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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Returning to Mother Earth

Bhekasana/Frog Pose Variation

This week the sun moved into the astrological sign of Taurus. This sign highlights energies of stability, security and patience. Venus rules this sign giving Taureans a big admiration to beauty, luxury and delicious dining. Having experienced a super charged and event filled month during April, I'm happy to kick off my shoes for a bit, recline on the earth and feel her support.

Sadly a big part of my heart is with Ecuador, my Mother's homeland, which unfortunately has suffered a devastating earthquake this past weekend. My relatives were not affected as they live a good distance away from where the earth erupted. Yet having their homes and hearts shake as another part of their country has fallen apart tests one's trust in the support of the earth.

I'm using this time while the sun moves through Taurus and the weather allows, to sit in nature more often to mediate, practice yoga outdoors and mindfully walk on the earth. Here I will reflect on how I can pay attention to my security. Question in what ways do I feel insecure? Impatient? I will also try to fix what I can around my home and refresh my altar space with fresh flowers where most of my intentions are set. The earth provides us with all our needs. How can you both trust and take care of her?

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Liberate Your Lower Back: Twisting and Hip-Opening Flow online class @Yoga International

Find ease with this breath centered yoga flow. It is full of twisting and hip opening postures. This practice is calming, strengthening and designed to support your lower back body.

Click on the link below and enjoy my latest online class at Yoga International.

Liberate Your Lower Back: Twisting and Hip-Opening Flow

Monday, April 4, 2016

Find Your Spring Balance

There's a funny thing about spring, we long for it during winter's last hibernation days but when it arrives it's hard to keep up with all that's growing into our lives. Between invitations to go here and there to having meetings to make things materialize, it is easy to over do growing and under do grounding.

To experience yoga one must balance opposite energies such as blossoming and nurturing within. Since this time of year is about balance, I suggest practicing yoga poses that focus on balance. If the weather allows you to, practice outside. Begin by standing on both feet or sitting on the ground and deepen your breath. Feel your exhales rooting your energy deep and wide into the earth. Try tree pose where you place one foot on the inside seam of your standing leg's calf or inner thigh while your hands are in prayer position at the center of your chest or overhead. If you're seated try boat pose by sitting on a flat surface and hugging your knees into your chest with your feet off the floor. Place your hands on the back of your knees and try extending your legs upwards as well as reaching your hands forward at shoulder height. Maybe you can reach for your feet and find big toe pose like pictured above.

For any balancing pose fix your gaze on your horizon line. Let your gaze get soft, watch the wave of your breath and notice your mind get quiet. Allow the feeling of being balanced enlighten your day to day life as you seek balance in all you do.