I am here ready to spread my wings and fly! The spring and summer of the past year have been full of opportunities to reflect. There were times that I experienced situations that felt like an elephant sitting on my chest. However, the universe will always create a space for us to achieve balance. As challenging as the past few months have been, I have also been blessed with beautiful life-changing opportunity during this time. Our one job is to allow ourselves to be free and open so we can be divine vessels of love. We are powerful beings of light that will illuminate our own path if we just trust and have faith. Seems easy? However, we all know it’s not. Looking at ourselves in the mirror and trusting our own reflection is a life-long journey taken one step at a time until we begin to SOAR! Namaste.
The past few weeks have been unbelievably hectic. I have felt rushed, overworked, exhausted while at the same time felt exhilarated, amazed, grateful, overjoyed, and excited. How can it be that I can feel these seemingly contrasting feelings all at the same time? The answer, because I was just allowing things to be. A few days ago someone said to me that it's not so much that the actual life events are tiresome, it's the constant adjusting and readjusting. I thought about that understanding and it resonated throughout my entire being. This person was spot on! The continuous work of readjusting to the rhythm is the actual lesson. We cannot change the person, event, or issue. However, we can decide our response. Some of us adapt readily and with ease. Others of us take a little more time to change and rearrange. No matter how we adapt, the necessary act of evolution and adaptation is built in our DNA. When we decide to allow the change to happen and move with it, we transform for the better. The more we resist, the more we spin our wheels tiring our minds, bodies and spirits out only to realize we have gone nowhere. The times we injure ourselves are the times when we try to fight the inevitable. Allow the universe to work on your behalf and find the good in every adaptation. Don't worry; the ability to evolve is imprinted in our DNA, so let it express and feel the beauty in everything.
Lately I have been allowing myself to close my physical eyes to see with more clarity. Today I was very much moving in my fifth chakra. Actually, this entire week was all about my relation to communication with self and others. Some of the experiences were beautiful and moved me to tears of gratitude and joy. Other interactions, were incredibly challenging yet still led me into to a state of great gratitude for my yoga practice. However, the ebb and flow of these experiences caused me to wonder, "what if we didn't rely on daily dialogue to communicate?" I have been reading A Wrinkle in Time with my children. I really connect to Ms. Who. I appreciate her ability to transcend simple dialogue and see the true spirit and intention of the individual. Isn't that what we all desire? For people to see our true self. Our Atma. I want you to know that I see through your lense, I understand your language, and I hear your sound; radiating from your hearts. I see YOU. Namaste!
Original Piece by Kennard Perry
Following the yellow brick road
To the destination of forever
Breadcrumbs of past loves
Lead the way
I devour each one
Bittersweet to swallow
But the taste of each lesson
Commands me to follow..
Ease on down
Ease on down
Ease on down the road..
There is no wizard
Just the man behind the curtain
The heart I sought,
It's rhythm hypnotic
As I begin loves dance...with her
Neither leading nor following
We tango to the music of life
I dip her.
She trusts me.
I won't let her fall.
She says she's following my lead
I tell her,"I'm following Gods".....
Many people are hesitant to try yoga if they have physical challenges, especially if they suffer from any back issues. However, back pain does not have to limit your practice. In fact, there are certain asanas that help the body create safe space in the spine, alleviating discomfort. In every class with Andhyana Yoga you will encounter the following back friendly poses:
1. Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)- Contracting the Mula and Uddiyana Bhandas, leading with the heart bend at the hip, fold forward while keeping the the spine in a neutral position. Unable to reach your toes? Use blocks to rest your hands and provide additional support.
2. Sphinx Pose (Salamba Bhujangasana)- This is one of my favorite gentle back bends. The ability to use the earth and your elbows offers a necessary support as you gently extend through your lower back.
3. Head to Knee Pose (Janu Sirshasana)- This asana allows the posterior back and leg muscles to release, alleviating tension on the back body.
Back pain can also be due to a weak core. Each class we focus on releasing the Illiopsoas and toning the anterior and posterior abdominal muscles in order to fully support the spine. Don't let back pain hinder your journey. See you in class this weekend!
As I journey along this winding road of various life transitions, I find myself experiencing moments of anxiety and uncertainty. I know these moments are not real. They come to test my resolve. To remind me of who I am and who I am striving to be each and every day. Despite knowing and understanding the path to clarity, walking path itself is less than lucid. Enter Faith. The faith that no matter the obstacles, all will be well.
There were a few moments this week that sent me reeling. It was venting to a wise young friend and with the utmost confidence and sincerity, she look at me and said "You were built for this." It was if t God was looking directly at me and speaking through this beautiful earthly being. I stopped mid vent, nodded, and agreed. I was built for this. You were built for this. We were built for this. If we still ourselves enough, the universe will reveal all we need and most of what we want. In my classes I balance intense movement with moments of stillness. As with everything we do, practice reveals all. Sometimes we just have to practice being still, accepting what is, and breathing. All the while understanding that sun will burn off the fog and illuminate our path. Namaste.
This week has been one of major shifts and transitions which have challenged me physically, mentally, and spiritually. The past seven days I have worked 10-14 hour days with an average of 4 hours of rest each night. I have had more than 20 hours of training over 4 days. As a result, my body was susceptible to viruses that I can usually fight off quickly with rest and liquids. I also found myself a blubbering mess while trying to speak to anyone. One of the major transitions this week was the finalization of my divorce. Yup, after 23 years, 14 married, I am now a "miss", again. Although I felt tired and overwhelmed, I still practiced yoga every day. I even taught class for all but one day.
The morning of court, a photo, taken just a few days ago, was sent to me. As I stared at the image, I felt my entire being erupt with emotion. It was an image of me moving into a one leg plank from Three Legged Downward Facing Dog. I could hardly believe it was me. I immediately remembered the days when I could barely hold by body in Downward Facing Dog for 5 breaths. Yet here I was moving, flowing with the rhythm of my body and breath, in and out of these poses. It was then I realized how showing up on the mat day after day had strengthened my body and allowed my mind to bend to imagine all the possibilities of my wildest dreams.
Yoga is a beautiful practice of balance of strength and flexibility. If we allow ourselves the space to move and flow, we will see the unimaginable become reality. Some days my yoga practice feels heavy. The most I can do is Savasana. Then there are other days when I feel like taking flight. I can move and trust my mind , body, and soul to choreograph a sequence that could only come from the divine. Despite, my state of being, I care for myself by coming back to my practice everyday. EVERYTHING has a rhythm that connects us all. The tide, the sun, the moon, our heart all have a rhythm. When we disrupt this rhythm with our own will, we inadvertently suffer and find ourself in a state of disconnect. We have one job....to show up despite how difficult it feels. The universe is here to handle the rest. Namaste.
PC: Fluffy Pop Postcards
I would like to thank you for taking your time to follow and learn about me. The interesting thing is that I am also learning about me. Everyday I wake and wonder, "what lesson is in store today?" I don't believe in qualifying my lessons. What I encounter is something I needed to either learn or relearn. Our lives are made of tiny steps down a long road. I am choosing to enjoy my path and catch a few snowflakes on my tongue along the way. I want to hear from you. How do you care and show love to yourself? How do you live brilliantly?
"and all that glitters is gold. Only shooting stars break the mold." -Smash Mouth
A 10 year old reminded me of this today. Break your mold!