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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Meditation / Stress Management Workshop

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 | 5 comments

Meditation / Stress Management Workshop

This is your chance to learn what meditation actually is and have the chance to practice several different techniques. We will learn about the effects of stress on your body and how meditation can be a useful tool to combat those effects. This workshop is spread over four weeks to allow you time to practice the different methods between classes and ask any questions that arise. Prior Yoga experience is NOT necessary. For more information and to sign up contact Cheri at 979-549-7448 or use the Contact Form. Meditation / Stress Management Workshop is scheduled on four consecutive Fridays When: Oct 18 & 25, Nov 1 & 8. (make up session to be decided) Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm Where: Friendswood Activity Center, 416 Morningside Dr. Friendswood, TX. 77546 Cost: $40 (paid in advance) plus $10 study material Workshop Size: Limited to 10  ...

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Can’t Get Up? Time For Yoga

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 | 0 comments

Can’t Get Up? Time For Yoga

I hear it all the time; “I can’t do Yoga because I can’t get up off the floor”. If this is your reason for not taking Yoga you may want to consider a new study by Dr. Claudio Gil Araujo of Brazil. His research supports a correlation between your ability to sit and rise from the floor and life span. This simple test is called the sitting to rising test and scores from 0 to 10 with points deducted for each “prop” you need to rise (props include hands, knees etc.)

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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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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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Family

Posted on May 3, 2011 | 0 comments

Family

“Family is functional, not biological” I have lived by this motto for most of my life.  I was not blessed with a biological family that functioned and finally in my late 20’s I learned that “Family is functional, not biological”.  This week I am thinking about what a Mother means in my life.   I am not one of those daughters who was blessed with a loving mother who was always there for me.  And for a very long time that role has been vacant in my life, until now. I have been blessed with many wonderful “Mothers” in the form of my students in my Senior’s class.  My students love me and support me in ways that I have never experienced before and I finally understand what it is to be loved by a Mother. All of these wonderful ladies are a beautiful example of what a graceful, kind, generous woman should be.  They take care of themselves, their families and the people they love.  And I know I am one of the people lucky enough to be loved by them. This has been a hole in my life for a very long time and I can not express in words what these wonderful women mean to me.  I never could have known that my path in Yoga would bring me not only a mission for my life but all the maternal love and support that I have been missing for all my life. For all of my wonderful  functional “Mothers” in my Senior’s class; thank you for your love, support and kindness.   I love you all and I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s...

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Control Issues??

Posted on Apr 19, 2011 | 0 comments

For the last couple of weeks I have been experiencing a bit of change.  And that means that my students have had to deal with some changes in our class schedule.  First off let me say that they have all been real troopers about the whole thing.  And I would like to take this opportunity to thank them from the bottom of my heart for all of their support. Let me state for the record: Change makes me nervous.  I am much better with it since I have been practicing Yoga, but for me it is still a work in progress.  Let’s just say I have control issues.  I wonder if any of you can relate?  During this period of change I have been brought face to face with the remainder of my control issues, and it has been an eye opening experience. I have been through many drastic changes in the past 13 years (Yoga years) or so and I can honestly say that I have learned so much from those periods in my life.  And the really good news is it keeps getting better.  Meaning that I am better able to cope.  This time I feel like I have had a real breakthrough because I am approaching these changes as opportunities instead of obstacles, and that has made a world of difference in my stress level and how I have reacted. Some time back I ran across this quote: “If everything is under control, you are going too slow.” – Mario Andretti Now, for those of you who do not know – I am a huge drag race fan and I have had the privilege of actually driving a dragster on the Pomona track in California (one of the most thrilling experiences of my life).  So I can completely understand what he is talking about from a literal standpoint, but I think it is also a wonderful philosophy that applies to life in general. I know many of you out there are cringing at the very thought of being out of control.  But just bear with me for a while.  If everything in our lives is exactly as planed, and never strays from what we expect (i.e. too slow), then where is the excitement? So I propose a little experiment.  The next time you feel like life is spinning out of control, turn your perception around to see all the chaos as excitement, like a race car that you are trying to keep on the track.   After all, in truth there is only one thing in this life we can control and that is our reactions.  Never forget that this life is meant to be a thrill.  Personally, I intend to slide into “heaven” sideways yelling “What a Ride!!!”....

