View from my mat



















When we walk out of the yoga studio, meditation room, or spiritual center we have the opportunity to put into action what we have learned. The studies of self-growth, compassion, and spirituality don’t have to stay within the walls of where we learn them. Developing a home practice of reading spiritual texts, asana (postures), meditation, and keeping a journal brings this life long journey to all aspects of your life. The classes we take are anywhere from 30-90 minutes, and that is a small part of our day.

The moment we walk out of class things come up to distract us, and that is part of the learning experience. Being able to use what we have learned in order to handle life from a place of balance instead of being overreactive. As my teaching and coaching develops further I have found that practicing at home is an invaluable part of my growth, and helps with how I live in the world. In the sacred space I have created I am able to explore areas in more detail that I am curious about. This way my experiences are not just from the classes I’ve taken, but from my own self study.

Meditating, reading spiritual texts and being in yoga postures in your home can be challenging. There is always something else that we could be doing. The moment we sit our eyes dart to the pile of dirty clothes that need to be washed, or the papers that need organizing. The discipline and will power it takes to resist getting right up and doing house chores is all a part of the practice.

When beginning a home practice start small, you don’t need to commit to a 90 or 120 minutes of practice off the bat. Start with a 5 minute meditation, one minute in a downward facing dog, or begin by dedicating ten minutes to reading the Yoga Sutras a day. Everyday these few minutes will make a large impact in your life. You will find a greater sense of ease, of understanding and compassion for others and yourself.

Live Light Practice:

Meditate for 5 minutes each morning before your day begins for one week. If you already have a home meditation practice continue and add an extra 5 minutes to it.

Find a quiet and clean space for you to sit. Once you have committed to sitting with meditation start with your eyes softly open and notice where your eyes wander. What is the view from your mat?

Set a timer for 5 minutes and close your eyes. When the timer goes off open your eyes and once again take in your surroundings. Do you notice a difference in how you perceive the space around you?

Take 5 more minutes to write in a journal. Notice your thoughts, sensations, emotions, tensions, and anything else that comes up. These few moments of writing are to bring conscious awareness to yourself before your day begins.













Balancing Act

There is always a need to adjust or maneuver in order to move with the shifts of life, it’s a balancing act. Being balanced comes from making choices and taking action consciously. If we approach life in a conscious manner we can create the life we want.

When we are unconscious in our lives we can begin to feel stuck or unfulfilled. Is there perhaps a part of your life where you are not feeling fulfilled or stuck? One way to make a change in your life is to take a step back and look at it from a different angle.

Yesterday I found shifting my perspective was how I brought myself back to the present. My day started off rocky and I could have looked at the entire day as being bad, but instead I took it as a sign that I needed to wake up, and be more conscious. It felt like everything was going wrong, at one point I spilled my entire coffee without even having taken a sip. Then I broke new glasses and my cat got sick. My first reaction was to think everything was going wrong and what a bad day I was going to have.

Continuing to develop my skills as a coach I took a continuing education course this week. When at class I decided I didn’t want to look at the day as horrible and stew in my own frustrations, so I decided to shift my perspective. I took a few deep breaths and slowed down. I had been rushing around and trying to multitask too much. Reminding myself that everything is already okay I took at a look at what was really going on and I realized I just needed a new outlook.

From this new perspective I approached the day eager to learn, and got a lot out of the course. I had taken the time to recognize the ebbs and flows of life and how pausing for a moment to be conscious of how I am moving through life can make a shift in how I approach the day.

What is another perspective I could have looked at yesterday with? Perhaps I could have ignored it all together and felt that the day would continue to fall apart. My day would have been different then, I would have been distracted and unable to pay attention in class. When I choose to look at what happened as an awakening to be more conscious of myself in every moment I was able to be present and open to the day ahead.

By taking the time to slow down and see what was really going on I made a choice to breathe and receive. As I move ahead with the weekend I will be consciously breathing and receiving the world around me.

Balance in life is all about making choices. We create our lives with every choice we make, and we can create a life of our dreams. How do you want to be?

Live Light Practice:

Is there something bugging you? Or is there a part of your life where you feel stuck? Take a few moments to discover and then create a name for this part of your life. Acknowledge how you feel about this part of your life, and now invite in a new perspective.

Stand up and raise your arms above your head, stretching and expanding your body. Rotate to your left; bring Gandhi to mind and the qualities that he represents to you. If you were to embody these attributes how might you look at this part of your life differently?

Wiggle your body and turn to your left. Think of Bob Marley and what he represents to you. If you were to think of his qualities how would you look at this part of your life?

Turn to your left and shake your arms and legs. Then bring in the qualities of Martha Stewart. If you were to include her qualities into your perspective how may you view this part of your life differently?

Looking back at the views of Gandhi, Bob Marley, and Martha Stewart is there one that resonates more with you? Which qualities do you want to take with you when you begin to look at this part of your life in a new way? What is one small action you could do in the next few days that will be in line with this new way of looking at things?