Recently in class we have been focusing on the shoulders. When I think shoulders I do Handstand or Ahdo Muka Vrksasana, upside down tree. Handstand is the best shoulder opener and strengthen there is. In our work in class several students found their first unassisted handstands and it was awesome. After I learned how to kick up into my first handstand I was on my hands all over town. It did not matter what outfit I was in or shoes I was wearing. If there was a wall and some footing I kicked it up. Here on one of our yoga shoots I found this great barn with a great wall. The smell of the grass and mold was grounding and the walls were soft and sweet. Handstand gives us a different perspective on life, it gives us strength, balance, focus, breath and incredible shoulders. Take advantage of this playground called life and have some fun where ever you are. You'd be surprised how others will want to follow your lead and have some fun too.
My family and I took a road trip over the holidays. We stopped in St. George, Utah on our way home for a break from the endless driving through Utah, Montana & Wyoming on our little ski-cation. After a restful nights sleep we took a hike, found a place to chill and I thought I'd do a little yoga. First we made prayer stones in this cool wash. Lots of stones and spirits I might add. Yes, there may have been dust on the lens but I know otherwise. When I saw this shot I had to sit down, again. I felt every cell in my body shiver and jump for joy. I knew that all of my prayers had been heard and that I/we/everyone, are never alone. I felt light, love and an incredible sense of being. I could not have asked for a better beginning to this New Year. Peace and Love! Marie
Living, loving and teaching in Santa Barbara, CA.