Ebb and Flow….Just the Begining

The ebb and flow of life is intrinsic in nature.  Somehow, though, the strength and turbulence of this flow always takes me by surprise.  Logically I know that no where within this flow can time stand still and therefore the only real constant is change.  But there are times when this impermanence is less than comforting, even when the present moment is distressful.

What I am trying to elude to is the internal experience of fear and anxiety.  Most, if not all, of us have experienced fear and anxiety at some point in our life.  I am particularly referring to that state of being where our current circumstances have us feeling distressed, but the fear of the unknown has us attached to the past.  This attachment ruts it’s way into our habitual cognitive patterns and can grow in strength.  At this point are our own thoughts in our best interest?  If not what can we do about it and how can we safe gaurd ourselves against negative cognitive patterns?

Share your ideas, thoughts or experiences.  In future posts I plan to discuss how yoga philosophy can help us avoid negative cognitive patterns and help us break them once we have already fallen into their trap.

Published in: on July 26, 2011 at 6:44 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Panoramic, single focus or no view at all…

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

~Marcel Proust

Published in: on July 24, 2011 at 8:07 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Someday you may fly…

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly”

~Anonymous

Peacock Butterfly

Published in: on July 20, 2011 at 12:03 am  Leave a Comment  
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Wholeness

Somehow it became the middle of summer without me even noticing.  Since graduating from BSU and Shanti Yoga School in May, life hasn’t slowed down much, but has changed drastically.  I had been spending many hours and days in my head.  I loved the intellectual stimulation and all the writing, but my body was feeling neglected.  Therefore, I have been spending the last two months reconnecting with my soma.  Teaching, taking yoga classes, riding my bike, working in the yard and playing on aerial silks have all helped me draw the balance back into my life.

It can be easy to let either our bodies or our minds begin to take too much of our energies.  Becoming fully absorbed by any one pursuit is thrilling and sometimes necessary, but when this happens to me I know my spirit begins to suffer.  Feeding all the entities that make me a dynamic whole is what will lead me to experience life to the fullest.

What makes you feel whole and balanced?

Published in: on July 18, 2011 at 2:57 am  Comments (2)  
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Tree of Life

“Life isn’t one straight line. Most of us have to be transplanted, like a tree, before we blossom.”
– Louise Nevelson

Published in: on July 17, 2011 at 6:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Beauty Suspended

The below video is one of the most beautiful aerial sling sequences I have seen.  Enjoy.

Published in: on July 13, 2011 at 4:05 pm  Comments (2)  

Connecting to the Universal

OJAI YOGA CRIB TALK 2009 EXCERPT 
Freedom Style Yoga
The above link will lead you to a short video that I was introduced to by a fellow yogi, Lori Tindall.  Below you will find my immediate response after watching the clip.  I am curious to hear what your interpretations may be. 

Erich Schiffman. Photo by: Christie Zepeda

Each time we turn to external forces to try and connect to the universal we become less connected to our internal power to do so.  Through conditioning we begin to lose sight of our original wisdom, therefore I would pose that the next question is how to remain engaged in the modern world, enjoy it’s benefits and still remain connected to this ‘original wisdom’?  Of course the short answer is YOGA!  But the long answer is one that only the individual can answer for themselves through experiential discovery.

Fun Free Youth Workshop

Please take a look at this event, if you know someone who might be interested in having a youth attend please don’t hesitate to pass this information on to them and encourage them to register.  If anyone has any questions, feel free to contact Nicole:

Nicole Gustafson

Idaho Federation of Families

Idaho Youth Council

208.433.8845 or 208-695-5316


Books, Glorious Books

When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equaliser.
~ Keith Richards

Think for yourself and let others do the same.
~ Banned Books Week 2010 slogan

Published in: on July 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Good News Everyday!

www.goodnewsgazette.net

At the good news gazette you can find good news everyday and help balance out what you hear on NPR, read from your local papers or watch on the evening news.  More power to the optimists!

Published in: on July 1, 2011 at 3:32 pm  Leave a Comment  
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