May, 2021

May, 2021

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May, 2021
  • There is Always Blue Sky Behind the Clouds

    May 7, 2021 - Jane and I started out doing yoga by practicing Ashtanga. Then we were talking about wanting to learn more about the philosophy of yoga during the yoga practice, and we found Copper Crane Yoga in Vergennes, Vermont, where Carolyn Conner was the owner and teacher. Carolyn's teachin...

  • Three-Part Breath

    May 25, 2021 - Three-part breath is a great go to for finding presence and practicing deep breathing. The 3 parts are the belly, mid-chest, and throat. You keeping breath into each, and then connect them all together.

  • Grounding

    May 28, 2021 - Today we work on finding grounding in ourselves and in our practice.

  • Imagining the Future

    May 4, 2021 - One thing that has been hard during this pandemic is that it’s been tough to plan for the future…well, impossible to plan for the future. But as we get more vaccinations it is allowing us to make plans. Something that has been a real foundation of my life is thinking about future f...

  • Be Kind Whenever Possible, It Is Always Possible

    May 5, 2021 - I like the above quote from the Dali Lama. Good to practice kindness with others, and the yoga practice is an opportunity to practice kindness with ourselves. So, be nice to yourself…do some yoga!

  • Savoring the Moment

    May 19, 2021 - This morning I was savoring the incredible beauty of where I live. I was sitting on my back porch looking out at my back yard and the view I have. I live in a condo up on a hill and have an amazing southern view. I get to see the full sunrise over the Green Mountains every night, ...

  • Perception

    May 18, 2021 - I’ve been loving going to the new City Hall Park in Burlington. It’s so great, and Dewey loves it, too, because he always meets new dogs, and people, when we go there. Yesterday a little dog came up to us to say hi - funny little dog. Then the woman who owned to dog came over an...

  • Connecting to the Senses

    May 26, 2021 - It's amazing how much information we are receiving from our senses, and a lot of times we aren't aware of know, we have other stuff going on.

    But, really connecting to the senses helps to find a feeling of place and really makes you feel present, which is awesome. We do ...

  • Breath

    May 20, 2021 - Today we focus on deep breathing and making space for the breath.

  • First, See The Good

    May 13, 2021 - In the Yoga Teacher Training that in direct at the University of Vermont, our moto is “First, See the Good.” What I love about it is that it implies that there is always good. No matter what is happening, you can look around and see something that’s great. Yay. :-)

    What I have...

  • Let the Mind and Heart Wander

    May 14, 2021 - Yesterday I was at the new City Hall Park in Burlington. There is a new fountain, grass, places to sit,'s totally great. I sat there with my dog, Dewey, and we both watched as the world went by. We enjoyed the kids playing in the fountain, people meeting for the fir...

  • Being Open

    May 27, 2021 - Today's class is about a convoluted experience of meeting some bicyclists in Burlington. Pretty funny story that's better to listen to then to read, watch the video (the story is about the beginning...of course), and maybe even stick around after the story for some yoga!

  • Seek Always the Intimate Joy of Your Original Self

    May 17, 2021 — I like this segment of a sutra from the Radiance Sutras:

    “Seek always the intimate joy
    Of your original Self,
    And move through this world in freedom.”

    Nice way to start the day. :-)

  • Listening to the Body

    May 24, 2021 - I was sick last Friday and in bed all day. That was after teaching at UVM for a full school year and being healthy every day. I think the sickness was my body telling me it was time to take a day off and not do anything. I realized I hadn't really taken a break to do nothing in ...

  • Burnout

    May 12, 2021 - Yesterday was my last day of teaching at UVM for the semester. I taught 8 classes, some of them two days/week…making for a grand total of 19 classes I was teaching per week, along with running the UVM Yoga Teacher Training. Students gave me comments like, “I learned to take care o...