Happily Ever After

Nostalgia reigned on May 19th. Being a Brit, I couldn’t help watching the royal wedding with all the pomp, ceremony and messages of love. I enjoyed seeing my country of birth all over the television bringing back memories of the beautiful countryside, the architecture and of course, the royal family complete with all its generational traditions. I love fairytales and the royal wedding was certainly a big one full of palaces, the queen, princes, princesses, dukes, duchesses, lords and ladies. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to remind myself that I am also a part of the same fairytale. “I...

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Collecting Waves

Before I retired in order to focus more on sharing yoga, I travelled to the same location for eleven years. On my daily commute, I gave myself ample time to get to work and I’d typically stay in the right lane with other slower drivers. Driving is pleasant for me and I consider myself to be a good, safe driver. Yet at one on-ramp, I was always cut off. Drivers coming up the on-ramp would overtake me on the inside and pull right in front of me, causing me to brake. My irritation would build and I often found myself...

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Retreat to Recharge

We live in a day and age where fatigue is constant, stress is through the roof, and over stimulation is incessant. What do you do to handle this reality that is 2018? We all can agree that self-care is important, but what are we actually doing to manifest self-love in our daily lives? We often limit our beliefs on what self-care really means to simple tasks, like a facial, a manicure, or a quick meditation before bed. While each of these tasks are valuable, sometimes your soul has a deeper need for rejuvenation.  “Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as...

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The Sanity In Yoga

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein is often credited for the above quote but there is no evidence that he actually spoke or wrote those words. However, are these words actually true? It’s true that two plus two equals four. No matter how many times you add two and two together, you can’t get a different result. It will always equal four. It would definitely be insane to expect a different result. With that reasoning, what would be the purpose of me trying to do a headstand if I keep...

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When Enough Is Enough

As my husband was getting ready to prepare to have a garage sale, he came across a movie poster from 1999. It was the 19th spy film in the James Bond series called, “The World Is Not Enough.” That poster got me thinking about a little story I have used in my yoga class. I can’t remember who authored the story but it went something like this: The king was approached by his best friend and asked, “If you conquer Rome, what will you do next?’ The king replied, “Sicily is next door and will be easy to take.” The...

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The Heart of Yoga

Happy Valentine’s Day! Nothing brings out the romance more than How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43) written by English poet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 1806 – 1861. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of being and ideal grace. I love thee to the level of every day’s Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light. I love thee freely, as men strive for right. I love thee purely, as they turn from praise. I love...

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A Yoga Resolution

  The Dance of Yoga Happy New Year fellow yogis! Have you made your New Year’s resolution yet? It’s been a while for me. Fifteen years to be exact. I decided to never make another New Year’s resolution and I stuck to it. You see, I either forgot my New Year’s resolution half way through the year or I broke them. However, I never broke the one I made fifteen years ago… until today. So what’s changed? The answer is yoga. And my New Year’s resolution? To be AUTHENTIC in everything I do and say. During my struggles as a...

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The Gift Of Yoga

The Gift of Yoga Tis the Season of blessings, gratitude, reflection, giving, receiving… and of opening gifts. I thank yoga for making every day a day for opening gifts. Just today I opened two amazing gifts… my eyes. As I was driving to the yoga studio to guide a class, my eyes were drawn to the ducks on the lake swimming blissfully. I pass these ducks and the lake almost every day but today my eyes were drawn to the peaceful glide of the ducks, the stillness of the water and the greenness of the grass along the banks. The...

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Stop Doing Yoga

Stop Doing Yoga The day I became a yoga teacher is the day I stopped doing yoga. Previously, I balanced on one leg with my hands in the air in what I thought was a pretty good tree pose. My ego had me looking in the mirror at the images of my peers and their tree poses. Some of the other yogis in the room could raise their legs higher than mine. I was proud of not wobbling as I held my tree pose for at least a minute but my goal would be to emulate the more experienced yogis....

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Mother of Mine

   Phew! I’ve adopted an attitude of gratitude now Irma has blown by. Four generations of us, my husband, myself, my near daughter, granddaughters and great granddaughter, along with our extended family of a cat and a dog, headed to north Georgia. In over sixty years of living in Dunedin, my husband has experienced many hurricanes and has never boarded up or evacuated but this was different. This is where my husband’s intuition said it makes sense to heed the voice of Mother Nature. Mother Nature; our mother for as long as we walk her pathways on Earth. As a...

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