Showing posts from August, 2012

I quit!!

I recently had a very profound epiphany.  If I was a cartoon there would be a light bulb over my head that suddenly lit up!!  It was so profound that I don't know if I'll be able to find words to fully articulate it.
I'm not sure I should even try but here it goes.....

Several weeks ago I decided to take a stand.  I put in place some boundaries.  No sooner had I set the boundaries in place they begin to be challenged.  Thank you God for the opportunity to practice patience.
Over and over my cage was being rattled.   I have the imagine of Ma Durga in my mind.  I have a strong affinity for Durga.  She's the great protector.  I stand, protecting my boundary. 

The challenges keep coming.  I start to wonder...."am I doing the right thing?"  Thank you God for the opportunity to practice trusting my intuition.  My intuition tells me that without strong boundaries I get pulled in the wrong direction.  I see that now.  I see how easily I expend energy trying to contr…

There are no short cuts in life

I was flipping through a random book yesterday.  I admit that I didn't actually read the book so I will refrain from passing judgment on the book itself.   The thought that kept flashing in my head was this:
"There are no short cuts.  You have to do the work for change to happen.  No one else can do it for you."

The little section I read from the book claimed that by having someone shine a lamp with different color gems on to you that it would "activate" your chakras.   The chakras are energy centers in the body.  Without writing an essay about chakras right now I just want to say that they are part of the subtle body, "located" along the spinal column.   For example, someone with a blocked heart chakra might hold on to resentments and anger, etc.  

I know it's not what you want to hear... God knows it's not what I want to hear but there are no short cuts. You have to do the work to change. No one else can do it for you.  Believe me I've …

A moment of reflection.

The past few weeks have given me much opportunity for reflection. On August 4th I completed my second 500 hour advanced yoga teacher training program. At the same time I embarked on the next leg of my journey of self-discovery, beginning a 500 hour Ayurveda training. It seems to me the more I learn the more questions I have. The more training I complete the more I realize how much I still have to learn.

The challenge for me is integration. After all, the only way to really learn anything is to do it. Applying the yoga lessons to daily living is key. I've learned a lot so the process of integrating it all will take some time.

Slowly I begin to see opportunities to use some of the tools I've been given. One of the things we talk a lot about in yoga is the ego. I have little tolerance for people with a big ego. (how egotistical of me, right?) It's one of the things that challenges me the most.

I recognize my own ego at play when I feel myself getting irritated. I use it as…

Real people doing real yoga.....

One night I was teaching a yoga class at a local community center, it was something I had done every week for more than 5 years, but that night was different. There was a moment during the class when I was actually witnessing yoga happening. As a student, I can feel when I find the perfect balance between effort and comfort. As a teacher, I have the privilege of witnessing that happen for the students in class.

That night, I was struck by the beauty of what I was witnessing. I wasn't watching a "yoga model" pose for a photo shoot. I wasn't watching someone in a perfectly aligned yoga posture. These folks come to class every week. They show up not in $98 yoga pants, not carrying designer yoga mats. They don't come to impress anyone. They come in their sweat pants and old t-shirts. They come after a long day at work, a long day of caring for their families. Some come to the mat with physical limitations. They roll out their ordinary mats and they practice ordinar…