Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Doing it yourself.

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Don't ask anyone to do what you YOURSELF,... are NOT doing.... Long ago,...a wise young yogi looked up at me and said, "adults ask others to do things without doing those things themselves...." I simply paused.  From that point,.. I LISTENED more closely, to the demands of others.  You have most likely heard it and,.. well, maybe even SAID it yourself.  DO THIS....maybe knowing, maybe NOT knowing that you, yourself, weren't or WOULDN'T do it...So, this is not criticism but an opportunity to look within.  Are you? ....Are you asking others to do things that you, yourself are not doing?... because, that quote from above, came from the mouth of a child, a child that resembles me... at a VERY young age - that looked around acknowledged truth.  We talked about it, it was PROFOUND for me and I am not perfect but ... I work VERY hard to live in a way that is authentic.... live in a way that my own son would be able to count on the words that I speak.  

Who are we becoming, as moms, parents, people, humans,... YOGA TEACHERS?  Are you asking (even silently in your heart ) of others, things that YOU, yourself, are not willing to "DO" yourself. 

just take a moment.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

 WHAT ARE YOU DOING ?


Is it worth DOING? ARE YOU JUST IN RUT? -.... Are you simply going through the motions,....? or do you LOVE EACH DAY with crazy happiness and joy? You CAN... There is no reason that you shouldn't live each day to the fullest!


oK... WHAT is holding you back?...breathe,...BREATHE deeply - take it all is - How does it feel? How do you FEEL? DO you even remember? - That's what Yoga is all about - remembering - It's all about remembering - your TRUE nature - WHO are You?  you ....YOU - ARE AMAZING - wake up! Be YOU - the AMAZING YOU! 


I love you = You love you - NO - YOU LOVE YOU - that's what you need - you ARE LOVE - you emanate love - you exude love - Think of the first 7 years of a childs existence - they are simply absorbing EVERYTHING around them - drinking it all in - on this great wavelength - it's a vibration like no other ,... or IS IT? you can also access this place in the moments prior to sleep... SO, SOOOOO so,.. what if?? JUST , WHAT if ,?....You filled that time - those last few minutos with amazing good CRAZY good thoughts of ... What are you trying to manifest STUFF?... THAT.. 

Absorb the goodness ... PLAY THE SONG THAT YOU WANT TO BE YOUR life!


Friday, February 12, 2021

What stands in the way?

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💓WHAT DO YOU STAND FOR?... who do you stand with? Do you feel as though you are living your dharma? ( DHARMA-your truth, order, universal law, your social obligation, the invisible law that governs, fulfilling your role in society, - carrying yourself with respect, your empathy and courage...)  

Do you TRUST in your gift? Doubt and indecision take you away from your Dharma-

💗💙💚💛💜💓💛💚💜💓💓💓💓💓🙏

Patanjali tells us of DOUBT,...( it is one of the 9 obstacles/hindrances ) - DOUBT, disease, lethargy, mental laziness, false perception, lack of enthusiasm, clinging to self enjoyment, lack of concentration, losing concentration....

What is in between YOU and the object that you would like to rest your mind on?....You can become overly focused on this distraction - this can be helpful at times ( doubt) but it can also be a hindrance ( misplaced doubt)... the Buddha says, "test it out"... if you have a doubting attitude - it taints trust.  We should be symbiotic - everyone benefiting.  Boundaries should be soft, mutual goodness, steadiness...

If we look back on our life, we question ourselves, we have to make so many decisions, confidence can become arrogance.  

If we look back at our lives, we see life is flowing, it is not GOOD or BAD,... or right or wrong....instead of judging, - know that it is flowing,... LIFE,... If you don't KNOW,... = you don't need to fill it with knowing.. It's about WATCHING,.. sakshi - observing,... Don't feel that you have to FILL it up.  Acknowledge that previous decisions have brought you to the now . 

