Do you see that shadow? Or is it a reflection? That reflection, the journey inward, to see my true self is really what brings me to my mat. Yoga is a practice. It’s not meant to be perfected. It’s not meant to begin or end. It’s meant to be with us, to be a mirror, to show us what’s really going on and heighten our awareness both internally and externally.
Each time I step on my mat isn’t pretty. It isn’t always fluid. It doesn’t always feel good.
Sometimes I don’t like what I see, feel, and discover. But it’s real. It’s raw. It’s transformative.
I’m not talking about the superficial practice of yoga poses without any mind body connection or attention to what you are doing. I love working out but that’s all yoga postures are when done without the true heart mind connection.
My invitation or should I say challenge to you is to take the leap … to allow the practice to really be transformative. That means come in and take advantage of all of those opportunities to look inward and really understand the workings of your mind. As you learn to quiet the mind, you can connect with truth that’s in your heart. That’s the real transformation.
I hope to see you on the mat looking at your own reflection.
May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga and Changing my Mind by Cyndi Lee Take this book to the beach with you as you relax in the sun and bask in your own happiness. Read a few pages, pause, close your eyes and reflect. Cyndi Lee talks about body image issues, mom issues, spouse […]
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Last weekend our yoga book club met to talk, practice, eat, watch a documentary and talk some more. The three hours flew by. Jacqueline lead us through a beautiful asana practice inspired by mantras from the book. We talked about the difference between ambition and greed, between pain and suffering. We talked about what we […]
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If you are reading along, we are up to the second four sections of part two in our book Living Your Yoga: Finding your Spiritual in Everyday Life. Here author Judith Lasater addresses issues of Attachment, Suffering, Impermanence and Empathy. Attachment is the process which occurs in the body-mind when you do not get your […]
via Wobblyogi Wednesday: Yoga Book Club Notes #5 — The Hungry Philosopher
Hello, Everyone! Our adventure in self-study through reading Judith Lasater’s Living Your Yoga continues. How is reading going for you? What are you asking yourself? Finding any surprising answers? If you’re not reading the book but just checking in with the blog….. perfect. That’s what this blog series is for. This effort is less about […]
via Wobblyogi Wednesday – Book Club Notes #4 — The Hungry Philosopher
So….how’s the reading going? Do you find yourself noting moments of mindfulness during your day? Do you hear Judith Laster’s gentle advice to heed the feelings of impatience and fear? Somedays I am more self-aware than others. This week’s notes cover topics about our relationship with ourselves: faith, perspective, courage and relaxation. “….I came to […]
via Wobblyogi Wednesday -Book Club Notes 3 — The Hungry Philosopher
Hello, fellow yogis engaged in self-study! This week my notes are about the first 4 chapters of Living Your Yoga by Judith Lasater. Spiritual Seeking Whether we seek something called spirituality, holiness, or enlightenment, the route to it is through our humanness, complete with our strengths and our weaknesses, our successes and our failures…. To […]
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It’s Appreciate a Dragon Day! Woohoo! I’m so excited about this one! Anyone who comes to my yin classes knows that dragon is my favorite pose. (Shameless self-promotion: Come see me at one of the three locations where I teach yin.) I love, love, love it because my hips are tight, tight, tight and this gets […]
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Welcome to the yoga bookclub hosted by Community Yoga in Indiana! Living Your Yoga – Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life by Judith Lasater (Berkley, CA: Rodmell Press, 2000) For more information on Judith Lasater herself and quick background, look up her website: http://www.judithhansonlasater.com/ [I have the first edition that I understand is different from […]
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