Friday, December 27, 2013
Sunday, October 13, 2013
The same type of thing happens to people in yoga class. They are working in class moving through the poses doing perfectly fine and then they start to look at the people around them. There will always be someone who can go a little farther in a pose or flip upside down with the greatest of ease while you struggle to touch your toes. The best thing to do - and the only thing to do - is bring it on back to you. Relish in the feeling the yoga is producing in your body, congratulate yourself for coming to class and the progress you are making and know that you are in the right place for you and they are in the right place for them.
Bring It On Back To You.
Monday, September 30, 2013
I drove over to the park (I suppose I could have run - but I quickly nixed that idea!), closed the top on my convertible since it looked like rain was a possibility and started walking briskly along the one mile path surrounding the main part of the park. There are some beautiful trails in the woods but those paths are reserved for days when I have a buddy with me for safety reasons.
My focus for my park adventure was to be more present in the moment and to practice that out in nature. As I walked about the park I noticed the variety of trees, the empty picnic tables, the tennis players, the sounds and the sights. Suddenly there was a shrill voice coming from the middle of the park off the trail. It was a woman speaking very loudly, like she was calling out to her missing dog. "Come here fella", I thought she said. Her monologue was consistent and purposeful, shaking the peacefulness of my mindful walk. She was carrying a plastic bag that swelled at the bottom. As she came closer I realized she was talking to the squirrels. She was wishing them a good morning and calling out to them with "hello's" and "come here guys" in a constant chatter. While she wandered with purpose she intermittently tossed something from her bag toward the animals. It must have been some kind of squirrel chow that included peanuts in the shell (I noticed some on the ground as I made my rounds on the trail). I laughed as I looked back at the path behind her and saw a half dozen squirrels munching away at whatever treat she had tossed. Maybe they were used to that voice calling out good morning to them, or maybe they just smelled food and came running. Whatever it was, she left a bunch of happy squirrels in her path. Her voice drifted away into the background as we moved farther and farther from each other, heading in opposite directions on different missions. I did run into her again as we converged near the other end of the park. This time I did not bristle in reaction to the sound of her voice, but was entertained by the squirrel whisperer and her trail of happy new friends.
As I walked, I realized that I had come to the park to be present and had fallen into the habit of looking only at the ground as I contemplated certain issues or situations silently in my head, checking for unevenness in the pavement or staying focused on all things low. Her voice made me look up from the path as I walked around and around the park. I stood up straighter and returned my focus to all of the beauty around me.
In yoga, we start our practice frequently in mountain pose - a simple standing pose to ground our feet into the earth, lift our hearts and open our chests. We can sometimes sink low in a pose, stare at the floor or forget to stand tall and look forward as we struggle in a pose. It is okay to look back occasionally to see where we have come from, to focus briefly on what we have accomplished (i.e. progress in a pose), but I encourage you to charge forward with conviction like the squirrel whisperer - moving forward and leaving a trail of happy people you have encountered along the way.
Friday, September 13, 2013
There is something about the center. I have walked the labyrinth many times at different speeds. When I arrive in the center I pause and reflect. Sometimes to enjoy the view of the sun setting over the fields, other times to settle my head from the back and forth motion of traveling if I took the labyrinth at warp speed that day. Sometimes there is a cool lifting feeling, similar to the one you get when you set down your weights after several exerting repetitions at the gym. Sometimes it is just the quiet. It always come with a feeling of accomplishment though the maze is not a competition. Then I turn and head back out the path.
Yoga is similar to the labyrinth. Our practice winds back and forth but always make progress. We practice poses in yoga. When we first start yoga we may not be very flexible, strong or able to balance, but as we continue to practice we gain in each of those areas. Some days it feels like we have gone completely backwards and lost a lot of what we worked so hard to gain. But remaining steady on the path will ultimately bring us to our reward.
