Power Lunch Anyone?

It’s nearly 11 am and it’s still super foggy and drizzling outside… but I’ve got a good idea to beat a case of the dreary Thursdays : spend your lunch break with me today. I’ll be teaching the next 4 Thursdays in a row at The Yoga Room… We’ve playfully decided to call the class Hour of Power, and it’ll be just that. 60 minutes of get your sweat on, purify your chi, and rock your asana. It won’t be Slow Flow, and it won’t be Dynamic Flow – it’ll be something in between. There won’t be a dharma talk, meditation, or a savasana – you can do that at home (or at Sunday Sadhana), just good old fashion asana. The bump and grind of good music, heated ujjai breathing, you and your mat. Get in, get down, get out.

$15 drop-in, $50 for all 4 Thursdays.

~Om,
Bliss

The Places In Between

Monday, March 12, 2012
Nantucket, MA.

The Places In-Between; A Slow Flow Vinyasa Master Class with Caitlin Marcoux

 Dear Tribe, I’m excited to announce I will be teaching a special class at Yoga On Union in New Bedford, MA. on Saturday April 15th.

about the workshop:

Come explore the in-between places; the moments that happen as your asana evolves. This Slow Flow workshop will be a mixed level, down-tempo, vinyasa based class open to ANY student with a desire to take their practice deeper. Lunar in nature, this Slow Flow practice will focus on linking hip-opening and heart-opening postures with Chandra Namaskar (Suyra Namaskar C) and other lyrical vinyasas. The flow of the class as well as individual vinyasas will be meticulously decelerated so that a deeper technical understanding of the postures can be explored and greater attention can be paid to the psychosomatic experience therein.

For a Slow Flow sneak peak check out the video below. Many thanks to the two special yoginis: my sister Ariel Marcoux and dear friend Patricia Dolloff, for their participation.
Their practice brings me great joy.

Om shanti, om 
~Bliss

Vesica Intensive Yoga with David Regelin

June 8th, 9th and 10th @ The Hayloft, Bartlett’s Farm


About The Vesica Practice

The Vesica Practice is an evolutionary thread of postures supported by form oriented instruction. The goal of the practice is to develop skill, technique, and a functional understanding of the potential that yoga has to reform, and ultimately transform oneself. Skill is defined as the mental capacity to make distinctions, more so than physical ability. Technique is the application of said skill. A functional practice is one that is relevant and supportive as one passes through the thresholds of their life. The Vesica practice can be modified to be fluid and dynamic, as well as still, informative, and organic. Each segment of the weekend will be different. David’s weekend workshops will be broken down into the following segments. Please keep in mind that while each class can be taken al la carte, with David’s style of teaching all classes relate to and build upon one another, and are best taken as a cohesive whole.

About David

“I have been practicing yoga for ten years. Through practice and observation, patterns have emerged. The function of yoga as I see it now is quite different from when my practice began. As my experience of yoga continues to evolve and reveal, I have learned not to underestimate its potential, depth, and complexity. I keep a finger on the pulse of my personal practice, and of those to whom I teach, to ensure its potency, sustainability, and relevancy.

As my practice has matured, the dynamic has shifted from simply working hard, to working efficiently, methodically, architecturally, and imaginatively. For this reason I have changed the name of my yoga from “multi-intenso” to “Vesica Practice”.