If you have doubt within the practice, test it out,... experience clears up doubt.  Yoga emphasizes direct experience.  Yoga motivates you but to clear doubt, is through your own work.  Beginners ask lots of questions, but as we practice more, we ask less, - we have to be confident in what we believe, not doubt.  AND.... if we study too much, as teachers, as students... and not "PRACTICE".... then it's complicated and unclear to (us, students)... and lineage can be LOST here...

what we doubt, ... IS OUR TRUE NATURE- but,... nothing is MISSING... you don't have to go running - you already ARE - a "HOLY BEING" (S. Gannon)...  Yoga is trying to REMIND us... NOTHING is missing! Your true nature is ... YOU - SHINING BRIGHT!  

If someone doubts, and they LEAVE carrying DOUBT, - it stands in the way of all that they have learned,... so - TEST IT OUT!  ... don't let doubt take you away from your focus.



LOKAH SAMASTAH SUKHINO BHAVANTU...

namaste'

mucho love and light, 

Kerry ~ YOGA TREE

Thursday, December 3, 2020

BE STILL

 What is holding you back? 👀

What are YOU holding onto that it is time to be free of. Are you living a repetitive, habitual version of yourself or are you living a TRUE you?... How do you find the "answers" to these inquiries?...STILLNESS,....In my life, so far (still going... 50 plus...) I have had and am still HAVING so many wonderful opportunities and I will forever be a student of life. Recently I have been 'REMINDED' that the reason that I love walking on the beach at sunrise, or free diving and moving slowly under water, or walking in nature and listening to snow fall, or simply watching and/ or listening to the the slow and steady respiration of a sleeping child or animal.... is because it is so quiet.....but, what I remember is ....



I love these things because I love meditation, and meditation is:

sitting in stillness. THIS is the "secret" that is not so secret,... the answers are right there... Already inside... we simply have to be QUIET. In the quiet, we Hear...
The whispers of wisdom, When our minds are filled with chatter, it is a great challenge to listen and observe ourselves,.. and even the observation of how wiggley we can be just TRYING to be still, can be a great lesson. We SAY we want truth in the world, but do you really? The truth is right behind the chatter... so, be STILL and sit with yourself....
There are many versions of YOGA in our day and age,...Yoga takes us on a path, a great journey, ... inward... the journey to/in/of SELF. The asana practice (asana = seat or being steady and at ease) ... These shapes that we make with our bodies are meant to purify the "body" but truly, sitting in stillness with ourselves,....that is where the light is.
What light?


The light that always resides within you,..
It is just beyond your darkness and we vacillate between this darkness and light,...What is NOT important is the story of the darkness but the constant returning to the light. I read long ago,.. what makes us yoga practitioners is not the "perfection" of a shape or asana,.. but the coming back to the pose when we "fall" out of it,... The coming back to our breath when we are distracted by our own chattering mind,... It is in the coming back that we REMEMBER the truth,.... the essence of who we are, ... the light never goes away, but are you quiet enough to see the light, to feel, experience, and sit with the light. Yogi's are activist, we believe and stand for what is right. We read in the Gita about our purpose, our dharma. I believe that when we recognize our gift(s) and follow our path, we will be reminded of our similarities to all beings. When we let go of the end result and simply offer from our hearts what we have to offer, JOY can shine through... It has always been there, the joy, the peace, the contentment. Over the course of our lives, whether you are 50, 90 or 15, we develop patterns and habits. These habitual patterns create grooves in our being and it can become hard to see beyond and outside of these grooves. We can become self created prisoners of our own making.





