Friday, March 24, 2017

One of those days

Have you ever had one of those days where everything feels like it's going wrong?  I had one of those on Monday.. well, the morning anyhow.  My bedside alarm wasn't set for daylight saving time which meant I woke up one hour late. And I received a text message which I thought was real, but turned out was a dream.  I spent that extra hour of sleep trying to figure out how to respond without rudeness or ego (which was a struggle to be honest).
Then into the kitchen where I grabbed a yogurt for breakfast and ended up dumping it all over the floor and inside the fridge.
My husband on the other hand got an additional day off and a promotion.
The day was spiraling out of control.  It took awhile but I realized a few things...
I decided I got to sleep in an hour later, was happy to check my phone and realize I did not receive said text message and I then had a clean kitchen floor and fridge.
On those days when life starts to spin out of control, sit with it.  And revise your expectation and your opinion of it.  I for one can say it made all of the difference!
In shifting the perspective,
Tammy
x
PS.  Enjoy horsing around!  Buy my colouring book - whether you are born in a Year of the Horse or simply love these gentle beings, this was created for you!  In gratitude
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Friday, March 17, 2017

Yoga Real Estate

I had a teacher once that moved his yoga mat to a different location for every class.  It always kept the students on their toes and made them explore their attachments to their yoga space.
I find it interesting how much we are creatures of habit.  How we move into our classes and place our mats in the exact same spot each week.  And the looks on students faces when someone is in 'their spot' as if it's going to change their experience.  I have even experienced some students tell others, "You can't go there that's so-and-so's place".
For awhile I encouraged people to come into the room and find a different spot to practice.  And found it equally interesting to watch my own reaction when the students weren't in 'their spot'.
Recently one mentioned how another always comes in and has to be in one particular place in the room.  I hadn't paid much attention to it; normally before classes I'm still deciding what I will teach or how to approach the asanas in a way that I haven't yet explored or presented.  But this week I saw it... the student put her mat down into 'her' place.  Students from the prior class hadn't even left yet.  I watched as she pushed her way into her space where two others were still talking.  I witnessed "she's not doing it right rudeness".  The two who were still talking didn't say anything, they didn't have to their faces said it all.  Apparently she thought the yoga real estate was ripe for harvest.
Isn't it odd how much in our heads we can be, how caught up in our own experiences that we are absent to what is going on around us?  And isn't this a portion of why we practice to become more present?  I encourage you to show up more fully and notice not only what is happening with self, but also others.  You may just find your connection to your space isn't as valuable as you had previously imagined specifically if your find your space has a sold sign on it.
Namaste,
Tammy
x
PS.  Have you seen My Mantra Colouring Book yet?  It offers 28 mantras and whimsical girls for you to colour. Use this colouring book to journal in, enchance your practice of mantra, chant and set clear intentions to help you along your journey.
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Friday, March 10, 2017

Embracing this moment

Sadly we had a death in the family this week.  It was my Grandmother's brother.  The loss of my Great Uncle means there is no longer anyone living from that generation.  All of my Great Aunt's & Uncles on both sides of the family are gone.  That is so hard to get my mind around.  (Or maybe it's the fact I'm growing closer to 50 that is hitting me harder.)
Death is like that, isn't it?  It makes us stop and think of how we are living.  It can make us face our own timelines.  It's stopping and asking ourselves... am I really living?  Am I experiencing this moment to the fullest? 
Time passes and we tend to fall back asleep and return to our auto-pilot ways; until the next death occurs.  
It is a reminder to be here now and to open our hearts to a deeper experience of this moment. 
Love as fully as you are able... even from afar.  Breathe into this time and trust that it will all work out in the end.  Bottom line we are all headed to that transitional place at some point albeit hopefully later than sooner.  It made me revisit this Jerry Seinfeld quote....
“Life is truly a ride. We're all strapped in and no one can stop it. When the doctor slaps your behind, he's ripping your ticket and away you go. As you make each passage from youth to adulthood to maturity, sometimes you put your arms up and scream, sometimes you just hang on to that bar in front of you. But the ride is the thing. I think the most you can hope for at the end of life is that your hair's messed, you're out of breath, and you didn't throw up.”
Love,
Tam
x
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PS.  Oh and I almost forgot... my latest colouring book in the Chinese Zodiac series entitled, "I'm a Horse" is all ready to go!  Go buy your copy 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Opening the heart


Keeping with the theme of Valentine’s Day (Happy Belated heart day) we worked this past week on opening the heart.
We reviewed the Heart Chakra (Anahata) the energy center that surrounds the physical heart.  The mantra or ‘bij sound’ for the heart center is “Yam” (pronounced ‘yum’) and silently chanted with movement.
It’s said the front of the heart is for giving, the back of the heart is for receiving.  Energetically we can also say the back of the heart heals the past.  The front of the heart directs you toward the future and the physical heart is the present moment.
Really we can utilize any posture to open the heart by allowing it to be the focus.  Simply begin to focus on opening the heart 360 degrees… breathe into all four sides of the heart center.
One of the postures we worked with is Puppy Pose which in some traditions is called Anahatasana or melting heart pose.  Here’s a link:  https://yogainternational.com/article/view/puppy-power
Wishing you a month full of heart opening practice!
Namaste & much love,
Tammy
PS.  And speaking of Dogs, I just released my latest colouring book in the Chinese Zodiac series… go buy one!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Happy New Year


Good riddance to 2016.  It was not an easy year for many.  We could blame the Monkey, politics, deaths among many other things which brought suffering to so many.


Let’s let go of what is holding us back.  Let’s move into the new year without grievance.
Here’s the thing… sometimes we need to let go, forgive and move forward.  Even if the other will not apologize or honor your opinions.  Let’s not allow their actions to determine our mental health.
“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” – Buddha
So let’s let go, move forward and experience a wonderfilled 2017
Wishing you a new year full of infinite possibilities.
May it include…..
laughter
healing
health
wellbeing
harmony
Love
Tam
x


PS.  Why not create your Secret Amazing life using our Colouring book?  Better yet buy two!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Uploads and reboots

Ended up cancelling my last week of classes.  I seriously ran out of steam and got hit with a nasty cold/flu bug.  Most of the week I was achy, funny nose and now this cough that doesn't want to leave me.  I'm hoping to get rebooted soon!

Yesterday I rallied long enough to upload some work to my Etsy page some calenders/planners for 2017:
https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/MindfulMelody?ref=hdr_shop_menu

Wishing you all the best over this next week
Happy Yule, Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

See you soon
Tammy