Right on for a new year...hoping this year will be better than the last...no offense 2020. :-)
The Body as a Meditation
Jan 4, 2021 - It's amazing with have out bodies that offer so much. Today in class we appreciate what our bodies have to offer, and us the sensations of the body as a meditation. Enjoy being embodied today. :-)
Making a Fresh 2021 Start With the Breath
Jan 1, 2021 - We made it..thank goodness! In beginning new things, it's nice start with the beginning in terms of yoga, which is really the breath. You can always come back to breath to find yourself, and what better time than the first of the year to do that. Enjoy our first practice of the y...
The Power of Positive Language
Jan 5, 2021 - In the Yoga Teacher Training I run we talk a lot about language. As a yoga teacher, you talk a lot. So, what you say matters. Not just in terms of the postures, or your theme, to on a more subtle level. It's important to enforce positivity. AND, as a yoga students, and a person...
Cultivating Hope Through Imagination and Vulnerability
Jan 6, 2021 - Early this morning a black man from Georgia was elected to the US Senate. It gave me a sense of hope for a positive future in America, but I also was thinking about the hope he had to have to made it this far. So, I don't a little search on what it takes to have hope. I found a s...
What You See Inside Filters What You See Outside
Jan 11, 2021 - When I am feeling really bright and positive, it's amazing how if I take a walk around town I think, "Wow, people are so happy today." And, of course, the opposite is true. Since we are filtering the world through our own eyes, cultivating positivity and Light on the inside makes...
Appreciating Community and Connection
Jan 8, 2021 - How lucky all of us are, in these truly unsettled times, to have a community where we can find connection. For me that connection is found being part of the community in teaching these classes and seeing students each day. We need each other more than ever to remind one another or...
One Small Positive Thought in the Morning
Jan 12, 2021 - These days have been a little bit rough for me. I feel like what I should be doing is constantly refreshing the New York Times, CNN, Facebook, to know what's going on. But, I just find it leads to more despair instead of more happiness....you know the feeling?
So, whenever I'm f...
Being Grounded in Ungrounds Times
Jan 13, 2021 - Where is the ground? Where am I? What's happening? Sure, we are living in a period of total disruption and uncertainty. Isn't having a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic enough? Do we also have to have the the worst President ever of our republic at the same time? It doesn't seem fai...
Positive Communication with Yourself and Others
Jan 18, 2021 - Today is Martin Luther King Day. I found this great quote about communication from him - "People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they have not communicated with each other."...
Focusing the Mind to Remember Our Innate Goodness
Jan. 14, 2021 - In the practice today we are focusing on the 3rd point, in order to focus the mind and let go of stuff, and remember or true nature of being good.
Getting Back to Balance
Jan 19, 2021 - This morning my wife and I woke up at 4:30am. Instead of talking about all the things we're worried about in the world, which has been the normal conversation when we wake up during the night over the last four years, we were being silly and laughing. We were laughing!! As we wer...
The Power of Words
Jan 20, 2021 - Yesterday I was walking my dog, Dewey, around Burlington. I came across a woman how looked like she was having a hard time with the parking meter, so I said, "You doing ok?" She was so grateful. She just wanted to be sure she had done it right and there was time on the meter. I ...
Connecting to Our More Creative Self
Jan. 21, 2021 - Yesterday was Joe Biden's Inauguration...yay! There's a lot I'm happy about in this transition, but for me, right near or at the top is a return to the celebration and cultivation of creativity. I've missed having a reminder from the highest office that America is incredibly div...
This Practice is Brought to You by the Letter R
Jan. 22, 2021 - I was watching an interview by Anderson Cooper with Amanda Gorman. As I'm sure you know, Amanda is the woman who shared her poem, "The Hill We Climb", at Biden's Inauguration. In the interview she was talking a bit about herself and her life, and that the reason she got into readi...
Savoring Time...and Particularly Winter
Jan. 25, 2021 - I really don't like winter. I was born and raised in Wyoming, and then from there moved to Vermont; someplace just as wintery, but darker. I have spent lots of time in my life asking myself why?? Not why I don't like winter, but why I live in this cold place. Arrggg!
BUT, this ...
You Become the Company You Keep
Jan. 26, 2021 - There is lots of talk online and with friends these days about how people end up believing that white supremacy is a good idea, or storming the capital is patriotic, or believing any of the numerous wild conspiracy theories out there. Something that I like that I saw posted online...
Wintering With Your Breath
Jan 27, 2021 - A friend told me I should read the book "Wintering", by Katherine May. I had mentioned in class the other day about trying to "like" winter, and she said this book might be of interest. Well, it is interesting. In general, it's about the idea of recognizing that winter has it's o...
The Future Is What We Make It
Jan. 28, 2021 - I love thinking about the future. I like planning motorcycle trips, camping trips, trips to Montreal, yoga retreats. Since the Pandemic started, all that planning is out the window. Sound familiar?
So, this morning I searched on Google about how to plan for the future during CO...
Jan. 29, 2021 - Over this winter I have been taking Dewey to Burlington. We walk around downtown and then along the waterfront. I could walk right out my front door and within a couple minutes I'd be in the woods. But Dewey and I like the energy of seeing other people and interacting.
Dewey is ...