Tag Archives: Inspiration

Elsie’s Yoga Link Love for the Week Ending 3/7/2010

7 Mar

Remember the Goddess: advLA on Twitpic

The Wisdom of the Community

A thrilling week for me in terms of social media connection and the Anusara Kula. In Los Angeles, the shakti filled Advanced Intensive took place, and from what I have read and gleaned from the online kula, John infused it by invoking from each participants a level of commitment to the whole experience that came from a deep sacred space within each individual heart which infused both the space and the kula as a whole. My first love link gives you a bit more insight into this, written by powerful and wise teacher Christina Sell:

Sunday Morning

“John wrote a letter that was sent out to the participants outlining the protocol for the three days: He wanted everyone to treat the practice space as a temple, or mandir and observe silence while we were in the practice hall. There were some other instructions about not chatting, not leaving the room unnecessarily and he asked people if they could not perform an asana to simply stand in tadasana or sit quietly doing japa.”

You guys have got to read the whole article as she even gives us the sequences that John Friend taught through the weekend!!!!!!!!!! LOVE

Not At The Advanced Intensive in LA? 3 Ways to Align With the Kula From Far Away– This is me sharing my feelings and process of being unable to travel around easily to practice with John and the kula. Oh being a householder yogi, what a journey! Check out a bit of the lovely conversation in the comments 😀

Just discovered Bay Shakti! A blog dedicated to Anusara ™Yoga in the San Francisco area! It’s a great source of inspiration. It has awesome interviews with Anusara ™ teachers both in video and in transcription (MY FAVORITE!!!! I absolutely ♥ that they do this) Plus awesome insights by the writers.

These next 2 posts are of a series and they all have to do with John Friend himself 😀 Not to be missed!

Interview with John Friend: Founder of Anusara Yoga

Part 1

♥♥ Part 2

♥♥♥ Part 3

These next 2 posts are really fun. Do you guys know that I have a gazillion yoga asana pictures over in Flickr? They are all the pics that I use in the posts. Did you know that you can use them in your blogs if you want? All you need to do it just give me attribution (a link back to me!) In the following posts they did just that. Love them!

The Ultimate Downward Facing Dog

10 Yoga Postures Performed By Cats

Did you all know that I have another podcast? Yep. It has been a while since our last posting. It’s called Mudra Moments and it’s aimed specifically at yoga teachers, yoga teacher trainees and yoga teacher wanna bees 😉 My friend Hillary and I basically have candid conversations pertaining to the life of a yoga instructor and the realities behind being a yoga teacher. In our latest episode we have our first ‘guest’ call in! She is a Mudra Moments listener and relatively new yoga teacher. We chat all about what it means to change careers, identities or perhaps titles in your life and work. Check it out. It’s really great conversation 😀

Re-Inventing Yourself and Your Life: Actor to Yoga Teacher, Yoga Teacher To…Who Are You?

Hope you guys enjoy these!

As always these links are taken from the posts to the Elsie’s Yoga Kula Facebook Fan Page. Come join the fun 😀

Thanks to @toffernelson for the Twitpic

Not At The 2010 Anusara Advanced Intensive In LA? 3 Ways to Align with The Kula

4 Mar

In my dreams I had planned on going to the 2010 Anusara ™ Advanced Intensive in LA. The last time that I was able to gather with the kula was in February 2008 for this same event. During that Intensive I intuited that I was pregnant, and I was, 3 weeks pregnant to be exact. It has been the blessing of my daughter and new family (plus all sorts of other *cough-finances* logistics) that has kept me from traveling. The reality of my life now is that I simply cannot fly across the country to study. I can barely make it to a public yoga class in town!

And gosh darn it, it’s crazy frustrating.

I cannot say that I was not disappointed that I was unable to attend the Advanced Intensive. I also cannot say that I didn’t have feelings of jealousy and *gulp* guilt, yep, I said it, guilt, for not being able to make it. I felt within me that I had let myself down and John down. I know that there are plenty of members of the kula that travel with their babies and family and I seriously wonder “how in God’s name are they able to do that?”. These feelings of jealousy and guilt are unfounded, I know that, and of course this was an opportunity to be a ‘grown up’ and embody the teachings and so I hunkered down, looked at myself square in the Heart and addressed these feelings. And lo and behold, sweetness flowed.

3 Ways to be Anusara when Away from the Kula

Adhikara (studentship) ★ I can step wholeheartedly into my studies *again*, all my past teacher training notes, the Anusara ™ Teacher Manual, handouts that John has passed out during past workshops, etc. I have a lot of inspiration and teachings. It’s just easier to step into all of that when you have hundreds of like hearted and like minded folks blasting off energy to each other! 😉 Part of this studying is also observing the expression of the kula via social media. There are plenty of teeny bits of wisdom being tweeted and Facebooked and blogged and Twitpicd. In fact a hashtag has been created just for the Intensive #AdvLa and #AdvINT 😀

Honor ★ I can honor my kula, all my teachers that have inspired me in this path, especially John by teaching in a way that reflects the clarity and authenticity of my heart and the larger vision. I can choose to continue to always do my best and be my best in any and all circumstances. I may not be able to see my teacher face to face. I may not be able to even contact him in a way that shows him who I am as a teacher. I can continue to cultivate goodness and authenticity and enhance life. I hope that this energy may travel through time and space and perhaps tap my teacher on his shoulder 🙂  The rest of this week’s classes will be in honor of the beautiful gathering happening in the West Coast right now!

