I greet yoga each day as a friend I can release my deepest wounds to without judgement or commentary.  Not anger or hurtful, but solace and calm.  Staying with breath to relax the mind, open my heart.

Awakening, just awakening to follow the path God has set forth.  HIS path that guides me. Not to turning away but to follow.  And along this path to accept, embrace and awaken to that to The Divine.

St Jude is the patron saint of the lost cause.  Ganesha removes obstacles.  Faith and practice bring it all together.

Last week someone wrote me “You’re beautiful…precisely as the divine intended!”  I’m not sure I believed that completely last week.  But it’s progressing.

One cannot expect to heal without caring for the wound. Let our practice be our medicine. Our breath to wash the wound, asana and pranayama as the ointment and dressing, meditation to observe and release allowing the healing to progress.  Not in an instant but over time.  Rushing healing is like pulling the bandage off too soon.  It will happen over the course.

The wounds we have carried over time did not happen in an instant.  Do not rush it.  But nurture.

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When the Heart Sings

When the Heart Sings.

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When the Heart Sings

A heart searching for love is like a note searching for a lyric.  When they find each other interweaving they make beautiful music.

The searching is the journey.  But once found the heart and the note must not stop there.  They cultivate a relationship.  The heart with the whole love it has found and the note with the whole of the song.

For love is not a conquest and number 1 hit songs fade.   The deeper the love grows, the more powerful the song.

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Work In

Why do we always focus on our exterior?  We buy cosmetics to improve our facial appearance.  We dye our hair to “wash away the grey”.  We spend thousands of dollars on outfits that only a few will see.  We buy expensive cars that are more about status than functionality.

Some work “out” to seek some level of perfection of the exterior.  I am not judging what you do or how you do it or why you do it.

I might suggest we spend time Working on the IN.  Sitting quietly with the only sounds being that of life, of what is occurring inside of ourselves.   Maybe it’s the beat of your heart, the soft sound of your natural breath, the joy of giggle.  Whatever it may be, embrace and absorb how it affects your IN.

As you begin to experience Working In,  the loss of desire or pursuit of Working on the Out will not fade, but will become more meaningful and purposeful.

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Yoga Is Not Just About the Pose

“Practice and all is coming” Sri K Pattabi Jois
Every day I practice yoga, whether on the mat or in the world, I can feel the transformative power of Yoga. “Yoga is not about the pose..” the words from a poem I once read ring truer each and every day.

On a rough emotional day, the mat brings energy and release, on anxious days meditation brings calm, serenity, and balance.

The transformation through the experience of yoga, one is able to transform painful into healing, difficult into bearable, good into better,

Using my experiences in life have truly allowed me to create in hopes of the student discovering the experience of opening. As much as teaching is the joy of sharing, the transformation of heart, breath, mind, and soul is more powerful than the pose.

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Off the Beaten Path

Off the Beaten Path.

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Off the Beaten Path

My plan for Saturday was to get up at 5 am, eat a light breakfast and arrive and the W&OD trail in Ashburn at 6 am to run 6 to 8 miles.

I awoke at 5:37 am but did not get out of bed til 5:55 am. After putting in my contacts I went downstairs had a banana, juice, and vitamins. By the time I headed out it was 6:15 am. As I backed the car out of the garage I realized I left my road id and watch in the house. Yes I was a bit scatter brained.

As I headed out a revised plan came to mind. Rather than head to Ashburn I would start in Leesburg at Harrison Rd. By the time I parked, got my gear I changed the plan with my first step. No running on the W&OD today. Time to run the roads of Leesburg.

The first 1/2 mile was mostly up hill to Tuscaroa Mill, an area with many small shops, restaurants, a yoga studio, and the start line of many races in Leesburg. Turning up Loudon street, all uphill, I came the center of town. My run took me down Loudoun street, Dry Mill road around Loudoun County HS, down Catocin to. Old Waterford rd at the entrance of the Va Tech Equine center back through Leesburg to my original start point.

Not the photog like my friend DebRuns the sites were many I had not experienced before though we have lived here for 6 yearrs. Fire stations, churches, subdivisions, scents,many sounds. And of course the local triathlon shop Transition Triathlon and bike shop Bicycle Outfitters.

After my run I was dripping wet from the humidity including my new Mizuno Paradox from Potomac River Running.

I finished with a light yoga practice at the Raflo park pavilion, a little park that many users of the trail stop by for a potty stop, water or enjoy some shade before proceeding along their way.

Most Saturday runs are all typically on the WOD starting from Ashburn.  The change of pace and routine going off the beaten path has set this Saturday one I will to forget

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