I’m so grateful to have a healthy sense of wonder. It was curiosity that had me seek out a yoga studio years ago to find out what this practice is all about. “What is it?” I wondered. I wanted to try something new, I wanted to feel healthy. Those first steps inside a new studio can be nerve wracking. The unknown can be scary. We often fear what we don’t understand. I remember how I felt during that initial exploration. I let each person who comes through the door at Lam feel reassured and welcome, just as I was welcomed with open arms and open heart when I first began practicing.
There are certain rituals we have in our practice. Maybe you’ve wondered “why?”
• Integration When we first begin together we are all coming from a different energetic and emotional place. By surrendering together at the start we begin to notice the breath, ground down and become present. This is a time to set an intention for your practice...maybe for your life. It’s very personal. Everyone begins where they are. And that is beautiful!
• Chanting OM OM is an ancient mantra. It has many different meanings to people. The three syllables, or sounds correspond to birth, life and death. Also, some say waking, dreaming and sleeping. A connection is made with creator and also with the others in the room when we chant this primordial Sound together. The first time chanting caught me off guard. I though to myself, “what the hell?” I will admit I used to feel awkward chanting with other people. Now I belt out OM like nobody’s business! It’s visceral and I feel it in my core. I am you and you are me and we are one.
• Saluting the Sun This is body prayer. The sun as symbol of Life and Light and Growth. Now we begin our meditation in motion. Moving, through a sequence of poses that warms our bodies, much like the sun warms the Earth.
• In in the middle we move, baby! Move our bodies through a series of beautiful poses. Some we like, some we don’t. Poses bring out emotions. We explore this. We don’t judge. We are kind. We learn to be patient and have compassion for ourselves and for each other. We are humble. We are fierce. We explore all of this.
• Namaste Namaste means “The Light inside of me, honors the Light inside of you.” It is an acknowledgment of one another and a way to show gratitude for the practice for life for all that is. All of it. The good and the bad. The light and the dark. We need all of this to learn. Take it all in! Savor the sensations of all there is.
There are so many miracles to wonder about.
Namaste to you all! I’m so honored to explore with you!
The Coquí are elusive and hard to spot. I've been traveling down to Puerto Rico for years and I've never been able to see one of these little frogs. The males make themselves heard all over the island and evening becomes a symphony with their calls. It is an incredibly beautiful sound and high up there as being one of my all time favorites.
The call of the coquí is special and so is the magnificent island and all of its inhabitants.
When I think of what the people of Puerto Rico, a United States Territory, have had to endure these past weeks I feel angry but I also have felt hopeless. I want to get myself down there to help. Get off my ass and physically get my self down there to do something....anything. I'm not sure my skills would offer much help. I'm not sure how much Yoga would be appreciated when you have no clean drinking water.
There are ways to help. John and I chose to contribute to CCSU- Ana Grace Project Relief Effort. We will also do a fund raiser at Lam Yoga.
WNPR sent two reporters down there recently and they were able to gather information to better educate us here on the mainland. I got to see that there are helpers, There are kind, skilled people organizing and helping.
Here is the link to the Ana Grace project Relief Effort https://ccsu.networkforgood.com/causes/10497-ccsu-ana-grace-project-relief-effort
Money donated to this Relief Effort will go to all locations effected by recent hurricanes including Texas, Florida, the Caribbean and also the devastating earthquake in Mexico.
May all all beings be happy, peaceful safe, and free.
The alarm goes off at 5:10. It is cold. I don't want to put my feet on the floor. But I have to get up. I will need to put my feet on the hardwood floor. So, I run to the bathroom where my robe is hanging, brush my teeth, and pad down the stairs to the kitchen. The coffee maker has a timer. Sometimes coffee is made; Most days it isn't. I just want to crawl back into bed. It's so dark outside. I'm mad at myself for staying up late again. The days are getting shorter. It's dark when I leave home and dark when I arrive home. This, my friends is Autumn in New England. And then comes Winter in New England, colder and darker, Shoveling out to get anywhere and wearing many layers, furry winter boots, lighting the wood burning stove and stir crazy cats.
This sounds like someone who doesn't like living here in Connecticut but I do. I love it! I love that with the Autumn comes the beautiful foliage. I get to bake more now because it's cold and baking pies is a cozy thing to do, it smells nice and the apples are from the trees grown right here. Once the snow falls I can cross-country ski and catch up on some good books and movies. Winter can be a pain but it is truly beautiful. The seasons are a gift. Change is what's hard. It throws me off. My body is tired. I feel "zombie-like" but you adapt. You go with the flow and embrace the seasons. It is beautiful here all year around. I'm grateful to live in the most beautiful part of the world.... even if it is hard to get out a bed some days. Change is good.
