Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Childs pose is a way to ground, to connect to the earth and let yourself be nourished. It is not only an option but an offering that melts the heart and belly and rests the mind. Childs pose is innocence, the pure nature of returning to that seed of potential to grow once more. TO grow into whatever being, human being you can imagine and beyond. Sit in that place and marinate, germinate, contemplate all that is possible and never stop. Never stop kneeling down to life and the force of nature that surrounds us, flows thru us, emanatse from us. Never stop taking that moment, Childs Pose. The sweet nectar of Amrita, pouring down tingling the nape of your neck as your breathe. There you can smile along with your inner child, you can cry along with your soul, you can laugh at the insane and mundane and offer your breath to whatever God it is that leads you on your path. Childs pose is Yours. Take it, enjoy it, Be it.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds' wings.” Rumi
This Full Moon in Libra is potent, the partnering with the Solar energy of Aries (self) and Libra (other). I find myself opening to life here finally. It has taken me three months to find a groove, to get around without map quest, and to settle into my balanced breath.
My concentration on a balanced inhalation (self) and exhalation (other) is much like what we are all facing in our relationships at this time. Nourishing ourselves whether it is on the mat, with a healthy meal, or even dare I say a shopping splurge. Also creating to the time to be present for the others in your life. Sitting and listening without checking your smartphone, going out of your way to visit and give them your unconditional love.
It has almost been a year since the move out of Kingston, Marley Road, Shakti and all that I knew. WHAT a whirlwind of excitement. I find myself preparing to Manage a studio in MA: Drive Yoga Studio and am deeply grateful for the opportunity to create. This Studio will be part of a health and fitness center and I cannot wait to share in wellness, nutrition and all of the things that make me so passionate about living Yoga. We are opening soon so if you are in the area...get in touch!
Please reach out through the site, check out upcoming workshops and teachers contact me about hosting! Let the synergy continue as we find balance within and share in our presence of contraction and expansion.
Monday, February 25, 2013
This we have now is not imagination.
This is not grief or joy.
Not a judging state, or an elation or sadness.
Those come and go. This is the PRESENCE that doesn't. (Rumi)
Wishing you an enthusiastic Full Moon as we shift into spring. From my snow-filled deck I still do not feel this shift in what I see, but I do feel it within. A renewal, moving into the time to cleanse, to awaken, to clear out and create. I began this year in a new place, with a new person in my life, teaching different students, driving roads I got lost on while forgetting which side of the road I belong on. It has been exactly two months since I have made a move to the US, a move that scared me more than going to Bangladesh in the Peace Corps.
Coming 'Home' was more challenging than going into adventure, settling into a place that felt so normal actually bothered me. I still dove into this fear, the newness of living in a place I was from but didn't know at all. Now I am starting to realize what the fear was. I was moving into my potential, I was shaking myself up so that I would grow, I would be challenged and appreciated in ways I hadn't allowed before. Staying in a place of comfort is just that...comforting, but our lives are these growing shifting sources of unimaginable potential just waiting for us to move into the newness, the fear, the stillness and adventure.
Now I find myself preparing workshops that inspire, planning to manage a studio that I am so excited to be a part of, teaching students who love the challenge of not only asana but going deep, returning to Jamaica to lead retreats AND teach at Wanderlust in Vermont. All exciting, refreshing and for that I am grateful. Hoping that this path leads you into that fear and you come out full of wonder.
May this Full Moon FILL you with Presence.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Happy New Moon and Chinese New Year,
I am just coming down from the most amazing natural high of the Caribbean Yoga Conference. This past weekend in Montego Bay was an absolutely amazing community based transformational gathering. As many of you know I attended last year as a volunteer with hopes to teach and share in my energy with the conference. Although it seemed impossible, when I was given the opportunity to teach this year and return to Jamaica I just 'listened'. The community energy at this conference was beyond amazing. I connected to friends, met people from all over the world and shared in beautiful practices with the most talented teachers.
A highlight was the closing Chakra class that I shared in with Twee Merrigan, Faith Hunter, Leslie Salmon Jones, Kia Miller, Tommy Rosen, Hawah, Jason Nemer and was opened by Gaia Budhai. To have Gaia bring us through the most beautiful song and breath work was liberating for the spirit. I am grateful to the vision of Kim Allardyce who not only created this conference but worked to make it accessible to ALL of Jamaica thru scholarships, pay what you can admission and volunteer opportunities.
For those of you who missed this energetic most amazing gathering of Music, Mystic, Mindblowing Yoga and more.....please take some time to find and create your own sangha and dance on the sand, in the grass or in the rain....sending love all ways!
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Last year I was blessed to serve at the very first Caribbean Yoga Conference in Jamaica created by Kimberly Allardyce and an amazing team of visionaries. This event brought together communities of practitioners from ALL over the world and created an energy that I can STILL feel in my cold New England bones today. This year I am EVEN more excited to be teaching at this Conference as a local instructor. It is a true honor as I am not from Jamaica but spent over 6 years serving on the island and teaching to multiple communities. In gratitude I return!
So if you are attending the event and want to join me in the flow of sweet vibes on the mat meet me Friday afternoon! I will be teaching a VIBRANT MULADHARA DUB FLOW: Groundation Experience: This Vinyasa Flow practice will draw vibrant drum and bass energy from the earth and transcend Prana through the entire body. Utilizing pranayama, ecstatic yoga trance dance, and sahaja flow this Mandala based class will inspire practitioners to connect to their vital primal energy, and cultivate groundation. Here the sweet sound of Dub music stabilizes us in strength and flow as Sienna leads you thru an energetic and balancing Vinyasa experience. This practice will bring you directly into your base, your foundation and reconnect you with your Root chakra, values and purpose.