Autumn ~ In Traditional Oriental Medicine, autumn is the time of year to nurture the body by focusing on nurturing the lungs and large intestines. This can be done by eating foods which are good for the lungs such as garlic, onions, ginger, and mustard; while limiting dairy products.

The lungs are associated with the emotion of letting go. So this is also a good time of year to let go of those things which don’t serve you. It could be material items as well as mental/emotional.

It’s like peeling an onion. Sometimes it’s easier to let go of the material items that don’t serve us. Some folks start with the refrigerator, pantry, or medicine cabinet. Then eventually work toward letting go of the deeper garbage that needs to be released.

However, let me encourage you to take an inventory of that mental/emotional stuff that feels like a weight on your shoulders and let us work with it this fall.

I’ll offer you opportunities during our opening meditation to explore those feelings, let go of some of these things and replace the heaviness with the lightness of loving-kindness. This is one of the best ways to bring joy into your life.

Welcome! Holistic Yoga is taught with a mindful attitude nurturing mind, body, and spirit. Due to the pandemic classes are on Zoom.

The Tuesday 9:30 Yoga for Strength and Flexibility focuses on repeating strength building yoga in 3 sets of 10 reps and holding stretches for 30 seconds for 3 reps to enhance the benefits of the poses.

My Wednesday 9 AM Slow Flow classes are designed to fit the needs of the 50+ yogi but yogis of all ages are welcome. Gentle on the wrist, no chaturanga required. Class ends with a 10 minute guided visualization.

Wednesday at 10:30 we have Yoga Blend. It is prefect for the yogi who cannot get on the floor. We do exercises sitting in a chair and standing including qigong. The class ends with a 10 minute guided visualization.

Spring

Spring is here!! Our exploration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) tells us that Spring is the time of year when anger is most likely to arise. As we move in Spring notice any signs of anger that may arise. They may arise in the form of jealousy, frustration, or resentment.

This very human emotion is cause by something in our life not going as planned. Maybe we get a speeding ticket and we are angry at ourselves for rushing. Maybe someone is rude to us in the checkout line. But basically it arises when something or someone does not meet our expectations.

The balancing virtues we want to cultivate are kindness and forgiveness. Be kind and forgiving to others when they don’t live up to your expectations. And do the same for that precious person we think of as you.

Nurture ~

TCM encourages us to nurture our liver during Spring. We can do this by consuming pickled foods, lightly steamed veggies, and whole grains while avoiding or limiting alcohol.

Tai Chi and yoga also nurture the liver; specifically spinal twist, backbends and inversions. We will use our yoga practice as an opportunity to nurture the liver and gallbladder during the months of spring.

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