Mindful Muse Apprenticeship – An Inner Guide Pilgrimage – Begins September 2018!

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I am excited to announce the Mindful Muse Apprenticeship Program which begins September 2018!  Open to anyone with at least 6-months personal yoga practice.  Dharma provides personal guidance for those dedicated students wishing to inspire, challenge, and transform their personal spiritual practices while concentrating on Goddess Studies and the Divine Feminine.

Through the self-discovery tools and experiences, you will be initiated in the intentional journey to your inner guide.  You will discover your true self through yogic and mystical practices while honoring nature’s cycles through the goddess archetype.  This will be a transformative experience of direct revelation.  This process will allow you to uncover and re-discover the inner mystic that is innate within us all.

If you are interested in tapping into your highest potential for the purpose of serving your family and friends, co-workers and community, as well as the world around you, join me as I holds the space for you to explore and develop the necessary tools to begin this journey from a safe and informed place embedded in your own personal wisdom and knowing.

Topics Include
Reiki I & II Certifications *100 CEU’s (for RYTs) & Tantric (Kundalini) Yogic Practices * Developing a deep relationship with Nature * Goddess Studies & Archetypes * Magick of Ritual & Ceremony * Intuition & Psychic Development * Power of Gratitude * Dreamwork Exploration * Creating Sacred Space * Crafting of candles, herbs, incense, teas, tools, and more * Seasonal Sabbats & Ceremony * Spiritual Ethics for Practitioners and Facilitators * Developing Safe and Sacred Community * Yama & Niyama: Moral Precepts of Yoga/Union * Advanced Pranayama & Meditation Techniques * Developing a relationship with the Elements * Chakra System and Nadis Channels * Magick Mudras * Blissful Bandhas * Shamanic Journeying * Self-study through Journaling * Yoga Nidra * Shabad Guru – Traditional Mantras and Sacred Ceremonial Songs * And Much More!


Sundays 9:00am-5:00pm

2018: Sept. 23, Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 9

2019: Jan. 6, Feb. 3, Mar. 3 ,Apr. 7, May 5,  June 2, July 14, Aug. 11


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Overcoming Obstacles in Asana

professionalpix 110Pinchamayurasana – Feathered Peacock Pose.  Such a lovely sounding posture to have created such a block in my psyche when I first saw this pose being demonstrated by my teacher.  You’ve got to be kidding, right?  That’s not really a posture actually obtainable without decades of practice, is it?  “Don’t try, just do”, was the response my teacher offered… well, not in those exact words, but that’s what I heard.  So I did (try)… and did (try)… and, two years later, I DID!  But it wasn’t until after one of those moments when I totally surrendered to the notion that this posture didn’t make me any more or less of a yogi than anyone else around me.  Surrender.  Knowing that I am not this body, I am not this mind.  And allow the Divine to do its magick.

But getting up in the pose was just the first step.  As you may know, when learning inversions we will many times be close to a wall for physical (and mental) support.  Being in Pinchamayurasana ‘at the wall’ was just the beginning.  Just as is always the case in learning asana, there is always another variation or deeper position to move into from the original.

So then it became time to trust the universe, if you will, and venture out into the middle of the room without the comfort of knowing the wall was going to be there to catch me.  Part of the process of getting around the fear of falling out of the pose was… falling out of the pose.  So that became an integral part of moving through that fear.  We were instructed to come up into this vertical position and actually fall over into a variation of a backbend.  So I did it, and I lived!  Of course part of being led by a qualified teacher is that they know when you are strong enough and ready to venture this far outside of your comfort zone, and I trusted my teacher enough to give it a go.  It wasn’t long before I was able to trust myself enough to find that surrender once again and obtain my goal-asana.  I must have been a bat in a former life because I love to be upside down, and to this day ‘pincha’ is of the most comfortable, pleasant poses in my personal practice. We went through this process again a few months later as she led me through standing dropbacks into a backbend, which, once again with her guidance, I was able to do for the first time… at age 40!

Don’t try, just do.  Or try and try again… then try some more.  Practice makes perfect.  Practice perfection.

Know that I’m not just talking about the ‘perfect’ Warrior II or the ‘perfect’ meditation.  Perfection is infusing your every day – action, word and thought – with intention to reach union with God/Divinity/Great Spirit.  Sometimes this happens on our yoga mat, sometimes it happens in the kitchen making breakfast for our family, sometimes it happens behind our office desk,  in front of the art easel or playing with our children.  But it entails zeal in practice, that burning desire to commune with the Divinity within each and every moment of each and every day.

