LEARN WITH PLEASUREIt always feels like there are 2 “new years” in a given year. There is the calendar new year beginning January 1st and the start of a new school year in August. Even though I have not been in school for several years and Luna is too young, the first day of school always feels like the start of another new year. In January, I set my intentions around health and wellness but in August I become inspired to learn new things. This fall I am signed up for a parenting class (look for a mindful parenting yoga class soon) and a graphic design course. I am also excited about new classes on the studio schedule and our continued offerings with Inner Power Yoga.
Learning is life long…what will you dive into this fall?




March Meditation

WEEKLY ZAZEN AT THE STUDIO: MARCH

Beat poet and longtime Zen practitioner Gary Snyder suspects that the practice of zazen may have been discovered by hunters during the paleolithic, or earlier, when survival was dependent upon being still and silent for long periods of time. These days we tend not to like being still and silent. We prefer perpetual motion, perpetual busy-ness, perpetual stimulation. The only problem with this is that the mind becomes equally busy, stirred up and clouded like a glass of muddy water. As a result, it’s easy to lose touch with the everyday miracle and mystery of being alive. Zazen is the equivalent of setting down a glass of churned up river water and letting the water’s inherent clarity slowly manifest. Zazen is not about stress reduction or health benefits. It’s about realizing that you and this world are exactly the same thing. —Hoag

Join us on Monday mornings from 6:30-7:30AM and on Wednesday afternoons from 5:30-6:30PM. Check the schedule for occasional cancelations. We occasionally offer half-day sits and introductory sessions.




2015 Winter Yoga Challenge: A Deep Bow of Gratitude

 

rumiAs we near the end of the winter challenge, it has been amazing to hear from several of you the difference the challenge has made not just in your yoga practice but in your lives. Physical benefits have included; weight loss, injury recovery and height growth (someone measured herself at the start and end of her challenge and discovered she was half an inch taller)! Several of you have mentioned having more patience and forgiveness both with others and with yourselves.  However, what I have heard most consistently is an appreciation for our yoga community, the opportunity to come together  and share space in a way that is healthful and honoring of the intentions we set with our practice.  I have had students who did not participate in the challenge tell me how much they have enjoyed practicing in the studio these past two months as the dedication and the community feels so strong.  And for that, a deep bow of gratitude to each of you.




2015 Winter Yoga Challenge: Honor Yourself

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Honor Where You Are: Contributed by Marni Siegal
As I work my way through the Yoga Challenge, I’ve had weeks where I end up needing to “catch up” to my goal. In those catch up weeks, I find that I bunch my classes together and then spend a couple days without practicing. Have you experienced the same? During those catch up times, you may have noticed that a posture which feels beneficial during one class, feels depleting by the third class of the day. Or perhaps you’ve found that it isn’t until your second class of the day that you feel open enough to “flip your dog.” So honor where you are in each particular practice. Take rests when your body calls for them, even if you’ve never before opted for child’s pose during a round of Downward Facing Dog. Back out of postures that compromise your ability to breathe fully. Challenge yourself when you feel up for it. When you honor where you are in any particular moment and work from there, you are doing good yoga.




2015 Winter Yoga Challenge: A Daily Practice

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Contributed by Marni Siegal

Many years ago, before my daily schedule involved diapers and later making it to the school bus on time, I had a daily yoga practice.  These days, a 60 minute practice twice a week feels like a true gift.  Until I hit week two of this yoga challenge, I hadn’t realized how much I missed my daily practice. A daily practice allows us to carry the benefits and the work of one yoga practice into the next session.  Those benefits may show up as physical changes in the body, integrating a new insight into the mechanics of a particular posture or simply connecting more fluidly with the breath.  However it shows up for you, I hope that you are enjoying the gift of your daily practice during the yoga challenge.  May the benefits inspire you to continue a regular (dare I say “daily?”) practice once you’ve met your goal!




