As I anticipate our move to Seattle and the birth of our little boy, I am confronted with a lot of unknowns. All I can really do to prepare is to make space for uncertainty and change and to hold my expectations more lightly. This passage from Kitchen Table Wisdom by Rachel Naomi Remen speaks to one of the ways we try to control uncertainty: creating labels.Read More
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Dear yoga friends,
Many of you already know this news, but I'm still a little bit in denial that it is actually happening... My husband and I are moving to Seattle to be closer to my family in anticipation of the birth of our first child.Read More
As many of you know, I have been training to become a prenatal yoga teacher. I will be teaching four free classes as part of the training that I hope you pregnant mamas / mamas with infants will join me at.
Sat, April 1 at 12pm | Prenatal Yoga (postpartum mamas welcome)
Weds, April 12 at 4pm | Prenatal Yoga (postpartum mamas welcome)
Sun, April 23 at 11:30am | Mom & Baby Yoga (babies not yet mobile)
Sun, April 30 at 11:30am | Mom & Baby Yoga (babies not yet mobile)
A friend shared the following passage with me and I was sold after the first line: “Active Hope is not wishful thinking.” Yes! Thank you for putting that simple sentence down on paper.
I've been reflecting a lot over the past few months about my relationship to hope. Both with the our new president and the uncertain, unfolding changes in the country and with my pregnancy, which as any of you who have kids know is full of uncertainty, especially in the early weeks and months. In both cases, I have been given the advice to not be too optimistic. The default opinion seems to be that to protect yourself and prepare yourself for action, it's best to err on the side of being realistic or even pessimistic.Read More
Happy March! I can't believe it's already the third month of the year. Spring is feeling closer every day. I've been feeling especially creative this past week — perhaps it's that the earth is starting to shed it's winter layers and uncover new seeds, new growth, new possibilities. Perhaps it's also the fact that I'm now 17 weeks pregnant and the new life growing inside me is feeling, moving, seeing light, and preparing to listen to the outside world. He or she is only just waking up to these new senses, new inputs, new experiences to observe, feel, and explore.Read More
We each have many reasons why we practice yoga. But the deepest, most powerful benefit of yoga is explained beautifully by Judith Hanson Lasater in this quote:
When carving stone, the sculptor removes everything that is not the statue… The art of revealing beauty lies in removing what conceals it. So, too, Patanjali's Yoga Sutras tell us that wholeness exists within us. Our work is to chisel away at everything that is not essence, not Self.Read More
There are several mindful breathing techniques outlined in Buddhism and Thich Nhat Hanh does a beautiful job explaining them to us laypeople. He has also offered some different variations, including this well-known meditation:
“Breathing in, I calm myself. Breathing out, I smile.”
I recently came across a transcript of a dharma talk Thich Nhat Hanh gave on mindful breathing in 1998. I was struck by the way he described returning to our bodies and ourselves through breathing and meditation. Here’s a short excerpt:Read More
Here we are, in the beginning of a new year. I love the inspiration I always feel at this time of year to make changes and to go off on new adventures. When thinking about the new explorations I'm embarking upon in my life, I like to reflect on this quote from T. S. Eliot, where he reminds us that many of the benefits of exploring are found in returning to where we started. It reminds me that exploring is not about doing, but about learning, reflecting, and growingRead More
As we prepare for the end of a year, we also get to look forward to new beginnings. In the midst of the darkness of this time of year, we also have an opportunity to feel within ourselves the stirring of light, beauty, and creativity.
“While everything around me is ever changing, ever dying, there is underlying that change a living power that is changeless, that holds all together, that creates, dissolves and recreates.... For I can see in the midst of death, life persists, in the midst of untruth, truth persists, in the midst of darkness light persists.” — Mohandas K. GandhiRead More
One of the beautiful things about this time of year is that we have more opportunities than normal to connect with family, with friends, and with our communities. This poem by Hafiz speaks to the human desire for connection and love.Read More