It is so true in life also.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
I see this reluctance to move forward in many areas of people's lives. From a yoga pose in class, simply speaking up in a meeting, to avoiding taking on a major project at work because we aren't sure of everything. If we wait until we are completely sure or know everything - we will never move forward.
Like the Zac Brown Band says "Jump right in!" - There are numerous resources and support all around just waiting to help you be successful.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
It's true that most people are always taking care of a lot of things and people and some take pride in their "extremely busy" life. We give and we run and we check things off the list and then we make another list, flopping down in exhaustion on the couch at the end of the day.
When is the last time you truly took care of you? When is the last time you took the time for a luxurious bubble bath? When did you last sit down at a table to enjoy your favorite meal, savoring every bite instead of a rushed meal standing over the counter? When have you treated yourself to a glass of champagne at a fancy restaurant toasting all the goodness in your life with every sip just because? A walk, a new outfit, quiet time to read - the list is endless of all of the ways you could take care of you.
It is important to take care of yourself so that you can really be there for others and be able to take care of the things you need to do. A coaching instructor pointed out the ESC key on our keyboard and told us to think of it as standing for Extreme Self Care
- and to remind ourselves every time we glanced at the key to really embrace that phrase.
What will you do to really take care of yourself? I invite you to turn off your computer and take care of yourself now.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
In yoga, the most important part of the practice is your breath. You breathe in and out of your nose. I remind everyone that if you start breathing through your mouth - (I imitate gasping and heavy breathing) - you are working too hard. They laugh but inevitably they end up making the sounds I just gently warned them to avoid. Sometimes we finish a challenging pose and I hear their breath release at the end . Busted! "You were holding your breath - weren't you?!", I exclaim. And they laugh as they admit it.
Pay attention to your situation. Assess what is happening within your body as well as around you. Adjust as needed.
Here's to breathing easy!
Monday, July 29, 2013
They look and feel like a frisky bunch so I challenge them with extra push-ups and flowing sequences. I decide that upside down poses will be the best way to go with this group and we work with handstands, and headstands. Some of the acrobatic yogis are upside down in the middle of the room while others are timidly trying to balance up against the wall. All is good.
A few days later it was a quieter crowd. There is usually quite a difference between the night crowd and the Saturday morning group. They've just woken up and crawled to class or had time for coffee and the paper - but are still not at their peak. So we move slowly through some warm-ups but I decide things need to change. I have them partnering with other people in the room and show them how they can do a handstand on top of another person. I move about the room helping partners who are working with the challenge. One woman was up for trying but seemed a bit nervous. I gave her some simple instructions and stayed right next to her, helping her get her feet on the upside down person that would serve as the base. She made it and squealed with delight as her feet went up in the air. When she came down she was almost jumping up and down with excitement. She had never tried anything like that in her life. That is why I love my job. You could hear the energy level in the room rising as more and more people enjoyed our adult playground. The energy was definitely up as they left to go about their day.
"Thank you for letting me play with you", I said as I ended class.
How is your energy? What does it need?
First - we need to be present and aware of how we are feeling. Then we need to decide what kind of change we would like to make - where do we want to go and how are we going to get there? Are we tired and need perking up or are we stressed and need calming down? Be your own observer and make the energy change to get yourself in the place you want to be in. You may find that turning yourself upside down is just the thing to make things right side up!
Friday, July 19, 2013
The first night I attended I didn't know a single soul in the room. I am a friendly person and started to chat with those on the mats around me as we awaited the start of class. But, I really appreciated it when the instructor put a "shout out" to get up and move about the room and get to know someone you haven't met before. I got up and started walking about three rows back - catching the smile of a lovely young lady and sat down to get to know here. She ended up walking to and riding the train partway back home with me. We were in a part of town that one doesn't typically want to walk around in by yourself late at night so it was comforting to have someone that knew the area to travel with for the journey back to my hotel. I keep in touch with her and let her know whenever I return to the Bay Area.
That simple encouragement to get to know someone new can create a lifelong friend or a moment of brightness in a lonely day for someone.
