Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Fish and Possibilities


Certain species of fish grow according to their environment.  Placed in a small tank, these fish remain small.  But when placed in a large tank or natural body of water, they grow to their intended size.  People are similar. When we live in a limited place, physically, mentally, or emotionally, we remain small.  These limitations can be self imposed or externally applied.  They can be tangible or invisible.  But when we live in an open and supportive environment, we can grow to our fullest potential, our intended size.   Yoga invites us to Open to Grace- to Open to All Possibilities that we may recognize our potential and experience and share the fullest expression of ourselves in every moment - to be Fulfilled!
The next time you find yourself living or being smaller than you know you are or if you are not sure how big you can be - Soften and bring your awareness to your breath, without strain or over effort, take a deep and full breath in, use your breath to create an inner spaciousness, lift, and fullness, maintain this space on your exhalation and repeat. Now Grow into that space, into more of your potential, into more of who you are intended to be.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Only Love - The Actual Quote is Even Better


"The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."   – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Only Love

"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that" --Martin Luther King, Jr.  

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Purnatva

There is a wonderful teaching in yoga call Purnatva - Fullness, Wholeness, Perfection. It teaches that within each of us, there is a place where we are full, whole, perfect, complete, lacking nothing. That we have everything we need to live a happy and joy filled life. We practice yoga as a way to reconnect to that place of Purnatva within us and then to express that experience of fullness in our daily life.


This perfection does not mean without flaws or faults.  But is a state of fullness at our essence. It's about living and being our best in each moment.  It's about getting the most out of each moment and giving our all in each moment.  


This fullness is not about over doing or excess.  It's about appropriateness - about being totally present and engaged in the moment at hand.  


Oh, sure, there are times when we feel less than whole.  We feel as if we are lacking something.  These are the times when our wholeness is cloaked - covered by the things in life, by living itself.  This cloaking leads to a longing - a desire - to feel whole again.  Often times, we begin our search in the external world - food, relationships, clothes, cars, houses, yoga poses,  - well you get the picture.  The most overlooked place is within - the only place where wholeness - fulfillment - can arise.  


When we finally reconnect to our fullness, wholeness, perfection, then the world seems like a much friendlier, more beautiful place.  We feel good, actually, great!  Even, if just for a moment.


Living a life of Purnatva looks like a life of creativity, love, respect, integrity, joy, and fulfillment.


Live Fully!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Gratification Vs Fulfillment

John Friend, Founder of Anusara Yoga, is offering a free Dharma talk on Gratification vs Fulfillment tomorrow night from 7-8 at The Woodlands Anusara Yoga Studio


It's a "can't miss" event!


See you there!

Monday, January 17, 2011

A Yoga First

On Saturday,  I attended a workshop in Austin, Texas with  Christina Sell and Amy Ippoliti, two outstanding certified Anusara Yoga teachers.  Amy is featured on this month's cover of Yoga Journal.

The theme of the workshop was "Radical Self Esteem".  The theme was based on the ancient teachings of the malas (cloaks/coverings that prevent us from seeing and experiencing our Best Self).  Christina and Amy brought this ancient teaching to life as they weaved it into class as we were skillfully guided through a flow of backbends.

During the workshop, I reached both hands to my foot in Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana (one legged King Pigeon)  for the first time - check it out!

Enjoy.