Peace, Love & Light
When was the last time you did something nice for yourself or took yourself out on a date or went on a road trip solo?
When was the last time you put on a pair of pink heart shaped glasses, donned a unicorn ring, and sipped a cocktail out of a swirly heart straw??
I know Covid has changed the way we spend our time, but you can't let a pandemic define you or limit your exposure to the brighter side of life.
We must find creative ways to recharge and have some fun.
We are reaching the year anniversary from when the world came to a halt and we were quarantined and mandated to distance ourselves socially. During that time we experienced a lot of hardship, loss, ups and downs, a lot of uncertainty and stress, financial struggle, and emotional exhaustion. BUT ...
People have come together differently and we're making more conscious choices based on what truly matters. We weren't expecting such a traumatic plight, but for some of us, we had gotten a little too comfortable in our every day lives so it was just the thing we needed to realign with what matters most; family, friendships, integrity, patience, humanity, being kind and generous, doing the right thing, taking time to be outside, and loving with an open heart.
This kind of change turned us inside out and asked us to show up in more meaningful ways. We were asked to step in to our shadows and break down our unforgiving mindsets and old controlling behaviors. We were asked to show up and step into the light and for many of us that required an immense amount of energy and emotional reserve.
If you're tired, you should be. You've worked hard. Now take some time to celebrate and rejoice in this new beginning and be prepared for greatness. This new chapter you're beginning is going to be extraordinary. The picture I posted above is just a reminder to not take life too seriously and to do something fun and silly every once in a while.
I will be taking this weekend for me; to rest, to have fun, and to celebrate the new chapter I'm writing. No live stream this Sunday, February 28th, but I'll see you on the mat the following Saturday, March 6th.
Love & Light,
Let's be the LOVE the world needs.
All about the Hips
The hips are a very important center of activity in the body. Inside the pelvis passes a large neuromuscular bundle of blood, lymph and nerves that transport nerve signals and blood to the trunk of the body. The muscles that support the hips are the abductors, adductors, hip flexors (psoas), gluteal muscles, and hamstrings.
When the muscles around the hips are tight, the spine is compromised, there is less range of motion, circulation is impacted, and the body is pulled out of alignment which affects our posture and overall health. This can bring on headaches, cause knee issues, low back pain, sciatica or an overall feeling of tightness in the body.
Emotional traumas and stress can also get lodged in to the tissue and muscles around the hip joints, which restricts the flow of energy and can be physically draining.
Does any of this sound familiar? The answer is most likely "yes" and I'm here to help.
This Sunday I will be offering a hip workshop where we'll move deeply into opening the hip area through gentle long held poses designed specifically to stretch the muscles and corresponding tissues. You will be guided through a custom tailored sequence using straps, various props and specific poses intended to increase mobility, improve flexibility, release tension in the back, and free stress held in the body.
Hip opening can create an energetic shift and bring a sense of freedom throughout the entire body. This kind of release is uplifting and energizing, which allows the mind to become clear and the body lighter.
I’ve been doing this work in my own personal practice for over a decade and although I’ve slightly modified the sequencing over the years, not much has changed, as my gentle patient approach has shown consistent results. The hips cannot be forced open. This practice requires patience, attention, and deep mindful breathing.
There are just a few spots left if you are interested. You can sign up at Plum Tree Yoga. For those of you who can't attend the live session, I'm going to be teaching a mini version of the workshop Sunday morning during our normally scheduled live stream session. You don't want to miss this. Trust me!!
See you Sunday :-)
Love & Light,
Zoom Live Stream: Sunday February 21st, 10am-11:15AM EDT. The session will open at 9:45am so please arrive early to get settled so you are ready to begin at 10am.
Recorded Option: Pre-pay (payment information below) and include "Recording" in the notes of either Venmo or Paypal and I'll send you the link after class on Sunday.
Step #1 Register (Required):
After registering, you will receive another email with link to join class (Save this for Sunday).
Step #2 Send Payment:
Sliding Fee ($5-$20)
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Please feel free to forward this to anyone you know who may be interested.
Let's be the LOVE the world needs.
An Open Heart Heals
When our hearts and minds are open we are aligned with the source of our existence yet how do we do this when there's so much turmoil in the world?
It's hard to watch the news or scroll through social media with an open mind. We are triggered by the injustices, the control and manipulation, the racial biases, inequality and ignorance.
It's a dog eat dog world; mindset against mindset and we blame and disassociate. We defend our positions and exert our will. We avoid conflict and ignore the heart of the problem.
The unwillingness to own our shit; to look within and do the work we need to do in order to heal and be better human beings.
We need to look at yourselves and we can't do that when our hearts are void of emotion and our thoughts are stuck on auto pilot.
Yoga and meditation helps the mind settle so that we can see through a different lens and have a fresh perspective that's perhaps more aligned with our truth and less attached to the patterns we play out in our day to day lives.
When we love and I mean truly love, we begin to heal and see the world differently, but we cannot love without letting go of our rigid belief systems and defensive reasoning. The ego rules humanity, but we're better than that. What would it be like if we all softened and looked at one another like sisters and brothers; like souls and vibrational beings?
The world would shine brighter I'll tell you that much. I use to think love could change someone; make them better, but that's not true. You have to love yourself. Nobody can do that for you.
I found a pure raw unconditional love within myself and it healed my heart, but it didn't come easy. It took a willingness and a commitment to come home; to breathe consciously ... to roll out the mat and practice ... to sit in meditation and be with everything that came up.
I do believe that love can heal the world. You just have to open your heart.
Love & Light ~
Take Time to Rest
Let's talk about feelings of overwhelm, shall we?
Do you know when you've had too much or done too much? Are you aware when your body is overstimulated and needs to rest?
For most of us we are so use to going and doing and being something to somebody that we have no idea when the mind needs a break so we just keep pushing on until the body gives out and is overcome with some sort of physical or emotional pain.
Why are we living like this?
The other day my daughter said, "Mom, my brain hurts." I thought she was referring to a headache and so I asked her to tell me about it. She went on to say that her brain was driving her crazy because it wouldn't leave her alone. Then she brought up the snow globe analogy telling me that her brain felt like it was full of glitter.
She was overstimulated and she knew it. I was too, but as a mother to a small child the responsibilities are inexhaustible. I'm wired to keep going and doing until it's time for bed and even then there's more work to be done so I get up in the morning and start all over again.
My daughter reminded me of the importance of taking time to stop and relax and be quiet when the mind becomes overwhelmed. We turned on some peaceful music and took some long slow deep breaths and the energy shifted almost immediately.
It's okay to stop, to sit on the couch and take a break. It's okay to sit in a nice hot epsom salt bath and soak away the tension. It's okay to take a nap in the middle of the day. It's okay to take time to do nothing. The body is wise and intelligent and a living breathing organism that needs rest to function optimally. Do you want to just exist and survive or do you want to thrive?
Don't wait until the body falls ill or shuts down or you strain a muscle before you start paying attention.
Take good care.
And for the love of all things holy, GET ON THE MAT!!
Love & Light ~
A wise woman once said, "fuck this shit" and she lived happily ever after.