Friday, April 21, 2017

Spirit Animal Messages

I'm always on the look out for messages from spirit.  Some will think that's weird and if you are one of those stop reading now.  LOL... 
This week I was talking to my husband about my brother (who transitioned March 13, 2015) telling him a story about how we used to drive down a particular road at high speeds.  After I was done I saw a shooting star!  It was very low in the sky... the lowest I'd ever seen in fact.  It was incredible and felt like Dave was still near.
This past week I saw a Monarch butterfly in the backyard.  I haven't seen a Monarch in years.  They truly are so precious.  
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This one is a wikipedia photo... I didn't have my camera ready for it.  The butterfly signals transformation and change.
This morning when I got up I looked outside to the roof and saw these two...IMG_20170421_075705
By the time I got the camera they had moved over here onto our garage.  Of course I had to look up the spiritual meaning of ducks.  It says, "Be in the now, be in the moment, for this is where all of the power is available to at peace and let it be" more here
Messages truly are everywhere if we take the time to slow down and see them.  
One of my students, during meditation, saw a bald eagle.  His message is definitely powerful... " The eagle bestows freedom and courage to look ahead"
May you find similar messages surrounding you this week.
PS.  This is another reason I designed my Totem Animal coloring books.  Go have a look & buy one today!  Thanks in advance.

Friday, April 14, 2017

What a week

Between the Pepsi fiscal, United Airlines, Sean Spicer, Syria, CBS's Survivor it's been quite a week.  And I'm probably missing a few things.  I think one thing we're learning in this 'new age' is the power of social media.
The movement's are important for change.  We can have a voice as a collective and it seems "be the change we wish to see".    
Now if we could only do as much with our personal relationships.  We can't force change in interpersonal relationships even if we'd like to.  
There will be those in our lives who will ignore us, not speak to us, not respond to text messages or other forms of communication.  Now we could spatter these thoughts all over the internet.  Or we can sit the experience, not post them on social and see where our attachments lie.
Are we attached to the people, the experiences, the precious moments of the past?  If we sit with these uncomfortable personal experiences we may begin to grow.  We may learn some individuals are teaching us (even if we don't wish to be taught).  
Maybe we are learning lessons of healthy personal boundaries or self love? 
I think the best we can do when it comes to those who are challenging us is breath into the moments of peace (or count to 10 - 10x ..LOL).  Stay present and true to self.    
As you spend time with your loved ones this weekend, remember sometimes you are being taught.  And sometimes you will teach. We can force change or we can allow... which will you choose?
Wishing you a great long weekend & Happy Easter to those who celebrate.
PS.  For those of you who love Rabbits (and colouring)  go buy my book!  

Friday, April 07, 2017

Retrograde Planets

April brings four planets in retrograde.  Those of you who love astrology and study the planets probably are aware of this.  For everyone else when a planet is in retrograde it is said to be moving backwards.  
Currently, or very soon anyhow, there will be four planets in retrograde:  Venus, Saturn, Pluto and Mercury.  One of my students this week said, "Oh, that can't be good!"  LOL.. that's the thing; it's not good, nor bad, it just is.
So among many things to look forward to this month we've got Mercury who will make us revisit communications of all kinds, Venus who will reexamine your relationships, Saturn who will bring karmic retribution and Pluto who brings change and endings.
None of this should be feared, but experienced.   Here's a longer link to consider these themes:  
Yogi Bhajan taught a meditation technique back in the 70's to help us modify the effects of the Saturn retrograde.  It helps to shift the energies from negative karma into dharma (our job to serve).   It has a specific mudra and chanting of "Hari, hari, hari, hari, hari, hari, har"  for 11 or 31 minutes while keeping the hands in Shuni Mudra.
We can say this planetary awareness is all hogwash and if you don't believe it that's fine.  However consider when people say, "Is there a full moon or something?  Everyone is acting crazy!"  Maybe it holds some merit?  
You can decide.
Until next time,
PS.  Awhile ago I created an astrology colouring book: 51znd471esl-_sx385_bo1204203200_
Here's the link so you can go buy the book

Friday, March 31, 2017

Life is Precious

 Sadly one of the students who has attended my Yoga classes for the Cancer journey lost her battle.  It's so saddening.  This woman gave it a good fight and her gentle energies will definitely be  missed by myself and the other participants.
 Another reminder of just how precious life is.  
 This week I saw a short clip on  Tao Porchon-Lynch worlds oldest yoga teacher.  She's amazing at 98 years young; teaching yoga for 45 years!  That is something to look forward to.  And makes my 16 years of teaching seem like nothing LOL.  
Anyhow... In the interview she said something along the lines of each morning when she wakes ups she says to herself, "This is going to be the best day of my life!"
Don't you love that? It's fun to try as it brings us back to those moments when we were young and said "this is the best day" so many times.  Life has a funny way of showing us what is "best" doesn't it?  Whatever the day brings and I'll quote another Yoga favourite of mine Lilas Folan:
"Welcome all that comes to you this day and be welcomed by it."
Feel welcomed.
Enjoy this precious moment.
For it could be the best day of your life!
PS.  From my Instagram page:

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,
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

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.
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.

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.”
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:
Wishing you a month full of heart opening practice!
Namaste & much love,
PS.  And speaking of Dogs, I just released my latest colouring book in the Chinese Zodiac series… go buy one!