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I am asked often what is yoga and what do you do in class. I also hear lots of comments about why folks do not do yoga. Everything from “I am not flexible at all” to “I cannot sit still that long” and my very favorite “I tried it once and I just didn’t like it”. I have lots of answers to those excuses, such as the reason you aren’t flexible is because you are not doing yoga. Also, if you can’t sit still maybe you should practice. And, finally, if you only tried it once how do you know you don’t like it…maybe try a new teacher or different style or better yet, just try it again with an open mind. But, all those responses would be somewhat sarcastic and definitely put someone on the defensive. So, I instead try to smile, nod in understanding, and offer an idea of what I love about yoga.

Today I want to speak a little to vinyasa flow yoga. As most of you know, there are so many types of yoga, and I enjoy just about any type. But, at the heart of my practice and the essence of me as a teacher is always vinyasa. Vinyasa means flow or moving from posture to posture linking the breath to movement in a harmony that quiets the mind, relaxes the body, and heals the soul. To me vinyasa is like a moving meditation that gets me out of the thoughts and chatter of my mind and into the moment so that I can experience each pose and each sensation in my body in a very focused and aware way.

Now, it isn’t like this every class and it most certainly didn’t start out this way. It took time for me to become comfortable with the postures and the names of the postures. It took time and a level of trusting my teachers to attempt new and challenging asana. It took time for me to accept myself and my practice as it is with no self-doubt and criticism – and those things still pop up from time to time. But, the overall lesson for me time and time again to find my flow, let go of the struggle, and move into stillness. This is hard and it takes practice, but the end result is so worth it.

So whether you are looking to find a little flexibility or trying to de-stress and be still or maybe you are just looking for something different – Try a vinyasa class – and try it more than once. It may be just the class that propels you to new ways of thinking about your health, fitness and life.

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So I am teaching a lot of yoga for athletes these days. I think there are two common misconceptions.Athletic-Recovery-Yoga-Benefits_png

1. You are not an athlete. Folks seem to think that if they are not training for an Ironman or they are not in the race for the Olympics that they are not classified as an athlete. The American English Dictionary definition of athlete is “a person who is proficient in sports and/or other forms of physical exercise”. So, by definition you are an athlete if you engage in physical exercise on a regular basis. Everyone who is active and exercises needs yoga for athletes to stretch over used muscles and strengthen weak areas.

2. Yoga for Athletes is athletic yoga. Some folks tell me they haven’t tried my yoga for athletes class because they thought it would be too advanced or too intense for them. This is the opposite of my yoga for athletes class. Now if you try out my vinyasa class you may or may not be right, but yoga for athletes is totally different. It is intended, and I repeat, to stretch over used, tight muscles and strengthen weak and injury-vulnerable areas. The class many times a little flow or movement to heat the body. We work standing postures and core work to strengthen. Finally, we spend a great deal of time on deep stretch, meditation and relaxation. Just the compliment to an exercise heavy or training heavy lifestyle.

So, yoga, do it! Even if you are an athlete. Even if you are not flexible – especially if you are not flexible! Here is a link to great article detailing why yoga was so great for this athletes life. I will follow up with more info on yoga for athletes.

Namaste’ and happy exercising!!

So, like most people this time of year, my family is feeling under the weather.  One week the oldest has a headache, then the youngest has a runny nose, and before you know it my husband and I are coughing, achy and fatigued.  I guess it is the curse of having little ones running around your house.  The blessings of children more than make up for the aches and pains though!

So, while it is perfectly okay and sometimes completely necessary to run to the doctor for an antibiotic or to grab a dose of NyQuil to catch some sleep, here are some tips and “yoga tricks” to try this season if you are feeling not so great.

Headache and sinus congestion

Take an ace bandage and wrap it tightly around your forehead.  You can even wrap it so it covers your eyes if you have a really severe headache.  Then lie down with a few pillows or a bolster supporting your body at an angle.  Place the bottoms of your feet together for Supta Baddha Konasana.  Have a rest for 5 min – 15 minutes.

Nasal Congestion

Try alternate nostril breathing or  Anuloma Viloma.  This breath will not only help to clear the nasal passages, it will restore balance to the flow of prana or life energy in the body.

Fatigue from Illness

When all is said and done, you have kicked the bug that was weighing you down, but you still feel fatigued??  Try one of two things.

