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30 12, 2019

Intention: From Dream to Reality

By |December 30th, 2019|Ashaya Yoga|0 Comments|

Intention is a powerful tool that makes dreams come true. Five or six years ago, I set an intention to create a music CD with some of my favorite musicians, Benjy and Heather Wertheimer and Steve Gorn. I’ve known them for at least 20 years and I always feel tingles in my bones when they play. Their music is so heart-felt and pure. I sense their joy and strong intention to bring more light and beauty into the world through their music. I’m so grateful to announce that my dream has come true.

 

My new CD, Invocation: Heart of Darkness and Light, Music and Mantras for Creating Sacred Space, is now a reality! What’s so great is that it came out even better than I had imagined. It’s the most comprehensive music project I’ve created to date and I’m so thrilled it is here.

 

We are the powerful beings who can intervene with grace.
Setting an intention, or in Sanskrit, a Sankalpa, is the way we intervene. We co-participate with grace every time we wish for something. When you put your intention out there, it’s like a seed being planted in the soil. The greater your passion and desire for something, the richer and more fertile the soil. When your desire comes from deep down in your heart, it is bound to manifest.

Just like nurturing a plant to grow, after you set your intention, you have to nurture it. You have to think about it often, envision it, and then eventually do something about it. For me, I had to wait until the time was right. Then I jumped in and didn’t stop creating until the project was completed. It took me about nine months. (It’s my baby!)
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17 12, 2019

Set Your Intention for 2020

By |December 17th, 2019|Ashaya Yoga|0 Comments|

The new year is nearly upon us and talk of New Year’s resolutions will soon be inescapable. Madison Avenue makes it sound as if we can say some magic words and poof! Everything will be different as soon as we tack our new calendar to the wall. Of course, the reality of life is very different. Whether it is your intention to effect change or you intend to continue to attract what you want and need, persistence will be required.

What are you willing to do to live the life you desire?

We all have desires. We seek love, improved health, financial stability, and more. Setting an intention is like planting a seed. The concrete steps that we take to attract what we want are like sunlight and water, allowing the seed to blossom. Here are some strategies for you to try in the new year:

Clarify your intention. Be specific. Instead of “I want more money,” tell yourself, “I will find a new job that brings me professional fulfillment and increased compensation.” Instead of, “I want to do more yoga,” try, “I will attend three weekend workshops” or “I will sign up for a Yoga Teacher Training.”
Visualize yourself living your dream. Imagine yourself working at that new job or taking notes at that YTT. Create a vision board. Write in your journal.
Use affirmations. These are powerful tools! Speak to yourself in the present tense, saying things like, “I am capable and deserving of professional success” or “I have studied yoga for years and I have wisdom to share. I am ready to take the next step.”
Take action. For many of us, this is the hardest part. Identify the things that you can […]

6 12, 2019

Release Negative Commentary

By |December 6th, 2019|Ashaya Yoga|0 Comments|

Mind
The mind is a powerful tool of transformation. When aligned with the heart, the mind is a supportive and indispensable ally. But when misaligned, steeped in negativity, or overly concerned with its own welfare, the mind becomes your worst enemy.

 
The Committee
How many times have you done something or said something unskillful that you wished you could take back but you can’t? When the untamed critical mind gets a hold of this, it can incessantly denounce you. This becomes a huge obstacle to clear thinking. There’s usually one prominent voice that’s shouting at you. But sometimes there’s a whole group of voices shouting at you. I call that the “Itty-bitty-shitty-committee.”

 
Ticker-Tape
When something bad happens – you experience the death of a loved one, you lose your job, you catch a cold just before a big commitment to teach, the mind can become a loud-mouth judge shouting at you, “You’re a loser. You f####d up. You shouldn’t have said/done that. You’re stupid. You are unworthy.” Like the 24/7 news channels on TV, while the main news is shown on the large screen, there’s a simultaneous ticker-tape of commentary running at the bottom of the screen. This commentary of the mind underlying your experience is very distracting. Without the skill of observation without judgment, you can become trapped by the mental patterns of judgment.

 
Meditation
Through the practice of meditation, you become more skillful at being able to identify non-constructive thoughts and let them go. The bottom line is that you DO have control of your thoughts. But it takes practice.

 
Catastrophe
A few weeks ago I finished teaching the final module of Ashaya Yoga Advanced 300-Hour Teacher Training. It was an amazing and beautiful experience. We focused on teaching the chakras, […]