Auspicious New Moon on New Year 2014

Usually, I don’t follow any kind of astrology stuff, except knowing the dates of new moons and full moons so I won’t find myself going in for Mysore practice only to find that it is closed for Moon Days. If you practice Ashtanga, some shalas might be closed today as their official new moon day, but according to many other sources including NASA, the new moon is on January 1st, 2014.

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The Capricorn new moon is the best of the year to start foundational work. This is the sign of resolutions, making plans and mapping the course. As so many already use Jan 1st as the day of new beginnings, having the strength of Capricorn behind it makes me feel like those intentions might have the ability to manifest better than usual, and they also run the risk of holding us more accountable than usual. Saturn rules Capricorn and Saturn is big daddy planet, the strict father figure of astrology that keeps us in line and has no qualms about forcing us back on the horse, or goat, rather, when we either fall or jump off.

The funny thing is, I’m usually not one to write down New Year’s resolutions, because I believe that the New Year is just an arbitrary date, and that we should really take each day as a new start. However, while sitting in a coffee shop yesterday afternoon and reading about lipid oxidation (don’t ask), I suddenly was itching to set some intentions for the year 2014 (maybe the text was too boring). And so I did. And I felt strong about these goals, because apparently Capricorn and Saturn are stubborn and determined. Oh, and they can’t stand jokers either.

This is a new moon to really take some time to decide what your true goals are for the year to come. This is not the year to write down those resolutions you just write because you always do (make a million dollars, get married, lose 50 lbs) unless you truly intend to get to work. Saturn and Capricorn are listening this time and you don’t want to to tell them something you don’t mean because they do not have a sense of humor and they don’t think not following through is funny. At all.

In addition to my 2014 goals, I also wrote down my 2013 accomplishments. We rarely give ourselves credits, and it was astounding to me how much I actually did in 2013. I can be very hard on myself, and sometimes I think things aren’t happening fast enough. But writing the accomplishments down on a simple piece of paper allowed me to reflect on my own growth. I encourage everyone to try it.


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On that note, I wish everyone a very Happy New Year!

A Christmas Miracle

This video has been circling around on the internet sphere for the past 24 hours. It’s amazing what the WestJet crew had pulled off. While it is still a marketing tactic, it’s an inspirational one, and now I want to fly WestJet too. It’s the perfect example that when you give, you’ll receive more.

Thanksgiving Benefits Class @ Yoga Garden SF

In the spirit of the upcoming holiday, I am teaching a special benefits class at Yoga Garden on Thursday, Nov. 28, 8:00-9:30am. All proceeds will go directly to the Tilden Keller Community Center in India. Some info…

 

Gratitude from the Heart

Let’s open up this season with heart-felt gratitude, expressing a big THANK YOU for those in our lives and for everything that we have, taking nothing for granted.

This Vinyasa-based class will include heart-opening backbends for us to give and receive compassion, invigorating twists to stimulate our digestive organs, and restorative reclined postures and meditation to ease our stress.

This special session is donation based and will benefit Children International and the community center in New Delhi, where YGSF student Doug Tilden and his family sponsor 1600 kids, and are on their way to 3000.

Please check this link for more info on this incredible project: https://www.children.org/Sanctuary-in-the-Slum

 

There are also two other benefit classes at 9-11am, and 10-11:30am. Start your holiday season refreshed, rejuvenated, and feeling awesome about the good deeds you’ve done!

To sign up: http://www.yogagardensf.com/thanksgiving

Colbert vs Lululemon Founder Chip Wilson

Lululemon sure has been making headlines as of late, not all of them being positive, of course. Most recently, Chip Wilson, founder of Lululemon, went on Stephen Colbert’s radar, which in most cases, mean you will become even more notorious if you are not already so.

