The story of Vacistasana.

The story of Vacistasana.

The story of Vacistasana is a story about a Great Sage, a sacred cow, and magical powers. But it’s ultimately about the journey from darkness to light. There was no sacred cow that gave the Great Sage Magical powers.
The power is within you! You just have to do your practice. Be consistent! Be patient! Train your mind to focus! Keep waking up. Everyday, wake up a little more. And a little more. You can do anything you focus your mind on. Some people might think you have a secret, a sacred cow, or are lucky, or have magical powers. But you know your power comes from your practice, from your dedication and hard work. The power is inside you. It’s inside all of us. You just have to learn how to access it! And then you can do anything.

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Sticking with Our Intentions!

Sticking with Our Intentions!

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.

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It's Up To You!

It's Up To You!

It's up to you!

What you put into your practice is what you will get out of it.  That's part of what makes yoga so special.  No one can do it for you.  You can't phone it in.  No one can have the experience for you.  You can't use someone else's map to get to your destination!  

When I first started practicing yoga I was blown away by the transformation that I was experiencing.  It was incredible!  And it was just an empty room.  I couldn't get over the fact that it was just an empty room.  It's pretty amazing.  Think about it.  There's no fancy equipment.  There's no new technology.  There's nothing special at all.  It's just an empty room.  You put down your yoga mat.  You move your body into certain positions.  You practice concentration.  You try to stay present.  You breathe.  You're just on a yoga mat in an empty room moving and breathing and trying to concentrate.  

And when it's over the transformation is incredible!  

It still blows me away when I think about it.

Here's the key.  Here's the big secret.  It's up to you.  You make the transformation occur.  You are the one doing it.  You are the secret ingredient in the sauce.  You show up for yourself, or you don't show up for yourself.  It's up to you.  It's just an empty room.

Yoga is asking us to lift ourselves up, to elevate ourselves, to let go of attachments, the mind, the ego, the old patterns that aren't serving us well.  What you put into your practice is what you will get out of your practice.  If you make the room special, if you make your practice special, it will be a special practice, it will become sacred to you.  You can give it as much meaning as you want, or you can make it just an empty room.  You can have respect for your practice.  You can have reverence for your practice.  You can make it special.  

Do you see how easy it is to make the choice?   What if you made the choice right now?  What if you made the empty room special?  How would that look?  Would you take your shoes off outside?  Would you leave things outside that don't belong in the room?  Would you turn your phone off?  Would you arrive early?  Would stay late?  Would you walk into the room differently?  What if you paused before you entered and found gratitude for a moment.  What if you touched your heart for a moment and thought about how incredible it is that this place exists, this place of transformation and growth, this place where knowledge flows from your teacher, where wisdom flows through you, this empty room where you learn about your body and mind and go into the fire and surrender into the stillness and find a deeper connection to something beyond yourself.  

You can choose to make your practice special.  You can choose to leave your old habits at the door.  You can choose to make changes on your mat and watch as these changes make their way into your life off of your mat too.  You can make this room a sacred space.  It's just a choice.  It's up to you.  You get to decide how sacred this practice is for you.  

My practice really started to shift when I started to understand that it was up to me to show up for myself, that I was the one getting in my own way.  

Resistance.  Don't get out of your comfort zone!  It's scary out there.  Something bad could happen.  That's the line from your mind and your ego.  The big lie.  What happens when you get out of your comfort zone?  What happens when you really show up for yourself?  What happens when you open up to something new?  You feel amazing.  Growth.  Transformation.  Awareness.  

Are you getting in the way?  Are you holding yourself back?  What if you were more open?  What are you ready to open up to?  How receptive are you ready to be?  Whatever you are ready to open up to is what you are going to get.  If you are closed off to something it's never going to come into your life.  Being respectful, being open, practicing gratitude, setting intentions, offering the practice, paying attention, going into the fire, breathing, softening, letting go.  It's just an empty room.  What are all these things about?  



Are you ready for growth?  Are you ready for transformation?

If you show up late for yoga all the time and leave early, if you skip things, if you don't listen and pay attention, if you spend a big part of your time on your mat checking your phone and thinking about what you're going to do later after class, if you're judging yourself, if you're judging others, if you don't have a lot of respect for your practice, if you don't have a lot of reverence for your practice, if you're not open and receptive are you really sending out the message that you are ready for growth and transformation?  

It's up to you to decide how meaningful this practice is to you and how much you want to get out of your practice.   If you decide that your practice is just a fitness practice then that's what it will be.  If you make your practice an exercise in concentration and training your mind to focus then that's what your practice will be.  If you decide your practice is going to help you let go of your ego and quiet your mind and help you experience something beyond your individual self and change your life then that's what your practice is going to be.  Your practice can be life changing but you have to make the decision that your practice is going to change your life.  It's up to you.  

How much transformation are ready for?  How open and receptive are you to growth?

If you only open the door a crack, it doesn't matter how bright the light is on the other side, not a lot of light is going to come through.  What if you threw the door wide open?  What if you jumped in with both feet?  What if you made a commitment right now to your practice?  What do you think might happen?  

If you're really ready for transformation then your practice will change your life.  It's up to you!


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