revamping…..and, i am a theme machine!

good afternoon on this sparkly, post storm tuesday.

i’ve been searching my soul for ways to revamp this blog.  no longer are we practicing familyoga on a consistent basis, for reasons familiar to anyone who has ever been a parent…..we let ourselves get swept up in busyness, space constraints, lack of enthusiasm, etc.  i am also becoming more and more focused on boosting my own yoga teaching career path by providing myself and y’all a forum for more exposure, access and a wider audience.

so….where does this blog go from here?

i’m excited!

you see, i came to be a yoga instructor in a very organic and unplanned way.  and this is quite different from how most other instructors came to be who they are.  this has been a blessing and a curse (mostly a blessing).  i’ve got something unique.  it shows up in many ways, most of which, i am not even aware of, because it’s just how i am, how i teach, and who i am.  but, i have received enough feedback over the course of 10+years of teaching yoga classes, that it’s finally sinking in – my yoga classes are DIFFERENT.  and some people (certainly not everyone) really REALLY love them.

now, for the blog part of this equation – i will, from this day forward 🙂 , be using this space to  write (and hopefully, communicate with you!) about our yoga classes, sequencing, themes, what worked, what didn’t, feedback, playlists, poems, insights……i envision blogging as a way to generate excitement and plant seeds of insight and awareness regarding upcoming classes and workshops; and as a way to debrief after classes or series of classes.

one of the things i am most looking forward to sharing with y’all….is about the processes i use to theme a yoga class…..i am a theme machine!  i can come up with yoga class themes one after another, AND….i love to do it.  theme-ing a class keeps the practice fresh and innovative for me, the instructor, and you, the student.  it gives me a fresh way to look at the practice, every single time.  i hope that this can be a resource and inspiration for other instructors and interested students  (just last saturday, a woman was in the back row of my class, and she seemed to be writing down nearly everything i was saying and the sequence of poses i was using :))  so, instead of bringing a notebook to a class, this blog can be an insight into the thought and heart processes i use make the practice come alive each and every class.

here’s a tease for my most recent themed class…..i called the theme: green and blue, earth and sky. i’ve been so inspired by the flora and fauna and trees and green and blue sky and clouds this time of year,  that i knew this could be a beautiful theme for a class. we did lotsa seated and reclined earthy poses. we talked about barren land and fertile land and gardens and babies….the last half of the class, we did some of what i called “ethereal” standing poses, sky poses…..

the playlist for the green/blue class was pretty awesome.  every song on it has the word green or blue in its title.  i list the song name first, artist, second.

1. songs of the rainbow world, blue-green world – r. carlos nakai

2. blue in green – miles davis and john coltrane

3. on green dolphin street – herbie hancock

4. green eyes – coldplay

5. fresh green freedom – xavier rudd

6. into the blue – the karminsky experience

7. i guess that’s why they call it the blues – elton john

8. inner city blues (make me wanna holler) – marvin gaye

9. blue moon – a touch of jazz

10. the blues was written down here – kate lamont and blueprint music

11. tangled up in blue – bob dylan

12. blue – cat power

13. elusinian blue – gabrielle roth and the mirrors

14. resonance in blue 3 – takashi suzuki

15. deep night blues – riley lee

16. blue paper – moby

17. throat chakra egyptian blue – jonathan goldman

thanks for reading – i hope it wasn’t to painful…..i have barely been writing recently and feel very rusty – writing certainly improves with practice.  here’s to more writing and living and loving!

come check out the green/blue, earth/sky yoga classes, this wednesday at simply yoga in zionsville – friday, hot yoga at cityoga and saturday morn at cityoga.

i want everyone, in all the world, to be happy.  shanti shanti shanti.


About familyoga

i am a mama, a yoga instructor, a lover, a gardener, and a music maker. i live in a little town 19 miles northwest of downtown indianapolis, indiana. i will blog about familyoga - specifically, myself, my husband/hetero life partner, brett, and our children as we explore familyoga and good livin'. brett will also be blogging. he is a deep soul. he loves music and traveling, gardening and his family.
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3 Responses to revamping…..and, i am a theme machine!

  1. Mary Redman says:

    As you know, I am one of the people who REALLY like your class, and I love the way you theme. The themes are inspiring and provide a wonderful focus for class. I have one more song for you–Crystal Blue Persuasion….from the 60″s….if you find it and listen, I think you would agree it could fit your theme. Thanks for being you, Lisa.

  2. Dee Ann McGahen says:

    You absolutely are the best and keep doing what you are doing. I love it.

  3. summercushman says:

    I am one of the people who LOVE your classes and as a fellow teacher, I’m so excited to read your future posts on teaching!! Much love and blessing dear Lisa!

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