Really fun Shiva Power class at Kula Yoga yesterday morning!!! I enjoy connecting with this community so much. There’s something really special about a community of like-minded people coming together. We are all helping each other along. Find your tribe. Like attracts like and same attracts same. Your energy affects everyone around you. Let your line shine brightly. Some days you will inspire the person next to you and help lift them up. Some days they will inspire you and help to lift you up. Push yourself to work a little harder and challenge yourself to go a little deeper. Go into the fire and stand your ground. You’re surrounded by friends. You’re surrounded by family. You’re not alone on this journey. Take it one step at a time. Breathe into it. Let’s keep moving forward. Thank you, Kula Yoga for letting me join and be a part of your community. Always grateful to spend time with you. Love sharing the teachings of my teachers and love practicing with you. It’s been a really fun week. Seeing how much some of you have grown so far this year is really exciting. I look forward to seeing you all again soon. NamasteRead More
Sometimes you just have to surrender and go with the flow. The Universe has a plan for you. Ride the wave!
I’ve been in Taishan and Guangzhou the last 3 days. I’d never been to either city. Didn’t know any of the people I was meeting. Didn’t even know where I was staying. Just hoped the studio owner’s would pick me up at the train station.
Am meeting such lovely people and we are having so much fun. Enjoying meals together, practicing yoga together, laughing, and connecting.
I love this selfie I took on Friday night. This is Sandy, the owner of the studio in Taishan and Stella, my translator for the class I taught at the studio. They are both so nice!
I was talking with Sandy and her husband, Ricky about how my teacher Dharma always says that like attracts like and same attracts same. What’s the vibration you are putting out into the world? You will attract people who are vibrating on a similar level. Light attracts light. If you want to change your experience of the world — shift your perspective. Change your relationship to your Self and notice how your perception of the world changes. It starts with you!
Ride the wave! Let go! Let it go!
We finished up a beautiful 4 days here at the Yonion Festival! I had a lot of fun. I met a lot of new students. I made some new friends. And I got to connect with some old friends who I haven’t seen in years. Grateful to everyone involved who made the festival such a huge success. Grateful for the experience. I’m so glad they invited me to teach this year. It was such a pleasure being here.Read More
“We are the mirror as well as the face in it. We are tasting the taste this minute of eternity. We are pain and what cures pain, both. We are the sweet cold water and the jar that pours.” — RumiRead More
Yogis! This month’s YogaLife magazine has been released. I have a nice 4 page article on Shiva Yoga. The magazine interviewed me after the XYoga Dubai Festival last month. I was really impressed with the depth of their curiosity. Lots of great questions about why yoga is more than just exercise and the technology of the practice works. Thank you YogaLife for including me in your publication and giving me the opportunity to share the teachings of my teachers. We are all just walking the same path, helping each other along. I’ve been blessed to have some incredible teachers and I feel so connected to the lineage of my teachers. Get connected, yogis! You can’t do this on your own. It’s not about learning a fancy asana you saw someone do on social media. You also can’t learn yoga from a book. Find a teacher who is walking the path and follow them. They know the way. Namaste!
You can catch the whole article at the YogaLife website. Www.yogalife-online.com Check out the beautiful cover pic on this issue of @deepikamehtayoga - a lovely teacher who was also at the XYogaDubai Festival last month.Read More
Congratulations to my student, Niya! Niya just completed her post training requirements and is now an official Shiva Yoga teacher and graduate of our 200hr Shiva Yoga Teacher Training program. Niya is the owner of Baja Soul Yoga in Cabo San Lucas. Baja Soul Yoga hosted our program last year. We have another 200hr program coming up at Baja Soul Yoga this summer from July 15- August 16! I’m also excited to be collaborating with Jackie & Jodie Anderson at Kula Yoga in Port Orange, Florida, who will be hosting our Shiva Yoga 300hr Teacher Training program this fall!
Thank You for all the birthday wishes! I had a wonderful dinner last night at Gracias Madre. Lots of calls and texts from family and friends. Lots of emails and messages and posts on Facebook. Grateful for all of you who are a part of my life. It’s been a wonderful start to the year. I’m excited for the journey ahead. Lots of love to everyone. Thank you for your love, friendship, and kind words. And thank you for being a part of my life. I feel very blessed. Namaste.Read More
How is your year going? Did you set any intentions this year? Did you make some resolutions? What is shifting for you? What are you working on shifting in your life? Remember, it’s a practice. You can set the intention and head down the path and it’s okay if it doesn’t work out, or if you fall or fail. Just get back up and try again. Our journey is always forward. Sometimes it’s little baby steps. Sometimes it’s two steps forward and one step back to steady ourselves. But it’s always forward.
