Sunrise Yoga Newsletter 💗 🌈 Feb/Mar

contentmentWe live in a fast paced world, a world where we are always consuming more. More food, more media, more news, striving for more happiness. What if we just stopped, stopped wanting for more? What would it feel like to be content with what we have and where we are, right now? Santosha is second of the Niyamas in yoga, the Niyamas are a guide to help each person tune into and find your true self. Santosha is the concept of digging deeper to the self and finding peace in any situation. Accepting challenges and each circumstance as it comes to you and being grateful for the life you have and remembering that each breath, each experience, each moment is a blessing. By practicing Santosha you can find a sense of grounding, even in times of worry or want.
If you are looking for a grounding or gratitude meditation, try one of these following mantras (from the Kirpalu Center) the next time you sit to mediate:

“I am content. I am grateful for what I have and for what I do not have.”
“I learn from the joys and disappointments life brings me.”
“I honor the good in myself & others, and I refrain from fault-finding.”
“I accept life just the way it is. I enjoy my life!”

beach triangle with pup_march_specialPractice With Me! 

I am grateful to have a wonderful, dedicated group of yogis that practice with me in the early morning hours on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays and we welcome more to join us.

If you have been hoping to get back into yoga or looking for a gentle way to move your body, the Sunrise Yoga Series is a great option.

March we will be a shorter month, with only 8 classes. The dates for March classes are as follows: March 1, 4, 6, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20 (NO CLASS on March 8, 22, 25, 27, 29)

Classes are held at the Sunset Hill Community Center, Mon/Wed/Fri @ 6:30 -7:30 am

You can also practice with me on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 am & every other Saturday at 10 am, also at Kula Movement in Ballard.

For more details and to sign up for the series, click here.

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Taking Time for Self-Care

March is a shorter month for the series because this month I am taking some much needed time away for some self-care. At the end of the month, I will be traveling to Costa Rica to immerse myself in daily yoga, kirtan, time in the ocean and general relaxation. More about the retreat can be found here. 

I am grateful to my husband for taking over the home and child management duties while I am away and I look forward to a week of rejuvenation and sunshine. While traveling to a yoga retreat far from home might not be attainable all the time when self-care is needed, it is important to take time for yourself whenever possible.

Maybe you can carve out an afternoon alone to see a movie or visit a museum. If a whole afternoon is not possible, find an hour or even 15 minutes to do something each day that brings you joy, something that you are able to lose yourself in and that has no agenda. When the mind is free to experience pure, uninhibited joy and relaxation, this will provide small, but substantial moments of self-care.

For more on how to make time for self-care, check out this article. And if you are thinking, “I don’t have time for self-care”, you need it more than you know!

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News, Tea and Yoga

This blog will be where I am able to share articles, stories and news about yoga. I will also start sharing Ayurvedic  recipes that I come across and try, like this one for Ayurvedic Chai Tea. This tea was delicious and it made my whole house smell wonderful! chai2

I will also use this site to post updates on when and where I am teaching.  This week I will be at Sunset Hill Park on Wednesday, June 21st at 10, teaching a lovely outdoor class on the first day of summer. Donations are Welcome. Sign up here is you are interested.