A conscious practice of physical body postures, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques for integrating body, mind and spirit.
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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
Yoga Off the Mat: Dinacarya is the Sanskrit term for your daily rituals/routines. While maintaining healthy habits can be a challenge, the longer days of summer might help you!😊 Getting out of bed early is easier when the Sun rises before the birds begin to sing. 🌞🐓For me, I like to wake up like this little Oxalis plant: its leaves are tucked in at night😌, and then it begins to stretch awake with the dawn😊. Early morning is the ideal time to nurture your senses, to meditate, and to journal and reflect as well as set your intentions for the day. What little habits support your well-being?🤔 ... See MoreSee Less
MyYogaJoy Monday brings you cooling and introspection with Sitali breath 🥵💨😌 ... See MoreSee Less
Yoga Off the Mat: I was visiting with my niece/friend Cara recently, and we got to talking about how we really can’t compare one person’s “busy-ness” to another’s. This got me thinking how true that is in all of life: what is the right amount of anything for me may be very different from what is right for you. Instead of looking through binoculars at everyone else, Yoga and Ayurveda are wonderful opportunities to look in the mirror at oneself, to become more self-aware and understanding. In this way, you also become more aware, understanding and compassionate of others. Growth and wellness start with self-reflection. Today is a great day to begin 😌 ... See MoreSee Less
MyYogaJoy Monday explores familiar poses differently to suit your needs in any given moment. 😌😁☮️ ... See MoreSee Less
Yoga Off the Mat: I was reflecting on how quickly time seems to fly, which reminded me how critical it is to be in the present moment as much as possible. And I was pondering what to share for this week’s Off the Mat, when I scrolled along this Brendon Burchard quotable. To me, it is a reminder to be focused, present and intentional. This weekend my focus, presence and intentions have been on quality time with my family, working on an upcoming Introduction to Ayurveda workshop, and being outdoors where I feel my best. 😌 What have you been asking from the Universe?🤔 ... See MoreSee Less
Weekend inspiration flows into weekday contemplation ~
Move thru your layers with us this week ~ ZOOM:
Tuesday - 9:30 am Slow Core Flow with Julie Erasmus
Tuesday - 5:30 pm Unwind Gently with Kristin Clark Cork
Thursday - Yin:Yang Flow & Let Go for Emotional Balance
Thursday - All Levels 5 Element Yoga with Roberta Garceau
Sunday - "Soul" fully Flow with Kristin Clark Cork
IN PERSON! Join Kristin for Yoga in the Vineyard
Saturday, June 5 from 11-12 pm & Stay on if you would like after to connect, sample wines, picnic! Pre registration required
www.beyogainavon.com to register 🥰 ... See MoreSee Less
MyYogaJoy Monday brings you heart opening peace and relaxation with supported bridge (Salamba Setubandhasana) 😌💗 ... See MoreSee Less
Now I gotta go
Tend to your inner fire as the sun sets this Thursday, May 27th🔥 Join me 5:30-6:30 pm for an all level yoga class that will leave you feeling relaxed and restored. Go to BeYogainavon before 3pm to sign up to receive the Zoom class link 👍😁 ... See MoreSee Less
Yoga Off the Mat: today my husband texted me a photo of these Bleeding Hearts 💕💕💕 He knows they are one of my favorite flowers...I remember thinking as a little girl that they looked like ladies dancing, and I was fascinated by peeling off their outer layers to reveal their beautiful insides. Such a gentle reminder of fond memories, the joy of wonder and simple days. 😌 What signs of the season or small traditions bring you a smile? 😊 ... See MoreSee Less
Yoga ~ To "yoke" "connect" "unite"
It travels well, anywhere you go the practice is waiting for YOU.
Be.With Y(Our) Yoga this week on ZOOM - 1 hr classes :
Tuesday: 9:30 am Slow Core Flow with Julie Erasmus
Thursday: 5:30 pm - 5 Element Yoga with Roberta Garceau
Sunday: 9:30 am - Soul "FULL" Move & Melt Flow with Kristin
www.beyogainavon.com ... See MoreSee Less
MyYogaJoy Monday helps alleviate the AAA’s: Asthma, Anxiety and Allergies—all with simply breathing 👃🏼😌☮️ ... See MoreSee Less
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
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.