Open To Grace ★ Being the 1st principle of Anusara Yoga ™ I say this all the time. This teaching has shifted and changed for me since I began my studies 9 years ago. Now it’s about letting go of expectations, and especially any limitations that I place on myself in a different way. It’s all about softening to feel me, as a mother and the yoga that is my daily life with my daughter. I am not *just* me. I am my family as much as I am myself. Before I choose to act, before I ‘make plans’ I must soften and align with the Divine energy that is now embodied clearly in my family. If I soften I can see the abundance, if I harden and choose in disconnection, I will be disappointed and will cultivate dis-ease in my Heart. I will continue to work toward studying with John again as soon as I can, but at the same time I must stay open and ebb and flow with the currents of embodied Grace of my family.

I do believe that my longing to be near the kula and study with my teacher is not an isolated feeling that only I have. I think that there may be quite a few of you that feel the same way that I do. In what ways do you, that are unable to travel and connect with your teachers or teachings, take action with respect to this issue? In what way are you shifting yourself to make your actions exemplary?

Please share!!! Add light and it will help us all become brighter 😀

PS
These 3 things are not something you do only when the Advanced Intensive is going on 😉 *duh* But we are certainly forced to bring more meaning and more value to them when we feel disconnected 😉

Elsie’s Yoga Link Love for the Week Ending 2/28/2010

28 Feb

I’ve been throughly enjoying the new Elsie’s Yoga Kula FB Page! You guys are awesome 🙂

I decided to share with all of you some of the awesome links that have been posted to the page as way to grow the community and to stay inspired!

From now on I hope to do this little post weekly, so that we can all refer to these empowering bits of wisdom as we go through the week, and also come back to these posts as a way to remember. I know that there is plenty of inspiration for class themes to keep me going for a while!

Lovely Yogic Words of Wisdom

Anusara Yoga: Weaving the Shamrock Within (by Cat McCarthy) my favorite quote from the article:

Therefore, what is considered to be fortuitous is actually an ability to spot the breaks in the woven fabric of a quilted clover field. Perhaps there’s luck involved. But I see it as an empowering skill to see changes in patterns and shifts in perspective, so that the full spectrum of life can become favorable. This is the alchemizing foundation of the tantric philosophy of Anusara Yoga.

Being Judicious, Not Judgemental– This one was shared by one of our mighty kula members Sara Lee Cely 😀 The Web site is pretty cool. Quite inspiring.

Yoga Therapy: Yoga For Movement Disorders– Yoga Therapy is my first love and this article gives a great overview of an awesome resource for folks that have a harder time being in their bodies, whether it be because of some physical condition, disease or simple lack of every day activity. I would venture to say that the book that is mentioned in this post is fantastic for yoga beginners of all shapes and sizes.

Publishing a Podcast Episode of Elsie’s Yoga Kula 🙂 This of course is a post from my own yogic social media and consulting site. Check out what it took for me to get EYK #4 out

Stabilize the Periphery and Move From The Core” (and blogging)– This is one of my favorite blogs.

The Teachings of Money Trees– From one of my buddies from the LA Kula that I so adore. Kris Nelson is fantastically wise and deeply talented as a teacher of life (and business). Here is a bit of it:

The darkness is the past, pain, indulgence, unsacred, sacrileges, excessive, and unconscious. In our attempt to turn towards the light, the darkness is often rejected, hidden, obscured, and denied. This leads to all sorts of issues, challenges, and future pain. Like the Money Trees teach, the darkness can never be abandoned – it’s a part of life, and one half of the paradox of light, of seeking. Resolving the darkness and resting in the darkness is one side of the ladder of spiritual growth.

PREVENTION Not Treatment| Ideas of Change in America– Another addition by a virtual kula member (she’s amazing). This time sharing some much needed insight and power for change within our health industry. This is how I live my life and what I aspire for the country 🙂 Check it out!

Ask The Yogacist: But What Kind of Yoga is Right For Me?– Got some loooove from the mighty @YogaDork! Sharing the love back 😀

The Interior Liberation of Gratitude– Can I just tell you what a Rock Star Elena Brower is? Seriously. This is a must read post, plus she’s doing so many great things around the yogasphere 😀 I share a smidgen with you..you must read the whole thing!

