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Running towards peace; not running away from life

I want to be someone who runs toward a peaceful, content spirit. Most of us, myself included, seem to be running away from sorrow, loneliness, shame, regret, frustration, unworthiness, etc. How can we be the type of people who stop the repetitive cycle of living in the past or worrying and dreading the future? The secret must be in living in the present moment and finding a deeper trust that wherever we are and whatever we face -- we can be free.
How does all of this relate to yoga you might ask? Yoga teaches us that we are more than our thoughts, more than our body, more than our physical, outward appearance. We are spirits, the inner being. This shines through our facial expressions, especially our eyes.
As we practice equanimity on the yoga mat through our breathing, our postures, our quieting of the mental chatter, we begin to find that inner tranquility. We let go of those things that do not serve us well, such as guilt over the past and fear or dread over the future. In the lettin…

Where Are You on the Exercise Continuum?

As I study for my personal trainer's certification, I continue to be amazed at statistics about who exercises and how much they do or do not.
My Cooper Institute Handbook says that we are in one of five stages. We may not be aware that we have a problem or may not be interested in changing. Perhaps we have even tried to change in the past, but we have given up due to reluctance, rationalization, rebellion, or resignation.
The second stage of making a habit of exercise is having the intention to change. However, chronic contemplators are people who talk about it, think about it, but either the barriers to exercising are greater than its benefits, or they don't know how to get started. If you are in this stage, it will last less than 90 days before you move from thinking about it and doing it to just big talk and no walk.
Making small changes is the third stage of preparation. These people have a plan and enroll in some type of program. While they may not be regular or consistent, …

Restorative practice that you can do at home!

Restorative Yoga Practice for Home
Here is a set of yoga asanas or postures that you can incorporate into your busy lives. I hope that you can use it at your own home, and yoga will help you feel more flexible, more calm and rested, and better in every way!
1. Moving Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose) - Lie on your back with your legs bent and arms by your sides. Inhale arching your lower back up, and then exhale as you lift your hips and abdominal area up off the floor. Inhale again as you raise your arms to the ceiling and then to the floor behind and above you. Exhale as you bring your arms back to their original position down beside you and lower your back down to the floor one vertebra at a time. Repeat this motion using your breath as a guide inhaling and exhaling with each movement. Use your own discretion on how many times you move through the motion; breathing smoothly and moving with grace and sensitivity.
2. Windshield Wiper Feet - Lie on your back with your knees bent an…

Schedule of yoga classes for week of August 3 - 9, 2009

Welcome to Tranquility Yoga Studio! Here is our schedule for the week of August 3 - 9, 2009.
Monday, August 3
6:00 - 7:15 p.m. Adult Vinyasa class (focus is on neck, shoulders, and arm flexibility and strength) at Tranquility Yoga Studio *

Tuesday, August 4
9:45 - 10:45 a.m. Subbing for Jenn Latham's Gentle Yoga class at Thornton YMCA in Tulsa

Wednesday, August 5
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Intro to Astanga class at Thornton YMCA
6:45 - 7:50 p.m. Power Yoga at All American Fitness in Owasso

Thursday, August 6
9:45 - 10:45 a.m. Subbing for Jenn Latham's Gentle Yoga class at Thornton YMCA
6:00 - 7:15 p.m. Adult Vinyasa class (emphasis on balancing) at Tranquility Yoga Studio in Owasso/Collinsville *

Friday, August 7
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Subbing for Ruth Anders…