There are some really great yoga teachers out. Some are world renowned. Some famous in their city. Some, just loved by their small yoga community (and that's saying alot).
often thought that the best teachers are the ones who walk their talk -
practice what they teach, if you will. And what I love about great
teachers is the messages they impart. Insight & wisdom on how to
be a better person or how to live a more peaceful existence. They share their experiences & their mistakes, what they've learned & how they've grown. They let us see that
they are humans, on a path, just doing their best like the rest of us.
human part is important...really important. Even great teachers are human. They make
mistakes. They go astray - sometimes in really big ways & that
attracts alot of attention. Sometimes they hurt people. Does that make
them bad teachers? Does it make them bad people?
think everyone probably has different ideas about this. But I was
thinking that we do need to remember that we're all human. That we all
do make mistakes. Being a great teacher means practicing what you
teach. But being a great student, or more importantly being a
compassionate human, means remembering that is a practice. It's a
practice for the student. It's a practice for the teacher. And really,
we're all students. Its remembering that every time you make a mistake -
in the studio or out - you just need more practice. Remember it about
yourself. But also remember it about those great teachers.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
This morning our son said he wanted to buy popsicles because we hadn't had them since the summer & that was "a really, really long time ago". It does seem like it was a long time ago! And with everyone complaining about the cold (including me) I thought I'd try it put a different spin on things...so here are:
10 Reasons to be Grateful for Living in New England in March
1. Beautiful sunsets
2. Strangers talking to one another, even if it is about weather:)
3. Winter sports - snowshoeing, skiing
4. Animal tracks in the snow
5. Days are longer!
6. It's March, not February - Spring is that much closer.
7. Continued need for flannel sheets
8. No landslides
9. Heated yoga feels even better when it's 9 degrees out! (www.sanctuarypoweryoga.com)
10. This one is up to you - fill in the blank!
This is yoga off the mat - finding gratitude any way, every day!
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
We finished our last day on Martha's Vineyard with a couple of delicious, organic, vegan smoothies from Blissed Out in Vineyard Haven & then hopped on the ferry to head home.
I had read about Blissed Out before we left home & was super excited to find a smoothie place like it. I make raw vegan smoothies at home almost everyday, but I love trying ones made by other people.
One of the things I read in the online reviews was that they were pricey - $8-9 for 16 ounces. They were worth it!
While we were on the Vineyard, the refrigerator there broke down for a couple days so we didn't have all the usual snacks to pack for the car ride home (we're big on snacks). And we'd eaten our way through almost all the food we'd brought anyway.
A little more than half way home, we found ourselves at a rest stop on the Mass Pike. And we opted for fast food for lunch.
Almost immediately after I'd ordered & was standing in line (with the rest of the people in the picture above) waiting for our food, I had buyer's remorse. Was it really a good idea?
But I waited for the food anyway...I don't even eat meat - French fries & frozen drinks are my vice. The food was, well, barely food. I let the dog have most of the fries - not all, but most:)
Our fast good lunch cost us only a little less than our "pricey" breakfast smoothies. No buyers remorse there. The smoothies were made to order. Fresh, organic ingredients. And really filling!
It was a good experience in contrast. I needed that fast food to remind that I don't really like it. Not anymore. I find I need reminders like that sometimes - we all do. Eating, experiencing something that doesn't feel good helps you remember & fine tune what it is that does feel good. And that helps you create the life that you really want.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
The other morning while I was practicing yoga at home, our big dog pooped in the house & our toilet overflowed. (I specify our big dog, because it's usually just the little dog who poops in the house. Little dog = little poop, big dog = big poop).
It occurred to me later when I was teaching...there's always poop. Sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. Sometimes it's your poop, sometimes it someone else's. But there's always poop.
Looking back (especially before I found yoga) there were times when I was up to my eye balls in poop - flinging it around, just hoping it would stick to someone else. I've been covered in poop & have made poop mountains out of molehills.
The other morning, I found myself laughing about our poop situation. It wasn't a big deal. We cleaned it up, we moved on.
There's always poop. And I realized it's how you handle it (carefully) that makes the difference. You can fall into into, you can dive into it, you can get stuck in it, you can cover yourself in it, you can fling it - all that's really messy. Or, you can walk away from it, you can step over or around it. You can even pick it up, flush it & wash you hands of it. No fuss, a lot less mess.
Like I said, since yoga, I have a lot less poop in my life - thank goodness. And when I do encounter it, I try keep my sense of humor & stay as clean as possible.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
....I'm not - me!"
We've watched alot of Curious George over the past 4.5 years. And even if you don't watch him, you've probably seen or heard of the man. The man with, well, the yellow hat. That's who he is. And he says it - "without my yellow hat, I'm not - me!"
You can feel like that about anything. Without my job, I'm not me. Without my car, I'm not me. Without my house, I'm not me. Without my favorite yoga mat, I'm not me.
Thing is, these are all things. And they aren't us. They don't define us. We don't have to let them define us.
We live in a society that does place alot if emphasis in material goods. If you watch TV, you're bombarded with it. Buy this car, buy these clothes - you'll feel better & happier - you'll find you!
Things don't define us. We let them, sometimes, define us. Without our things, we can define ourselves. We can be free to be who we really want to be. Out from under the weight of searching for things outside of us to make us happy, we find contentment - santosha - in who we really are.
Without his yellow hat, the man would still be someone George loves. The people who love you would still love you without your car, without your job. Would you still love yourself?
Imagine....how would you feel without your car. Without your house. That's not to say, without a place to live or a way to get around. Just without what you're attached to now. Without the things that you've let define you. Without your "yellow hat".
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Yoga is not....
Just for flexible people
About being the best, the strongest or the fastest
Having expensive, fancy yoga clothes
About doing it right
Yoga is a practice. It's about being yourself & loving yourself - right here, right now. And you can practice that anytime, anywhere.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Last year, I posted 10 Practical Tips to a Successful Yoga Practice. Given that so many people choose January to explore yoga, I thought it worthy to repost...with an addition. Yoga is a meditation in motion. But once you've started to practice yoga & movement on your mat, it's nice to round out your practice with a seated meditation.
Sitting down & meditating can seem daunting. But start with just 5 minutes a day. Some people like to start their day with meditation. Others close their day with meditation. Still other do both - morning & evening. You wonder..."How will I find the time?" If you commit to it, especially just 5 minutes, you'll find time for meditation just like you find time to brush your teeth. It's starts with commitment & it is a practice also, so be compassionate & just give it a try.