Monday, August 30, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Life is flourishing here in Uptown San Diego! I never thought I would enjoy living in the city as much as I am enjoying it. I have this amazing space that I am able to offer up to the community and this community is so giving! I am meeting new people everyday that just blow me away with their compassion, resilience and determination to live a happier, healthier life.
My move back it hasn't all been peaches and cream. I have endured some deep loss of people I thought were friends and in the process had to take a really deep look at myself as a person and the great awareness of what it really means to be authentic. It is my catch line of late, but part of me began to wonder if it was actually a punchline delivered straight from the ethers of the divine to my heart.
I have come to the open ended conclusion that it all has to do with expectations of others. You see I asked the divine to show me people for who they really are so that I could move forward in authenticity with those that support me and the work that I am here to do. They showed me who they were, it just wasn't what I wanted to see. So there it is for me once again to get right this time, "expectations are predetermined resentments". I have a vision and if those that are sharing in my visionary circle are not playing true to themselves, they will not have the force behind them to offer to others that which they desire to offer. So one by one they fell away. It was like a flower left in the vase too long. Each day I found an old petal had fallen to the floor. Still beautiful in its own right to be a part of the flower previously, but no longer pulling from the juice that I had watered it with in the beginning. A true letting go for me giving new meaning to my favorite affirmation "I release the old to make room for the new".
So it is from this place that I re-evaluate the visionary team. I open my space back up and allow those that want to fully grow into who they truly already are and continue to love and worship each for who they are, myself included.
If you would like to be a part of the visionary team, Sassy Seva Sisters or take yoga classes in exchange for helping out in the studio or my office, please contact me directly by reply.
Please share with yourself this excerpt from my book, The Unconventional Yogini as an idea of what it means to be truly authentic first with yourself so you may better show up for others. It is from the chapter called Lovers Love Love
My saving grace through this transition moving back to town from the bay area and the deep loss of those I thought were true friends, has been the babies that come each week to do Hot Mama Buddha Baby Yoga. I find such joy, not just in my weekly snuggles of the amazing little gifts of god, but also in the wisdom of women that walk through my door. All the sharing that goes on and the opportunity I am given to share that which I intuitively know about mom & baby. Such an amazing community and play groups growing from these classes. I am equally indulging in the pregnant mamas with the joy of their changing bodies and the information that flows from me in both the Hot Mama Yoga classes and the Hot Mama Yoga Teacher Training that is currently in session. I recently wrote an article for Natural Baby Pros called World Peace Begins in the wOMb~yogic sound as preparation for birth. I know I am on the right path when the calls are coming in about when the next training is. I am enthusiastic to already be planning the next session to start in the winter along with the Restorative Yoga Training. I am also extremely honored and humbled to be teaching in Soul of Yoga's advanced training along with some masters such as Tim Miller, Roger Cole, Brian Dorfman, Leslie Kaminoff and on and on..... I have such a great passion to share deeper training with others, expanding the lotus flower.
I hope you will join me in one of the expansions on some level. Please check out the offerings and come enjoy this space that I have created. You will find the studio schedule here and many other ways to expand by scrolling down.
I am teaching in the North San Diego County as well. You will find my schedule here You may also scroll down for full schedule.
I look forward to seeing your authentic self, no matter what that looks like!
With love from the depth of my soul.
San Diego 200 hr. Yoga Teacher Training Starts September 24th, 2010 visit here for information and curriculum.
Hot Mama Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Training Starts Winter 2010
Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Starts Winter 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
They are not directly related to love relationships of the man and woman kind but of the human kind and un-kind. Here are a few things I have learned and find to be true.........and a few things I have learned and want to be true........
~It is OK to love even when you are not loved back
~ Staying open in love during times of pain is only painful if you do not stay open
~ Even exchange of energy is balance but balance is not always evenly exchanged
~ Friends are more important than money but not all friends understand this concept
~ To attract polarity in relationship you must actually permeate the opposite
~ I heard an "expert" say that happiness was a learned behaviour but I know that it is my true nature
~To stay juicy in your life you must be juicy in your body
~ To search for fulfillment is selfish, to remain open and a clear channel for others is boundless love
~ When I am not true to myself, it actually hurts those I love more than me
~ To be lonely is a victim, to be longing is a lover
~ All beings in my life are the mirror to my neurosis
~ Manipulation drives in the fast lane and exits at the opposite of what I desire and deserve
~ Just because it hurt then, doesn't mean it has to hurt now
~ Expectations are predetermined resentments
~ Patience is not a virtue, it is a necessity~divine timing
~ Love is not something you do, it is something you are
~ The true meaning of love is to be in love with all things at all times
I offer up to you, in this moment, some words that have come from my own personal practice and from the gift of sharing with you, dedicated practioners. This concept is from a portion of my book in progress, An Unconventional Yogini in a Conventional World.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
~ yogic sound as preparation for birthby Jolie Cash
Her jaw is soft, her eyes are locked on those of her lover. As the surge rebounds from the last, she finds her exhale and begins to moan a long deep guttural “OM”. He catches her queue and begins to follow her sound as if he were being guided through the journey with her. Kristina fades; Mark continues to hold the tone so that the baby can still feel their connectedness through the vibration as she finds her place again now allowing him to guide her. With each moment the surges get deeper so she follows that energy down with her sound and allows that sound to move her hips as she is guided to dance the wave. The surge fades and she finds her breath once again.
