A conscious practice of physical body postures, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques for integrating body, mind and spirit.
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Yoga Off the Mat: as the seasons change and the days get shorter and cooler, you can sync with the season by noticing subtle changes in what your mind and body call for. In Ayurveda, this is understood as Ritucarya. 🍁You may find that you’re naturally inclined to tuck into bed a bit earlier than during the long days of summer🥱. While “sleeping in” can feel cozy, you might also try getting up before the Sun in the morning. Peace and quiet are perfect ingredients for early morning meditation, gentle stretches, or reflective journaling😌. Exercise can change from sweaty aerobic workouts to lower impact endurance activities like hiking or biking. Eating slightly heavier fall foods like root vegetables and squash nourishes your body and soothes the scattered mind. 🥕Adding healthy oils, such as avocado, coconut and sesame, to your diet aids in lubricating your skin and joints as the weather becomes more drying. 🥑Notice little changes, incorporate small adjustments to your routine, and you’ll be on your way to optimum wellness 👍 ... See MoreSee Less
Yoga Off the Mat: traditionally in Ayurveda, mushrooms don’t make the menu because they “grow on dead things.” But when we delve a little deeper, different mushrooms grow on decaying and live matter, and the former often simultaneously break down and absorb nutrients from the very matter they’re living off of—pretty ‘green’ and symbiotic if you ask me! So if you enjoy edible mushrooms, no worries—they can be a low calorie source of fiber, potassium and protein. AND they are an excellent example of recycling and renewal 😌 ... See MoreSee Less
MyYogaJoy Monday is “AWE” inspired about duality 😁 Experience healing and acceptance today 😌 ... See MoreSee Less
MyYogaJoy (the day before) Monday invites you to make time for yourself with this guided meditation body scan through the chakras😌☮️ ... See MoreSee Less
MyYogaJoy (the day after) Monday brings you peak performance, calm and centering with this simple 5+second breath 😌 ... See MoreSee Less
Yoga Off the Mat: have you ever felt like you had so much pent up emotion that you could explode at any moment? Most people can relate to feeling that way at one time or another, and often feel guilty later for feeling that way. But when this happens, you don’t need to beat yourself up about it. Instead, you can healthily let off steam like this geyser! As long as you’re not hurting anyone (including yourself!), go ahead and let it out—punch a pillow, go for a long walk/run, find a safe place to shout or sing it out, dance like nobody’s watching, draw or paint your feelings, play a musical instrument even if you don’t know how to play one, have a good cry of you need to—just don’t hold it all in! Once you release the physical feelings, you might be able to better navigate the situation that prompted the emotions. And if all else fails, exhale…….😌😊 ... See MoreSee Less
Never felt like that said Mr mhm st heleen
MyYogaJoy Mardi/Martes: Volume Up! This evening’s meditation brought to you by crickets and frogs🦗🐸☮️ ... See MoreSee Less
Yoga Off the Mat: walking today, I was struck by a metaphor: how the elements (here: mainly Earth, Water, Wind) and Human Beings (made up of the same elements!) are the same. These spaces received a LOT of water. The first video shows Resistance: damming up, overflowing vs absorbing, stagnation vs change, cloudiness vs clarity. The second video, taken just steps away from the first, shows Transformation: flowing, cleansing, energizing, renewing. Regardless of your individual makeup or skill set or support system, when faced with a challenge at some level there is always the ability to choose your mindset and response to a given situation. I know, “deep thoughts” on the weekend 😊 Your thoughts???🤔 ... See MoreSee Less
Love walking, not on treadmill though!
