Red bird yoga – asana, pranayama, meditation, yoga classes

I’ve been curious about something in my life lately. Orange juice concentrate smoothie recipes I’ve spent the last couple of years studying myself and my habits, supportive ones and self-destructive habits. Frozen orange juice smoothie recipes As a yoga instructor/educator a very common theme in my classes is to guide my students into getting rid of those things that are no longer serving them. Fruit smoothie recipes with yogurt and orange juice If I’m telling my students to try something I think it’s only fair that I am practicing the same thing.


I’ve started paying attention to my first thoughts when I wake up in the morning. Passion orange guava juice recipe And to my surprise I woke up worrying. Banana orange smoothie recipe I am aware that worrying is a classic symptom of not being present. Recipe for salad dressing with orange juice During my waking hours I am always able to return to present moment awareness if I noticed I have strayed. Recipes using fresh squeezed orange juice I also understand that worrying is based on the future. Cranberry sauce with orange juice recipe I have studied with Erich Schiffmann many times and he helped me realize that the future never really gets here. Mango rum pineapple juice recipe It is present moment after present moment. Cranberry relish with orange juice recipe Why would I wake up in the morning projecting into the future? What has my yoga practice taught me in my daily life so far? For as long as I have been studying the art of yoga I have never run across any teacher talking about first thoughts upon waking. Carrot orange smoothie recipe Time to heal myself.

Let’s explore the Sanskrit word mantra. Jamba juice orange carrot karma smoothie recipe The first syllable, man, means “to think.” The second syllable , tra, is related to the verb root meaning “to protect, guide, or lead.” If we put this together a mantra is a thought that protects or guides. Pineapple orange smoothie recipe A mantra can be chanted out loud or recited silently. Fruit cake recipe with orange juice According to some scholars a mantra is more effective when silently repeated, internalizing the reverberation of the word.

So I thought I would give this mantra idea a try. Strawberry smoothie recipe without yogurt or milk I have used mantra for meditation, with my personal favorite at the time of writing the Soham mantra. Strawberry pineapple smoothie recipe without yogurt I’ve been chanting this mantra for several months during my meditations and it helps to calm my mind. Strawberry mango smoothie recipe without yogurt If my mind is immediately busy when I open my eyes in the morning it makes sense to give my mind something to focus on, rather than worrying. Strawberry smoothie recipe without yogurt To intensify the effect of the mantra I started chanting it when I was falling asleep. Strawberry blueberry smoothie recipe without yogurt That made it readily available for me when I awoke in the morning.

After a week of this experiment I am sold on the use of a mantra! It feels wonderful to begin my day feeling centered and grounded. Strawberry kiwi smoothie recipe without yogurt And every night before I fall asleep I allow a mantra to come into my consciousness. Strawberry smoothie recipe without yogurt or ice cream It changes almost nightly and I have found that I don’t have to force a mantra, one is readily available to me. Strawberry smoothie recipe orange juice It can be a short sentence or a single word. Mango smoothie recipe without orange juice Reciting it inwardly and then letting go of recitation and allowing the mantra to ride the waves is a calming experience. Mango orange smoothie recipe Try it. Orange smoothie recipe without yogurt You may just find it works for you too.

I am a firm believer in the healing benefits of food. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe with yogurt and orange juice The choices we make when we plant our gardens in the spring, the aisles we frequent in the grocery and the decision to eat in a certain restaurant is one of the ways to healing our physical bodies. Fresh pressed apple cider recipe My daughter and I did a cleanse in October 2016 and since that time I have been eating as clean as I ever have. Healthy orange juice smoothie recipes The cleanse we participated in was The Colorado Cleanse. Chicken cranberry sauce orange juice recipe It keeps your dominant dosha in mind throughout the whole 2 week process. Orange smoothie recipe with yogurt Since mid-October I have been eating oatmeal for breakfast. Strawberry banana orange julius smoothie recipe It feels good in my body, grounding me and nourishing me in many ways. Strawberry banana orange smoothie recipe I have become very creative with the ingredients I add to my breakfast cereal. Banana orange apple smoothie recipe Some days I put dried fruit in it, other days I add some nuts and I also experiment with seeds. Strawberry banana fruit smoothie recipe On this particular morning I made a “syrup” to pour over the top and I had to share with you this easy recipe. Orange pineapple smoothie recipe healthy If you have a few too many bananas laying around this is a great way to use them. Pineapple coconut orange smoothie recipe The recipe comes from the The Chopra Center Cookbook. Pineapple orange banana smoothie recipe I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Margarita recipe using orange juice Blueberry Banana Syrup 1 tsp ghee 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (I used huckleberries that I picked last season) 1 cup sliced bananas 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/4 tsp ground cloves 1 Tbsp apple, orange or lemon juice 1 tsp arrowroot powder 2 Tbsp maple syrup

