Back Bends

Last week, we spent some time in the wonderful world of back bends, using the concept of lila, the sanskrit word for “play.”  Back bends open the heart as well as the spirit.  It was an amazing week, watching people finding their ways into asanas like urdhva dhanurasana, or wheel pose, who never thought they’d be there!  If you’ve ever been in a yoga class doing back bends, it also makes everyone quite giddy . . . the yoga of a good laugh is great for the spirit!  As a teacher, it was amazing to watch the difference between the attempt to “effort” into something, versus lightening up a bit, letting it be playful, and seeing where that playful immersion will take us.  Pure joy!

Be Open to Yes!

“Do or not do . . . there is no ‘try.’  Be open to yes.” -Yoda

Little did I know, when I was coming up with a name for my website, that Yoda had already beat me to it!  I love that the little green guy with the pointy ears came up with the idea first.  He’s such an iconic yogi!  My friend and teacher, Nancy Burtenshaw, speaks of being “open to yes” as the expression of yoga that we take off of the mat and into our lives.  The first principal of Nia invites us to “choose the sensation of joy,” and then to dance and be that joyful presence in the world.

As a yoga and Nia instructor residing in an area of eastern Washington/Northern Idaho we fondly call the “Palouse,” being open to yes is a way not only to practice yoga and dance, but to live.  As your teacher, we work and play together to find beautiful and creative ways that we can nurture your ability to say “Yes” to the things in your life that will enable you to live more fully and congruently.  As this website develops, I hope it will help you find encouragement, inspiration and an online community forum that will nudge you toward your own expression of “Yes.”  Please come back as content is added, including my class teaching schedule, class prices, events, and more posts.

Are you game?  Then ready, set, go!