I want my yoga classes to continue to grow as a community. Members generally talk freely with those around them and their friends - but I want to encourage them to reach out even more - especially to those that might be trying yoga for the first time and may need some encouragement. I think I will try the Urban Flow request tomorrow in class.
Where can you create greater community in your work or personal life?
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Such a positive attitude she exemplifies. In spite of all the common struggles we encounter with work and life, she chooses to respond to it with “isn’t life grand?!”
Her life has not been without troubles, true for all of us, buther attitude remains one of “isn’t life grand?”
I was visiting my father at his assisted living facility in Michigan a few years back. We were playing a game in the common area and a gentleman came dancing down the hall. He was greeting everyone he came across with a cheerful attitude as he walked the halls without a cane or any type of assistance. He was such a charming man and I am sure his attitude positively affected his health all these years. It is amazing what perspective can do for you physically and mentally.
A new member joined my yoga class recently. I was talking with her after class the other morning and she commented about how hard some of the poses were for her. "But," she said - "no matter how much I struggle in class when I get home it feels so wonderful - like I just got a total body massage". "And that is a good thing". Isn't yoga grand?!
Monday, July 8, 2013
I am planning my next yoga class and have decided to do a little more Yin-Yang than usual. Some people like yoga slow and enjoying struggling to hang out in a pose for five or more breaths. Other people like to speed flow through warm-up poses like a rock star on "Red Bull" (i.e. Mick Jagger comes to mind jumping all over the stage!). Some people like all instrumental music while many enjoy my classes because of the occasional rocking songs that flow with the moves like "Get Down On It" for squats. We actually Yin-Yang through every class - whatever goes forward must go backward, whatever goes up must go down. I think I will just make it a little more obvious in the next session. Here's to five breath or more poses - we'll see how it goes tomorrow.
As you consider Yin-Yang - think about your life. When you are running at top speed to get a million and one things done on your to-do list, do you also take time later that day or week to relish in your accomplishments and just sit back and relax? Know that when you are down you will come back up, and when you are up - relish the experience.
Relative levels of Yin-Yang are continuously changing. Normally this is a harmonious change. Here's to keeping the sweet balance of Yin-Yang in our life!
Sunday, June 16, 2013
The beach near the shore was covered with millions of flat rocks perfect for skipping. My husband was able to skip them like an expert getting a dozen or more skips per stone. Mine were a little less impressive. A few managed four or five skips while the most of them just made a loud kerplunk as they hit the water and then sank. I loved to watch not just the skipping (of my husband's work) but the reverberating waves that resulted from each skip. They headed out to open water and toward the shore affecting more than the small spot where they initially hit.
Just like the skipping stones, we affect those around us and that energy spreads like wildfire.
In yoga class I try to spread peacefulness, fun, positive energy and delight in the moment.
What are you spreading?
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Ric Campo, chairman of the Houston Super Bowl bid committee, and David Crane, another member of the committee, made a presentation to the Super Bowl committee that included a video with this theme: Texans love their football, and they love the NFL. Houston won out over South Florida's focus on the past - the 10 Superbowls Miami has hosted. I love that focusing on the people and our passion for the sport won over bragging about past efforts.
I remember interviewing for a job several years back (which I was offered), and almost everyone I spoke with that day kept bringing up the awards the company had won over ten years back. I was impressed with one executive that was real and down to earth and into the present moment of where the company was and where I could help take them into the future.
In yoga we work together to be present in the moment of class, to remove all distractions (cell phones, worry), and focus on our breath and the flow of poses. The passion of every individual in the room shines through as they work hard and focus on every move. There isn't any bragging about past accomplishments, or worry about not getting a pose - just enjoyment of where we are and where we are going.
Herein lies a great lesson for life and business proposals.
Monday, May 6, 2013
I am intrigued by the difference between the person that comes to yoga class for the first time and not only stays for the entire class but returns another day in spite of the fact they were obviously struggling a bit during the session - and another person that comes to class once but never steps over the yoga class threshold again.
