A conscious practice of physical body postures, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques for integrating body, mind and spirit.
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MyYogaJoy Monday brings you simultaneous centering, grounding and relief from heat 🤪🥵😊 What’s better than that???😁👍 ... See MoreSee Less
MyYogaJoy Monday: “a journey of 1,000 miles begins with the first step”. Whether you’re building strength, confidence, or a new skill (or all three at once!), you can grow one step at a time😊👍🤗 ... See MoreSee Less
Yoga Off the Mat: so I was able to snap this photo of one beautiful seagull in flight. It’s tail feathers look angelic to me when zoomed in. I thought I should crop or edit the framing here, and then I realized it’s perfect the way it is. This gull is soaring above any turbulence, just gliding peacefully. What a simple reminder that we can all do that—glide above the noise—by being in the present moment😌 ... See MoreSee Less
Such an important reminder….thank u🥰
Yoga Off the Mat: are you craving connection? 🤔
As I was preparing to take a little time off from work, someone asked me what my plans were, and I replied “nothing special.” A little stay-cation, perhaps a short trip to the shore, seeing a few friends and family here and there….I found myself really craving downtime and connection with nature, which is so Restorative for me. And then it dawned on me that actually I’m also craving connection with family and friends, and that is exactly what my plans are—now that IS something special!🤗 With so much social distancing and lack of personal connection over the past 2-3 years, it’s more special and important than ever to reconnect. This photo was taken while dining Al fresco with dear friends, connecting to both nature and people we care about🥰
If it’s been awhile, pick up the phone, check in on a distant relative, make a lunch date with a friend, take time to be in nature, and reconnect 👍😌 ... See MoreSee Less
MyYogaJoy Monday: release what you no longer need/want and generate space and energy for what’s possible with Flying Chair Pose (Utkatasana variation)! 🪑🧚😁 ... See MoreSee Less
Yoga Off the Mat: it’s National Give Something Away Day! To me, this has multiple meanings: you can share, or give away, your time, skills and talents—perhaps donating your time in service to others. You can also give away something that’s gently used—I’m donating these high heels to Good Will since I won’t be wearing them anymore. 🤪 Giving something away can be releasing attachment to things or ideas. This unattachment (Aparigraha in Yoga) opens up space for new possibilities and creativity. What do you need to give away?🤔 ... See MoreSee Less
I’ve been decluttering for the last few days and it feels amazing getting rid of “stuff”- freeing actually! ❤️
MyYogaJoy Monday helps you to Move More Monday with this flow variation of high lunge 😁🤗👍 ... See MoreSee Less
Yoga Off the Mat: finding your inner peace😌…. I’m grateful to experience this place and space where I find peace and strength and grounding. Paddling (SUP) to a little island before sunset, I noticed the rhythmicity with each pass through and over the water. It was a chance to practice a meditative Hawaiian healing prayer (“I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you”) over and over like a mantra. You can practice meditative forgiveness for yourself and others by repeating this silently or aloud, whether you are paddling on a lake, walking in your neighborhood, or driving in your car. Where and how do you access your inner peace?🤔😌 ... See MoreSee Less
MyYogaJoy Monday channels your inner “hippie” to open up your hips 👍😁🦵🏻 ... See MoreSee Less
On the floor doing yoga with you and Jax my dog is going under me thinking I’m hurt. I look forward to this on Monday’s, thank you again.
Yoga Off the Mat: No, I’ve not taken up sheep shearing. My labradoodle Naya was just very overdue to have her hair combed. So on a lovely summer afternoon, I sat on the deck and combed her hair until it was fluffy and smooth💗 And it dawned on me that this was Meditation. 😌 In fact, anything done with mindfulness and presence can be meditative: enjoying a warm mug of coffee or tea, washing dishes, rubbing your partner’s shoulders, folding laundry, or trimming your 93 year old mother’s toenails 🙄. Notice when and where you are mindfully present, and then notice how that feels in your body…. Is it tight and constricted, or relaxed and at ease? Are your thoughts racing and scattered, or do you feel focused and centered? ANY thing can be approached with mindfulness and presence. Where have you found Meditation lately?🤔 ... See MoreSee Less
MyYogaJoy Monday brings you the ultimate self-awareness (Niyama Svadhya-ya) question: What do I need right now? Answer and deliver this for yourself multiple times each day, and notice the difference! 😁👍🥰 ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you Roberta!
Yoga Off the Mat: for centuries, yogis have meditated on the lotus flower. When these tulips blossomed a few weeks ago, they looked like mini-kaleidoscopes that mesmerized. You can zoom in for a meditative Dristi (focal point), or choose your own flower and engage all your senses—not only sight, but also how it feels to the touch, how it smells, perhaps how it tastes (careful here—not all flowers are edible or palatable!) and even how it sounds when air passes through….😌🌷 ... See MoreSee Less
MyYogaJoy Monday: Repeat with me: “I access space to create greater possibilities” —well done! 👏👏👏 Now move your physical body in order to move your mental and energetic bodies—I’ll do it with you😉👍😁 ... See MoreSee Less
Yoga Off the Mat: Earlier this week I was teaching about healthy sleep as part of the Aging Mastery series at the Windsor Senior Center. The participants were completely engaged and asked thoughtful questions, which was completely energizing! As I prepared to leave, one gentleman gifted me with this colorful origami box😊 He explained how much he enjoyed creating origami without any tape or glue. Then he went on to share that sometimes, when he’s not feeling his best, he gives away one of his creations. Usually the recipient reacts with joy and tells him how he made their day!🤗 And bringing others joy, he said, makes him feel happier ☺️ ….
What skills or talents can you share with others to spread more joy and positivity? Do you like to bake treats and bring them to work? Do you help your neighbors with a project? Do you tell corny jokes🤪? Do you smile, make eye contact and thank those who serve you (think cashiers, servers, health care providers…)? Simple, ELEMENTAL gestures can create huge ripples🙌😌 ... 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.