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
Where is your focus? So often in class I see students fidget and fuss, looking around and watching other people, their minds still active and distracting. Our Drishti can help us in focusing the mind and setting it at ease. It strengthens out postures and empowers us. Every posture has a Drishti and often it is a distant gaze or focus to the tip of the nose. Its a concentrated effort from the inside out. Use a Drishti in quiet meditation and watch how your calm and focus come to attention. As a teacher, when I see a student completing their postures with a focused Drishti it shows me that they are there, they are getting the most out of the moment and the posture can do its work. Complete each posture with your Drishti, your breath and your heart and let yoga do you.
Love and peace,
Join me and Hillary for another awesome workshop focusing on inversions, hip openers and heart openers. Give yourself the gift of yoga and savor this time to work on your self from the inside out. We hope you will join us.
Please join me in celebrating Earth Day at Alameda Park on Sunday @ 11:00 for some Earth appreciation, blissful breathing and rock solid yoga. Bring your friends and your kids. The event is free and there will be all sorts of awesome vendors and exhibits. Raising the vibration of the earth, one sweet soul at a time. Namaste'
My soul is flying, lingering not even a single moment... Rumi
It seems that this soul has found a moment with Amelia. This incredible image captures not only one of my favorite postures, Samasthitihi or Tadasana but also the spirit of Nohoqui falls shadowing beautiful Amelia in the vegetative growth. This is what we are all about, Samahdi.com. Hillary Cortemanche and myself are working on an art, image and photography project. Our goal is to capture soul and we need more souls! If you are a yogi who knows how to drop in and is interested in some kick ass yoga photos of yourself please contact us. We are putting together a very large deck of images. Check out our website www.samahdi.com and take a look. We are also interested in work for hire if you like our style but have your own agenda. Enjoy!
I have been flooded with ideas lately. Ideas that I'm ready to put into action. Ideas that make me feel really good. Ideas that seem possible if I just take one step at a time. These ideas feel similar to the sense of divine grace. They must be good...
I'm writing them down, talking about them with friends and family and dreaming about what it would be like if it really happened. Some ideas are grand and would change my life as I know it, others are simple and seem to occur before the thoughts even complete. I am ready for 2013. Bring it! Anyone else feeling inspired? Please dream with me.
Here is a picture of a street in Lake Tahoe. We are getting 5-8 ft of snow right now. It's a white Christmas this year and I'm so stoked to be here. Kids and dog are having a blast and as soon as we can shovel out we are getting some serious powder days in. So much love to you all and a very Merry Christmas.
Abby girl loves the snow.
A good friend of ours popped into town, Bryon Friedman. He and Drew skied on the US Ski Team for many years together. Drew was a slalom guy and Bryon downhill. They were those guys you see on tv and they competed for Americas gold. Bryon has created a dynamic and soulful life compiled with yoga, music, the great outdoors and Soul Poles. If you are a yogi and you like to ski then you have to have a pair of Soul Poles. In short, Soul Poles are bamboo ski poles. They are finished off with an artistic touch by Nelson Parrish another good friend and incredible artist right here in SB. Anyway, me and the girls followed the boys out to a surf afternoon on a rainy day. I threw them into some postures and had fun. with the camera. When you've got soul, it shines through.
How do we continue to keep the bliss we cultivate from yoga, surfing, nature, loving etc into every day activities and living? How do we live in bliss?
Living, loving and teaching in Santa Barbara, CA.