2015 Winter Yoga Challenge: Letting Go

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In class the other day, Carly mentioned as part of her beginning dharma talk, that often the source of both our happiness and our misery can be the same thing and to notice for ourselves if that is rooted in the material world and if we wanted to let go of that. I realized how much that rang true for me…more that I would like to admit! As I was laying in savasana, I felt so much gratitude for the practice of yoga and was reminded that the true benefits of yoga are so much more than the 60 or 75 minutes that we spend in physical asana practice; it is the opportunity to notice and let go of what no longer serves.  Again and again and again.




2015 Winter Yoga Challenge: Completion

yoga regretCongratulations to those of you that have already completed your 20 in 30 challenge!  I hope that you are feeling invigorated and inspired by your dedication and commitment to your yoga practice.  And if you would like to keep going for 40 in 60…woo hoo!

Many of you are in the home stretch this week! Sometimes the very end can be the most challenging and this is often when the temptation to quit is the strongest.  As humans, we are so good at rationaling why that is the better choice.  And sometimes it truly is;  if you are injured, or if you find yourself saying after yoga class, “I wish I had not come to yoga” then withdrawing from your yoga challenge is probably the right choice for you. Otherwise, continue to be kind to yourself, to take modifications as needed and know that you CAN complete your challenge! We are right here to support you and so grateful for your commitment to your practice.  It truly makes a difference.




2015 Winter Yoga Challenge: Be Kind to Yourself

challenge.opportunityThe upside to doing a yoga challenge is that you practice a lot of yoga.  And 20 classes in 30 days is a lot of yoga.  40 classes in 60 days is REALLY A LOT of yoga. Diving into your practice with such vigor is, well….challenging.  And sometimes the most challenging thing is knowing when to back off, to take modifications or to rest.  I know for myself I often push through yet another Chaturanga when perhaps my body, my shoulders would be better served by pushing back into downdog or childs pose instead.  As a teacher, I love seeing students take modifications when needed as is it a true sign of connecting in and allowing your practice to serve you.  Showing up on your mat everyday requires checking in with both the physical and the emotional body.  Asking yourself the question, “How can my practice best serve me today?” And allowing yourself to listen.




2015 Winter Yoga Challenge Week One

Found on sweetandthrasher.tumblr.comCongratulations! Not only did you sign up for the challenge, you have completed the first week! You might be feeling elated and on track with your challenge having attended several classes last week or you might be a little discouraged as you really wanted to attend 4 classes last week but only made 2 or 1 or maybe not even one. Wherever you are on the spectrum…know that it is the perfect spot to be. While the challenge is about the number of classes that you attend, it really isn’t about that. It’s all about your practice and your relationship to your practice and as with most relationships in life, it is one that is constantly shifting and evloving.  The beautiful thing about Tadasana Mountain Yoga is that we are a community coming together to support our individual practices of yoga.  So, whatever you are feeling today…know that you are supported in your practice by your community.  We are so glad you are here.




Ruminations on the New Year

2015 rainbowIf you had to chose one word to describe 2014 what would it be? I asked this in class last  night and I realized the first word that came to mind for me was “worry”.  That isn’t the totality of my experience of the year but it certainly took up more of my mental space than I care to admit. The thing about worrying is that it deprives you of joy and takes your attention away from the present.  The mind leaps into the future and fills up with thoughts of what could happen, but these aren’t thoughts of possibility or opportunity.  They are often worst case scenarios of loss, sadness or anger.  There is a quote that,”worrying is like praying for what you don’t want” and I think there is some truth to that.  Rarely do the worst case scenarios come true (thankfully) but rarely do the limitless opprotunites and possibilities.  Instead complacency and unease tend to settle in.  The crazy thing is that I know what drives worry away…taking a deep breath, coming back to the present, finding a moment of gratitude for what is. All the things that happen on my mat and that I strive to take off the mat and into my daily life.  In yoga we often say, take a deep inhale and notice what no longer serves you and with a full exhale let it go.  On the last day of 2014, I invite you to reflect on the past year and release what no longer serves you, allowing space to open up for the all potential the new year offers.

with deep gratitude for your practice,

Diana