Monthly Archives: May 2013

Turned Upside Down

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inversions are healthy, great fun, and offer a new perspective on life. When is the last time you turned your life upside down and looked at things in a new way?

Sometimes it can be helpful to take a step back from things or even turn them upside down to fully understand them.

Shanti,

Liza

PS That photo is of my Dad and me doing handstands on Capri in Italy.

May22

Self-Care is Critical

We are at our best when we take care of ourselves. If we let ourselves get run down and worn out we can hardly take care of ourselves let alone others. It only takes a few extra minutes out of your day to give a little extra attention to yourself.

Self-care can be anything from a nice long bath, getting a massage, to reading a good book. It can be any practice where the time is dedicated to you regenerating yourself.

Live Light Practice:

Give yourself an extra five minutes in the morning to enjoy a few more minutes in the shower or with your coffee. Savor the time to yourself.

May17

Yoga in Italia


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the closest yoga studio more than an hour from where I am staying in Italy, I have had the pleasure of rediscovering my personal yoga practice. Daily, my husband and I have laid our mats on the balcony and explored our own yoga practices. We begin our sessions loosely based on the Mysore primary series. This gives us structure, a sequence, and the freedom not to teach but explore my own asanas, meditation and pranayama.

We also take time to play with our handstands. Often our egos drive us to hold them for longer or float up rather than jump. There are moments when I pause to remind myself of a quotation from Pattabhi Jois – “Do your practice and all is coming.”. If we practice and let go of the results, there is an ease to the postures rather than a tense grasping (and a big ego).

Letting go of the results can be challenging, but when you are able to, a freedom engenders in the practice. So I go ahead and keep up with my practice, trying to lift into handstand even if I’m not quite off the floor yet! Who knows when the day will come when I lift effortlessly rather than jump…so I keep in mind – “Do your practice and all is coming”.

Live Light Practice:

Practice daily. Let go of the results and stick to your practice.

 

May07

Ciao Bella

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rabbit, rabbit and happy May! It is the first day of May and a wonderful time to set a new intention. April showers bring May flowers – what in your life would you like to see blossom this month?

This month I begin my Italian adventure, and I’m embracing the laid back style of life here. Last night as I enjoyed a prosecco in Campo di Fiori, I noticed how the Italians strolled slowly and never rushed. By contrast, the tourists like me walked speedily everywhere we went. Today I travel to the Amalfi coast and will continue to slow things down. Although driving in Italy is fast and chaotic, I will try to drive as if I’m on a languid evening stroll with no destination in mind. We’ll see how it goes!

Live Light Practice:

Set an intention for May. Write it down in a journal and check in with your intention daily or weekly to stay on track.

Shanti,

Liza

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