Monday, March 1, 2010

A New Look

As you may have noticed, my web site and blog are now one and the same! I've also changed my email address, but the old one will work until the end of March. I hope you enjoy the new look. Please let me know if there are any issues with getting to information or downloads. As most of us do, I fell into the habit of doing nothing instead of keeping my internet ducks in a row. I spent too much money on a domain name, email and web hosting service. It just seemed too painful to look around and take a chance on something new. Sound familiar? Well, as is the case with me, when I don't do what I need to do, life gives me a little (sometimes big) nudge: in this example, my web hosting service decided to drop that part of their service. Without it, I couldn't justify over-paying for email. And since I was changing things up, I looked around for a new domain name registrar. (By the way, if all of this sounds like a foreign language to you, you are not alone! Just know that there are a few steps involved with creating a web site.) So now I've "cleaned house", in my electronic world... rid myself of old emails, costly services and my website looks leaner.

As all of this was happening, I received another nudge. One night, I was driving my family around and my daughter noticed that my yoga bag was wet: my water bottle had leaked all over it, and some cough drops that I always keep in there (to avoid disturbing students in a relaxed pose with my occasional scratchy throat) melted all over the bag. This was not the first incident, but definitely was the worst. I just couldn't salvage it. I was sad, because that bag was very helpful for carrying all my extra things to class, like cough drops, hair bands, backup CDs for my iPod, writings, notes, etc. As I was pulling the paper mache mess apart, I realized how I really didn't need all this extra stuff. I now have an older, handmade bag that has 1 small pocket for my iPod. That's it. I feel more streamlined when I walk into class now.

Both of these separate events happened without my conscious initiation, but because I was aware, I was able to see them for what they are: an opportunity to streamline, lighten up, and focus on what really matters. I hope your opportunities come along, too, and that they don't involve web sites or cough drops!


What we are practicing now...
I love the pose that yoga teacher Kira Ryder has named Compassion of Christ pose. It's a beautiful shoulder stretch and a twist. It opens the heart, lung and pericardium meridian lines, which can become congested this time of year. Here is a wonderful video of her performing this pose. Enjoy!

Schedule updates and events... see Schedule for complete schedule...
  • Donation-Based Restorative Yoga at Soula Power Yoga in downtown San Jose on FRIDAY, March 5 7:00-8:30pm. Come to this relaxing class for gentle stretching and long, luxurious poses draped over props. All cash donations will be accepted ($15 suggested). For more info:
  • Coming soon... Yoga enCHANTing, a yoga and chanting workshop... stay tuned for details.