PAUSE FOR A MOMENT DURING THE HOLIDAYS

10th Dec

Yin & Yang Yoga, Balancing One’s Energy

When I come to my yoga mat, I ask myself what kind of yoga practice is going to help me rebalance my energy today? “Do I practice in a Yin way, holding gentle poses for a few minutes and relaxing into my body or do I move my body through a flow of poses, engage in a more active form of yoga?” When I practice in a Yin way, the poses are the platform where I explore the concept of simply being in my body and allowing the sensations to come and go, relaxing my usual physical and mental reactivity....

22nd Feb

The Fall

VERSION FRANÇAISE EN BAS Exploring the countryside of Quebec, my hikes in the forest take me repeatedly to streams and waterfalls.  I watch the water run  freely, carving its way through the rocks and landing in a puddle of bubbles that look joyous to me.  I think it would be fun to be able to fall like that. Falling in a bucket of gold I do not mind, or a bucket of melted cholcolate.  Falling in love is wonderful but when a part of my life falls apart, like a relationship dear to my heart, or my health or my...

06th Oct

Yogini Thoughts

As I sat on the quiet beach this morning and no one showed up for class,  I had the time to reflect on what motivates me to come to the beach early on a Sunday morning and offer a yoga class. The practice of yoga teaches me to be soft and compassionate to my body, to make friends with it. When I inhabit my body in a friendly way, I feel centered and empowered. I become less reactive to my wandering mind which can take me on infinite no destination journeys! As a yoga teacher I like to cultivate with...

07th Mar

Inner Strength

In my meditation practice lately it seems that a recurrent obstacle is shining its light in the form of a resolution for this New Year of the Iron Tiger:  I act from a  soft place of strentgh. I act from this inner strength that can be mentally referred to as confidence, self esteem.  When I tap into the energy of inner strength, my body feels like a nurturing and receptive platform as fluid and powerful and deep as the ocean. An active yoga and meditation practice teaches us that this inner strength is already in us and it requires letting...

An Ocean of infinite energy: the Dantian or Hara

Very often I start my yoga class by bringing the students attention to the lower abdominal part of their belly , a couple of inches below their navel also referred to as the Dantian in Chinese anatomy , Tanden or Hara. In Chinese and Japanese tradition, it is considered the physical center of gravity of the human body and is the seat of one’s internal energy (qi). Similarly in yoga philosophy, it is thought to be the seat of prana (energy) that radiates outwards to the entire body. From a yogic perspective if this is the energetic seat of our...

Prajna Paramita and Yin Yoga

I am very happy to be reconnecting with the Key West Tara Mandala Sangha, practicing with old friends again and making new ones.  Prajna Paramita is a practice dear to my heart-mind.  Whether staring at the Key West sky above the ocean or the Colorado skies on top of a mountain, my  physical, mental and emotional bodies have been deeply touched by this practice.  I never thought I could feel so expansive and so little at the same time, so relaxed and so tight at the same time! On a physical level, this sky-gazing practice simultanuously opens me to blissful...

Why Yin Yoga?

Why do I love to practice Yin Yoga? I think mostly because it rebalances my stronger Yang nature. I am attracted to physical work like teaching sailing or cooking and I need my body to move through the air.  So when I sit on my mat to practice Yin yoga I make the commitment to stay still, connected to my body and its inner world for a while and the more I practice it the more I want to feel that connection not just on my mat or when I meditate but at all times. To me it has become...