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Things are as they are…

I was lucky enough to spend the weekend with a crew of yoga all stars in the beautiful setting of Bermuda’s pristine beaches and blue waters.  All weekend I was searching and yearning for a little golden nugget that I could share with the Portland yoga community in the next enewsletter.  There were many valuable lessons in philosophy, sequencing, and meditation that I could share.  But, it wasn’t until being stuck in the Newark airport, that it became clear what the most valuable lesson I have gained over the last weekend has been… staying grounded and calm in situations that are out of my control.  As I write this, I am sitting here in the airport watching my once 6:30pm departure bump to 7:30, 8:05, to 8:50pm, to 9:50pm, and to now a chance of cancelation.Continue Reading

Waking Up to the Beauty of this World & Life

There are 16 days to spring. I am, as I imagine many of you are, eager to smell the thawing earth and feel a warmer breeze. The light is coming back, and soon, buds will be showing themselves, and layers will be stripping from the earth and our own heavily covered winter bodies. I lookContinue Reading

Love Reigns

February is the coined month of love in our media-driven culture. Grocery stores are once again lined with pink and red chocolates, emails with hearts and gift ideas for sweethearts are stacking inboxes, and romantic comedies crowd the movie lines. I used to be more jaded by this Hallmark Holiday coining phrases of love andContinue Reading

Steady Joy & Peace

Last week marked the beginning of the holidays for many.  Traveling far and wide, or nesting at home, many of us gathered with friends and/or family to share a meal, mingle in conversation, and take time to be with each other.  For most of us us, this is a break in our daily routines. SomeContinue Reading

Watching Compassion Grow

As we approach the season of giving, gathering, sharing meals, celebrating the holidays, listening to songs of cheer and peace that fill the airways, I am compelled to think about compassion.  I think about what our world would be like if we all were truly able to be compassionate to all walks of life, ourContinue Reading

Exploring Optimal Health in Your Own Body

“You only get one body, one life, one chance to live and it’s difficult to enjoy your life if you are trapped in a body that only leaves you sick and in pain.” Tiffany Cruikshank The last few months I have been really, unwillingly at first I will admit, contemplating this question in my mindContinue Reading

Honoring the Change of Seasons

As hard as it is to say goodbye to the summer months, the cool night air, the fresh and crisp local apples that are becoming readily available, cravings for soup, and the fading light are just a few of the things that help to make the transition all that easier.  For many of us, theContinue Reading

To practice and keep practicing.

 “we learn by practice, whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing, or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same, in each, it is the performance of a dedicated, precise set of acts, physical or intellectual from which come the shape of achievement, the sense of one’s being,Continue Reading

Staying Cool

Wow it has been hot?!  If you have been yearning for ways to stay cool, continue to read on.  Carol Morrison, a fellow Lila yoga, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, as well as the founder and owner of 5 Elements; Vibrational Medicine for a Life in Balance, has put together some suggestions based on the Ayurvedic perspectiveContinue Reading

Get busy living…

I am ever grateful for the friends that surround and inspire me to live a full life.  “Get busy living” has been coined as the saying of summer 2013 among us.  That usually is then followed up with us jumping off a boat into the frigid ocean, or packing up heaps of gear to makeContinue Reading