Whether you're doing a very gentle yoga class or a sweaty vinyasa session you may have noticed that this Zoom thang is some next level stuff.
In my own practice with my favorite teachers I've watched myself get as distracted as a puppy in a park full of squirrels.
I thought by doing them in our quiet studio I'd be less distracted but still my brain tries to walk off the mat and out the window.
The words of one of my teachers, Beryl Bender Birch has been ringing in my head loud & clear for the last 7 months, "Yoga is about learning to pay attention."
Zoom classes add another layer to that challenge. No one is in front of me keeping me accountable for my actions. There's no unifying energy of a group to pull me along into the flow when I feel sluggish. No teachers in the room to adjust my alignment or help anchor me to the present moment. No ones looking to see if I'm challenging myself without giving up or skipping my least favorite postures.
It's just me doing my best to utilize all the tools I've acquired through the years from All of my teachers.
With all that's going on in the world we need to do this work now more than ever. Keep working toward raising your vibration and doing your best to show up for yourself on and off the mat. Stay strong, eat healthy, get rest and take care of yourself inside and out. Do your best to stay centered and balanced ready for whatever comes your way.
As K.Pattabhi Jois would say, "Do your practice all is coming." Who knew All would come within the same year.
I thank all of you who have continued to practice with Heidi and I through Zoom.
I will let you know about our opening plans as soon as I do.
xoxo Nicole :o)
“SHAKE IT OFF NATURALLY” the latest publication by Dr. David Berceli.
This book contains a self-help, stress reduction exercise technique whose central aspect is the activation of a mild shaking response of the nervous system.
Beginner Tai Chi class with Nina Pfeffer. Join her outdoors at CD Lane Park in the pavilion, Big Hollow Rd, Maplecrest, NY 12454
Starting on Tuesday, August 18th at 11am rain or shine with masks and/or social distancing.
Tai Chi is a form of healthy gentle exercise. Fun and easy to learn, Tai Chi is good for the mind, body and spirit. Please join us! This is a free class, donations accepted.
After Skool is one of my favorite YouTube sites. A weekly dose of fun and interesting science, ideas, stories, education and more!
Dr. Bruce Lipton, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in bridging science and spirit. Stem cell biologist, bestselling author of The Biology of Belief and recipient of the 2009 Goi Peace Award, he has been a guest speaker on hundreds of TV and radio shows, as well as keynote presenter for national and international conferences.
The Wim Hof Method is a combination of meditation, breathing exercises, and exposure to cold that can help you regulate your stress levels.
A phrase Nicole uttered in class one morning during the early days of lockdown 2020, Jimmy McNicholas wrote a song called “And Then There’s This.” Listen on his SoundCloud page.
A true spiritual scientist. Jill Bolte Taylor's TED talk is a true inspiration.
Check out her book; My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey
Annie Borgenicht who has offered Feldenkrais workshops at our studio is currently offering Feldenkrais classes on line.
Classes are on a donation basis.
Please contact Annie at email@example.com.
She will send you times and links.
Private Sessions are also available on Zoom.
One of my all time favorite TED talks by Elizabeth Gilbert.
A very eloquent way to describe the creative genius.
This is a Youtube practice with the teacher I took my training with, Beryl Bender Birch. This is a modified version of the Primary series 1.5 hrs. Take your inner teacher with you and start out well hydrated.
She also offers daily meditations on her face book page.
Beth Rennig Has a wonderful Meditation on Youtube.
In addition to this guided meditation, she is offering phone sessions and distance Reiki sessions.
During these difficult times, she's adjusting payment to a sliding scale basis. Healing is vital and is to be accessible to everyone!
When your brain won't stop the thinking game this may help. There are many sleep meditation apps and Youtube videos out there. Here's one of my favorites by Kim Carmen Walsh.
Go Placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
By Max Ehrmann © 1927
"Universe, Put me in the places you want me to be⠀ With the people you want me to be with⠀ Doing the things you want me to do⠀ Thank you for the joys and challenges of my life.⠀ Amen.⠀ Sat Nam. ⠀ Namaste".
Tommy Rosen is the founder and host of the Recovery 2.0: Beyond Addiction Online Conference Series.
I’m here to share a secret;
I am not who I’ve always been,
The world that lies outstretched before me,
Is not the only one I’ve seen,
I’ve traveled on the tails of comets,
I’ve burned up in the hearts of stars,
I’ve been spat out of supernovas,
That left me scattered near and far,
I have dined in distant galaxies,
And taught the birds to sing,
I’ve danced for a whole lifetime,
Upon Saturn’s dusty rings,
I’ve been here for long enough,
To learn what makes the willow weep,
I’ve sung celestial lullabies,
That sent the moon to sleep,
I’ve been both the flowing water,
And the stone that blocks its way,
I’ve been frozen, I’ve been molten,
And I’ll be again someday,
Though I’ve been a billion things,
This is the first one that can smile,
I’m pieces of the universe,
Living as human for a while.
“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”