Shin Rin Ryoku

A creek with lovely water sounds … and a tree stump making a perfect meditation location.  The air is fresh; sounds soothing; colors are vibrant yet relaxing.

My late father would have enjoyed the sounds of water flowing down this creek by the path nicely shaded by groves of 1000 years old redwoods.

Happy Fathers Day !

Clearing the obstructions

Whether you believe in the Chakra system or not, understanding that imbalance is when your body, mind and your spirit is perhaps taken over by toxins and impurities that does not allow for free flow of ENERGY.  Some of our yoga practice allows the opening of blockages and narrowing of paths and nadis and/or meridians to clear … restoring our energy to increase for our optimal health. For that to happen, we need our mind to be fully conscious and clear;  dualities embraced, all emotions are accepted in which negative emotions are not denied but worked through, our body to rediscover and harness that innate energy; and connect with the source inside and out. It’s work.   It takes … practice.

And then, only then, we can find that pure child like JOY that’s birthright for each of us who did the work of clearing.  That work of clearing, cleansing, de-cluttering, and cleaning out to find that sparkle  … that’s the spark – the yoga I hope to share.

Buddha Day & Full Moon

Doesn’t this Persian rice dish look like a full moon – it’s made by my chef extraordinaire friend whose name means “BRIGHT” in Persian.  How does this rice get this golden moon like hue?  It’s the Saffron she winks:) Ketogenic diet attempt becomes futile… but what’s better – to say no to a dish a friend made with great care and infused with love to lose few pounds that yo-yo’s up and down anyway; OR to enjoy a well balanced whole foods, nourish body and soul – and be filled with sense of gratitude.  Then comes renewed resolve and a boost of motivation to exercise more:)  Rather than to be repressed, suppressed, dogmatic, rigid, and closed resembling hyper-vigilance and discipline; we are receptive, open, kind and flexible to go with the flow.  This is a person speaking who has lost 40 lbs in my past peak adult weight to the past lowest to the current 123 … so “not dieting” really works.

Sunday … it’s time for reflective meditative practice.

Some words of wisdom to share on a rainy evening where the full moon hides behind the rain clouds…

As rain falls equally on the just and the unjust, do not burden your heart with judgments but rain your kindness equally on all.
– Buddha

 

Meditate

Live Purely

Be Quiet

Do your work with mastery

Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds

Shine !

– Buddha

Do you see the subtle change in before and after images? Straining vs. Opening; pushing vs. giving-in; torquing vs aligning; lengthening vs. crunching; sagging vs. lifting;  At the hands of a great teacher, Judith, we become balanced and open.

Use of sandbags in standing poses … We cannot sit and meditate if you are physically tight and hardened; energetically stagnant.  Improving the inner flow through series of asanas … standing, sitting, supine to finally be able to … sit quietly without twitching, wiggling, heaving heavy breath … to come to that lightness of being.

It’s a process. A Practice.