If you can catch them at the right time you are able to turn the "once in class and running as fast as they can away from the door" person into a regular attendee. It involves bringing that internal voice outside for a discussion.
A few years ago a girlfriend joined me for a flying trapeze adventure in a city a few hours away. We were both terrified of jumping off the platform as we stood on the ground watching the other flyers, but when I reached the top and it was time to go - I listened carefully to the trainer's instructions and jumped - screaming all the way. When it came to my friend's turn, she seemed paralyzed. Each time after several minutes of building anxiety, she would finally exit the platform. But since she hesitated, she missed the opportunity to fly through the air with the greatest of ease. She would swing back and forth through half swings and drop to the net below. When we were discussing the adventure over a margarita later that evening - she was agonizing over the conversations she had with herself at the top of the platform. Why was she telling herself negative things? -
that she hated it, that she wouldn't be able to do it, that it wasn't fun. She admitted that if she had a different discussion with herself before climbing up the narrow ladder to the platform the first time the outcome would have been so much more successful and fun. Ah - next time...
I believe the people that enter the yoga room and return have already had a few conversations with themselves. Maybe they said - this is good for you, you always wanted to try something new, this will be fun, I will take it one day at a time. Whatever they said, it keeps them coming back again and again. I believe those that run are saying - "I can't do this so I am never coming back" - instead of "I can't do this so I need to come back".
Catching them outside the room later allows for a conversation to turn those inner thoughts around. Encouraging them at the beginning of class and throughout (reminding them everyone is struggling and if they want - they are welcome to "become one with their mat") helps too.
What are you talking yourself out of?
Monday, April 29, 2013
When a high performing employee suddenly starts performing at a less than stellar level the discipline process typically kicks in. Why don't we just talk to them and see what is going on in their life that might have caused a change and offer to help?
When employees are overwhelmed with work and bosses don't have time to sort through the urgent and non-urgent tasks when delegating - they get pushed harder to work longer hours and get more done in less time. Why don't we take a step back and evaluate what we are asking people to do - to see if it is necessary, important, needs to be done at all or could be accomplished in a more productive way?
When the business is experiencing a dip in sales, we jump to see what our competitors are doing and try to follow along. Why don't we pay better attention to our customers and give them valuable products and services?
A tragic event results in government intervention and more cumbersome rules and regulations that don't really address the problem, but look great politically. Why don't we pause and examine the root of the problem and make changes that will be lasting and effective?
ISS - It's So Simple - stop trying to make things so difficult. Relax your thinking and look for the real cause behind the situation. Then make a plan to move forward.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
A few years ago, while teaching a yoga class, I was able to make it completely to the floor in the splits for the first time in my life. I squealed with delight and shouted that "now, I could try out for cheerleading!". A joke transformed into a reality and the next year I found myself in line at tryouts with a young waitress friend less than half my age trying out for the Houston Texan cheerleaders. I was able to make it through the second round while my young friend had to drop out because of neck and back problems. All of that day long hair flippin' and hip shakin' had taken a toll. I really think the yoga kept me free from injury. The second round was my last round but the memories of a day filled with excitement and dancing dreams was sure to last forever.
I still struggle with the cartwheel half of the bucket dream. I have been able to fly up into a handstand but rounding it out as a cartwheel will take some time. I recently showed my yoga class my cartwheel for entertainment purposes only - and it was entertaining in its feebleness! Why are my feet planted so firmly on the ground - afraid to fly freely in the air?
What are we really afraid of? The worst thing that could happen is a little butt bounce on the floor. I'm going to keep practicing until my feet are planted firmly in the air. Join me.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Lasagna is a process. It is best done with a glass (bottle?) of wine in one hand and a giant spoon in the other. I enjoy making it but it can take a half of a day the way I perform this operation. With each new batch, I buy more ingredients than I did the last time and definitely more than I need. I end up making more lasagna than a family could possibly eat in a week. I figure if I am going to do it and make a mess of the kitchen, then I am really going to do it up right. This time it was six pans. So I shared some with friends and neighbors.
