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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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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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Yoga this week!!

Well, hello there, yoga lovers!

The website issues are sorted. The galleries seem to be back in order. I have a new (to me) car, and the breakdowns and crises of the week are a thing of the past. Goddess willing.

After all of the “excitement” of the past few days, it’s time to take a yoga break- take a deep breath and anchor in awareness of the present moment where everything is a-ok. The present, after all, is where our power lies. The past is history, the future is a mystery, as they say.

Join me for a gentle vinyasa practice Thursday morning at 10am. We will focus on staying connected to our breathing as a way to deepen our awareness of our bodies and of the present moment.

See you on the mat!

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Yoga this week!!

I have the good fortune on teaching on Valentine’s Day this week!

Lord knows I love holidays. I haven’t met too many holidays that I don’t get excited to celebrate. But Valentine’s Day? One of my favorites. Really. I know I probably say that about every holiday when it is approaching, but I really, really looove Valentine’s Day. I mean… come on- it’s the holiday of L O V E. What’s not to love?

You can imagine my excitement that I get to create a special class this week to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Join me on Thursday at 10am. Kick off your day with a gentle, energizing vinyasa practice that focuses on connecting with the heart center and being your own dear valentine.

I would love to see you there!

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Yoga this week!!

Hello, yoga lovers! Welcome to Monday! I hope it’s going swimmingly.

I’ll be on the mat, leading an outdoor practice with the North County Yoga Goddesses on Thursday at 10am. This week, we’ll be looking ahead to Saturday’s new moon and integrating some of its unique qualities into our practice.

Intrigued? Join us on Thursday to work it out on the mat!

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Resolution check-up

The first month of 2013 is behind us now. I decided that my class on the last day of January would be a good opportunity for a resolution check-up.

Did you make any resolutions this year? If so, how is it going after one month? Are you still feeling the motivation and resolve that you felt on New Year’s Day? Or could you use a resolution boost?

Fortunately for me, my resolutions have had the support of Yoga Journal’s ‘Boost Your Willpower‘ program. It is in its third week now, and the momentum it has given me with my goals and intentions was a huge inspiration for class this week. I have been more faithful and committed in my yoga and meditation practices, and I feel more centered and focused than I have in years.

When I sat down with the idea of a yoga practice to re-energize resolutions, two things began to emerge. One was the connection to the sacral chakra- the center that governs appetites and desires. The other was the connection to the solar plexus chakra- the center of willpower and the self. Both of these energy centers play a vital role in manifesting positive changes. So, I built this week’s class around checking in with the sacral and solar plexus chakras and exploring the attributes associated with them.

Twists are the category of asana that is most closely associated with the solar plexus chakra. They are deeply detoxifying, so they aid in “letting go” on many levels. Not to mention that the area of the body that is twisting most in most twists is right at the level of the solar plexus chakra. I like to accentuate the attention they bring to that region but pausing in the twist to visualize a glowing, golden sun at my solar plexus. Learn more about twisting poses here.

The many twisting postures in class this week were interspersed with core stabilizing poses to build strength and to activate and balance the sacral chakra. Again, pausing to visualize a brilliant orange jewel radiating at the level of the sacral chakra adds a whole new level to the practice. I fully encourage it! 😉 Check out some core stabilizing poses here.

I wish everyone the best on this first day of February 2013!

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Yoga this week!!

So, nature has had other plans for the North County Yoga Goddesses for the past few weeks, but I have a good feeling about this week.

We are meeting on a new day now- Thursdays at 10am. This Thursday, the 31st, is the last day of January, so we will be checking in with our intentions for 2013. How has the first month of the year been for you?

Join us Thursday to explore that question on the mat!

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