1.  Get a few minutes of complete, deliberate rest during the middle of your day.  Sit for meditation, do a few restorative yoga poses, or focus on your yogic breath for 5-10 min.  The meditation can be as simple as watching your thoughts and practicing letting go of each thought that enters your mind for a few minutes, and restorative yoga poses done for 3 -5 minutes can calm and heal.  A few moments of deliberate rest throughout your day will recharge your system.

2.  Do a few rounds of Sun Salutations to get you going.  This sequence of poses will invigorate your body and wake up that groggy mind.

Listen to your body and whatever technique best suits your recovery try it a few times until you feel better.

Here’s to health and happiness through the rest of the year!

Namaste’ Ya’ll!

“Let the beauty that you love be what you do.” – Rumi

I am ruminating on this one today.  I picked up Meditation from the Mat by Rolf Gates again this week.  I have read the whole book once and many of the passages several times.  It seems that wherever I open up and flip to the message seems to be just what I need to think about.  Today I flipped it open and read this quote…. “let the beauty that you love be what you do.”

It is so easy to get caught up in what we think we should do; what our relatives think we ought to be doing; what we think we need to do to match our neighbors. It is all these outside sources weighing down on our decisions that cause the difficulty in just living our life happily.  While it is hard to really dig deep and find what it is that is our life’s purpose (our dharma), it is not so hard to just wake up each day and do something we love.  Each day wake up and make a step closer to doing what it is you love.  Even if it is one minute out of the workday of the job that is stressful.  Even if it is after work when you are tired and unmotivated.  Think that is “the beauty that I love” and do something to make it happen in your life.   Rolf gates says, “Dharma is a gift from God inscribed up on the heart…[it] is what makes you you.”  We cannot deny ourselves our God-given gifts and those things that we love.  We must make our minds clear enough to see them and then move towards it.

Maybe you love your yoga practice…I know I DO!  I thought of this today while I practiced.  Our yoga practice is preparation for seeing and living our dharma.  Sometimes we are motivated by outside sources to practice – our own self-criticism of our bodies or our minds or our own need to beat what our neighbor is doing in practice today.  But, eventually the practice wears away at the self-doubt, the criticism and the competition.  It begins to prepare our bodies and our minds for living our dreams without self-doubt and criticism.  As I practiced today I remembered the passage I read from Meditations from the Mat this morning that said, “Coming to the mat, we prepare; going forth into our lives, we shine.  Our practice is an inhalation, our dharma is an exhalation.”  As I inhaled, I prepared; as I exhaled, I went deeper into the posture.  I had a really great practice today.  In turn, my day has been happier, more productive, and lighter than it has been in many days.  I see clearer what I am doing and how I can move forward not only in my practice, but my life.

“Our practice is an inhalation, our dharma is an exhalation.”  Thank you Rolf Gates for the inspiration to move forward into the week.  Happy Monday everyone!

 

Hello all!  Just a quick post to get back in the flow of things – no yoga pun intended 🙂

I have been taking what is now my annual (2nd year running) yoga teaching/blogging hiatus.  It is nice for me to have some time to step away from teaching and just practice yoga.  For these several weeks, I am never the teacher, but purely the student.  It gives me a new perspective, so that when I return to teaching, I can remember what it is like to be on the other side of the room.

This year it is a new experience also, because I am in a new town.  I have been sampling all that Wilmington has to offer on the yoga mat.  There are so many options in Wilmington for taking yoga, and I have not even hit all the spots yet.  I just wanted to speak to 3 separate experiences.

1.  Yoga at the gym

Normally, “gym rat” yoga, as it is known in many places, is not really my thing.  If you are my student, you know I like not only a physical practice, but a mental and spiritual practice  that yoga offers.  In gyms, many times it is only a physical experience and even then a very shallow one at that.  This is not always the teacher’s fault.  There are various reasons: types of students that attend, time limitations, lighting limitations, temperature in the room, noise from the rest of the gym and the list goes on.  It is hard to teach in a gym.  But, I have found a great class.  The teacher actually can control the temp of the room and she is offering the full package of yoga.  Now it still has its issues.  The lighting stinks so we basically practice in the dark and there are still “gym rats” that walk into the room in the middle of class after their run to “stretch”.  Can you believe I actually had someone sit their mat beside me about half way through class and then she proceeded to do her own warrior series while we were in savasana.  Can you say yoga etiquette??!!  The point is though the teacher does not let this throw her.  She is committed to providing a well-rounded yoga class that allows time for a physical practice as well as meditation, extended rest, chanting, and relaxation.  She is staying true to her yoga, and people are loving it.  Her class is full – in a gym – so that is a lot of people.  I always leave feeling I have gotten just what I needed that day and with a greater ease than when I came in.  She has created a little oasis of peace and relaxation in the middle of a busy gym.