And remember:  Practice becomes firmly grounded when attended to for a long duration, without interruption and with complete devotion.  (Yoga Sutra 1:14)

hOMework:  Is there a goal in which obstacles to achieving them seem to keep popping up for you?  What kind of practice can you put into play, everyday, that will help you (maybe even by falling first) move past the fear of ‘failing’?  Don’t know where to start?  Think baby steps – is there an affirmation, mantra, prayer, or even a poem that will inspire you or get you in the right mindset to move forward?  What step will you take today?

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The Mindful Muse – A Creative Spiritual Endeavor

30943770_lIn preparation for returning from my annual mini-hiatus, I want to put in motion and share with you a new mission to stay connected with students, teachers and all of the Mindful Muses and Masters while I immerse myself in my studies and travels over the next few weeks and into the upcoming year.  This time of deep self and spiritual study is necessary for my growth in every aspect of my life, and I am blessed to have the ability to do so with the support of my family, friends and staff at the Garden.

One of my main goals throughout this coming year is to provide a cyber-temple that you can visit from your home, work or play-yard at your convenience and gather information, become inspired, ask questions and grow in your own spiritual practices and path.  A place where you can learn the tips and techniques, and build a sacred toolbox in order to facilitate the process of getting out of your head and into your life!

I will be sending out weekly postings, periodic freebies, and much more, so make sure you sign up to receive my updates via email in the right sidebar!

Until next week I invite you to share in my favorite Yoga Sutra, 1:14, which also adorns our studio wall, and a question to ponder:

Practice becomes firmly grounded when attended to for a long period of time, without break, and with complete devotion.

What will your practice be this week?  Share with me below!

Truth * Beauty * Yoga * Life

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Yoga Garden’s Live Your Yoga & Teacher Training

Whether you are interested in teaching, or simply moving deeper into your yogic practice (which was why I took my first ‘teacher training’ over a decade ago!), ask yourself if it’s time! Many of us eventually get to a point in our yogic practice and want to delve deeper… we begin to understand that there’s so much more to it than standing on our head or achieving hanumanasana! We put a “&” between Live Your Yoga ‘&’ Teacher Training for that exact reason… you don’t have to have teaching on your future agenda… but, then again, you never know what possibilities may just open up!!

Dates & Times
May 3-5, May 31-June 2, July12-14, August 2-4, September 13-15, October 4-6, November 8-10 &
December 6-8
Sessions begin Friday evenings at 6:30pm and conclude Sundays at 5:00pm – daily times may vary

Course Topics
Beginning & Advanced Sequences * Yoga Philosophy & Lifestyle * Ethical Guidelines * Styles & Types of Yoga * Karma Yoga & Selfless Service * Purification * Yama & Niyama and the 8-Limbed Path of Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutras * Detoxification * Cleansing * Mantra * Pranayama * Meditation & Concentration Techniques * Postures & Sequencing * Yoga Nidra & Relaxation * Yin Yoga * Restorative Yoga * Yogic Nutrition * Auryvedic Principles * Chakras * Business of Yoga * Teaching Circles * Continued Education Recommendations * Ancient Texts & Scriptural Studies * Yoga Therapy * Anatomy & Physiology * Adjustments & Modifications * Introduction to Prenatal * History * Student Assisting & Teaching * Developing a Daily Practice & Practice Journal * Homework and Practice Assignments

Requirements & Considerations
*Daily Asana, Pranayama & Meditation Practice (home study or in class setting)
*8 required textbooks (list will be issued upon acceptance of Application)
* Attendance at a minimum of 3 Monthly Intensives; preregistration required
*Attendance in a weekly class at Yoga Garden (minimum)
* Multiple research papers and class reviews
* Karma Yoga – 9 hours minimum Volunteer Service
* Student assisting & teaching internship towards the end of program
* 10% Off any class pass, books & retail items in boutique

Investment Options
Option 1: $2500 Paid in Full by February 1, 2013 ($250 is non-refundable/non-transferrable) with Application.
Option 2:
$500 Deposit ($250 is non-refundable/non-transferrable) with Application; and 5 payments of $520/ea due prior to each of the first 5 training weekends.
Option 3: After February 1, 2013, $2800 Paid In Full ($300 is non-refundable/non-transferrable) with Application
Option 4:
After February 1, 2013, $800 Deposit ($300 is non-refundable/non-transferrable) with Application; and 5 Payments of $500 due prior to each of the first 5 weekends


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