Monthly Archives: July 2010

28 Jul

It’s all in the way you do things….

Do you ever catch yourself already busy, but then thinking about being busy, and then about all the other things you could or should or would be doing?

Have you ever noticed that it’s an extremely hard task to just SLOW DOWN and catch up to yourself!?

Well, I certainly have… and I have been thinking a lot about it lately. Ambition is an amazing quality to have… but so is balance. Sometimes I think it’s easy to get lost in the ambition of all these things we want to do, and in turn, we miss out on the feeling of balance that comes from simply being where we are. It’s extremely hard to find yourself in a moment, and actually BE in that moment. I struggle with that a lot. That’s why yoga has been such an amazing addition to this aspect of my life – as it helps me slow down the pace, and breathe through these moments and times.

It’s interesting though, because much of the way we practice yoga, is also how we practice life. So if you’re in a yoga class, and you feel like you are in a hurry to get to the next pose… or you’re annoyed and eager to get out of there, etc etc… perhaps you are rushing through life, and always onto the next thing.

I was reading an article the other day from Yoga Journal online – and the point of it was to “practice with purpose”. So whatever you choose to do… whether it be to set goals for yourself, or take a yoga class, meet up with a friend… make it purposeful. Set the intention to be in that moment with presence and purpose, and see what comes from that.

That is the current state of mind. *Sigh*

27 Jul

Shades of iridescent

blog_iridescent2“Every now and then you see someone in iridescent… and when you do, nothing’s ever the same after that”

– Julianne Moore in “The Kids are Alright”

I just saw the movie “The Kids are Alright”, and I would recommend it as a good one to go and see! I know it’s hard to suggest a movie, when everyone has such different taste levels… but according to MY own personal standards – I thoroughly enjoyed it. Without ruining the movie for you, it’s a lot about relationships, and how sometimes they aren’t so fun. Relationships do take hard work, and in order to have a successful one, you have to work your ass off – not only in regards to the work you do on yourself, but WITH your partner. The truth is, no one is ever going to fulfill our every need, and it’s how we manage our expectation level, and the ability to deal with our emotions. In the end, it’s all worth it. Go and see the movie and let me know what you think!

17 Jul

Weekend immersion with Sri Dharma Mittra

blog_dharma1Hello everyone,

Sorry I’ve been off the radar for a little while. I haven’t had much time to sit and put together all my thoughts.

Two weekends ago, I shared an incredibly inspiring weekend with yoga master Sri Dharma Mittra at Kripalu in the Berkshires.

First of all, for those of you who have never been, or haven’t heard of Kripalu, it’s a fantastic little getaway in western Massachusetts that offers all sorts of fun and healthy indoor and outdoor activities. Some included are: hiking, kayaking, swimming and water sports at the lake nearby… there is yoga offered at least 2x a day, evening activities, and an amazing buffet/cafeteria featuring locally grown foods and fine organic meals! It’s kind of like adult camp… but it is a great place to getaway and turn off your mind, cellphone and computer.

Sri Dharma Mittra is one of the greatest living yoga legends, and luckily for me, based out of NYC. He offers workshops and teacher trainings all around the globe, and his presence is a powerful one. There is an earnest and humble quality to him, and you just feel like he has seen and known so much. He walked into the yoga room and greeted us with a “Namaste people” (pronounced Nama-schtay with his Brazilian accent) and proceeded to get right down into it. For one, he continuously started with and came back to the idea that everything we are looking for comes from within. Interesting that a topic such as finding inner peace from within, is one that has been talked about many times and in many ways… but somehow, listening to Sri Dharma Mittra offer it as an ideal way to live life carried a different kind of weight.

I felt so inspired the entire weekend… although physically exhausted after quite challenging asana practices, I felt that my practice was taken to a different level. It’s hard once you get to certain point with anything really, to find new challenges and inspirations in the way that you need to progress… (for me at least)… and after the weekend, I was sure that my studies with him had only just begun. I am planning on pursuing my 500 hour teacher training study with him here in New York in January of 2011. I knew immediately that it was the next place for me in deepening my yoga practice. I am ready to accept the challenge, as I know it will not be an easy one, and I already cannot wait!

For more information on Sri Dharma Mittra, visit his yoga center site.

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend.

P.S — Did you check out those poses at the top of this post????? Crazy, right?!