Not there yet.

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Flourish 

As I sit here trying to keep up my motivation to continue writing, I m overwhelmed by the lack of everything I am surrounded with. The confusing thing is everything I am surrounded by is beautiful and flourishing. The land, the trees, the animals, this is so very close to exactly what I was aiming for when we decided to come here. I can see it, smell it, taste it  feel it, every morning when I wake up and every night as I fall asleep.  Its here I’m in it, I live here. So why do I feel so blah…..? It’s the word of the day: Flourish. In my goals and dreams and all things considered in moving our animals to this island, I saw us flourishing, living a glorious life in the sun, a great mixture of modern life with old school values, organic foods that we grow ourselves, children who understand the value of hard work, a dollar, makers, but who also have the world at there finger tips with endless opportunities and possibilities for the future that awaits them. As much as I remind myself that we are only a month and a half in and have made great progress, some days the visions of my family flourishing become more overwhelming than inspirational. Today I have been stalling entering my daily post even though I really liked the word choice today. So as I examined and thought through what u would write I discovered, at this point in the journey and on days like these, it really does come down to not letting go. I am allowing to much energy to stay behind in things that have already changed. Life has moved forward and I am still looking he wrong way. It’s again time to turnaround, and adjust my focus. We will flourish.

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Just being me.

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Living in the Sun

 

I love, love ,love to write. It has always been my go to stress reliever, just get it off my chest and leave it in the past. Some times literally like when I leave old journals in old apartments or throwing them away and one time burning a particularly painful collection of journal entries. Then I made the step into a few blog posts about the subject I knew the most, Yoga. Those turned out well and I as very encouraged so I wrote a few. Then I stopped. I let life get in the way and I lost my balance, my release, my leave it in the past method, and life became heavy. Now I just want to share, release, learn and write about life, experiences, love health, family, choices, whatever strikes me. I want to take challenges, put myself out there and charge and a positive lightweight future like a bull!!! I want to be me and write about it. Hopefully others will enjoy, learn and grow with me.

 

Momma, I need a buddy.

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We recently relocated our family for a new life and better opportunities. Everything is great and we all like it here. The weather is amazing, we are close to beaches, the town center, the library, and all of the things I thought would make finding mommy groups and friends for the family through community family functions a breeze. I was wrong. I didn’t at all take into consideration the cultural differences that make this community difficult to break into.

I really had in my head that the youngest of our tribe, who is not yet in school, would have the easiest time transitioning. He doesn’t have to deal with a new school, as school in general will be new to him soon. He doesn’t have to get used to a new schedule, he doesn’t have that much change in routine and he is still always with momma. It turns out, the way that his transition is similar to mine is the most heartbreaking and it has totally caught me off guard. Going to the beach, playground, library, and other kids activities is not making him quick buddies, no one is used to him and he is not used to anyone else. I don’t yet have our mommy group established  so we are alone. No buddies for either one of us and I realized the hard way that he is as lonely as am I. It certainly is not the end of the world or something unfixable, it will just take more time, more effort, and more planning than it did last time.

In our old city it was so easy to find my group, to go mommy stalking and build our tribe. It all seemed to just fall into my lap and I took it for granted. Now is different and that’s OK. We will find our group and we will find our special buddies. If that’s the biggest of our problems right now…… I will take it. Challenge accepted! 

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Build Positive Energy, Create Positive Movement

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I have yet to meet one person who doesn’t need a positive change in some area of their lives. Even the happiest most well balanced person I know speaks of upset, stresses, tension and hard times. So the question becomes How do I remain focused on the positive things my life has to offer? In my personal opinion that answer is: Find the best way for you to build positive energy, practice it regularly, and then turn that positive energy into positive movement. Here are three ways that I have success in building positive energy. Hopefully one or all of these things will help you too.

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1. The mind: Because I am not one who has a lot of extra time on my hands ( seriously who does) I have created an environment that tosses positive things and inspiring messages into my existence. It’s so easy and makes me want to make the time to read more, do more, research more etc. Example #1: Facebook. (Pause for shameless plug: MCHobdy On FB) I Like pages that give a positive message. If a friends posts something that I find encouraging or helpful and there is a page that posts such things regularly, LIKE IT! Posts pop up, I have something positive coming to me every time I get on Facebook to play. Also, What are your interests? What makes you happy, feel good and want to take action towards success in life? Find it LIKE IT. Turn Facebook, twitter, Instagram, any social media site you enjoy on a regular basis into not only fun time but inspiration time as well. By seeing, paying attention to and actively absorbing these small and short inspirational moments, you are building positive energy within yourself. Allowing yourself to see the positive in life. Not that you are ignoring the negative, Sometimes you need to know whats happening around you and its not always positive. However the more positive you allow in, the stronger and more clear minded you will be to handle the negative in the best way possible.

