Meditation Begins

October 1, 2014

This week, I’ve added a new class at Atlanta Hot Yoga. It is a 30 – 45 minute discussion and guided meditation for those that are interested in adding meditation to their practice. This week, we talked about releasing effort when it comes to meditation.

He who binds to himself a joy

Doth the winged life destroy;

But he who kisses the joy as it flies

Lives in Eternity’s sunrise.

~William Blake

Want to learn a little more about effort and meditation? Check out this short animation from my favorite meditation app: Headspace!

Pausing For Beauty

September 17, 2014

This week, I am sharing an old, but very loved social science experiment done by The Washington Post in 2007. The question of this experiment? “In a banal setting at an inconvenient time, would beauty transcend?”

I HIGHLY encourage you to take the 10 minutes needed to read the full story here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/04/AR2007040401721.html

The short recap for those without 10 minutes:

The Post plants Joshua Bell, a world renown violinist, in a metro station in D.C. Bell plays 3 incredibly complex pieces over 45 minutes during rush hour commute. In this time, only 6 people stop and most were less than a 1 minute pause. A few days before he played to a sold-out crowd in Boston where tickets went for over $100/ticket. In the metro, many people didn’t even remember passing a violinist on their way to work…

In a common environment, at an inconvenient time, are we able to appreciate beauty? This week, let’s set an intention to pause throughout our day. To be aware of our environment and beauty surrounding us. Allow yourself a minute to enjoy. After all, our days go by pretty fast, don’t they?

The Words We Speak

September 10, 2014

I clearly haven’t felt much like writing lately. Apologies for taking a few weeks off from sharing my weekly class talk!! This week, while I’m waiting for writer’s block to clear, I thought I’d share a quote that I’ve been living and breathing lately. May clear, honest communication be our first and only option.

“Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful speech and the inability to listen to others, I vow to cultivate loving speech and deep listening in order to bring joy and happiness to others and relieve others of their suffering. Knowing that words can create happiness or suffering, I vow to learn to speak truthfully, with words that inspire self-confidence, joy, and hope. I am determined not to spread news that I do not know to be certain and not to criticize or condemn things of which I am not sure. I will refrain from uttering words that can cause division or discord, or that can cause the family or the community to break. I will make all efforts to reconcile and resolve all conflicts, however small.”

~ Thích Nhất Hạnh

AIDS Walk Atlanta 2014

August 21, 2014
As many of you know, I have been working over the last year with Positive Impact – an HIV/AIDS non-profit organization in Atlanta. I’m providing therapeutic yoga classes to the clients going through a PTSD & Substance Abuse rehabilitation program. The results have been tremendous so far and I’m thrilled to share that we are working to add a second, continuing ed class for those that graduate from this rehab program. To help fund these classes, I am participating in AIDS Walk Atlanta this year as part of Positive Impact’s team. All the money we raise will go towards funding these yoga classes as well as further developing the protocol we will use for future clients.
If you can, I would be forever grateful if you would make a donation by clicking on this link: http://2014aidswalkatlanta.kintera.org/merylyogini
My personal goal is to raise $1000 by October 19.


Click Here to Donate

On October 7, Sacred Thread Yoga is hosting Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD (Spiritual Head, Himalayan Institute) for a guided practice, lecture and book signing of his book The Secret of the Yoga Sutra. I am so excited about this opportunity to hear Dr. Tigunait speak that I’m nominating his book to be our Yoga Book Club selection for October so we can read and discuss after his lecture. I hope you’ll join me in reading this book and attending his lecture. Our October book club date is TBD. I’ll post as soon as it is decided!

The Yoga Sutra is the living source wisdom of the yoga tradition. Using it as a guide, we can unlock the hidden power of yoga, and experience the promise of yoga in our life. The Yoga Sutra is as fresh today as it was 2200 years ago when it was discovered by the sage Patanjali. It is the first practitioner-oriented commentary which is fully grounded in a living tradition. By applying its living wisdom in our practice, we can achieve the purpose of life: lasting fulfillment and ultimate freedom.

About the Author

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, is a modern-day master and living link to the unbroken Himalayan Tradition. He embodies the yogic and tantric wisdom which the Himalayan Tradition has safeguarded for thousands of years. Pandit Tigunait is the successor of Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas and the spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA. As a young man he committed himself to arduous spiritual practice and studied with renowned adepts of India, before being initiated into the lineage of the Himalayan Tradition by his master, Sri Swami Rama, in 1976.

Register for Dr. Tigunait’s lecture and practice here.

My sister Emma is a nutrition and fitness pro these days and I just love some of the recipes she’s been posting. Check out her website for some inspiration and enjoy these yummy sweet potatoes!


Agave Glazed Sweet Potatoes
3 sweet potatoes
1 Tbsp agave nectar or honey
1 Tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
cinnamon
Directions-
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Peel and dice sweet potatoes into bite size pieces
Line cookie sheet with tin foil and place sweet potatoes in a single layer
Drizzle sweet potatoes with olive oil and agave nectar and sprinkle with cinnamon, salt, and pepper to taste.
Bake for 25-35 minutes or until soft and enjoy!

 

So yummy! Clearly I should have used tin foil, but sadly I was all out 🙁

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