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When the World is Falling Apart

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 | 0 comments

It seems like there is nothing but bad news everywhere right now and it can really start to affect your outlook on life.  Between the tragic events in Japan, the state of the global economy and frustration with our political/economic situation, how does a Yogi/Yogini keep perspective and frankly how do we keep Hope alive? Something very interesting happens when we begin to practice Yoga.  The very essence of Yoga is to reconnect to the Divine in ourselves and others.  The result is that like the Grinch our heart grows three sizes.  We find that we FEEL others pain much more acutely.  It goes past knowing or understanding, these take place in the head.  But when we FEEL with others – that takes place in our Soul and our Heart.  It is much deeper and more profound.  As a result we may find that the pain of people a world away makes our chest ache. Don’t forget that there is Divine in each of us and since Divine is universal – we are ALL connected at a level that can not be explained away.  So it makes sense that we can physically hurt for people we don’t even know.  But this burden can be very hard to bear.  So how does a Yogi/Yogini protect their sanity and keep Hope alive? The answer is in Loving/Kindness on the mat and off.  Remember that when we practice Loving/Kindness meditation it is like ripples in a pond.  It doesn’t matter what words you use – it is the power behind the thoughts that makes the difference.  So when everything seems overwhelming take a few minutes to do the following: 1.  Send YOURSELF love and kindness 2.  Send your Family love and kindness 3.  Send your Friends love and kindness 4.  Send your ENEMIES love and kindness (VERY important) 5.  Send ALL beings, born and to be born, love and kindness The very action of concentrating on love and kindness will help you, the Yogi/Yogini, to feel more balanced and positive.  And by the way, there is science now to back this up.  Scientist have used functional MRI’s to map brain activity, and when the subject focused on positive thoughts the portion of the brain that drives positive emotions activated and stayed activated.   I have always said it is easy to be a Yogi/Yogini on the mat, in class or on retreat, the real test comes after.  The real work of a Yogi/Yogini happens off the mat.  This is where the rubber meets the road. Send love and kindness to EVERYONE you meet.  Yes even that person who cuts you off in Houston traffic.  Yes even the person at Starbucks who is complaining.  Yes even to your boss or co-worker who is on your last nerve.  No exceptions – Everyone.  This is tough.  Remember I don’t ask you to do the easy thing – it is the hard stuff that transforms your life and the life of others. When you respond to ugliness with love and kindness you take the wind out of the sails of the situation.  I am not talking about being a push over – remember a Yogi/Yogini is strong in body/mind/soul.  But you do not have to buy into the hype and perpetuate the negative.  So how does that help someone a world away you ask.  Well like the ripples in a pond you never know how far reaching your action is.  Someone you smile at today may be on the phone with someone in Japan and that positivity will transmit over a phone line.  It really does –...

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Distraction

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 | 0 comments

Have you noticed all the devices that distract us from what is really important?  When we watch TV (a distraction in itself most of the time) have you noticed the crawl across the bottom of the screen?  When we go out for a meal with friends or family have you noticed how many TVs there are in the restaurant?  What about the radio playing everywhere?  And of course there are the ever present hand-held devices that make us feel that we are somehow missing something if we don’t know about it immediately. Have you ever stopped to wonder exactly what it is we are being distracted from?  How about why we are being distracted?  I am not talking about a conspiracy by the media or the makers of technology, they are simply filling the demands of the consumers.  The bigger question is; why are we, the consumers, demanding these distractions?  We can’t all have ADD!  My opinion is that we want to be distracted from ourselves.  This is why meditation is so difficult – because when we sit in silence we meet ourselves face to face.  And sometimes we don’t like what we see. We are running scared by constantly having our attention drawn to things outside of ourselves.  We are afraid that if we stop running away and sit still and listen we may find that the life we have is not the life we need.  And if that realization comes home to roost, we will be forced to make changes.  And change is hard and uncomfortable and scary. But when we look at the alternative, a life spent running from ourselves, it seems pointless.  Like a dog chasing its own tail!  It takes real courage to sit down with ourselves and truly listen.  To “hear” the fears and joys of our heart.  To be truly present with our lives.  Meditation and Yoga is not for the faint of heart. We can all begin by just noticing the ways in which we distract ourselves.  It may be checking e-mail/phones/news constantly.  Or maybe having the TV on all the time without watching it.  Perhaps it is being “plugged in” every waking minute.  But there is good news, once we are aware of something, we have the power to change it.  It may take time and energy.  But with patience, love and kindness we may just find ourselves living a life that is bigger and better than we ever dreamed. We owe it to ourselves, to the people we love and love us, and to the world to live our very best life.  It is only by changing ourselves that we are able to change the...

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Welcome Spring!!!

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 | 1 comment

Spring has sprung and here on the Gulf Coast it doesn’t last nearly long enough.  So today I want to remind you to get out there and see the glory of nature.  Here are a few ideas. * Take your mat outside under a tree and do your yoga * Rather than meditation on your cushion take a meditative walk * Cut or buy flowers to bring into the house to remind you to look outside * Take a different route to work or the store so that you see new sights Spring is a time of renewal and change.  So stretch a bit and find something new and exciting to try or do something that you haven’t done in a long time.  Now get off the computer and get outside....

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