“Lila”: The Spirit of Play

   During yoga and Nia yesterday, we were reflecting upon the way in which, when kids play, they become totally immersed in whatever it is they are doing . . . They live fully in the moment.  My friend, Patricia, just sent me this photo of a group of women on Cannon Beach celebrating the 50th birthday of one of them.  A good reminder that we can play at whatever age!  In a world that often distracts us, we can bring “lila,” or play into our lives by fully saying “yes” to the moment we find ourselves in . . .  Another way to take yoga off the mat, or dance out of the studio,  and into life!

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!