2.  I visited the local hot yoga studio because they were running a special.  I preface this with I love hot yoga.  I love to sweat, and I love a physical challenge.  What I missed from this class was a connection to the teacher and to the community there.  The studio was HOT.  I was expecting this, but it was relentless heat – maybe 105 – and the humidity was crazy.  But, still that wasn’t the problem.  The studio has a set flow they teach.  They do not advertise this, and I many times tire of a set flow.    It seems to be a mix of Bikram, Baptiste, and maybe some others thrown together.  I cannot place the lineage and since the teacher has neither introduced herself to me or stays after class, I haven’t gotten a chance to ask.  But this still wasn’t my biggest problem.  My biggest problem with the studio is they do not get the whole class up together and close the class with salutation or a chant or anything.  They put you in savasana and then leave the room!  I had never experienced this before.  It left me feeling disconnected and incomplete.  I actually stayed much longer than anyone else to let myself feel settled before entering the world again.  BUT, they have a large following.  The room has been packed all 3 times I attended.  So, for some people this style of yoga must be working.

3.  Finally, I have been to local “power house yoga studio”.  By this, I mean they are the largest here by far.  They put out lots of yoga teachers through their trainings, they bring in big name yogis to teach workshops, and they have tons of classes all day long.  I have never been to a class there that I haven’t enjoyed in some way.  They have a variety of classes from restorative to hot to power vinyasa.  The teachers are always very well-trained, offer well-balanced classes, as well as meditation and relaxation.  I can tell the owner values the entire yoga experience as opposed to just a physical practice.  They have great temperatures, great lighting, cool setting, and lots of like-minded people in their community.  It creates a great vibe that makes you excited to practice and be part.  But, it is such a large community.  Crowded coming in and leaving.  People don’t seem to chat unless they have been in teacher trainings or workshops together.  The desk staff and some of the teachers introduce themselves but not always.  As a newcomer, I have not felt “accepted” into the community yet.

So, as someone who has been part of strong yoga community before, it has been hard to find the same flow and ease in Wilmington.  I am sure it takes time to make those relationships and connections.  What is interesting to me and what I wanted to share with you guys, is that the place I felt instantly at home and felt connected to my yoga, was in the very place I was expecting NOT to like.  I almost didn’t even attend any yoga classes at the gym we joined, because I fully thought I would not like it and not practice there.  Goes to show you what expectations can do to you.  If I had not tried yoga at the gym, my previous experiences and my stereotype of “gym yoga” would have prevented me from finding an awesome teacher and my best experience yet.  Lesson learned to lower my expectations and try things with a beginner’s mind.  I think that is a good, fresh perspective for living in a new town.  I should know this.  Yoga has taught me this time and time again.

What do you think about expectations?  Do they hold you back from something great?  Do they prevent you from finding happiness and fulfillment?  Or, maybe you think they help you and guide you in some way.  Maybe your experience has been different than mine.   Let me know your thoughts…

To start…here are some links to articles that have been in the yoga community lately.  If you do not have an understanding of the controversy/conversation, then you may want to skim or read these articles before reading my blog this time.

CNN

Huffington Post

New York Times

The conversation I want to have today really centers around what is good yoga and what is quality yoga instruction and how can we replicate it many times over.  I say that you cannot.  No one can develop a training manual, teach a group of students, and create a set of standards that will make a good yoga instructor.  Good yoga instruction does not come from knowing correct alignment.  Good yoga instruction is not being able to recite Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras forward and backward.  Good yoga instruction is not being able to demo every arm balance of yoga and calling ques from full lotus.  All of these things are good things for a yoga instructor know, be able to do, and be part of a practice, but it does not make you “good”.  Good yoga instruction comes from a teacher who authentically, mindfully, and truthfully teaches the philosophy of yoga as it relates to his or her students; guides the asana from a safe and effective point of view; and, encourages the student to find awareness and depth in their own practice.  This can not be taught, but is developed over time with consistent practice and self exploration.

