All is Calm, All is Bright

All is Calm, All is Bright.

Wishing you and yours a very happy holidays.

May you rejoice in the little things that make this season special. The company of family and friends (near and far). The nourishing foods that sustain us in this cold winter. The rituals that offer inspiration and heart to the darkness of the season. May you offer and receive love in abundance. Remember the loved ones that are no longer with us, and cherish the memories of years gone past.

May you know the divine and unique fire within you. Tend it well so that you might share it with the world.

Two Hands Together. Namaste.

The Transition of Light & Dark

The Transition of Light & Dark

My yoga practice invites me to tune into rhythm and shifts in my body and in the world around me. I feel a strong pull this time of year to settle inward.

The December days in Santa Cruz grow short and crisp. The clouds build and empty rain onto our dry earth.

My lap is warmed by my kitty as we sit for morning meditation. My body responds and opens with the heat of asana.

I find myself exploring the darkness of the season. This journey takes me into the realms of story, mystery, ritual, archetypes, and the shadow within. 

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Yoga Studio Etiquette

Yoga Studio Etiquette

As a student of yoga, either new or returning, it can be a bit daunting and embarrassing the first time you mistakenly breach etiquette in your favorite yoga class. There is rarely a formal introduction for new students, and sometimes we think we've got it right only to realize much later we've missed the mark a little.

My intention with this post is to share some tips on ways to respect the teacher and other students when attending a yoga class. I see it as a way to continue our mindfulness practice before, during, and after class.

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The First (Daunting) Post

The First (Daunting) Post

I'm been putting off the writing of this first post for quite some time now. Not really knowing how to start this new venture -- writing about myself and yoga for anyone to see and read. I thoroughly enjoy the process and experience of sharing yoga, but it is quite different talk about yoga, life, and this path when looking into a room with familiar friendly faces. Sitting here, I see a blank screen and I wonder what to say...

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