“Anything that you resent and strongly react to in another is also in you.”

~ Eckhart Tolle

“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.”

~Pema Chodron

“I am not crazy, my reality is just different than yours.”

~Lewis Carroll

Everyday Beauty Everyday

Bill Cunningham

“Those who look for beauty will find it.”

~Bill Cunningham

Bill Cunningham is a street fashion photographer for the New York Times. He has such a passion for his work that he is still doing it at age 83. Even if fashion has never interested you, Bill Cunningham will interest you. He is a man who followed his heart (even when people balked him) and lived his passion. I tell you about Bill because I believe he is a shining example of the truest form of yogi, one who lets his spirit and conscience guide his life every minute of every day.

Published in: on February 5, 2013 at 7:38 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Be grateful for the power you hold within.

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so they will be happier.  The way it actually works is in reverse.  You must be who you really are, then do what you really need to do, in order to have what you really want. 

~Margaret Young

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A friend and student of mine recently lent me a book to read,

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown
I am about two-thirds of the way through and would highly recommend the book.  I find the way Brene tackles tough topics like love, belonging, shame and connectedness to be very insightful and refreshing.  Whether or not she knows it she is a true yogi.  To help you understand why I say this let me share a short excerpt from her chapter on authenticity:
“Choosing authenticity is not an easy choice. … ‘Staying real’ is one of the most courageous battles that we’ll ever fight.
When we choose to be true to ourselves, the people around us will struggle to make sense of how and why we are changing.  Partners and children might feel fearful and unsure about the changes they’re seeing.  Friends and family may worry about how our authenticity practice will affect them and our relationships with them.  Some will find inspiration in our new commitment; others may perceive that we’re changing too much – maybe even abandoning them or holding up an uncomfortable mirror.”
This short paragraph describes clearly what can challenge an individual when they begin a deep study of yoga.  I have not only experienced this transition myself, but witnessed it in countless students and friends.  It is my belief that yoga has the power to reveal our true natures and in doing so bring us into harmony/homeostasis.  Whether this harmony is Samadi (with a big ‘S’) or not I do not know, but I can say with absolute certainty that with a greater sense of authenticity life will become joyful.  I do not intend to say you will never be challenged, never hit red lights, never feel depressed, or never suffer.  But I literally mean that whatever arises will be seen in a softer light and challenges will help you to grow stronger.  Be grateful for the power you hold within.

Pranayama Smiles

Today I spent all day at a Pranayama workshop.  I feel privileged to have the opportunity to teach what I love.   Fellow Shanti staff member, Lori Tindall, and I were all smiles.

Published in: on November 13, 2011 at 5:35 am  Leave a Comment  
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Connecting to the Universal

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.

Free Kid’s Yoga

Saturday, May 28 · 1:00pm – 1:45pm

Settlers Park, Meridian

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class will be next to the musical instruments at 1 pm please bring a mat if you have one…..ages 5+ if younger parent can practice with with/next to them, No experience necessary!
Published in: on May 27, 2011 at 4:39 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Max Strom ~ There is No App for Happiness

The above video is 16 minutes long, but worth the time.  Max is a great voice to remind us of the power of breath and the human connection.  I hope you all have a wonderful day.


Published in: on April 22, 2011 at 6:22 pm  Leave a Comment  
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New Treasure Valley Yoga Studio

Two friends and fellow Shanti yogis have opened a new yoga studio.  Their grand opening was last Friday.  Check out their website or even better drop in for a class.

studio #: 208.880.2956

the i am yoga studio is located @:
11521 W. Fairview Ave., #103, Boise, ID 83713
in the Wing Chun Kung Fu studio between

Five Mile and Cloverdale, directly behind MR. FORMAL

Char, Angela and Julia

Published in: on April 7, 2011 at 3:25 am  Leave a Comment  

Hala’s DVD!

I have tried many yoga videos.  Most really bugged me and I found it hard to ‘drop into’ a yoga state of mind. My students and friends often ask for video recommendations, but this dislike of most yoga videos has made it almost impossible.  I recognize that yoga videos do provide guidance when someone can’t afford classes or live in an isolated location without access to a yoga instructor.  Therefore I have always stuck to recommending the basic Yoga Journal series.  They are professional, clear, and safe, but a new president has been set.  Hala Khouri has just released a yoga video that I am addicted to.  Her presentation is authentic and heartfelt, without being cheesy.  The video includes: a warm up, standing sequence, flowing sequence, cool down and two guided meditations.  I have found that I can easily pick and choose the sections that best suit my needs at that very moment.  As a yoga teacher I love the opportunity to be the student and trust in Hala’s guidance. I would recommend this video to anyone looking to manage stress, tap into their body or just get a workout.

The video can be purchased from amazon:

Published in: on April 2, 2011 at 6:52 pm  Comments (1)  
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Casey O’Leary

Casey O’Leary is a fellow Shanti Yogi and a farmer to boot. She is a self proclaimed dirt worshiper. I am excited to tell you all that she made the paper. There is an article about Casey in the March 9-15, 2011 issue of the Boise Weekly. If you want to find it in hard copy she is on page 23 or check out the link below:

Image of Casey courtesy of Guy Hand and the Boise Weekly

Published in: on March 14, 2011 at 3:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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