Winter Solstice Yoga Nidra

7PM – 8:30PM on Friday, Dec. 22

at Yama Yoga (231 E Buffalo St. Milwaukee)

The winter solstice, also called hibernal solstice, the longest night of the year, marks the start of winter, but also marks the start of days getting longer. The winter solstice is a time to become still inside ourselves, just as the sun appears still in the sky, behold the magnificence of the cosmos, and reconnect to the sacred. Yoga Nidra, similar to guided meditation, facilitates the deepest state of relaxation, allowing for deep healing of chronic pain, stress, anxiety, and trauma. Take a long pause in the midst of the holidays to rest, to dream, to celebrate the triumph of light returning to reign over darkness.

$20 in advance, $25 at the door

Sign up in advance at http://www.yamayogastudio.com/workshops/

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Juniper Berries

Juniper berries. I continue practicing this lesson from every fruit-bearing tree, which is to selflessly offer the fruits of my labor without hoping to receive anything in return. Often when I do expect something in return, it ends up causing deep pain, because I am not living according to Truth and love. However, when giving without attachment to receiving anything, it leaves my mind and heart at peace. Right work done well and in the mood of serving the Lord without attachment to the fruits is a form of prayer. Through karma yoga, we can obtain mukti, or liberation. “Remain evenminded in success and failure. Evenmindedness is true yoga.”

Horses’ sacred lessons

Hayagriva, the horse-headed incarnation of Vishnu, is the epitome of intelligence and is the guru of Saraswati, the Goddess of wisdom and study. Brahman gave each animal species a secret to teach to humans. Horses are here to teach us the lessons of how to be a yogi: to live a life of service, to yoke ourselves to community without pride, to tolerate and forgive, to protect ourselves from evil, and to listen and observe without judgement are just to name a few.

Horse Meditation

Madhu and I, (above), are offering horse-meditation come springtime! I can also come and share a horse yoga or horse meditation practice with you and your horse! (Book with me on the Contact page).

I used to use certain crystals to heal my energy for different energy misalignments I have experienced in the past. A horse is like a 1000-pound, living version of a crystal. When I complete a session with Madhu, I feel a deep state of bliss and connection, in yoga, this is called samadhi.

Horses are intrinsically compassionate, empathetic, 1000+ pound biofeedback creatures. They read our emotions like open books, which is a skill they’ve evolved to have to thrive in herds. Horses reflect our thoughts and emotions; bringing them to the surface, we become aware of what’s happening in our subconscious and can then process and heal it.

If you ride, you know how your energy affects your horse’s energy. When you show up in the saddle carrying the day’s stress, the ride usually just continues in that mood. With horse yoga or horse meditation, you will learn breathing and mindfulness techniques to center before you ride and stay relaxed and responsive when your horse tests you.

Here is an article about how healing horses are: https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/8710698

Ahimsa Pumpkin Pie

I decided to go vegan this past May after a lot of internal struggle about letting go of my attachments to dairy and eggs. In the end, I don’t feel okay with animals existing in subpar conditions just because I want to feed my tastebuds. But also, dairy and eggs aren’t the best for our gut bacteria and therefor our overall health, not to mention the health of the planet. (It’s all connected). I had already been a gluten free vegetarian for 7 years. With thanksgiving rolling around the corner, I sought a pumpkin pie recipe that had no eggs, wheat flour, or condensed milk.

The recipe was as close as the book shelf in my home studio space, adjacent to my kitchen. A student gave me Cafe Gratitude ‘a recipe book called I Am Grateful. I highly recommend the book!!!!

I changed the recipe a touch: there are more dates in the crust, I roasted the pumpkin instead of shredding the raw butternut squash, I added a little more than a pinch of turmeric, and instead of a pecan garnish, I sprinkled palm sugar and Ceylon. Here is their recipe:

Bhagavad Gita 3.21: “Whatever action a great man performs, common men follow. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues.”

A leader cannot tell people not to smoke if the leader themselves smoke.

Acting on beliefs makes someone great and memorable, it is when one’s ideas are manifested into reality through their actions that the person steps into a leadership role.

Are we wolves or sheep? Taking responsibility empowers you, whereas accepting that you are a product of your society or environment robs you of your power. You are a leader. Every person you interact with is influenced by your decisions, so act great. Be great. And others will be inspired to follow.