I have a girlfriend that has never liked lasagna. There is something in it that is common in lasagna recipes and it doesn't taste good to her. She tried mine one day and couldn't believe that she liked it. Now I always make sure she gets a pot of it when I make it. I offered some to another friend from this batch and she readily accepted it saying she doesn't care for it but her family would love it. I suggested she try it, telling her I have a few friends like her and I would bet that she ends up liking mine. And she did! Now, I can't tell you what the secret is, no one would need me anymore - so I will carry that with me until I die. (Or drink enough wine some night that you coax it out of me!).
So, we may all be making or doing pretty much the same thing but it is going to turn out a little different because we can't help but influence the outcome with a little bit of our style.
I teach yoga at the gym. I have many people that love my class and some that prefer a little different style, though they still join me for class and modify to suit their needs. I encourage them to also try some of the other instructors until they find a yoga that really resonates with them. It can be such a wonderful experience for us in many ways - mind, body and soul - and can only benefit those that practice it.
But if you've never tried it - try mine - you'll like it!
Saturday, April 6, 2013
As I started my cycle class I mentioned that we were going to start on a fifteen minute hill climb and then alternate every other flat ride song as a race paced top heart rate zone rush. Again, the room was silent. Again, I could imagine what was going on in their heads. "Is she really serious?", "what have I gotten myself into today?", "that sounds like fun!". Again, probably more of the former and less of the latter inner chatter.
Was I serious? - yes very much so in both classes. And it turns out, they really had a good time in both instances. But I do playfully warn them if they don't speak up I am assuming they are thrilled with the plan. And they usually don't speak up. And I usually go ahead with my plan - devious as it can be.
I found this to be true in many instances outside of the fitness world. At work in the corporate environment there were numerous occasions in which I wasn't totally in agreement with the plan to move ahead but I also wasn't totally comfortable speaking up. They certainly weren't life or death situations and no lives or equipment were on the line. I would certainly speak up then. But I quickly found out if you didn't speak up when the issue was addressed, they assumed agreement and moved forward. Chalk it off to youth or naïveté, it is a lesson worth learning and worth learning quickly.
When did you wish you had spoken up instead of letting silence mean you agreed? I look forward to your stories.
Monday, April 1, 2013
The race organizers encouraged white t-shirts so that the neon paint that would be sprayed on us during the race would show up under the black lights the best. Costumes were also encouraged with tutus being the design of choice but my group opted out of the contest this time. I am sure I can motivate some of them to partake next year - hehe - always an optimist. I planned to run the entire race, after all, 5 K doesn't seem that far. The others already knew that walking was their preferred method of making it across the finish line. The race was packed with close to 10,000 runners decorated with all varieties of neon and flashing and glow in the dark gadgets. It was cool - very cool. It took some time for the waves of runners/walkers to move forward so that we finally reached the starting line. Then - we were off!
I started off at a slow shuffle as hundreds of us made it up the hill and across the bridge. It finally thinned out enough so that I was able to start a nice run dodging back and forth between walkers. I found a clear spot and reached a rhythmic pace with what I thought were good breathing techniques. About ten minutes later I had to slow down to ease a mild pain in my side - most likely from not breathing correctly. Had it really been that long since I had raced that I forgot how to breathe? Yes. I focused on correcting my breath work and picked up the pace again. Just about to cross the finish line, I stopped and walked over to the side to keep an eye out for my walking friends so that we could cross the finish line together. A group of familiar faces splattered with paint strolled by a while later and I joined them for the final steps across the finish line with smiles on all our faces.
It doesn't matter how good your run, walk, arm swinging or shuffle looks - it's the breath underneath it all that makes it successful.
In yoga I am always reminding the students to breathe. "It doesn't matter what your pose looks like - if you are breathing you are still doing yoga. If the breath isn't right - the pose won't be."
