feel JOY

Tomorrow I start my next Parkinson’s yoga series, and I can’t wait to get back to Moksha Yoga Kelowna with the returning students and new faces that have signed up. I’m feeling the love!

And what better way to celebrate than with breath of joy!

This deep breathing exercise (pranayama) brings energy (and joy!) to your practice, as well as works on coordination, allowing the breath and movement to work together in one fluid motion. Amy Weintraub author of Yoga for Depression says: “(this) breathing exercise can sweep away cobwebs of lethargy and bring more energy into your life.”

Benefits

  • first inhalation (arms forward) encourages diaphragmatic breathing
  • second inhalation (arms to the side) encourages thoracic breathing
  • third inhalation (arms up) encourages clavicular breathing
  • allows deep and complete exhalation at the end
  • energizes the entire body
  • strengthens arms and shoulders
  • will make you smile 🙂

Contraindications

  • Because the head is below the heart at some points, you may feel lightheaded. Take your time and relax in between
  • If you have low blood pressure, practice slowly and go less deeply into the bend on the final exhalation
  • Avoid if you suffer from untreated high blood pressure, migraines, or glaucoma
  • Flex the knees to protect the low back

How

I’m going to leave this up to Amy, who demonstrates it so “joyfully”!

enJOY, much love.

sunshine and new opportunities

so, as you probably noticed, i’ve been on a bit of a hiatus. i’ve been feeling the stresses of “end-of-year”, namely trying to cross the last things of my to-do list and tie up any other loose ends.

i’m looking forward to 2012 and all it’s potential; however i’m especially looking forward to this!

this is something i’ve had in the works for a long time now, and collaborating with Moksha Yoga Kelowna has finally made it happen!

… in the meantime, i’ll be hanging out here!

RIU Santa Fe, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico ... amazing, right?

Much love to you and yours this holiday – see you in the new year! xo

it’s okay to not know

I have a wonderfully spirited teacher, Kylie, at Moksha Yoga Kelowna.

She always seems to know the right thing to say.

Here is a passage from the book she often reads from during sivansana. I’m about to start the last year of my PhD and don’t have a concrete plan for the future… so, I find this quote very inspiring.

JUNE 15 – “It’s Okay to Not Know”

Sometimes we don’t know what we want, what’s next, or what we think our lives will look like down the road. That’s okay. If the answer is I don’t know; then say it. Say it clearly. And be at peace with not knowing.

Sometimes the reason we don’t know is that what’s coming is going to be very different from anything we’ve experienced before. Even if we knew, we couldn’t relate to it because it’s that new and that different. It’s a surprise.

Sometimes the reason we don’t know is that it would be too difficult, too confusing for us right now. It would take us out of the present moment, cause us to worry and fuss about how we could control it or what we have to do to make it happen. Knowing would make us afraid. Put us on overload. Take us away from now.

Sometimes our souls know, but it’s just not time for our conscious minds to know yet. Sometimes knowing would take us out of the very experience we need to go through to discover the answer we’re looking for. And sometimes the process of learning to trust the process of doing through an exerience and coming to trust that we will ultimately discover our own truth, is more important than knowing.

the process of moving from what we don’t know to what we are to learn is a process that can be trusted. it’s how we grow and change. it’s okay to not know. it’s okay to let ourselves move into knowing. the lesson is trusting that we’ll know when it’s time.

enjoy. much love.