Showing posts from October, 2010

Challenges galore!

What do you do when that realization hits you that the theme of your day is going to be Challenge?  If you're a good yogi you smile and graciously accept each challenge as an important lesson on the spiritual path.  BLAH! Today I feel more like Lizzie McGuire than a good yogi. 

Do you remember the Lizzie McGuire show?  It was about the trials and tribulations of a teenage girl.  The girl has a little cartoon "Lizzie" that narrates from the perspective of her internal self.  The little cartoon Lizzie would be freaking out about what was going on around her while the other Lizzie is smiling and acting like everything is great. 

On my way to yoga class this morning I was stopped at a stop sign when I was rear-ended.  The little cartoon Mirella began the internal freak-out "Damn it! Now I'm going to miss yoga and I really need yoga today!"   I'm grateful that there wasn't any damage to my car and no-one got hurt.  I get back into my car and continue …

Fitting in

Let's take a little stroll down memory lane shall we?  Just humor me for a second and think back to high school.   Remember how everyone fit into some "clique".    Last week-end, after watching VH1's  I love the 80's marathon I watched Sixteen Candles (and yes, Michelle I still remember every word of that movie) and I was having high school flashbacks about that feeling of not fitting in. 

I'm sure you're wondering what the heck this has to do with yoga but be patient, I'm getting to that. 

This past week-end I found myself having that very same feeling.  The feeling of not really fitting in or belonging.   Only this time I was aware of the feeling but I wasn't so much effected by it (does that make sense?)  Here I was at a place where I've grown more and more comfortable being.  A place where I really truly feel like I belong and yet this old nagging feeling of not fitting in snuck up on me.  Once I recognized this feeling I tried to step b…


This week I learned that a yoga student that attended my class regularly passed away suddenly.   She was a perfectly happy, health woman one day and dead the next. I've been thinking a lot about her this week.   I've been thinking about all the students that I've met over the last few years. 

When I began teaching yoga I had this crazy idea that I would have some positive impact in the lives of the people I was teaching.  I was going to show them the way to enlightenment.  What I didn't expect was just how much I would learn from the students.  I never gave much thought to how they would impact me back then.  Now I know that they have just as much if not more to teach me. 

On Tuesday evening I shared the sad news of Pam's passing with the other students.  It was the hardest class I've had to teach.  How do I take such sad news and use it as a bhavana to inspire a yoga class? By God's grace we made it through the class.  The bhavana was staying present and…


Would it sound egotistical for me to say that I have a direct connection to God? Well, at least that was my experience this morning. My little one just started CCD (formerly known as Sunday school). This is his first year so he's learning the basics of the Catholic religion. I was raised Catholic but I've been exploring eastern spirituality on this yoga journey I'm on. I feel like it's important for children to have some formal religious education but it's equally important for them to be exposed to other religions and philosophies so that they can find the path that calls them. Who am I to tell them how they should worship God?

So back to my direct connection to God. I've been reading this book called Jesus in the Lotus, The mystical doorway between Christianity and Yogic Spirituality. While I was driving to church this morning I was contemplating this idea of "inter-spirituality" as Russell Paul calls this fusion of religions with regard to my son&…