For years I’ve taught Anusara yoga, always finding ways to express, explore and unearth the richness and relevance of these two aspects of our practice, but never explicitly felt comfortable saying the words, even though I felt their meaning and the prosperity in my body when I set my attention on them. Somehow, this job of representing an enormous fitness conglomerate has brought me so much closer to the space of my heart, and yours, and every student and teacher with whom I’ll have the honor of sharing what I’ve come to understand. And here in my heart I’ve found nothing but gratitude.

Hope you all enjoy these great inspiring yoga links 😀

And come join me in the fan page! Add your own links and share with the kula.

Have a lovely end of February!

Episode 77: Build Your Infrastructure and Love Freely, A Level 2 75 min Yoga Class

18 Feb

Upon learning about and delving into the earthquake in Haiti, and specifically the lack of infrastructure within the area where the earthquake hit, and the lack of foundation to receive help, it forced me to look at what was going on in my ‘home’, my heart, my surroundings so that I could help create clarity HERE and NOW.

Why HERE and NOW?

I donated money. In fact, how could you not? It was made so easy to give, so very easy to give. You saw how fast the human heart can open up and offer. You all experienced a sense of unity did you not? It’s amazing how open our hearts are. I have so much faith in the human race and our ability to open our hearts. I have no doubt.

Now, our ability to keep the hearts open and sensitive, to work daily to make choices that will optimize our well being and that of those around us is a different story. I can speak from personal experience as I say that I’m lazy when it comes to that stuff. I often times choose to ‘fix’ what’s broken in the house later. It’s too much of a pain now. I’ll eat healthier later. This pound of ice-cream isn’t gonna hurt me now. I’ll discipline and engage with my daughter later, she’s only 16 months old, there’s plenty of time….and on and on and on. That later, turns into years (or at minimum months). Those every day things are the infrastructure:

An underlying base or foundation especially for an organization or system.

The basic facilities, services, and installations needed for the functioning of a community or society, such as transportation and communications systems, water and power lines, and public institutions including schools, post offices, and prisons.

If we don’t tend to that, regardless of how open our hearts are, how willing we are to give, how much we want to work, the delivery of that love, support, resources will not get there easily. At least that’s how I see it. The foundation will not be set when push comes to shove. Infrastructure is not exotic, it’s not exciting, it’s very grounded, methodical, and I guess you could say boring? Our job as yogis is to make these every day choices, these mundane often boring and at times, may I say annoying tasks sacred, valuable and full of meaning. It is in those every day ways that we build our foundation, our underlying system within our household, within our relationships, within our BODIES that we create the optimal way for us to share that wealth of heart and spirit with which we are all blessed.

Build the infrastructure and Clear the path to Love

The more that we cultivate our infrastructure, the more that we will be able to share and love each other, support each other in a myriad of ways. We will be ever more effective and clear and raise ourselves and each other to a higher level of consciousness.

So, scroll below to do the yoga class (and check out the corresponding sequence) with this theme, so that you can infuse and strengthen your infrastructure in order to serve more fully!

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This week’s class is a variation of the theme that I touched on above. It’s a Level 2 Yoga Class and it was recorded on January 18th 2010 at Yoga Matrika 🙂

The Yoga Asana Sequence

Adho Mukha Svanasana

Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana

one legged downward facing dog with hips squared

SpiderMan Deep Lunge

Plank

Chattarunga

chattarunga dandasana

Salabasana with arms interlaced behind the back/Cobra

Downward Facing Dog

Uttanasana/Ardha Uttanasana x 3

uttanasanaardha uttanasana

Urdhva Hastasana

Surya Namaskar C

urdhva hastasana transition into uttanasana uttanasana ardha uttanasanaLunge with bent leg plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing dogLunge with bent leg uttanasana ardha uttanasanatransition into uttanasanaurdhva hastasanatadasana

Urdhva Hastasana variation with thumbs interlaced

Utkatasana variation with thumbs interlaced

Uttanasana/Ardha Uttanasana

uttanasanaardha uttanasana

Vinyasa

plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing dog

Vira II/Reverse Vira

warrior IIreverse warrior

Push up Vinyasa

chattarunga dandasana

Parsvakonasana

Parvakonasana with forearm on thighparsvakonasana prepParsvakonasana

Trikonasana/Trikonasana with arm over ear

trikonasana

Downward Facing Dog with knees bent into straight

dd_bent_legs

Uttanasana

Hands on hips shoulders up to Tadasana

Standing Hip Stretch x2

Standing Hip Stretch Front (shrub)Standing Hip Stretch (shrub)

Standing Baby Craddle

Garundasana

Malasana

Malasana

Uttanasana

Deep Lunge

Deep Lunge with back knee on the floor deep lunge with forearms on the floor

Ardha Bhekasana

Eka Pada Pavrita Adho Mukha Svanasana (One Legged Twisting Dowward Facing Dog)

Dhanurasana x3

Child’s Pose

Supta Padangusatasana

Knees to Chest

apanasana