Thank you, Haipoo Yoga for hosting me for another great Shiva Yoga Intensive program! I love the new studio and had a wonderful time with the students this week. Grateful to you for your support and our ongoing collaboration. Namaste.Read More
I arrived in Cabo San Lucas!!! So excited to see this girl. Grateful for you, Niya. Thank you for inviting me to share again at Baja Soul Yoga!
Our 10 day - 50hr Shiva Yoga® Intensive starts this Friday, February 15th. Hope you can join us! You can also sign up for each weekend separately or individual classes and workshops. Are you ready to take things a little deeper? See you on your mat!!!Read More
My last Shiva Power class at Kula Yoga, in New Smyrna, was yesterday morning. It was a little bittersweet. We had so much fun practicing together all week. I will miss practicing with this Kula Yoga crew. I’m leaving for Orlando today, sad to go, but also feeling very inspired by the community here in Port Orange and New Smyrna. This community reflects so well on Jodie and Jackie Anderson. You’ve created such a wonderful space here and attracted such a wonderful group of teachers and students. What a great group of yogis! I found everyone very open and receptive on this trip and it was so easy to teach your students all week. Thank you again for inviting me to come and share. Grateful for you both. Blessed that we have crossed paths and excited for the continued journey and future collaborations. Kula Yoga — I’ll see you in the fall. I’m back leading my 300hr Shiva Yoga Teacher Training which will be spread over September, October, and November. I look forward to seeing you then! I’m sure we will have some open classes and open up some of the workshops during the training too. It will be fun to practice with you all again. Namaste.Read More
Grateful for each of these students! I learn so much leading these Teacher Training programs. Each of the students becomes my teacher too. And we all grow together. It’s a wonderful connection. The teacher/student relationship is such a beautiful thing. I’ve been blessed with some incredible teachers in my life who have helped me learn about myself. I try to copy them and hold the space for my students and help them learn about themselves. We keep passing it on and we keep helping each other along. Nobody gets there on their own. There’s always so much help along the way. Gratitude. Namaste.Read More
Communication is everything! I think you can solve most problems as long as you are willing to stay open and communicate. It’s hard when there’s a challenge between two people. It’s hard when there’s confrontation. Can you stay open and move towards the confrontation with an open heart and an open mind. This is yoga! If you shut down, close off, stop communicating, and run away — you’re not really practicing yoga off your mat. You have to take what you are learning on your mat off the mat. Go into the fire. Breathe into the discomfort. Stay present. And let go. Let it go. Whatever you are attached to — let it go. I know right away if someone in my life is practicing yoga, or if they are just doing yoga exercise. It’s the quality of communication. My strongest relationships are filled with healthy confrontation. Let’s not push something under the rug and deal with it later. Let’s figure it out right now. Let’s talk about it. Let’s communicate with each other. Are you living your yoga off the mat? What’s your relationship to confrontation? Are you practicing healthy communication? When things get challenging do you shut down? Close off? React emotionally?Read More
Look at the pose. Look at the position at each joint. What other poses are in this family? What poses are going to have similar actions? If you learn all of the “Tug of War” actions in the Mountain Pose — these are the same actions you need in Handstand. If you are trying to work on a more advanced pose — think of a pose that is in the same family. If you’re not able to find the actions you need in the advanced pose, maybe you can find them and work on them in an easier pose that has the same actions? What are some of the other poses in the Handstand family? Mountain Pose? Head Balance? Plank Pose? Low Plank? What else? Chair Pose? Boat Pose? Tree Pose? Warrior 1? Warrior 3?Read More
I always practice a couple of Sun Salutations with my students every class. I love practicing yoga!
I think it’s helpful to flow a little along with the class, and to demonstrate or mirror some poses for them as well. I am always so inspired when I practice with my teacher — Dharma Mittra, and he demonstrates something, or practices a pose with us. We have to be careful demonstrating too much when we teach, though. Students who are Tamasic often feel defeated when they see the teacher’s demo, and students who are Rajasic often feel competitive and resent having to watch someone else demonstrating the pose.
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.
One of the things that I loved so much about this past week at Baja Soul Yoga in Cabo San Lucas was revisiting the journey I’ve taken with my teachers. When I shared a story from Annie, Dharma, Mr. Ramaswami, or one of the other wonderful teachers who have influenced my practice, it’s like they were there in the room with us, and I felt transported back to the day they first shared that same story with me. I got to fall in love with their teachings all over again, reliving them with my students.Read More