Monday, September 25, 2017

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!

Big props to my dear friend Leslie Noble for taking most of these pictures!

Monday, May 29, 2017

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.
Memorial Day posters available for download > U.S. Air Force ...

"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.  
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What can you do to get yourself outside a bit more?
Here are some ideas for some small step can you make to do some yoga stretches and get outside. 
  • Wake up a few minutes early to get outside before you get your day started and do a few sun salutations.
  • Take a short walk after dinner before you settle in for the evening.
  • Schedule a 15 minute walk after work and before you head home.
  • Modify where you park for work so that you have to take a little bit longer of a walk to get to your work area.
  • Call a buddy and ask them to join you for a walk.  Show them one or 2 of your favorite yoga moves.
  • Take short walk at lunch.  Breathe 10 deep full breaths when you start and end.
  • Play this on your phone and go out on your porch and dance a little!
Think of something that is doable FOR YOU and get started.   And all you really need to do to get into a yogic state of mind is to take some deep breathes and walk.  This will make you feel better and uplift your spirits.  You are important! Take a little time for you!  Let me know what you come up with for ideas to get a little yoga stretching and movement into your life!

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In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
John Muir

Next one is Sunday  June 11 at 3:30 pm at Rivershore Preserve In Richmond VT
Sign up here!
It will be you, me, yoga stretches, mindfulness practices, and short journal writes.  I’ll take you on 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!  
Sample Agenda:
  • Meet in the parking lot near the walking location
  • Find a little nook or spot to stop and do some warm up yoga stretches
  • Pull an angel card and take some deep breathes
  • Begin walking while we focus on our senses
  • What we hear, touch, see, taste, smell.  Focus on one or all of these.
  • Gently we will walk and observe, talking with a friend or quietly walking on our own.
  • After our walk we will sit and do a brief journal prompt that will allow us time to put down on paper some of the observations of our walk.
  • Close and head home!
If you know anyone who would like to join the Springtime OUTDOOR Mindfulness Walking Series please share this link with them.  
Thank you!  I am looking forward to see you on the walks!
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Want Jean to do some yoga for your and your neighbors?
Does your neighborhood want to do some outdoor yoga classes for the summer months?  Do you have some space in your yard where we might gather?  I am taking requests to teach once a week yoga classes in your neighborhood for June - August 2017.  If this is something you think you and your neighbors might want to set up, please contact me and we can discuss.  I have 2 weekly spots in my schedule available.  Evening, weekend or early morning times are available.

Please email me  if you have questions or comments.  I love hearing from you.
My wish for you today is health in your body, peace in your mind and love in your heart,

Jean
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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Mother's Day

Breathe in Gratitude, Breathe out Love!
Good Morning Yogis!  
Hello Yogis and Happy Mother’s Day
to all my favorite moms!
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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 kids who made us moms in the first place. They give us joy, grief and everything in between.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.
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For this week, let your yoga be to  just take a little time to be mindful of the mom who brought you here or the mom you choose in your life.  Take a moment to give thanks to all she gave you, lest you would not be here in quite the same way. Mother Love.  Amen.
 
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It will be you, me, yoga stretches, mindfulness practices, walking and short journal writes.  We will be taking walks on Sundays at 3:30pm 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.
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If you know anyone who would like to join the Springtime OUTDOOR Mindfulness Walking Series please share this link with them.  
Thank you!  I am looking forward to see you on the walks!
Please email me  if you have questions or comments.  I love hearing from you.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Lovenote May 6, 2017

Welcome to Lovenote May 6, 2017
Pose of the week:
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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.
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If you know anyone who would like to join the Springtime OUTDOOR Mindfulness Walking Series please share this link with them.  

Thank you!  I am looking forward to see you on the walks!

