“When all your desires are distilled
You will cast just two votes:
To love more,
And be happy.”
Everything is energy- our body, our thoughts, the people and things we surround ourselves with.
Again, ask yourself: What do you love? What brings you happiness?
Surround yourself in love and happiness.
with Diana Christinson
Join Diana Christinson in these monthly Second Series learning opportunities on Sunday afternoons. Full Second Series practice, work-shopping asanas, and researching possible modifications.
Join Diana Christinson in these monthly Second Series learning opportunities on Sunday afternoons. In these 2-hour workshops, you will be practicing the full Second Series in a way that serves you. We will be work-shopping Intermediate Series asanas and researching modification options. As we lean into 2020, Diana is encouraging all students to incorporate Second Series asanas into their Mysore practice. These beneficial asanas help us open the front of the body and clear energy. This is the perfect moment to welcome the possibilities of enhancing your personal practice! This workshop is open to everyone- ALL are welcome!
“We should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of.” —Marie Kondō
Be intentional about surrounding yourself with who and what you love! ️
Remember that everything is ENERGY!
This week, evaluate the energy around you in your life...
Your body, emotions, relationships and aspects of relationships....
Over the next few weeks we will be focusing on Prana/energy both on our mats and in our daily lives. Through our Ashtanga practice we are systematically synchronizing breath and movement, while servicing our physical body, spiritual/mental/emotional body, AND our energy body. As we deepen and expand our breath, we are pumping our lymphatic system, which serves us physiologically. And as we create shifts in our energy self, we will begin to notice changes in our spiritual/mental self as well.
This is a wonderful time of year to focus on clearing blockages within as well as without... “from your glove compartment to your colon,” as Diana mentioned this morning.
HOMEWORK: Revisit the book, “Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui” by Karen Kingston, and explore Marie Kondō’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” as we approach Chinese New Year and create space to allow for new energy in this new year
UNFOLD YOUR OWN MYTH
Who gets up early
to discover the moment light begins?
Who finds us here circling, bewildered, like atoms?
Who comes to a spring thirsty
and sees the moon reflected in it?
Who, like Jacob blind with grief and age,
smells the shirt of his lost son
and can see again?
Who lets a bucket down and brings up
a flowing prophet?
Or like Moses goes for fire
and finds what burns inside the sunrise?
Jesus slips into a house to escape enemies,
and opens a door to the other world.
Soloman cuts open a fish, and there's a gold ring.
Omar storms in to kill the prophet
and leaves with blessings.
Chase a deer and end up everywhere!
An oyster opens his mouth to swallow on drop.
Now there's a pearl.
A vagrant wanders empty ruins.
Suddenly he's wealthy.
But don't be satisfied with stories, how things
have gone with others. Unfold
your own myth, without complicated explanation,
so everyone will understand the passage,
We have opened you.
Start walking toward Shams. Your legs will get heavy
and tired. Then comes a moment
of feeling the wings you've grown,
I look forward to unfolding another year of adventure, courage, growing, possibility, support, love, compassion, joy, inspiration and light. Thank you for sharing your journey with me.
My mantra: Lucky me!!!!
Gratitude & Big Love,
From Unfold Your Own Myth
by Rumi:"Who gets up early to discover the moment light begins..."
"Time is marked by light.” ~John O'Donohue
We stand at the edge of a new year, and the movie in front of us is OUR LIFE.
We are the star, the hero or heroine. This week we practice gratitudeand reflect on a decade of our hero's journey. Looking and leaning ahead, set intentions that draw you into showing up fully for the moments of your life.
With love, gratitude and hope for abundant possibilities,
“Time unfolds in light. In the morning, light clears all the outside darkness and the shape of each thing emerges in the brightened emptiness. Light identifies itself completely with the voyage of a day; its transparency puts the day out in the open. There is nowhere for a day to hide; it is exposed every minute to the revelations of light. Perhaps this is why twilight appears gracious; when light abandons the day, it does not believe that it will ever return and consequently permits itself an extravagant valediction in a huge ritual of color. The silence of twilight is striking because the flourish of the coloring has the grandeur of music.”
― John O'Donohue,
As we celebrate the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year,
we are reminded that the light is returning.
Homework: Consider how you are continually expanding into your Orange Zone! Continue to give focused attention to the Sternum, both in your yoga practice and as you move through your daily lives.
Stretch and breathe taller and wider into your POSSIBILITY!
Hosted by Chloe Porter
Join Nutritionist, Chloe, and take some time to reset with her Winter detox! January is the perfect time of year to cleanse. After all that wonderful and often indulgent holiday time your spirit animal may be more of a sloth rather than a stallion… Do not worry all of this is fixable! Whether you want to trim down or just keep on track a gentle detox will be perfect to give your system a break and reset leaving you energized, vibrant and ready to make the most out of 2020.
When detoxing it is vital to take the time of year into account as food energetics play an important role in keeping you balanced. During winter it is optimal to eat warming seasonal foods that will preserve your body’s metabolic state.
To tap into those wonderful benefits we will detox together for 2 weeks, starting January 5th (you can always purchase the detox and start in your own time). The first part of the week will be gently detoxing your body by eating simpler plant based foods. Half way through we will move into our 3 day liquid cleanse. Over 3 days we will eat easily digestible but still nourishing liquid foods allowing the body to reset, lighten up, reduce inflammation and strengthen the digestive system. We will then move back into eating vibrant solid foods leaving the body feeling energized and revitalized.
What is provided:
A full two week plant based detox menu with detailed recipes including the 3 days liquid cleanse. (menu can be personalized at added cost) Shopping list + all ingredients needed for each meal Detox protocol and self care tips Detox start meeting at Pacific Health and Wellness with support meetings throughout the 2 weeks. Daily meetings after morning Yoga during the cleanse. Email support and a dedicated facebook group allowing you to connect with the other detoxers!
Welcome pack to be picked up at our first meeting Sunday January 5th 2020, 11 AM.
Join Diana for a special Chinese New Year Sunset Puja and Candlelit Class to start your New Year with intention, energy, sacred ceremony and community!
January 26, 2020
Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala #205
Purchase tickets from out Calendar of Events
To celebrate the Chinese New Year, Diana invites you to join her at sunset for a special Candlelit Puja and 45-minutes silent class. The evening will include sacred sound with crystal bowls and live guitar music. Students will create a flower mandala, light candles, and set intention for the New Year. Please join Diana for a beautiful evening and start your New Year with intention, energy, sacred ceremony and community!
“Imagine what our real neighborhoods would be like if each of us offered, as a matter of course, just one kind word to another person.” -Mr. Rogers
Remember, as John O’Donahue says, “Words are carriers.”
“If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of.There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” -Mr. Rogers
IT ONLY TAKES ONE PERSON
TO INSPIRE A WORLD OF KINDNESS
(It could be you!)
Your Homework this week: Go and see the new Mr. Rogers film and be inspired to spread kindness throughout your community through every interaction.
"Much of life cannot be explained, it can only be witnessed."
-From Jack Kornfield’s The Wise Heart
"Consciousness is colored by the states that visit it."
Mama Patricia’s favorite poem, in honor of her birthday!
BY C. P. CAVAFY
TRANSLATED BY EDMUND KEELEY
As you set out for Ithaka
hope your road is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
wild Poseidon—you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.
Hope your road is a long one.
May there be many summer mornings when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you enter harbors you’re seeing for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind--
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to learn and go on learning from their scholars.
Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you’re destined for.
But don’t hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you’re old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you’ve gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.
Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you wouldn't have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.
And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you’ll have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.