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?
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.