The name “Vesica practice” is a play on the Vesica Pisces. An almond shape formed when two circles of equal diameter intersect at their center points, The Vesica pisces is the womb within which all geometric shapes and patterns develop. It brings forth shapes from the archetypal world of ideal geometry and was used functionally and symbolically in the construction of doors or portals between mundane and spiritual places. This shape occurs throughout the human body, nature, ancient art, architecture, religion, and of course yoga postures.”

this is David teaching @ Wanderlust in 2011

Workshop Schedule:

Friday, June 8th (6-8pm) Matter and PatternA well rounded series of postures linked together at a moderate pace. This class will describe and how forms (of the body) interact, inform and conform to one another. Students can learn to reshape their material (bodies) by applying the postural patterns of yoga. $40

Saturday, June 9th (9-11am) Polarity and LeverageA series of postures linked together at a moderate/exhilarating pace. This class will help develop a skillful imagination that utilizes simple geometry that can be applied to a dynamic Vinyasa or Ashtanga style practice. Surya Namaskar variations and hand balances will be related to seated and standing postures. $40

Saturday, June 9th (2-5pm) Form & Function: This class will work with a pose by pose format so that the individual parts can be accurately related to the whole. This class will give students a practical understanding of how the body is designed to fold and unfold, and how to adjust their poses based on natural and organic human form.. rather than brand of yoga.  Emphasis will be on the reformative potential of seated postures. $60

Sunday, June 10th (9-11am) Integrity & Inspiration: This class will work with a pose by pose format so that the individual parts can be accurately related to the whole. The focus will be on building a sustainable and well integrated back bending practice by relating the individual arches of the body to the whole arch of a back bend.  Class will end with inspirational respiration techniques…. Pranayama! $40

*discounted tuition for entire weekend: $155*

Register Now

Accommodation:

Students visiting Nantucket for David’s workshop should book their lodging with the Nesbitt Inn, where they will receive a 20% discount by mentioning The Yoga Room.

The Nesbitt Inn features a variety of accommodations from Single, Double, Twin and King rooms with shared baths (sink in room) to large Queens with private baths.

The Studio, a newer accommodation in back, features a Queen Bed, Kitchenette and Private Bath. The Inn also has two units in the Carriage House each equipped with a living room, kitchen, bath, bedroom, backyard and deck. Outdoor grills are also available.

The front porch, a favorite feature of the Inn, is a prized location for leisure, reading, laughing, people watching, and sipping wine. The innkeepers, Joanne and Steve Marcoux, will welcome you cordially and make sure you have an unforgettable stay.

VIDEO FOOTAGE:

 

MORNING PRACTICE.

The Multi-Intenso Practice.

The Daily Meditation

Saturday, February 18th, 2012
Nantucket, MA.
 

Let’s be honest. Yoga, like life, is a practice, and I am far from practicing either perfectly. I’ll be the first to admit that I have rediculously high expectations for myself, and I’m really good at beating myself up when I fall short. I want to be able to do things, most things, (okay, everything) well, if not specatularly well. And when I don’t, which I won’t, because I can’t, I get frustrated and discouraged. And believe me, I know that as a yoga teacher this isn’t exactly politically correct to admit. I’m not supposed to be goal-oriented or ego-driven. In fact, I’m supposed to be non-judgmental, patient and compassionate with everyone, including myself. I’m accepting and understanding of everything, and I embrace all sentient living creatures with equal amounts of love. But let’s be real for a moment? It’s just not that easy.

As yogis and yoginis we hope to practice the yamas (non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, moderation and non-hoarding) and live a life full of mindfulness, and compassion. It is a noble aspiration be as mindful of our first breath as our the last, and all the breaths we take in between. For most of us, there will be breaths that will stack up as hugely alert (focused pranayam, the first breath drawn after a 90 second hold beneath the waves, an exhale which crowns a baby’s head, a gasp taken in horror or ecstasy, or the last sigh before the soul leaves the body). Others, here and there, are simply stolen from the atmosphere on autopilot, our attention diverted to the many other things swirling around in our minds. When we practice mindfullness we try to be  aware of as many breaths as possible.