I started the year off in New York, at the Dharma Yoga Center, practicing with my teacher, Sri Dharma Mittra. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to see Dharma and to start this year off in such a positive way. It’s been an incredible start to the year. My Dharma sister, Diana, hosted me in New York over NYE and we officially began the New Year with a Psychic Development Meditation practice. She also helped me get my diet back on track. I was eating such heavy foods over Christmas. Lots of sugar and lots of processed foods. I found out that I am a little gluten intolerant too and so I’ve cut gluten out of my diet. That’s been huge! I’m back on a plant based vegan diet and have been since December 29th. It’s definitely a practice eating only a plant based diet. I have had cheese a couple of times this past month. I always feel better when I am eating vegan, though. I was really hard on myself when I couldn’t keep my vegan diet going a few years ago. I think maybe I just wasn’t ready for it. It was a real struggle. It doesn’t feel like a struggle this time and I also am okay if I have an overwhelming feeling to eat something not vegan and I have to give in and do it. This whole journey is slow and step by step. I’ve never been a big fan of the “militant” vegans on social media who make you feel terrible for your food choices.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful year and I hope some of the things that you want to manifest in your life are happening. Stick with it. If you concentrate hard enough, you can make anything happen. Hope we can practice together again soon. Namaste.Read More
My new friend! This is my buddy, Jack. I’m staying with him and his family here in Orlando this week. He’s a very special guy. Thank you, Jack, for opening your home to me. And thank you, Annette. It’s been such a pleasure being here. You are a very special and kind person. Grateful for you.
Jack is an old dog. He’s not very lovable sometimes. He doesn’t see very well and he doesn’t hear very well. So, he’s mostly in the dark. That must be a scary place to be. He gets startled a lot and he’s losing his mind a little too. A lot of the time Jack barks at you and growls. He doesn’t mean anything by it. He’s just scared. It must be scary to be in the dark.
I tried practicing lots of love and kindness and compassion towards Jack even when he wasn’t being very lovable. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t. I think he opened up a little while I was staying with him and Annette.
Just because someone is angry with you and barks at you or growls at you it doesn’t mean you have to bark back them. You can still practice loving them and being kind and compassionate and maybe they will open up a little.Read More
How is your new year starting off? Did you set intentions? What are you going to do differently this year? What seeds have you already planted that you want to see continue to grow? What are you ready to let go of and leave behind?
I returned to Los Angeles on Monday after a wonderful trip to Toronto and the surrounding area to see family and a few old friends and a very rejuvenating trip to New York to practice with my teacher Dharma Mittra and reconnect with some of the Dharma community.
I picked up a cold in Toronto and I’ve been fighting it since. It’s almost gone now but it was a bad one. It was kind of the physical manifestation of what I’ve been feeling a lot lately on a deeper level.Read More
Hiking on Long Island with my Dharma Yoga sister! Diana has been hosting me here in New York and she is such a great host. Grateful for her. She has inspired me to eat so healthy since I arrived here in New York. It’s been a great way to start the new year. I’m feeling refreshed and recharged. And it’s been so wonderful to practice everyday with my teacher, Sri Dharma Mittra.Read More
One more day with this amazing woman who brought me into this world. I’m so grateful to have such an amazing mom. It’s been a really nice visit this year. Love you, mom! Thank you for making this such a special holiday.
A few years ago we learned that my mom has dementia. The last 4 years have been challenging. We have watched the disease progress. Slowly, my mom is fading away.
This journey has had positive elements, though. Each moment has become really special with my mom. The Universe has really reminded us all that this isn’t going to last forever. We are all just fading away. And it goes pretty fast. You better get present and breathe into every moment because they go by pretty fast.
One of the wonderful things that has happened with my mom as her dementia has progressed is that she has become so much more vulnerable and we have had moments of deep connection that I don’t know we would have had if she didn’t have the disease.
Going through this with my mom has also taught me so much about acceptance and surrender. This is happening. You can’t fight it. It’s happening. You have to accept it and you have to accept the situation exactly as it is. There’s times where initially I wanted my mom to be who she was before the disease - but that’s not show she is now - and that’s not about her - that’s about me.
Our practice now is to love my mom, exactly the way she is and exactly the way she needs to be loved right now. She’s a beautiful and amazing woman and I love her so much.Read More
My 97 yr old nana and all of us “grand kids” — all grown up! Merry Christmas!
