After a long detour where we made a wrong turn and ended up taking a beautiful winding road across the island we finally got back on the main road and headed to see Irene at another monastery. Sister Irene is such a special woman. I love visiting her when I come to Amorgos. She has put so much energy and so much love into taking care of her monastery. It’s beautiful!Read More
One of the things I love about teaching with a translator is how it slows everything down.
Slowly moving with the breath is really where it’s at in a flowing practice. If you can control your breath, you can control your mind.
Let the breath lead the movement and let the breath wrap around the movement. The breath starts and then the movement starts. The movement finishes and then the breath finishes. This way there’s always going to be pauses. There’s always going to be control. Who’s driving your car? You are. Enjoy the dance between the movement and the stillness. Holding these opposites at the same time is the paradox that allows us to have a deeper, transformational experience. Concentrate but also surrender.
Practicing a slow flow that is connected to the breath will help you stay calm and keep you out of the default network of your brain - where it will be hard for you to not react and get caught up in everything that is coming up for you and just trying to process. Think of the four parts of the breath. There’s a little moment of stillness where the inhale meets the exhale, and another little moment of stillness where the exhale meets the inhale.
I love flowing with my students! I always practice a little bit with my students in every class. I find it helps me to connect with the group energy. I also think it reminds the students that I’m just walking the path with them. I’m not on a pedestal. I don’t want to be on a pedestal. We are all just walking home together.
Celebration dinner on Saturday night at Mako Restaurant! So good. Love this restaurant. Good food and great company. It always feels so good when we complete one of these training programs but also a little sad that it is over. Make sure you are breathing into every moment. Soak it up! This is your life. It’s happening right here and right now.Read More
On Saturday we had a big hip opening workshop as part of our Shiva Yoga 50hr Intensive! We focus on the hips a lot in yoga. When we have full range of motion at the hip joint we can do a lot to prevent injuries to the low back and the knees. The hip is a ball and socket joint, which provides a lot of movement. We can move at the hips in all three planes. We can flex and extend the hips in the Sagittal plane. We can abduct and adduct the hips in the Coronal plane. And we can externally rotate and internally rotate the hips in the Transverse plane. If we have limited range of motion in the Saggital plane — then the low back could become compromised. The spine wasn’t meant to flex and extend the way the hips can flex and extend. Transverse plane. If we have limited range of motion in the Transverse plane, especially external rotation, then the knees can become compromised. The knee joint is a simple hinge joint. There a small degree of movement right to left at the knees but, mostly, this joint was meant to flex and extend. If your hips are not able to externally rotate, this can put a lot of pressure on the knees to try to make up for this lack of movement and this can lead to injury. Protect your low back and your knees, release stored tension and find balance, and prepare for seated pranayama and meditation practices. Some of the reasons it’s a good idea to open your hips! Great work on Saturday, everyone!!! Thank you for going into the fire with me.
Congratulations to my student, Ashlee! Ashlee completed her 200hr Teacher Training with me, at Baja Soul Yoga, in Cabo San Lucas last year. Ashlee recently completed her post training assignments and has now officially graduated and is eligible to register with Yoga Alliance. Great job, Ashlee! Proud of you. Excited to see you begin your teaching journey. Namaste!
I am in Cabo for the next 2 weeks, leading a 10 day - 50hr Intensive program. Baja Soul Yoga is also hosting my Shiva Yoga 200hr Teacher Training program again this summer from July 15-August 16!!! Want to join me in paradise for a month and take your practice to the next level?
Congratulations to this wonderful yogi — Kristin Hughes! Who just completed her required post teacher training work and has officially graduated as a Shiva Yoga teacher. You rocked it, Kristin! So proud of you.
Kristin completed training with me at Baja Soul Yoga in Cabo San Lucas last year. We have another 200hr teacher training coming up at Baja Soul Yoga this July 15- August 16. If you want to deepen your yoga practice, become a yoga teacher, or just make some big changes in your life this training could be for you. Check out the Teacher Training page of my website or go directly to bajasoulyoga.com to reserve your space. There is an early registration discount. Act now to save money and get the best price when you sign up.Read More
There’s something in this Dubai water. Feels like I’m just floating and light as a feather! Thanks for the fun play session! Lol.
I posted this picture on social media and some people wondered if it was real. We had so much fun playing and creating this and other pics. The XYoga Dubai Festival had this booth set up with everything rotated 90 degrees, so you could do these really crazy and wild looking asana variations. You were lying down but when you take a picture and rotate the pic 90 degrees it looks like you are defying gravity. Pretty cool!