In all my 7.5 years of my yoga journey, I have never once owned a piece of Lululemon clothing. Even when my boyfriend brought me to a Lululemon store in downtown San Francisco on my birthday a couple of years ago and said I could get anything I wanted, I turned his kind offer down. He was a bit let down, because I probably did not act as ecstatic as he probably hoped I would, because after all, I am a yoga practitioner coming from a pretty affluent family. I explained to him that I’ve never been a designer brand type of girl. I simply don’t feel comfortable wearing anything so expensive.

At first, I simply did not want to pay $100+ for a pair of black yoga pants when I can pay $30 or $40 for similar looking ones with just as good of a quality. Besides, since when did doing yoga become a luxurious pass time? Do we really need to wear at least $200 worth of Lululemon gear in sweaty vinyasa classes for the namesake of having great-looking asses in our downward facing dogs? Over the years I started hearing some hush-hush dirty stories behind Lululemon’s shiny, hip, modern logo. Perhaps not all of them are true, but all rumors and gossips stem from some truth. Then there was the infamous case of the transparent pants not too long ago. While there are still millions of die-hard Lulu fans out there, it seems like ever since that incident, Lululemon’s name has been soiled.

Since I’m not too intelligent with tech and stuff, I didn’t figure out a way to embed the video directly onto this post. So, if y’all don’t mind moving your mouse a little bit over to the following link and press down on your index finger:

http://yoganonymous.com/watch-stephen-colbert-roasts-lululemon-founder-chip-wilson/

It’s worth 5:11 of your time (plus maybe 30 seconds of commercial). I guarantee. Like all other Colbert reports. Kudos to him for stating the Yoga Sutras too.

On a side note, I am starting a bi-weekly email newsletter featuring yoga, wellness, and nutrition tips. The newsletters will be short, succinct, and practical. I promise I won’t spam you. Follow this link here to sign-up and/or pass along to your friends/family who you know might benefit from this!–> http://www.elaineyoga.com/email-newsletter

Waldo searches within

Stop searching externally for that one thing, because what you are looking for might already be within you or right in front of you. It’s as if you are looking out all around you for a mountain, searching the horizon, when you are, in fact, standing on that very mountain already.

We may need a few advices here and there, a few boosts along the way, and a few fingers guiding us to the right path, but ultimately YOU are the wisest guru you can be for yourself. Only YOU know what you need, only YOU know how to do it, and only YOU have the answer you are seeking for.

And at long last, Waldo understands.

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(Kind of looks like a hippie version of Steve Jobs doesn’t he?)

My 7-Day Purva Karma Cleanse

Hey lovelies!

This past week I did a 7-day Ayurvedic Purva Karma Cleanse, and you can read all about it here. I am trying to find a way so that I can sync both my WordPress and my website (I use Squarespace) blog posts (e.g., publish a post on WordPress and it will automatically be published on my website as well). I personally like blogging from WordPress better, as the blogging tools are more expansive. In the meantime, please bear with these sporadic posts.

Read about my experience!

The Grunt

 

 

“Before the grace, there’s grunt – you have to put in the work.”

Dena Kingsberg

Every now and then, I like to refer back to this quote by our one and only Dena Kingsberg. This gives me a reminder that we don’t go from 0 to 100% in a matter of days, or weeks, or even sometimes years (and perhaps never). We have to work at it incessantly (abhyasa) we have to put in the effort without attachments (vairagya ).

I have gone through, and am still going through, the grunt  phase of eka pada sirsasana, dwi pada sirsasana , and yoga nidrasana . It’s been more than 1.5 years since my first try of eka pada sirsasana , and now there are still days when I just absolutely dread the series of postures that requires me to put my legs behind the head.

And recently came the infamous karandavasana . I am doing more than my fair shares of grunts–grunting on the way down and grunting coming back up. I can’t seem to either 1) drop my knees in towards my triceps without my knees free-falling down, or 2) prevent myself from falling face flat while trying to come up. And these are all with assistance. Come this asana, my bandhas just seem run the other way.

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Bottom line: If you are currently working on an asana that refuses to be worked at, keep Ms. Kingsberg in mind. Once you’ve accumulated enough grunt, there will be grace.