Yoga on the Road

While I cherish the familiarity of my regular home practice, there is something truly special about practicing while you’re away. 

 
Here is where I’ve been unrolling my mat lately on the beautiful island of Maui.  In case you can’t tell from this photo, that’s the ocean off in the distance.  

If you practice yoga in any way, I strongly encourage you to bring your mat with you when you travel.  Remember this shot from my trip to Venice last year?…  



Nothing – and I mean nothing – compares to a practice on the road.  Not only does it offer a new perspective, but it also allows you to more fully immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of the culture you are visiting.  (And I won’t even mention the benefits that come with unwinding the body after being crammed into a tiny airplane seat for hours!)  

So the next time you find yourself away from home, give it a try.  Even if you are confined to a hotel room, crack the window, breathe deeply and begin with just a few sun salutations.  You won’t be sorry.

Gratitude Prayer

While last year quickly fades into memory,
there’s still one promise I have yet to fulfill…

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During the week of Thanksgiving, I centered my classes around the notion that it’s easy to offer thanks for the “good” things in our lives, but can we be grateful for the things that have been difficult?  Here is the prayer I wrote and shared with my students.  Many of them asked me for a copy of my words and it is with a full heart that I share them with you now.  I don’t think the message ever goes out of season.

Thanksgiving 2015

On this day…

I offer thanks for my mistakes because they have allowed me to find a better way.

I offer thanks for pain because it has taught me to be patient and to be present.

I offer thanks for those who have been mean-spirited because they have shown me that I can be different.

I offer thanks for challenge because it has made me stronger and more determined.

I offer thanks for sadness, depression, and grief because those emotions are a normal part of the human experience, proving that I am vibrantly alive.

I offer thanks for injury because I learned that I could heal.

I offer thanks for loss because through loss, I know that I loved.

I offer thanks for every sharp edge or bumpy road I’ve ever encountered because I’ve discovered that I can be soft and roll.

and…

I offer thanks for all of the darkness because it has allowed me to see the light.

 

Reason to Smile

As a teacher, it means a lot when people you work with
come back to work just to take your class.

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And that’s just what Miss Danica did last week, as so many of the employees at YogaWorks Pasadena have done.  It isn’t a small thing and I appreciate it.  Danica, your glowing smile and attitude to match are just two of the reasons I love coming into the studio.  (Special shout out and thank you to another beautiful spirit Dewi for the awesome Balinese pants, too!)

The Comeback

I certainly didn’t intend to be away from my blog for so long.

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But then once a certain amount of time passes, it gets weird.  Like when you don’t know someone’s name whom you met and now see on a regular basis but too much time has passed and you can’t really ask them their name anymore.  You know?  It’s just awkward.

I wanted to post this picture right after the terror attacks happened in Paris but when I tried, there was some massive malfunction with my WordPress account and it took me a while to carve out the time to contact WordPress to figure it out.  (I still want to express my support for everyone in Paris, San Bernardino, and around the world who have had their lives disrupted by evil.)

But now things are up and running and the new year is as good a time as any to begin again, so here I am!  If you’re still out there and reading, then I thank you for your patience and perseverance.

I have a lot of stuff brewing that I’m super excited about.  I can’t wait to share it all with you here.  For now though, let me just express again how happy I am to be back here and I wish you and yours a very happy new year!