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- Knitting the low ribs in. Drawing energy into the center of the body really allows me to move from a place of more power! This helps in every pose - in foundational poses like Tadasana and Downdog, and especially in backbends and balancing postures.
- Waking up the feet. Keeping the feet alive and the toes active brings more prana into the lower half of the body and the legs, giving more stability and grounding. Pada bandha, engaging the arches, is a subtle but very useful technique that makes a pose feel more balanced. I noticed this one in Half Moon. I also realized that metaphorically and energetically for me at this moment in my life it's very important to keep the feet awake so that I can feel more grounded in these new spaces I'm in!
- Using props and the wall for support. I learned an awesome trick for using three blocks on the wall in Dolphin pose (beautiful, supported way to open the upper back and chest). I also worked on Ardha Chandrasana (Standing Half Moon pose) on the wall-- I was able to see how my hips needed to be more engaged in order to access more opening in the pose. Also started to work on wall walks in Wheel (!!!!) and practiced Forearm stand. So excited to incorporate these new 'tricks' into my home practice!
I'm thinking of offering a mom's yoga group or a beach yoga meetup...
Ooh, and stay tuned for details on my upcoming Alive in the Fire yoga retreat that is now in the works! I'm planning a weekend getaway on the coast featuring yoga, chanting, meditation, journaling and hiking. It's going to be incredible! (And Yani and Kels from the sponsored yogis team will be attending -- wheeeee!)
Hope you are all having a beautiful week. Cheers to finding inspiring yoga classes and please know I'm sending you big hugs! Namaste.
This weekend I found out from my friend that this mural in the picture above no longer exists-- it was painted over.
My friend walked to the location of the mural, expecting to come around the corner and see the stunning, colorful wall. But it was gone. The only evidence of it existed in our pictures (and it took some digging for me to find them!)
This experience was a reminder to me to be grateful for the present moment. Cliche as it sounds, it's all we have. All of this is so fleeting. Change is happening all around us, all the time. We resist it again and again, but it is the nature of life.
Sometimes I find myself asking, 'Why is this happening to me?'
In the moment, it can be hard to understand why chaotic change is necessary. When this photo was taken, I was living in the Midwest and my life was about to get turned upside down. During that time, if you had asked me to be grateful for all of the change, I would have struggled to do so.
Yet now, looking back, I can see that those changes lined me up to be able to come home to California and create the life I have now.
Change is inevitable, and this is why we must cherish every moment. Notice the art around you. Take nothing for granted. Give thanks for the feeling of the cool breeze, the home you live in, the hug you're given. Say I love you. Say thank you.
Hold it all as sacred, because it is.
I just discovered a website/ community that will rock your world! OmStays is a reciprocal guest/host program that connects yoga travelers.
With OmStays, you can stay the night with an awesome host. You'll spend only $15 as a thank-you gratuity. You also have the opportunity to act as a host for other traveling yogis, a great way to meet new people and support fellow yogis in their adventures.
Here's how it works:
- You join as a member for $35/year, set up your profile, and you can get started searching for other hosts.
- You can use reviews on the website's directory to see what other members thought about their hosts and their OmStay experience.
- Contact a host directly to inquire about availability and work out the details of your stay.
- After your visit, share your experience as the guest or host on the OmStays website.
OmStays is on Facebook, too!
I can't wait to try out OmStays. Stay tuned for more info soon... I met recently with Kathie, the site's founder, and could not be more excited about helping her grow this community. I hope you guys will all check out the site!