Whether it’s adhering to a schedule of daily asana and/or meditation, taking my 2 year-old to the beach, or finding time to fold and put away 3 loads of laundry, one of the things that gets in my way is my desire to  do it all. Things, sometimes many, fall by the wayside-because that’s what happens with life, and  I often feel disappointed I when I don’t accomplish more. I feel bad when I don’t make time to study, and worse when I haven’t had an opportunity to reflect on my spiritual path. And I think that because I am a yoga teacher, there are times I feel an additional pressure, to navigate through my life with fundamentalist’s fever. I either berate myself when my mindfulness slips and slides: when I say something judgmental about someone, get angry at my partner, feel enraged when someone hurts my feelings, or yell at my child. Real yoga teachers don’t loose their patience with their off-spring, do they? Well, yes – actually… they do. I’ve asked around. We do. And I’m going to be honest with you: I do too.

If I don’t punish myself for being a “better yogi”, I might find myself pushing back against the practice with a rebelliousness that harkens to my angry, jaded and nihilistic 20’s: So I passed a judgment, I might say to myself, so what…everybody else does. I lost my temper; um, well he did yesterday…and so on. But this response is childish, and no less toxic that the aforementioned self-flagellation. So I remind myself, as I’m doing here, in print, that letting up on myself is the better option, and every day presents us with yet another opportunity to recommit to the path of mindfulness.

The truth is, I make mistakes. We all do. And maybe you haven’t, but I’m going to venture a guess that you’ve probably lied at some point, such as I have. I’ve stolen. I’ve acted out of jealousy, and anger. I’ve been competitive in my asana practice and envious of other teachers and students. I am extremely insecure from time to time, and especially depending on where I am in my cycle I can be emotionally unpredictable and even volatile. I don’t floss my teeth every night, and I haven’t used a neti in months. I once lost my patience with my late husband, who was dying of cancer, and asked me for a glass of water at the end of a very trying day. I yelled at him. He was dying. Did I mention he was dying? He forgave me, because he hadn’t an ounce of anger, resentment or judgement left in his body those last few weeks, he was already moving into a more enlightened state of consciousness. I didn’t forgive myself for years.

I got there, eventually, because I finally accepted that I couldn’t carry that kind of pain around with me and be the kind of person I want to be. I knew that at the time, (27 and on the brink of losing someone I was very much in love with) I did the very best I was capable of. There are other things I haven’t accepted yet, and travesties I haven’t forgiven yet but maybe, with time, and practice, I’ll get there too.

I might not, at this point in my life, be able to take a month-long retreat to India, or Bali, or some other exotic spiritual destination, nor can I bow out of my parenting responsibilities and instead bow to the feet of a guru, or keep my every thought focused on devotional intentions – and actually, if I’m honest – I don’t want to. But I can work here, within the context of my pretty awesome life, and practice meaningfully within the scope of my relationships. I can be a yoga teacher, and a yoga student. A mother and a lover.Shiva and  Shakti. I can practice patients with my son. I can practice thoughtfulness with my partner. And I can practice engaging with the people in and around me with compassion and love. My practice will not be perfect. But I am committed to being the best possible me I can possibly be.

My partner recently told me that he wasn’t interested in being in a relationship with someone content to settle for less. It’s a good thing I’m not either.

Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.
~Bliss
 
 

yoga. yoga. yoga.

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
Nantucket, MA.
 

Round Two: FEBRUARY Specialty Classes

Dear Tribe,

I’m super excited to announce that I’ll be running a second installment of Strong Girls: Yoga 4 Teens. Of course, I love teaching all my classes, but this one has become, by far, my favorite yoga class to teach each week. The next session of this class – strictly for pre-teen and teen girls will begin Monday, February 13th and will run for 4 consecutive Mondays from 3-4:00 p.m. Strong Girls Yoga focuses on building body awareness, self-esteem, core strength, agility and above all else CONFIDENCE.

Pre-registration and payment in full is required to secure a spot. Class is limited to 15 students to ensure individual hands-on instruction. Students do not need to have attended the first section of Strong Girls, and class is open to students with a broad rage of physical fitness. Please e-mail me with additional questions.

