Sustained Focus

Happy December! I hope your month is off to a great start so far! The Yoga Sutras defines Yoga as the ability to direct the mind toward one chosen object (can be anything) and maintain that direction without distraction for a sustained amount of time. When we are in a state of Yoga (i.e. mind focused, therefore relaxed and settled), we experience our true nature. Ahhhh. When we are not in the state of Yoga (distracted and agitated), what we experience is the activities of our mind instead. Oh dear! With everything that is happening in the world right now, Read the full article…

Knowing vs Not Knowing

I hope you are having a great month so far. I was just having a conversation with someone about knowing vs not knowing and the confusion, pain and fear that can result when we are unsure about which way to go. We have so many roles, goals and responsibilities in our lives that we sometimes just go on autopilot and do all the things without really pausing to see if what we are doing is still true to our heart. Then maybe one day we wake up and see that the things we are doing no longer serve us and Read the full article…

Consistency

Hello and Happy September! I hope you had an amazing summer! I love summer so much but I also find it challenging to stay consistent in my routines. However, one of the best ways to achieve the transformative affects of yoga is through consistency. Therein lies the struggle. Regardless of what is going on around us, if we remain consistent in our practice, the results will be well worth the effort. The challenge is making that happen. So in honor of consistency and to navigate the rising costs of running a business in LA, I have some good news and Read the full article…

Change Is Always Happening

Happy August! It seems the summer just began and now, here we are just past the mid point between summer and fall, steadily heading towards longer nights. The weather, as if on cue here in Nashville, has totally started to change. As we know, the only thing we can really count on in life is that it is always changing. Change can be very welcome, exciting and a cause for celebration. It can also be unsettling, frustrating and stressful. Regardless if we perceive it as positive or negative, change is always happening so we might as well prepare the best Read the full article…

Surrender

I hope you are having a great month! This newsletter is coming out a week late because sometimes, regardless of our efforts, things just don’t work out the way we planned. Better late than never! The past week has been the ultimate in surrender and letting go for me. So many plans, so many intentions. So many upsets and so many disappointments. This is life. The real stuff. During all of the challenges, I had to continuously remind myself that the best way to handle the unexpected and allow the unfolding is through surrender. I am sure many of us Read the full article…

Celebrating 12 Years

Happy March! I hope you are doing well and finding the time to invest in self care which is so very important in order for us to be able to fulfill all of the roles we play in life. This Saturday Yoga Blend will celebrate 12 years. What began as a small glimmer of a dream for me 20 years ago came to fruition in 2005 and now, here we are, 12 years old. Amazing! I am so grateful for this life changing journey and for each of you for being a part of it. As I mentioned last month, Read the full article…

Slow & Steady Wins the Race

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday and are ready to start creating an amazing 2017. As we begin the new year, it is a great time to start envisioning what we want our year to look like and setting out a plan for taking action. Often times, the tendency at the start of a new year is to run out of the gates full speed ahead determined to make that change we have been wanting. However, right now we are still in the cold and dark of winter, so it’s best to move slowly and steadily. Read the full article…

Change

Happy October! I hope you are doing well and enjoying the transition into Fall! I just arrived back home to Nashville after 2 1/2 weeks and am in awe of the changes that have occurred in such a short amount of time. The weather is getting cooler and the air more crisp, the nights are growing longer, the leaves are turning vibrant colors and falling to the ground. As I was looking around appreciating the changes, I started thinking about the famous quote, “the only constant in life is change.” Some people like change and embrace it with a sense Read the full article…

Choose Your Direction

I hope you are having a great month so far! The day I am actually writing this newsletter is on September 11th, the 15 year anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center. I have read many posts from friends who were there or lost a loved one and my heart aches with and for them. I am thinking of you. That day changed the direction of my life…as I know it did for many. That day was the day I woke up. Watching that tragedy unfold, I cried and cried and cried. I cried for all of humanity. Read the full article…

Commitment

Hi! I hope you are having a great month so far. If you have chosen to embark on our monthly challenge and practice something new, I hope you are learning the true value of what it means to practice. Motivated by our Instagram Challenge, I started practicing the piano again just last week after a 30 year break and am already very excited about what I will learn about myself in the process. At the first of the month, I talked about how if we want to get better at something we have to practice. In Yogic Philosophy, practice is Read the full article…

Finding Center

I hope you’re enjoying the Spring. Our lives, just like nature, are changing all the time. As things happen or show up in our lives, we are quick to label them as ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ Once that is decided, we either go towards something or we run from it. In the running towards or away, it is important to remember we’re still running. And if we’re always running, eventually we will suffer because it’s not sustainable. There is a tendency to cling to what we want and try to avoid what we don’t. So much of what I have read, Read the full article…

Patience

Yoga Blend, Burbank, Christy Marsden

Happy April! Spring has sprung and with it comes the excitement of expansion, growth and possibility. However, if we are not paying attention, that excitement can easily lead to anxiousness because the allure of the future can be a mighty one, continually calling us out of the Now. This is where the practice of patience can be so helpful. Dictionary.com lists the first definition of patience as: the quality of being patient as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like. The 2nd definition listed is: an ability or willingness to Read the full article…

Being in Our Truth

Happy spring (almost!)  I am in Nashville where it went from crazy winter snows to 70 degress and sunny in a matter of a week.  Spring has definitely sprung and with it, I feel the excitement and energy of the season rising. Being in my truth has been a common theme for me for many years.  I often call myself a recovering people pleaser.  I was super nice and super agreeable most of my life, but so much of who I really was, what I thought and what I wanted to say, was repressed.  The repercussions of that have taken Read the full article…

Where Attention Goes, Energy Flows

Happy February!  I hope you are having a great start to the new month.  I’ve been thinking a lot about what I am giving my attention to lately. Where attention goes, energy flows.  What are you giving your attention to?  A couple of weeks ago I wrote about habits and how they define us.  One way to undo a habit that no longer serves us is by doing something else.  When we give our attention to something, energy begins to flow in that direction.  The more we focus in that direction, the more energy starts to build and creation starts Read the full article…

Our Habits Define Us

I hope your year is off to a great start!   Like many of us, I have set intentions for the new year which has had me thinking about my habits. The mind is a habit making machine and what we do over and over again is who we become. Our habits define us. One of the intentions of yoga is to replace old habits that may have served us at one time but no longer do with better habits that bring us more health, happiness, pleasure, meaning and peace.  We are constantly changing and in order to keep our suffering Read the full article…