OBSERVE YOUR ENVIRONMENT

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the human experience and perhaps where we have taken a wrong turn.  When did life become having our eyes glued to our phones writing #blessed but forgetting to actually immerse ourselves in the experience?  When did life get so busy that we are always playing catch-up with no time to simply just live and exist? When did we stop remembering that we are all in this together?  That we are much more alike than we are different? Why must we create a hostile environment of honking at one another and throwing up the middle finger rather than sharing the road?  Why can’t we support each other on our chosen path rather than judging and tearing each other down?

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June Is just a few days away reminding us that we are six months into 2018. Often, this realization can make me panic feeling like I haven’t accomplished everything that I set out to do.  This can send me spiraling down the dark black hole where I question my whole existence. This year I decided to notice what is right first.  I hope what you read below will help you to realize the same.

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MOMENTS OF PEACE

I try to remind students (and myself) that we are much more alike than we are different.  I ask them to breathe together, as you never know how much the reminder of breath is helping the student next to you get through a challenging life moment.  I know what its like to what ifyourself to death, to live in a state of fear and anxiety where it feels like making a decision will leave you paralyzed. But I’ve been grateful lately to also experience pure joy and bliss where the mind is empty and quiet and there is no desire to be anywhere other than the current place and moment.

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Warrior 3 | Yoga Tutorial Warrior 3 is a prerequisite for inversions but it is often done incorrectly.  In this tutorial, we utilize the wall to help us do this pose correctly.  Keep reading for a step by step tutorial of Warrior 3.

1. Take the leg to the wall hip level and check that all of your toes are pointing straight down.

2. As you actively push the foot into the wall, lift the kneecap up contracting the quadriceps.

3.  Place your hands on two blocks on the highest level and take your gaze towards the belly button, pulling the navel to the spine and tucking the ribs in simulating cat pose.

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LESSONS FROM A FOUR YEAR OLD

I recently went to Portland to see my family and in particular, all my nieces and nephews who vary in age, from the youngest currently in the belly to the oldest being 6.  They are the cutest little beings and when we are all together sharing a meal, I like to call it controlled chaos. What I hear the most when the kids start to whine and cry leading to bigger fits, is my sisters’ asking them to “identify their needs” by saying, “Use your

words.”  

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