I can say no without explanation or justification. If people want to know more or understand why, they can ask. Those who care about me will reply favorably. Perhaps some will be inspired to do the same.
Ten years ago this month (I’m certain) and this week (I believe), I walked into a yoga studio for the first time. A little more than a year after leaving my first marriage, I was fearful, longing for home, and closing myself off from facing the pain of loss. The end of daylight savings time […]
“When energy is blocked, we feel tight. Stretching won’t help. When you encounter inhibition of natural movement, look for what can get it unstuck, beyond mechanics. Remove the blockages and create space to open. Find the space of free flow. Expand and spread the sense of space. Be inside creating space, not outside tightening muscles. […]
You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. […]
Miracles rest not so much on faces or voices or healing power coming from afar off, But upon our being made finer So that for a moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear what is there about us always. — Willa Cather
I remember this poem circulating thirteen years ago and it bringing solace then. I offer it again now. ODE TO KEEPING QUIET Now we will count to twelve and we will all keep still. This one time upon the earth, let’s not speak any language, let’s stop for one second, and not move our arms so […]
If I limit yoga to the mat, I’ll not have much of a practice. Meditation Observe what is before me – the beauty, the mess, the legos, the laundry, the muddy hand prints – with acceptance. Breath work Remember to take a nostril breath in and out, not a sigh, before speaking. Mantra Sing the […]
Sore in my body today. Sensation isn’t automatically bad. I’m feeling my atlas, my sinuses, my jaw and shoulders and neck. Some new sensations, some familiar. Sensation isn’t necessarily pain. It’s release – and maybe that’s all it is. Maybe its healing. And maybe if I say so often enough I’ll begin to believe it.