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October 23 Restore Series

We have welcomed into our home for 12 days a beautiful young girl from Mulhouse, France.  Her name is Lola.  I can only imagine how overwhelming it must be to be staying in a foreign country where the native language whips around you like the wind.  Our fast talk, our colloquialisms, our funny way of doing things, all must be entering her brain at warp speed.  Despite the whirlwind, Lola always has this beaming beautiful smile on her face.  She is happy to be here and probably keeps coming back to her intention of why she is here, even at the lowest point of her day.

I try to recall my foreign travels and how I felt to be sensitive to her needs.  But my experiences may have been lightyears from what she is experiencing.  Then I say to myself, just be there for her when she needs something.  Just put a beautiful smile on my face and remember our intention for welcoming her into our family and All will be okay.

The Breath
Smile Breath
We didn't practice this one yesterday but thought…

October 16 Restore Series

Did you know that children laugh at least 100 times a day but adults on average only 8 times per day?  That is nothing to laugh at.  If you are saying to yourself, well I can't quite make it to a comedy club mid-week, can I?  Or I am not quite finding life so fun or funny at this moment.  Well, I am here on my podium to tell you that it is accessible AND this is the time you may need laughter's benefits.  Scroll down to The Inspiration section for a video that may make you giggle and more on Laughter and a practice called Laughter Yoga.

The Breath
Equal Breath

1:1 Breath or Equal Breath Find a comfortable seated position or laying down. Focus in on your breath, becoming aware of its pattern before beginning this breath. Make a conscious effort to inhale and exhale for the same count (2 to 3). Find a calm, steady awareness of the breath, the feel, the temperature, the way it enters and exits the body. Practice this breath anywhere. Continue this for 2 to 3 minutes. 
The Poses
Legs up…

October 9 Restore Series

Brrr.... a bright and chilly start to this morning as I forgot to turn on the heat last night.  Nothing like cold noses, toes and seeing your breath in the morning.  Thank you for your patience while the latest blog was updated.  I love technical difficulties.  It really makes me appreciate my life when things are fully functioning.  It's Sunday, so decompress with these poses and bring out your journals and write down your intention, your sankalpa for the upcoming week.  For more information on the importance of journaling and helpful hints to get you started, see the article at the end of this blog.  Enjoy!

The Poses
Supported Forward Fold in Straddle
Benefits: calming, gently stretches lower back, nice transition from the days activities.  A good pose to do if you need a few minutes break from your daily work, easy to do and easily accessible.  Good for headaches.  Breathing is easier since muscles of the respiratory system are relaxed.
Props: chair, 2-4 blankets
Place blanket singl…

October 2 Restore Series

Good Morning, good morning, watch how I start my day!  Seriously, watch how you start your day.  Slow motion or groggy, leftovers from the day before, or maybe with renewed energy.  Watch yourself during the day.  What is your peak, your valley during the day?  Just become aware.  

There are all kinds of goodies in this blog.  Browse through and see what resonates with you at this moment.  I offer some insight on Karma (not caramel for you sweet tooths out there!) for planting the seeds of change in your life.  Try out the poses in the comfort of your own home as well.

The Breath

Diaphragmatic Breath or Belly Breathing

The diaphragm is the primary engine of the breath. As we inhale, this dome like 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…