Heat the ghee in a small saucepan. Margarita recipe orange juice triple sec Add the blueberries, bananas, nutmeg, cloves and juice. Orange carrot karma smoothie recipe Simmer for 3-5 minutes is you are using fresh berries, 5-8 minutes for frozen berries. Carrot cake recipe orange juice To thicken the sauce, dissolve the arrowroot powder in 1 tablespoon of water, add to the berries and stir until a smooth consistency is achieved. Sponge cake recipe orange juice Add the maple syrup just before serving. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe without yogurt or milk Pour over breakfast cereal and Enjoy!

I have been a “fixture” at the Lone Rock School for 6+ years now. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe without yogurt or ice cream It began with a phone call from a woman I didn’t even know. Strawberry mango smoothie recipe with yogurt She was looking for a yoga instructor to lead their 7 am class. Sunshine chicken recipe orange juice The previous instructor had a conflict that wasn’t going to allow her to teach anymore. Jerk chicken recipe orange juice I was a brand new yoga teacher at the time and was thrilled to be invited to “audition” for this position. Strawberry lemonade smoothie recipe without yogurt I arrived at the school, taught a one hour class and the rest is history. Strawberry smoothie recipe without yogurt or bananas I’m still teaching there two mornings a week at 7 am. Strawberry banana yogurt smoothie recipe healthy Some of my students are teachers at the school and some are community members.

In the 6 years I have become familiar with their practices, their bodies, their strengths and their limitations. Strawberry banana real fruit smoothie recipe They have endured surgeries and broken bones. Apple banana smoothie recipe without orange juice These students have lost parents, children, siblings and pets. Mango pineapple smoothie recipe Spouses of the group have gone through cancer treatments. Mango pineapple smoothie recipe without yogurt I have witnessed marriages ending and relationships blossoming.

Forget the warrior poses – these women are REAL LIFE WARRIORS!

They live their lives with grace, dignity and a sense of humor which has enriched my life tremendously.

The divine in me honors the divine in each and every one of you!

Often times a group yoga class consists of a 60-75 minute practice with the focus being primarily the physical practice of yoga. Mango pineapple smoothie recipe like mcdonalds The physical practice is wonderful but there comes a time when a student craves something a bit more in depth. Strawberry kiwi smoothie recipe with yogurt There also comes a time when a teacher is ready to offer a more in depth experience.

While I was teaching in Alaska I quite often stepped in as a sub for my daughter Megan’s Sunday morning class. Orange fruit punch recipe The name of the class was Sacred Sunday and it was a 2 hour experience. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe orange juice That may seem like a good chunk of time and for most of us we aren’t used to a 2 hour practice. Orange smoothie with yogurt recipe Keep in mind that it is not all physical postures. Smoothie recipes without yogurt or ice cream When you combine pranayama, meditation, asana and a bit of talking it becomes more of a complete experience. Orange smoothie recipe yogurt Sacred Sunday turned out to be my favorite class to teach. Orange banana smoothie recipe without yogurt I enjoyed sharing the deeper aspects of the ancient practice of yoga. Smoothie recipes without yogurt or milk It was an opportunity for me the teacher and the students to have more of a dialogue, rather than me just guiding the practice.

Now I’m going to be offering Sacred Sunday here, in Stevensville. Strawberry smoothie recipe with yogurt I have found the perfect space – right on Main Street – where we will gather at Starrett Artists. Strawberry smoothie recipe with yogurt and ice It’s a beautiful space, with big windows facing east. Strawberry smoothie recipe with yogurt and honey The morning sun streams in and it feels magical. Strawberry smoothie recipe with yogurt and milk I hope you can join me every Sunday morning beginning January 22 from 9-11 am. Cranberry orange punch recipes There will be movement, exploration of breath, study of yoga philosophy and of course meditation and dharma talks. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe It will be a group experience which I have found provides something extra special. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe with almond milk It feels good to be part of a group, a group of people moving and breathing and meditating together.