There are thousands of different ways to approach yoga – different schools of yoga, different lineages of teachers, different styles.  We all connect to yoga in different ways.  I teach lots of atheletes.  For them, starting a yoga practice is sometimes easier in a power yoga setting because it mimics what their body is use to in their sport.  They feel an adrenaline rush, they get a little sweaty, they challenge themselves.  This makes starting the journey into yoga feel a little safer.  Once fully comfortable with the physical practice the mental and emotional depth the practice of yoga brings is then able to emerge.  I was much this way.  As a young yogi, I started in a hot class because my stiff, atheletic body felt better there.  I then found that the power moves made me feel accomplished like the way athletics had.  As my practice grew, I found my way to balance:  enjoying the gentler side of yoga at times, using restorative yoga for recovery, and learning that meditation helped me train just as much as the physical practices.  This was MY process.  This is how I fully found MY yoga.  I then became a teacher so that I could share that with others.

Other people do not have the connection to their physical body the way athletes do.  The arm balances and chaturangas are intimidating.  They approach yoga from the subtler side of the practice.  Exploring pranayama and meditation first with gentle yogic moves to awaken the body.  But, over time these people start to connect to their bodies in new ways.  I have a student now that I teach privately.  She started a yoga practice after not “working out” in over 10 years.  We started with lots of mediation, breathing, and restorative/gentle poses.  Over time this work has allowed to her find her “power”.  She is feeling stronger, balanced, and confident.  In this approach, yoga still found balance, but the path was a little different.  Neither one better or worse; neither one needing to be judged.

In the end, yoga is about union.  It is the joining of the physical body to mental clarity and ultimately spiritual awakening.  We cannot judge the path by which a person gets there.  As a yoga teacher, we can only be a facilitator of the process.  As a teacher it is our ethical responsibility to know what we are teaching and to teach what we know effectively.  We need to give our students the tools they need to succeed.  We need to live our yoga and be shining examples to the students in our life.  We need to speak truthfully with intention to never do harm.  Through moderation and balance in our practice and the ever-present act of self-study, we can know how to offer quality yoga to our students.  Practicing contentment will let us know as teachers that the students we have on any given day are just enough and exactly who we are supposed to be teaching.  And, with a pure heart, zeal for all of life, and a surrendering to the vast power the universe holds, we can approach our practice and our teaching humbly.  This is what makes good teachers.  This is why yoga can change your life and those around you.

If you are teacher, stay on your path and be confident in who you are and what you have to offer.  Seek out teachers that foster the innate abilities you already have and who will help to enhance your teaching.  Keep learning and growing everyday.  It will  happen for you – one day you wake up to teach and realize you have settled into what is authentically you and all is right with the world.

If you are a student looking for a teacher, it is an option to look to see if they have their 200 or 500 hour credentials.  But, that will not make a good teacher.  If fact, some amazing teachers do not have Yoga Alliance credentials.  But, that is a start.  Then it is trial and error process.  Go take from a variety of teachers in different styles.  Be mindful of your level of experience and ability and never do anything that doesn’t feel right in your body.  This will keep you safe from injury.  Find a teacher that speaks to you on multiple levels:  the physical practice seems to be the right speed for you, mentally and emotionally you “click”, and the spiritual tones to the class are in line with your beliefs.  But, be open to new ideas and ways of looking at the world and yourself.  If you go to class with an open mind, you will find the right teacher.  It is said, “when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”

Don’t get me wrong teacher trainings and workshops are still great.  They are essential part of the process.  They just are not all of the process.  And, as I will discuss later this week, I think that the qualities mentioned above can be fostered in teachers before we need more regulations on the profession of yoga.

So, for what it is worth…this is my two cents on the conversations floating around in the yoga world right now.  There are a couple more facets to this argument I will explore later this week.  Then I’ll get back on board with my ramblings of yoga philosophy and my life 🙂

Namaste’

Many people may think that since we yoga teachers sit in the front of the room spouting phrases like, “be present”, “listen to your body”, and “know your limits and go there”, that we must have the most healthy mind – body connection known to man.  The TRUTH is that we are living the same practice we are encouraging you to live.  So while it is easy for me to repeat these phrases and write about yogic philosophy, the everyday application is just as hard for me.

