Feeling Gratitude Is Different From Giving Thanks

Gratitude. A word often heard in the yoga community. Feeling Gratitude is different from giving thanks. It feels like an experience. But the interesting thing about gratitude is that it is a skill. To allow oneself to feel grateful for something isn’t always a natural reaction. It is easy to feel it in certain occurrences. For example, last-minute a mother finds a sitter so she can go to work, and she feels grateful. What is really monumental is finding gratitude in the less obvious moments. Being grateful for opportunities that passed us, for roads not traveled, for moments that feel like […]

4 Tips For Your Sustainable Yoga Practice

“I was planning to go to yoga tonight, but..” That might sound familiar. In this day and age with busy schedules, it’s understandably hard to keep a commitment to a sustainable yoga practice. Here are a few tips on how to avoid the last-minute change of plans. Plan ahead. Going after work? Don’t go home first if you know it’s hard to motivate out of the house again. Bring your yoga clothes and mat to work. Bring a snack if you are hungry after work. Check-in with who is picking up the kids, walking the dog, etc. Build a support […]

On Meditation – You Don’t Have To Be Spiritual

As of late, I am again falling very deeply and madly in love with meditation.  As I navigate the hailstorms of unexpected transitions, I am reminded of its tremendous beauty and value. Mornings upon waking I sit, just like the hundreds of days before, though these mornings are different in tone.  They are heavy with aftershocks of rapid change, with emotional flurries that are unpredictable and beyond my control. I start by checking in with body, heart, mind.  Dropping beneath the surface of (very compelling) stories and feeling, acknowledging, allowing.  And then, a vow, which I repeat each morning as […]

Radical Gratitude – Can Gratitude Practice Be Redefined?

Well, I suppose it’s time for an obligatory post on gratitude.  Until quite recently, I had put the word on a long list entitled “Words that sound pretty but that are overused in the spiritual community to the point where I shudder at the mention of them.”  When I attended classes concluding with an invitation to “feel gratitude” (which, surprisingly, is most classes), I internally rolled my eyes very far back. You see, I had always thought of gratitude in the context of “gratitude journals” and affirmations.  Examples: When the mind is contracted, generating a world lacking in “enough,” redirect […]

Finding Your Own Yoga – Lesson From Amma Nannamal

“We each have to find our own yoga,” Amma Nannamal, the luminous 98-year-old yogini, gently encouraged us.  “One of the greatest joys,” she continued, “is to be unbound by tradition, by teachers, by religion.  No teacher or teaching should inhibit your own path.  Only take away what has nourished part of you.  Find what works for you, what makes you feel good, what makes you feel more like yourself.” A few years back, I was watching Yoga guru Amma Nannamal performing yoga at AIFWSS18. As one of the world-renowned, older generation of yoga teachers, Amma teaches yoga in a way […]

Practicing YOGA –

In the modern world, we tend to associate this notion of “progress” with the idea that “more is better” and we get caught up in the idea that if we are doing more it means we are getting better and “progressing.” Contrarily, progress along the path of Yoga doesn’t amount to “more.” We don’t progress by doing “more postures” or “more difficult postures” or “more practices” or “longer practices.” Progress on the path of Yoga is determined by the internal condition of our mind and attitude. When we can be completely satisfied with exactly what we have and who we […]

Yoga Will Ruin Your Life – For Sure

Just something I’ve been thinking about quite a bit lately… My teacher, MC Sweet, shared something with us that her teacher Richard says. Yoga will Ruin your Life (Um, what!?) Pretty much it goes like this- in yoga you start to learn to pay attention to your body, honor yourself, and find gratefulness for where you are and where you can go. Because it is nearly impossible to segment things and isolate lessons from one area of life from another, we start to see things outside the studio in a different way. We start to question the foods we use […]

Root Chakra – Yogic Way Of Finding Yourself

I’ve been meditating a lot on the Root Chakra- Muladhara. كازينو وليام هيل It’s the first of seven chakras (energy centers) in the body and one that SO many of us need to reconnect with. At the most basic level, this chakra is associated with safety and security as well as feeling centered and grounded. We can look to this chakra for healing if we are feeling off-balance, out of sync, confused, or insecure. While all chakras are important in the large picture of who we are- the root chakra is our foundation. Without a solid foundation, everything on top […]

8 Life Changing Facts About YOGA

The practice of yoga encourages effort, intelligence, accuracy, focus, and dedication. Facts about yoga in Western science is starting to provide some concrete clues as to how yoga works to improve health, heal aches and pains, and increase mental strength. Yoga is built on three main elements: exercise, breathing, and meditation. When practiced regularly, yoga can become a powerful and sophisticated discipline for achieving physical, mental and emotional well-being. Increased Flexibility One of the first and most obvious facts about yoga is the gradual improvement of flexibility. It may be daunting during your first class when you probably won’t be […]