Keep your mind open. Listen. There’s so much to learn.

 Keep your mind open. Listen. There’s so much to learn.

Sometimes the students inspire me so much! This student came to my class on Sunday afternoon in Fuzhou. She worked so hard! She listened to everything I was saying and paid such close attention to my cues. And she tried so many advanced poses and variations, even though many of them were out of reach. I was so proud of her. And the whole time she smiled and even laughed a few times when she fell out of some of the more challenging poses. I love teaching students like this. They are so easy to teach. No ego. So much light. The irony is that these students are already practicing so much of what we are teaching in yoga. They don’t need the practice as much as some of the students who are the hardest to teach. Sometimes students are rude and disrespectful and don’t pay attention and don’t listen. It’s hard to teach these students. Their mind is closed off. But really they need the practice most of all. Master teacher, Krishnamacharya has a famous quote about only wanting to teach the beginners and the really advanced students because they both know that they don’t know anything. He said the ones in the middle, the students with a little bit of knowledge who think they know everything are the hardest to teach. Keep your mind open. Listen. There’s so much to learn. Be a good student. Learn as much as you can from the teacher. Are you done learning? Is there no more room for growth? Really? You’ve got it all figured out? There is so much more to learn. You just have to stay open.

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Powerful Shiva Meditation - Teaching Us to Replace the Old Patterns

Powerful Shiva Meditation - Teaching Us to Replace the Old Patterns

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. 

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Never stop learning!

Never stop learning!

I learned so much this weekend from Dr. Arun Deva! I am doing another year of Yoga Therapy Rx training at LMU. It was a really informative weekend, focused on Āyurveda. I took so many notes — and this morning ordered some of the herbs and oils that we learned about and used this weekend. I was feeling a little under the weather but am so grateful I was still able to attend and soak up so much knowledge from such a great teacher. Thank you, Arun. Keep learning. Never stop being a student.

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When you practice teaching others, you learn so much about what you know and what you don't know.

When you practice teaching others, you learn so much about what you know and what you don't know.

When you practice teaching others, you learn so much about what you know and what you don’t know. Our students, and teaching itself, is such a good mirror for us. Just like in your own practice, the yoga mirror shows you the things you need to look at, and the areas that are disconnected. Are you being effective when you are teaching, or not? Are you communicating with your students? Do they understand the things you are sharing? The real measure of a good teacher is not what you can do on your mat yourself, but how effective are you at connecting with your students, helping them to grow and transform. Show me pictures of your students. I want to see them. I want to see what they have learned. I want to meet them. Are they closer to balance? Are they more Sattvic? Do they have a deeper relationship with themselves, and deeper relationships with other people and the world around them?

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Practicing and Presenting Everyday...

Practicing and Presenting Everyday...

We have been doing a lot of practice teaching this past month.

When I did my first teacher training — we only taught one pose at the very end of the training. I felt so unprepared to teach a class when the training was over. It was a great training program — but I thought we would have benefitted from a lot more practice teaching.

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Anything that is not serving you -- let it go!

Anything that  is not serving you -- let it go!

We have come together from as far away as Dubai, Japan and Brazil, from Los Angeles, the Bay Area, San Diego, Mexico City, and some of our group is from here in Cabo too! It’s been an incredible month. I will miss this wonderful group when our training finishes in a few days. Time is passing so quickly. Breathe into every moment. Enjoy this incredible time as much as you can. Love everyone. Life is too short. Hold space for people. Pass on what you are learning and keep learning and growing yourself. Anything that is not serving you — let it go. Anyone that is dragging you down — let them go. There are such amazing people in the world. If you start vibrating on the right frequency they will find you. Send out your signal. Yoga encourages us to change ourselves. Don’t ask the world to change for you. Shift your perspective and change your relationship to the world. Namaste, Everyone! Grateful for this amazing group that has come together for this training and for all the wonderful blessings in my life right now.

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Growth for me has always come in waves.

Growth for me has always come in waves.

Growth for me has always come in waves. It’s non-linear. We spiral up, always moving forward but sometimes feeling like we are moving backwards, or even standing still. There’s that old saying of — 2 steps forward and 1 step back. I like to think of life as a series of plateau’s, broken up by rapid increases in elevation. I feel like I am in one of these major growth phases right now. A sharp increase in elevation! The next level of evolution on my journey. Rapid expansion! It feels a little like I have been walking along for sometime at the same speed and I feel like I have just stepped on one of those moving walkway’s at the airport. Whoa! Accelerated growth! It’s a little scary. A little exciting. I feel a little vulnerable. This is the place to be. Right here. Right now. What’s next? What’s on the other side? Where will this next phase of growth lead? Not sure. Surrendering into it. Trusting the Universe has a plan. No fear. No resistance. Just breathing and enjoying the ride.

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What is your practice bringing to the surface for you?

What is your practice bringing to the surface for you?

Fire Ceremony and Cleansing Ritual during my Shiva Yoga 200hr RYT Teacher Training Program last month. What are you ready to let go of and release? What are you ready to leave behind? What are you holding onto? What is holding you back? What are you ready to burn in the fire?

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2 Weeks Into Training...

2 Weeks Into Training...


Morning selfie with some of my students, arriving early for training! We are 2 weeks in! Leading these programs is transformational for me as well as the students. It’s an exhausting experience for all of us. My goal is to push them out of their comfort zone, hold space for them, encourage them to grow and challenge themselves. In the process, I am also pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I am challenging myself, and they are pushing me and helping me to grow too. We are in the fire together, breathing into it, surrendering to the experience. It’s a beautiful ride! It’s a beautiful journey! Namaste.

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Go into the fire!

Go into the fire!

There is no growth without discomfort. There is no healing without pain. Go into the fire. Go towards the heat, the discomfort, the pain. That's how you're going to heal yourself. Yoga is not about avoiding things. Stop distracting yourself. Sit with your suffering. Breathe into it. Heal yourself. Take the journey. It's all about the journey. And if the journey is leading you anywhere but inward and closer to your Self then you aren't really on the journey at all. What's this journey all about? Learning to love. Learning to love every moment. Learning to accept yourself right here and right now. This moment is all there is. Imagine there is no future and no past. There is only right here and right now. Can you open up more in this moment? Can you expand more in this moment? What are you waiting for? Contract and you get ego. Expand and you become pure consciousness. How much could you open up right now? How much could you expand? How incredible is this moment right here and now? Are you loving it all? Are you breathing it all in? This is your life. Don't take even one second of it for granted. And stop running away from your pain. Stop! Right now. Back yourself. Show up for yourself. Now is the time! Go into the fire!

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