Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Re-structure your inner and outer lives, with harmony as your ultimate INTENTION during this autumn season and Libra sun cycle.

When we accept conflicting undercurrents inside and throughout, they don't take on momentous proportions when we regard them as natural, and sometimes fascinating. If the Buddha MarriedChpt 29, Feeling Peace

We have such possibility... all of us. It's inspiring to see our friends, students, work-mates, teachers and loved ones excel. It's even more empowering to feel ourselves rise to an occasion, working hard and long at something which reaps benefits for many.

This week The Alternative Food Coop, where I work part-time (although recently well over FUll time!), recently reopened after over a month of being closed due to structural damage which needed to be repaired in order for us to realign with our intention and be on a rightful path, ultimately serving the community with whole, organic food and products that are fairly, lovingly and sustainably created.

It has been encouraging to see so many of us employees, working members, loyal customers and even strangers enjoy ourselves even in the high stress pockets of this cleansing process. To destruct fully before repair was the hardest, but there was still so much laughter, conversation and companionship. There was satisfaction all along the way. These moments of remembering to enjoy ourselves will help us all to remember how it feels to put forth effort with an ease of attitude and a flow of grace.

This season, set a foundation to rise to your own occasion; to "re-open" if you will. What do you want to restructure, scrub clean and build again- with new sheen, illumination and purpose? Setting an intention to be in the flow of grace, recognizing the motivating power of having a good attitude, ready and steady and open to the possibility of healing, feeling good, achieving what you may have once felt was a long haul away, is half of the work. Remembering that You Already Are who you think you want to be, and practicing that remembrance, is the other half. Trusting in your foundation and Divine Goodness, will ultimately align you with the Universal flow of energy toward even more Grace, Bliss and full potentiality.

IN PHOTO: AFCoop workmate, Allison Kennedy, scrubbing shelf number 88.... we gave up counting and just kept on keeping on.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

TEJAS - Bring out your Inner Light -


I recently opened an email from a yoga studio I frequent when in the bay area, and this illuminating image and the sanskrit word TEJAS beamed out at me. This paragraph followed (from YOGA TREE in SF):

In Sanskrit the word tejas means inner light, luminosity, or essence of fire. If there's anything that brings out your inner light—that bright, shining spark that makes you who you are—it's a regular yoga practice. Each time you unroll your mat or sit for meditation, some of the things that shield your inner light—tension, fear, insecurity, etc.—slowly begin to chip away, so your inner light can shine a little more brightly.

This Sept 24th, one of the first full days of autumn, will mark the beginning of a special 6 week yoga series I am presenting at RIVER BEND Athletic Club in Peace Dale, RI (401-789-9585
The series, titled 40 DAYS of TEJASE will immerse new and on-going yoga students in the revelation of their own INNER BRIGHTNESS and POTENTIAL, both on and off the yoga mat.

My foremost intention is to offer a clear and concise introduction to, and deeper familiarization of the style of yoga I practice and am training to teach, Anusara Yoga(tm). This series will be recorded as a part of my teacher training and Anusara-Inspired(tm) teacher certification process. Anusara tm), like many systems of Yoga, progresses it's teachers and students sequentially, just as Anusara(tm) Yoga's Universal Principles of Alignment(tm) sequentially deepen all students' physical and energetic awareness and alignment in postures.

As a student of Anusara(tm) Yoga since 1997, I have great respect for the style and for all of my teachers, including John Friend, Anusara's founder. My hope is that through the art of asana and practice of pranayama and meditation, along with each weekend's dharma (purposeful philosophical discussion on yoga's relativity to our day to day life) we will all beam brighter, just as my teachers have taught and encouraged me through the years.

Each Friday afternoon will carry into the rest of the weekend and ensuing weeks, transforming all of our lives along with the autumn landscape. Attending my other Pilates and Yoga classes through the week can enrich the Immersion, but is not mandatory, and Private Yoga Sessions are always available with me upon request.

Through my twenty years of yoga study in several lineages, and almost ten years of teaching experience, it has been over the past four plus years of intense Anusara Yoga(tm) Teacher Training and self study that I have become convinced of the importance of knowing consistent, safe and effective alignment principles. Anusara Yoga(tm) offers an elegant and heart centered method of alignment which can help students help themselves in the prevention, and often healing of injuries, especially those caused from trauma, or from repetitive movements in yoga, work or play.

I am also empowered by how setting and returning to an Intention, on and off the mat, can transform "doing yoga" into "practicing yoga" as a lifestyle. Yoga reminds us to attune to our own divine goodness and inner wisdom, to come from our center. This is a practice which is always challenging, for life naturally flows with waves of highs and lows, times illuminated with remembrance and dark with forgetting.

This first FALL Yoga series, 40 days of TEJASE, offers a unit of six 90 minute classes, which attendees must commit to. The series fee of either $48 for River Bend members, or $72 non-members, is divided between RB and me, for the extended class time. EACH week we will work on progressing deeper into using the UPA (Universal Principles of Alignment(tm)) during standing and arm balancing poses, pigeon pose variations, backbends and handstands. Other seated and forward bends that are on Anusara Yoga's Syllabus I, may also be practiced, and each student's individual needs will always be addressed.

Some of the classes will be video taped for my Anusara Yoga Teacher Training Certification process. My teaching and your progressive practices will be recorded for my training purposes only, and will not be published. If you prefer not to be filmed that can be arranged.

Each class will begin with the recitation of Anusara Yoga's Invocation (a non-dogmatic, cool chant that aligns our intention with that of the greater good, the wise teacher and divine light -tejase-within and throughout.) Discussions on aspects of Anusara Yoga's Tantric (non-dualistic) Philosophy will take place in a non-judgemental atmosphere conducive to sharing.

I look forward to working more indeptly with many of my regular students, and with new individuals of all levels of physicality and yoga experience.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. My email is
I am available before or after my regular classes at River Bend: Saturday 9:45-11 am and Sunday 9:45-10:45 am, and Thursdays 8-9 am Pilates. Through the fall I will also be teaching yoga Wednesdays 8-9 am and Fridays 9:15-10:15 am.

I provide private yoga, pilates and Thai massage sessions on request; time slots are arranged through me as scheduled in conjunction with River Bend's avail space, or in the comforts of your home. My Rates are based on a sliding scale $60-$120, and private sessions are 60, 75 or 90 minutes long.

Begin where you are, begin now, begin again!

Namaste, and TEJASE~ I honor your light within.