In addition to my regularly scheduled classes at The Yoga Room, I’m pleased to be offering 3 more specialty yoga classes this month at the Nantucket Fitness Studio: Core Yoga, Yoga for Triathletes, Athletes & Warriors and ROGA: Real Ryding & Yoga, which I co-teach with the awesome powerhouse Lisa Wisentaner – proprietor of the Nantucket Cycling + Fitness Studios.

I hope you can join us for any one of these 3 dynamic reincarnations of traditional yoga, or find me on the mat and at one of my 4 weekly Yoga Room classes.

Light & Love

~Caitlin

Beginner’s Core Yoga: This Sunday

Thursday, January 12, 2012
Nantucket, MA.

Nantucket Fitness Studio, here comes Yoga

Introducing new students to all that yoga has to offer can be electrifying. But to be completely honest, it can also be a little overwhelming – at least for me. Intermediate & advanced students are easy students: they’re already hooked. You don’t have to “sell” them anything, or urge them to have faith (at least not on a regular basis) that the yoga is “working”. They already know, just by the way they feel, that the practice is having profound effects on their lives. That’s why they’re back, week after week, class after class. But the newbies… they don’t know yet. And in fact, if they’re anything like I was, they’re probably a little bit skeptical.

I was the worst skeptic of all: As a yoga woman I was anti-new age, anti-“spiritual”, even anti-lavender. In college I chopped off all my long blonde locks, and dyed my new pixie cut black, wore nothing but wife-beaters and donned a pair of 16-hole Doc Martins. I was an Enya-knocking, breeder-bashing, militant feminist atheist.  So it’s super ironic  that I’ve ended up a home birthing, baby-wearing vegetarian massage therapist, yoga teaching Mom. And while I’m covered in tattoos and I still wear biker boots and a blade in my back pocket, you might say I’ve embraced my softer side.

It might be the yoga. Shhh…. don’t tell anyone.

Anyway, this Sunday, I’ll be back in the studio teaching beginners; a responsibility I feel 3 parts excited by and 1 part anxious about. Excited because introducing people to yoga, all of them:  the would-be skeptics and the Self-Helpers alike, is just that: exciting. For some, it’ll be a whole new world, and for me, it’ll be a whole new opportunity to serve. Anxious because it’s just not easy. Without a doubt, new students arrive to class with certain expectations. And though it’s not for me to meet them or not, it’s always a practice for me  to be okay with myself, and with yoga, when it’s seems class is falling short. I have to remind myself that yoga is not necessarily going to resonate with everyone as powerfully as it resonated with me. And even I had to get out of my own way before I could allow it to full take hold.

So if you’re reading this, and planning on coming to class (this Sunday the 15th from 11:30-12:30 at The Nantucket Fitness Studio), try to come with an open mind. You can rest assured that you will get your internal fires lit, and your heart rate up. We’ll do a little centering,  a lot of core, some stretching and even some reflection. I’ll talk to you in English, not Sanskrit (that will come later) and do my best to make things approachable and applicable. An hour’s not a lot of time… you’ll have to come back for more. 😉

Love,
~Bliss
 
at the time this was written Beginner’s Core Yoga at the Nantucket Fitness Studio was full. There is a wait list, but I expect we will be able to accommodate additional students – so please visit our website, and put yourself on the List. If the wait list is full, please be sure to sign up for the next Beginner’s Core class Sunday the 29th. 

All I want for my birthday

…is to celebrate with my yoga tribe. Please join me for a lighthearted, blissy vinyasa practice this Sunday, the 4th of December, at The Yoga Room from 9-10:45 a.m.  I’ll be turning 35, and hoping for at least that many hugs and kisses.

Om.

