“Creativity is a means of connecting with the infinite source of inspiration that arises from within.”

~Betty Roi

As we approach Mother’s Day this year, I thought we might spend a bit of time reflecting on Shakti.  Shakti, when capitalized, refers to the Goddess, the Divine Mother.  She is sacred force, empowerment, creativity and creation.  The agent of change.  When lowercase, shakti is energy.  Pure and simple energy.

One of the many, many things I love about our yoga practice is that when we get into a space where shakti is allowed to flow unrestricted  it is often there that inspiration strikes.  It is there that that creative idea finally shapes itself into fruition.  Often when I’m feeling stuck or blocked – whether it is writing one of these blog posts or creating a class playlist – I’ll step onto my mat for 10 – 15 minutes and flow through a few rounds of sun salutations.  It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or difficult; in fact, I find that it is more about steady breath and repetitive flow that opens us up to the creative process. And, it doesn’t have to creativity in the artistic sense.  I am most definitely not an artist (much to my chagrin). There is creativity in how we tackle our daily to dos, in how we drink our coffee and respond to a difficult email.  There is creativity in picking out the day’s outfit or putting a pen to paper.

So, even if you don’t consider yourself a creative type, as we move in class this week, I invite you to get out of your own way and allow your most imaginative self to emerge.  The one that isn’t afraid to dance – with shakti or Shakti, the one that embraces the everyday creativity of life, and the one who orders her coffee exactly how she wants it every time.

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This month’s Yoga Book Club selection is The Way of Passion: A Celebration of Rumi by Andrew Harvey.  Since Passion has been on my mind lately, this seemed like an appropriate choice!

On Tuesday, May 28, we will meet at the Sacred Thread Ashram from 8 – 9 p.m. to discuss our thoughts on the book.  All are welcome (even if you didn’t read the book!).  Join me!

About the book:

A powerful interpretation of Rumi and his message of divine love and union. The Way of Passion, a penetrating antidote to today’s spiritual crises, presents Rumi’s magnificent visions of spiritual surrender and mystical union.

Heads up folks, I am sharing one of my FAVORITE food blogs with you today.  It isn’t exactly classy but I laugh every single time I visit and I always print out a recipe or two.  This week I am super excited to try Thug Kitchen‘s Sweet Potato and Pinto Bean Tacos.  Sounds amazing, right?!

Thug Kitchen

Get the Recipe Here.

First Listen Lunchbreak

April 28, 2013

Join me Wednesdays at noon for a 60 minute, all-levels flow class at Sacred Thread Yoga.  Each Wednesday, we will preview a new album in its entirety as we practice.  It is sure to be a great way to shake up the work-week, find some new tunes you dig and get in that one extra yoga practice you’ve been needing!

See you Wednesday at noon.

Passion

April 28, 2013

Last week, my husband and I spent an evening at the High Museum of Art to see the Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera exhibit.  Neither of us are huge “art” people, but I had picked up a book about Frida Kahlo in a used bookstore somewhere in my travels and her images have always stayed with me.  So, when I saw this exhibit in town I thought it would be a fun night out for us.

Fun might have been the wrong word.  We walked through the exhibit in silence and at the end of it, we both just sort of stared at each other in a loss for words.  After some fresh air, a few drinks and some jazz music we agreed that the words that stuck with us after this exhibit were “visceral,” “raw,” and “passionate”.

Frida Kahlo

In piece after piece, you could see the unquestioning passion that these two artist felt for each other.  It felt like the passion you imagine artists feeling – painful, gut-wrenching, and gorgeous all at once.  It was the kind of emotion that makes you go home and question your own relationships and how they stack up.

Flash forward a week…

I’ve just returned from an inspiring week in British Columbia where I was honored to be a guest of the 2013 lululemon Ambassador Summit.  I spent the week with 110 yoga, run, and tri-athlete ambassadors from across the world, and together we spent time sharing our goals, our fears, and our passions.  Somewhere in this week, I was again struck by this idea of passion.  It was the same sweaty, emotional, lusty passion of Frida & Diego but it was applied to the dreams and ideas of the future rather than to another person.

Passion is powerful stuff whether it is of the 50 Shades of Grey ilk or the get-your-ass-in-gear-and-show-the-future-who’s-boss variety.  And, sometimes, just sometimes, when I’m breathing deep belly breaths and I’m moving on the mat without thought of what’s right, what’s wrong, I can feel that passion move through me.

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might be passion, more likely fear coursing through my veins at this particular moment but I went with it!

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my fearless zip-lining companion

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passion and courage in the flesh

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witnessing someone who has found their life’s work and is embracing it with reckless abandon

Refrigerator Oatmeal

April 15, 2013

My favorite springtime breakfast

 

These days one of the few meals Matt (the hubby) and I get to share is breakfast on Wednesday mornings.  Neither of us go into work until noon on Wednesdays and so we’ve made a little morning ritual of sharing coffee & the paper and then making breakfast together.  These breakfasts tend to be a bit spectacular: pancakes, waffles, eggs and smokey sweet potato hash…  you get the drift.  So you can imagine, that the other four days of the week feel a little pitiful compared with Wednesdays’ decadence.  Normally, on the go at a very early hour, I typically rely on a juice or smoothie made the night before that I can grab and go in the early morning hours.  BUT, thanks to this awesome post from The Yummy Life, I am now happily addicted to this easy, make ahead and healthy refrigerator oatmeal.  I’ve been selecting one or two flavors to try for the week and making them up ahead of time.  It takes all of 10 minutes and then I know I’ll get a healthy breakfast no matter what the morning has in store for me.

This week I’m trying my own mix of Lemon Raspberry Coconut oatmeal.

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried chia seeds
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons toasted unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tablespoon lemon curd
  • 1 tablespoon raspberry jam, preserves, or spread
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup raspberries (cut each berry in half), or enough to fill jar
Directions
In a half pint (1 cup) jar, add oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, coconut, lemon curd and raspberry jam. Put lid on jar and shake until well combined. Remove lid, add raspberries and stir until mixed throughout. Return lid to jar and refrigerate overnight or as long as 2-3 days. Eat chilled.

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