All posts tagged: mind

Imaginary Tea Party

In my memory, a significant part of my childhood was spent in imaginary play.  From a quick review of photographs, I spent a lot of time in a leotard with a tutu.  I was either dressing for the job I wanted or I just liked the fancy feeling that comes along with wearing anything tulle.  Since it is also itchy, my guess is that I REALLY wanted to be a ballerina.  I also liked to have tea parties.  This week, for bibliotherapy Friday (if you read my blog regularly, you will soon realize that there is never just one day of the week to enjoy book therapy), I’d like to invoke both my imagination and the spirit of planning parties I will likely never host.  Will you be my guest?  Better yet, I highly recommend checking out these cookbooks and planning your own imaginary feast. The ultimate tea party cake is most definitely the Coconut Princess Birthday Cake with Almond Filling, a 3-layer cake that looks like something I’d LOVE for you to bring over …

Wanting Mind

Love Letter Thursday 5.16.13 Pittsburgh, PA On this Thursday, I send you some ideas on the wanting mind.  Rooted in desire, the wanting mind is constantly evaluating what we like, don’t like, wish for and don’t wish for.  Although the world keeps changing right underneath our feet, we grasp with the wanting mind and hope (expect?) that somehow we can set the circumstances in place that will allow things to be “just so” and for as long as possible.  This is, exactly, the idea behind the love note itself.  Or is it? In Phillip Moffitt’s book, Emotional Chaos to Clarity (which, by the way, I can’t recommend highly enough), he explores the difference between expectation and possibility.  And, I argue that, based on his explanation of the difference between the two, a love note is exciting because it is filled with possibility rather than expectation.  Sure, you don’t expect to open my little note on Thursday and find something mean spirited, but the reason why you look forward to these notes is because anything is …

I Hope You Dance

Yoga Matrika now offers two very unique classes that are not traditional yoga or, at least, different from what you might expect from a yoga class.  In my discussions with some students in the community recently I have heard comments that reflect some fear of trying these different classes and the fear seems to be based entirely on the names of the classes.  These classes both have some dance terms in their names and it seems as though the idea of dance is terrifying for many adults.  It seems to me that it might be helpful to think about what yoga is and put these “dance” classes within the context of traditional yoga philosophy. At first glance, or perhaps even after some deeper consideration, classes with names like “Yoga Dance” and “Yoga Booty Ballet” may not seem like real yoga classes.  Yoga is sitting around on the floor chanting Om or doing downward facing dog or back bends or sun salutations—-right?  So, what is the relationship between dance and movment that is not asana-based and …

Keep Your Unkind Words to Yourself

Walk silently. I read this today on a sign indicating appropriate behavior while in the hallway at my son’s elementary school.  When I read it the first time, it made sense to me.  I’m sure that I was trained in the same way and have probably seen this message infinite times in my own elementary school and other institutional experiences and beyond.  But, the more I looked at the sign, the less I was sure of what it meant. In my experience, this means, don’t make noise when you walk in the hall.  But, how do I know this?  Walk silently actually means something very different depending on the context. There are other messages on other signs.  One of those messages is that students should “Keep their unkind words to themselves.”  Again, upon initial reading, I immediately knew what this meant.  It means that I shouldn’t call anyone a Poopy Head, you know, at least to their face.  But, again, the more I saw this message, the less I was sure of what this really …

What is Restorative Yoga?

Restorative yoga is a practice that brings the energy of the body into balance, releases deeply held tension and calms the nervous system.  In this yoga practice, there are gentle movements, breathing exercises and physical poses that are held for five-minutes or longer with the support of blankets, pillows and other props.  These longer held poses allow the body to release into the pose with support so there is no physical strain or effort.  In this way, the practitioner receives the full benefit of the pose without creating any additional stress in the body or on the nervous system. This type of practice is counter-intuitive to adults who have come to think that more effort, more work, more sweat and more pain means more and better results.  One of the greatest challenges of restorative yoga is accepting the fact that doing less brings the most significant transformation in the body and mind.  This is not a gentle, wimpy or easy practice!  Restorative yoga is a gentle unfolding of the damage we do to our bodies …

The McRib is Back

Nestled in between some of the most idiotic political advertisements I have ever seen was a clean and simple advertising campaign from the Mc family of restaurants announcing the “great news” that the McRib was back.  Seriously?  Did anyone miss the McRib?  Obviously, someone did. For me, the idiotic campaigns of both politicians and this questionably edible treat are both a clear sign that it is time for everyone to do more yoga.  Doing yoga provides us with a clear connection to our deepest intelligence and relieves us of fear and anxiety about the future.  Over time, grounding ourselves in the present moment, with a deep connection to what is most true for ourselves and to our universal nature through breath and mindful movement prevents us from attachment to the forms of suffering that are implicated in these advertisements. These advertisements indicate to me that these politicians and corporations are appealing to an un-centered population, one that is filled with desires, angers and fears that they can not even name.  Or, perhaps, even more dangerous, …

Intuitive Health: Yoga for your Spirit

Kari Samuels will be leading a series of workshops titled Intuitive Health at Yoga Matrika in October and November. Intuitive Health: Balancing your Body, Mind and Spirit We are all born with an intuitive awareness that guides us, protects us, and helps us make purposeful decisions.  Through subtle messages from our body and our circumstances, our inner guidance communicates with us, leaading us towards our natural state of joy, vitality, and self-esteem.  This fun, interactive class offers tools for transforming your life form the inside out.  You will learn how to increase your positive energy, reclaim your power, and start living the prosperous healthy life you deserve. October 21: Listening to your Body’s Wisdom Every day you are receiving messages from your body that guide you towards your personal truth.  In this workshop, you will learn now to listen to those subtle messages, so you can make empowering choices for your body and your life. October 28: Mapping Your Inner Landscape In this dynamic interactive class, you will explore your sacred architecture–the seven major energy …