DIY Home Retreat Pt. 2 – Mind

Namaste yogis,
Here’s Part 2 of my DIY Home Yoga Retreat Series, tailored specifically to calm the mind and put you in ease and awareness of your mental functions.
If you put Part 1 to practice, you may notice some similarities in this week’s schedule. While it may seem counterintuitive to help the mind by moving the body and eating well, it was no mystery to the ancient Yogis that our minds and bodies are innately connected. What we do physically will affect our psychology, and vice versa.
This week’s retreat will emphasize HOW we do the things we do- as this shines light on the quality of our mental health.
It is said that the quality of your thoughts will shape the quality of your life.
Today, as you engage with your mind on a more intimate level, be present to observe your thoughts. Notice when you feel challenged and when you flow with ease. Notice when you become distracted. Notice when you’re “in it”. Notice all of these things with the intention of just noticing. Write it down as you go, and take time to reflect afterwards in order to implement the changes you wish to see made. Remember that it’s hard to know how the paint will dry when it’s still wet…
Whether you follow the program exactly, or just use this information as a guide to create your own path to successful health, I hope you find this newsletter both useful and inspiring.
Because each of our needs are a little different, the following schedule will be structured around the phases of your day, rather than by an exact time-table. Do your best to wake up early and take the entire day to nurture yourself- as if you were at a secluded resort with nowhere else to be. If any of the following recommendations do not suit you, then kindly skip over them, and do what you need. Remember this is YOUR time to relax, rejuvenate, revitalize and heal your mind.
Happy Retreating!!

The Space Between….

The Space Between
It doesn’t seem that long ago, that I graduated from college. My four scholarship-funded years at Colorado State University were transforming and as I packed up to move to California, I felt as if I had arrived. Or so I thought.
I recently returned from the East Coast after moving my youngest child into his freshman dorm. At the same time, my 22-year old daughter graduated and moved back home. She got her dream job along with 10-12 hour work days . Both my kids had arrived. Or so they thought.
It took me many years and chapters in my life, to learn that there is no point in life at which I am Done. Of which I have Arrived. There’s no great accomplishment, that won’t be followed by the next great goal, the next great dream. It’s a flowing cycle of beginning and ending, exploring and discovering. I’ve tried to teach my children what my asana practice has taught me, the time spent moving between the poses is just as important as the time spent in the pose. You should embrace both times: the celebratory days of your accomplishments when you’re at the top of the mountain, the messy, character building days when you want to throw in the towel as well as the space and time in between. Along the way, you get to work, rest and play because you can’t wait until you are Done…..
So, to all of us who are experiencing a transitory time in our lives, remember we get to have both, savor both. Enjoy the ebb and flow of the celebratory times, the messy times and the space in-between.