Whether you are about to stand up and speak to a crowd - or have a difficult conversation with someone - use your breath to relax and get in the right frame of mind - and the rest will be easy.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
I have noticed this doing business at a number of places. On another day at the local department store I watched as the cashier rang up a customer's merchandise and the customer remained on her cell phone the entire time. When it was my turn, I asked the cashier if it bothered him. "Oh", he replied "it happens all the time, I've gotten used to it". To me, it is so sad that this is something we have gotten used to. It is easy to change. We get what we allow.
I am amazed at the stories and issues in the Dear Abby column of what frantic or frustrated people write in to for help. Abby frequently responds with, "it will stop when you stop allowing it".
I think it is important to acknowledge everyone in my yoga classes. Whether it is with a smile or a nod or a touch to adjust their pose, or calling out their name - I like to let everyone know I see them and know they are there. I notice when they are missing as many have their favorite spot and you can see when it is empty. I know that I can do better with this and as I write I am committing to this challenge. I don't want people to feel like I missed that they were there or was so busy with other people that I didn't take the time to acknowledge their presence.
There is all this buzz about the present moment and being present in the moment and I agree with it totally. But I would like to add an addendum - acknowledge the presence of those being present in the moment with you - be it with a smile, a nod, a conversation or a touch.
Monday, March 11, 2013
I attended an afternoon workshop on defining and working with all the resources available to you to move your personal development or your business forward. It was an interesting look at all we have around us that we typically forget or pass over as we rush through our week. We were asked to make a list of 100 resources that we have and were given a few minutes to complete the task. Pens and fingers on tablets moved furiously down the page listing person after person and item after item. Most people had 30 or more resources listed in a very short time. We shared part of our list with the group and the ideas from others in the room inspired us to add to our lists. One that I mentioned was clutter. We think of it as junk but if we were to go through many of the boxes stuffed in our attic or under a bed - we might find treasures that could be used in our work or in some other way we hadn't previously considered. A teacher friend of mine planned to have her students help her sort through some boxes of supplies she had accumulated over the years. She knew that they would be able to come up with numerous ideas on how the "stuff" could be used in alternative ways. Those little ones were creative problem solvers.
The speaker came highly recommended and I was initially enjoying his talk but my interest started to wane as he continued. The resource list was a great reminder of all the treasures we have in people and "stuff" and how we could more effectively and creatively utilize those resources. I was planning how I would add to the list every day and play with my resources in new ways to help myself and those I come in contact with. But then a feeling started to emerge - like the speaker had given this talk before and he was starting to run on autopilot. He gave us an exercise and then proceeded to get lost in his laptop on some project. He finished early and I found myself wishing he had given us more information and skipped the last exercise.
I have had yoga class attendees comment that they loved my class because it was always something new and they never got bored. I was surprised because most of class is usually a repeat of the warm-ups and many poses you do every time. But I do try to give it a little twist every time with a different focus. I go back through notes from a conference or look up something in a book or on the Internet that might help members deepen their practice. No matter how I feel, I leave energized and renewed when class is over, inspired by the different energy participants bring each time.
In my business presentations or classes I try to approach the session with a renewed enthusiam even though I may have presented the same topic numerous times before. It is a new group and a new day and I try to play in a new way.
How are you approaching your day, your job, your family, your activities? Like you are bored and have done this 100 times and "here you to go again"?
I invite you to consider how you could make the old "new"? What small change in your attitude or how you look at something or someone could bring joy back to your life?
Try it - I think you will like the results!
Saturday, February 23, 2013
I wrote an e-mail to her later that day - and I said -
"You know what I really like about you? – that as busy as it was outside at the valet stand you addressed the guy taking our tickets by his name – “Tony”. I usually do that – but was distracted by our conversation and activity around us. Thank you so much for that reminder. I always found out the names of the maids in our office building when I worked in “corporate America” – God knows I saw them often enough when I stayed late J. My father was a strong advocate of the “little man” - the one behind the scenes who doesn't always get all the attention but who without them, nothing would run smoothly. Though I was too young, my sister remembers him sending a check to the family of the police officer (J.D.Tippit – Dallas police officer) who was killed when Kennedy was shot (and with a family of eight kids – you know there wasn’t much extra money laying around to do that kind of thing) because everyone was giving their attention to the Kennedy’s and no one was really thinking about that police officer’s family (at least publicly). I loved that about my dad."
