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March 27, 2012 Restore Series

Good Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning - Watch how I start my day!  Our household is now back in some semblance of order and we move on.  Our mailbox has been inundated with summer camp information for the kids.  Which leads me to wonder what we will do this summer for our vacation.  Which leads me to think about vacation and how much I need one right now.  I don't necessarily want to escape but just take a necessary break, drifting in and out of rest and relaxation.  

This week, Carmen led you through an extended savasana attuned to the visualization of drifting in a raft, a safe and supported raft (see guided visualization at bottom of blog).  Journal about your safe place, where you can let go, feel supported and find your nugget of yourself for awhile.  If you don't have one in mind, just jot down your characteristics of this haven and maybe a picture will begin to emerge.  By all means, draw your retreat out on paper as well.

Here is a little snippet of my favorite place …

March 20, 2012 Restore Series

Do you want to see the chaos theory hard at work?  Here I sit on the floor of my bedroom bringing you into the upside down world of my household.  My list is long.  New carpeting being put in today, living on the edge, ants running rampant and guarding my front door which so happens to not open and a visit from the locksmith, if he can get past the ants, will happen.  And to boot, printer not working, taxes not proceeding. Ah where is the peace, tranquility and grounding in all this?  Well, I have the ability to laugh at it all after some intense practice last weekend.

Do you like my segue to Laughter Yoga?  I just took the Leader training over the weekend and am still chortling.  I've included a You Tube clip of our trainer leading a session and a short description of what Laughter Yoga is at the bottom of the blog.  Did you get your laugh on today?

Carmen and I also wanted to remind you how important blocking out the light is in a restorative pose.  This creates an immediate sens…

March 13, 2012 Restore Series

There is no denying it, a touch of Spring is here.  The brighter patches of green, onion grass sprouting, a clover patch, and the much welcomed surprise of the perennials.  So before I get carried away on the March winds, I want to take one more moment to ground myself, feel comfort and support.  One way to ground myself as the winds shift is through touch. Hang on and read all the way to the bottom for more on the power of touch and your journal question for the week.

The Breath
Humming Breath or 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:
Index and middle fingers of each hand lay across the eyes. Can place one at brow line and one on bridge of nose.  Ring fingers touch at upper lip.  Thumbs gently placed at indentation by ears. The pinkie fingers can rest on the lower part of the face or just hang there.  Breathe in and on the exhale, ma…

March 6, 2012 Restore Series

It's coming and fast - SPRING that is.  Everywhere I turn, signs of it are [ah hem] springing up.  With this wave of energy bursting forth from the ground up, what are we to do?  Time now seems so precious as one season begins to close and another opens.  But don't fear, you have time. Slice it, dice it, however you want to - you can carve out slivers of time to relax.  All to often, we think of watching t.v. as relaxing time, or spending time on the computer as downtime.  Your mind never gets that rest as it is being fed millions of bits of information through the eyes.    Be adamant with your family, that you are taking some time for yourself.  They will respect you for that over time.

Perhaps after your 5 minutes reading through this blog, you can shut your door, turn off your cellphone, and try one of the poses from our class or any of the other ones that seem interesting to you.  Begin with 5 minutes.  Take another 5 minutes to think about your Sankalpa, your intention.  …

February 28, 2012 Restore Series

When one thinks of hand gestures, visions of peace may not come up. But our guest blogger, Carmen, offers insight on a hand mudra which may get you thinking quite differently next time someone gestures to you with their hands or fingers. We hope that you enjoyed the month-long series and get to continue your journey.  This blog is always open to you to refresh your practice.

The Breath
Sun Salutation Flow with Interlaced Fingers - relieves anxiety
Standing in Mountain Pose (Tadasana), inhale lift arms up, interlace fingers pressing palms skyward. Exhale and lower in front of you, keeping hands interlaced. Do at least 6 rounds.

The Poses
Supported Wide Angle Forward Fold

Props: bolster, two blocks, 4 or more blankets Benefits: releases the pelvis which can help release tension in the buttocks, hips, belly and lower back.  Quiets the organs of digestion and elimination. Opens lower back area. As head rests on bolster, releases tension in frontalis where we hold stress in contracted state. Cool…