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September 26

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Advice from Ellen DeGeneres Brought to You by Tears

Ellen stopped by today (via an article in the Good Housekeeping Magazine, September 2017) to share some of her lessons on kindness.  This is resonating with me this week as I think about ways to help others locally and far away.  In my yoga classes, I've been sharing Metta Meditations on kindness and compassion.  If these meditations are all you feel that you can give at this time, that is still making a positive impact on others, as you carry them in your heart and throughout your day.

Ellen's Kindness Lessons
#1 Just Be Nice (Golden Rule)
#2 Stay True to Yourself
#3 Never Let Bullies Win
#4 Find a Way to Forgive
#5 Set a Good Example
#6 Make Time for Those You Love
#7 Live Your Passions
#8 Do What Scares You
#9 Love Who You Are

Metta Meditation
Here are a few versions of practicing loving kindness and gratitude to others.  Don't forget yourself as you repeat these affirmations. 

Waking this morning, I smile A brand new day is before me…

September 19

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Letting It Go (some advice from our Disney friends)
Source: Good Housekeeping, September 2017


Breath

Breath of Joy
From standing mountain, inhale and bring arms out in front, continue to inhale as you swing arms horizontally by your side, then continue with inhalation as you again swing arms out front, finally exhale as you forward fold and arms come down towards the floor. Repeat at least 6 times and on the final exhale, hang there limply enjoying the energy you just created through breath.  As with any breath, if you begin to feel lightheaded, return to a neutral position and your normal breath.

Poses

Surfboard

Props: blankets, including one for warmth, stuffed animals or eye bags for hands Benefits: gently stretches the lumbar spine and para spinal muscles, and gives a release in the diaphragm, quiets the mind and comforting. Gives a sense of security.  
2 bolster fold blanket placed lengthwise on mat on top of each other. Make one blanket roll at end of mat for ankle support. Rest of that b…

September 12

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There are so many inspiring people out there and so many inspiring stories.  I was driving to my first yoga class this morning and thinking about all the other people driving to wherever they had to be.  Which got me to thinking that many of them are also going to their place of work.  And as the thought process goes on, I was then struck by how many hardworking people there are out there, from the road construction worker to the nurse, to the teacher, and the massage therapist.  We are all making a contribution to this society.  What about the hand holding dear friend? What about the person on the other end of the phone line when you call Verizon?  We are all part of this great fabric of life, stitching in our own threads.  Some of the threads woven in have deeper seams and some are fragile, but together they form a connection which heals. 

People and their stories are stitched into this fabric. Each person has a story to share.  Stories can be of tribulation or sorrow but they are in…

September 5

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I am really out of the blogging habit after my summer hiatus.  It was a complete whirlwind of a summer beginning with four trips to some high altitude places - Chicago skyline, British Columbia, Colorado and Switzerland.  After almost two months of travel, I was ready to come home and find my roots.  My vegetable garden and my flower gardens also found their roots while I was gone!

I gleaned so much from my Inner Peace Training programs this summer. Functional Yoga Therapy with Maria Mendola was a study in the body, how it moves and therapies to support it's ease of movement.  Studying intently with Neil Pearson and Lisa (Bergly) Pearson in Pain Care Yoga firmly rooted by interest and passion to help those with chronic pain.  And finally the completion of my last residential Inner Peace program was the frosting on the top of the cake as well as the gooey insides.  It has inspired me to become an intuitive healer working with my own energy and the energy of others.  Switzerland was …