What can I do?....SIT. Sitting is the way,... sitting with yourself. Meditation. How can you sit with yourself? Just start. Right now, Sit, Be Still and Focus. We are fortunate that through all of the shifting in 2020, we have not lost the opportunity to sit with ourselves, you can even "sit" with others, whether it is in person or virtually. (there are great guides, to support your journey, even right here on FB, Satsang) ... Try a minute, find a quiet spot,... CREATE a quiet spot....and then sit, get REALLY comfortable and lengthen your spine, elevate your hips and lower your knees ( this can be accomplished by sitting on a pillow, a folded towel or blanket), close your eyes and focus for a moment on your breathing. Now, just let the clouds in the mind move away so that the sky is clear. The next step is to simply OBSERVE... Without judging or trying to do a 'GOOD' job,... just sit... with your best teacher,....SELF. and after,.. recline and stay still, rest. We say we want peace and well being but, we have to PRACTICE. This is not a NEW concept, a new THING to "learn",.. This is training to simply shed away the old layers, habits, patterns, stories and REMEMBER the amazing being that is ALREADY inside,... filled with light. It is not EASY, but it IS simple. It takes time to unravel and get to know yourSELF, THIS is the journey,... and when you lose your "balance" and "fall out" of the "pose/asana" or feel the intensity of this life fill you with fear and doubt,... simply breath, sit, become still and focus,... start over again....
Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu
namaste'🙏

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Dec. 1, 2020

 First light is light of stone💎 ....

ॐ असतोमा  सद्गमय । तमसोमा ज्योितर्गमय । मृत्योमार्मृतंगमय ॥ ॐ शािन्त शािन्त शािन्तः ॥

oṃ asatomā sadgamaya tamasomā jyotirgamaya mṛtyormāmṛtamgamaya 

oṃ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ “

Om from delusion toward truth From darkness toward light From death toward life

Om, peace, peace, peace.


Today was a day filled with light for me, I connected  with a lovely new person and spoke on the phone with another lovely new person...2 people who recently have found there way to me via the pull of the universe and it's perfect alignment.  I also, ofcourse had a wonderful day because of the sunshine that lives in my home, my son...and my sweet Poe,... along with clients that I adore and students I am so appreciative of....

The beginning,.... I frequently can be quoted saying, I love coming to the mat, because for me, it is always like a new beginning but,.. we are only really REMEMBERING who we are.... far more than CREATING a new being,.. but on the mat we have this opportunity to recognize our light and darkness as well.

  "in this realm, my path is my experience, and this can create fear,... Seeing the absolutely eternal manifestation in all things allows strength and peace to stream into this experience"... 

We are so fortunate to have the knowledge from thousands of years to guide us on our journey.  If I have a struggle with a meditation,.. I simply invite a sense of appreciation.  This often blooms into more appreciation and then I can sit with those thoughts and then,... maybe stillness.  Today,.. Dec. 1st,.. it SNOWED.  I walked through the trees and on the snow and the quiet brought me such a sense of peace.  I was reminded of being underwater and walking on a sandy beach at sunrise.  The silence and connection with nature...beautiful.  



As winter approaches, there is a growing mood of sleepiness of the world. Through the stories, and songs we bring, and observation of nature, we can experience a settling down. The fallen leaves, the animals in hibernation, the shorter days.

Advent balances the darkness and sleepiness with expectation and anticipation. It is a time of moving through the darkness toward the yearly rebirth of the light, when the days begin to grow longer. Advent is really a four–week festival, the four weeks leading up to Christmas and Solstice, starting on a Sunday evening. Many religions celebrate festivals of the returning of the light. Among those festivals are Solstice, Chanukah, Christmas and Divali.

The mood of Advent prepares us for the light beginning to grow stronger again. If we are quiet,.. quiet like the snow in the woods, quiet like the stillness under the water,... like footprints on the sand. - If we are STILL in this quiet,.. we CAN feel the light growing stronger.....


During Advent, we can deepen our relationship to the world around us through recognizing the strength and beauty in all the four kingdoms of the natural world.

The first week is related to the mineral kingdom, the physical foundation for life. The mineral world gives us a fixed stage, a basis for our ever-changing existence. Without the mineral world we would have no ground to stand on.


