Mats For Vets

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 | 2 comments

Mats For Vets

Donate a Yoga Mat to Houston Veterans
U.S. Vets is a not for profit that helps veterans and their families with many transitional services. Now the Houston location will be adding Yoga classes, and they were in need of new mats. To read the U.S. Vets Mission Statement click here. Thanks to my students we ordered 12 mats for the Veterans. read the response from Oskar J. Gonzalez-Yetzirah (Sgt. USMC), Outreach Coordinator…

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1,000 Hours Party

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 | 1 comment

1,000 Hours Party

Thanks to you, my students, I am now certified as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher. This means I have taught over 1,000 hours of class time. A great excuse for a party!! I hope you will join me:   Saturday October 26th 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm Heritage Garden Club 112 West Spreading Oaks Friendswood, TX 77546 You are welcome to bring food, drink, or just...

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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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Save Yourself!!

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 | 0 comments

Back about a million years ago I was a certified life guard.  I was in my teens and had worked my way up through the various Red Cross swimming certification levels all the way to the top,  It was a grueling process of written testing and physical stamina.  I did my certification at my summer camp so I had exactly one week to complete the entire process.  I spent every free moment and then some on studying or practicing rescue and loved every minute of it.  But recently I have been reminded of one aspect of that training. First rule of rescue: SAVE YOURSELF FIRST.  It is a little counter intuitive but the theory makes perfect sense.  If I go out there to save a drowning person who is panicking, they WILL try to climb up my body to get out of the water.  That is just basic human nature.  They do not understand that in that moment they will drown me right along with them.  So my job as a life guard was to save myself FIRST then save the victim. So here is my point: Are you saving yourself first?  Do you put the needs of your family and work before your own?  I know – I really do.  I’m a Mom and a Wife and an employee.  We have been taught to put our children and spouse first and work second.  But if you don’t save yourself first, then who will be there to do the laundry, cook the food, create the spreadsheet? Here is what I mean by saving yourself first.  Do you make sure that you are properly feed?  Do you make sure that you take your vitamins?  Do you make sure that you get your Yoga time?  How about that meditation time?  Do you make time for (fill in the blank)?  Or do you just let it slip away? Here is the real truth.  When you take better care of yourself you take better care of others.  I promise you that after a yoga class with a nice quiet Corpse Pose you are a better parent.  When you eat healthy food that feeds your body what it needs you are a better spouse.  When you take that 20 minutes to sit and meditate that spreadsheet will be a thing of beauty. Is this an easy thing to do?  NO.  You really ought to know by now that everything I tell you (almost) is hard.  But you know what?  If it were easy you would already be doing it.  Somehow the human species is really great at figuring out the easy stuff.  It is the hard stuff, the worth while stuff, that makes our lives richer and deeper and it just takes work. So the next time you are tempted to skip breakfast, yoga class, a 5 minute sit, (fill in the blank), remember that you have to save yourself first.  Everybody else is counting on you, but if you are run down, stressed out, sleep deprived you will drown right along with them and then who will do the laundry....

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