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“The only reason we don’t open our hearts and minds to other people is that they trigger confusion in us that we don’t feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with. To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves, we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else’s eyes.”

~Pema Chodron

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Yoga this week!!

Hurray! It’s the first week of spring!

I have 2 classes on the schedule this week- my regular class on Monday at 10am and a special ‘Yoga Basics’ class on Saturday at 10am. Both of these classes will be held outdoors, and the monsoons are forecasted to arrive this week… so please check back often for any schedule changes.

Happy spring, everyone!

UPDATE: Class on Monday, March 19 is cancelled with a possible reschedule on Wednesday, March 21. Stay tuned…

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Daily reminder

“As long as our orientation is toward perfection or success, we will never learn about unconditional friendship with ourselves, nor will we find compassion.”

~Pema Chodron

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Ostara approaches

Sooo… you may (or may not) have noticed by now that I observe holidays, holy days, holly days, festivals, and celebrations from diverse cultures and religions. I don’t discriminate. I’m an equal opportunity observer… where I find meaning and power, I embrace it.

Currently, one of my very favorite observances is fast approaching. On Monday, March 19th at 10:14pm PST, it will be the Vernal Equinox. This is the time when the dark and the light of the day are in perfect balance before the light takes the lead. It is a time when masculine and feminine energies are in balance. It is a wonderful time to begin new projects, sowing the seeds that will flourish throughout the rest of the year. We can benefit greatly by working with the energies of this time in our efforts to revitalize and grow.

Many (myself included) observe the Vernal Equinox as a celebration of the goddess Ostara- Ostara Sabbat.

Ostara/Eostre is the Teutonic goddess of fertility. She is associated with the rabbit (a symbol of fertility) and the egg (a symbol of creation and fertility). Perhaps this is sounding a little familiar now… Easter? Easter bunny? Easter eggs? The colors associated with Ostara are pastel yellow, pink, and green- soft tones that reflect the softness and newness of the spring.

So, this Ostara business isn’t so unfamiliar after all. The intentions of its rituals and observances shouldn’t be so foreign either. ‘Spring cleaning’ is a cliche, right? Time for moving out the excess and heaviness of winter so that new energy may enter.

One practice that I have observed every spring since I was living in Sedona is known as “wiping your slate clean.” Basically, it entails making a list of the offenses you have committed in the previous year. Make this list a week prior to the Equinox- write down all of your negative acts to family and friends, and then make an effort to right these wrongs before the Equinox. On the day of the Equinox, gather your list of wrongs and how you have attempted to right them… and then burn it. Clean slate!

How about you? What will you be doing to celebrate the arrival of spring?

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Daily reminder

“โ€œWhether 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.โ€

~His Holiness, the Dalai Lama

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Building your home practice

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.

Namaste!

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Daily reminder

“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.”

~Rabindranath Tagore

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Daily reminder

“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

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Yoga this week!!

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.

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