"In the English language there are orphans and widows, but there is no word for the parents who loses a child. "-Jodi Picoult
This week I watched the children at our school as they presented our annual Christmas pageant. They sang, acted, danced, and performed with such heartfelt joy and abandon. Little did I know that at the same time, children in a school not too far away were being gunned down in another senseless act of violent behavior.
All parts of myself reacted: first the parent within me that led me to choose this week's quote. Second, the teacher within me as I empathized with my fellow teachers as we whispered how some acts of courage of the teachers in that Connecticut school led to their ultimate sacrifice. Third, the yogi within me responded as I meditated upon the events, the yogic principals of non-violence and non-judgement kept permeating my thoughts.
That's why I feel it is so important, especially in our world today, to stay on the yogic path, sending out peace and cultivating peace within. Please help me to spread that messsage. Share this message, invite a friend to class, and as always have peace within your mind, in your words, and in your heart.
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. -MC
I was watching Kurt Johnsen, an instructor who hosts Yoga for Life on Veria TV. The class he was teaching was a challenging one (even for me!) Here's what he said about it:
It does not matter how much you did in this class, it matters how you can use these exercises outside of class. If you were able to adapt to the changes here, it will translate to the rest of your life. The breath you use in this class will turn to tolerance as you deal with others.
May you breathe tolerance as you navigate through the next few weeks of holiday craziness.
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"I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks." -William Shakespeare
This week is Thanksgiving, a holiday to celebrate our many blessings and friendships. When we set an intention at the beginning of our yoga class, thankfulness is the main blessing I begin and end class with. I am thankful for all of you who not only support me but yourself in whatever stage you are in your yoga practice.
Remember there is no class on Monday (I will be doing teacher conferences) but there is class on Wednesday to get ready for Thanksgiving festivities and Saturday to burn off some of those extra calories with Strong n'Calm. Karen tells me she has something "special" planned for us!
“It is not only the most difficult thing to know oneself, but the most inconvenient one, too.” – H.W. Shaw
One of the Niyamas, or observances in a yoga lifestyle is called Svadhyaya. It means to look within and to study. Is there something that you need to have a second look at? Perhaps it is your job, your relationships, your interactions with others, your health choices-take a look.
Speaking of health choices, there are some exciting new yoga classes coming up in November at Liberty Fitness Center. Introduce a family member or a friend to yoga and get a special rate on a Monday. Try a Body Strong class combined with yoga on a Saturday. Be looking for our new schedule next week!
Homework this week: UPAVISTHA KONASANA
1. Seated in Staff pose, spread the legs out as wide as comfortable with the toes and knee caps pointing straight up.
2. Inhale the arms up towards the ceiling, and exhale the arms forward reaching through the fingers, lowering the palms flat to the floor.
3. Walk the fingertips forward, gently deepening the stretch. Keep the focus on reaching out from the waist to keep the spine long.
4. Breathe and hold for 3-8 breaths.
5. To release: slowly inhale the arms back up to the ceiling and exhale them down to your sides or slowly walk the hands in as you round up the spine.
Benefits: Seated angle deeply opens the hips while stretching the entire back side of the body: legs, back, and arms.