SPIDER POSE…IS IT A “REAL YOGA” POSE?

IMG_0804Variations of Goddess Pose, utkata konasana, are sometimes called Spider Pose…but, is there a sanskrit name? I don’t know and to me it doesn’t matter. Does it feel good in my body? Does it invite strength, vitality, clarity, calm and connection to self? That’s what matters to me. It’s funny how yogis can sometimes get judgy, criticizing others because something is not “real yoga.” It makes me ask “Is criticism or judgment of others’ practices ‘real yoga’? Is it only yoga if it’s taught in sanskrit? Or if you chant or burn incense?

I know what works for me and I remind my students that ultimately each one of us is our own inner teacher. If you don’t agree with another’s practice, why not just lift them up by letting them be, and you do you? Words I need to hear myself to keep my judginess in check.
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These words by Tara Brach often remind me to practice compassion. This is my intention for you when I teach and for everyone.
May all beings be free from harm.
May all beings be held in loving presence…
Filled with loving presence.
May all beings touch great and natural peace.
May all beings be free.

Namaste…

 

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Advice from a tree

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Advice from a Tree

Stand up tall and proud.
Sink your roots into the earth.
Be content with your natural beauty.
Go out on a limb.
Drink plenty of water.
Remember your roots.
Enjoy the view!

~Ilan Shamir

Aum ~ Peace ~ Amen

VACATION WITH INTENTION, LET GO, HAVE FUN!

I’m 0ff to recharge my spiritual batteries, enjoy the great outdoors, play with my family and friends, and even do nothing!  Take time to nurture your soul.  Don’t just take the time off from work.  To make the most of your vacation, prepare so you can unplug, trust others to do the work, let it be okay if the work gets done differently than you would do it, and let go of needing to be in control.  Set an intention to be on vacation!  I know letting go can seem so hard to do, but, do it anyway.  Give yourself a much needed break.  Breathe.  Play.  Refresh.  Renew.  That’s what I’m off to do, and I’m going to enjoy this precious time set aside to live, love and laugh!

Namaste…Yogamama Meels

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Day Seven SFY Mindful May Challenge – Mother’s Day

day7-mothersdayTo be a mother is the greatest gift and most challenging job of my life. Today I was celebrated by family and friends but, there is no greater joy or privilege than that of raising my beautiful daughter.  I am so grateful.

And, thank you mother earth for nourishing us and sustaining us.

I honor the mother in you, the mother in me, the mother in all things. Namaste…

Yogamama Meels