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The Power of the Lotus!

Today was the first day in a brand new session of Lotus Palm's Thai Yoga Massage Level I Intensive (there is no way to convey that information that is NOT a mouthful!).  I'm assisting Jyothi, my beloved beloved teacher, and it was such a beautiful day!  As always, though, I'm totally wiped out.  Time for a shower, some tea, and time to get cracking on making the class contact sheet!

Today is my designated blog day for the week, however, and just when I was about to sit down and wax poetic, I remembered that I received an email last week from a friend at Athleta!  She shared with me some youtube videos from their most recent catalogue photoshoot, which took place - what are the odds - in Thailand!  So it seems terribly appropriate to give myself a break during what is always an energetically demanding 5 days and to let youtube do the blogging for me!

There are three videos:

The first is Dr. Karina Stewart, co-founder of the absolutely heavenly looking Kamalaya Koh Samui, the…

One thing at a time

I went to my local yoga studio yesterday, The Giving Tree Yoga Studio, to both observe a kids yoga class I'll be subbing in the next few weeks as well as to practice with one of my favorite teachers, Angelina.  I was so happy to be stepping into the peaceful, gorgeous studio after a long morning and afternoon of what I had labeled in my calendar as: BUSINESS PLAN DAY.   (Sounds fun and peaceful, doesn't it?)

As I walked up the stairs I noticed the studio's selected Quote of the Month:
"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." - Lao Tzu

We've all heard/read/spoken this quote before.  It's one of those things that's so woven into the fabric of our consciousness that we don't always really process it.  However, that doesn't make it any less true or any less worth repeating.  Often.

I mentioned in my New Year's post that my giant list of resolutions tends to be a daunting thing every year, with this year being absolutely no…

Book Report: Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

Remember this, for it is as true as true gets:  Your body is not a lemon...Human female bodies have the same potential to give birth as well as aardvarks, lions, rhinoceri, elephants, moose, and water buffalo.  Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body.
When I realized that today was the day I needed to write my blog, I had a little bit of a pre-writer's block panic.  What have I been doing in the last week that could help me write about yoga?  What particular aspect could I shed light on today?  I was kind of coming up empty.  In the last week I've worked on my personal practice, which is going well, but not really the stuff of an entire entry.  I started back at Karma Kids, which has been great fun, but still...nothing was really coming.  I finally saw the first season of Mad Men, but aside from recommending some yoga to help chill Peggy Olson out and cheer up Betty Draper, that wasn't p…

New Year!

Happy 2011 blogverse!  Long time no see.  I had fully intended on posting between Christmas and New Year's...and then the universe decided to dump a massive amount of snow on the east coast and turn everyone's travel plans (including mine, alas) upside down!  Long story short...I was without access to a computer and frankly, without access to much zen!  Things weren't so bad, though, and we eventually made it to our destinations safely.

And now I'm back in my favorite city for one of my favorite, favorite, favorite times of year!  I'm such a New Year's Resolution geek.  I always want to write a list of them about a mile long.  I've tried to shy away from that, afraid that I'm setting myself up for failure, but my beautiful friend and fellow yogi and yoga teacher Katie Hartke had an inspiring and positive way of looking at it.  Instead of being afraid you're setting yourself up for failure, just do what you can and after the year (or whatever 'de…