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Warrior in Nature

Stopping to smell the roses or strike a pose can reconnect you with nature. Instead of speed walking from one thing to the next, taking time to pause and appreciate life as it is in the moment. This can help to cultivate a sense of leave and gratitude with the present moment.

Live Light Practice:

Take a break from what you are doing to take in the sights and sounds around you. If you can step into a warrior 2 position and breathe for 10 breaths with a soft gaze over your front hand. Notice what shifts for you as you take this time out from doing to being.















Daily Gratitude












Thanksgiving is upon us and it is that time of year where we are bombarded with gift ideas, sales, family obligations, holiday parties, and lots of tasty but unhealthy food. There is a lot to be grateful for, but it can come at us so quickly that it is hard to keep track of what we are truly grateful for.

Before you sit down for your Thanksgiving dinner start a daily ritual that will take you through the holiday season to the new year. The ritual of writing in a gratitude journal.


Live Light Practice:

Each morning write 5 different things you are grateful for, and be as detailed as you can be. Keep the journal with you and reference it when you need a reminder of what it is that you are grateful for.



PS In the above picture you will see four women that I am grateful for having in my life and on the 3rd annual Yoga + Yarn Retreat. Thank you to Nancy, Carol, Joanne, and Dawn for sharing your time, joy, and knitting with me at Good Commons! I also want to thank those who were unable to join us and let you know you were in our hearts the entire trip.


From darkness to light













The days following hurricane Sandy still seem unreal. Areas of NYC seem untouched, but as we watch the news and speak to friends and families in the surrounding areas we hear of the devastation wrought by Sandy. In lower Manhattan we have power and are back in the light, but not everyone is as lucky. Some still hope for power, and others are going to need to rebuild their homes.

It will take patience and time, but together we will move further into the light and help to rebuild the communities that were greatly affected.

Taking everything day by day can make this more managable. Take care of yourself first by starting with a short meditation repeating the asato ma sadgamaya chant to clear your mind, relax your body and prepare you for the day.

Live Light Practice:

Sit in a quiet place on the floor or in a chair. For ten minutes repeat the following chant to yourself. Try in Sanskrit, but you can always repeat the English if you prefer.

asato ma sadgamaya
tamaso ma jyotirgamaya
mrtyorma amrtam gamaya

Lead me from the untruth to the truth.
Lead me from darkness to light.
Lead me from death to immortality.





Out with the old and in with the new

With the start of fall I have been thinking a lot about ‘out with the old and in with the new’. A new season inspires taking time to shed what is no longer serving us to create space for what is to come next.

At home I started this by giving away clothes that I no longer use. In yoga classes I’ve been teaching twists and tapas (purification) to inspire cleansing from the inside out.

There are thoughts, ideas, objects, and habits that we carry with us daily that might not necessarily benefit us. Going into fall 2012 what is something physically or mentally that you need to release?


Live Light Practice:
Set aside twenty minutes to go in your closet and find three items that you haven’t worn in the past year and donate them to Salvation Army.