Happy Spring! March came and went before I could even blink and now it is the end April and I am just now finding the space and inspiration to send out a newsletter! I have been learning recently about the importance and necessity of spaciousness in my life. I am learning that this requires the discipline to say no and the cultivation of patience and discernment. Life is moving fast for all of us. When asked how are you, I find most people say "busy" and I include myself in that. I got tired of hearing myself say that so I have been delving into what it would take to allow myself to answer differently.
I am learning that in order to feel fully engaged in what I am creating and receiving, truly less is more. Time to ask those "essential vs unnecessary" questions to all that I was doing with my time. For me I normally ask: "Do I enjoy it? Is it possible with my schedule? Am I capable?" I enjoy just about everything I do and my days are full of wonderful things. But I am also finding that space or unplanned time is equally as wonderful. There are activities that are deeply satisfying and activities that are quick fixes of shallow delight. I have pockets of time that I can certainly fill and become efficient in how I glide from A to B to C with little to no time wasted but then I feel like a machine instead of a human. I found I was capable of doing a lot of things that when doing them all simultaneously left me feeling rather depleted rather than full.
In essence, I was asking the wrong questions. Recently, I am asking a new question: Will this (fill in the blank) allow me to thrive? I want to feel alive, connected, integrated, full in all I put my time, energy and attention towards. I love having free time to just relax and take it all that is around me, no agenda and freedom to be in the moment and spontaneous. It is so amazing to meet a friend and have the time to let our conversations soak in and to connect deeply. It feels so satisfying to focus on one big project and devote myself to it fully rather than 5 small projects that feel shallow. This feels more like living to thrive than living to survive. I must say after practicing saying no or I will get back to you instead of an immediate yes, letting go of some fun but non essentials items on my schedule, I can breathe more deeply. I am feeling more inspired, rested,and confident that what is transpiring is enough. I don't have to pile my plate to thrive. I can allow my skillful selections to nourish me and be enough and often times more than ever before.
We are in a period of reflection and slowed motion with 5 of the 10 planets in retrograde. So, I share all of this to inspire you too to use this reflection time to slow down and re-examine what you are having tea (Time-Energy-Attention) with in your life? Hopefully all your tea dates are allowing you to enjoy the aromas, the tastes, and the beauty in your cup! And hopefully you too can enjoy some good being time to just take in the beauty of what is around you. You are worthy of that for sure!
Here are some ways for us to connect:
Hips and Folds Workshop at YoYo Yogi
Come join me for a master class or the entire weekend to delve into the hamstrings and the hips. Learn the anatomy behind the poses and to understand the workings of your body in the poses. Find ways to support balance in the low back and hips through strength and mobility. Explore the deeper applications of the poses as we explore the emotional spiritual connections to the poses and our daily lives. You don't have to be a teacher to deepen your practice in this workshop! Register at YoYo Yogi.
The next Moonwatchers community gathering is Tuesday, May 3rd at 7:15pm at Black Rock Coffee Bar. Hear about the astrology of the times and how to work to integrate the energies more seamlessly in your life. Enjoy community and good conversation! More details on my website. I post a weekly reflection on my website to help guide you though the planetary transits and how to work with them practically. Check it out!
Cannon Beach Yoga Retreat
More details on my website!
My Tuesdays have shifted! I now teach my 360 Soul Full Flow at 5:45pm at Yoyo Yogi only on this day. Come enjoy a longer class after work to decompress and uplift before you call it a day! I will certainly miss my 6am crew at YoYo Yogi and my 9a crew at Yoga Pearl. Thank you all for being so inspiring to practice with! I hope I can practice with you on my other days and times! My updated schedule can be found here.
Some new creations to share with you..
"Clear Space": Purify your office, home or your personal energy field with this spray leaving you feeling connected and uplifted!
"Yin your Yang": Take frenetic and stressed to cool, calm and collected! Balance your energy!
"Sattva" :Cultivate clear state of harmony, equilibrium, and gentleness to purify your health and wellbeing. Live in harmony with nature and your inner nature.
These can be purchased along with my entire line on my website or at Yoyo Yogi. Portland residents do not need to pay shipping as I can arrange for pick up!
To support those of you that want deeper support with integrating your intuitive or astrology sessions with me I am now offering personal coaching sessions that can be arranged in my office, by phone, or on Skype. Topics can include physical and subtle body practices to work with life changes, how to connect and trust your intuition, how to uncover your creative potential/soul directive, and attuning to the cycles of your life with the planetary transits and your birth chart. More suggested topics are listed on my website.
I am also offering mentoring sessions for yoga teachers who want to explore and deepen aspects of their teaching with a loving guide. Topics could include embracing your authenticity, teaching from fullness, and applied anatomy and subtle body work. Additional topics are listed on my website.
Feel free to reach out to me personally with questions!
"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." -Lao Tzu
"Presence is a state of inner spaciousness" -Eckhart Tolle
Love to you all,