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June 26 Restore Series

Welcome back to your place for restoration.  All I can think is what restorative poses will offer a "cooling" respite from this heat.  Try some heart openers like Supported Bridge, Reclined Bound Angle, and Mountain Brook.  And when you need to ground yourself after fireworks and your in a.c., stay for 5 to 10 minutes in a supported Childs Pose or even Surfboard.


Your journal exercise is to reflect on this practice and where the journey has taken you.  You may have noticed physical changes, or breath patterns altered, a new sense of calmness and even differences in how you approach challenges.  Continue to practice, journal throughout the summer and take time for yourself, to love yourself unconditionally.


I'll leave you with the cooling sounds of a forest walk.




The Breath
Sitali - The Cooling breath

This yogic breath will help calm the mind and soothe the emotions such as anger, anxiety and frustration. Also good for fevers or when you feel overheated. Will give you a feelin…

June 19 Restore Series

Choo Choo chuga chuga choo choo.  I just love the sound of a train in the night.  When I lived in Pasadena, there was a 2 a.m. train filled with commodities moving in the night.  When I lived in Lansdale, there was a 3 a.m. train also filled with goodies for you and me.  And even now living in Telford, I hear the weekly train rambling along the tracks in the early morning, filled this time with grain.  This is a comforting sound for me.  Is it because I know that the while I sleep the world around me is still going, is it growing up with model trains running in the basement from my dad's collection, is it the actual sound of a train blowing its whistle?  I don't know.  I do know that when I hear that sound, I take a deep breath in, filling myself with space and an inner smile begins to spread and I feel contentment.


Last week, I brought up the subject of silence and finding the true remaining places where nature is not interrupted by man-made noise.  Now in reverse, think about…

June 12 Restore Series

Later on in the summer, my girls will be away from me for a whole 3 weeks!  This will be a first for us and I'm fluctuating between emotions of  "Oh my I will miss them (heart strings pulled)" and elation of having "me" time.  But what I think will be the biggest change will be the noise level.  It will be so quiet, cricket quiet.  That will be weird, daunting and will take some getting used to.  I will want to fill the space, the void with music from my iPod, shows from Netflix and calls to anyone who will talk to me.  But silence doesn't equate loneliness and doesn't need to be filled.  In my last blog, I wrote about taking a retreat at home.  This is what I will do.


A year or so ago, I was listening to NPR and a scientist was on speaking about all the noise in this world of ours and that there are few places on earth that do not include human-made noise.  His project titled, One Square Inch of Silence is a lifelong campaign to protect our natural spac…

June 5 Restore Series

Ohh my achey breaky back.  Too much mulching without the prerequisite stretching and relaxing.  Alas, a 15 minute Supta Baddhakonasana (Reclined Butterfly) Supported, made the bundle  of overworked muscles relax enough for me to teach a class, make dinner and get a good night's sleep.  Imagine a dose of relaxation to delve into on a daily basis.   


Try your own retreat/healing pose using either the poses from this week or any other from the list to your right.  Or a weekend retreat at home.  I know of this one teacher who with the cooperation of her family will retreat at home.  She spends Saturday into Sunday meditation, practicing yoga, journaling, eating healthy and reading.  Sounds glorious like an expensive getaway.  But what is more important is how she feels after this mini-retreat and how it affects her interpersonal relationships in the short and long term.  Try resetting yourself.


The Breath
1:1 Breath or Equal Breath Find a comfortable seated position or laying down. Focus …