Tuesday, March 3, 2015


"The knowledge is there within us.  We have only to think about the advice we have for others and then have the humility to see if we're following it ourselves."   - Jinny Ditzler

This quote is from one of my favorite books, Your Best Year Yet.
If you are looking for a good basic self-help guide, this book is excellent.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Worth the Pursuit

I had a new student today.  I asked if he had done yoga at any time.......he was hesitant, and then he said yes, but to be honest it was not a good experience.  I was brave, I asked what had happened......and he told me.  The teacher was young, limber as a slippery snake and unkind........I took a deep breath.....and apologized for his bad experience.   I hear the story too often.....teachers who have taken this incredible mind body science and turned it into some sort of competitive sport for the young, thin and limber......no wonder people are afraid of yoga.

I explained to him the structure of my class, I promised him he would never find judgement in my class room, that he would do only what his body allowed........we went through class.  After class when he walked out the door his views on yoga were changed.  He left happy, knowing there was much more to yoga than what he had experienced before.

So often when I tell someone I meet that I am a yoga teacher......I see the fear or even contempt in their eyes.....I hear the words, I'm not limber, I'm too fat, I'm too old, I am sick.  Yoga can be experienced by anyone, even someone who is bed-ridden.  Much like so many things in our society, the media has made it such a one dimension "trend" ( which by the way is several thousand years old)......that sadly
many do not see its real value.   To be honest, I have had a few students through the years who only wanted yoga for an exercise program, a quick fix, easy weight loss regime.......they didn't take many classes from me.....and that's ok.......they will find their way, or maybe not.

If you have had a bad experience in a yoga class, I am sorry......please try again, try a different teacher, a different place.  Be honest about your limitations, your ability and what you want.  Understand that yoga is a practice, a life time path with great rewards.......it is something that you can do when you are young and continue your whole life in some shape or form.  It is worth the pursuit.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March 1

March 1.......rainy, but still some bits of snow around

March 1.......many birthdays this month of friends and family, mine as well

March 1.....spring, the season makes an appearance

March 1......time springs forward in a few days

March 1.....Alabama tornado season starts today

March 1......soon there will be daffodils and forsythia and tiny purple violets

March 1.....though I was born in the spring, it is not my favorite season

March 1.....beware the Ides of March

March 1......St. Patrick's Day, always corned beef, colcannon,   Irish soda bread and the wearing of the green

March 1.....tonight, three deer came to our bird feeders and ate dinner

March 1......sometime in the next few days a different type of treatment starts for me, prayers that I leave the meningitis behind

March 1.....the best thing about March, sandals and white jeans, fresh young peas, new potatoes and grilled salmon

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Seize the Moment

The last day of February 2015........two months gone and it seems as if I have just taken a breath since December 31, 2014.  Seize the moment has become my mantra.....I find myself whispering  it over and over.  Days filled with snow and laughter and beauty and winter's peace.....seize the moment.
Stress over silly day to day stuff like a month old fridge quitting......seize the moment.  Two friends losing their moms suddenly in the span of two weeks.....seize the moment.

No matter how good or how bad I feel......seize the moment.  Hugs from great nephews today growing as I type these words.....seize the moment.  Weekly hello/goodbyes to students at work....seize the moment.  Seize the moment.....it's gone in the blink of an eye, in the exhalation of a breath.
Tell friends and family you love them......seize the moment.

On this Saturday night, the 28 of February........seize  the moment.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Stars and Space

I loved Star Trek......the original tv show......and Mr. Spock was my favorite.  I always thought he was science with a heart.  I was a part of that generation who thought space travel would be possible in my life time......that somewhere in those billions of stars, there would be other planets and universes with life.  A part of me thought that maybe, just maybe, someday......I would travel through space, from star to star.

Tonight I say goodbye to a childhood hero.
RIP Spock.....thanks for teaching  me there was logic and possibilities......have fun in the stars.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

More Snow Pictures

Taz wanted her picture in the snow........last of the snow pics I promise......

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Snow Dance

Finally.......just to prove that snow dancing works!  Right now there is about four inches, and it is still snowing.......Happy Dance, Snow Dance