A conscious practice of physical body postures, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques for integrating body, mind and spirit.
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Yoga Off and On the Mat: “Who has seen the wind? Neither I nor you, but when the leaves hang trembling, the wind is passing through...” Christina Rossetti’s poem captures the essence of Wind/Air/Vayu element! Join me on Zoom this Thursday 5:30-6:30 pm for an all level yoga class exploring the power of Wind in and around us that will release tension and leave you feeling relaxed😌 Check out the schedule at Be.yoga in Avon to sign up for the link! ... See MoreSee Less
I’m doing in the evening! Lovin it!
Hello cousin! Good to see you.
Feeling relaxed after spending this time with you. I needed this. Thank you.
MyYogaJoy Monday has been recording live to Skype for NBC CTLIVE! 😁 Once it’s aired, I’ll be posting a link. Until then, enjoy the azaleas😊🌺☮️ ... See MoreSee Less
Yoga Off the Mat: does this little guy remind you of you or someone you know? Face down, scrabbling about his work nervously, unaware of his surroundings until he’s startled by them? Practicing mindful breathing, meditation and/or yoga on the Mat can help with calm and focus off the Mat. Remember to lift your head and smile 😁 ... See MoreSee Less
Yoga Off the Mat: after doing my best to stay “grounded” this past year, I recently had occasion to “take flight.” It was the usual airport security, checkin and boarding, plus face masks. Situated for takeoff in my assigned middle seat, I noted a large individual heading down the aisle and secretly hoped he wouldn’t be in the window seat next to me. Sure enough, thoughts and actions aligned, and karma had him right next to me, or partly on me, complete with his aromatic greasy takeout food. I said to myself: “ you’ve got three hours with this person. You can choose to be miserable, or you can choose to breathe.” Exhale...
Him: “Is that the baby I smell or my food or is it me?”
Me: (thinking.... is there a right response here?) “ummm, I don’t smell the baby, it might be your food.”
He fidgets through takeoff, falls asleep and promptly begins to snore. Fortunately, that doesn’t last long, and he woke to tell me (who is still practicing breathing) that although he flies several times a month, he still gets “jittery”, and he commented that I’m so “smooth”. He shared some phone photos of himself spectating at a recent WWF event, which was impressive. He shared that he’s more scared of flying in the air and dying than being shot on the ground, which he apparently has experienced. The rest of the flight went fine, and as we landed, his cousin called and I overhear him saying how this “nice lady was so calm that it helped” him. We parted ways with smiles and wished each other well....
What is the point? You decide. Maybe it was the notion that kindness matters, even the smallest gestures of respect and consideration for a stranger. Maybe it was the fact that I/you can always go back to the Breath to calm, center, focus, ground and soothe yourself. Maybe it was the experience that being compassionate helped me to be calm which helped my neighbor to feel more calm in my presence, the ripples of energy whereby we both had a better experience. I guess, bottom line, kindness matters. It’s a gift to yourself and others. Pass it on.... ... See MoreSee Less
Beautiful reminder, thank you roomie! 💗💗💗
Great story, even better lessons. 💜
You really never know what someone else is going through and your kindness meant alot to that stranger!! You are a truly wonderful and kind person 💜
You are a beautiful person inside and out🥰
Very nice Roberta. You made that man's day.
Thank you for this!!!!
MyYogaJoy Monday brings you relaxation and better digestion—who couldn’t use more of that?! 😌👍😊 ... See MoreSee Less
Yoga Off the Mat: nature is full of lessons and metaphors! Jogging along this path, I encountered a huge fallen tree that hadn’t been there before. Some obstacles are just too large and heavy to move/remove. So what to do? I could turn around and retreat back to where I’d started, deciding that I didn’t really want to continue along that path anyway. I could slump down in a heap, pout a bit, and wait for some magical or heroic force to move it for me. Or I could devise a work around—slither under or climb over. Which option did I choose? Which would you choose?🤔 ... See MoreSee Less
Up and over!
Very good, I did get this broadcast, thank you Roberta
Yoga Off the Mat: seeing beauty in the littlest things. The old saying “stop to smell the Roses” is still true☺️🌹 Take time each day to slow down and notice, appreciate and wonder the simple things that make life full and rich. What have you noticed lately?🤔😌 ... See MoreSee Less
Yoga Off the Mat: this is Happy Hour!😁 A walk and Hammocking with my fur babies after work. What’s your Happy Place??🤔🥰😌 ... See MoreSee Less
Yoga Off the Mat: ever feel like you’re running on empty, especially towards the end of your day?😱 You can’t run on “fumes”! Truly, taking mini-breaks throughout the day to rest and refuel does not make you lazy, it makes you healthier, more balanced, and more able to be your best self. 👍 Take time for yourself today 😌 ... See MoreSee Less
Yoga Off the Mat: “Whose woods are these? I think I know...” Even in the drizzle, I find peace in the rhythm of my XC skis and the quiet of the woods. Where/how do YOU restore yourself, warm your heart, spark your joy? 🎿☮️💛😁 ... See MoreSee Less
MyYogaJoy Monday brings you Peace in Breath (hint: Exhale💨) ... See MoreSee Less
Yoga Off the Mat: sometimes you gotta expand your boundaries and bend the rules! What have you done lately to challenge yourself to grow?🤔⛷😁 ... See MoreSee Less
MyYogaJoy Monday: be your own Valentine any day, every day! ... See MoreSee Less
Yoga Off the Mat: sneaked in a quick sunrise XC by the river before starting my day today—pure joy and bliss! 😊❄️😌 What lifts your spirits?🤔 ... See MoreSee Less
MyYogaJoy Monday brings you invigorating play with a Snow Angel (Deviasana variation) flow! ❄️😇😁 ... See MoreSee Less
Yoga Off the Mat: making snow angels after shoveling fresh fallen snow ❄️😇 For me, feeling swaddled and supported by the grounding comfort of snow while feeling cool air sweep across my face and looking up into clear blue skies is absolute peace and joy😌 What simple pleasures feed your soul?🤔 ... See MoreSee Less
Yoga Off the Mat: wishing you peace as the sun sets on another day 😌❄️☮️ ... See MoreSee Less
Wow! What a beautiful photo Roberta!
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.