Sunday, April 29, 2012

Bursting with Anticipation

This work year is quickly coming to a close and I'm more than ready for it.  Unlike last year where I was dealing with such heavy personal issues, I have space to make room for something knew.  I also started this process in the Fall, so I'm quite ready for completion and new beginnings as I've pathed the way for something else to come in.  Classes are ending, projects are due, and final meetings are being scheduled.  I am so thrilled to be completing this chapter of my life that the paperwork and ten zillion meetings aren't even getting to me this year.  Each week I hit another milestone and other project is completed and over.  So many wonderful things to look forward to, so many burdens I no longer have to carry,  I'm thrilled!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Spring Rain

Were having a good long soak here in the Northeast.  I'm glad, we need it that's for sure, but its hard to roll out of bed this Monday morning with the rain pouring outside and a snug dry bed lulling me back into dream land.  Last night I went to the airport to pick up the man.  Late flight, long delayed.  We didn't get back till the wee hours of the morning.  I'm the first one up this morning, everyone else in the house is still crashed.  I had the week off to organize and try to get some long overdue items off the check list.  I got a lot done, I have a lot left to do.  This time of year is always insanity, but this year there's more work than I have ever had.  Spring is a beautiful time to gather your self and regain strength and vitality for the coming warm months.  I'm looking forward to June and the end of this cycle, this chapter, but it he meantime I'm going to deliberately slow down and have some appreciation for the season.  Time to enjoy the beauty surrounding the change of season.
happy Monday everyone

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Earth Day

Happy Earth Day Everyone!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Restorative Action

The amazing
(Sudha Carolyn Lundeen)

Today I am going to take a restorative workshop to clear out toxins, release blocked energy, and get my chakras flowing synchronously. Spring is an excellent time to clear the system from Winter's deep sleep. Winter is a time of hibernation. Its a natural reaction to the season. The body naturally slows down to accommodate the season. The metabolism has slowed considerably and therefore elimination slows as well. It is necessary and healthy to clear out the system this time of year. If your diet does not include spices or savory, or you prefer cold foods you will find your body has a harder time breaking down intake and processes at a turtles pace in the Winter season. Early Spring can be a time when you notice constipation and general fatigue more than in the winter. This is a great time to include a few steps to clear your system from winters build up, release toxins stuck in the body and re-energize your system. Some simple techniques include adding fresh parsley at the end of your meal and drinking a tea with ginger, lemon and water. I also strongly recommended a restorative class at this time of year to help the body. Restorative yoga, help to trigger the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). The PNS is responsible for balancing the body and bringing its response system back into equilibrium.

One another note Restorative yoga is not the same as gentle yoga or Yin yoga. Restorative Yoga is a very gentle practice where postures are meant to be done fully supported by props such as blankets, bolsters, blocks and straps. Once set up in a pose, you should be able to release all the muscles in the body into a passive stretch. Poses are often held for 10 minutes each per side, and this practice should be considered safe for “all” participants. Yin targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine is not always done with props and is not recommended if you have had an injury or damage to the muscle or tissues. Gentle yoga are modified postures, with plenty of time to focus on breathing and repetition.

I was first introduced to restorative at Kipualu during my teaching training course my Sudha Carolyn Lundeen. An hour in a half class where we did no more than four poses. For lack of a better description I went into a very deep relaxation and passed out and had an extremely healing experience. It was absolutely amazing. Sudha Carolyn Lundeen is a genius. If you have the opportunity I highly recommend taking a class or studying with her.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Yoga for little ones

Going to a training in June. SO EXCITED!!!!!!

Sunday, April 1, 2012


As I dial in with clarity I see three baskets stand before me. I am grateful for the work I was pushed to do to have these choices in front of me. If circumstances were different I would not be looking at these choices as it would have never occurred to me to move beyond where I was standing. I'm grateful, these are all fine choices. For now, I really don't know which basket I will ultimately claim, two absolutely in the Fall and the third possibly when Summer changes to Autumn perhaps just a small bit later. Some baskets can be combined, others not at all. I don't want to say what's in them till the time comes, but for now at least I know to some degree where I'm headed.

One if not all of these will manifest and at that time I will have to make a decision. I'm ok with that, the really hard part is behind me. Although there's much work to do between now and the end of June, I know what I am focusing on and this brings a far less cluttered feeling state which eases my mind greatly. I've been reading a lot of Pema Chodron. She is an ordained Buddhist nun, author, and teacher. My analyst suggested I look into her work. Reading and listening to this women's teachings have been a revelation. I cant help but think of that old quote, when the student is ready the teacher will appear. I'm deeply grateful.

“It's a transformative experience to simply pause instead of immediately fill up the space.
By waiting, we begin to connect with fundamental restlessness
as well as fundamental spaciousness

Pema Chodron, from When Things Fall Apart