Sunday, November 28, 2010

To "FEEL" What Doesn't Feel So Great

Inspiration: To allow myself to feel the fullness of my emotions and let them move through me.

As I do my best to convey positive and uplifting experiences, I too am only human. As much as this long weekend has been a blessing, it has also brought up a lot of emotions.

I am really, really good at uplifting others. Many have told me I have a calming effect on them. Yes, in the fitness arena I do appear very zen, but compared to the yogi's (pure yoga practitioners),  I have more distance to travel. Although after yoga I do feel very zen.:-) But truth be told, after a gym workout, I feel a lot of aggression and anger. It is documented that working out is a stress reliever, but depending upon how you are wired ( I am a fire sign through and through), it may not be the best medicine.

So over the past three days, I had two gym workouts, and one yoga cleansing. Meaning a class where there were many twist and breathe work which helped my energetically "charged" body. Today is Sunday. In many traditions, it represents a day of rest. This morning, I have been with my feelings. My feelings of loneliness, sadness and desiring my physical life be other than what it is.

To feel the fullness of these feelings takes courage. In the past, I would bolt to the gym or some other avenue to ease this resistance. As it is part of both my path and work, I am embracing this uncomfortableness (is that even a word). My wish is that I will learn what needs to be learned so I can help transform myself and others more deeply.

It is my deepest intention, to be of greater service and to move and empower more individuals to live their highest truth.....To a day filled with discovery and enlightenment.

With Love, Denise

Saturday, November 27, 2010

My Interpretation Of Thanksgiving

Inspiration: To honor, give thanks and bless each and every moment.

Hope you all had a very "sweet" Thanksgiving. As most people in the U.S. gather with family and friends for this "grateful" day, there are some of us who have our own interpretation. For me personally, I couldn't wait to sleep in, have a "peaceful" workout and check out a movie.

Thursday was a rainy day in New York City. I awoke without a feeling of obligation. In advance, it was discussed that my family would most probably not gather together for various reasons. So there was acceptance by all parties. That said, I decided I would take a much needed "me" day.:) That may sound selfish to some, but it is what I call "taking care of oneself".

So taking care of myself was the theme of the day. Did I feel a bit or remorse not seeing family? Maybe a bit but the intention of the day was for me to feel good and express my version of gratitude to myself while silently blessing others.

The day began with some silence, a long workout, and trip to the movie theater where I got to escape my thoughts for two hours. When I left, I felt energized and stopped at the market for some ready made organic chicken (Fairway was still open). This may seem sad to some, but to me it was just what I needed. What my soul needed to do for that day. What does your soul need? Thoughts???

Have a very "peaceful" Saturday.

With Love, Denise 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Being In MY Head During Yoga Class

Inspiration: To continue to be mindful of my thoughts during yoga class and in daily living.

As many of you know who have found this site, I love yoga. I love yoga because it helps me to creatively connect with the breathe and the body relationship. It helps me to "tune" in to what I am feeling in each moment. Some moments are more joyful than others, as with all of life.

As I am both a teacher of fitness and yoga, many gym practitioners have told me that it is difficult for them to be still and pay attention. In other words, to not let their minds drift. In conversations, I have told them this is completely normal and regardless of where the mind may be, the healing and energetic benefits are there. Yes, it is more easeful to be in the moment and enjoy what you are experiencing.  But if the mind drifts, just notice, take and breath and accept where you are.

This particular experience happened to me in class yesterday. I was downtown practicing at Kula Yoga with Ariel Karass. If you want a completely authentic and ZEN experience, you should definitely check out his classes. Anyway, during class yesterday, my mind was wandering all over the place. I had to go to the bathroom and was wondering when a more vigorous standing series would take place and so on.

My mind was controlling the experience. Yes, I did have to go to the bathroom and did "sneak" out. :-) But Ariel knows what he is doing. This class was very purposeful and sequenced accordingly. Who was I to get in the way with my ego's desire to perform warrior one and half-moon poses. So I lovingly decided to embrace what was in front of me, challenges (and challenging poses) and all. I listened when my body told me to hold back, due to numerous injuries. I left feeling at total peace.

That is one of the beautiful benefits of a yoga practice. It helps you to listen.  The mind wanders. Watch it. Take a breath. Be still.:-)

Have a very "peaceful" evening.

Namaste, Denise

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Everything has a Purpose

Inspiration: To continue to let go on my ego's need for fulfillment and simply live from my truth.

Greetings. Hope everyone is having a "sweet" Autumn. The weather here in NYC these past few days is in the 60's. So great. Almost feels like springtime. Infinite possibility.....:-)

It's amazing that you never really know how you or something you do reaches another. When I started writing this blog about a year and half ago, it was because I was guided by my "intuitive" counselor that this is something that would be helpful. For creative expression and reaching more people.  As far as computers and techy stop goes, I really have no interest. So it was a challenge for me to set this up ( although much easier now) on eblogger.

So over time I have been scribing less and less. Partially because I am busier and partially because I have much to say and find it difficult to limit to one posting.  Well, today here I am. My inspiration comes from a post written back in September about a lovely yoga teacher in NYC whose classes I frequent. Somehow, he found this and reached out in appreciation. My initial response was a feeling of deep gratitude and then a "friendly" reminder that I need to keep this up. It doesn't matter how many people this touches, just that I keep this going in some small way.

A reminder that I really love sharing my ideas and inspirations, and hey "who knows". The saying " you never know where god is." Well yesterday was a glimpse when this teacher sent me a lovely message via facebook.
Thank you Adrian Molina. AWESOME yoga teacher and inspirational healer.

So let the message today be to live from your highest truth, without expectation. Do what you love; what brings you joy.  When you are coming from a place of expanded awareness and appreciation, the world will open up to you in miraculous and exciting ways.......

Have a "sweet" Sunday.

With Love, Denise

Saturday, November 6, 2010

It's November Already?

Inspiration: To not allow the passage of time to get the best of me....

Wow! I cannot believe it is November already. How quickly time passes. We have just seen the passage of pumpkins and will soon be preparing for our day of turkey.  These "transitional" months of Autumn are a time of really getting clear on what it is that moves us. The deep inspiration that makes us want to jump out of bed in the morning, and the miracles the day may bring forth.

On a physical level, we all have deep dreams and desires. It may be quite some time and nothing has seemed to move. Or another way to look at it, is you cannot see anything physically. Hold true to your vision. It is said "Patience is a virtue". A day can seem like a year, and so on. When we release our need to have it now, our world becomes brighter. Each moment is filled with the potential of what could be.

Last night was a new moon. A time of  beginnings. Externally directed energy. Going for it! Blocks will soon appear to be lifted, and again, we can move forward fearlessly. This is a great time for wishing. If you could ground this by scribing on some paper, you will have a reference of what it is that is important to you. The key here is not to "check up" but just to allow a space for the miraculous.  God is in the details.:-)

I wish you all a very "peaceful" an sweet day!!!

With Love, Denise