Finding Peace on the 11th Floor

Posted on Sep 21, 2011 | 1 comment

Finding Peace on the 11th Floor

My life took a turn about six months ago when I received an offer I could not refuse.  I was given the opportunity to return, 3/4 time to accounting.  It was a tough decision, but I was able to negotiate my time so that I could still teach the majority of my classes.  My students have been wonderful and supportive, but as you can tell by my posts, I have struggled with balancing my time at the office and my time on my mat. But I have recently made a change in my schedule that seems to be a promising answer.  My office is about 36 miles from my home, but when school started again it was taking me almost an hour and a half to get to work.  In spite of all my yogic breathing and my years of practice my patience was at an end.  So I went drastic.  I started leaving my home at 6 am, a full forty five minutes earlier than I was leaving.  Now make no mistake, this is hard to do.  I rely on my husband to help me get out the door with all of “stuff” I need for the day. But, I wear my yoga cloths to work and take my work clothes in a bag.  I take my breakfast to the office.  I put on my makeup in the office bathroom.  So really all I need to get out the door is clothes on my body and coffee in my hand and office clothes in my bag. So what is my reward for this strange morning ritual. Peace. I work in a space that has empty offices, so I asked for a key to one that faces the sunrise. I get to the office long before anybody else and the 11th floor is completely quiet. I make the first pot of coffee (and get the first cup), I grab my mat out of my office and I practically run to my yoga “office”. And I always know that if the need arises, I can go back to my “yoga” office during the day to refresh. This is my reward for rolling out of bed long before I want to.  I get to witness the sun rise over Houston in complete and utter Peace.  I have physical and mental “space” to assimilate my worlds.  And the fruits of my efforts are really starting to ripen.  I am calmer during my hectic day.  I am getting on my mat.  I am able to go deep within and keep perspective of what is important. So my question to you is: What strategy could you use to get more Peace in your day?  And why not just try it?  You may like it, or even love it. Namaste from the 11th...

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Bread of Life

Posted on Sep 11, 2011 | 0 comments

Bread of Life

Today I am making bread

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Yoga is a powerful tool that will change your life!

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 | 0 comments

Yoga is a powerful tool that will change your life!

It brings strength, flexibility and calm to your body, mind and Soul. I believe in the healing benefits of Yoga and know that Every Body can benefit. My fun, supportive classes create a connected community that is nurturing. My students who are dealing with health conditions find welcomed relief that allows them to move forward. All of my students know the level of my commitment to their individual growth. My goal is to give my students wings. My greatest joy is to watch them soar!! Let’s start where you are and Together we will change your life. Yoga 4 your Body and...

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My Enemy, My Teacher – Part 4

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 | 0 comments

My Enemy, My Teacher – Part 4

What keeps you from being the best person you can be?  For most of us, if we are really honest the answer to this questions is: Myself.  And that brings me to the final part of this series.  Probably our best Enemy/Teacher is ourselves. How many times have we said something like: I will start that diet again on Monday; I will make it back to yoga class next week; I will begin the search for a job that will make me happier next month.  How many times do we refuse to make positive change the priority it needs to be in order for it to happen?  We know what to do, but for some reason we just can’t seem to follow through.  I believe this is a clear case of not being committed to yourself as much as you are to everybody and everything else in your life.  Change takes commitment. We have no problem being committed to our spouses, children, jobs or even strangers, but commitment to ourselves is somehow not as important.  The inability to commit to yourself is your enemy, and thus your teacher.  If you sit in meditation and ask the question “what keeps me from committing to this change”, then the learning begins.  But you must get past the superficial answers you use as excuses every day (i.e. there is no time, I have to do ___ first, I am taking the weekend off). I can hear you even now.  “But you don’t understand, my kids are so busy and I need to drive them etc”.  I know your kids are busy, your boss is unreasonable, the stress is so high you can’t put down the ice cream… There is always five minutes you can find, you can breath before talking to the boss, and you can meditate instead of eating that ice cream.  These are the moments that teach us.  Are you ready to learn?  Or how about this sentence: NO.  No is a complete sentence all by itself.  I give you permission to use it. You must get past your ingrained patterns of behavior and thinking.  That is what learning is all about.  Open yourself to the possibility that you can choose a different response and you find growth on the other side. The same holds true when we talk about thought patterns.  Do you have those tapes in your head that tell you: I’m not good enough, I’m not skinny enough, I’m not smart enough, etc.  These types of inner conversations are another enemy/teacher.  To begin to learn from them, we must first detach and ask “Is this true?”  Most of the time the answer will be no, they are not true.  These are false beliefs we have picked up on our life journey, or they could have once been true but no longer are.  Either way they do not serve you any more and they do not help you progress toward your best self. No matter what your issues may be they are there for a reason.  There is a lesson you are meant to learn from them.  These are the toughest lessons to learn because it requires self discovery and that is hard.  I never ask you to do the easy thing, but I also never underestimate the effort that is required.  So I urge you to grab a seat in a quiet corner of your world and take a good look inside and see where your teacher resides then begin to work toward being your very best self.  You deserve...

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My Enemy, My Teacher – Part 3

Posted on Jun 14, 2011 | 0 comments

My Enemy, My Teacher – Part 3

The next form of “enemy” is any situation that pushes us to our limits.  By definition these situations would be things that are out of our control and they vary by degrees in seriousness.  These moments “enemies” because they stress us and therefore they are also teachers.  These issues can range from temporary to permanent and everywhere in between. These teachers can come in many different forms and what may be a “situation” for one person may be no big deal for another.  It can range from something as simple as locking your keys in the car to something as serious as a medical diagnosis.  Understand that I am in no way making light of serious issues that arise in people’s lives.  I am only pointing out that even in the moments when your world is rocked off of it’s foundations there is something to learn, and I content that we continue to learn for as long as we breath. I truly believe that the first step must be to ask “what is the lesson here?”.  Then more importantly, sit still and listen for the answer.  This means to find a quiet place and be silent and listen for that voice inside that will help you understand.  Your quiet place may be just a pause in a conversation or it could be to physically leave the space in which the events are unfolding.  I am not talking about running away here, I am advocating giving yourself physical space if you need it.  And the length of time that you remain quiet is up to you.  It could be a heartbeat or it could be a week or more.  The idea is to not RE-act, but to take the time to find the right ACTION for you.  Again this is where meditation comes in real handy.  By learning to sit in silence and identify that little voice, you will be prepared to exercise that “muscle” quicker in times of stress.  And with continued practice you will find that fewer situations will be stressful!  Because you have already learned that lesson (Ah Ha!) so you can save your energy instead of wasting it on keys locked in the car. Another lesson that situations can teach us it to reach out to other people.  We are not meant to be alone in this world.  Remember that we are all inter-connected (through Divinity) therefore we must rely on each other to survive.  All too often I have known people who suffer in silence because they don’t want to appear weak or different  in the eyes of others.  And even sadder are the people I have known in my life who did not share that they had a serious illness because they didn’t want to burden anybody.  I’m not advocating that you walk around with a sign, but do reach out to trusted friends and family.  Knowing that you are not alone can often be the first step in the healing process no matter what your situation may be.  In the case of illness understand that healing is not being cured.  It is possible to heal your life and the body still be sick. As usual I am asking you to do the hard thing.  It is easy to REACT, because we are hard wired to do so, but our ability to deal with things that are out of our control is no different than the muscles we strengthen in our asana practice.  It is only through “exercise” that we strengthen our ability to see difficult situations as our teachers and learn the lessons....

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