Crossing The Threshold

December 24, 2012

As we journey from the darkest day of the year towards the birth of a new year and all the hope that comes with it, we stand at the threshold of intention. Perhaps we acknowledge our hopes and aspirations for the new year, perhaps we bury those same hopes under the fear of past disappointments.

The last two years, I gave up listing out my resolutions of a healthier life, more practice and better balance because they started to feel stale. They felt as if they were expected rather than heartfelt. Something my small self, my ego, stated confidently while my true Self sighed and shook her head. Is that what growth is about? Is that how we go about digging in past the expectations of a “good person” and actually see that “good person” within us?

Last year, I gave up my list of resolutions and gave myself a word – Truth. This word had showed up in many of my practices and as I stared at the unknown territory of the upcoming year, I asked if that year could be an exploration of Truth. It was my word.

That isn’t to say I was always Truthful; hardly. But, by having this focused intention, I was able to be more aware of both my honesty and my dishonesty. I was able to watch just a little bit. I didn’t miss the disappointment – there was no “I have to do THIS” or I “failed to do THAT” – it was just a word that I kept present in my thoughts.

Ganesha So this year, as we share our one practice together before 2013. I’ll invite you to search for your intention, maybe it is a word, a feeling or something indescribable that you just KNOW. We’ll build our breakthrough energies and practice dissolving obstacles through some powerful and fun backbends and a whole lotta breath.

See you at 6 a.m. Thursday at Atlanta Hot Yoga.

Take Care of Yourself

December 17, 2012

In the midst of the busiest of all seasons, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the tragedy in Connecticut, can we take the time to honor our feelings?

Every year at this time, I find it easy to stuff my feelings and sensations into the background so that I can plow through the mile-long to-do list of holiday shopping, baking, and decorating, not to mention the normal day-to-day work that doesn’t disappear just because it is the holidays. And this year, on top of the normal stresses, we are also faced with the fear and pain that comes from witnessing the tragedy and heartbreak of our neighbors up north.

It is in these moments that our practice guides us to listen. To trust the instincts of our bodies. To give ourselves permission to feel.

This is permission to feel anything. No matter how appropriate or inappropriate you might think it is. No matter how serious or silly. With sense or without. Feel.

How can we take care of ourselves in these moments? The ways are as endless as the needs. Some of my personal efforts this week will include –

– soup: to me, nothing is as nourishing and soothing as a warm bowl of soup. I lean toward the homemade variety but if a can is all I have time for, I’ll savor that can as if it came from scratch.

– candlelight: there is something so satisfying about the light of a candle. Warm, pure. I will light a candle and actually look at it each day this week.

– sleep: can I get a holla on this one? we can all use more sleep, can’t we? This week I have written 9 p.m. “bedtime” on my calendar for Monday – Wednesday. It will happen and I will be better for it.

– practice: often, I struggle with the shoulda, woulda, coulda syndrom in my practice. I should practice more intense postures. I could have done 10 more minutes of pranayama. I would be better if… This week I give myself permission to let my practice take whatever shape it needs to take. I will let it soothe my soul and help my heartbreak. I will let it help my find the spirit of this season again.

This week, as we practice together, I invite you to feel and to take care of yourself in whatever ways feel right to you.

“Or, the light within which is free from all suffering and sorrow.” ~Yoga Sutra 1.36

Namaste

Join Octavia Raheem & Meryl Arnett for a Winter Solstice Yoga Community Celebration.

In a unique space, above Room & Board in the White Provisions shopping center, we will honor the shortest day of the year as a day of change, a day of intention and the empowerment of our darker sides.

DJ Renee Leach will spin tunes as we breath, sweat, meditate and set our intentions for the longer days ahead.  Everyone is encouraged to stay afterwards to enjoy the community and light refreshments.

What: Winter Solstice Yoga Community Event

When:  Friday, Dec. 21, 2012

Where: Westside Provisions District

Meet at Lululemon Howell Mill for walking  directions to our space

Time:  6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Other: This class is donation only.  Please consider donating to help support the Women’s Resource Center to End Violence (cash only).

Sponsored By: lululemon athletica & Perrines Wine Shop

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Therapeutic Yoga

December 11, 2012

Yoga sees the person as a multidimensional being and that pain/dysfunction can come from imbalances of the physical body, the person’s relationship to energy (anxiety, stress, depression) or the mind (thoughts and emotions manifest as physical issues or anxiety/depression/stress). Yoga therapy works to create balance on all these levels.

Therapeutic yoga classes are a combination of physical postures taught with mindful alignment individualized to each person’s shape and condition, breath awareness, and working with the mind and emotions. The physical postures are taught with an emphasis on stabilizing the joints. From a place of stability we work with stretching and strengthening to correct imbalances that cause pain. In pain, nervous system regulation is very important to create balance in the mind and body. Through breath techniques and the physical postures we work with creating relaxation through the nervous system and regulating the nervous system. The practice of mindfulness creates a strong container of the mind so that you learn to “watch” thoughts and emotions, the patterns they create in the body, and discover how to create balance in the mind and body.

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