The sudden calm before the moving storm

I didn’t quite realize how hectic my life had gotten until suddenly the 3 most time consuming aspects of my life ceased. After four years, my last day of work at TFAll was last week. After four months of school sessions, mentor meetings, buddy meetings, required yoga classes, homework and self study – I’m aContinue reading “The sudden calm before the moving storm”

Yoga, yoga, yoga, work, Brooklyn life, yoga, yoga, yoga

Between yoga teacher training, work, our upcoming move to CA and personal life – I’ve forgotten to post. Here’s what my April looked like in pictures. The hubby and I visited the Rubin Museum to view their Bodies in Balance exhibit. It was cool to see ancient Tibetan charkra maps and prayer beads made outContinue reading “Yoga, yoga, yoga, work, Brooklyn life, yoga, yoga, yoga”

21 mudras for meditation

My 21 days of mudras challenge has ended. I’ve learned a lot of new and useful mudras. Also I’ve truly embraced the value  and application of daily meditation for the first time. Below is breakdown of all 21 mudras (alphabetical order). What’s your favorite/”go to” mudra? Mudras are symbolic hand gestures used in meditation, religious ceremonies, dance, sculpture,Continue reading “21 mudras for meditation”

Finding the best yoga mat: a review on different brands and uses

Over the last year I’ve purchased 3 yoga mats for travel, yoga studio and home practice. All have their positives and negative….in the end, I only love one of the mats. Here’s my review below….. Best overall (5/5 stars) Jade Yoga’s Harmony Professional Yoga Mat Thickness: 3/16″,  Length: 68″, Weight: ~ 4 lbs. Price: $69.95 OpenContinue reading “Finding the best yoga mat: a review on different brands and uses”

Did yoga, running or both strain my sartorius muscle?

Over the last 4 months, I’ve gone from running tons and yoga only 2x a week to yoga everyday and running sporadically. Now that the Baha’i Fast is over, winter is fading and racing season is starting it’s time to log those miles. EXCEPT, I think I’ve injured/strained my sartorius muscle. During a 3 mile runContinue reading “Did yoga, running or both strain my sartorius muscle?”

21 days of mudras and meditation (Hakini, Anjali and Lotus Mudra)

I signed up for my first Instagram challenge….. 21 days of mudras and meditation. Every day the hosts (@ireeyogi, @ladiboomyogini and @yogi_peanut) post a mudra to use during meditation. The first week we’ll meditate for 5 minutes a day, 2nd week 10 min/day and 3rd week 15 min/day. Mudras are symbolic hand gestures used in meditation, religious ceremonies, dance, sculpture, and paintings.Continue reading “21 days of mudras and meditation (Hakini, Anjali and Lotus Mudra)”

That time I cried in savasana

Saturday was the first time I have ever cried during savasana (corpse pose). I’ve heard of people having emotional experiences during asana. From a technical perspective it made sense to me how this could happen. We store a lot of stress and emotions in our bodies and this can be released during practice. Also thoughts might comeContinue reading “That time I cried in savasana”

Choosing a mantra for my 40-day discipline

Part of the course work for my yoga teacher training program is to pick a mantra and chant it 108 times a day for 40 days. True to my over-analytical brain I spent 5+ hours this week rereading sections of Thomas Ashley-Farrand’s Healing Mantras, researching and picking a mantra.  I was looking for a mantra relatedContinue reading “Choosing a mantra for my 40-day discipline”