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The Earth Has Music For Those Who Listen

April is a special time of year. Not only do we celebrate Hanuman’s birthday with the first full moon of April, but April heralds the beginning of spring and even include’s one of my favorite holidays, Earth Day!

Spring is characterized by the wood element, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. The wood element is about the energy to take action. This energy is present in all of the beautiful flower buds bursting everywhere. Now is the time to take action, to use the wood energy of spring to plant the seeds for what we hope to recover in the fall.

I contemplated this as we celebrated Earth Day this past weekend. I had some profound experiences that I believe were related to both my deep and incredible love for our planet and the awesomeness of the natural world and also to my intense sadness for the turn we have taken in recent months not to protect our national land, water, air and wildlife.

In Central Virginia, where I live, right at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, some of the oldest mountains on the planet, Dominion Power and Duke Energy are...

posted: 2 weeks 6 days ago
International Women's Day
posted: 3/28/18
I taught a restorative yoga retreat last month where we contemplated the energy of the Ayurvedic constitution made up of Earth and Water, Kapha. We contemplated stability, density, structure, boundaries and flow. We discussed ways to antidote the excess and deficiencies that arise with these elements, which are predominant in the winter and early spring.  One of my favorite topics to discuss as a remedy for Winter stagnation is the creation of clear un-obstructed space. This time of year is ideal for space clearing of any kind. As a Virgo and a Pitta ...
Purvottanasana
posted: 2/7/18
It has been a little while since you have received an email from us. If we are being totally honest, this past year was a particularly challenging one on a number of different levels, personal and professional. I remember reading and sharing about last year being the Year of the Fire Rooster, in Chinese Astrology. What I read, indicated that Rooster years are about doing the constant disciplined day to day work. I certainly found this to be true this last year. It was a year of keeping my nose to the ground, putting one foot in front of the other and doing the work. Have any of you found this...
Megan Bowles in Prasarita Padottanasana II
posted: 11/27/17
Even though it is almost 90 degrees where I live in central Virginia, we have now officially transitioned into early Fall. If you cannot yet feel it in the temperature, you can see it in the colors of everything around you. What was lush and green a few weeks ago has started to turn yellow. Aptly, this is the color of this time of year, the color of the stomach and spleen meridians, our digestive organs, the Earth Element. 

Personally, this is one of my favorite times of year. It could have something to do with the fact that I am a Virgo and so I feel quite at home between the end...
posted: 9/19/17
Does this heat make it feel as if the summer could go on forever?  As we start the month of August, we are entering into the late summer period, the fifth season, recognized in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine. BUT before we get ahead of ourselves, I wanted to share some final insights from the end of the summer season. As we mentioned last month, the element associated with summer is fire, which shows up in the external environment, but internally as well.The fire element is associated with the heart and small intestine meridians. On an energetic level the heart is the seat of...
International Day of Yoga
posted: 7/25/17
It's Officially Summer! AND the International Day of Yoga! In honor of these two special events, we are offering some sequences for you to enjoy on International Yoga Day, as well as a discount in our download store from today until the end of June!Summer is the hottest season of the year. This is evident, not only in the external temperatures. (We are on track for another record-breaking year of extremely high temperatures!) But it can also be evident in our internal environment. Heat can show up as inflammation in our joints, muscles, skin and internal organs. It can also show up as...
Florence Ferebee Pope, Pilot
posted: 5/16/17
I made it through another Mother’s Day, but this year was different.  I have been inspired by women around the world who are sharing about their struggles with Mother’s Day; mothers who have lost children, women who have lost mothers and women who are not able to be mothers. Mother’s day has always been difficult for me, since I lost my mother, tragically, 28 years ago, just months before my thirteenth birthday. Once I recovered from the shock of the loss, which actually took about 5 years, I finally started to grieve. That grief, for me, has taken the better part of...
Sara Agelasto in Upavistha Konasana
posted: 5/10/17
Happy Spring!Although it has been a turbulent winter and we can still expect some cold and rainy days ahead, Spring finally feels like it is on its way. We are, however, reminded that according to Ayurveda, there are actually 6 seasons. Surrounding our seasons are transitional seasons which are usually marked by wind and rain. So stay alert!The change of seasons is the ideal time for cleansing the body. Since Spring is the time of the Liver/Gallbladder in Traditional Chinese Medicine, you may consider some cleansing practices with these organs in mind. The liver is often overworked and...
Sara Agelasto
posted: 3/17/17
Dear Friends, It has been an exhausting couple of weeks here in the United States. In addition to everything we normally have going on in our lives, we are being tormented by misinformation, lies and deceit in the executive office of our government. It is hard to keep up with it all and this is leading to frustration, hopelessness and overwhelm. What can we do? I mentioned in our last newsletter that the ancient yogis suggest following one or all of the paths towards self-realization through study, selfless service and devotion to a higher power. It is most important that we stay...
Lois Steinberg, PhD
posted: 3/16/17
"In his search he discovers the three noble ways of word (jnana), work (karma), and worship (bhakti), which teach him that his inner light is the only guide leading to mastery over his own life.” - BKS Iyengar, Light on PranayamaOn the days following the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States, we cannot help but reflect on what it is that we can do to be of maximum service. We believe that many of us who practice yoga, do so, not only for the sensations we experience in our physical bodies, but also for the relief we find during times of grief, fear, overwhelm and...
Pranyama for the Lungs
posted: 1/23/17
"The Three Months of Fall are called the period of tranquility of one's conduct... The mysterious powers of Fall create dryness in Heaven and they create metal upon the Earth."At the end of October and for some of us not until November, we transitioned from the late summer energy of early Fall into the true Fall Energy of Metal or the quality most closely associated with the Ayurvedic element of Air. Air and Metal energies concern mental and spiritual activities, including the workings of the mind, the intellect and communication.Metal energy is about receiving and letting go....

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