Lessons in practicing

Today is Thursday, the day before I teach my class.  As I walk down the hall toward my yoga room, I feel a little resentment because this practice is about tomorrow’s class and not about me.  I think this comes from not making my own practice a priority in my life.  I very often have other things that take priority, like studying for my Ayurveda course or work as an insurance broker.  I’ve been making meditation a priority, but then I seem to switch back and forth on priorities between yoga asana and more of a cardiac workout like brisk walking or my elliptical machine. Continue reading

Yoga Teacher Training, the adventure continues!

Yesterday, I took a yoga class from my teacher, Sandy Carmellini, who owns Brentwood Yoga Center.  Sandy has a 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training course that is scheduled to start in April.  I am all signed up and ready to go.  My plan is to complete my Ayurveda Wellness Counselor program by the end of March and leap right into the second leg of my Yoga teacher training. Continue reading

Yoga and winter sports

I’ve had the pleasure of spending an extended week  between Christmas and New Years in Lake Tahoe.  My goal during my vacation was to practice yoga and snowshoe and I wasn’t disappointed.  It snowed almost every day which left a few feet of snow as a base in the forest and then every time it snowed, we had fresh powder on top of the trails already cut by another outdoor enthusiast. Continue reading

Twisted Sishyas

yac cheryah syaan nishcitam bruhi  tan me sishya te ‘ham shaadi maam tvaam prappannam. Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2, Verse 7

“Translated:  My will is paralyzed, and I am utterly confused.  Tell me which is the better path for me.  Let me be your disciple”

The Bhagavad Gita is a wonderful book written centuries ago. An inspirational piece, when you are ready for a little spirituality in your life.  But if you’re not ready, the teaching won’t really speak to you.  At least not yet. Continue reading

Yoga in the Great Outdoors

It’s Sunday morning and I am outside on my deck.  This may not seem like a remarkable thing, but I am outside at 8 o’clock doing yoga.  I am pointed in the direction of the sun doing sun salutations.  This is the first time I have done yoga outside in many years.  But the weather is warm and I am practicing my sun salutations in preparation for class later in the day.  Class begins at 12:30 and ends at 6:30.  I’m so excited about going the Teacher Training Program at Yoga-Movement.

Yoga in the great outdoors

Morning is a great time for peaceful yoga

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