I had always wanted to travel to another hemisphere so, last October I did just that. I got on a plane and traveled over 24 hours to get to Bali, Indonesia.
I planned the trip using using maps and Lonely Planet Guides and I had a purpose. I would meet up with 13 perfect strangers and we would live, laugh, eat, drink and practice yoga together for 10 incredible days.
𝒪𝓊𝓇 𝓉𝓇𝒾𝒷𝑒 𝓁𝑒𝒶𝒹 𝒷𝓎 𝒦𝓇𝒾𝓈𝓉𝒶 𝓂𝒶𝓇𝒾𝑒 𝓈𝓉𝒶𝓇𝓇
I learned a great deal about myself on this trip. Mainly I learned that I want to figure out how to do more traveling!! I loved learning a new culture, figuring out the currency, dining on beautiful exotic fruits and witnessing the devotion of the people on the island.
𝒪𝒻𝒻𝑒𝓇𝒾𝓃𝑔𝓈 𝒶𝓉 𝒶 𝓉𝑒𝓂𝓅𝓁𝑒
I loved both walking the beaches and chaotic city streets. I had to be very careful because there were scooters everywhere and cars drive on the opposite side. It was fabulous and I can not wait for the next adventure!
ℬ𝒶𝓁𝒾 𝒾𝓈 𝒻𝓈𝓂𝑜𝓊𝓈 𝒻𝑜𝓇 𝒾𝓉𝓈 𝒷𝑒𝒶𝓊𝓉𝒾𝒻𝓊𝓁 𝓉𝑒𝓇𝓇𝒶𝒸𝑒𝒹 𝓇𝒾𝒸𝑒 f𝒾𝑒𝓁𝒹𝓈.
It is important to let children know that it is perfectly fine to feel sad sometimes. Sad happens.
I want to share a recent experience with you. How It was handled and why I’m writing about it now.
A 4-year-old child creates a picture at the beginning of a school day. 8 hours later Mom arrives to take this child home from school. The kid cannot find the artwork. Drama ensues. The child is distraught, disappointed and sad to not find the art. The parent can not stand to have this child in this current state.
Mom says she will drive the child to the store - at this very minute - to buy her paper, crayons and colored pencils. I thought this seemed very wrong.
This child will not be able to solve every sadness by shopping. When she grows up will she try to solve sad with drinking, overeating or some other vice?
I get sad. I totally understood her feelings and got down on her level to let her know I she was safe in feeling how she felt.
Sad can feel scary. You can feel sad in your gut and in your chest. It’s called heartbreak for a reason. But it is temporary. We have happy and we have sad, and everything in between.
Instead of bending over backwards to keep a child from feeling this sadness, why not let them sit with it and explore it with them? At some point in all of our lives we will experience negative emotions. It is unavoidable. Our disappointments are also part of our growth here on this Earth School. It can be that these times of sadness are our greatest times of learning, living our fullest potential.
By letting a child know you see them, you let them know that what they are feeling is normal. It will pass. You’re sad now, but you won’t be forever.
SENSES. A sensory explosion in Sicily, Italy.
May 8 - 15th, 2021.
Italy is amazing in springtime! The trees are weighed down with their many blossoms. The air is warm and the beaches are THE place to sunbathe. Will you lie in the sun today or go for a Nordic hike in the fields? After yoga, take a cooking lesson. Tomorrow, lounge by the pool with a glass of wine as the sun sets. The weather will be perfect for just about anything you might have in mind.
Italy will open the heart and elevate the spirit. The incredible food, the passionate people. THIS is life. THIS is living. Our presence is our practice.
Breathtaking scenery, tomatoes picked fresh from the vines, the sounds of the sheep and horses grazing in the fields, the feel of the sun kissing the body. Precious gifts.
Included in this retreat:
• 3 Vegetarian/vegan meals per day. (We’ll eat like yoga practicing Vegetarian kings and queens!)
• Yoga 2x daily
• Trails and exploration of the property and surrounding river.
**Flight not included in price
The Villa can arrange for transport to and from the airport, and cost will depend on how many people will need transportation. Cost not to exceed 160 Euros or $185.USD to be divided among individuals requiring transportation. Our host suggests car rental. Explore! Maybe you’ll get a convertible. Why not!! Head scarf and all!
Cost is $1500.00
Payment of $500.00 USD required to reserve a space.
Final payment due February 1st 2021
All payments are non-refundable March 1st 2021
For more information about our retreat and payment plans, contact me: email@example.com
Sanctuary Power Yoga 300 Hour Graduates with Our Instructor Heather Rems Korwin
There is comfort in having people. For me, this includes, John and my yoga community and friends. Thank goodness there are yoga instructors who teach me and are generous with their yoga practice and their time. I’m lucky to have friends in all walks of life who inspire and talk me down from figurative ledges I find myself on.
The people who come to LAM Yoga teach me. When I’m teaching a practice I’m also learning. I learn something from every yoga class I teach. Leading a practice is incredible and I love it, but I get butterflies STILL every time before I teach.
I love sharing my practice! At the end of the day
I’m ridiculously hard on myself. I know what this is. This is EGO. This is exactly what we’re supposed to let go of in a yoga practice. Even though I know this, I still fret.
Here is a tiny example of my brain at night while I’m getting ready to sleep:
oh my God. I only did that twist on one side. CRAP, CRAP, CRAP! (Thumping forehead with palm of hand)
I know this isn’t the end of the world but I will wallow.
The point I’m making here is this. Thank you beautiful, diverse LAM community. I am honored to offer a space for you where we can learn together about this complex life and practice. You make life easier to navigate by laughing with me.
AND, life doesn’t have to be perfect. We can walk through it together. With all our anxieties and all our naked flaws. Besides, perfect is so boring. Happy New Year!
An imperfect sidecrow
After Restorative Yoga this morning, we walked down to the Farmington River together and chanted the Gayatri Mantra 108 times. It was all the more joyful because we sang it! I loved belting it out and because we were together it felt powerful and had much more meaning to me. The sun was shining, the sky was blue and the sound of the the river created a magical experience.
Here is the mantra:
Om Bhur Bhuvaḥ Swaḥ
Bhargo Devasya Dhīmahi
Dhiyo Yonaḥ Prachodayāt
General meaning: We meditate on that most adored Supreme Lord, the creator, whose effulgence (divine light) illumines all realms (physical, mental and spiritual). May this divine light illumine our intellect.
My favorite version: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yQjHSIHPJfw
Happy Earth Day and Love and light to you all!
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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! .
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