Sacred Sunday – union with the divine, connecting to Self. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe with ice cream The perfect way to begin your week.

One of the workshops I will be offering will be a Full Moon Yoga workshop. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe without yogurt My idea for this workshop came to me while living and teaching in Anchorage. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe healthy Anchorage is located right on the Cook Inlet, which stretches 180 miles from the Gulf of Alaska to Anchorage. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe with yogurt I spent a good deal of time hiking in Kincaid Park and my favorite trail ran right along the beach on a bluff overlooking the ocean. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe with greek yogurt I began to notice the changes of the tides and was curious about the gravitational pull of the moon. Strawberry smoothie recipe yogurt According to National Geographic “the moon’s gravitational pull on the Earth is the main cause of the rise and fall of ocean tides. Strawberry smoothie recipe with yogurt and orange juice The moon’s gravitational pull causes two bulges of water on the Earth’s oceans—one where ocean waters face the moon and the pull is strongest and one where ocean waters face away from the moon and the pull is weakest. Strawberry blueberry smoothie recipe with yogurt Both bulges cause high tides. Cranberry sauce recipe with orange juice and brown sugar These are high tides. Cranberry sauce recipe with orange juice and cinnamon As the Earth rotates, the bulges move around it, one always facing the moon, the other directly opposite. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe with apple juice The combined forces of gravity, the Earth’s rotation, and other factors usually cause two high tides and two low tides each day.”

There are also many theories about the effect a full moon has on humans and animals. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe with orange juice Some theories suggest that dogs bite more people on the full moon and there are more crimes committed during this time of the month. Mango salad dressing recipe orange juice I’m not sure I believe all of that but I do believe in using the time of the full moon as a reference point to check in with myself. Orange juice concentrate chicken recipe This is a wonderful time to set intentions, to slow down and practice some yin yoga and restorative poses.

In my Full Moon workshops you can expect guided meditations and pranayama practices as well. Orange juice chicken marinade recipe As I have often alluded to, we mimic nature. Sangria recipe white wine orange juice When it is winter and the trees are bare it is a time of hibernation, a time of looking inward. Pineapple mango smoothie recipe from mcdonalds When there is a full moon there is a swell, a bulging in the oceans and just maybe this is a perfect time to tune in to your life and see what direction you are heading in. Pineapple mango smoothie recipe with yogurt I believe in the power of intentions and what a wonderful time to gather in circle and meditate and set intentions.

I was driving into town yesterday morning and I noticed that my vehicle gives me a message regarding my fuel levels. Pineapple mango smoothie recipe Distance to Empty – 34 miles. Pineapple coconut smoothie recipe It dawned on me that our bodies send us similar messages. Mango strawberry smoothie recipe without yogurt They alert us when we are getting low on energy through subtle messages such as a little ache here or a twinge there. Mango banana smoothie recipe without yogurt Our vital life force energy is similar to the fuel we put in our cars and our yoga practices are similar to pulling up to the gas tank. Carrot apple ginger juice recipe If you are in the habit of doing a bit of yoga everyday and then miss a few days you know what I mean. Passover sponge cake recipe orange juice Our backs become stiff, our hips feel tight and there is a sense of being unconnected to our physical bodies. Recipes using frozen orange juice concentrate I also believe that when we begin to get low on fuel the doubts creep in. Orange sherbet punch recipe with pineapple juice The little worries and concerns that we carry around get bigger. Carrot celery juice recipe Before you know it you are spinning out of control and getting slammed by life. Mango carrot juice recipe I believe that our bodies don’t lie to us and the messages are always there. Punch recipes non alcoholic for baby shower If you continually drive your car without heeding stop signs or red lights what happens? Eventually you are going to hit something! So pull up to the gas station, turn your car off and refuel, either by getting on the ground and stretching or sitting quietly noticing your breath.

I am excited to be launching my new website. Punch recipes non alcoholic ginger ale When you visit redbirdyoga.org you will find helpful information about the lifestyle of yoga and it is my hope that your curiosity will be aroused when you begin your journey on the site. Punch recipes non alcoholic cranberry I believe we are here to grow through self-study.

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