भूभुर्व: स्व: ।
तत्सिवतुवर्रण्ये।
भगोर्देवस्य धीमिह ।
धीयो यो न: प्रचोदयात्।।

oṃ
bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ
tāt savitūr vāreṇyaṃ
bhārgo devāsya dhīmahi
dhīyo yo naḥ prachodāyāt

“Om
To the divine Light
Which pervades the three worlds
The Light which is Love
On that divine radiance we meditate
May It enlighten our intellect and awaken our spiritual wisdom.”



namaste' with love and LIGHT
Kerry and the YOGA TREE familia 💓


Monday, November 2, 2020

September....2020/ NOV.

 November 2020  


I skipped September's blog and here we are, HERE we are....At pivotal time. Full moon still shines light upon us, the ghouls have disappeared and the chill of the approaching winter is on the way.  Svadhyaya-Always and Ahimsa,... ALWAYS.  So, where does this leave us?... Well,.. in the same place as always - REMEMBER... We have to remember - who we are.  Why we are here.  We ( yes, each of us, all of us...), have SOMETHING - a gift, a message, a smile, to share-to offer.  In September, We had the FIRST Yoga Tree Teacher Training FULL weekend ( August was our ceremony to set the intention).  October - 2 weeks in beautiful St. Barts' with our dear, kind, generous, amazing friend.  So,..now, November - unbelievable that we are closing in on the END of this 2020.  What an interesting experience this has been.  My amazing son is 15, driving a 5 speed, being a wonderful addition on this planet as a stellar human and making me so incredibly proud to be his mom.  What can we DO - we,.. WE ... all of us,.. each of us?  LIVE!  Live, be kind, don't harm, be truthful, be joyful, don't take what isn't yours, give freely and be generous, offer your gifts without thoughts of reward.  Be aware of where you place your attention - it will be where you set your intention.  So, these things have all been said before but I felt like writing.  I am realizing, I get WAY too stressed out and miss out on - joy sometimes,.. I TRY so hard to make things in life really good, and then,... maybe I get too caught up in it...I had a reminder this weekend to- CHILL out ... how else can we say it?  Take a deep breath,. slow down, it's going to be OK.  In the same breath, I am teaching the Yoga Trainees that studying and practicing and teaching Yoga, involves being an activist, absolutely!   Be strong in your beliefs-be kind, do not harm,... LOVE unconditionally.  Being a parent is such an amazing opportunity to PARTICIPATE in life.  Being a mom, well, for me, it's the most amazing gift/opportunity/yoga, IN THE WORLD-I LOVE talking with my son.  Listening to his thoughts, just being with him.  I like to just stop the world sometimes when he shares with me and absorb every word. I highly recommend this.  


 So,.. I think I'll snuggle up with Poseidon, have a cup of tea and finish writing later.  NAMASTE'

I am once again reminded, ... as I read over this blog,... The themes,... NOT getting "stressed out" and missing out on joy- and that "stress" or chaos that we give into... creates: DUKHA - sorrow, one of the disturbances,.. We speak of obstacles in the Yoga practice and many times these are evident on the mat, which is why it is such a wonderful opportunity, not to be missed,.. practicing with yourself on the mat.  One reason being,.. we sometimes gloss over these "obstacles" and disturbances and do not sit with ourselves.  A teacher can be helpful to guide us on the inward path to remind us to sit and to remember who we are.  This can also be achieved in a home practice, it takes discipline, tapas.  Another " disturbance" ( from the sutra 1.31)  is angamejaytva - restlessness in the body or lack of coordination between mind and body - "the body is not listening to you" ... 

दुःखदौर्मनस्याङ्गमेजयत्वश्वासप्रश्वासा विक्षेपसहभुवः॥३१॥

duhkha-daurmanasya-angamejayatva-svasa-prasvasah-viksepa-saha-bhuvah

"An agitated mind (viksepa) manifests symptoms (bhuvah) in: the body through physical trembling and physical discomfort (angamejayatva), in the breath through irregular breathing (svasa-prasvasa), in the mind through negative thinking (daurmanasya) and in the emotions through emotional suffering (duhkha).

