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

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Imbolc/Mid Winter

It's that time, a time for a little change. Now that there's light after 5pm, I'm feeling like I've survived the darkness. The shift from winter's darkest days to the sun showing a little more spark to its burn puts a smile on my face. It can be hard at times to believe change is coming with ice and snow underfoot but Feb.1st in the Northern Hemisphere shares a little promise with Groundhog Day. Six more weeks of winter? Maybe not.

I prefer referring to this time, more specifically Feb. 2nd as Imbolc like the ancient Celts or Candlemas like the Catholics because it resonates deeper for me because of my upbringing. It is a time to honor the Goddess/Saint Brigit of Ireland. Brigit is a fire keeper, a Goddess that tends to a home's warmth and needs. Her energy is similar to Hestia of Greece and Vesta of Rome. She's often unnoticed yet her role is vital especially during hibernation season when everyone is hanging out at home. If you are feeling to evoke a little more domestic joy into what at times feels mundane like preparing a meal and cleaning up, light a candle and visualize her unwavering devotion to the home and family energizing you.

Monday, January 26, 2015

February's Instagram Yoga Challenge @bamboomovesyoga

Follow @bamboomovesyoga on Instagram and see the many pictures I've taken of our inspiring yoga teachers for our February #bamboomovesme yoga challenge. Everyday for 28 days you will see a teacher in the pose of the day along with yoga wisdom to motivate your daily yoga practice. If you would like to participate in the challenge, take a picture of yourself in the posture of the day for 28 days and be sure to tag us and include #bamboomovesme. A prize just may come your way.

If you are wondering how to take yoga selfies, there are free self timer apps or someone close by can snap it and possibly become encouraged to practice yoga by your efforts. Follow @bamboomovesyoga for prize details and plenty of motivation.

In this image the forever helpful Nina Rabinowitz is in Ustrasana/Camel Pose while I snap away.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Winter Style Watch

Winter style watch: Ultra warmth with blanket scarfs from www.zara.com.

Natarajasana/Lord of the Dance Pose Variations

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Yoga Art: Seeing Shadows

Bharadvajasana 2/Twist dedicated to the Sage Bharadvaja 2

Since I've returned home from some time off in Florida, I have been sorting through my pictures and I'm enjoying the pics with shadows. They remind me of the saying "You can run but you can't hide" and in this case you can't hide from your shadow. Like your mind it follows you everywhere. Even on vacation as it fluctuates from fear to desire to joy.

While on vacation I had a little more time to sit in my postures and observe the many shapes of light and shadow I embody. Rather than pushing what's dark within away I realized I can embrace my intricate wholeness because my shadow side motivates me to keep on working towards getting lighter.

Krounchasana/Heron Pose

 I call this pose a Waning Ardha Chandrasana/1/2 Moon Pose.

Urdhva Dhanurasana/Upward Bow or Wheel Pose

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Yoga Art

Chapasana/Sugar Cane Pose and Natarajasana/Lord of the Dance pose mixed variation

To start the year I've taken a little time off to reconnect with family in sunny Florida. My Mom and I have created these images. I'm looking forward to the year ahead and creating the yoga art creations that are dancing in my head.

Chapasana/Sugar Cane Pose and Natarajasana/Lord of the Dance Pose mixed variation with a seaweed mandala I made for my son, Krishna's race cars.

Natarajasana/Lord of the Dance Pose

Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana/Extended Hand to Toe Pose variation

Vasisthasana/One Arm Plank Pose variation