Monthly Archives: July 2012

Knitting Meditations














Although, some may view summer days as sweaty rather than sweet, I find summer to always leave me with a smile. The smile may come from nostalgic days of past or from new memories being created.

I’ve been taking time to fit in my favorite summer pass time – knitting on the beach. This past weekend when I was knitting on the beach I observed myself as the wind picked up and my eyes narrowed. I leaned back and deepened my breath and with each inhale knit, each exhale purl. The repetition brought my mind to focus instead of being whipped around by the storm rolling in.

My afternoon at the beach was a continuous gentle meditation. I sat still with the focus on knitting the yarn together in a balanced, flexible, and steady manor. Meditation in motion doesn’t have to be from knitting, it could be during a run, bike ride, etc. How do you find yourself in the present moment?

Live Light Practice:

With only a few weeks left in summer. How can you make it memorable? How do you want to be when the soft hues of fall begin to roll in?


New Live Light Thought Pattern



Create a sacred space where you practice mediation, pranayama, and asana. By having a safe and inspiring space ready for you it will bring you to your practices more often.

If space is limited you can be creative. Make a space in the closet. Double your desk as a mediation seating area. Keep different symbols around the house as a reminder for you on your path. Have a box under the couch with Mala beads, Tibetan bells, and a cushion to pull out for each seated mediation, pranayama or asana practice.

Any other ways or ideas you have made a sacred space for yourself? Send me your ideas!




Yoga Sutras Workshop at YogaWorks

Curious about the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali? Wanting to learn more and gain greater understanding of this ancient text? Then Join Mary Reilly Nichols for the Introduction to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali workshop at YogaWorks Soho on July 28, 2012.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are widely considered the one indispensable text for yoga practitioners. As long ago as the 2nd century BC the essence of the yoga path was set forth in systematic form by the ancient sage Patanjali in this treasured text. In a series of spare and elegant aphorisms, Patanjali outlines the entire system of the philosophy and psychology of Yoga.

In this three hour interactive workshop we will receive an overview of this foundational work and have a chance to consider and celebrate the sutras using asana, pranayama, chant and meditation to experience and incorporate their meaning.

After graduating with a degree in Anthropology from Harvard College in 1977, Mary Reilly Nichols studied in residence for five years in the ashrams of Swami Muktananda. She has absorbed the classical and Tantric yoga canon in depth and has been teaching yoga, meditation and stress management professionally for 30 years.

July 28, 2012
Saturday 2:00-5:00pm

Early $45 | Day of $55
To register call 646.442.6203