I love to teach chair yoga.I love everything about it.In particular, I love to teach Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga (LVCY) because LVCY empowers people to live their lives authentically and bravely.Most of my students are seniors, and a good percentage of them are going through physical challenges and some pretty hefty emotional challenges:losing a spouse, losing a child to cancer, seeing their grandchildren try to navigate in today’s crazy world.As a yoga educator, I ask myself “how can I be of service and empower my students as they move through their challenges?”
Yoga Bhajan has said, “Why in old age are we frustrated?Because there is not a lot of wisdom for us to share.The only value in old age is wisdom.So, in your life train your mind with the knowledge of perfect harmony in every relationship.Communicate freely and learn from everything the art of living.This, the highest art of this planet, must be mastered so that you can live realized.”
In my LVCY classes, I begin by bringing awareness to the crown chakra ~ sahasrara ~ divine connection to love and wisdom.When using the chakras, I prefer to start at the top and work my way down.In essence, showing my students how to connect with the Divine Spirit within them and finding that connection with Spirit and then working down to the root chakra where they can find safety in that wisdom
I am a Christian yoga teacher.In my early days of teaching, I struggled with this.How can I be a Christian yet pay homage to Ganesh?You may laugh, but it was a great source of stress for me. But that is certainly not the topic of this article.How did I marry my faith with my practice?Beginning with Spirit:Sahasrara.
I begin my classes by drawing attention to the Divine and our connection with it. Knowing that everything is as it should be.Knowing that life throws us curve balls – sometimes major accidents! – yet Spirit is always there to guide and comfort.As I stay connected with Divine Spirit, I am able to move through the rest of the chakras knowing that I am guided correctly.
Gossip. Gossip is pure evil. It serves no other purpose than to hurt and cause harm. We are using the power of our words against someone else,
and as we do so we hook other people into believing things that may or may not be true. I worked with a Jewish attorney in a law office in
California. He was very quiet and very devout. One thing I noticed about him was that any time he was around a group of us, the second
any negative word was said about another person he would walk away. EVERY TIME. At first we thought he was rude for leaving the conversation.
But watching him more and more I saw what a beautiful example he was leading for the rest of us. Watching him refuse to gossip or participate
in even listening to gossip was eye-opening. And let me tell you, it’s not easy to walk away from. Try it today. See how many
times you get caught up in gossip. Did you start it? Or did someone else start it and hook your attention? Can you walk away?
We all do it.There are a few catch phrases we say over and over to ourselves.Sometimes we really get into it and feed those thoughts and ideas until they completely consume us and leave us in a heap on the floor or in bed with the covers over our heads.Sometimes we find it hard to meditate because those thoughts and words keep interrupting.There’s a Cherokee legend that speaks of two wolves.There are two wolves that live inside each of us.One is afraid, mean, angry, regretful, full of self-pity, and arrogant.The other wolf is peaceful, loving, happy, generous and compassionate.Which wolf lives?The one we feed.So the next time those negative words, thoughts and feelings come up, know that although you may experience those feelings now, you can change it by feeding the other wolf of truth.Decide how you wish to feel TODAY, and allow the body to FEEL how that would manifest if it were true.Practice this today.When a negative thought comes up, change it to what you want to manifest.Breathe it in, feel it, believe it.And so it begins.
Our words are powerful. In the Bible, John 1:1, it is written, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." The Word was God? Wow. So if I'm speaking, it's as if God is speaking through me? That's a heavy thought. And I personally believe it to be true. Because God moves through all of us. I know, I know, some people don't agree, and that's fine. But it's my belief (and my blog!)! At first glance, I think about the words I say to other people. Those who know me may think that I am full of nice things to say; however, I can have quite the dialogue going on in my head with one judgment and critical thought after another. And I'm not always saying the nicest things to my husband. "Bart, can you please STOP TALKING." I'm sorry, Bart!! And, if I recall a long, long time ago, my then-boyfriend said to me, "Just speak to me as nicely as you would a stranger." OUCH! Me?!?! Yes, me. And I suspect I'm not the only one. So this week let's take a good look at the words we use in our daily life. Not just the words we use when speaking with strangers - those are the easy words! But look at the words you use with your loved ones. And especially look at the words you use on your Self. If we can speak kind words to our Self, then speaking kindly to others will become natural. More on this later. By the way, I can't take credit for this. I'm a big fan of don Miguel Ruiz, author of the book, "The Four Agreements." I HIGHLY recommend it. 'Til next time ~ xox ...Read More
We had our first DoTerra Make-n-Take with Jeanne! The products we created were awesome, but I have to say the best part of the evening was being
with my beautiful students who are also my friends. Sometimes when you think the only thing you want to do is go home and "crash," what you really
need is spending time with friends, learning, exploring, and creating.