Yoga book club anyone?

Looking over my shelves, isn’t it like a joke that one of the books is titled,

The Life-Changing Magic of Tiding Up” the Japanese art

of decluttering and organizing ?!!!  (in original Japanese and the English version)

Tiding up as the year end approaches – and having completed the 800 hrs., I can devote my time to do what I had not kept up.  The house, the “other” matters, relationships to tend to, to reconnect, family and friends …

More shelves to redo and make …to find order.  The trouble is each time, I end up re-reading… I can re-read over and over and never get bored – taking way way more time than I currently feel I have.  Make time. Find the time.  Life is short.

Sounds & Light after Tea

Brainstorm is like swirls of ideas floating in the brain … Like the green tea leaves,  the swirls settles to the bottom and the essence of leaves the green liquid is there to pour … a cup that brings on clarity and sounds and lights that gives creativity juices to flow … into areas that were once dry, brittle and thus, rigid and hardened.  So many of us are living with the sense of shortages, limitations, rationing, bound to time-crunch; the sense of there being not enough time, not enough energy, not enough care … not enough, not enough … How about not enough years to dwell on such things – so stop what you are doing, and just be.  Then, take a deep breath … then really question – what do we not have enough of ? Make a list – then make another list – what do we have enough of; what are we thankful for … It not be a huge list; even just 3 to 5.  That’s ENOUGH.

While we need to exercise to strengthen our muscles – Yang – and elevate our heart and respiratory rate to build stamina and endurance; BUT we also need to stretch and lengthen as well as relax for heart health and balance for our nervous system to spur sense of wellness – so more of a Yin practice.  How can you get the benefits of both halves without having to spend hours which we don’t have each day.  For average person, if you can practice yoga once a week, that’s quite good, twice, then it’s wonderful and if three times or more, you are lucky; if you can practice everyday, you are SUPER lucky or/and a … professor, contractor, or … a yoga teacher. Haha. Whatever the frequency, with any yoga,  your body and mind will thank you.

While my ideal class is 90 minutes, as we head into shorter days of holiday season, starting to think about real work/family balance life where self care is not sacrificed  – Coming up with just mere 60 minutes class that addresses both Yin and Yang needs for a wholesome session. It can be a blend, a hybrid class to get the best mileage for the refueling we do on the mat. As we learned in our Yoga Therapy 800 hrs. training, we don’t have hours and hours; nor do we have all the techniques and tools of yoga in just one class – so HOW TO DISTILL the benefits of yoga in highly concentrated 60 minutes. I guess that’s what Bikram did but now, in different styles and with or without heat … as not all spaces are equipped with heat …

Thinking; practicing and going over my past training materials … and coming to this place of gratitude.  There are so many excellent devoted teachers all around and amongst us – I was blessed to have learned from so many masters.  If just any one of the learning sticks, then, that’s … enough.

November is definitely a month dedicated to the blessing of “gratitude”.

Eye popping expensive but wish oh so wish I could tap drum away …


Heath Ceramics

Made in USA, right here in California- so earthy, as with late summer, we engage in earthy practices.  Here, grey clay to start off with … with craftsmanship, this grey matter will transform into beautiful earthenware with different shapes, forms colors, shades, hues … uniform but each unique.

Playing tourists in our own backyard – Golden Bridge – Sausalito – Muir Woods – Marin – Mt. Shasta – what do out-of-town guests want to experience ?  What’s home-grown; nature – nature – nature.  Sadly Yosemite topping the list – so affected by all the fires in Northern California but Northern California has much to offer still.

May all the heat subside as we welcome some cooling trends this New Moon week …blending the movements with stillness to deepen our hues, shades for better luster and shine – talking about our body and soul now.  Namaste:)