Comparison

I hope your month is going well! As I consider all the things I want to create and look to others for inspiration, the following quote keeps ringing in my head: Comparison is the thief of joy. With the neurosis and suffering that comes from comparing ourselves to others, especially on the internet, I’ve been putting my attention toward respecting, appreciating and celebrating others for their unique gifts. One of the surest ways to increase suffering and stop our dreams in their path is to constantly look outside of ourselves in comparison to others. When we are always comparing, it Read the full article…

Yoga is a Practice of Action

Happy middle of the month! I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day filled with love and laughter. I am behind on just about everything because things don’t always turn out as planned. And this is why practicing the art of surrender can be super helpful 🙂 Yoga is a practice of action. If we don’t like what are getting, then we have to do something different. We cannot just know, understand, or desire something in our mind. We have to actually do something about it. However, knowing what action to take can be a challenge. So we practice yoga Read the full article…

Awareness

Happy February! I hope you are having a great start to your year and if you set them, that your intentions, goals and/or resolutions are going well and bringing you greater health and happiness. When I first started yoga, I was pretty frustrated with how far I felt I had to go in my life with regards to where I wanted to be physically, emotionally, in my work, diet, relationships, behaviors, health, etc. I remember expressing this to a teacher and her saying to me that at first, the awareness alone is enough. She said to start by simply observing Read the full article…

Envision a Bright Future

I hope your month and year is off to a great start. I was talking to someone I met last weekend who was asking me questions about what feels like to me a previous life. It was a time when I knew deep down that I was a good person but for some reason my life and the people around me didn’t reflect the deep longing of my heart. I drank and smoked too much. I woke up with anxiety attacks on the regular. I wasn’t doing what I loved. I was surrounded by negative people who I didn’t trust. Read the full article…

Detachment

Happy New Year! I hope you had an amazing holiday doing things you love with people you love! It has been an interesting couple of weeks for me. First, my computer hard drive crashed and I lost a lot of data. I am hoping some of my information can be recovered but only time will tell. Thank goodness for my phone…that is until it was stolen…the day before I had to travel. It was so interesting to feel anger move into panic into frustration and finally, into complete surrender. All within a matter of 10 minutes. I have the Yoga Read the full article…

2018 Immersion Scholarship

Annoucing Yoga Blend’s FIRST scholarship to our 2018 Immersion! This year we will be offering 1 full scholarship to our Immersion, a $750 value! Do you know someone that loves yoga but can’t afford to pay for the Immersion? Or maybe you would love to participate yourself and were wondering if this was your year? We want to hear from you! How to Participate: You can nominate someone close to you such as a friend or family member or you can nominate yourself! To nominate yourself or someone else, please share a short essay with us on: ~What impact yoga Read the full article…

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…

Embrace the Darkness

Happy November! I hope you had a wonderful Halloween full of tricks, treats and magic! The season of change is upon us. The weather is changing (especially here in Tennessee) and the nights are growing longer. This weekend we will set our clocks to standard time and fall back into more darkness. In the past, I have struggled with this time of year. Although I was born in November, I am a child of the summer. I thrive in the warmth and the light. The cold makes me shiver and the dark makes me question. Everything. And therein lies the Read the full article…

Self Care First

I hope you are having a great month so far! I have been thinking a lot about why it is so easy to put ourselves last. So many people I talk to have a hard time with staying consistent in doing things for themselves, feeling guilty when they do or being able to saying no to others for their own needs. Myself included. We learn at a very young age that the way to show love or to be a good person is to do for others first and that being selfish or putting ourselves first is bad. We are Read the full article…

Focus

I hope you are having a great month so far! Today as I was doing my morning routine I found myself getting distracted. I was jumping from my phone, to the computer, to the kitchen, then back to my journal. It was a very agitating experience because I was having a hard time organizing my thoughts and completing one task. Yoga as a philosophy is defined as the ability to focus the mind in one direction for a sustained amount of time without distraction. I certainly was having a hard time with ‘Yoga’ this morning. So I stopped everything I 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…

Yoga Gives Us Time

Happy middle of the month! “Yoga doesn’t take time, it gives time.” This quote by Ganga White is one that I find myself repeating on a regular basis when I think, ‘I don’t have time for yoga today.’ By doing yoga, I actually give myself more time to do the things I need to do. It is easy to get caught up in all of our roles and responsibilities and put our own needs and self-care on the back burner because we feel that we don’t have time. However, when we are empty and depleted, everything feels harder. When we Read the full article…

