Finding Your Quiet Place

IMG_1162Let’s face it . . . We all need a break sometimes.  We need moment to step back, gain some perspective, recognize that we are more than the thoughts and emotions we are having in the immediate moment.  We need a moment to realize that we are more than the physical pain, the grief, the fear, or the illness we are experiencing.  It’s no wonder that, within the traditional path of yoga, four of it’s eight limbs are dedicated to learning to quiet and focus our minds.  In yoga, it’s sometimes called “cultivating the witness.”  We use our breath, our ability to focus and concentrate, our posture, and our intention to become familiar with that part of ourselves that can “witness” our thoughts, feelings, even our discomfort.  We initially learn to recognize, and then gradually to be at home with, this witnessing part of ourselves.  Once found, the witnessing place within us can be a powerful reminder that we are more than the sum of our immediate strong feelings, thoughts, story-lines, physical pain, even illness.  Cultivation of the witness within ourselves empowers us to make choices where before we felt victim to circumstances and situations beyond our control.  We meet the witness as a loving, non-judgmental place within ourselves.  Spending time in this witnessing place creates a sense of sanctuary and peace.

We begin learning this process early on in yoga practice, and then we integrate it into our asana practice.  Once we are able to consistently find it in yoga, it has the benefit of expanding outward into the rest of our lives.

Threshold Moments

 

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!