Either that, or maybe I have more siddhi powers than I often share. Lol.Read More
Incredible Shiva Meditation® class to finish day 2 here at the XYoga Dubai Festival. So grateful to be able to share this practice. 100+ yogis in attendance for a powerful and transformational experience. Thank you for coming, everyone!
When the class finished all the students just sat there, in stillness, with big smiles on their faces. There was a peace and a calm that you could feel radiating from everyone in attendance. I told the students that this is what happens everywhere I teach this class. When the class is over — no one rushes out, there’s no where to go, nothing to do. It happens everywhere. The mind is quiet. Each students has a deeper experience of themselves. Maybe for the first time ever they feel a connection to something beyond the body, mind and thoughts. The mind has stopped saying, “What’s next? What’s next?”
I always feel so happy when I see the students sitting there peacefully after class. It reminds me of taking classes like this with my teacher, Dharma Mittra. We would all sit and Dharma would sometimes say, “Any questions?” There was almost always no questions. This was just like after my class today. I finally told the students what my teacher Dharma always says — “That’s it. It’s over. There’s nothing else.” Then he would laugh and we would all laugh, as we all did today after my class.Read More
What an incredible first day here at the XYoga Dubai Festival! Grateful to be here. Presenting along with some wonderful teachers including, Janet Stone, Davidji and Laura Sykora. I am loving the energy and receptiveness of the students. I taught my first Shiva Power® class. We did some pretty deep hip opening and I threw in a lot of fun advanced variations and a little bit of partner work. Thank you to everyone who came to this class. Day 2 I’ll be leading another Shiva Power® class at 8am and a very special Shiva Meditation® at 3pm. Can’t wait! Thank you XYoga Dubai for producing such a special event!Read More
This was such a powerful Shiva Meditation class on Thursday. Wow! It was the last one I taught this week and several of the students came before. It just gets deeper the more you practice. Consistency is everything.
Whether you want to open your hips, balance in a handstand in the middle of the room, or train your mind to concentrate — what you practice and focus on gets stronger the more you practice. Whatever you feed grows. The opposite is also true. Whatever you starve dies. Focus on the solution. Replace the old patterns that aren’t serving you with new patterns that will lead you in a more positive direction. This is our practice. Over and over and over again.
Thank you to everyone who has come out to practice this week and to the workshops this weekend. It’s been so much fun practicing with you.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
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
Flashback to 2015, with my yoga brother — David Romero! We were on our way to the Aegialis Hotel & Spa in this picture, for my yoga retreat on the Greek island of Amorgos. David did a great job assisting me on this retreat. We had such a rough trip from Los Angeles to Athens. There was a flight delay and chaos at LAX. I was so stressed. David did a really good job of staying calm and helping me navigate a really challenging situation. In the end, it all worked out (as things usually do), and we had an incredible week in Greece on the retreat. This was my first time in Greece, first time on the island of Amorgos, and first time at the Aegialis Hotel & Spa. What an incredible experience! I went back to the hotel 2 yrs later for the first Elysia Yoga Convention. I hope you can join me for the Elysia Yoga Convention next year March 28-April 4/2019. Such a special place.Read More
Every training program I lead begins with an Opening Ceremony. These are one of my favorite parts of each training program. It’s a chance for all of us to get to know each other and hold space for each other. We set basic rules for our time together so everyone’s expectations are clear. We create a sacred space and honor our teachers and we commit to honoring each other and those in our lives who inspire us and help lift us up. A light ceremony reminds us to move towards the brightest part of ourselves and let our inner light shine through. I feel like after these ceremonies we come together as a family. Now, we are ready to be more intimate with ourselves. Now, we are ready to be more vulnerable. Now, we can work on letting go of old patterns and replacing them with new patterns that will lead us in a more positive direction. Yoga is the technology that you can use to change your life. Make this space different. Mark it as special. Do what you need to do to create a sacred space for yourself and experience the power of this technology.Read More
This powerful technology of yoga! When you practice concentration on one object long enough it leads to a state of meditation, and this leads to the state of Samadhi — where it is as if you have peeled off the layers of body, mind, and ego, and you get to experience the true nature of your Self. What is left over in the stillness, when there is no more body, mind, and ego? You. The part of you that is Pure Consciousness.Read More