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2: The body: Of course I love yoga and feel like EVERYONE should find at least one hour a week to practice Yoga, However even I know that yoga is not the end all be all to physical health. Take care of yourself. Plain and simple. You are the only you that will ever be. Do you want to LIVE and be well and happy or do you just want to be alive and settle until the end? It is CERTAINLY not always easy to reach our fitness goals. However you can find the help you need if you are willing to put in the work. Working towards a better you will make you feel better. The better you feel the more you will want to exercise and eat well. Cheating doesn’t happen if a good balanced plan is in place. This really all ties back into the types of motivation and information you are allowing yourself to absorb. Are you surrounding all parts of yourself with good people, good information and positive encouraging energy? When you have even the smallest chance are you not just recognizing it, but using it for positive movement?

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3: The spirit: This part of building positive energy and turning it into positive movement is VERY different for everyone and very personal. For some this means regularly attending church or another religious gathering. For others this will mean a regular practice of meditation and exploring within. What ever it means to you. There is no doubt that peace of mind and spiritual wellness are linked within each individual. Taking time to check in with yourself and remain anchored in your beliefs and activities that keep you grounded, focused and understanding the things that you can control verses the things that you can not control will go along way to reserving and saving energy for beneficial things and not wasting energy on negative things or things that you can not change. Turning this spiritual energy into positive motion whether its, going to a spiritual gathering, helping others achieve personal goals, volunteering, anything that puts that positive energy out into your community strengthens your environment, thus comes back around to strengthening you as a person. When you are strong you can use your strength to help others become strong. Contribute to the positive circle of giving and receiving.

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Namaste

Peace, Love and Yoga for Everyone

As  a person, I love finding things that inspire me to be better, do better, feel better. As a yoga Guide, I love finding ways to turn those personally inspirational moments into inspiring experiences for People who attend my classes.

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This week I have been surrounded by an energy of all inclusive peace and love. It started with an article (http://www.doyouyoga.com/how-to-do-half-dog-on-the-wall/ ) about adapting your Downward Dog. This of course touched my Yogi heart because it fell in line with my 3 favorite things to say.
1: Start from where you are and move forward from there.
2: Everyone is different, thus everyone’s Yoga is different.
3: Lets work together to find YOUR Yoga.
All three of these things crave adaptations in order for each individual to grow and gain success on their personal Yoga path.
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From The article this all inclusive spirit guided me to a student who returned to class after a very disappointing first class. The first class was upsetting because of this students need for adaptations that I had not yet learned to understand. Overjoyed that said student decided to return, I was ready with adaptations that led to a more beneficial experience for this student, myself, and the other student in the class. The all inclusive spirit, I believe struck all three of us that night in class.
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The Third experience Was the friendship party that my son had at school, instead of Valentine’s day. Not everyone can participate in holiday fun, so the school Like many others, changes the names and slightly the meanings of these holiday celebration times so that everyone can participate. While talking about this to random people in my life and listening to the upsets over political correctness or expressions of how cute the party idea was, I myself, ( who was thinking about the weirdness of parents, seriously it’s a love day.) became more and more in love with the fact that as I am learning more ways to include adaptations in my life and classes to be able to include everyone who is willing and kind,  my precious child is learning the same.
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Peace and love and happiness is for everyone just as Yoga is for everyone. Please explore, experiment and enjoy.
Namaste

Starting with the Basics

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Just as with everything in life, you have to start somewhere. But…” where do I start?” is always the haunting question. Why not start from where you are right now? 15c8ccd14ecadc84372beb137a61cd72

Why not start with a breath? A long deep inhale and an releasing exhale with a loud (or soft) sigh. In Yoga classes, I choose to start with the basics. As apart of my last post, “The next step on the Yoga path” , I spoke briefly about Yoga as a word meaning “unite”. Unite body with mind, mind with soul. We encourage this union beautifully in building an understanding  and a relationship with our bodies, our minds and our souls. As our bodies move from one Asana (posture) to the next, the transitions become a moving meditation. The body flowing in sync with the mind, allowing the mind to quiet and flow inward toward the light of the soul. And it is there, in that light, that the perfection that is you shines bright.  BUT HOW HOW HOW…. you ask, I ask, we all ask!! By starting with the basics. In my humble opinion there are few things more basic in Yoga than the Sun Salutation

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Lets first build an understanding of what the Sun Salutation is. Keeping within the flow of the basics, a Sun Salutation is a series of Yoga postures all performed in a flowing sequence. While this series of postures is traditionally performed in twelve rounds at sunrise to greet the twelve sun gods of Hindu beliefs, not everyone is Hindu nor do you have to be to gain the powerful benefits of Yoga. So to adjust to our own needs, as each individual should in Yoga practice, this series posture is great for a warm up to a Yoga practice, a wake up energy builder to start the day and if done in a slower flow, a great relaxing stretch sequence to end the day. So lets get into learning the details of the Sun Salutation so that we can begin to build our relationship with it. This is how I call it and explain it in all of my Yoga classes.

