light within, aligning the listener’s personal will with the One Will of their Higher Self and Source.

Two of the most active fronts of my fall check-in involved my efforts to give up caffeine and sugar. At times, I would catch myself pre-assuming that hitting the drive-thru for a big, tall, sugary drink was part of the plan. My habits and appetites were over-riding my power of choice without me even noticing. So, along with a regimen of hip-opening poses (balancing for the sacral chakra) on the mat, I relied on the affirmation that I shared with you last week:

“I am harmoniously aligned with the ceaseless flow of supply and love that springs from the golden fountain of light from within my center. All of my desires are perfectly balanced right now.”

It became like a kind of WWHSD (What would my Higher Self do)? And, guess what? The answer was nearly always the same: Make the choice that is kind, loving, and life-affirming. Doing so now will have ripples of positivity far into the future.

I had chosen to let go of caffeine and sugar because, despite an initial boost, they leave me feeling depleted and… just plain yucky. More and more lately, those trips to the drive-thru would end with me feeling sick, anxious, and jittery. Each time I saw the same result, I would wonder why on earth I was making the same mistakes over and over- and treating myself so unkindly. Rather than dwell, I decided to make a better choice, and the habit of turning to my Higher Self in moments when I was tested was supporting that process. After I had been working with that for a few days, I came to a new level of understanding… while browsing videos on YouTube. YouTube was recommending a video from Doreen’s Angel Detox Month. The title or description asked something like, “Has your Higher Self been guiding you to give up alcohol?”

Click!

Had my Higher Self been speaking to me all along (though I wasn’t getting an A+ at listening)? Had it actually been my Higher Self asking me to make more loving, healthy choices for myself? Had my choice to focus on phasing out caffeine and sugar been guided by my Higher Self?

Of course.

I became more intent on being open and present to the wisdom of my Higher Self. Then, pop! The same word kept coming up over and over- Ahimsa. To be more in tune with the wisdom of my Higher Self is to be dedicated to observing Ahimsa, or non-harming. Always make the kind, loving, compassionate choice, beginning with the choices I make for myself.

As all of these pieces began to fall into place, I came across and article by Erica Rodefer, 5 Questions Before Going Deeper. In her article, she explores the practice of Ahimsa on the mat. She interprets the Sri Sathya Sai Baba quote, “Before you speak, think- is it necessary? Is it true? Is it kind? Will it hurt anyone? Will it improve on the silence?,” for the practice of asana.

The points she brought up in her article served as a great springboard for introducing Ahimsa into my class this week. I offered her questions to my students as a way to bring their attention back to the present moment, back to their breathing, and back to a place of listening to the cues they get from their bodies, as well as from the wisdom within.

I encouraged them to be open and honest with themselves in determining the version of the poses that suited them best. After all, going into a deeper expression of a posture can, even will, come over time with dedication and mindful attention to the body’s cues. Making the safest, most loving choice for your body right now will lead to being able to go deeper after time. The inverse, however, is not true. Pushing to go deeper now will not lead to good form in the future. In fact, it will likely lead to an injury in time. It may momentarily flatter your ego or satisfy some appetite, but is that worth making a choice that may endanger your well-being in the long run? If you pause to ask yourself- is it kind? is it necessary? will it hurt anyone?, and then listen for the wisdom of your Higher Self, the answer will be clear.

Namaste!

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“Bright but hidden, the Self dwells in the heart. Everything that moves, breathes, opens, and closes lives in the Self- the source of love. Realize the Self hidden in the heart and cut asunder the knot of ignorance here and now.”

~The Upanishads

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

Doreen is here with our first oracle card reading for the month of October, and she’s brought along a special treat. She is debuting her new Mary, Queen of Angels deck. This deck is meant to be a companion to her recent book of the same name. I read the book while I was on vacation last spring, and I highly recommend it. It was a wonderful inspiration with its messages of feminine power, compassion, and unconditional love.

The Mary, Queen of Angels oracle deck won’t be available until the beginning of next month, and I, for one, am eager to check it out then.

In any case, we get a sneak preview in this week’s oracle card reading. Enjoy!

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Yoga this week!!

October is here!

It is one of my very favorite months. I get to celebrate with all of the wonderful, beloved Libras in my life, including my little man. And, man, birthdays can be fun when you are four. Like- magical.

At least, that’s how I remember it. Lucky me! I get to take part in that with my son soon.

Halloween’s also a major celebration in my house. I would venture to say that it is second only to Christmas. Big. Time. Stuff.

So, join me on Monday, October 1 at 10am to kick off this exciting month with yoga!

You know you wanna 😉

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“Purity of life is the highest and truest art. If we can live authentically in a way that is true to ourselves, this is in itself creative. All you need to do is accept and express who you are.”

~Mahatma Gandhi

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