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    Sacred Sunday

    Often times a group yoga class consists of a 60-75 minute practice with the focus being primarily the physical practice of yoga. The physical practice is wonderful but there comes a time when a student craves something a bit more in depth. There also comes a time when a teacher is ready to offer a more in depth experience.

    While I was teaching in Alaska I quite often stepped in as a sub for my daughter Megan’s Sunday morning class. The name of the class was Sacred Sunday and it was a 2 hour experience. That may seem like a good chunk of time and for most of us we aren’t used to a 2 hour practice. Keep in mind that it is not all physical postures. When you combine pranayama, meditation, asana and a bit of talking it becomes more of a complete experience. Sacred Sunday turned out to be my favorite class to teach. I enjoyed sharing the deeper aspects of the ancient practice of yoga. It was an opportunity for me the teacher and the students to have more of a dialogue, rather than me just guiding the practice.

     Now I’m going to be offering Sacred Sunday here, in Stevensville. I have found the perfect space – right on Main Street – where we will gather at Starrett Artists. It’s a beautiful space, with big windows facing east. The morning sun streams in and it feels magical. I hope you can join me every Sunday morning beginning January 22 from 9-11 am. There will be movement, exploration of breath, study of yoga philosophy and of course meditation and dharma talks.  It will be a group experience which I have found provides something extra special. It feels good to be part of a group, a group of people moving and breathing and meditating together.

    Sacred Sunday – union with the divine, connecting to Self. The perfect way to begin your week.

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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.

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    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.