I sometimes stop and think of all that has happened in my nana’s life. Imagine what incredible changes to the world she has witnessed being alive for almost a whole century.
We are living in this incredible time right now. There are so many amazing things. I’m excited to see what is coming next. What will be the next I-phone? What will be the next big technology that changes the way we move through the world?
When I spend time with my nana I always feel very grounded. Connecting with family is one of the ways to tap into the root chakra. I sometimes think of what a debt I owe to my nana too. Without her none of the people in this picture would be here today. We owe such a debt to our parents and to our ancestors. It’s easy to think of all the flaws we see in our parents but it’s important to remember the sacrifice they made for us, to give us a vehicle for our Soul to travel through this life.
Grateful for my nana. I hope my life is as long and as fulfilling as hers has been.Read More
Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto! Really fun. My first “hall of fame” experience. I forgot how much I love this game. Very nostalgic. Bringing back some wonderful memories. I was such a big fan as a kid!
What are the things that make you feel like a kid? Children are great teachers for us. What makes you feel playful? What makes you feel open and vulnerable? It’s not healthy to live the way many of us spend our adult lives. Think of the things that you could add to your life that lights that spark in you again. What makes you smile from ear to ear? What makes you laugh until it hurts? What are the things you dream about?Read More
My sister is a Chef. She whips up these incredible meals from scratch. So good and so healthy!
This was a vegetable soup she made us for lunch yesterday with a side of cornbread.
What are you putting into your body? My relationship to food has changed so much since my yoga practice started. What we put into our body literally becomes us. That food you are eating is going to form the building blocks of the cells your body will create. You, literally, are what you eat.
Eating more mindfully is one of the things we can do to practice yoga off the mat.
This doesn’t just mean what you are eating but also how you are eating. Offering gratitude. Sharing your meal with others. Eating with positive thoughts and positive emotions. Focusing on enjoying your food. Enjoying the colors, the smells, the flavors. Really being present.
Notice how much more full you are and how much more fulfilling it is to turn off the TV or put down the phone and really take your time to enjoy your next meal.Read More
Having a great visit in Canada so far. No snow but it’s cold! Dinner last night with my dad, my sister, and my sister’s boyfriend. Great food. Good company. Fun night. Wonderful to see everyone. So nice to reconnect, laugh, and share some stories. I ate too much, though. Lol.Read More
Just a couple of reindeer working hard on a Friday! This is one of my assistant’s — Ashlee Brooks. We are working on a shot list for next week’s photo shoot with David Romero. Grateful for Ashlee, who has been helping me edit the Shiva Yoga 200hr and 300hr Asana Manual’s, and has been assisting with a number of other projects this year. Congratulations to Ashlee too, who finished my 200hr Shiva Yoga program in August, in Cabo San Lucas. Way to go Ashlee! Proud of you.Read More
Happy Thanksgiving! Really fun class this morning at Equinox Woodland Hills! Thank you to everyone who came out to practice. And thank you to those who brought donations for the food drive. You all practiced hard! You earned that extra scoop of ice cream! Have a wonderful holiday. Love to you and your family and friends. Grateful for each of you.Read More
Demonstrating an intermediate variation of the Shoulder Stand, with Plow Pose options, in one of our Shiva Power classes, in my recent Shiva Yoga training program in Qingdao, China. One of the great things about learning to teach with a translator is that you have to make sure you speak clearly and you have to slow down, so that they have time to translate what you are saying to the students, and the students have time to digest everything. I think teaching with a translator the last 4 yrs has helped my teaching in general. Embracing something new. What are you embracing right now? What is challenging for you? What are the new things you are learning by opening up to this new challenge? Did you notice initial resistance to the change and to your own growth?Read More
I met with my student, Andrew Oliver, last week in the Southbay. Andrew traveled to Cabo for our Shiva Yoga 200hr Program in August. I had lunch with him and his partner, Ei Ei — they own the yoga studio, ‘Yoga Remedy’s’ together. Andrew did an incredible job in the training program in Cabo and I was excited to hear that he’s now teaching 2 classes a week at Yoga Remedy’s. He told me that several people in his life came up to him when he returned from Cabo and asked him what he had started doing recently because they noticed this really positive shift in him, and one friend even said it was like he was a whole different person. This yoga technology will change your life. There is no more important relationship you will have than the relationship with yourself. When you change this relationship, it changes your relationship to everything. Proud of you, Andrew!Read More