Today will be 20 days since surgery on my right hand. I wanted to share what my practice has been like post surgery. My personal practice is important to me. I've made a career out of it. I opened up a small studio and I started a 300 hour Training program to add to the 200 hours I already have. It was a tough decision for me to do this surgery, but I could no longer ignore the pain. The yoga helped for years by stretching the nerves but in the end I made the decision to go for the surgery. I trust my surgeon. He's no nonsense and told me recovery would be awhile. Patience. It won't be forever. 20 days without my practice "the way it was" is feeling kinda like forever. It's only been 20 days.
Yoga is so much more than the physical practice of asana. I know this. I've been taking stock. During the teacher training when it comes time to practice I feel frustrated. I know I should accept this time for what it is. I have gained a new empathy for fellow practitioners who have body stories. I'm grateful to have this experience and to learn from it. I will be compassionate with myself and do what I can. Slowly gaining strength one breath, one day at a time.
Monday's Solar Eclipse is very special! The last total eclipse was 99 years ago, so we are very lucky to experience it during our lifetime.
In an eclipse, there is a heightened level of energy that impacts both the environment and can affect us in interesting ways too.
* Our digestion is reduced
* Energy level decreases
* Some folks experience a mental fog and uneasy feeling
There may be feelings of wanting go "inside" and become more introspective. Many animals and birds become less active during an eclipse and spend that time sleeping. Unfortunately we may not be so lucky enough to get away to rest.
It's important to note that some or all of these feelings can occur 2 to 3 days both before and after the event.
During this time we can all benefit from our yoga practice! I'll be at Lam on Sunday at 10:00 and again on Monday, the day of the eclipse for a special practice those days to honor the event with breathing, yoga and chanting. Come celebrate the feminine power of the moon with me and your Lam Yoga family! .
Join Lam Yoga February 21-28th for a vacation of dreams. We will stay at Vista Celestial nestled in the mountains of Uvita, located on the Pacific side of the country. The Villa is surrounded by spectacular views on all sides. Our gracious hosts can not wait to show off their glorious property.
First class accommodations and gorgeous views
This retreat can only accommodate 10 people in total We will be the only guests on the property for this relaxing and rejuvenating getaway. Our meals will be expertly prepared by the house chef and the ingredients will come from the kitchen gardens.
A guest watches as the chef chooses from the kitchen garden
imagine waking up to an energizing yoga practice followed by a freshly prepared breakfast made just for you. Next, a hike down to the waterfall to take in the beauty of this wild land. You will see some exotic creatures!
Bridge on the hike down to the waterfall
We look forward to this journey with you. If we can answer any questions, please reach out to Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org See you in paradise!
We live life and have experiences. Somewhere along the way we change and loose that unselfconscious joy of play and movement we had. Children don't worry about what they look like in a pose. They are fearless of falling, love trying new things and love a challenge. Can you do that? Can I do that? It will be my intention in my yoga practice and in my life to honor and cherish my inner child.
I fall down a lot. During practice of course, but also in my life. I used to fear falling. It's embarrassing to let people see you fail. To flounder like a beetle on its back, to look helpless. Truth, we don't grow if we don't fall. I learn something every time I fall out of a pose. Yoga has been humbling. I got serious in my practice later in my life. Im 46 and I've learned to be patient and kind to my body. I fall and I get back up and I'm grateful. I'm grateful for a body that loves to dance and move and flow. I'm grateful for a sense of humor that gets me back up when I fall on my face in life too.
You know that excitement of a new book when you discover it's something special right away. That first page has you like WOW! I wasn't sure how The Alchemist got into my hands, but I fell in love with the story and the message. "You are your own personal legend." Paulo Coelho taught me that, "When you want something the whole universe will conspire to help you." Both of these books took me on amazing adventures and both were life changing.
Some one pinch me. I'm dreaming. Ouch!!! I guess we really do have a fun shirt designed by the one and only Rachel Decavage of Cinder and Salt fame! I love the path this business is taking me down. I'm using my brain in new and creative ways. I go to bed excited and it's hard to fall asleep. It's okay though! I love the energy and the creative flow! I blame the practice for all the good juju.
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