Teddy Bears at the Window for the neighborhood

This, yes, THIS …

Happy to help any way for the challenged … Paddington Bear, Teddy and the gingham ribbon-ed Black Bear. Arms around, these buddies are happy to look out into the streets to make sure proper Social Distancing protocols are adhered to.

Was clued in that neighborhood parents are asking that we place bears at the window facing the streets so kids can have something to do – like walk around and spot bears at the window- maybe count them, “hunt” them. We have parents who are obviously running out of things to do at home … parks are closed; school yards are closed; schools are closed … so happy to help these at-their-wits-end-challenged parents with kids having a cabin fever more than a viral fever. It’s also … spring fever time … It it were normal times, I used to say LOVE is in the air; but people are now more worried about droplets in the air … so sad. BUT let’s get through this together. Next year, we know nature has a way of cycling through and next year, yes, there will be spring fever. This year, of course as always there’s love, fortitude … gratitude that we are all committed for the common good … we are serious !

Kids & Family yoga like Tiffany Belzer used to teach can really be so helpful this time of shelter @ home with no school … Hey there Moms and/or Dads working from home, all the sudden juggling home school they never thought they’d be asked to operate – here’s a question – have you thought about how yoga and mindfulness for the kids can help them (& YOU!) feel much much better ? The practice can do wonders to keep anxieties at bay and increase the sense of balance and wholeness! It’s tough times for everyone. Please try – I can recommend some good videos and books or zoom lessons.

Here’s a little quiz – (Q) Parents! Is there a BEAR POSE in yoga? (there’s also Big, Medium and Baby bear poses !!!)

(A) Yes, there is.

We do a modified version in my class but … why not try the real one. Fun to hold. The pose – NOT – the breath. Will show you tomorrow:)

Wise Words of Ramaswami Srivatsa popps up after coming back from social media detox – Honored to have learned from this teachers’ teachers’ teacher … just scratched the surface really …heeding his advice

“SOUCHA” “SVADHYAYA” “PRANAYAMA” YES. For me, time to review and return to consistent practice.

Gratitude to the wise great teacher, Ramaswami Srivatsa. Coming from someone with lifetime of experience and practice, I cannot be more inspired at this time of many disappointments and confusion. There’s clarity and reassurance in his words. Thank you Thank you Thank you.

I’m back; how about you?

Intention for today: Honoring the New Moon Energy

as we cycle through the seasons with mindfulness to recognize and appreciate the everyday miracles, engaging in practice of Self-Care.

Q. Why is Flow & Yin practice especially potent when done with intentions ?

A. Intention setting clarifies why you are on the mat and if the practice is in alignment with the authentic you.

Some one may think of an “intention” as similar to goal setting. There’s a subtle difference from a common new year resolution:

I want to lose weight and for that goal I will lose 10 lbs this month.

vs. I am responsible for my heart health.

vs. I am the curator of my emotions and know how to manage them.

Or … I set aside the time I deserve to cultivate self-love and care so that I can reconnect with my natural flow of rhythm to shine bright to be the light for others. (then I find that, the common goals, then, is reached.)

OR I take this precious time to decompress, detox and recharge with the renewed flow.

Whatever intention you set will serve you than at times you mindlessly show up while showing up is sometimes all you need to do. Show up and Flow. Then the process will naturally unfold:

First “experience” and feel with all 5 senses; clear the energy blockages; invite your very own “FLOW”; integrate; then embody the practice over time. Notice the gradual sharpening of the senses and allow ourselves to practice with non-judgement. The only goal is to better know ourselves so that our inner wisdom may once again, shine through. If it were some hashtag, yes, it would read – Do You; Be You:) and that may not be the pretzel pose.

Q. What is my attention sharing this practice and who would it serve?

A. This practice, alone, or by complemented by others, integrated as whole, will serve those who:

  • seek
  • question
  • lighten up
  • find acceptance & grace
  • detox and … reach an ideal healthy weight
  • gain flexibility in mind and body
  • desire freedom from pain & suffering
  • desire transformation
  • desire new idea, new paths, beyond the old patterns.
  • increased self-esteem; CONFIDENCE

& ultimately be fully at ease in one’s own skin:)