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How do I react to change?

By |2019-06-11T14:54:37-04:00June 11th, 2019|Blog|

It's a question every yogi and yogini should ask him/herself. Change is inevitable, but even that knowledge doesn't make it easy to adapt. Often, my first reaction to change is resistance. I like things the way I like them, and I don't want any change to happen! We humans can be creatures of habit, familiarity, [...]

Plug into your heart

By |2019-05-02T09:50:04-04:00May 2nd, 2019|Blog|

  What do you do to "plug in" when you need a recharge? Are you feeling vibrant and energized this spring, or are you in need of more self-care? This Tuesday, I taught a whole day of Restorative yoga classes, and just about everyone said after class that slowing down and taking time to rest [...]

Step into the Light this Spring

By |2019-03-18T18:28:58-04:00March 18th, 2019|Blog|

When you fully shine the light of your true nature, you give others permission to be fully themselves. As a child and early teen, I was always shy.  I didn’t really like to speak up, didn’t really want to be seen or heard, and didn’t feel like I had much to offer in a group [...]

On Commitment….

By |2019-01-24T12:56:50-05:00January 24th, 2019|Blog|

Last weekend was my 49th birthday! As I begin my 50th trip around the sun, I've made a firm commitment to myself to practice yoga every day. Why? Because I want to be strong, flexible, and clear in my body and mind. Because it always feels good to get on the mat and stretch. Because [...]

Happy New Year, 2019

By |2018-12-26T11:05:32-05:00December 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|

There are just a few more days left to wrap up 2018.  For me, this week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is always an opportunity to reflect on the past year and to look forward to what’s coming next. It’s a chance to get ready to make a fresh start when that last page [...]

Springing Ahead- March 2017

By |2017-03-15T10:43:27-04:00March 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|

We’ve Sprung Ahead! This weekend the US made the switch to Daylight Savings Time.  For most people, it’s just an annoying convention, which messes with your sleep, makes converting from different time zones more challenging, and is something fun and innocuous to complain about.  But, it’s also the perfect time to think about your own [...]

New Beginnings- August 2016

By |2016-11-06T19:51:36-05:00August 14th, 2016|Uncategorized|

New Beginnings are happening in every moment. Some of them are monumental (like moving to a foreign country!) and some we barely even notice, like the initiation of every inhalation. Each beginning is accompanied by an ending, too, and the Universe plays itself out in this cycle or spanda, this pulsation of beginning, middle, and [...]

Winter Solstice: Delight in the Darkness

By |2016-11-06T19:51:36-05:00December 22nd, 2015|Blog|

Today marks the shortest day of the year, or the day with the most hours of darkness. For many people, darkness is associated with fear, with depression, and with the parts of the self that we might rather not look at. But, as I've been  mentioning in classes this week, the darkness is also an opportunity [...]

Thanksgiving 2015

By |2016-11-06T19:51:36-05:00November 24th, 2015|Blog|

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, from all of us at Garden of the Heart Yoga. Thanksgiving is always a time of celebration- celebrating the harvest, celebrating friendship, celebrating our family connections.  It is a time of homecoming, celebrating our roots, remembering where we've come from, and how we've come far.  It is a [...]

New Beginnings

By |2016-11-06T19:51:36-05:00November 6th, 2015|Blog|

I love new beginnings, don't you?  In the Hindu culture and yoga philosophy, the Goddess Saraswati is often associated with new beginnings.  She is the Goddess of learning, music, arts, and wisdom.  She is the feminine aspect (or consort) of Brahma, the Creator.  Her name means "the essence of oneself,"  (Sara means essence, and Sva [...]