(duhkha): " a general unhappiness, an emotional discomfort that is often deep-seated and felt on a physical level in the chest region. This emotional pain can be connected to distress, grief, sadness, anguish and a general sense of misery."

(daurmanasya): "a negative perspective on life, often related to pessimism, sarcasm, a dark mood, lack of self-confidence, and can bring someone to despair and depression."

(angamejayatva): "physical unease, often manifested in trembling, shaking, twitching or the inability to be still."

(svasa-prasvasa): "whenever the inhale or exhale is disrupted, meaning we are holding the breath or the breath is short and shallow, the breath is said to irregular."

This sutra presents Yoga as a holistic system. These four symptoms are interconnected. When we affect one of the levels (body, breath, thoughts and emotions), the others are affected as well. Yoga works on those four levels. If we are scared or stressed, we feel emotional discomfort (manifested in anxiety, sadness…), leading to negative thinking, manifested in the body depending on where our physical weakness lies (migraines, neck tension, stomach issues…), causing our breath to be irregular (we hold it or we breathe in a short and shallow manner). The breath is more subtle and we rarely pay attention to it. The following are common relationships between the breath and our emotional states:

  • anger: forceful and rapid exhalation (like an angry bull)
  • disappointment: prolonged exhalation (sigh)
  • anxiety: short and shallow inhalations and exhalations
  • shock: breath suspension
  • calmness: long and smooth breaths

If we can see these symptoms as triggers for awareness, we can learn a lot about ourselves in moments of discomfort. 🌈   What is making us feel this way? Why have I had neck tension since adolescence? What feelings are associated with this physical discomfort? Once I gain that awareness, I can stop blaming external factors and take the next step and apply one of the tools Patanjali gifts us with!

IHere Patanjali presents us with the method of how Yoga views healing: holistic (from body, to breath, to thoughts to emotions). Practically speaking, this means that most of our physical symptoms are manifestations of deep-rooted emotional troubles. Healing in Yoga, therefore, takes time. We do not have magical pills for anxiety, back pain or pessimism. Yoga works with reflection, awareness and action. Through reflection we become aware of many deep tendencies and behaviors we have had that negatively affect our health. That awareness helps us see how we can change and create positive and constructive changes in order to create magnificent lives! Sutras I.32-I.39 mention eight techniques or tricks for calming the mind " shared from weeklysutra




We are so fortunate to have such amazing knowledge available to us.  🙏

We have to trust and breathe,... love and be kind - to others and ourselves.  Meditation is such a lovely way to really sit with ourselves. As we are still and listen, we observe obstacles and distractions.  There must be consistency and a regularity with our practice to be effective but this is a simple practice that leads to peace.  

I find that meditating each day sets the foundation for a peaceful start to the day, ... does it stop the chaos? no,... Does it quell all of the anxiety and stress? no,.. but it helps to remind me that I create my environment and my ongoing habits contribute to the tone of the day,... Will I choose joy? Be strong and have integrity.  Be authentic and kind and caring,.. Look  inward with self study to learn and grow.  Do not harm.  Take a deep breath, right now,.. just stop and close your eyes,... As you open the eyes, ... think of something that brings you joy.  Imagine devoting your day to that joy.  Now, slow down and open your heart to all that comes your way today, but do it with a little space open around your heart.  Be true to yourself,.. do this by way of slowing down and listening,... In following our dharma as we are taught in the Gita, we feel purpose and this, feeling driven to share our gifts and ourselves, this brings JOY into the heart.💓

much love and light 

lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu

namaste'

Kerry and the Yoga Tree family 


Doing it yourself.

 💞 Don't ask anyone to do what you YOURSELF,... are NOT doing.... Long ago,...a wise young yogi looked up at me and said, "adults ...