The autumn equinox, this year September 22nd, is my favorite time. We begin to move out of high energy output (summer) into a more introspective period. We begin our descent into our spiritual cave/basement and reflect on what we’ve seen, heard, and shared with the world. This is when we can internalize our experiences and make them our own. In the coming months, as nature goes back underground, we do the same. We spend more time indoors and under the blankets.
I love setting intentions to help harness and focus my energy in a given direction. So I put it out to you, What do you want to explore and delve deeper into in the coming months? What part of your internal landscape do you want to discover? Uncover?
Write them down and put them on your altar. On the winter solstice, read them again and see where your intentions have taken you.
The image that comes to mind during this time of year is someone in a cloak with a lantern descending into a cave. I imagine myself sitting in a cramped basement surrounded by shelves and shelves of mason jars with mysterious contents within them. I’m choosing which jars to open and which to mix together. This is the time to tinker with what we believe, what we feel and how we want to contribute. This is the time to ask the big questions. It also the time to be patient. We plant the questions in our hearts and wait for them to germinate.
One of my favorite quotes of all time:
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
The point is, ask the questions, continue to explore the internal landscape and see what sprouts in spring.
I love coming across beautiful and simple ways to describe…well…just about anything. I found this in Donna Farhi’s awesome book “The Breathing Book” and wanted to share.
I think it’s really important NOT to repress or ignore those emotions and thoughts we aren’t proud of. It is vital to get to know them intimately as only then will our relationship to them truly change. We are whole…a whole lotta things and if we don’t get intimate with ALL aspects of ourselves, how do we expect to change/find peace/be better people?
Some simple and oh-so true words….
I hope they inspire you to breathe
“Breathing affects your respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, muscular, and psychic systems and also has a general effect on your sleep, memory, energy level and concentration. Everything you do, the pace you keep, the feelings you have, and the choices you make are influenced by the rhythmic metronome of your breath.
As you are challenged with the increasing levels of psychological, physical, and biological stress, the internal metronome that determines the quality and state of your breathing and health may be set at faster and faster speeds. You may have the feeling that your life has become like that of a hamster–endlessy running on a little wheel, with no way to stop an get off. You say you feel “stressed out” or “burned out”, and the tension and anxiety that accompanies that all-too-familiar state of over-load seems to be undermining your genuine desire to take care of yourself. You may remember a time when you were full of energy, and wonder where that time whent and how you can recover it. In looking for a solution it is wasy to get caught up in details, in theories, and in complicated strategies, for we very seldom explore the easiest and most fundamental concepts. The process of breathing lies at the center every action and reaction we make or have and so by returning to it we go to the core of the stress response. By refining and improving the quality of our breathing we can feel its positive impact on all aspects of our being.”
–Donna Farhi, The Breathing Book
This program is for teachers who are looking to fine tune their teaching skills.
I found when I was first starting out as a teacher, I had so many doubts and questions about teaching that I could have really used someone to talk to. I have created this program for just that.
This program has been happening locally for years. Now I have decided to take it to the global community.
The program comprises of monthly hour long calls which will include:
-constructive feedback on classes you record and send
-help with creating and bringing to fruition goals you’d like to set
Most of all, someone to hold you accountable as a teacher, student and practioner.
You will also be given the Hands On Adjustment Manual from the 300 Hour Lila Vinyasa Teacher Training.
There is a 3, 6 and 1 year prgram.
Payment plans are available.
This program can be used for CE (Continuing Education) credits with Yoga Alliance.
I am only taking 3 people for each program.
For more information or if you’d like to register, please email:
What will make my load lighter?
What am I clinging to?
May I set it free.
What do I want to welcome into my life?
What will create more space and lightness?
What will make my heart sing?
May I recognize it as it flows towards me.
Hari Om Tat Sat
May you step out of your cave/spiritual basement and enjoy the coming light.
May we remember all the internal work we’ve done in the last 6 months as we shift from our internal worlds to the external world.
Happy Spring Equinox!
Here’s the chant we did today:
Om sreem hreem kleem kamale kamalalaye prasida prasida sreem hreem kleem sri maha lakshmyi namaha.
Underlying Vibration of all creation, abundance please, cherishing your lotus feet, be pleased Great Lakshmi Goddess, I bow to You.
Om gam ganapataye namaha!
Lord Ganesh is the master of wisdom and knowledge. He is the remover of obstacles, and guardian of beauty, prosperity, grace and compassion. Lord Ganesh is the first deity to be reverenced in Hindu rites. He is a guardian of doors of houses and temples. He is the God that removes the internal and external obstacles of our success, and he is the one that grants the opening of your spiritual gifts. He is also the protector of all beings.
Lord Ganesha is known as the Guardian of Knowledge, representing the sage, or a state of consciousness where a man reaches self-realization and plenitude of gifts.Source: http://humanityhealing.net/2012/01/om-gam-ganapataye-namaha/
It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.
It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain.
I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it, or fade it, or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own; if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, remember the limitations of being human.
It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself. If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul. If you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see Beauty even when it is not pretty every day. And if you can source your own life from its presence.
I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand at the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, ‘Yes.’
It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone and do what needs to be done to feed the children.
It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the fire with me and not shrink back.
It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.
The importance of stepping out
This fall I’m subletting my place and living outta my suitcase. I’m leading a teacher training on Hornby island, flying to Tanzania to climb killie and host a retreat, living/teaching in Istanbul for a month and leaving the last month to see what arises.
I find that some of my greatest epiphanies about my life at home come when I’m on the road. Traveling has been an integral part of my life since I was 18. I’ve pretty much traveled at least two months of every year since then. Every time I get on a plane and leave the day to day, I reflect on what I’m leaving and what I’d like to manifest when I return.
When was the last time you stepped out? Even for a day? The offering is to do just that. Take a trip, whether it be a day trip or a month. Turn off your phone and computer. Change the external scenery and observe the change that occurs in you. Give yourself the time/space to do something out of the ordinary.
Let me know how it goes…