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Nov. 29, 2011 Restore Series

Carmen and I were so happy and honored to share this practice with you this month.  We hope that you enjoyed yourself, found some space to relax into, and are able to bring this practice into your life when and where you need it.  See our final weeks poses and breath.  We are lucky to have as our guest blogger, Lisa Scarborough, Ayurvedic Consultant.  Her article on cleansing is below.  I am still going on and on about the 5 day cleanse and plan to incorporate a weekly elimination of dairy, sugar and caffeine.  And finally a few more tidbits to hold you over for the holiday sans our weekly class at Moyo Yoga, a wonderful video from Jillian Pransky with three simple poses to do at home and a link to where you can purchase your own props.

The Breath
Extended Exhale
In seated or any comfortable position, draw a full breath into your body and lengthen out the exhale, fully emptying.  Pause at the end of the exhale before beginning your next breath in. This invokes a feeling of profound quiet…

Nov. 14, 2011 Restore Series

A step into the Unknown - A Cleanse

I have looked upon a digestive cleanse with much trepidation.  My mind told me (and it's always right!) that it would be too hard and that I couldn't go there.  I was healthy enough with yoga, eating right most of the time, meditation and other activities that kept me going.  But my body was telling me something else. I was sluggish, bloated, my skin was pallid and I had less energy.  It's time, I thought, to step in to the Unknown.  For once, my mind was on the side of my body.

I reached out to Lisa Scarborough, an Ayurvedic consultant, at Moyo Yoga, Moyo Yoga - Nutrition Counseling. She has begun meeting with clients about diet, lifestyle, etc. all according to your dosha (your constitution). She created a simple 5 day cleanse that is usually done in the Fall and Spring to detoxify.  I like simple.  It consisted of limiting food which I thought were vital to my existence like caffeine, sugar and dairy, a juicing regimen and a slowing dow…

Nov. 8, 2011 Restore Series

I just attended a Restorative Yoga Training with Jillian Pransky at Kula Heart Yoga in Bethlehem over the weekend.  I was asked why I was there since this was an abridged version of her Teacher Training that I took over a year ago.  "It was time." I replied.  A year in teaching restorative, a year in sharing my love for this practice, a year of surges, blips, and cartwheels.  I had some holes to fill up from my previous training, supplement my "hands on" experience with a training environment and come back to the spirit and essence of why I was drawn to this practice in the first place.  Plus Jillian is such an inspiration. Why am I telling you all of this?  Well, because it was also a way to capture where I have been and where I am now.  As you are going through transformation, rarely does one get an opportunity to pause and reflect on that moment in time. A year end review is such a way.    Below is an article from Kripalu's monthly online publication and aut…

Nov. 1, 2011 Restore Series

I saw this sign at a local church which read  When you give, never remember. When you receive, never forget. Welcome to our new students coming into the series and Welcome Back to those returning for more bliss.  Besides, the breath and poses from our class, I am including my short take on Restorative Yoga in a Nutshell and a little piece on Gratitude.  Enjoy, stay awhile, return and peruse some more.  I encourage you to try some of these poses at home using cushions, pillows and blankets.  The firmer the cushion or pillow, the better.

The Breath
Three Part Breath or Dirga Pranayama
This is one of my favorite breaths because I can actually feel the movement of the breath through my body, like a "hands on".  This brings greater breath awareness and it is considered a "complete" breath where the entire lungs are filled up.  I use it to calm me down, center, become more in tune with my physical body.

Can be done either laying down, seated or standing.  Try all three positi…