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Thanksgiving gratitude – breath of spirit

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Morning all. I am really lucky to be gifted with the ability to teach yoga. I’m pulsing with excitement for my 9am class. This is a morning of celebration – of our freedom as a nation and freedom of choice. I hope you have grandiose plans today. I do. I’m so lucky. You see, I usually don’t have family around. Some of that is their choice, some are too far away. So I get to choose my own family, long and short term dear and wonderful friends for holidays. I think I may be luckier than you. You have family to go to today!

And with that sometimes comes some inflated or heated family dynamics!

Well, I’m here to tell you that you had a part in that even if it was a very, very small part. And today’s the time to take ownership of that, to let it go. Let go of keeping score, the need to be right or in control, to have the last word. It’s time to remember this practice of yoga is our inspiration.

Deep breath in here. This is inspiration. To breathe is to inspire. In spiritus. The root of inspiration. To breathe in is to take in the winds of spirit into the sails of our heart. Today, when someone in the family resolves to “he said/she said” umpteen years ago, breathe.  Offer thanks for your breath that stabilizes and centers you. Then, eat some stuffing!

Yoga philosophy says we choose our biological family so that we can grow spiritually. We need to let go of certain aspects in this life to gain deeper steadiness on the path. Breathe here, full, long, deep into your heart, gain some space around the limitations that may present. Dive deeper into gratitude for all your life offers.

We give thanks today for our breath, our family, food, our very lives. Giving gratitude is not only good for your soul, it’s good for your health. Gratitude connotes vibrancy as there’re no grudges, grievances, or negative energy being encapsulated within.

Sometimes, though, I tend to only offer gratitude when things are going well. When they aren’t, I tend to forget. That’s the humanness of our being. We do this practice of yoga today to remember our truest essence, Spirit. Breathe…….

Today, I give thanks to all my students who continue to inspire me. Their willingness, bravery, tenacity, and enthusiasm for the practice on and off the mat are truly inspirational. I will share with others the blessings each of them bestow upon me.

Om, shanti, shanti, shant.

Happy Thanksgiving.





Gratitude and Abundance

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

I’m borrowing the deeply felt and poetic expressions of my friend, Joyce, owner of Earth Heart Yoga Studio ( to share thoughts of gratitude and abundance. Joyce Kendall thumbnail

This week of Thanksgiving and gratitude is a time we come together to join in lunges, laughter and light.

Yoga is a welcome reprieve from the day-to-day demands, responsibilities and limitations. It’s a time of a few gentle and not-so-gentle glimpses into the place beyond what we believe to be our limit.

Yoga is the palpable presence of the flow of grace in each and every moment.

A nice deep breath.

The millisecond of balance that makes us smile inside and out.

The undeniable inner warmth that we feel when we are a part of something life enhancing. (more…)

Yogabyte from the Vineyard

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

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From Jane Norton’s November Inspirations Newsletter: Wherever you are, right now, try fully breathing in abundance and slowly breathing out gratitude, for five full breaths. Create spaciousness and sensitivity inside so your appreciation for the blessings in your life can rise to the forefront of your awareness. (more…)