I TEACH BECAUSE I CARE

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January 2017 – sunset yoga Kauai, Hawaii

Seven years ago I attended a yoga retreat where I set an intention to manifest my dream. After being led through a process of inquiry and, making a declaration in the present tense, I simply wrote “I am a yoga teacher.”  Four days after my retreat I was invited to sub a yoga class, although I had not yet started my yoga teacher training (I was a certified fitness instructor.)  It didn’t matter, I taught anyway, rocked the class, and I began my path as a yoga teacher.  Was that coincidence?  Abolutely not!  There is power in putting out energy for what you want, and what I asked for was a “job” which allowed me to connect to my sacred path and support others in walking in their sacred footsteps.  Duh! Yoga!

My teaching path has led me more towards the spiritual aspect of yoga, through the physicality of flowing and holding yoga poses (asana.) When I teach from my heart, and see my students, I sense  I am in my greatest flow when I connect to why I really teach: I teach because I care. I believe in namaste: May all beings be free of suffering.   I’ve experienced my share of suffering, and in life, suffering happens…shit happens.  Yoga, meditation, and rewiring my brain has taught me to sift through the crap and go with the flow.  I speak to this often in my classes and craft workshops dedicated to releasing self-limiting beliefs and choosing and generating an experience of ease.  In this moment, in this chapter of my life, I feel called to spread the news that contentment, joy, laughter and love are possible and there is a way out of the muck of depression, anxiety, and despair.  I KNOW this to be true.  I’ve been there and I do the work to choose the path of least resistance instead of my old pattern of wallowing in the muck.  And, now I’m equipped with tools to pull me out of the muck although I just don’t go there as often anymore.  Nonetheless, my tools are at the ready, like a best friend throwing me a life-line if I notice I’ve dipped my toe into old, familiar yuk.  Get the fuck out of the yuk.

Last Saturday’s Create Your Sacred Life On Purpose workshop was all about sharing those tools.  The participants did the work to release the old, energize the new, and left with tools to notice the yuk, choose the clear path, play big and manifest their heart’s desires! To witness transformation in my students leaves me feeling like I’m on the right track…I’m spreading namaste and leading my sacred life on purpose! Yes!

Some reviews left by my amazing students:

Amazing teacher!
I love Amelia’s flow classes! She makes it challenging and fun and when I’m done I feel relaxed but energized. Her spiritual guidance during classes opens up new ways of thinking for me. I appreciate her so much!
– Mary

Amelia’s the Best!
Amelia is an excellent teacher. Very upbeat, friendly, knowledgeable and caring. She is an inspiration as she is so healthy and strong.
– Karen

Excellent, knowledgeable, professional
I know Amelia, as she has taught me yoga from many aspects..physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Not only does she have a grand grasp of the physicality of yoga and the body, but she’s very spiritual herself, thus weaves spirit into her teaching seamlessly. She’s trained in a strong style of Baron Baptiste and continues to study and teach with enthusiasm. Her latest workshop in 2017 was fabulous and effective! I highly recommend Amelia!
– Carolyn

Practicing with Amelia has made me a better yoga student and more importantly, a yogi in tune with her soul and truth. I’m so grateful to have her as a guide along my path, making sure I have the tools to keep my compass pointing true.
– Jamie

Stay tuned for my next workshop.  

Spread your love and light!

Yogamama Meels
Namaste. May all beings be happy and free.  May all beings be without suffering.

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My sacred place.  Another beautiful sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Jan. 2017 Kauai, Hawaii
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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

MY YOGA SCHEDULE – WEEK OF DECEMBER 14 AT THE YOGA FUSION AND BAPTISTE YOGA SAN FRANCISCO

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Look forward to seeing you in class! Yogamama Meels

Regular classes:

Subbing:

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 21 SFY Mindful May Challenge – Pray for Nepal

sherpa-annapurna-sfyOne of my goals during this 21-day mindfulness challenge was to find my slides from Nepal, then scan and share them to bring awareness to the recent devastation in this beautiful himalayan country.

I put word out in my community that I’d like to borrow a scanner and a friendly, new neighbor let me use it for this project. And, finally, I have enjoyed seeing my backpacking adventures come back to life through my pictures.

I am working on a fundraiser for Nepal, including my photography and leading a donation-based yoga class.  Stay tuned…and Pray for Nepal.

Namaste…Yogamama Meels

Day Eighteen SFY Mindful May Challenge – Practicing yoga at home #homepractice #yogaspace

day18-yogaspace-2day18-yogaspace-1One of the easiest ways to bring more attention and time to your home practice is dedicating a space for yoga and meditation.  Choose a space big enough for your yoga mat, a meditation cushion, maybe some props and an object to focus on during meditation.  It can be a candle, a buddha, or a picture.  Just something that reminds you to feed your soul and lets you practice drishti, which is focusing your gaze during your yoga or meditation practice.

I have a corner in my bedroom which is oriented east and west.  In the morning I face east and move my buddha in front of me, and in the evening I place my mat facing west, and move the buddha and candle against the wall.

If you have a pet, and your pet is calm, you may find they love your yoga space too…in my case, Paco makes for a convenient and relaxing prop. 🙂

And, a tip for parents…if you have young kids in the house, invite them into your yoga space and teach them that it’s a place of reverence and quiet.  Invite them to sit with you and maybe chant OM.  This is a great thing before bed.  I taught my daughter at a young age to respect my yoga space.  When I first created it she thought it looked fun and wanted to play with my props and statues but, she quickly learned that these were for looking at with our eyes, to help bring quiet and peace into my yoga and meditation practice.  When she sees me meditating she will sometimes just step in quietly and sit next to me…it’s awesome. 🙂

Create your yoga space to increase your awareness and mindfulness to your yoga practice and meditation practice.  Notice how much just SEEING your yoga mat and your decorated yoga space gently invites you to take your seat.  Namaste… – Yogamama Meels

 

Day Seventeen SFY Mindful May Challenge – #smile

day15-smileI’ve recently been teaching to more and more beginner yogis and I love when I ask them to smile during their struggle and their intense, scrunched up faces break into a laugh. There’s focus on breath (Prana), gaze (drishti) and the alignment in each pose (asana) but, I love to invite levity, light, and the ability to let yourself struggle, fall, get messy, and laugh…then start again with breath and intention.

Today I laughed at myself in this pose as I TRIED to get my foot in the crook of my elbow, then I looked at this photo feeling AMUSED at how much further I need to go in this pose. But, I can still remember when I couldn’t even reach my foot or balance at all in this pose, like some of my new students in today’s class.

So, I smiled because this pose feels so damn good for my hips, hip flexor, hamstring, and shoulder.  And, how I felt is really all that matters…not whether or not I can reach into the full expression of the pose.  Today, THIS was my full expression of this pose! I smiled because I was outdoors feeling the breeze on my skin. I smiled because Paco, my sweet yoga dog was nearby…again…waiting for me to toss him the frisbee. And, I smiled noticing how I’ve transformed from feeling frustrated with my body to really enjoying and accepting my body, as it is, taking every pose along the way in this beautiful lifelong yoga journey.

Of course, I’ll still imagine that my foot is going to hook into my elbow, and keep smiling on my way there. 😘

I see the hope in you, the hope in me, the hope in all things. Namaste 🙏
Love and laughter…Yogamama Meels