Sunday, January 4, 2015

First Noble Truth

There is always a shadow side to the light. When we inhale in our practice, an exhale is sure to follow. When we dance in joy and love and success, sadness, pain, and disappointment are always close. Sounds pretty pointless huh? Until we embrace the first noble truth on this path. Life is suffering. Yikes! Can we except this? The human form has both light and dark. We are here to experience, to grow and stretch, be uncomfortable, be unsure. There will be more light and joy and success than we can ever imagine if we can embrace the darkness that lives inside all of us. We are imperfect.

What then? Life is just a series of ups and downs? It doesn't have to be. Let's jump off the roller coaster, let's stop and try to like what is difficult, embrace, perhaps except a lack luster outcome as learning, and move one step closer to some light.  Less stark, less ominous.  Living in the grey, or the middle. Walk on your middle path. It won't be easy, but it will be interesting, rewarding, liberating.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Building your Mountain



Here is the link to my good friend and teacher Barbara and my workshop coming up in August in the South Bay. Come deconstruct your foundation with us and find the mountain within!

We will first be teaching this at Yogaworks in Newport July 20th! Email me if you're interested as space is limited.

http://www.southbayyogaconference.com/barbara-stamis-and-sarah-reese/

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Sushumna Nadi


            While practicing I like to use the spine as a boney landmark indicating 'center' or middle of my body. While inverted  or simply lying on the floor in a gentle twist I can try and use my internal eye to sense this intricate structure and where it is positioned in hope of playing fair with my left side and right side. What blows my mind is the feeling that overcomes the body while doing this. Energy is unlocked. Breath moves more freely. Dare I say that both ida and pingala nadi are able to move more autonomously yet in perfect harmony through sushumna? Perhaps!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Balance


Well..... I'm back.
It feels like several life times a go I started this blog to get my energy out! It wasn't enough to teach 25 Yoga classes a week and, surf, read and play.

Life has drastically changed. Cedar is now 8 months old and the energy abundance I once laughed about as I typed blogs and sipped tea are now poured relentlessly into three things.  Cedar, my partner Ted, and teaching.  My practice has finally shown up (actual physical Asana) and that is another blog for another time.  As for now, here is a little Gil Hedly for inspiration.


"The quest for symmetry of the organism is bound to fail, but balance is here for the taking. Even the earth is only round from a distance. Up close, it's all bumps, dips and waves. So beautiful! And how sweetly it spins, balanced on its axis as it is. Finding our own balance upon it, whether from a distance or up close, we relax into our beautiful asymmetry."

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Great Moments

I am going to try and really open my eyes today so I don't miss any great moments.  This picture taken by an unknown genius reminded me to practice staying awake.


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Reminder



What makes you feel awake, alive?  Is it jumping in the ocean, listening to music or sleeping under the stars?  Maybe just taking a deep breath is all you need to remember that having been born into a human body is in and of itself magical.  I was reminded of this today while walking in my neighborhood.  I felt like crap as my big pregnant body tried to make it up a hill so I stopped, took a deep breath and looked out into the trees. The air smelled sweet and the ocean breeze cooled my face.  Instantly I was reminded on the genius of being present.  I felt alive.

"I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive." --Joseph Cambell 




Saturday, May 26, 2012

Seeing Your Future

A short but impactful six minutes on a man's last six minutes.  Let me know your thoughts on this one!