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Last weekend I attended Erich Schiffmann’s ‘Freedom Yoga’ workshop at yogaview.

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It was exactly what I needed in that moment in time.  I’ve never been to one of Erich’s classes although he teaches at the studio in Venice Beach where I did my teacher training.  He opened the three hour workshop with about 5-7 minutes of silence.  He walked into the room, sat down, everyone became quiet and he just looked at every single person in the room (there was about 80 of us) and didn’t say a word…He broke the silence by saying ‘now that that is out of the way’ and then he giggled.

His main message during the workshop was: ‘Yoga is a lifestyle, not just P.E.’

He also spoke about the fact that people are constantly making assessments and judgements even if we don’t want to, or try not to, it’s a natural behavior.  His advice was next time we want to judge or access a person–to instead simply think of that person as a ‘sister’ or a ‘brother.’ 

Example:

Some dude cuts you off on Lake Shore Drive —‘brother.’  Some girl in yoga class on the mat next to yours is checking her cellphone during savasana—‘sister.’  So simple, and yet it blew my mind how often I’ve used this advice in the last couple of days.  It’s an easy way to recognize that all beings are connected (even squirrels and aliens.)  If we all did that and let go of our anger, what would happen?

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me!This is my last week of being twenty-six years old.  I am looking forward to what year twenty-seven has to offer me and what I have to offer twenty-seven.  Each year I see myself becoming simpler (I work pretty hard at simplifying, actually) and this brings more ease and ultimately, more happiness.  Sometimes I cringe when I look back at my early twenties (don’t even get me started on my teens or tweens)… If I had to name the college and graduate school chapter of my life it would be entitled: ‘Damage Control.’  ‘Damage Control’ was my theme for dieting, exercise, studying habits, relationships and definitely the theme for my all weekend-boozing behavior.

I’m becoming more comfortable in my skin and I enjoy taking care of myself these days.  My ‘Buttz and Gutz’  workout days are over (I used to teach a ‘Buttz and Gutz’  toning class my junior year of college) and my step/sculpt days are long gone. I only practice on my yoga mat now and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  My yoga practice feeds me more than my ‘Damage Control’ body toning and StairMaster sessions ever did (I realize this is a personal experience and know some people really love toning/cardio exercise).  But at the end of twenty-six I’ve noticed that taking care of myself is no longer a chore, it’s a lifestyle. 

As far as educating myself, I don’t dread reading books in order to study for a test that I will lose a night or two of sleep over.  Now I get excited about new information and can’t wait to discuss it with friends and apply it to my life.

I’m not as anxious and scared as I was a couple years ago.  I don’t need (as much) validation and approval that I looked for in the past.  I know I have a lot to learn, and some day soon I might look back on this post and laugh, but I am grateful for my twenty-six years.  Some people don’t get twenty-six years,  so I will try to not take them for granted.

Om Shanti.  Thanks for reading.

kidsyogaToday at 4pm Tula Yoga Studio. $10

Toddlers are natural yogis! Tula’s ‘Toddler and Me’ class is a specifically formulated class for this adventurous and exciting age (crawling-3 years old).  Our class incorporates breathing, dancing, partner poses, games, story-time and relaxation, so that the tots can enjoy the benefits of yoga while bonding with Mom or Dad.

April is my favorite month.  Springtime and it is my birthday month. Sending you and your loved ones light and happiness.  Hope to see you on the mat this April.

Namaste’

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Are you looking for me?  I am in the next seat.

My shoulders against yours.

You will not find me in stupas, not in Indian shrine rooms,

nor in synagogues, nor in cathedrals:

not in masses, nor kirtans, not in legs winding around your own neck, nor in eating nothing but vegetables.

When you really look for me, you will see me instantly-

you will find me in the tiniest  house of time.

Kabir says: Student, tell me, what is God?

He is the breath inside the breath.

–Kabir