Yogi with a Pencil: Mindfulness Through Journaling, Part 3

»Posted by on Dec 17, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This is the third post in an ongoing monthly series by guest yogini MaryAnn Safrey. Doorbells and Sleigh Bells December offers an opportunity to recollect. At year’s end, we literally and figuratively feel the urge to re-collect memories of people, events, intentions, and dreams that we’ve chosen to hold closest to our hearts. Every culture and world religion celebrates winter with a particular feast of light. Hours of daylight shorten, and in darkness the insignificant recedes. What’s important surfaces. We ascribe meaning to whatever we select to highlight. And, in return, whatever we choose to remember informs both mindfulness and meaning. The ultimate objective of this month’s journaling, as it is with yoga practice, is to make us more...

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Online Book Club: December Pick

»Posted by on Dec 1, 2012 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

  Welcome, brainy yogis! This month’s selection is “SUPER BRAIN: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being” by  Deepak Chopra and Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D. Here’s the book description: “A manual for relating to the brain in a revolutionary new way, Super Brain shows you how to use your brain as a gateway for achieving health, happiness, and spiritual growth. In contrast to the ‘baseline brain’ that fulfills the tasks of everyday life, Chopra and Tanzi propose that, through a person’s increased self-awareness and conscious intention, the brain can be taught to reach far beyond its present limitations. ‘We are living in a golden age for brain research, but is...

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Yogi with a Pencil: Mindfulness Through Journaling, Part 2

»Posted by on Nov 14, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This is the second post in an ongoing monthly series by guest yogini MaryAnn Safrey. Thanksgiving Word Buffet This month’s journaling exercise requires you to rethink “the random.” To what extent are random details “given” to you as opportunities for your growth? To what extent should you feel gratitude for randomness? October’s exercise asked you to meditate on something from nature. What series of seemingly random events “conspired” to put that inspirational object in your hand? How did that fallen leaf find its way to you? Why did you stumble upon that particular rock or shell? Where did it come from? How many years did it take to reach you? How many forces of nature intervened to bring you into contact with that...

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Online Book Club: November Pick

»Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Welcome to Emerald Yoga Studio’s online book club! This is our first month, and the book is “Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions” by Lori Deschene. What began as a small idea on Twitter to give a pearl of wisdom every day is now a popular website with thousands of fans, and in this book, the author gives her own insights and the short-but-sweet Twitter insights of others to find answers to the big questions about life, relationships, and money. How does our online book club work? Just get your hands on a copy of the book, give it a read, and share your insights in the comments field below! Looking forward to learning a little bit and having a lot of...

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Storm-stuck indoors? Yogi things to do.

»Posted by on Oct 29, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Big storm coming, and many of us will be house-bound. Here are six creative ways for a mindful yogi to ride out the storm at home: 1) Rearrange your furniture. Your worldview is going to be rather limited for a day or two, so why not shake things up and move things around? Put this couch over there, put that table over here. Then sit in the space for a while and see how it feels. See if your energy is opened up, or if you feel too cramped. The best thing about this project is that it is fun and low risk–if you don’t like it, you can just move it all back to the way it was. And it won’t even have been a waste of time…the best way to cultivate gratitude for something is to be without it for a while. 2) Meditate. Hey, you’ve got...

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Yogi with a Pencil: Mindfulness Through Journaling, Part 1

»Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This is the first post in an ongoing monthly series by guest yogini MaryAnn Safrey. Making Sense of It Our first experience of anything on an earthly plane is through our senses. It makes “sense” then to engage our sensory faculties as we introduce ourselves to the art of journaling. Writing of any kind requires and enhances mindfulness–the same awareness of the moment that Yoga necessitates and nurtures. Have you wanted to journal, but didn’t know where to start? You might begin with this month’s exercises below. Hopefully, they’ll guide you to pay attention to detail. Good writing moves us from particular, mundane, familiar details to the soaring heights of insight and universal truth. So pick up a pen or pencil and write...

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