Please email me  if you have questions or comments.  I love hearing from you.
My wish for you today is health in your body, peace in your mind and love in your heart,
Jean

Saturday, May 6, 2017

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:
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Here’s Karen’s painting:
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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 responded:
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I have always loved the peace sign.  I have always loved the word Peace.  It is something that calms my heart….feeling peace.  I feel it near water.  I feel it during a quiet moment watching the birds at the feeder.  I feel it doing yoga with my yogi friends.  
I am so grateful for my life and all the wonderful people in it.  Did you know that you are one of the people I am super grateful for?  Thank you for being here.  Without you here, I probably would not be writing these lovenotes.  I started writing them more on a regular basis when our political leaders in the USA changed hands and our country was in a tumultuous time that caused a lot of us worry.

Lovenotes were a way that we could share some good things and see the light that is in this world.  I want you to feel peace in your heart.  I want you to feel joy.  I want for you to have all it is that you want in this one precious life.  Thank you so much for being here!

Pose of the week:
Angali Mudra is a centering pose which helps to alleviate mental stress and anxiety.  It helps achieve focus and coming into a meditative state.  Bringing your hands together connects the right and left hemispheres of the brain.  Try bringing your hands together and close your eyes and breath steadily for 5 rounds.  Softly open your eyes and think of peace.
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Quote of the week -
When you look at the sun during your walking meditation, the mindfulness of the body helps you to see that the sun is in you; without the sun there is no life at all and suddenly you get in touch with the sun in a different way.
-Thich Nhat Hanh

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I am over the top excited to gather with you and hit the walking path.  I will be taking walks on selected Sunday afternoons and Monday evenings in May and June 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 like to join the Springtime OUTDOOR Mindfulness Walking Series please share this link with them. 
Thank you!  I am looking forward to see you on the walks!
Please email me  if you have questions or comments.  I love hearing from you.

Here’s to looking toward the light my friends.
Peace and Namaste,
Jean
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My wish for you today is health in your body, peace in your mind and love in your heart,
Jean

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

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 Beginner’s Mind.  It is when you have openness, eagerness and willingness when starting to try anything.  It is when you are not sure of what to do yet you are fearless and available to the moment.  
I believe this is a great place to start when you are wanting to try something new.  Something like yoga.  Something like art.  Something new to you that you have not done before.

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So when my friend, Leslie,  asked me if I wanted to attend a painting class that was a benefit for Relay for Life, I paused for a moment.  I had that thought that I wasn’t an artist.  I worried that whatever I painted would not be good.  Then I reframed the thought by put on my Beginner’s Mind and said “Sure, I will go!”   Here is the painting that I did of an owl.  Sure, it is not a masterpiece.  However it is my art!  I am an artist in my own way.  It is what I was able to do while letting my creative juices flow.  And best of all it was fun!!
What might you be willing to use your Beginner’s mind with this week?

Legs Up Pose with variation - Viparita Karani
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When I saw these interesting gray twigs coming up out of the ground in this field, I instantly wanted to align with them!  I found a spot to lay down next to them and extend one leg up and my arms reached up as well.  You will find many yoga poses that we do are in alignment with nature.  It is for good reason too!  In this pose, laying on the ground your back, shoulders and head straightened out. Lifting your arm and leg skyward feels fun too!   Give this pose a try on the floor switching sides after holding on each side for about 10 breaths each.
Benefits of legs up poses are:
  • Increases circulation to the abdominal organs
  • Alleviates menstrual cramps
  • Relieves swollen ankles and varicose veins
  • Improves digestion
  • Restores tired feet or legs
  • Stretches the back of the neck, front torso, and back of the legs
  • Relieves mild backache
  • Calms anxiety
  • Reverses the effect of gravity on the body
     
Quote of the week -
"Nourish yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go. You are worth the effort.” —Deborah Day
 
What’s classes does Jean have coming up?
I am putting together a springtime OUTDOOR Mindfulness Walking Series!  It is still muddy and cool here in Vermont so I will wait until May to get things organized.  Stay tuned here for more information.
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I love this picture of my son, Ben, mindfully walking
Please email me  if you have questions or comments.  I love hearing from you.

My wish for you today is health in your body, peace in your mind and love in your heart,
Jean


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