The past few weeks I have struggled with a pain in my lower leg.  I secretly kept worrying about the fact that it could possibly could be a stress fracture, which would completely ruin my plans of a half marathon in December.  And, even though I secretly suspected a possibility of this injury, I still continued to run.  I knew that if I did have a stress fracture that continuing to train was the worst thing for my body. I knew that should slow down, but I didn’t.  I continued to run and took solace in the fact that I was also doing other recovery methods, such as ice baths, yoga, and manual therapy on the pain site. 

But, it continued to nag me, and I knew I should take a break.  Finally, I gave in and postponed off longer runs during the week.  I took a really honest look at my body and what it was feeling like.  I realized that I was over-pronating my ankles which I knew could lead to some stretching of the inner tissue of my lower leg.  I also took inventory of when and how much it hurt at different times.  With this new self-awareness, I set out on a long run on Sunday.  I was continuously present in my running; noticing how my stride felt, where my foot falls landed, and even how my breathing related to my posture and stride.  The run turned out to be fantastic, and I am happy to say that I am pretty sure I do NOT have a stress fracture.  YAY!

What I do have is a body that needs a little rest and recovery.  I have a body that needs a strength building week.  I had been so linearly minded in my goal for December, I had ignored all the things I knew about how a strong and recovered body makes a better runner.  I have decided to take this week off from running and dig deep into some strengthening practices of yoga that will not only stabilize my legs and hips, but also aid in flexibility for what I hope will be stronger body by the weekend.

This is how is my yoga and running and really life in general collide all the time.  If I take the time to get honest with myself (sayta) and evaluate what is going in my body and life (svadyaya), I can usually find the middle ground (brahmacharya) that brings balance and contentment (santosa) to my body and mind.

This week try to see if you can’t pick something in your life that seems slightly off-balance.  Maybe it is a physical pain in the body or maybe it is imbalance in a relationship or emotion.  Apply the principles of yoga to it.  Stay present.  Ask yourself what is out of balance.  Be truthful.  Find contentment with what is real.  See if some of these things do not help you to find the balance to heal.  Then let us know how it helped you!! 

Namaste’

This past week was a BUSY one!  I subbed 3 yoga classes and taught 2 of my own.  I prepared for Halloween for my kids.  I had a playdate for my oldest son, and I did a mommy and me class with my youngest son.  We attended soccer games together, had family dinners, dropped off and picked up from school, cleaned house, did laundry, got some mileage in on the road running, and got in my own yoga practice each day with an additional 2 hour yoga class in studio.

I loved every minute of it.  Why does it seem when you are the busiest, you get the most done?  It is crazy to me that some weeks our schedule is very light and open, and it is those weeks that my house is the messiest and no one has anything to wear.  So, maybe it is focus; maybe it is drive; it doesn’t really matter.  It is life.  Sometimes we are busy.  Sometimes we are efficient.  Sometimes we just need to rest.  I don’t really feel the need to analyze it anymore.  Yoga can brought this attitude of noticing the circumstances (i.e. the sensations or the fluctuations of the mind) and realizing that they are what they are.  They are the sensations. They are the thoughts of the mind. They are the circumstances we find ourselves in right now.  But, they are NOT who I am.  I am that which feels the sensation.  I am the thinker of the thoughts.  I am doer of the tasks in my life.  I am.  This way all “the stuff” no longer defines you.  It is just the stuff.  It is what you have to do now, but the success, failure, or degree of completion becomes irrelevant to how positive you feel about yourself.

In yoga class this past week, I continued to teach rooting in practice to plant seeds for growth in the future.  I emphasized the thoughts of “hugging the line that holds”.  When we “root down” in principle and are grounded in reality, we are able to find that authentic core being inside and live a outwardedly shining life from that light. 

“I hug the line that holds me that otherwise breaks me into two.

I embrace the lighted core like the rind of orange holds together parting segments.

The juice of life’s inner love drips down and melts me into subtle awareness.”

