Ha! You thought I was gone for the summer. I told you I would be back :-)
Seriously, though, Sunday was a very weird day for me. After teaching virtually for over a year it felt very strange not being in class with you. I took the time to nurture and restore and because it felt so good I decided to offer the same to you.
To restore is to return someone or something to a former condition, place, or position. Do you remember what your life felt like before? Before the divorce, before the death of a loved one, before the loss of a job, before the illness, before social media, or perhaps before you could even remember.
What is different now and how is your body responding? What affect has this stress had on your body, mind, and spirit? I don’t know for you, as the answer is yours and yours alone, but do take some time to sit with this, as there is power in knowing your truth.
Too often we are hit by tragedy or loss or heartbreak and just keep moving forward without processing the grief. Our bodies compensate and the deep real emotions get locked away in our biology. The intelligence of the body moves into survival mode and simply copes. Time moves on and we never truly process the loss. Instead, we just get comfortable in this new state of being, but it’s a contracted state and will compound over time until something breaks in order to counterbalance what is out of alignment. This is how anxiety, injury or illness invites themselves into our lives.
More and more of us are feeling anxious and restless because we are unsettled. The mind is consuming too much information and the body is being physically stressed (daily). How do we restore back to a place of stable equilibrium where the body can maintain a sense of stability and adjust to emotional triggers and conditioning of our past experiences?
We incorporate practices such as mindfulness and yoga. Restorative yoga has a healing influence on the body and mind. It gives us space to slow down and be in the moment with our own breath in a space of loving presence. When the physical body rests in long held supportive postures, the natural healing process resumes; restoring the body and mind back to its former condition.
Props and blankets will be provided so that you feel held and supported as you are guided through a sequence of relaxing and restorative postures. When the body fully surrenders, the mind becomes quiet and you are able to savor the simple sweetness of life.
Would love for you to join me on Monday, June 21st from 6:30pm-8pm at Plum Tree Yoga. You can register on the Plum Tree Yoga website. Cost is $35.
Love & Light,
Let's be the LOVE the world needs.
At what point did we start associating surrender with failure?
Our conditioning leads us to believe that surrender is giving up; like we've failed in some way, but what if true surrender was an honoring of one's self by acknowledging that the body is doing too much and being pushed to exhaustion and in desperate need of some rest?
Surrender, then, would actually be an act of self love; something only a true warrior would realize.
I have been running on empty for a while now trying to do all the things. Running two businesses, parenting, managing a house, coordinating summer camps, shopping, preparing meals, laundry, cleaning, school stuff, birthday gifts, emails, texts, calls, and the never ending list of to-do's.
The mounding workload and responsibilities seem to be endless. I'm in front of Zoom telling my students to be mindful, to breathe and rest yet I'm over here running around like a lunatic staying up to midnight every night trying to get everything done. Literally occupying every moment of every day with some kind of something and not taking any time for myself.
It's summer and I have a precious little girl who needs sacred time with her mama. I'm the one who holds her heart when her feelings have been hurt or when she is having a rough day. I cannot be fully present with her while trying to do all the things.
I've been pushing myself too hard because that's what I've always done. I've spent my whole life trying to prove myself, refusing to give up on anything, pushing and doing and going. I've made a habit of doing things the hard way because some how I was under the impression that personal growth only happened to those who worked hard and struggled and perhaps there's a little truth to that but it doesn't have to be like that all the time.
I've also noticed over the past few months that my students have Zoom fatigue and not interested in sitting in front of a computer anymore. People want to be out and about and go on the vacations they had put on hold and travel to the beach and spend time with friends and family. And truth be told, so do I.
I'm going to spend my Sunday mornings this summer with my girl making pancakes and staying in our pj's a little longer and going on bike rides and showing houses and writing offers. It's not to say I won't offer a pop up class every now and again, but for the summer I'm taking my Sundays back.
You can still find me on the mat at Plum Tree Yoga so keep your eye on the schedule and follow me on Conscious Yogi Facebook page because that's where I will keep you updated on my current offerings. I'm also available for smaller private events so keep me mind if you're looking to practice in a more intimate gathering.
I will write here and there, but giving myself full permission to unplug for a couple months to recharge my battery. Thank you to each and every one of you who take the time to read my musings each week. It means more to me than you could possibly know.This is not a goodbye, but a "see y'all later" kind of thing.
Have a beautiful summer and know that you are dearly loved. Rest, spend time with the ones you love, and be mindful as you integrate this new energy that's on the rise. We've worked hard to get here. Keep the momentum going and reflect in the light.
Love & Light,
Let's be the LOVE the world needs.