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Refilling Your Well

Greetings!

I’m recently back from a three-week teaching tour in San Antonio, TX and CA that was totally amazing and wonderful! But upon my return I was exhausted. It wasn’t until I was able to let go, rest, and surrender to the bigger energy, that my energy naturally returned. It’s rare that I feel low energy and I had to learn how to not push myself.

I had just returned from California after a three-week teaching tour on the red-eye out of San Jose. It took me days to regain and refill my well. It was only after I let go, surrendered to the tiredness, and chose actions that were nurturing to me physically that my body began to regain energy. I’m grateful to my yoga practice that constantly teaches me how to balance self-effort and grace.

My tour began with an all-levels workshop in San Antonio, TX, followed by Part One of the Ashaya Yoga® In-Depth Study/200-Hour Teacher Training. The dedication and receptivity among the students was so inspiring. Together they created a closely-knit, conscious community of yogis who’ve chosen to bring their best selves forward and make a difference in the world. I’m truly grateful to be among them.

After the training I went to my Mom’s in Mission Viejo, CA for a family visit and work retreat. My sister and brother-in-law from Carlsbad, CA came for dinner one night. I offered a couple private yoga therapy sessions to my Mom and one to my sister. It’s a lot of fun to work with family and it’s so gratifying for me to be able to give back to them.

Then I traveled north to Big Sur, CA to begin my magical journey at Esalen Institute. If you […]

Discover Your Life Agenda

Greetings! Happy New Year! Welcome to 2016!

A few positive affirmations to start out your year: This is going to be a great year. You have a bright future ahead of you! You can have, do, and be anything you want! Reach for the stars! You can do it! Life is meant to be lived fully! Put yourself fully into whatever you desire. Do it wholeheartedly.

The purpose and goal of all of life is to engage with the world wholeheartedly from a place of worthiness and authenticity. Go forth and shine your unique light out into the world. The world needs you now.

The start of a new year is a wonderful time to create a new vision for your life. A window of opportunity opens where there’s a gap in the cosmos – a space in the fabric of time/space reality where all of the energy on the earth gathers to create a powerful vortex of possibility.

I want to share with you a little contemplation I’m doing at the start of this New Year. The contemplation is this: What is your life agenda? Everyone has a life agenda – a unique gift to offer, a purpose for living, a desire to fulfill, someone to serve, a cause to support, a longing to fulfill. We all have one. What is yours? And how could you bring it forth more fully in 2016?

When you discover your life agenda, you come into resonance with the universal energy. You create the optimal coherence between your individual nature and your divine nature. Suddenly your individual will aligns with universal will and you step into the flow of life. You step into the current of grace that assists you in co-creating […]

Three Stages to Open Your Heart

On November 8th, in Portland, Maine, after 7 months of dedicated study and practice, 22 radiant yogis graduated from the Ashaya Yoga® 200-Hour Teacher Training. I am so proud of them and know that this world is brighter and better place because of all of the work they did on themselves.

I want to share with you the teachings from the final morning sadhana practice in Portland that flowed with such elegance and deep meaning for me.

The essence of yoga is love. Love is accessed in the heart. But the heart is so tender and vulnerable that it quickly protects itself against pain and closes down. Although it’s safer to live with a protected heart, the protected heart isolates us from others and, more importantly, from our own self. This is the pain that increases pain and suffering. We need to learn how to open our heart in order to experience the flow of grace. Grace is always flowing whether we are open to it or not. Living with an open and vulnerable heart is also painful since we feel everything more fully – both pain and joy. But this is the pain that heals the pain.

Yoga is the practice of learning how to “tenderize” the heart such that we know how much to open up and how much to maintain our boundaries. In Tantra we learn that in order to unbind ourselves we need to bind ourselves. That is, we need to create healthy self-boundaries and know our limits in order to maintain and sustain our freedom.

We live in a universe of “cosmic forgiveness”. The universe is constantly forgiving you. Forgiveness is its nature. But it’s difficult to get to forgiveness due to the […]

Choosing Alignment with Nature

Nature never ceases to amaze me. Recently in my Kripalu Retreat based on the Five Elements, the only day of rain was on the water element day. This is not the first time synchronicity has happened. In fact, every time I’ve offered this course, whether at Kripalu or Esalen in CA, an eerie synchronicity like this happens!

In life, there are no coincidences. Whenever any synchronicity happens, it’s the affirmation of the universe telling you that you are in the right place and that grace has your back. When it started to rain on the water day in my program, I said to myself, “Okay. I get the message. I’m meant to be doing exactly what I’m doing.” As I surrender to the power and growth of Ashaya Yoga®, I hear the voice of the universe whispering in my ear, “Trust the process.”

The truth is that whether there’s a synchronicity or not, grace always has your back and the universe is always giving you signals and subtle messages of how to proceed. “Go this way. Go that way. Stay steady. Let go.” When you align with the divine, every moment becomes an opportunity to lead from your heart and flow with the current of life.

The problem is that we become out of alignment with nature. We are out of touch with the deepest desires of our heart. So often we get distracted or deluded into negative thinking or feelings of unworthiness and hopelessness. When I give way to my negative, habitual mind, it will take me to the bottom of the well where I can’t see anything except darkness and despair.

Yoga teaches that you have a choice. You must choose to create a boundary of protection […]

It Takes Strength to Follow Your Heart

Greetings!

I want to continue with the 13 vitamins for living a happy and healthy life. But after returning from a phenomenal weekend workshop at the Arlington Center near Boston last weekend, I want to share a little inspiration with you first. I feel so graced and uplifted by the receptivity and authenticity of the students in attendance.

I taught about the heart being the center of the universe and that the highest purpose of the practice is to return to your heart and learn how to follow your heart. Ashaya means, “abode of the heart” and underlines the essential purpose of the practice – to regain access to the wisdom of the heart. When you come home to your heart there’s a moment of recognition, a pause, and a space where you realize you are already whole and complete. You realize that life is a gift and a miracle meant to be savored, not a problem to be solved.

Following your heart takes strength. You need strength because when you follow your heart, you may disappoint others. To keep you from abandoning your own center and caving into what others want and expect of you, you need strength, a kind of steadfastness to stand by your own side. If you don’t regularly disappoint others, you’re probably disappointing yourself instead.
 
There are two kinds of strengths needed to follow your heart, humility and high self-esteem. Humility relates to your capacity to open to a bigger energy greater than yourself. “Greatness is knowing you are greater than yourself.” (Dr. Douglas Brooks). But without self-esteem, humility leads to self-rejection or making yourself small.

When I moved out of Kripalu many years ago, I had no job, no money, and no business plan. On a walk with a close friend, I complained about how bad off I […]