11 Ways to End 2011 and Create Healthy Habits for the New Year! Slow down. Give yourself plenty of time to get where you are going. Make gifts or buy them from local designers and artisans. Join a CSA and get local, organic produce delivered to your door. There are so many, to choose from. (Yelp! can help you find the right one for you in your area.) Be sure to find a little time each day to enjoy silence and the company of your Self. Spread good cheer by saying hello to your neighbors. Start a gratitude journal and a daily practice of recognizing the blessings in your life. Go for a walk each day even if it is just around the block. Breathe in the fresh air. Surround yourself with people who are positive and uplifting. Eat warm grounding foods such as soups, stews, and seasonal root vegetables. […]Continue Reading
Connecting Hearts to Their Source… In China!
Often when people begin to practice Anusara Yoga and they first hear about the philosophy, the life view, and the approach, they find themselves thinking, “Wow, this is exactly what I believe and how I try to live. I can’t believe there is a system out there, a group of people who have the same beliefs.” This is precisely how it happened for me when the Anusara method found me in 2002. It was as if some part inside of me already knew these ideas to be true but I did not yet have the words to articulate it. My heart felt blissfully at home in a community of like-minded and like-hearted people. Over the years, many of my students have shared these same feelings that the Anusara philosophy truly resonates deep within their hearts. Recently this same theme was illuminated while I was teaching a 50-hour Anusara Immersion in […]Continue Reading
A Touch of Shri
Sigh… I have arrived in Bali. Though I love to travel and explore new places there is something very special about this island and I am delighted to be back. I could feel it right away. What struck me the most when I was here for the first time three years ago was the extraordinary beauty in everything. In addition to the magnificent natural environment the Balinese people revere art and creativity which seems to be woven into every aspect of their culture. Even the most basic everyday items are presented in an exquisite way. The word we use for this kind of beauty in yoga is shri. Like most Sanskrit words shri cannot be defined with one English word. Shri is the goddess Lakshmi; she is divine beauty both elegant and graceful. Shri is splendor; the magnificent light that shines from the rays of the sun, gleams off the water […]Continue Reading
What is Your Art?
I have just returned from the Anusara Yoga Certified Teacher’s gathering. This year we were in beautiful, lush North Carolina. Thank you to the North Carolina Kula for being such wonderful hosts! I have attended these gatherings for the past several years and each time it always amazes me how much more cohesive the group becomes. It is clear the practice works! During the past year John got super clear about his vision of Anusara yoga and it’s philosophy, Shiva Shakti Tantra so he spent quite a bit of time articulating and sharing with us candidly. When John wrote his vision in 1997, he said, “Anusara Yoga is a Merry Band of bohemian artists…”. While this vision and the Universal Principles of Alignment remain constant, our experience of them deepens and continues to unfold inside us to become us. At the gathering John asked us, “What is your art?” He […]Continue Reading
“Only Grace is Everything”
For many of us it’s not uncommon to check our Facebook page several times and day and see what our friends and community are up to. Occasionally, while I am on reading and posting the latest and greatest nuggets of information and insight I will receive a chat from my dear friend and healer Scott Marmorstein. A few weeks ago Scott and I were having a pretty in depth discussion through a chat when he decided I needed a healing around the matter! What a modern world we live in, I received a long distance healing via a Facebook chat! Truthfully I felt a shift around the matter when he was done! Scott is in the hospital now and needs our love and support. Last night from his hospital bed he wrote, “Only Grace is everything.” Grace is a benevolent power that is available to all of us. It is […]Continue Reading