Rituals

Happy (almost) July! I wanted to get this out early so you could see our Holiday schedule.  We have a cancellation the day before the holiday, a very limited schedule on July 4th and a cancellation the day after, so please be sure and check it out here! I love the summer and always have.  I love the spontaneity and carefree pace that this season brings.  However, with less of a schedule and routine, it can sometimes feel hectic and out of balance.   One of the ways we can stay focused and grounded when things are less than routine Read the full article…

Take Steps Now to Avoid Future Discomfort

I hope you are having a great month so far. I am so happy to be back in Burbank and at the Blend! I was up super early yesterday for a full day of travel and was feeling grateful that I am able to be in Nashville with my family and still come to Burbank every few weeks to be with my Yoga Blend family. Although totally worth it, it can be really challenging to travel every few weeks. I will admit, it took me quite awhile to learn how to take care of myself in the process. Yoga Sutra Read the full article…

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…

The Power of 30 Seconds

I hope you are having a great month! Do you often find yourself saying: I don’t have the time? Yeah, me too. More than I care to admit actually. So lately, to counter the anxiety of always feeling behind, I have been exploring the power of 30 seconds as a practice. Every day, I notice people (myself included) rushing from one thing to the next and not fully paying attention to the world around them. So I have made a conscious decision to REALLY pay attention. It blows my mind when people are in such a rush that they won’t Read the full article…

Creating Habits

Happy Month of May!! One year ago, I committed to writing 3 pages a day…every day. And I did it! Every single day without fail, I wrote 3 pages. The concept is from the Artist’s Way which I did over 20 years ago and was going to go through it again last year but life happened so I decided to just write….every day. It’s called morning pages in the book and it’s simply stream of consciousness writing with no agenda. It has been such an incredible experience to set the pen to paper every single day, no matter how I Read the full article…

Take Steps Now

I hope you are having great month so far! I was talking with someone today about why, as a teacher, I am committed to being a student, first and foremost. There are many reasons, but the one I found at the forefront of our conversation was a yoga sutra that reminds us to take steps now to avoid future discomfort. So often, when things are going well it is easy to stop practicing yoga, doing our self-care routine, meditating, journaling, or whatever else it is that keeps us focused, calm and on track. However, the best time to dive deeper Read the full article…

Gratitude

I hope you are having a great month so far and find yourself surrounded by an abundance of things to be grateful for despite any challenges you may be facing. As humans, we live in a world of duality. Regardless if it is an ‘illusion’ or not, our human life is a constant play between seemingly opposing forces such as light and dark, hot and cold, effort and ease, etc. The practice of Yoga is about guiding us inward to align body, mind and spirit so we are better able to reconcile these extremes for a more sattvic (or balanced) Read the full article…

Subtlety by Christy Marsden

I hope you are having an amazing month and taking care of yourself during this busy and unpredictable time of year! With all the travel and responsibilities of life, I have been consciously focusing on bringing more subtlety into my yoga practice and into my everyday life. For those of you who know me…don’t laugh! I know I can be full of energy, quite gregarious, rather loud and pretty clumsy at times but I am working on it. It is a practice for sure! I have always been the one to try my hardest to give the impossible and draining Read the full article…

Choose Your Focus by Christy Marsden

Happy December! I hope all is well with you and yours. With all the craziness in the world it is easy to get distracted from what is truly important. We can drift into frustration, anxiety, fear, anger or a host of other, not so pleasant emotions. In Yoga philosophy there is a sutra that I have been using in my practice to help me stay connected in body, breath and mind, YS 1.33. When we drift out of a state of yoga or union, this sutra offers a practical way to come back to center. It offers 4 simple ways Read the full article…

Dualities by Christy Marsden

Happy November! I hope you had a great weekend filled with lots of treats and maybe some fun tricks as well! The nights are getting longer and even more so this coming weekend when the time changes. I have always been such a lover of the light. Bright, sunny days that seem to go on forever are when I feel the most alive, productive and happy. However, what I have learned (after many, many years) is that the dark is just as important as the light. As much as I try to keep the light going for as long as Read the full article…

Focus on the Good

I hope you are having great summer so far! With all that is happening in the world, it can be very challenging to stay positive and focus on the good, especially since the positive and the good don’t tend to draw quite the ratings as negative news does. One of the practices of yoga as well as positive psychology is to focus on what is working and what is going well. It is important to remember that there are a lot of people in the world doing so much good. There is an overabundance of bad news going around. We Read the full article…