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February 21, 2012 Restore Series

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The Power of "Tucking in"
Let us go down memory lane just a little. Do you remember as a kid growing up, the comforting, secure feeling you may have got from your parents tucking you in at night.  I do.  And I now see this every night with my younger daughter who relishes in this nightly ritual.  We add a South of the Border twist, as I wrap her up as a burrito and then pretend to eat her.


Think about your restorative practice and recall the secure feeling as a blanket is tucked in around your body.  Ahhh, you may have finally been able to let go of holding yourself up and allow the relaxation response to kick in.  This swaddling can quiet your nervous system and soften the contact with the floor or any other props lessening discomfort.  One more benefit to "tucking in" is that it gives you a line of demarcation where your body ends, so you become better aware of your body, its space and the space surrounding you.  


I've included an Introduction to Blanket Folding…

February 14, 2012 Restore Series

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You may have noticed a Van Gogh hanging on the marquee of this blog.  It is my rendition of Starry Starry Night recently completed at Painting with a Twist.  I know shameless self promotion.  But if you are hankering for a fun night coupled with the relaxation of painting and a masterpiece to take home, this may be your Shangrila.  They offer a new painting for each of the nights or days that they are open.  They provide all art supplies,  cups, napkins, plates, amazing playlists and a great atmosphere.  You only need to bring beverages, munchies and an open, creative spirit. Come see what it is all about.  Painting with a Twist in Skippack.


And yet another way to relax is of course our Restorative Series.  Carmen led you through some poses to open up the joints, loosening those blockages perhaps allowing you to be open to whatever the universe throws your way.  It is important to block out the light during a restorative practice.  Read on.............


The Breath
Alternate Nostril Breath…

February 7, 2012 Restore Series

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Heavy white flakes fly by tickling my nose. What is this white stuff?  I was just outside soaking in the stillness of this afternoon storm.  Stillness within me and to my ears as the busy little whirling snowflakes make their hasty descent to the earth.


There was an incredible group of students in yesterday's class.  We eased our hearts open and loosened constrictions with some passive backbends and then moved onto the bigger opening of a Supported Bridge Pose. All of course, supplemented with our breath moving from our Third Eye to the back of our heart.  It is now time to dig a little deeper, so grab your journals to create an intention or Sankalpa for your practice and for your life at this time.  Read on for more information on Sankalpa.


The Breath
Heart Breathing through the Third Eye or the Ajna Chakra
It provides the opportunity to bring our sankalpa (chosen intention) directly into our heart using the breath with profound effect. What we do is inhale from the third eye (point …

January 31, 2012 Restore Series

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Believe it or not, untying knots relaxes me.  It could be the kids shoelaces, a gnarly necklace or actually my body.  I find my breath slows, I focus, and my fingers gain a deep awareness of what I'm working with.  And sometimes, the knot won't come out.  I put it aside and return to it with a little more softness, a little more pure intention.  Me and the knot in this beautiful dance of getting to know each other.


Journaling
What relaxes you? What activity or non-activity gives you that vital downtime to bring on balance?  Write some of your thoughts in your journal and dig a little deeper as to why that specific thing relaxes you.  Maybe it is just the act of journaling, Surprise!  Read down to the end of the this week's blog for one more additional "fun" activity.


The Breath
Buzzing Bee Breath (Brahmari Breath)
On the spot relaxation, soothing.
Sit comfortably either on the floor or in a chair with spine straight and shoulders relaxed.  Hand placement is as follows…