MyYogaJoy Monday: (or on Medrol for inflammation😂) What to do when you aren’t able to practice standing exercises? Sit or kneel down! Here’s how😁👍😉 ... See MoreSee Less
Yoga Off the Mat: growth only happens when you’re out of your comfort zone. Plunging into icy cold water after a sweaty hike was a metaphor for “sometimes you just have to take the plunge”😂 (note Mandukasana frog pose in the second pic😉)
Whether you’re hiking more difficult and longer trails than you’ve ever hiked in your life (with your daughter 🥰💞), starting a new school, a new job, a new challenge, or a new chapter of your life, feeling uncomfortable is a sure sign that there’s a growth opportunity waiting for you 😁 Go ahead, take the plunge!👍 ... See MoreSee Less
Yoga Off the Mat: I recently had the opportunity to hike in Targhee National Forest with my daughter 💗 Climbing over slippery rocks and exploring this wind cave were a little scary, so I summoned my inner Warrior (Parsva Virabhadrasana)🤺! Yoga is with you wherever you are 😌. Where have you found yours lately?🤔 ... See MoreSee Less
Looks like a lot of work lol xox
Yoga Off the Mat: sometimes the whole practice is slowing down and being present to appreciate the simplest things 😌 ... See MoreSee Less
Yoga Off the Mat: wishing you moments of peace this weekend 😌🙌🏻☮️ ... See MoreSee Less
MyYogaJoy Monday helps you transition from vacation back to “reality” with centering, grounding and focus. 🤪🧘♀️😌 ... See MoreSee Less
MyYogaJoy Monday invites you to practice yoga and mindfulness wherever you are 😌☮️😊 ... See MoreSee Less
Yoga Off the Mat: so we got our first fresh local corn of the season from our farm share this week😋 I cooked myself a couple ears and slathered them with ghee, salt and spices and ate them “with” my Dad, thinking how much he would enjoy them and the way he used to get kernels all over his face—makes me smile thinking about him! 🥰 It was a sweet reminder that even when we can’t be with someone we love, due to pandemic restrictions, living in another place for school or work, or because they’ve departed, we can always be with them in spirit 🥰❤️😌 ... See MoreSee Less
Such a lovely thought, Roberta! And I can picture your Dad with those corn kernels on his face!
I love lobster when eat one I see my Dad too
Yoga Off the Mat: As Robert Frost wrote, “Two roads diverged in a yellow (green) wood...” I literally can’t help but see the “signs” sometimes! Just a friendly reminder that we always have choices, no matter what the circumstances, and remembering this little fact alone can be very empowering 😁👍 ... See MoreSee Less
MyYogaJoy Monday—where is the video and what is this photo of a kayak in a parking lot? Weeeeellllll.... no one is joyful 100% of the time, and today I was feeling a little “off”. Yoga on the mat consisted of a complete practice of breath work, stretching, strengthening and relaxation. And because I don’t pre-record my videos, I still hadn’t decided what today’s post would be. Fast forward to the afternoon: the sun finally came out! My husband and I indulged in a long weekend bonus day kayak paddle on the river. 😌🚣♀️ Still feeling a bit spacey, I committed the cardinal sin of kayaking: I stepped into the boat (at the boat launch, on the downslope side, in the river current🤦🏼♀️). I promptly rolled the kayak, filling it with water and simultaneously smashing my kneecap on the cement cinderblocks of the launch—all in less than one foot of water! Now, I’m not looking for attention or sympathy here—there is a more universal purpose to this story! Amidst curses and tears, I righted my “ship” and began to paddle upstream. After months of injuries, most recently removing a chunk of cancerous flesh on my upper arm, I was finally able to paddle, only to make a mindless mistake 😖. Continuing to paddle, I had a sense that the tears were more of frustration and feelings that were insufficiently processed than actual pain. Stroke by stroke, aligning with the rhythm of the paddling, allowing the cool of the water to calm my flustered and frazzled self, the tears were gradually replaced with wonder and peace at the sight of hawks and herons, ducks and turtles... it was then that I realized how my earlier practice on the mat had opened my shoulders to paddle, had opened my Mind to the meditative rhythmic flow, to the calm grounding of nature juxtaposed with the cool spaciousness of open air...The Universal message here: there truly is no distinction between life on and off the Mat. When you feel something, if you can step back mentally and gain some insight about it, just observe it and flow with it, before you know it you find yourself in a more peaceful place. Regular practice on the mat prepares us for life off the mat. So keep moving, keep breathing...the only way through is through...Namaste🙏🏻🕉 ... See MoreSee Less
Share The Joy
Creating joyful living through yoga.
The goal of My Yoga Joy is to share the benefits of yoga, bringing healing and personal growth to as wide an audience as possible.
Personal transformation can be experienced by anyone through regular practice! Improved physical health, fitness, emotional and spiritual growth and well-being are just a few of the many benefits to yoga.
Here are a few of the ways I'm sharing the joy of yoga
with the Greater Hartford community!
Currently spreading the joy of yoga at St. Mary's Home in West Hartford where adults with mental illness are enriched through their discovery of self.
Offering the joy of yoga with residents of the Windsor Independent Living Association where adults with intellectual disabilities can expand their possibilities through practicing yoga.
Now enrolling cancer patients and survivors in a free Yoga4Cancer class series at the Bone and Joint institute through Hartford Healthcare at Hartford Hospital.
Contact me to find out if you are eligible for any of the above programs.