~Bliss

Strolling into Christmas

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
Nantucket, MA.
60 Day Yoga Challenge Day 50
October’s Practice Record via YogaGlo

It’s hard for me to believe but true: as of today, I am ten days away from finishing my 60 Day Yoga Challenge. 50 days of yoga in a row have done a number of things to not only for my body, but also for my soul. Without a doubt, I’m stronger and more flexible. I’m holding handstands with more easy and for longer and longer periods of time, and I can melt into hanumanasana (full split) without so much as warming up. But more importantly, or perhaps more interestingly, I am happier. This is not to say that I’m sweet and cheery all the time, or easy to live with, or even nice 24/7 – but I’d like to think I’m a little softer.

If there is evidence to be had, I can look to my son. The playtime we share is full of even more goofy smiles, the hugs and kisses he gives me are even more plentiful, and silly laughter fills our living room most afternoons and evenings. The calm that feels more accessible to me now, has been regularly reflected back to me via my son. It’s pretty amazing.

You mean there really could be something to all this talk about the benefits of yoga? 

Yes. Yes, it’s true. I can now honestly attest to all the things I have been touting for years- my regular yoga practice makes me a better person, a better mother, a better lover, a better partner, and a better friend. Need more proof? I guess we could ask Burr…but you know, he’s a private kind of guy, so he may not want to publicly weigh in.

This week’s practices on the road included one 30-minute self-practice outside the B6 gate in Logan Airport, 3 classes as The Bindu in Lake Norman, North Carolina, one class at Yoga One, in Charlotte,  one YogaGlo class with Elena Brower I did in the middle of my boyfriend’s sister’s house in Davidson, and one self-practice I did in their upstairs “Bonus Room” to a video I made of my own Sunday Sadhana class at TYR last February (um, it was hard. I give my students a lot of credit).

B6 Loganasana

The Bindu is a very pretty studio, who’s owner Kelley Gardner is a certified Anusara Yoga Instructor. Kelley offers a heart-guided and alignment driven practice, which feels to me, very typical of an Anusara practice. Yoga One on the other hand is a Baron Baptiste affiliated, Hot yoga studio. To put it nicely, let’s just say that the teacher who led the practice was about as far away as one could get from the seasoned and attentive Ms. Gardner at The Bindu as possible.

November’s YogaGlo Practice Tracker

Oh, and just quickly…

On the personal and familial front, I would like to say a big thank you to the Heiser and Keible families for all their hospitality over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Though it was difficult at times for me to focus on what was in front of my face, rather than the pangs of Griffin-sickness, I really enjoyed my time with my partner’s family, and felt truly welcomed into all their various homes and hearts.

And while it’s safe to assume I won’t be rushing out to play Mini-Golf again any time soon, it’s true what Burr said: if I had not played, I wouldn’t have been able to come in last. 😉 Nor would I have gotten the chance to add the Mini-Golf Natarajasana photograph below to my  “Where in the Natarajasana” Facebook album. Now wouldn’t that have been a missed opportunity!

 

Golfasana

As we prepare for the unique experience that is the Christmas Stroll on Nantucket, I would like to encourage as many of you to keep up with your regular yoga practice as possible. We had record turn out of students in class the week leading up to Thanksgiving… let’s keep building the amazing connectedness that is our local sangha. Christmas time presents us with many challenges but just as many opportunities for growth, connection and gratitude. Act from the heart. Stay true to your Self. And remember to breathe.

Oh, and BTW, my 35th Birthday is this Sunday the 4th of December. All I want, besides a sexy new black Manduka Yoga Mat 😉 is to practice yoga with my tribe. Please join me in celebrating during my regularly scheduled Sunday Sadhana class at the Yoga Room. The flow will be mixed level, open to all looking to smile, hoping to play. Please don’t be mad if I play a few loud rock tunes.

Finally, I’d like to close by saying how extremely grateful I am for this:

The nearly matching, but certainly unique enough, luggage and complementary Timbuktu messenger bags… to say nothing of the yummieness carting them around the airport. Dear man with the bags, I love you.