Step 1: Standing with hands at heart center. Hands at heart center

With a firm foundation, weight spread equally on both feet, knees slightly bent, tailbone pointing down, abdomen pulled into the spine, shoulders rolled back neck and head held straight and high. place your hands in the center of your chest in Namaste/prayer position.

Step 2: Hands to the sky. Hands to the sky

Holding  your straight body posture, lift your arms straight above your head, palms facing forward.

Step 3: Forward bend. forward bend

Continuing to hold the abdomen into the spine, fold forward at the hips come as close to touching the mat as possible without over extending or hurting yourself.

Step 4: Right leg back. right foot first Placing your hands flat on the mat, push you right leg to the back of the mat placing your body in a lunge position.

Step: 4 (b) Left leg back:

Push your left leg back to meet your right, this places your body half way between downward dog and plank position, but only for a second.

Step 5: Rock into plank: plank

With your abdomen still pulled into your spine to support your lower back, rock forward so that your weight is carried by your hands and the tips of your toes.

Step 6: Scoop into Cobra: cobra

Leading with your head moving toward the ground follow with your shoulders and chest, and in a scooping motion, lift your head to the sky followed by your shoulders and chest end the scooping motion with uplifted torso and straighten arms and the souls of your feet facing upward.

Step 7: Tuck your toes: tucked toes

While this is not an actual Yoga asana, this is a very important transitional step. When placing the souls of your feet flat in the previous step, cobra, your feet are pointed, your toes relaxed and your ankles stretched. In tucking your toes in preparation to lift into downward dog, which is next, your toes get a stretch your feet become flexed through the transition and your ankles get an opposite stretch, working your ankles and feet may seem like small steps, but they should not be forgotten. Later in balancing, squatting, and even just walking the ankles can make or break the day!

Step 8: Downward dog: down dog

Lifting at the hips push back into downward dog, placing your weight equally on your feet and hands. placing your feet as flat as possible on the mat.

Step 9: Right foot forward: left foot 1st

Pull your right foot forward placing your body in the opposite lunge position from the beginning.

 

Step 10: Left leg Forward: forward bend

Pull your left leg forward to meet your right, placing your body in a forward bend. Remember not to over extend yourself more flexibility will come with practice and time.

Step 11: Roll your self up/ hands to the sky: Hands to the sky

Roll your body up to a standing position. No matter how fast or slow you are moving through the Sun Salutation always be mindful of rolling yourself up one vertebra at a time by keeping your back arched until your are in a full standing position. End this flow of motion with your hands to the sky, palms facing forward.

Step 12: Pull the energy around and back to heart center: Hands at heart center

Stretching your arms down the side of your body, meeting in the front and drawing up to heart center coming full circle to where it all began. Re check your foundation and posture. flat equal footing, knees slightly bent, tailbone pointing down, abdomen pulled into the spine, shoulders rolled back and down, neck and head straight and high.

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The entire series is repeated with the one change being leading with the left foot instead of the right foot. Once the sequence has been repeated with the left foot leading you have completed one round of Sun Salutation.   This basic series posture when done properly will work your entire body top to bottom and bottom to top. When done slowly, each position provides and different stretch and the opportunity to guide and feel the breath moving and flowing into different parts of your body. When done at a quick pace, as is tradition, this series not only works your muscles, but adds a surprisingly good cardio feature to your Yoga practice. As you build your relationship with the Sun Salutations, adaptations for a more advanced mini work out await you! Thank you for your time! Can’t wait to see you in class.

Namaste, Namaste

The next step on the Yoga path.

April 2014

Hello all! I would like to introduce you to my friend Yoga. Yoga is often misunderstood as something others do or something to float back and forth and in and out of. The truth is none of these perceptions could be further from the truth.

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Yoga as a word means “unite”. Yoga as a friend helps you gain a space where you can learn to listen to your own body and adjust to your own needs. Yoga s a steady practice enables you to monitor your own unique progress and gain your own unique successes as time flows forward. Yoga as a goal unites the body with the mind and the mind with the soul, allowing you to see and feel and flow with your own positive energy and be guided by your inner light and peace of mind. While it is a proven and well recorded fact that Yoga has a great many physical and mental benefits (which we will be discussing at length later) it all starts from that quiet place inside of each of us where the answers to the following questions reside:

1. Are you willing to try?

2. Do you have the desire to gain unique new success?

3. Would you like the space to focus on you and only you? ( the world will not fall apart in an hour…chill out!)

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As simple as these three questions may seem they are deserving of several minutes of complex thought. Willingness, drive, and focus are not simple possessions, and finding the raw honest answers is no easy task. I invite you to truly think it over and be honest with yourself. Also keep in mind that as you are putting your energy and thought into finding these answers, you are practicing a branch of Yoga called Raja Yoga, the Yoga/uniting of the mind. Meditation, exploration of self, gaining of knowledge and seeking the answers to the questions that reside inside of us are all descriptions of what Raja Yoga is. So now that you are an experienced Yogi, join me for a class and lets take the next step on the yoga path together.

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Namaste