I recently read an article today by Linda Ross Swanson, free-lance writer from Portland, Oregon – that left me flooded with so much awareness, attention, inspiration today. Love here – healing energy medicine in this story is in action. Sitting Downwind from Flowers By Linda Ross Swanson A few years ago, Seattle, Washington, a 52-year-old … More Sharing A Story of Compassion…Tenzin’s Story
Phillip Bossant, RYT and I are excited to create another Partner Yoga Workshop at the Yoga Company in San Ramon. Last session we did lots of great partner exercises and experimented with some great stuff, even Acroyoga! So join us as we explore more partner yoga poses and enjoy another afternoon soaking in an abundance … More Partner Yoga, Anyone?
The life cycle. In every life exists pain, illness, loss and death. I wrote this sequence for my dear friend Lyda, who recently lost her father. This flow gets into the heart, lungs, stomach, liver and kidney meridians. All emotions that may come up after losing someone include worry, sadness, anger, and fear. The key is the … More Yin Sequence for Grief
This pose is from a teacher training I recently took with the ever so inspiring and beautiful Kathryn Budig. In our arm balance training, she showed us an asymmetrical bakasana (crow pose) which she saw Michael Franti do. Before you attempt this pose, warm up. Kathryn taught us that we must teach the pose in … More Growing into Adolescent Crow Pose
I love to see my yogis grow. This week has been a spurt of it! Yesterday, a woman fell in bakasana. Most people are open to try it. I said “most”…But she came back to me and said “I held crow for a second!!!! I fell, but still!!! I did it!” She said she listened … More To Challenge or Not to Challenge? A week of growth.
Thank you Noell for sharing this. “You will get to see that the idea that each practice needs to be pleasant and easy and perfect is as unrealistic as expecting important relationships in your life to be easy and uncomplicated. If it’s worth your time, it’s going to undo you, until the real you is … More Vulnerability and Intimacy
Baby Hopper (a junior version of Grasshopper pose) I’ve been seeing such wonderful and inspirational poses on Instagram (IG) with group that tag themselves “May the Force be with Yogis.” A pose I came across is called “Baby Hopper,” a derivative of Grasshopper pose. This one seems more accessible to students as an arm balance, … More Baby Hopper Pose
I often get students who come to class and afterwards, they start speaking poorly of themselves. “Why can’t I fold forward? My belly is too big. I’m fat.” Then I remind them to think back. “Remember when you took your very first yoga class? Look at where you are now?” I remind them yoga is … More Perspective
Happy June! Today, my practice focused on core, hips and hamstrings. Such a gorgeous day, I got to practice for 90 minutes today. The last 45 was long passive holds. I felt blessed, rich with the practice of yoga…in fact, Vashista means “most excellent, best, richest.” My flow included (snapshot) Bicycles Reverse curls Surya A … More Vashistasana Variation & Vishvamitrasana
There are challenges in everyday life. It’s easy to take the lesser road. Sometimes, thats the right choice for you. Its your own choice. It is your own circumstance. Ahhh… The words of Robert Frost comes to mind. The Road Not Taken The decision needs to come from a deeper place than the monkey mind. … More Decisions, decisions!