Eliza Lynn Tobin

This week’s challenge pose:  After seated meditation and/or pranayama, do Standing Hand to Big Toe for 1 min on each side.  Feel the rooting from your legs and the hugging into your center line or core that allows the expansion in your body.  Have a lovely week!!  Namaste’

In thinking of my season of change this week, I have made certain steps to let go of things that are no longer working in my life.  I have tried to nurture and develop some of the things that seem to bring positive change to my life and that of my family right now.  It has been insightful and beneficial to our lives so far.  I began thinking about all of this while I planned my 4 Week Fall Yoga Series.  I wanted to create a class series that allowed time to think about growth.  To think about what things we need to shed in fall and plant seeds for growth in the new year.  I had the class structure, sequencing, asanas, meditations, etc picked and thought out pretty much.  But, as luck would have it, a couple of days before the series started, I found a painting at a store.  The painting was a beautiful deep, burnt red (very ‘fallish”) with a sketched person doing Vrksasana (Tree Pose).  When looking closer it had a BEAUTIFUL poem written artfully through the painting.  It was exactly what I wanted to teach to my students!  It is amazing how life provides exactly what you need when you are present, aware and ready to receive.  Here are the words that I will be meditating on, teaching, and living this fall:

I hug the line that holds me that otherwise breaks me into two.

I embrace the lighted core like the rind of an orange holds together parting segments.

The juice of life’s inner love drips down and melts me into subtle awareness.

My feet flex and fold into the ground below me to find the pulpy, soft and sweet.

I’m a planted seed of solidity.  In this boundary of a body.  Ever pulsing.

I pull inward to move outward.

Gathering from the ground.

Growing to the sun.

I strengthen shoot-legs downward.

I lengthen branch arms up.

I am rooting, rooting, rooting and rising back out.

-Eliza Lynn Tobin

Challenge:  This week read these words and then do tree pose two min on each side each day.  See what happens to your “balance”.  Let me know how it goes!!

So, this past week I did not write very much due to a full schedule that I was not used to.  I subbed a few classes for Susan McMurry of One Love Yoga that meet at Lotus Living Arts Center.  I am so grateful to have had this opportunity…great people, great class, great energy!  I also had the opportunity to be in a yoga video for Yoga Vibes with Kelley Gardener of The Bindu.  Also a fabulous opportunity to be in the presence of some great yogis and be exposed to this process.  I can’t wait to see myself on film…well maybe not :).  Included in the rest of my week was 2 hour advanced yoga class on Monday, deep stretch yoga on Wednesday, a long run on Thursday, and a walk with family and friends on Friday.

In addition to this full week, Tuesday I finished up my series on Yoga and Running at Gotta Yoga University.  These folks were amazing.  They dedicated 5 of their Tuesday nights to come sweat it out with us.  Some reaching out to try running for the first time and others trying to make a commitment to yoga to maintain the health of their bodies while running.  Either way we had a great time together, and it is so inspiring to see people step out of their box and try new things or push themselves to places they never thought they would be.   Many of these folks decided to participate in the Susan G. Komen Run for a Cure 5K with us on Saturday.  Somewhere close to 20,000 people came together to raise money for a CURE!  The energy was fabulous to say the least and many of us got a PR (including me…26:47…YAY!).  Some completed their first race.  So uplifting!

And, if the energy of my week wasn’t vibrant enough, I then took a Kundalini Inspired class with Dolly Staveros today.  Dolly is my teacher.  She has inspired me in so many ways and set me on my course to being the yoga teacher I am today.  I try to take a class with her whenever I can, which is harder now that she lives in Bend, Oregon!  But, the class was amazing.  Kundalini yoga is a type of yoga that tries to move energy through the chakras to release blockages and shadows that may be weighing the body and mind down.  In a typical class, you move and breath in rhythm, doing many of the same moves over and over to release these blockages and encourage the energy to rise.  There is also an element of devotion, lots of pranayama and meditation.  It was a heart pumping, sweat inducing, mood increasing, 80’s rockin’ time (she played 80’s music the whole time)! 

So this past week was a whirlwind of obligations, work, and jumping from activity to activity.  But, the various activities I had intertwined kept my energy and motivation moving towards a positive place.  I feel great this evening.  This is proof that dedication to a practice and to your health is important.  It is what keeps our energy levels up, our bodies healthy, and our minds clear and focused.  I am looking forward to the week ahead of a new running and yoga series, some deep stretch yoga classes, and some great runs with great friends.  Sometimes things are just simple…stay active, surround yourself with good people, be happy!

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Jessica Hagler King

"Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own." -- Nikos Kazantzakis
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. -Theodore Roosevelt