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#MondayMeditation: The Peaceful Heart

This week’s classes will focus on the theme of the peaceful heart. The peak pose in each class will be a variation of pigeon pose (or swan pose in Yin classes). A deep hip opener, the pose is one that students seem to love or hate. No matter what feeling it evokes, the true goal of the pose is to find the balance between effort and ease. When we find that balance, we uncover peace in the physical body.

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We can find that same sense of peace in the subtle body by meditating on the peaceful heart.

  • Sit or lie in your favorite meditation position with a straight spine.
  • Focus on the breath as it moves in and out through the nostrils. Begin to follow the breath as it moves in through the nostrils, along the back of the throat, and into the heart.
  • Maintain awareness of the breath and silently say to yourself, “I am <first name> <last name,” for 3 to 5 rounds of breath.
  • Continue your breath awareness and silently say to yourself, “I am <first name>,” for 3 to 5 rounds.
  • Begin to silently say to yourself, “I am,” and gradually focus your awareness on that peaceful space and energy after the words “I am”. If your mind wanders or tries to fill in the space, simply acknowledge what arises and return to the mantra.
  • Spend as much time in that peaceful space as you wish.

Feel free to come explore these themes with me this week. Here’s where I’ll be:

Monday, July 16
* 4 p.m. – Yoga at the Museum, The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette
*7:15 p.m. – Yin Yoga, Community Yoga

Wednesday, July 18
*7:15 p.m. – Restorative Yoga, Community Yoga

Thursday
* 4 p.m. – Yoga at the Museum, The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette

In peace,

Debra

Humanitarian Day and Schedule for Week of January 16, 2017

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Happy Humanitarian Day!

Today is the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. despite the fact that tomorrow is the official national holiday. To honor the birth of Dr. King, today marks the first of three Emancipation Days of Respect. These Days of Respect were established in 2009. Humanitarian Day (different from World Humanitarian Day) is meant to honor King and others who fought and died to end segregation during the Civil Rights movement.

Dr. King is one of my personal heroes. His methods and ideas were, and still are, radical in the best sense of the word. In an era where we seem deeply divided by our differences and fears, the principles of meeting hate with love, darkness with light, fear with courage, and taking right action should inspire us all and remind us that we are all connected.

Related Emancipation Days of Respect are Victims of Violence Holy Day (April 4th, the date of Dr. King’s assassination) and Dream Day Quest and Jubilee (August 28th, the anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” Speech).

Schedule

Here’s where I’ll be this week.

If you’re joining me for the Basics Series, we’re focusing on core work and back bends this week.

A new session of Yin Yoga begins this week at Yoga Balance. It’s a six-week series ($72/6 weeks) but you can drop in anytime ($15 drop-in rate).

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Sunday

Peace and Love,

Debra

Schedule for Week of January 9, 2017

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Happy National Bubble Bath Day!

Today is a great day to take some time for yourself and soak in a soothing bubble bath. Set up some candles and relaxing music and hop in the tub!

Looking for other ways to relax during the week? Join me for yoga! I always allow plenty of time for savasana (that’s final relaxation for the Sanskrit-challenged). Here’s where you can join me on the mat.

Note: If you’re joining me for the Basics Series, we’re focusing on standing poses this week.

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Sunday

Peace and Love,

Debra

P.S. I’m not posting tomorrow but feel free to celebrate National Apricot Day or National Clean off Your Desk Day!

 

Schedule: Week of January 2, 2017

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Happy New Year!

I’m not one for doing much to celebrate New Year’s. More often than not, I’m sound asleep at midnight. While New Year’s is a time for many of us to take stock of our lives and make resolutions in hopes of improving ourselves, we can do that on any day. Practicing self-reflection and breaking bad habits is part of svadhyaya, or self-study, which we can and should do every day. So, if I’m going to make a resolution for this year, it will be to find something to celebrate every day.

If one of your resolutions is to start or improve your yoga practice, you can join me for the Yoga Basics series at Community Yoga starting 9:30 a.m., Sunday, January 8. It’s a 4-week series, but you are welcome to come to any or all of the classes. Yoga Basics is for anyone who is brand new to yoga or for anyone who has practiced before and wants to revisit and refine what they know. Each week, I’ll focus on different poses. This week, we’ll be breaking down Sun Salutations. Join me for the fun!

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Looking forward to seeing some of you in the new year!

With peace and hope,

Debra

Schedule: Week of December 26, 2016

 

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The sun is setting on 2016. Keep your practice going or get a jump start on your 2017 resolutions. Join me!

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Schedule: Week of December 19, 2016

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Happy Holidays!

We’ll be focusing on the breath to get us through the fun that is the holiday season!

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Schedule: Week of December 12, 2016

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This week’s classes will focus on the last of the niyama: isvara pranidhana or union with the Divine. Here’s where you can join me:

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Schedule: Week of December 5, 2106

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This week’s classes will focus on the fourth niyama, svadhyaya, or self-study.

This week will also feature my last workshop of the year. Playing with Props will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 10. Investment is $20. Bring your questions, your curiosity, and your sense of humor as we explore the ways yoga props can deepen your practice.

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Sunday

Namaste,

Debra

Schedule: Week of November 28, 2016

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What better week to delve into tapas, or self-discipline, than the week after Thanksgiving? Join me to cleanse the body and mind. Here’s where and when you can do that:

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Wednesday

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Saturday

Sunday

Peace,

Debra

Schedule: Week of November 21, 2016

 

My calendar for the rest of 2016 is here.

 

textgram_1511704583.pngHappy Thanksgiving week!

Classes this week will focus on santosha, or contentment.

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May you have a peaceful and contented Thanksgiving!

Debra

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