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Get outside and do some yoga!

Hello Yoga Friends! We have a round of very warm September weather and I thought it would be fun to share some outdoor yoga moves that I did when I was down on Cape Cod last month. The beach is a fantastic place to do some yoga. Your feet sink into the sand and get comfy. The breeze from the water cools you and the sun warms you. It is lovely.
This was on the beach each morning after they raked! It was a beautiful mandala to start yoga with. It almost felt wrong to sit on it!

Start by sitting on a towel outdoors and bring your hands to your heart and take 3 deep breathes.

Come to your feet and reach to the side - Triconasana Triangle pose.
Reach the other way, stretching long through your arms.
Goddess pose - bend your knees and elbows.
Lunge with hands up high!
 Spread your arms wide and twist in the lunge.
Seated side angle pose - make your side long!
Then lean to the other side - look up!
Ahhhh, now sit back and relax! Enjoy the light and warmth!

Memorial Day

Jean’s Yoga Lovenote May 28, 2017 On this memorial day weekend, I want to send out thanks and appreciation for all those who have served our country so that we may live a life of freedom.  We are so fortunate to live in America and I am thankful to all those who have served to make it such a wonderful place to be.
"Begin each day with optimism and end each day with forgiveness. Happiness in life begins and ends within your heart." ~Doe Zantamata 
As the weather warms up and the flowers are popping open all over, I am finding my desire to do yoga has moved to the outdoors.  There is so much benefit to being outside for our well being.  The fresh air, and the green and blue outdoor colors are very healing to our souls.  I have set a goal for myself to walk for 30 minutes each day for 30 days.  (so far I am 10 days in!)  When I get started each day to do my walk, I do some yoga stretches before and after I walk to make sure I am warmed up and limber for the walks.   What can you do…

Mother's Day

Breathe in Gratitude, Breathe out Love!Good Morning Yogis!   Hello Yogis and Happy Mother’s Day
to all my favorite moms!
But behind all your stories is always your mother's story, because hers is where yours begins.       - Mitch Albom
The picture above is a sculpture that I saw on a recent trip to Montreal in the Old Port.  When I came upon it I had to stop and admire it for a bit of time.  The facial expressions on the women were so endearing and they made me feel like I had stumbled upon a deeply personal conversations between 3 mothers who were clearly concerned about a child and a situation that had caused them worry. In today’s lovenote I would simply like to thank my mother and all my mother friends who are reading this.  Thank you for love, care, support, and being there.  Being a mother is a challenging and imperfect job but so many of us take it on and do it with grace, strength and love.  Thank you for being a mother and spreading that love. Finally I would like to thank the …

Lovenote May 6, 2017

Welcome to Lovenote May 6, 2017 Pose of the week: Warrior 3 Virabhadrasana 3 Begin standing tall with your feet together. Lift one leg back behind you as you fold your torso forward. Keep your back flat and eyes looking ahead. Reach both arms diagonally back behind you. Stay for 10 seconds. Inhale to come up. Drop your back foot down and release your arms. Come back to standing in Tadasana on your mat. Repeat on the other side.

Quote of the week - 
May Flowers Always Line Your Path - Irish blessing

Springtime OUTDOOR Mindfulness Walking Series has arrived!!
Our next one is tomorrow and it is not too late to sign up here! I am over the top excited to gather with you and hit the walking path.  I will be taking walks on Sundays and 3pm and Monday evenings at 5:30pm for 1.5 - 2 hours at some of my favorite walking paths and trails in the local area.  We will meet on site where we will be walking.  Directions will come when you sign up here!  Please come to one or all of them.
If you know anyone who would…

Springtime OUTDOOR Mindfulness Walking Series

It is not too late to sign up here!

A little yoga stretching
Some mindfulness walking
Then a few minutes to journal your thoughts
Walking around some beautiful spots right here in VT.

April 23, 2017 Lovenote!

Breathe in Gratitude, Breathe out Love!Good Morning Yogis!
Welcome to Lovenote April 23,  2017!
This week I have had 2 people tell me that I am exuding peace.  Say what??  It gives me tingles up my spine to hear that.   Here is Peace story #1: My housemate Karen just came back from a trip south to Florida where she got back into her painting.  She painted a stunning reproduction of a lovely picture that I took in Williston last fall when we had a supermoon in October 2016.
Here is the picture I took:
Here’s Karen’s painting: As she was cleaning up her painting pallets she we talked about the picture and the painting and she said to me,” Your pictures have a peaceful way about them.”  I love that the essence that comes from the picture to her was peace.  Please, let there be more peace! Peace Story #2: I had dinner with my friend Laurie the other night.  We had a lovely time talking and eating good food.  I sent her a quick little text thanking her for the lovely meal and here is how she respo…

April 9, 2017 Lovenote!

Breathe in Gratitude, Breathe out Love!Good Morning Yogis!  Welcome to Lovenote April 9,  2017! Do you think of yourself as a creative artistic sort?  I have been dabbling in that discussion with myself lately.  It is easy for me to be critical of my artistic skills and talents(or lack thereof!).  In the past, I have told myself that can’t paint or I am not an artistic type.  When I try to draw with a pen or pencil even my stick people look a little weird!  The truth of the matter is, I have never really given it a fair shot.  Why would I suddenly be artistic if I never spend time doing artistic things?!   It is just like when people say to me, “Jean, I can’t do yoga!  I can’t even touch my toes!”  I hear that a lot.  The thought that pops into my mind when people say that is, “Well, when was the last time you reached down and tried to touch your toes?”  I also wonder, “Why do you think touching your toes is a skill you must have to practice yoga?” :) There is a term in yoga that we call…