Loving life with nature, beauty and yoga's wisdom.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

An Innovative Eagle Pose Sitting in a Limelight Tree

Necklace www.lailarowe.com

The chains of winter's chill are not completely broken here in New York City, making wearing an equal combination of winter and spring clothes a perfect choice. Black and white clothes are an easy and functional pick during the chillier of spring days mostly because we have a good selection of black from our winter wardrobe to choose from. If you don't have much white, beige and cream always blends well with black. Inspired from the tree's newest acquisition, lime green baby leaves, I lightened this look up by adding a lime colored scarf and statement necklace. I'm finding lime is a nice understated choice of color if you're looking to be a part of the neon trend that is spreading fast throughout the city.

Since bird poses have been musing every class I've been teaching for the past two months, creativity has taken over and I have this twisted eagle variation to share. It is a good idea to use the top crossed leg as a kickstand to keep your balance as you twist deeper into the pose.

Bird poses are balancing poses and in my eyes they are similar to wearing black and white winter/spring clothes. Practicing bird poses encourages our energy to lighten as we root down with what touches the floor while the rest of us floats in space as we watch our breath. During spring, earth and water are the dominant elements making our energy want to move downward and rest on the earth one day and then over do it on the next day like running water that's spreading itself all over the place. This combination leads to feelings of acute lethargy and anxiety, some call it spring fever. The key for feeling optimal ease and well being during spring is to be extra sensitive to following the teaching of the middle way everyday. Do not do too much or too little. Practicing yoga's balancing poses like bird poses will have you exercise this teaching in a flash.

Eagle pose

Tights & sweater from www.zara.com 

Booties www.forever21.com circa 2011, scarf gifted from India

Shades www.lailarowe.com

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Writing Your Dreams Down

A dreamy over sized bubble

Last weekend I led my yoga workshop "Spring Training, Putting Feet on Your Dreams." There was such a sweet and hopeful energy about the group that gathered together. What impressed me the most about this workshop was how after we sat, grounded, found our breath and meditated for about 10 minutes or so, I asked everyone to write down on the blank index cards I left beside their mats, what they want, more specifically what they dream for. I made sure to let them know that a big check was waiting for them after class with the number one and as many zeros as they could imagine was trailing behind that one. After we smiled about how no check would be gifted to them from me, I made it clear to not let the constraints of any money limiting thoughts get in the way of what they will write down. With this being said, I couldn't believe how they wrote, wrote and wrote what they wanted down.

We have dreams, we are designed like nature, to change, grow and want more space to expand. Doing this exercise allows the power of our personal visualizations, our third eye chakra energy center to exercise and get stronger. Visualization is an act of controlled imagination. If you can see in your mind your friend's face or your favorite vacation, you can visualize. Imagining and imagining often focuses your energy and likens your vibration to match what it is you want and receive it. Call it spell casting, magic or whatever you want, it is energy and similar energies without fail, find each other and stick together like magnets.

During the workshop, I suggested everyone take their index cards home with them and tape them along the side of their vanity mirror so they can read it over like a mantra and visualize their dreams each time they brush their teeth. Well, I did this after last Saturday and have been doing this for years. I can say now, with gratitude since many of my dreams have been answered, I hope this exercise can help you like it has and still does for me.

The pictures in this post is another approach to this same exercise. All of these pictures that I found in my past year pictures files have deep and cryptic meanings for me. They are my visual notes of what I'm dreaming for. I'm going to review this post often while taking a few deep breaths and giving life to my intentions.

My going to France altar.

A breezy porch.

Plenty of time on the water.

A sunset river view.

Being in light filled spaces.

Feeling connected to all beings.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Importance of Having a Play Day

Snow leopard

I'm feeling great today despite all kinds of stresses that have presented themselves. I believe my high vibe is partly due to the fact that I've been consistently practicing what I've learned to be a vital component to having a happy and peaceful life. It is, having a weekly spiritual day or what I like to call a play day. Years ago when I studied regularly with an American Buddhist monk named Geshe Michael Roach, he encouraged that no matter what is sitting in your bank account to enrich yourself by taking off once a week. On this day, no work is done, movies are watched, ice cream is eaten and pure fun is had. I listened and practiced his advice but still had the fear of "What would happen if?" sitting in the forefront of my consciousness while I tried to have fun.

Decades back my Dad, questioned why I taught on Sundays. I was raised to go to church on Sundays and I knew when he asked he wasn't pressuring me to go to church rather concerned about my choice to work everyday. I answered something like "Sunday is when the most amount of people consistently show up to class." He said "Well at least take a day off during the week and have fun." So, even though it is still true that yoga classes are packed on Sundays and I still teach on Sundays, here I am now after chipping away at a few fears and practicing what I've been taught, repeating what wise men and a few wise women along the way have shared with me. Be sure to have a weekly fun day, a spiritual day, do what you love, follow your bliss and maybe do something completely new. Doing so, you will revitalize your perspective and from this inspired vantage point you will be smiling the next day and open to several future self improvement possibilities in all areas of your life.

On my last play day with my son Krishna we went to The Central Park Zoo. Here we were transported into another realm of animal magic. While we were there, no business was done and I completely forgot we were in the middle of New York City. Beautiful memories were weaved into our consciousness and that is priceless.

Red panda



Thursday, April 4, 2013

Pink is My New Red

As spring flowers bloom in purple, yellow, pink and white, the color pink stands out the most for me. I'm realizing this as I begin my nesting process of packing away my heaviest of winter clothes and organizing my early spring closet. Red was the color I relied on this past winter to perk up my grays and blacks, now pink effortlessly does the same.

Tips on Getting Your Closet Spring Ready

Give away to charity or a friend what you didn't use and don't care that much about from last winter. Not only will doing so simplify your space and mind but someone else will love and most probably need it. Some of my most frequently worn and cherished items are second hand. If you're having a hard time digesting this, I've noticed that overtime the more you let go of things the more you receive.

Pick one or two pastel colors that are catching your eye this season. Buy a scarf, lipstick, costume jewelry, and maybe even shades in the these colors. By purchasing these items you are not investing much money in springing up your wardrobe yet you're adding some new touches to highlight your style for the season of new beginnings.

Finally pack away the heaviest of your coats and consider doubling up two lighter coats to create warmth and a lighter look.

Kimono, vintage, denim jacket & white top on sale @ www.zara.com  denim leggings www.dsw.com

Fancy warrior 1 & forward bend footwork that I'm feeling will be a part of my April workshop's choreography.

Scarf, gifted, wedge booties on sale @ www.ninewest.com beaded necklace & bracelet circa 2009 www.lailarowe.com
gloves, New York City street vendor