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What Do You Expect?

I took a yoga class with two friends and we had a great practice. Afterwards one friend said that she was surprised that she had benefited from the class as she had not expected much from that particular teacher. The other friend said just the opposite, that she had expected that the class would be great because of that particular teacher. I just complained about the weather.

When we’re attached to our expectations we can miss what is happening. My two friends and I are yoga practitioners, so we were able to experience the class and let the teacher’s offering move us. Even though we came to the mat with bias or preoccupation (and apparently left the mat that way too), for the hour we practiced we were able to let go and be with what is. Then the smokescreen of attachment came back.

Yoga is now. It is being where we are without judgment. It is easy to become attached both to negative and positive feelings, but that distracts us from experiencing the present moment. When we live in our yoga we can blow the smoke away with an exhale and clear space for the next breath in.

Most of our attachments are bigger than whether or not a yoga class will be good or not. Many of my friends are hurting right now from loss of relationships, of jobs, of health, but as hard and real as all that is, it is smoke and will also dissipate. Yoga doesn’t mean being complacent or inactive. It means letting go of what happened (it’s over and can’t be changed) and what you think is going to happen (that is a story) so that you can see clearly and get on with what is at your hand to act upon.

We’re acting with precision and extra kindness this month. So if you’re in class and think you have to use the heaviest or the lightest weights, try to let that go and meet yourself where you really are at that moment. A big exhalation can clear the smoke so you can see.

Be well!

Veronica

PLEASE NOTE: I will be away for Halloween, Saturday October 31st and Sunday, November 1st. I will post subs soon at www.sparkyourwellness.com.

OCTOBER FOCUS
Practicing non attachment and being present. Moving with precision and kindness.

FITNESS AND YOGA
My group class schedule for Waterside Swim and Health Club has changed. Please click here for schedule and class descriptions.

We’ll be continuing our work on the hips, feeling the ground, staying low, and maintaining focus.

Light and medium weights are back this month after the heavy lifting of September. That doesn’t mean we take it easy-we still have work to do-rather that we find the appropriate tool for each movement.

MASSAGE
Need some rest and relaxation? Maybe you need to work out some knots that literally have you bent out of shape. Send me an email to book your therapy: veronica@sparkyourwellness.com


Starting Anew

Dear Students:

I love starting new things! The excitement of new knowledge, challenges, and just doing something different fills me with energy. I start running up the hill at full speed with a big smile. Then, you know, I look up the hill and decide to walk down and try something else. I know this is my tendency-to dig little holes and expect to end up with a well.

The yoga sutras instruct us to put our efforts and focus into a challenge and remain with that challenge with enthusiasm for a long period of time. In that way, change will take place.

That’s really the essence of the Wellness Reboot. The program is a three-month transformative journey to establish new lifestyle habits through a combination of body-mind training and self-care. This is for anyone who wants to commit to a wellness focused lifestyle and wants tools that help you to take charge for the long haul. Read more here or email me for more information.

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions. You can also forward this message to friends. I look forward to seeing you soon.

Light and laughter,
Veronica

SEPTEMBER FOCUS
Being ready for change. Before we can leap into something new, we prepare …

FITNESS AND YOGA
My group class schedule for Waterside Swim and Health Club has changed. Please click here for schedule and class descriptions.

In the classical Pilates practice we progress from more stable physical foundations (on our backs) to less stable (balanced on the side body, on hands and balls of the feet, and finally on our feet). Earlier movements establish the foundation for later, more challenging movements.

In the yoga practice that informs my teaching, we work through the energetic qualities of the chakras, beginning at the base energy of grounding which gives us roots to twist, lift the heart, express our selves in the postures, and eventually move into a space beyond posture into being (savasana and meditation).

We’ll be feeling the ground, staying low, and working on maintaining focus.

MASSAGE
Need some rest and relaxation? Maybe you need to work out some knots that literally have you bent out of shape. Read about my massage offerings here and send me an email to book your therapy.

Be well!