In other not as self-absorbed news, here are my up-coming subs

Eager to get your vinyasa on? I’m subbing a lot over the next month, so if you’re on Nantucket for any part of December, please stop by the Yoga Room, and check out the ever-changing holiday class schedule. As far as I know, I am currently subbing the following classes:

Thursday morning December 1st for Bettina @ 8:15 – 9:35 a.m.

Thursday evening December 1st for Susan @ 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Thursday evening December 22nd for Susan @ 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Saturday morning Christmas Eve for Clay @ 8:15 – 9:35 a.m.

Monday morning December 26th for Clay @ 8:15 – 9:35 a.m.

Tuesday morning December 27th for Susan @ 9:00-10:25 a.m.

*Gift Certificates for classes are available at The Yoga Room, and I have some pretty gift certificates available for massage. Check out the winter massage specials I’m offering at Nantucket Massage Therapy here.

Love, Light & Vegetarian Blessings,

~Bliss

don’t be a loser. practice ahimsa

Tuesday. November 15, 2011
Nantucket, MA.
Challenge Day 35
Yama, yama, yama

So in last night’s class we began a discussion of the 5 principle Yamas, or moral precepts, which act to guide us on our various public and personal paths. Each one is pretty basic, and yet deserving of it’s own discussion individually. Just in case you haven’t heard of them before, (and seriously why would you unless this was already your thing) – I’ll list them here:

1. Ahimsa (अहिंसा): non-violence

2. Satya (सत्य): truth in word and thought.

3. Asteya(अस्तेय): non-stealing

4. Brahmacharya (ब्रह्मचर्य): the practice of moderation, or control of the senses

5. Aparigraha (अपरिग्रह): non-possessives, non-hoarding

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The Yamas aren’t radical ideas, in fact they’re quite simplistic. (Don’t we all want to be truthful?) But in reality, the yamas can be down right challenging. Hello Sneaky White Lies! Hasn’t everyone stollen something at least once? (The first time for me was a pack of gum from the A&P when I was 5). And haven’t we all woken up hung over once or twice (or in my case, regularly on the weekends throughout my 20s).

But once we get on our yogic paths, and start to see the practice as something bigger than just the asanas, the yamas become the fabric of our lives, and bind us together with their healing support. Dude, the Yamas rock. If you haven’t checked them out, Thanksgiving, is the perfect time to get on the yamic good foot.

Last night in class we talked about Ahimsa, non-violence. Tonight we’ll explore my personal favorite, Satya. I passed out some yamawork (homework) at the end of class, and tonight I’ll do the same. If you can’t make it to class, but are interested in participating the assignment is below. I’ll be teaching a FREE, let me repeat that, FREE Thanksgiving class this Saturday at The Yoga Room from 5-6:15 give or take a few minutes…

Your Assignment, should you choose to embrace it:

Please choose one of the yamas and write a short example of how you have been able to  authentically think about and practice that yama in your personal life- either on or off the mat. In return for humoring me with this assignment, I will offer a FREE community yoga class, celebrating Thanksgiving and centered on these themes Saturday, November 19th from 5-6:15 p.m. Please bring your homework to class.

BTW, watch Loser… it’s a powerful reminder of why we should all practice Ahimsa, and make sure we teach our children to too.

If you can’t join us for class on Saturday, you might consider reading this to get you in the Holiday mood.  I found it on Elephant Journal this morning, I’ll probably read from it in class.

Namaste,
~Bliss

handstand vs. parenting, or maybe both

 
Thursday, November 10th, 2011
60 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 30
Nantucket, MA.
 

So this is it Tribe; the half-way marker in my first ever attempt at doing anything for 60 days in a row. And I’ve done it. Not to toot my own horn- I’m going to anyway – but this feels like something worth mentioning. If you haven’t been following my very public attempt at yogic commitment, or haven’t read any of my previous posts about the 60 Day Challenge, all you need to know is this: I have been, up until recently, a complete and utter commitment-phoebe.