In Hot Mama Prenatal Yoga I teach the integration of wisdom and intuition, in order to release the old to make room for the new. Removing any fear or inhibition around what “may” happen during the birth process supports the natural birth process. In nature when you watch an animal give birth, it does not stop to look around at who may be watching or think about who may be listening. They simply allow the moans from within to take over and the movement of the natural process of not only the pelvis opening but also moving to allow the baby to share in the process by its own movement. Kristina demonstrated the vibration of sound and movement to guide her and the baby into a spontaneous rhythm of riding the surges just as nature intends.
In Yoga the main line of energy runs though the center of the body (directly through the physical spine). We spend our time in yoga opening channels to allow that energy to flow upward to bring the kundalini (or serpent like energy of awakening) up the central channel, known as the Sushumna, to tap the bindu (a space located in the base of the brain that is said to be the place where the “nectars of samhadi”, or bliss, reside) Seemingly contrary to that process, in prenatal yoga, Hot Mama Yoga focuses not only on awakening the spiritual, since yoga asana (postures) naturally do this, but also on moving the energy down to a comfortable state of understanding the connection of the palette to the perineum. Hot Mama Prenatal Yoga classes include the use of sound as a way to connect the perineum with the palette as a main flow of energy in the birthing process (or the jaw with the hips for a more physical approach). By sharing breath and sound with movement in a safe, sacred, nurturing space, women become less inhibited during the birth process and more willing to follow their body along with the baby through the process.
The breath is also a very important focus in prenatal yoga as it becomes a main focus during the birthing process. Together with the breath, sound and movement is offered and thus places energy and attention to moves out of the mind and tight jaw to the pelvis, with the intention of utilizing the combination to relax the body and bring focus toward opening instead of contracting.
Try this exercise, an adaptation of my favorite exercise from the Birthing From Within method:
- Place your hand in a bowl of ice water. Make sure it is really cold.
- Allow your hand to sit there until it becomes painful and most likely numb. Be cautious not to cause harm by leaving it too long.
- Now focus on that pain. See where your attention is and notice what part of your body is tight. Now take your attention right to the pain. Allow the breath to deepen.
- Focus on the inhale. As you exhale open the mouth and make the sound of “aaaahhhhh”. Continue this for a few breaths.
- On your next exhale allow the sound to change to “oooooooo’ as in the sound of “oooopen”. Notice where your energy and attention are now?
- Practice this for a few more rounds and allow yourself to move into the pain until it becomes a part of your breath and the sound vibrates it to a peaceful place.
- Then remove hand and place in a warm towel.
The purpose of adding the sound to the breath is not for distraction, it is to allow the vibration of the sound to facilitate the surge of “energy”. Many women think of labor as pain, and yes! It can be painful, but is it pain or is it “alive”? To allow that motion to continue in its course, again, you can facilitate it along with the intention of opening instead of contracting. And with the principles of the yogic teachings of energy, the main channel is directly related by the sound from palette and jaw to the pelvis, hips and perineum, thus allowing the opening to expand and the energy to move down as nature intended to the process of birth to do.
The process of birth is a rite of passage and a beautiful expression of prana (life energy), vibration and movement. By introducing this to a Hot Mama in a safe nurturing environment prior to birth, it empowers her to be fully who she needs to be during her process which in turn shares with the baby the permission to flow with the birth plan set out by the divine.
“Hot Mama Yoga is about empowering woman, their changing bodies, and through them, their partners and children. By empowering woman in their bodies during the most important time of their life, I feel that I can bring the consciousness back to the support of the sisterhood. Hot Mama Yoga is about bringing women back to the source of spiritual experiences through pregnancy and birth. A time in life that has been forgotten where women support women, where women sit in circles of women and remind each other of themselves when they forget. “
Jolie Cash, the director of NWSY, the home of Hot Mama Yoga, is a DOULA (labor and birth support) that believes in natural birth, the experience of "natural" rite of passage and supporting birth choices. When Jolie isn’t teaching Hot Mama Yoga, she is training others how to teach yoga. She is a natural birth advocate, an author, inspirational speaker of empowering women and all around baby lover. Jolie also teaches regular workshops, Teacher Trainings and retreats throughout the United States.
Nature’s Whisper School of Yoga is located at 4205 Park Blvd, San Diego. For complete class schedule and studio details visit www.natureswhisper.com. To contact Jolie directly about the upcoming Hot Mama Yoga Teacher Training, or to book her for an event at your location, you may contact Nature’s Whisper School of Yoga at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nature’s Whisper is also a member of the Green Yoga Association offering a toxic free environment for babies & Hot Mamas. NWSY is also a member of Your Natural Baby San Diego.