Well it’s January 31st today. How is your resolution going? Going strong? Hit or miss? Unresolved? Resolution, what’s that? Whatever state you are in, it’s ok.
Take a moment to reflect on your resolution, if you made one, and take stock. Perhaps your resolution needs some tweaking. Making changes can be a challenging endeavor often laid low by trying to make too many changes at once. Some insight from the Yoga Sutras may be of assistance.
In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali wastes no time and comes right out and says it:
अथ योगानुशासनम् ॥१॥
We get a lot of messages from a lot of sources about who we’re supposed to be; we hear it from family, significant others, friends, employers, society at large, highfalutin' yoga instructors, etc. It can be a lot of expectations to live up to. Now don’t get me wrong, we all have responsibilities and things we must do, so please do not neglect your responsibilities. Perform your duties as only you can, not as anyone else, nor what anyone else, expects you to be. In the Baghadvad Gita, Lord Krishna tells Arjuna that it is preferable to perform one's own duty imperfectly than another’s duty...more
"We’re all just walking each other home." - Ram Dass
Where is home? Ask my favorite front man and he’d say “[it] is where I want to be." Home is where we start, and it’s where we return to. It’s an origin, a baseline.
I think about home in this sense as a state. What is the natural, default state of nature, of reality, of God? Of anything? Of you? Undisturbed, unagitated. Unmitigated joy, bliss, happiness, and unconditional accepting love. It’s just a matter of remembering this truth.
The only to stimulate the...more
If you follow us on Social Media you may have arrived here from our Wisdom Wednesday post. Our first few posts in this series were some amazingly powerful mantras. Shifting gears a bit we’ve decided to focus on some of our teachers - the faces you see on the wall as you walk up the stairs to the Shiva room. The first teacher we’ve decided to highlight is Ram Dass. You may know Ram Dass from a little book titled "Be Here Now."
The namesake of our studio, the phrase "be here now," is a great reminder to reside fully in the present moment. Through the teachings, guidance, and love of...more
Fear is such an interesting thing. I still remember the first time I saw a clown and a deep-rooted, instinctual fear took over my body. It was at a farmer's market. My mother was buying Michigan blueberries (Michiganders will understand the distinction is important). And I ran to hide behind my mother's maxi skirted legs. While I have outgrown my fear of clowns in some ways (I still hold the belief clowning is an odd life choice), the feeling I experienced on that day is as real to me sitting here typing as it was in the moment.
I was discussing the fear of different poses with a...more
Sophia Hyder Hock
I thrive on my personal pause and reflect moments. I find it so helpful to learn from actions I choose to take, whether they prove to be right or wrong. This particular moment is bittersweet as I enter my third trimester, and take a temporary break from teaching yoga on a regular basis. This post highlights why I made the decision to enroll in teacher training, how I will be taking my yoga teacher training lessons off the mat during my time off from teaching, along with my thoughts about letting go of things we find ourselves getting attached to.more
You know I found yoga in a really rough time in my life many years ago when I was feeling empty and looking for something that I wasn’t quite sure of. I was never big into the exercise aspect of it, but more so the spiritual components. In fact, I was so emphatic about it and wanted it to be so pure in its transmission that I went to India and stayed in an ashram for some time to study the sacred teachings. As soon as I arrived in India, I felt at home, I was so drawn to the mantras that were being chanted and to the statues that honor these amazing deities who reveal their identity in all...more
This past week Marco and I were able to get away to a family vacation. It was so wonderful being with all of his family and getting to know them more. I learned a lot about myself on this vacation. I recently re-read the book The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer with one of my clients. The focus of the book is about how to let go of things that bother us. The way we do that is by allowing things to pass through us. How? Well Michael says all you have to do is relax the shoulders, breathe, and remember that you are standing on a spot on...more