In yoga class I try to remember people's names and ask them - sometimes more than once or twice. If I see them often it is easier for me to remember them, but it usually comes back to me no matter how long it has been since I last saw them. I love how they don't mind me asking again and again - until I get it right. I admit having called a few people by the wrong name for months until some light conversation eventually gets me corrected.
Remember to get their name - it's important - and then - remember their name - it's priceless.
In a recent yoga class I encouraged the group to pick just one yoga pose to focus on for that day or the next few weeks. I encouraged them to pay attention to where they were in that pose today. Then as the weeks unfold, note how much better they are getting in the pose. The changes in yoga can be very quick in a short period of time. It is a good idea to start with a benchmark so that you can be reminded and inspired by your progress.
Pick a pose - see how your ability grows.
Friday, February 15, 2013
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Thank you so much for participating. Namaste!
Monday, February 11, 2013
In yoga we sometimes get distracted by the poses of others around us. Someone else is touching the floor with their hands and we can only get to our knees. People are balancing on one foot with their eyes closed and we are falling over and can't stand on one foot without using the wall. We are trying to get one leg to cross over our other leg and our neighbor is putting both feet behind their head. We look at them and wish we could do those things or feel bad because we cannot. Instead, look within and pay attention to how your body feels and what would help you move deeper into the pose. What would help you progress more? What does your body need? What can you do to feel more successful in that position? Forget about the people around you and what they are able or not able to do and focus on you. Your practice will blossom.
Here's to not trying to keep up with the Googles.
Monday, January 28, 2013
In yoga, when we are able to finally perform a pose at a certain level above what we had been able to do before, we feel a great sense of accomplishment and others around us are often pleased with our success as well. It can be as simple as touching our toes or as complicated as balancing on our forearms with our legs up in the air tied up into some sort of pretzel-like configuration. But the truth is, a lot of stretching, trying, sweating, grunting, fear, and falling took place before that pose ever really made it to where it is today.
It all comes together in the end.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
It is also important in life to set our intention so that we are able to get the most out of moments. If we have a business meeting planned, what happens when we don't set our intention? We probably have productive meetings but there could be so much more evolving from them. What if we set our intention to really listen and hear what people were saying beneath their words or connect with a person in the meeting that we don't really know? How would that change the outcome?
I have presented classes on subjects that attendees usually have some experience in. I had one young woman attend my project management class and she had already obtained the Project Management Professional designation. This fundamentals class was going to be everything she already knew. But she approached the class with an open mind to see what else she might gain in project management knowledge. She shared with me after that the class was very valuable and she learned some new things she could apply directly to her work.
Set your intention and see where it takes you. It will create more meaningful experiences for you.
Monday, January 14, 2013
At the beginning of yoga class I mention some of the poses we are going to GET to do that day. There are varied reactions to the knowledge: some fearful, some excited, some confused. But I know they will enjoy it no matter what their initial reaction is.
Where do you GET to go or what do you GET to do this week, month or year?
Saturday, January 12, 2013
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All new (and current) followers will be entered in a drawing for yoga mats, blocks, straps and zafus (yoga pillows). The drawing takes place on Valentine's Day (2-14-13) at noon (CST). Be sure to sign up as a follower before then. Winners will be posted on this blog.
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Starting now - go!!!
Monday, January 7, 2013
In yoga, success in a pose can sometimes be difficult to obtain. We put forth a great deal of effort in our practice. It is not unusual for the reward to take some time. Patience and perseverance will get you to where you want to be. And when we finally reach that place, it is delightful.