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July 17, 2017

One of my favorite mantras or Sanskrit chants is OM MANI PADME HUM.

Sanksrit is really a language of emotions and feeling so it doesn't always translate easily.  In English these words roughly translate to, "May all beings be happy and may all beings be free."

To be truly happy means you are free from suffering. We often think of suffering solely as something that happens under the hands of other people. And while that might be the case for some, for many of us, our worst suffering comes from what we do to ourselves.

We are our own worst critics. We judge ourselves so harshly. We wonder why we aren't doing better. Why things often seem so hard for ourselves. Why others appear to have it easier than we do.  Why other families seem to be happier. Why others have more friends, more money, more success. In other words....MORE!

But true freedom and therefore true happiness comes by being at peace with who you are and where you are. Not one of us has a perfect life. We all struggl...

May 1, 2017

I am a big believer in trying new things. Sure, they make me uncomfortable. Sometimes even frustrated. But I've learned that when you step out of your comfort zone you always learn something new.

Take inversions. They can be scary! You're upside down for heaven's sake.

The first I tried to flip it over, it was with tripod headstand. I barely could get my knees on my elbows. 

But I persisted. From tripod I went to forearm. Then to Pincha Mayurasana. Now I'm working on plain old handstand. 

What keeps me hooked? Why do I always want to find new ways to flip it over? I think it's because I love the rush. The rush of blood to my head. The rush of energy my body gets. The adrenaline rush of doing something I never could do. 

So when I saw this variation of forearm headstand of course I had to try it. It may look simple but trust me, that side bend adds more of a challenge than you think. It truly changes your center of gravity. 

Trying new things gives you a new perspective. A new way to exp...

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