First Steps

Taking our first steps out of or into anything is often very difficult. We must shift from stillness into movement. This movement may be in a known or unknown direction, but the movement itself can upset the comfortable sense of steadiness that we had in our previous stillness. We may have experienced any range ofContinue reading “First Steps”

Knots

Life has a tendency to wrap us into knots of tension, of repetition, of habit. These knots may be physical, mental, or emotional, or some combination of these. A physical yoga practice is one excellent way to unravel some of these knots. Another excellent way to unravel them is to allow ourselves a little time away fromContinue reading “Knots”

Cherish the Light

Without the light there is no dark and without the dark there is no light. As the days grow shorter we are reminded to cherish every moment that we do still receive light. We might tend warming fires, open curtains wide to slanting rays of sunshine, and begin again to enjoy candlelight. Perhaps we mayContinue reading “Cherish the Light”

Transitions

The time we spend shifting between two states deserves as much care and attention as the time we spend in the states themselves. When a cat transitions from wakefulness into sleep she allows as much time as needed to find the right spot, ‘knead’ her little paws into the sleeping surface, and curl up into aContinue reading “Transitions”

Work and Play

If you read these posts, attend my classes, or in any other way participate in yoga with me, you will likely notice that I speak about balance often. Balance is a play between two contrary elements, a concerted effort to allow these elements to coexist in some sort of harmony, and a trust that theseContinue reading “Work and Play”

Just Enough

We need only ever do our best. Whether in relationships with ourselves or others, whether in work or play, whether in time or effort spent. Our best is enough. Less than our best is less than enough. More than our best is more than enough….and our best is always changing. Therefore we do just enough.Continue reading “Just Enough”

Boundaries

When we practice hatha yoga postures we engage our muscles to create specific forms within which we then expand and stretch. In other words the actions of our muscles offer boundaries against which we then expand and stretch. Without the pliable resistance of these boundaries, our stretches would be overly casual and floppy and our expansionContinue reading “Boundaries”

Perspective

The rain this morning reminds me of being a kid. The rain meant that we had to stay indoors, that we had to find something rather quiet to do, and that we couldn’t run about. Now the rain means that I am able to stay indoors, that I have the opportunity to choose something rather quiet toContinue reading “Perspective”

Fluidity and Stickiness

Water is very fluid and moves quickly and easily compared to honey. Honey is quite sticky and flows slowly and deliberately compared to water. Your mind is capable of being in the state of either of these two substances; consider these two scenarios. Thoughts, emotions, sensory details, and other information slip and flow through your mindContinue reading “Fluidity and Stickiness”