Saturday, July 24, 2010

4, 3, 2, 1 Earth below us, drifting, falling, floating, weightless

Finally, we landed on the moon! Did you hear? Well, in this week in history, almost 4 decades ago we reached technological advances we didn't think possible. And to think, I still can't figure out how to tweet but we've been to the moon and back a bunch o' times.

Back in '61 Kennedy made a goal that we would reach the moon by the end of the decade.

On July 19th, 1969, we did just that.

Setting goals is important and when you have it clear in the mind and said out loud for all to hear, well you better figure it out or you'll be in troubbbblleee!

After much trial and error, preparation and failure, we made “One small step for man and one giant leap for mankind,” Neil Armstrong.

In yoga, even the most basic posture for you might be like flying to the moon for another. We all have our moon to reach and no matter where we are in yoga or our life path, it's important that we have something to reach for.

Mistakes, falling, failure, it's all part of the deal for you to reach for the stars. If it were easy, it would have been done in '61. Think about how far we have come as a culture. Think about how far yoga has come. How popular is yoga? It's everywhere. I'm so used to seeing students surpass my own practice when I teach that I'm always surprised but so happy to see someone come into a yoga class and say it's their first time. One small step....

Now that we are in the belly of the summer, it's ironic that we are drawn to tap into the lunar side of our yoga practice. The sun is high and hot and we're all fired up, so it's important now more than ever to tap into our moon energy. I know, so yogi, but really, the cooler, more passive, female, contemplative side of our energy is important to channel and sow now so that we can tackle the rest of our year at an even and manageable pace, one small step at a time.

My goal for Lady Yoga is for people to like it enough to tear it off and put it on their fridge. Now that people are doing that, well, it’s time for another goal!

Begin at the beginning.

"There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning." - Louis L'Amour.

There will always be more to do. More to achieve. More planets to visit and no, LA does not count as another planet people.

Start here and build. Keep building and achieve.

Keep achieving and begin again.It’s all part of the process and the great big fabric of your existence.

Think about the left side of your body. Close off the right nostril and breathe only through the left for several repetitions, pausing at the top and bottom of each inhale and exhale to calm your energy if you feel over heated. Rest on the right side of your body to tap into your MOON!

Set the goal and know that there is no rush to get there, only preparation and pacing.

Just take a moment to look back at where you came from, how far you have come in your life and that each step you make, calmly and peacefully, will lead you toward that giant leap in your passion, your life, your yoga and mankind.

Landing weightless and yours truly,


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