Morning intention

Take 5 minutes this morning for meditation. Sit in the quiet stillness of the morning light and start your waking hours silently setting your intention that will take you through your day.

Sep15

End of the day

At the end of the day when you are getting ready for bed and everything you did and didn’t do today is swimming through your head, rather than allowing those thoughts to control you, take time to cool down from the day. Whip out your mat or sit right onto the floor and try 5-10 minutes of asana (yoga postures). Simple and gentle poses like cat-cow, a lying down twist, happy baby, and child’s pose. Moving slowly within these postures will allow your mind and body to connect through the meditative rhythm of your breath. Follow the asana with a 5 minute meditation where you silently repeat to your self on the inhale ‘let’ and on the exhale ‘go’. Inhale ‘let’, exhale ‘go’. Then make your way silently to bed. After sometime in bed if you feel as though sleep isn’t going to come easily try writing in a journal or reading a book. Sleep tight!

Shanti,

Liza

Sep12

Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga but not one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret of success.

~ Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Sep08

Comfortable with Uncertainty

This month for the Yoga Book Club we read Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion by Pema Chodron. I found myself fascinated by each page of Comfortable with Uncertainty. It felt like I marked every page to reference later or build a yoga class around, and before I knew it the entire book was covered in underlining, and post-it notes.

What makes this book so accessible is that each of the 108 passages stand alone. If you open it up to one chapter you read two pages and are ‘like oh yeah I knew that’ or ‘why didn’t I look at it like that before’, or ‘wow I need to remember that’!

One of my favorite passages is Nowness, and the title says it all! Within this passage Chodron tells a story of a women searching to attain enlightenment. The woman attains enlightenment to find that she is always aware of now. The chapter ends with these lighthearted words of wisdom: “Mindfulness trains us to be awake and alive, fully curious, about now. The out breath is now, the in-breath is now, waking up from our fantasies is now, and even the fantasies are now. The more you can be completely now, the more you realize that you’re always standing int eh middle of a sacred circle. It’s no small affair, whether you’re brushing your teeth or cooling your food or wiping your bottom. Whatever you’re doing, you’re doing it now.” (Comfortable with Uncertainty, Nowness, pg 116).

This is a must read for any human, not just for Buddhists and yogis, but any person who wishes to live with compassion, joy, love and equanimity at all times. This little book can fit into your pocket, purse, or kindle. When you find yourself at a loss or uncertain pick up the book and let it fall open to a page and that page will be just the guidance you need at that moment.

Shanti,

Liza

Sep07