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    Full Moon

    One of the workshops I will be offering will be a Full Moon Yoga workshop. My idea for this workshop came to me while living and teaching in Anchorage. Anchorage is located right on the Cook Inlet, which stretches 180 miles from the Gulf of Alaska to Anchorage. I spent a good deal of time hiking in Kincaid Park and my favorite trail ran right along the beach on a bluff overlooking the ocean. I began to notice the changes of the tides and was curious about the gravitational pull of the moon. According to National Geographic  “the moon’s gravitational pull on the Earth is the main cause of the rise and fall of ocean tides. The moon’s gravitational pull causes two bulges of water on the Earth’s oceans—one where ocean waters face the moon and the pull is strongest and one where ocean waters face away from the moon and the pull is weakest. Both bulges cause high tides. These are high tides. As the Earth rotates, the bulges move around it, one always facing the moon, the other directly opposite. The combined forces of gravity, the Earth’s rotation, and other factors usually cause two high tides and two low tides each day.”

    There are also many theories about the effect a full moon has on humans and animals. Some theories suggest that dogs bite more people on the full moon and there are more crimes committed during this time of the month. I’m not sure I believe all of that but I do believe in using the time of the full moon as a reference point to check in with myself. This is a wonderful time to set intentions, to slow down and practice some yin yoga and restorative poses.

    In my Full Moon workshops you can expect guided meditations and pranayama practices as well. As I have often alluded to, we mimic nature. When it is winter and the trees are bare it is a time of hibernation, a time of looking inward. When there is a full moon there is a swell, a bulging in the oceans and just maybe this is a perfect time to tune in to your life and see what direction you are heading in. I believe in the power of intentions and what a wonderful time to gather in circle and meditate and set intentions.


    Distance to Empty

    I was driving into town yesterday morning and I noticed that my vehicle gives me a message regarding my fuel levels. Distance to Empty – 34 miles.  It dawned on me that our bodies send us similar messages. They alert us when we are getting low on energy through subtle messages such as a little ache here or a twinge there.  Our vital life force energy is similar to the fuel we put in our cars and our yoga practices are similar to pulling up to the gas tank. If you are in the habit of doing a bit of yoga everyday and then miss a few days you know what I mean. Our backs become stiff, our hips feel tight and there is a sense of being unconnected to our physical bodies. I also believe that when we begin to get low on fuel the doubts creep in.  The little worries and concerns that we carry around get bigger. Before you know it you are spinning out of control and getting slammed by life. I believe that our bodies don’t lie to us and the messages are always there. If you continually drive your car without heeding stop signs or red lights what happens? Eventually you are going to hit something! So pull up to the gas station, turn your car off and refuel, either by getting on the ground and stretching or sitting quietly noticing your breath.