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
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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.
Hosted by Diana Christinson
at PAYS & PHWC
Join us for a celebration of community and the New Year at one of our favorite Shala traditions- The Annual Holiday Potluck! This will be our first year we rejoice in the wonder of BOTH vibrant communities- Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala AND Pacific Health and Wellness Center! Let us gather in love, light and gratitude as we celebrate letting go of that which no longer serves us and leaning in to new possibilities in 2020. Please bring a healthy snack or beverage to share! We hope you will join us in celebrating our expanding community. All are welcome at this family-friendly event!
Hosted by Christine E. Taylor
"Stress doesn't only make us feel awful emotionally," says Jay Winner, MD, author of ‘Take the Stress Out of Your Life’ and director of the Stress Management Program for Sansum Clinic in Santa Barbara, Calif. "It can also exacerbate just about any health condition you can think of." Experience what it’s like to do a natural, therapeutic process that lets you release stress and stored tension in the body while calming down your nervous system. Using seven simple exercises that fatigue your muscles, you’ll learn TRE.
TRE [Tension & Stress Release Exercises] made it onto Harper’s Bazaar 2019 Biggest Wellness Trends. It’s been called “the stress-busting trend that everyone can benefit from”. The May 2019 issue of O, the Oprah Magazine, also featured it in a several page article where Caroline Myss, author of “Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing” discusses how it benefited one of her clients. You’ll have lots of opportunity for attention and questions in this small group setting. Change your stress script by shaking off what’s holding you back. Leave feeling more relaxed and energized.
About Christine E. Taylor, MA, RYT-200 Christine is a certified TRE provider and has a private practice in the Orange County, CA area that includes teaching somatic healing techniques such as Neurogenic Yoga, meditation, and breathing that reflect her multi-faceted journey within the field of wellness. Her compassion-centered philosophy focuses on rediscovering the innate vibrancy of our body, mind, and spirit.
Date: December 14th
Place: Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala #205
Contact: email@example.com or (949)338-3139
Sign-ups available on the Event Calendar
Hosted by Diana Christinson
Looking for new insights on your practice? Wanting time to ask questions about asanas? Mark your calendars! Diana Christinson invites you to join her in a new series she's offering to allow time to gain greater understanding of your practice. Diana's "Mat in the Middle" series begins on Saturday, December 21, from 11:00am-12:00pm at the Shala. Cost is $25 per person. We hope to see you there!
Saturday, December 21st
Saturday, January 25th
Sign ups avaiable on our Events Calendar
Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala #205
Hosted by Chloe Porter
It can be hard to navigate the world of Nutrition with so many different trends and fads thrown our way. With one person’s food potentially being another person’s poison let’s be honest food is personal. ‘Snack time with Chloe’ is an opportunity to debunk some of the myths out there, take a close look at some of the common fads and highlight the facts leaving some good food for thought. Each session will be themed and we will be serving some delicious healthy snacks and giving you the recipes to take home.