Category Archives: Gratitude

#FeatureFriday: J. Brown Yoga Talks

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New to the blog this week is #FeatureFriday, a chance for me to share that which inspires me in some way.

This week, I’d like to share J. Brown’s Yoga Talks podcasts and blog. J. Brown came to my intention early in my teaching career, when I felt somehow out of the loop with my gentle style of teaching and was searching for like-minded individuals.  Searching for “gentle yoga” led me to J.’s website. His motto, “gentle is the new advanced,” thrilled me. Here was a more experienced teacher in a major market (he was based in New York at the time), who shared many of the same philosophies on yoga. His blog is always thoughtful and thought-provoking and his podcasts feature some of the most well-respected senior teachers in yoga like Erich Schiffmann, Judith Hanson Lasater, and Richard Miller. You should give him a listen. Even if you don’t agree with everything he has to say, you will likely learn a lot about the history and philosophy of yoga.

In peace & light,

Debra

#ThoughtfulThursday: Favorite Quotes

PhotoGrid_1532527032930I don’t always use quotes in my classes but sometimes my sequences and class themes are informed by different inspirational quotes. Here are a few of my favorites.

  • “Upon waking, let you first thought be, ‘Thank you’.” – Abraham Hicks
  • “If you seek peace, be still. If you seek wisdom, be silent. If you seek love, be yourself.” – Becca Lee
  • “Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled and riled by the endless stresses and struggles of life.”  B.K.S. Iyengar
  • “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” – Buddha
  • “Live with a peaceful heart; cultivate a warrior’s spirit.” – Dan Millman
  • “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “A long deep breath is the equivalent of a full stop and the key to centering.” – Eric Maisel
  • “Life is a gift, not to possess, but to share.” – Henri Nouwen
  • “I am grateful for all that I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.” – Henry David Thoreau
  • “At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” – Lao Tzu
  • “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela
  • “Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “By cultivating attitudes of friendliness toward happiness, compassion toward suffering, delight toward virtue, and equanimity toward vice, thoughts become purified, and the obstacles to self-knowledge are lessened.” – Patanjali

Namaste,

Debra

National Gratitude Month

textgram_1511104004.pngNational Gratitude Month continues:

13. All colors, especially purple;

14. Changing leaves.

15. My body and what it can do;

16. Clean water;

17. Clean air;

18. Green grass;

19. Chocolate;

Watch for more to come.

Debra

 

National Gratitude Month

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National Gratitude Month continues, as does my list of what I’m grateful for.

I’m grateful for:

8. The cool side of the pillow;

9. Yoga;

10. Sunrises;

11. Sunsets;

12. Clouds

Thanks for reading,

Debra

National Gratitude Month

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November is National Gratitude Month. We can be thankful for both the big and little things in life. Nothing is unimportant if it inspires you and warms your heart.

Yesterday, I made a list of 30 things I am grateful for — one for each day of the month. Here’s the list to today’s date, in no particular order.

I am grateful for:

  1. Coffee;
  2. My furry family – past and present – and the joy they bring me every day;
  3. My family, especially my mom and brother, who always have my back;
  4. The kind of good friends who know your secrets and love you anyway (looking at you, Melissa and Davo!);
  5. Huck;
  6. Warm blankets on cool evenings; and
  7. Fuzzy slippers.

In gratitude,

Debra

 

Thank You Thursday

13256193_888593681266985_8730935961390385525_nThank You Thursday was inspired by motivational speaker Jon Gordon. It is meant to be a day to practice thankfulness for people in your life and expressing gratitude to others. Whenever you think about it today, take a moment to pause and think about the things in life you are grateful for and ways that you can make someone else’s day brighter, even with just a smile.

Thank you for reading,

Debra

 

 

The Grass Is Always Browner on the Other Side of the Fence Day

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You may be familiar with the expression, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” The saying points out that we are often envious of what others have — or at least what we think they have. Perceptions are not always reality, especially when social media allows people to put forth the best version of their lives rather than the total picture. “The grass is always greener…” is a reminder to work at not being envious of others.

The Grass Is Always Browner on the Other Side of the Fence Day takes the idea a step further. On this day, we should try to stop comparison with others altogether and practice svadhyaya, or self-study. Today is a great day to see ourselves clearly and be content with who and where we are. Let today be about gratitude and contentment.

Here are some tips to celebrate:

Gratefully yours,

Debra

Madly in Love with Me Day

textgram_1486958591.pngIt seems like the whole month of February is filled with hearts and chocolates and flowers… or at least the ads for them. While I’m not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day, I do like the idea of celebrating love. Celebrating our love of others is fine as long as we don’t get attached to the idea that we have to have someone outside ourselves to love or that we are only worthy of love if we have a significant other in our lives.

Madly in Love with Me Day is celebrated annually on February 13 and was established by self-help guru Christine Arylo, author of “Madly In Love With ME, The Daring Adventure To Becoming Your Own Best Friend”. The philosophy behind her message, which is targeted to women but can apply more broadly to anyone in society, is that we cannot truly love others without loving ourselves fully. This is true, too, of compassion, gratitude, and joy — the sources of all of these is within each of us and resides in the true Self. Yoga can help us tune in to the true Self.

Remind yourself whenever you need to today that you can love yourself.

xoxo,

Debra

National Thank Your Mentor Day

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January is National Mentor Month and today is National Thank Your Mentor Day.

I come from a long, long line of worriers, so it has been a hard thing for me embrace the attitude of letting go and trusting that the right things will come to me. So as a dutiful worrier, I spent my entire young adulthood trying to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. As a result, I spent 13 years in a job that stressed me out and didn’t fulfill me in any way (although I made some great friends). I finally broke away from that job and dove into an opportunity I thought was a good fit. Long story short: it wasn’t. Uh oh. What now?

I had taken yoga teacher training to deepen my own practice, but the idea of being a teacher seemed unreal to me. I’m kind of short and stubby, have never been traditionally athletic or graceful, and am not at all flexible. But, through everything, I felt like a better person when I practiced. I decided to take a break, focus on my practice, and figure out what to do next.

At just the right time, when I was thinking maybe teaching was my path, my teacher, friend, and mentor gave me the encouragement and the opportunity to begin teaching. I’m not quite making enough to feel financially stable, but I know this is what I am meant to be when I grow up.

So a huge “thank you” to my good friend and mentor: Shari Gass.

Much love, my yoga sister.

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