March 28, 2011

Anusara Immersion

I attended an incredible Anusara Immersion Part One with Christina Sell @ Breath and Body yoga.  First may I say WOW!!!  Christina is an incredible teacher, yogi, and heart leader! She can read a body like no other.  I can not recommend this immersion enough!  When ever I embark on something new I get a little apprehensive about walking into the newness.  My excitement for learning far out weighs the apprehension but never the less I walk in the door and I instantly feel shy, withdrawn, my smile becomes inaccessible.  I notice amazing people around me who have contagious smiles yet I find myself running for the back of the room - out of sight.  I ask myself why?

My intention for this immersion was to soften, be open to the experience, lead with my heart, release rigidity and SMILE.  Another student so beautifully said "open myself up to vulnerability". I thought yes that is it.  Can I be vulnerable, soften, open, stay present and let go of the fear of what people think of me.  Can I relish in the room being mat to mat and let go of the confines of my mat and space. Can I dance with the amazing energy a full room creates?  Can I celebrate all of the beautiful yogi's and yogini's without comparing or feeling less than. There is just something about being in a room full of heart energy.  Something so nourishing.  When I woke up this morning after hours and hours and hours of yoga my body felt sore yet nourished, cared for.  All love and so MUCH gratitude...

March 21, 2011

I Will Fail...I will SUCCEED

I subscribe to "the universe" little notes of encouragement.  Thoughts become things... choose the good ones! ®© ®, if your interest has peaked.

Today the post was about succeeding being proportional to one's willingness to fail.  First thought "I don't want to fail! insert beating heart, sweaty palms, and chest breathing.  Wait a minute...I read it again SUCCESS, Michelle, is proportional to one's willingness to fail. What holds you back from exploring, dancing with your desire / dream?  The fear of failure?  Was the first step acknowledgement? (thanks Heather :)) Can I sit within and hold space for the fear of failure? Can I break down the barrier or wall that pride / ego has built? Can I then move through it making room for success?

I have this image in my head of a peak pose (asana) I would like to conquer (for lack of a better word). This week I will fail so I can succeed.  Let me define success.  Playing with the pose with the intention of finding the healing goodness without joyless striving. I think I will use K. Pattabhi Jois as my inspiration...not moving on to another peak pose till I have succeeded :).  What successes will you find?

...may YOU be happy & peaceful...may YOU be healthy and well...may YOU be love and feel love...may YOU be free from harm...may YOU feel complete and utter surrender...

March 16, 2011


I'm stepping into the fear and releasing my thoughts...SCARED?  Me too!  I finally launched my yoga website. I'm finding this overwhelming need to share.  Share what you ask? Share my thoughts, my mad skills and my heart.  Stay tuned...