Yoga with Mirella Nicholson

Yoga with Mirella Nicholson

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

What I did on my summer vacation.......

I'm on vacation from work this week.  So why the heck am I getting up at 4am you might ask.  Well, because it's a yoga vacation.  That's right, some people spend their vacation in Disney-land and I spend it in
yoga-land.  I don't think there's anything else in the world that would get my kapha-butt out of bed before the crack of dawn except Shiva Das' morning retreat week.   The morning retreat week always inspires me.

It's only the second day of the retreat and I'm already inspired.....

The second day focuses on the Manipura chakra, our power center.  We worked on stoking our inner fire, connecting with our power.  I love this day of the retreat.  It leaves me feeling empowered. Because we are at the beginning of  pitta season (summer) and to honor the full moon that greeted us this morning, SD balanced the solar energy of the manipura chakra postures with some cooling lunar postures. 

It was this beautiful balance of the solar, masculine energy and the lunar, feminine energy that reminded me of the Venus transit that's happening in a few hours. 

Times....they are a changing......

Have you guys been reading about this astrological event called "Venus transit" that's happening today? ( I don't know a thing about astrology so I included a link.) Last night was also a full moon. The beautiful full moon was lighting the way to yoga-land for me this morning. I also received an email from someone about a new film coming out about this transition into feminine solar power.

As we were flowing through the yoga practice this morning feeling my internal power center revving up I started to wonder what I was going to do with all the energy that I was building. It's the same thing I wonder when I do a Gayatri mantra sadhana.  I certainly feel the power from the practice but how I use it constructively is what I need to figure out. 

By the light of the moon......

It was during the cooling moon poses that I realized that I need to use all this solar energy that I've got to cultivate a stronger connection to the feminine, lunar energy.  Venus is about art and beauty and love.  These are the qualities that I want to cultivate.  The lunar, feminine energy is our creative potential. 

What kind of life do I want to create for myself?  With clarity of mind I have planted the seeds with my intentions.  Now all I need to do is  nurture them and feed them until they bloom beautifully.

What do I find beautiful?  Leading a group of women through moon salutation and witnessing the synchronicity of their movements feeling them move as one....I see beauty.  The beauty of oneness. 

Where are we going on tomorrow's adventure?   The heart center.... Where love is....

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