Monthly Archives: December 2014

Yoga Pose- Pick of the week

easy pose with multiple benefits
easy pose with multiple benefits

While at a holiday party, the question came up–“what’s the best pose for golfers?”

The best pose for anything is legs up the wall, an easy pose with multiple benefits….this mild inversion is known for a wide range of health benefits as well as its anti-aging effects. Old Hindu scriptures claim that legs up the wall, also known in Sanskrit as Viparita Karani hides wrinkles in addition to banishing old age and death.

The restorative nature of this posture gets blood flowing to parts of the body that need it, making it good for most any ailment including arthritis, high or low blood pressure, respiratory ailments, and menopause.  Lie on the floor near a wall and practice deep, steady breathing. Scoot yourself as close to the wall as possible placing your left side towards the wall.  Exhale and swing your legs up onto the wall so that your heels and sitting bones are supported against it. If you have any discomfort in your lower back, adjust your body slightly back from the wall so that your sitting bones are not touching it. Rest your head on the mat or floor, keeping your spine straight, and keep a slight bend in your knees a little so your kneecaps won’t lock.  Try to keep your toes together to imprint the spine and low back towards the floor activating your core.  Lie in comfort, eyes closed, breathe, relax, try for about 3-5 minutes.

Not just for golfers, this easy pose is great and accessible for all.  Namaste~

A life of balance

New Year~
New Year~

As a yoga teacher, there are many questions about balance.  How do you balance in a pose?  The answer usually contains information about breath, concentration, core alignment–without fail the answer never seems to be relevant, heard or understood.

If the answer is– that it comes over time, when one becomes unaware they are in a balance pose– there are looks of confusion.  In yoga speak we often use terms like be mindful, be aware–yes, that is the start.  There are often analogies to life–a life of balance will lead to balance in a pose.  Yes, this is true.

With the New Year fast approaching there will be a renewal of interest in balance not just poses but a life of balance which does actually come together.  If something or someone is out of balance there is a delicate struggle in the beginning to bring that back to balance.   When the struggle/frustration lessens, balance takes over–soon one is in balance without the realization they were ever out of balance—-natural balance, with natural breath, natural focus and concentration.  Perhaps another word for natural is effortless, one becomes unaware they are concentrating, breathing, balancing ~this is when you are there and you are there.

Coming in 2015 Yoga & Wine Retreats–here, there and everywhere.  Please keep in touch~

Holiday Spirit

Merry Christmas to the Spirit in all of us
Merry Christmas to the Spirit in all of us

As we start to wrap up for the Holidays, we get filled with the Spirit–love the word, love the connotations, love the feeling and emotions that pour out with having your cup overflow.  We are listening to holiday music like:  In an old city bar~ take a listen on the link below:  Lyrics posted below that~

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhXSLSltWvY

 

In an old city bar
That is never too far
From the places that gather
The dreams that have been

In the safety of night
With its old neon light
It beckons to strangers
And they always come in

And the snow it was falling
The neon was calling
The music was low
And the night
Christmas Eve

And here was the danger
That even with strangers
Inside of this night
It’s easier to believe

Then the door opened wide
And a child came inside
That no one in the bar
Had seen there before

And he asked did we know
That outside in the snow
That someone was lost
Standing outside our door

Then the bartender gazed
Through the smoke and the haze
Through the window and ice
To a corner streetlight

Where standing alone
By a broken pay phone
Was a girl the child said
Could no longer get home

And the snow it was falling
The neon was calling
The bartender turned
And said, not that I care
But how would you know this?
The child said I’ve noticed
If one could be home
They’d be all ready there

Then the bartender came out from behind the bar
And in all of his life he was never that far
And he did something else that he thought no one saw
When he took all the cash from the register drawer

Then he followed the child to the girl cross the street
And we watched from the bar as they started to speak
Then he called for a cab and he said J.F.K.
Put the girl in the cab and the cab drove away
And we saw in his hand
That the cash was all gone
From the light that she had wished upon

If you want to arrange it
This world you can change it
If we could somehow make this
Christmas thing last

By helping a neighbor
Or even a stranger
And to know who needs help
You need only just ask

Then he looked for the child
But the child wasn’t there
Just the wind and the snow
Waltzing dreams through the air

So he walked back inside
Somehow different I think
For the rest of the night
No one paid for a drink

And the cynics will say
That some neighborhood kid
Wandered in on some bums
In the world where they hid

But they weren’t there
So they couldn’t see
By an old neon star
On that night, Christmas Eve

When the snow it was falling
The neon was calling
And in case you should wonder
In case you should care

Why we’re on our own
Never went home
On that night of all nights
We were already there

THEN ALL AT ONCE INSIDE THAT NIGHT
HE SAW IT ALL SO CLEAR
THE ANSWER THAT HE SOUGHT SO LONG
HAD ALWAYS BEEN SO NEAR

IT’S EVERY GIFT THAT SOMEONE GIVES
EXPECTING NOTHING BACK
IT’S EVERY KINDNESS THAT WE DO
EACH SIMPLE LITTLE ACT