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Kula: Family: Community: Love

My heart is so full of pride for my Kula and their contributions to my book being released on Friday November 4th.  In So Many Words is my honest and personal view of a small group of women who helped me change my life through yoga and spiritual guidance.

In this video from my YouTube Channel, Shanti Mom For One, MaryAnne reads an excerpt from the chapter we wrote together. It is a loving conversation about how dancers can spot each other anywhere.

My book will be available on Amazon and on my brand new website, also being launched on November 4th. I hope you will join in on the conversation.

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Author in Waiting. Is the hard work done?

I am an author in waiting. Waiting for my publisher to say it is time to approve the lay out. Waiting for my videographer to show me his amazing work on the promo videos. Wondering if there is something I should be doing. But I did my part already. The hard work is done.

Or is it? Maybe waiting is harder. 11/4/16

Another sneak peek…

“Little did I know that a yoga community of women 20-25 years older than me would help me do this. They had been there, done that. They had grandchildren. They were enjoying retirement. Yoga was an everyday thing. They already had their man (or not). An outsider would say that we had absolutely nothing in common. Maybe we didn’t. But we had something. And it blossomed, gradually and fully, into deep relationships. It changed me. Forever.”

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My Kula, enjoying a good laugh. Photo by Eriden Images.
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Saying something profound, I’m sure. Photo by Eriden Images.
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Essential Oils: Essential for Yoga


Essential Oils: Essential for Yoga…

So happy to have my new lavender and tea tree oils from New York Biology for use in my yoga class. I either waft the aroma through the room in a large class or use them for a gentle press or massage during Savasana. These oils are pure, concentrated, and so very soothing. The dropper that comes with both oils is much better than the tops I’ve used on other brands. It lets me better control the amount I dispense.

I also use it in my daughter’s bath water at night, as a perfume for me, and any time I need to feel more relaxed, calm, and centered.

Thank you to New York Biology for my free oils in exchange for this review.

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More from New York Biology:

Product Description

  • 100% PURE, NATURAL, & AUTHENTIC Kashmir Lavender Oil steam distilled without any fillers or additives.LAVENDER WAS CULTIVATED IN THE KASHMIR REGION, the foothold of the Himalayan Mountains, being known as the FINEST & PUREST Lavender Oil in the world.THERAPEUTIC GRADE Triple Extra Quality Lavender Essential Oil is of the highest and purest quality.
    OUR LAVENDER OIL is potent as having Linalool 31% & linalyl acetate 34%.

Lavender could be perhaps one of the most versatile herbs and essential oils in the world, and the therapeutic uses for its pure essential oil are seemingly endless. 

Our Lavender Essential Oil was cultivated at the foothold of the Himalayan Mountains being known as the world finest and purest Lavender Oil. It contains Linalool 31% & linalyl acetate 34%.

Product Description

  • 100% PURE, NATURAL & AUTHENTIC Tea Tree Oil 45% terpenin-4-ol steam distilled without any fillers or additives.TEA TREE ESENTIAL OIL 45% terpenin-4-ol IS OF THE HIGHEST QAULITY IN THE WORLD.THERAPEUTIC GRADE TRIPLE EXTRA QUALITY.
    OUR TEA TREE OIL is potent as having terpenin-4-ol 45%Tea tree oil comes from the evergreen leaves of the Australian Melaleuca alternifolia tree.

It has been known for its healing and disinfecting properties and a wealth of scientific evidence exists to support its effectiveness. 
It is one of nature’s finest antibiotics because it is so effective at killing bacteria. 

Our Tea Tree Essential Oil is Triple Extra Quality Therapeutic Grade. It is potent as having terpenin-4-ol 45%


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Summer Solstice with my Mala Beads

Summer Solstice with my Mala Beads…

This week in yoga, I will celebrate the Summer Solstice and the Full Moon (this combination hasn’t happened in 70 years and will not happen again until 2094) with my new Mala Beads from Zeni Products. Why 108 beads?

  • The distance between the sun and the earth is equal to 108 suns.
  • The distance between the moon and the earth is equal to 108 moons.
  • There are 108 pressure points in the human body.
  • There were 108 volumes of wisdom written from the words of Buddha.

In some yoga classes around the world, they will do 108 Sun Salutations in a row! I’ll give my students a break on that. Maybe we’ll do 10…or 8…haven’t decided what mathematical trick I will use to bring the number down to a feasible amount. We practice gentle yoga, after all.

In any case, the beads will be with me providing the sun (active) and moon (passive) energy for our yoga practices. I often use this beautiful guided meditation from Yoga International:

“Close your eyes and imagine your mind as a still lake. A full moon rests at the point at the back of your head as in chandra bhavana, but now it shines a moonbeam onto the lake of your mind, which is then reflected out through the point between your eyebrows. Let this focused awareness shine from your calm, steady mind for a few rounds of breath.”

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Product Description from Zeni Products:

  • 108 8mm mala beads with a total circumference of 45 Inches.
    Hangs about 1 foot below the average neckline.
    Dark natural wood colored mala beads made from real Indian Agalwood.
    Perfect for yoga, meditation, mantras etc…
  • 100% Money Back Guarantee; If you are not completely satisfied with your mala bead necklace, simply return it for a full refund.

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Shanti. Peace. Namaste.

Shanti. Peace. Namaste.

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After spending the whole day feeling tired, depressed, anxious, hopeless, and unmotivated, two things helped me go to sleep feeling happy, at ease, and ready for another day.

Friends and Yoga

When I see people who I haven’t seen in a while, it can go a lot of ways. Yesterday, I saw several former colleagues/friends and all it did was make me smile and laugh. Some of us are in the same place, most of us have moved on, but all of us were genuinely happy to see each other. We were treated to champagne and lovely hors d’oeuvres and chatted about family, jobs, and vacations.

Yoga felt so perfect last night. I led a practice full of heart openers. We shined our heart light to those who are suffering from the unspeakable tragedies of the past several days. Everyone seemed to move as one, exactly the way I had intended. I’d like to believe we did our small part in healing some of the wounds.

I ended with these words last night. Please let the whole world feel this.

Shanti. Shanti. Shanti.

Peace. Peace. Peace.

I honor you in the place in which the whole universe dwells.

I honor you in the place of love, light, peace, and truth.

When you are in that place in you,

And I am in that place in me,

We are one.

Namaste.