LESSONS FROM MY TEACHER

October 12, 2011
As most of you are aware, I have been dealing with issues surrounding the health of my father.  I would like to express my extreme gratitude to all who have carried him and my family through your thoughts, concerns and prayers.  

A friend recently reminded me that it is the one in the greatest pain that is the teacher.  I am humbled by the lessons my father has brought me.  And, as I have become witness to just how far each person's experience of life reaches, I take this opportunity to share what I have learned.  Through this experience, I have found myself frustrated, astounded, saddened and angered.  I have questioned whether or not I have the ability or right to teach Peace while holding such intense emotions. Sitting with the question, I heard my own teacher's voice, "You must teach".  I was awakened to the fact that these emotions are experienced by all of us, in our own way and in our own time and, if I was to be an instigator of Peace (which is my heart's desire), then I must know those things that draw us from it.

So, my first lesson in which I wish to share is acceptance.  I thought I had this one.  It is one of my favorite teachings in meditation or yin yoga.  "Be aware of feelings of discomfort and relax into them.  Allow them space.  Let them be."  Indeed, I have learned to sit through the tingling numbness of a foot having fallen asleep.  I have triumphed over the desire to swat at the persistent gnat flying overhead.  I had considered myself a success at having learned to relax into the roller coaster of my father's failing health.  Not until I found myself breathing deeply on my way to the hospital for yet another turn for the worse, did I realize I was still trying to manipulate my experience.

I had been there when my Grandmother made her exit from this world.  It was a beautiful experience; holding her hand as she slipped quietly away.  I had been there for my husband's exit, as well.  A more painful experience, but humbling to know I was chosen to share in it.  I desired to be present when my father left, as well.  There it was, through my deep inhalations, I saw myself grasping for control of the steering wheel.  It was MY DESIRE to be there.

We all have a desire for our lives - how we wish things to be.  We desire for comfort, security, happiness.  We desire for nice things, a loving partner, well-adjusted children, health, a well paying job, ease in our daily living.....  I don't necessarily believe it is wrong to desire these things.  However, we must take into account that just as we, ourselves have desires, so does everyone else.  As I believe we are all one, what happens when our personal desires are not matched with another's?  What happens when our personal desires are not for the betterment of the whole?  What if it is my father's choice to leave this life without my presence?
 
I have great LOVE for my father.  I wish for him Peace on HIS journey, just as I do for all of us.  As I released a long exhale, I realized that my own desire may not be the best for all involved, especially for the man who is my teacher.  I realized that if my desire was met, perhaps great lessons would be thwarted - for him, for me, for my family, for all who walk this journey with this man.  And with that realization, I relaxed deeper into acceptance.  I rested in the arms of what is and with that next inhalation, I felt myself opening exponentially.

 Namaste

Mendy

 
 

ChildWatch

June 29, 2010
Happy Summer! It's finally here! For those of you who are home with the little ones this summer and wish to come to class but don't have anyone to watch those sweet kids of yours, we now offer a ChildWatch program on Monday evenings for two of our classes! $5 per child! We'd love to see you in class!
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Kapha Season

February 28, 2010
Feeling a little sluggish?  Are you experiencing symptoms of a cold, flu or allergies?  How about depression?  These are all signs of our body experiencing the transition into Kapha Season.

Ayurveda is the sister science to yoga and the oldest form of medicine known to mankind.  Based upon the belief that everything is a result of 5 Elements, Ayurveda teaches us to work in unison with the Universe to keep ourselves in balance.  As the Winter snow begins to melt and Spring rains come to nourish...

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DailyOm's Transforming Anger To Light

January 8, 2010
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Transforming Anger to Light
Give Your Anger to the Earth
As humans, we all have anger, sometimes more than others. A healthy way of purging our anger from our bodies is to give it to Mother Earth. We can imagine ourselves being grounded as the electrical energy passes from us into Mother Earth below. We can see that energy go straight to the earth?s core where it becomes part of the continuous growth process of our planet and is transformed from negative to positive, from d...
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September Restorative

August 31, 2009
Due to the holidays, September Restorative Yoga will be held on Sept 13th. See you then!!

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OM

August 27, 2009

Many believe the mantra "Om" to be the sound of the universe. Om is traditionally chanted at the beginning and end of yoga sessions. It is an acknowledgment that the universe around us is constantly moving—the setting sun, the rising moon, the ebb and flow of the tides, the beating of our hearts.

Ancient yogis used Om to recognize this never-ceasing movement and seek oneness with the universe. Chanting it is meant to resonate that movement throughout the breath, awareness and energy to re...


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SATYA CLASSES TO BEGIN SEPTEMBER 20TH

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SATYA IS A SANSKRIT TERM MEANING PURITY OR TRUTH.  MANY PEOPLE HAVE ASKED ME WHAT THESE HAVE TO DO WITH DETOXIFYING THE BODY. THE SIMPLE ANSWER IS THAT WE CAN'T EVEN BEGIN TO SEE THE TRUTH OF OURSELVES UNTIL WE HAVE CLEARED AWAY THOSE THINGS THAT INHIBIT THE VIEW.  WHILE WE MAY RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS OF DIS-EASE IN THE BODY; ILLNESS, ACHES, PAINS, LETHARGY, DESPAIR, LONGING....  WE DON'T ALWAYS RECOGNIZE THEM AS THE BODY'S CALLING FOR WHOLENESS.  WE CONTINUE OUR DAILY LIVES AND HABITS, NOT REALI...


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MEDITATION ON MY MAT

July 2, 2009

Lately I have found myself meditating on my mat - not just physically, but actually reflecting on the mat itself.  June was a particularly busy month for me.  I celebrated the lives and accomplishments of others, hosted welcomed guests and feverishly eradicated unwelcomed ones (fleas).  I sorted through items no longer needed, sought ways to to expand my financial well-being and participated in new and exciting endeavors.  All this while trying to maintain my normal routine.
 
Not having been ...


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Peaceful Heart Child Watch

May 19, 2009
Peaceful Heart Yoga Studio will be expanding and adding a Child Watch area in the near future for those of you who would like to come enjoy one of our yoga classes but do not have a sitter to watch your child(ren). We will be offering a Child Watch area just down the hall from our studio where your child will be able to play with other children while being supervised by a caring adult, all while you are enjoying your favorite yoga class. We will only offer this program during a few certain cl...
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Restorative Yoga

May 19, 2009
Next Restorative Yoga class will be held Sunday June 7th from 630pm to 745pm. $10 per person. Sign up at the studio or give us a call!

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