To put it plainly I have at times suffered from wanderlust, career dissatisfaction, long-term relationship fears, and geographic restlessness. Before finding massage therapy and teaching yoga, I was a dancer, exterior house painter, fishmonger, stylist’s assistant, studio manager, photo researcher, magazine photo editor, hostess, retail goddess and personal assistant. I have never been involved in a relationship that has lasted longer than the one I shared with my college sweetheart – and that was only lasted 3 years. But more to the point; I have never done anything consistently for 30 days, let alone 60. I’m not even sure I could honestly say I’ve flossed my teeth every day for 60 days in a row- though I consistently make the effort to do so. So this, my friends, is a big, big deal.

The cool thing is, though the point was to develop a more “disciplined” or “devoted” practice, I have actually accomplished a reverence for all the other little things that take up my time in between my asanas and meditations. Because the 20 minutes a day I’ve been consistently setting aside for the challenge has been so central, every other moment around the 20 has become that much more important. Time itself has become more valuable: time with my son, time with my partner, time with my teachers and students, and even all the insignificant moments of my daily life- now more significant. Instead of rushing through things to get them done, I now pause, and enjoy them all so much more – washing my face and brushing my teeth feels like a more like a ritual of self-care. The down moments stolen on the couch with Burr feel more potent and meaningful in fostering good bonding and a healthy relationship. Filling up the VW has morphed into an opportunity to smile at the guy with the pump in his hand, perhaps making his day (and mine) a little brighter Maybe most importantly -this challenge has helped me embrace Motherhood like I’ve never embraced it before. The time I spend with my son, Griffin (who is quickly approaching 2), has now become utterly priceless.

The practice of cultivating self-awareness that has been the point of all this daily meditation and/or asana, has facilitated a much deeper awareness of my practice as a parent – an amazing side effect I hadn’t anticipated at all. It was only a few months ago I felt like my life was a series of responsibilities linked in a forever repeating loop of daily tasks: wake up, heat the bottle, put the kettle on, change the baby, make the breakfast, pack the backpack and lunch, drop off the baby at daycare, go to work, pick up the baby, facilitate a nap, bathe the baby, make dinner, put the baby down, attempt to sleep until at least 5:30 or 6, repeat. And all that noise all the older mothers and grandmothers I know who kept repeating that mantra of “enjoy this time while you have it, he’ll never be a baby again.. ” yeah well, blah blah blah – didn’t they know how hard I was working just to get through my day ? How could I possibly have the patience to enjoy it. “They grow up so fast”  they’d say to me… Good, I’d think.

Ah, Om….

But seriously, of course I love my son. I love him more than anything in the entire world. And now I feel so grateful to yoga – again– for giving me the tools I need to honor my special little boy, and to be the best mother I can possibly be.

So to those of you who might feel like spending 20 minutes (or more, or less) on yourselves is selfish, or wasteful – to you I say this: cultivating a practice, whatever it may be; yoga, walking the dog, sitting in meditation, exercise, taking a bath, whatever, for the sake of cultivating self-love and self-acceptance is probably the most rewarding commitment you can make. Your whole family will reap the benefits of your practice.

In closing tonight, I’d like to extend some Thank Yous:

To my ex-husband Paul, for loving our son, especially when physically I am elsewhere.

To the powerful yogini-goddesses I studied and connected with this week: Elena, Shiva and Schyler (what a way to top off a month of practice).

To my teacher and mentor, Shannah, for her on-going support and love.

A big big thank-you to my partner, Burr, whos work in NYC made our trip this week a reality. For his on-going encouragement of my yogic journey, my teaching and not so pretty ventures deep into myself. And above all else for his patience. I am far, far, far from the perfect partner (see commitment-phoebia above), and prone to giving up… So far, he has not given up on me.

And to my son Griffin – who has made me a much better person, living in a much richer world. I love you Griffin, more than I could possibly tell you.

Jai, jai, jai yogis!

~Bliss