Atha

I hope your month is off to a great start! As I was thinking about what to write this morning, the word commitment kept coming to mind. If we want something that we don’t have it usually doesn’t just magically appear in our life simply by wishing for it. When it does, be grateful and celebrate because it is a rare thing indeed. What is usually required is a commitment and the ability to follow through with concrete action. The very first word of the Yoga Sutras is Atha which translates as Now and implies a commitment. Now begins my Read the full article…

Responsive not Reactive

Hello! I hope you are having a wonderful April so far! When life throws us curve balls, often it is the problem we have with having the problem that causes us more of a problem than the actual problem itself. If we can just focus on what has shown up and deal with it the best we can rather than dwelling why it has shown up or wishing it hadn’t, it can go a long way to reduce our suffering around the problem. My practice helps me tremendously with this. When I commit to my practice (which is just doing Read the full article…

Celebrate with us!

I hope you are doing well and making space in your life for the people and things you love! As I have mentioned and as you may have seen around the studio, Yoga Blend will be celebrating 11 years next week! When I first opened the studio, I never really thought beyond the first few years. I just knew that I wanted to create a community so we could share in the life changing practice of yoga together. I often say that yoga helps me do everything else in my life better and because of that I wanted to practice Read the full article…

Expectations

Happy May! I hope you are enjoying your Spring and the blooming of life all around. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about expectations. Over the years, I have often heard (and maybe you have too) that we shouldn’t have expectations when we practice. Yet, we set goals for our future and of course we want them to come to fruition. Which means we actually do expect something. One of my teachers used to say, “Yoga helps us to get comfortable with paradox”. And I couldn’t agree more. On the one hand, it is important that we show up to 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…