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September 27, 2011 Restorative Series

Smile Smiling is infectious, you catch it like the flu
When someone smiled at me today,
I started smiling too.
I passed around the corner, and someone saw my grin.
When he smiled, I realized
I'd passed it onto him.
I thought about that smile, then I realized its worth.
A single smile, just like mine
could travel around the earth.
So, if you feel a smile begin, don't leave it undetected.
Let's start an epidemic quick
and get the world infected!

The days have been murky, mushy and mellow but all of us have brilliant points of light within us, ready to pierce the clouds.  So crack open that smile even if just for a moment, let that light escape. Remind yourself how much you already have.  See things in a whole different perspective.  To the robin, the warbler, all of this wetness is the Kingdom of the Worms!

The Eyes Have It
Eye Exercise for relieving stress in the eyes and head.  Calming when you need some downtime from sensory overload, helps with focus and jump starting the parasympathet…

September 20, 2011 Restorative Series

I woke up in a fog this morning, uh literally!  Shook the cobwebs from my nighttime brain and saw some light peeking through.  I then donned my silly hat and decided to awaken my inner child.  We all have things to do, responsibilities to be met, but doing and seeing them in a childlike light will keep you and them floating above the fog.  Why is it that summer seems to stretch on forever for a child, whereas in my existence as an adult, it is gone in a flash?  They stop to smell the roses, take in all that is around like it is the first time for that experience. Time then seems to roll at a much slower pace.  Awaken all of those senses; vision, smell, taste, sound, and touch (maybe not at the same time = overload) but one at a time to drink in what you may be missing.  Time may just stretch out a little bit longer.

<Insert Drum Roll here>  See below for the poses and the breath that we practiced together.  Lightness and joviality and the journal question are way, way at the bott…

September 13, 2011 Restorative Series

I felt it and I am wondering if you did too? Today was a day of breakthroughs. As we let go of the physical holding up of our muscles, of our bones, of our nervous system, we can finally let go. The tidal wave of emotions roll through, the tight binding of the muscle fibers loosen, the line between yourself and others begins to diminish. What works for you in the moment of that pose? What works for you outside of the pose, the class, the yoga community? I think I am getting way ahead of myself. Read on about the poses, the breath, and ways to incorporate relaxation into your real life.

The Breath
Left-Nostril Breathing

Benefits: Left nostril breathing is a very quick and effective way to wind down and get into sleep mode. This is because the left nostril is connected to the right hemisphere of the brain, which can activate the parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system counteracts the stress effect, calming you down, slowing heart rate, cooling you down, and i…

September 6, 2011 Restorative Series

I had a certain feeling of deja vu this afternoon as the rain poured down on our first day of the series.  We experienced such weather during our April series.  There is something so conducive to a rainy day restorative practice.  So welcome all to your post-game wrapup (it is football season!).  This blog is your "Go To" place for the poses, the breath, meditations, journal questions and much much more.  Stay awhile, browse and visit often.  Check out a recent video of Jillian Pransky in a previous posting.  

Diaphragmatic Breath (Fancy way of saying Belly Breath

The diaphragm is the primary engine of the breath. As we inhale, this domelike muscle descends toward the abdomen, displacing the abdominal muscles and gently swelling the belly. As we exhale, the diaphragm releases back toward the heart, enabling the belly to release toward the spine. This breath can be done either lying down, seated or standing. Place one or both hands at your belly, inhale slowly and dee…

See Anita Goa's Interview with Jillian Pransky on Restorative Yoga