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!

Dates

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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Deepen Your Practice with a Partner

My first venture into partner yoga was during my very first teacher training.  My teacher wanted it to be a challenge, so my 5’11” frame was in a duet with a lovely 5’2″ yogini.  It was quite the experience!  Picture this – someone I could lift off the floor with one arm partnered with someone whose legs wouldn’t lift off the floor in ‘flying walnut’.  Some of the best partner classes I’ve taught were when friends would attend together, open and ready to try something new – friends, partners, spouses, mother-daughter, father-child, patient-caregiver… I’ve seen it all, and even though the postures may not be ‘textbook’, the connections made are priceless.   Sometimes the best part is ‘falling’ out of the poses together.

David and I have been teaching this class for many years, and we always enjoy witnessing bonds growing stronger, and effective communication happening, along with those ‘experimentalists’ always coming up with something new!  My favorite teaching couple is Melissa & Jon-Erik Lido – they are not only the epitome of true yogis, but they both have such vibrant, adventurous spirits, they are a great team to learn from.  To see the difference in their stature would never lead you to believe that Melissa can certainly hold her own, and Jon-Erik as well!

The Lidos have been students and teachers of the Garden for many years, and I have known them both for even more.  They supported each other wholeheartedly as they dedicated themselves further into the yogic lifestyle by  moving through multiple teacher trainings at the Garden, and have also studied through the lineage of Dharma Mittra.  We are so fortunate to have them in our midst, and if you’re around on Sundays, come hang out with these two gems in the evenings for Beginner and Yin Yoga classes.

Working with a partner adds such a deeper level and dimension to even the ‘simplest’ of poses – think back-to-back triangles and revolved angles, side-by-side standing tree pose, yummy back-to-back stretches and twists.  Effective communication helps to maintain balance and safety, and breathing together only increases the effectiveness of tuning in with each other.  The art of moving together, providing space for each other, and chuckling when things go awry are all part of this profound practice.

P.S.  Ladies, if you’ve been trying to drag your guys to yoga class, this is a great opportunity.  Many men have been introduced to ‘yoga’ through the partner yoga route – and we promise to leave him feeling like he got a ‘workout’, making him feel strong (not just a fru-fru stretching exercise)… and making him ‘feel it’ the next day, too 😀

Join Melissa and Jon-Erik for Valentine’s Day Partner Yoga at the Garden from 1:00-2:30pm and experience Contact – the Yoga of Relationship.

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Practice Lovingkindness

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The Buddhist practice of Metta Meditation translates into the meditation for lovingkindness.  The full practice usually consists of at least 30 minutes of blissful mindfulness, but during the hustle and bustle of this time of year, we may only have a few minutes to find our center.  Please take 10 minutes out of your day to remember the reason for the season with the audio below, and expand lovingkindness out into the world around you.  There are many variations of the authentic practice, you may choose the following variation – whatever resonates with you!

May all beings be happy,
May all beings be safe and protected from all harm,
May all beings be well,
May all beings live their lives with a sense of ease.

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Taking the Next Step

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Many of us get to the point in our yoga practice where we feel a bit stagnant.  We have been practicing for months or even years.  We know there’s more to it than just the physical postures because we’ve felt it.  We may not be able to put our finger on it, but we’ve felt it in our body, we’ve felt it in our minds, and we’ve felt it in our hearts.  We have reached a point in our practice where simply going to our daily or weekly yoga class just isn’t enough.  We know there is a deeper meaning to lotus posture.  What more does that word mean that the teacher used in class today?   Bandhas – I’ve been practicing for years and just heard that word for the first time today!  How can I obtain that knowledge?  What next?

When I enrolled in my first teacher training course over a decade ago, I had absolutely NO intention on teaching.  I had two babies at the time, was a stay-at-home mom, and didn’t really revel in the idea of getting up in front of a group of people and speaking, much less teaching.  At the time, I was taking yoga class from two different teachers across town from each other.  About two years into my practice, and the day I found out that these two instructors graduated from the same teacher training, I took that as a sign.  I quickly registered for my first Maha Sadhana with Chandra Om and enrolled in her teacher training program the next day.  I was home.

If you have reached a point in your practice where even though the classroom setting feeds your body and mind, you know there are deeper meanings to the postures, breathwork and meditations that you would like to delve deeper into, maybe it is time to consider a teacher training program.  I’ve never been big on ‘labels’, and I know the words ‘teacher training’ can be intimidating, but in all of the teacher trainings and advanced teacher trainings I’ve attended and taught, anywhere between 30%-50% of the enrollees attended teacher training in order to simply go deeper into their own personal practice.  I will say that some of the best teachers I’ve had the honor to train came into teacher training just as uneasy as I originally was at the idea of teaching and only looked at their training as an enrichment to their own personal practice.  We all know those teachers who have their own dedicated personal practice in comparison to those who just want to teach for the label of ‘yoga teacher’.

So whether you want to teach in the future, or if you are simply ready to begin to excavate the True Self through The Holy Science of Yoga in your personal, spiritual practice, consider joining me and our advanced guest instructors for the next 8 months for what we’ve mindfully labeled the Live Your Yoga & Teacher Training.  (Registration deadline for the Live Your Yoga 2015 program is December 1, 2014.)

A special thanks and dedication to the teachers of whose trainings I have had the honor to attend:  Chandra Om, HarDarshan & HarBhajan Kaur Khalsa, Judith Lasater, Stephanie Keach, and Lucy Cimini.

If you want to learn a thing, read that; if you want to know a thing, write that; if you want to master a thing, teach that. -Yogi Bhajan

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Satya – Truthfulness

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When you break this universal concept of ‘truthfulness’ down, it can be done so on a few different levels. At the most ‘basic’ level, think about the communication that we seek in our daily lives, i.e., telling the truth about what we see, feel, need, and so forth. even though this is at a ‘basic’ level, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s easy. Secondly, think integrity. While driving in the car one day, a little girl asked her mommy, ‘ what’s integrity?’ the mother went on to explain that if you were at the park and several others saw a man drop a dollar bill, she would return the money to the man and that was honesty. But if no one else saw that the man had dropped the money, and she still returned it, that is integrity. Integrity is internal honesty… it’s telling the truth when no one would ever know; integrity is refusing to tell a lie for yourself or for others.

There’s another little story I’d like to share about a lady who was asked by a friend why she didn’t have a radar detector in her car. She responded by saying that if she used one, she would be sending her children a message that it is okay to break the law (lie) as long as you don’t get caught. What a model of integrity!

Lying is a form of disrespecting self or others – even think ‘little white lies’ – the next time you’re tempted to tell a lie, ask yourself to whom you are disrespecting at that moment.

Okay, so what if someone wants an opinion about a brand new dress, which you think is one of the least attractive dresses that you’ve ever seen? If you practice satya and tell her the truth, you may end up leaving ahimsa (non-harming) behind. If you find yourself in such a predicament, before speaking, ask yourself, ‘is it necessary, is it true, is it nonharming?’ You will need to weigh what is the right action in the situation.

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything. – Mark Twain

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