I had every intention of writing about another topic this month, but I just came back from a journey to the Middle East and my inspiration took me down another path. So today, we are going to talk about moments. I once heard a man's TedTalk (name and topic are escaping me at the moment)… Continue reading Make Your Moments Matter
This shape invites balance and strength in the body. It is a preparatory form for other postures, such as cat-cow and bird-dog. As always, listen to your body and practice caution with any asana. THE SANSKRIT Bharmanasana THE BASICS Come on to your hands and knees. Place your knees in line with the hip points… Continue reading Table
“Start now. Start where you are. Start with fear. Start with pain. Start with doubt. Start with hands shaking. Start with voice trembling but start. Start and don’t stop. Start where you are, with what you have. Just... start.” ― Ijeoma Umebinyuo These were the first words I heard spoken at my Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)… Continue reading Start and Don’t Stop
Take a moment to close your eyes. Think about all of the hats you wear and roles you play each day: friend, parent, sibling, coworker, and so on. Now start to take some slow, conscious breaths, and begin to remove those hats with every exhale. One by one. Until you are left with just…you. That’s… Continue reading Why Shine? Because You Already Do.
Written October 30, 2013 As each red and orange autumn leaf fell from the trees, I began to let go of this year. I said goodbye to many people I left behind old experiences And just as the snow blankets those dried up leaves So will be the illusions and memories of my past. Dead,… Continue reading Falling Into Winter
This can be both the simplest and most intricate question to answer. The more I write about it, the more this answer will be mine [read: what yoga means to me]. The Facts: In Sanskrit, the word yoga can be translated as union, but it's meaning can be translated on a much deeper level. I found an article written by Kate Saal on… Continue reading What Is Yoga?
This shape invites relaxation into the mind, strengthens the legs, and most certainly improves posture. As always, listen to your body and practice caution with any asana. THE SANSKRIT Sukhasana THE BASICS To begin, sit on your mat and extend your legs out in front of you. Bending one knee at a time, cross one… Continue reading Easy Pose