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Finding Balance

Last night I had the pleasure of celebrating the first day of Fall 2014 with a few new friends at the yoga studio. Mindfulness and Gratitude towards ourselves for what we had accomplished over the spring and summer (the yang time of year) was our theme.

We created nourishing space by building a small alter in the middle of the room. Buddha, Shiva and candles to represent the New Moon and our bright light within were delicately placed in this sacred space. Celebration of the changing of seasons opened with a very powerful Tapping Therapy session. I (personally) feel so blessed that Jackie McDonald of Welwinds Therapeutic Spa, guided us through this sweet practice. I immediately felt the effects. Together we pushed through 108 various Namaskars or Salutations. Through collective flow we honored our breath – our life force energy, the sun, the warrior within, and the moon. As I set my own intention for this practice I noticed I needed to really let go of any and all expectations of what the word ‘accomplishment’ means. I had to dig deep within and explore accomplishments within my own SELF. And not what or how others might define is an accomplishment. Sometimes personal accomplishments are more subtle than one might expect. Though when you take the time to sit with your breath, meditate and maybe, just maybe, move through 108 salutations for 3 hours, these subtle accomplishments become polished and bright. They have the opportunity to shine, almost to say , “Hey Allie, Look At Me! Notice Me! This is what YOU accomplished….’

Practicing 108 namaskars was a wonderful way to honor the changing of seasons. The practice offered great challenge and the opportunity to turn within. I am deeply grateful to have friends to practice with and at one point we journeyed outside to let the raindrops cleanse our heated bodies. It was awesome!

A special THANK YOU to Welwinds Spa for hosting delicious White Rose tea afterwards…! YUM!

 

Mini Yogis Fall Into Yoga

kids CobraGood Morning,

Its another beautiful fall day here in Revelstoke. It looks as though we are experiencing an Indian Summer. Yesterday, was the first day of our ¬†fall OM ZONE! Kids yoga program held at Welwinds Therapeutic Spa. I was absolutely blown away… The amount of love, generosity, and kindness that I felt from the kids was extraordinary. Not only did they all show up excited to get started, but they listened with full intent, and were kind and gracious towards one another.

Teaching kids yoga is definitely a unique journey and experience. It teaches me so many things, but I think the biggest lesson is learning to read ‘energy’. When the kids start to lose interest I can not only see it but I can feel the energy shift in the room like a ton of bricks has landed on my yogi toes. Learning to ‘mix it up’ and move in an alternate direction, gracefully, naturally and quickly is an art form. Kids are very smart and they can tell when you are being anything less than genuine and authentic.

It was fascinating to see one kid sit in lotus with hands in chin mudra… Where did she learn this ancient healing posture? The media? Her parents? Other kids at school? In the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t much matter where or how she learned to sit in this meditative position. What does matter is that there are opportunities out there to share the meaning and the benefits of these traditional yoga postures to mini yogis.

Today starts off our Yoga Pretzel fall series program. Ages 3-5. This is always a wild and fun ride. I love to read animal stories and then act out the story through yogic postures. Thursday begins our Teen Yoga program. This is my most favorite program though I seem to have trouble with enrollment. Feel free to pass program information on to any parents of potential students.

To learn more about each program and to enroll, please feel free to contact me with any questions or visit the Welwinds Therapeutic Spa website.

Mantra Student/Teacher Invocation

A beautiful mantra to chant before class.

OM saha nabhavatu

saha nau bhunaktu

saha viryam karava-vahai

tejasvina-vadhita-mastu

ma vidvisha-vahai

OM shanti shanti shanti

May God Protect us, the preceptor and the student
May we be nourised.
May we work together with great energy.
May our studies be vigorous and fruitful.
May love and harmony dwell amongst us.
OM. peace, peace, peace.