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Forget Yoga Envy + Remember Who You Are

Kathryn Budig by Kathryn Budig | October 29th, 2013 | 17 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: abilities, ability, asanas, ashtanga, blessings, body, compare, confidence, crying, disappointment, envious, envy, exercise, Fitness, frustration, gift, handstand, headstand, inversions, invert, jealous, jealously, Joseph Campbell, Kathryn Budig, love, negative thoughts, physical, self-love, self-respect, workout, Yoga, yoga class, yoga competition, yoga poses, yoga studio, yoga-practice

Yoga EnvyThe yoga practice is a glorious dance of the physical possibilities in the human body. An advanced practice can take your breath away as easily as it can expand your ujjayi. It can twist and turn in directions that make an artist quiver with creative jealousy and inspire even the heaviest of sloths to entertain a change of mind.

That being said — it can also be intimidating as hell.

I learned, trained, teach and practice in Santa Monica, California. It is the mecca of yoga these days and the cream of the crop when it comes to beautiful practices. It’s hard to find a level 2-3 class that doesn’t have at least one yogi soaring through the air in-between asanas or adding what appears to be a level-X variation to every pose. It can often be inspiring and mind-blowing but it can also be, in a word, daunting.

An Attitude of Gratitude

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | November 20th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: American Red Cross, attitude, beauty, blessings, Blood Donor, breast-cancer, children, family, give thanks, good health, grateful, gratitude, heart disease, high blood pressure, joy, karma, laughter, mantra, meditation, mindfulness, moment, Platelet Donor, Red Cross, simple pleasures, sister, stroke, thanksgiving, whale watching

Boy jumping in puddleBy The FIRM Master Instructor Marguerite O’Brien

While I try to be mindful of the blessings in my life and give thanks on a daily basis, there are times when I am humbled by life’s circumstances and my gratefulness is magnified. I’ve had several experiences recently that I wanted to share with you, in hopes that they will inspire you to take a moment to be present to what is going on around you and give silent thanks for every blessing.

Thanksgiving Blessings

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | November 16th, 2012 | 2 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Personal Growth | tags: America, blessings, dinner, family, food, giving thanks, grateful, gratitude, holidays, meal, prayer happiness, Ralph Waldo Emerson, thankful, thanksgiving, The Book of Common Prayer, travel, William Shakespeare, Yoga

Thanksgiving Blessings

“This food comes from the earth and the sky. It is a gift of the entire universe and the fruit of much hard work; I vow to live a life which is worthy to receive it.” — Grace of the Bodhisattva Buddhists

At the beginning of every yoga class, while we’re sitting in sukhasana, my yoga teacher always says to “give silent gratitude for all the blessings in our lives.” And, even though I am mentally not quite “there” yet — I’m still trying to find my “sit bones” and thinking about my grocery list and how I forgot my daughter’s gym shoes and did I shut the garage door? — usually, I do it. Images of my kids’ faces and my cozy brick house flash through my mind, and if I take time to really think about it (and not about the location of my cute new flats that I hope the dog isn’t eating right now), I realize I have so much to be grateful for: my close, loving family, my friends, my health, my readers, my Dutch oven, fire-roasted Hatch green chilies, pasture butter and the fact that I am rarely hungry.

Is Your Container Too Small? How to Live a BIG Life

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | November 2nd, 2012 | 4 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: affirmation, anger, big life, blessings, challenge, change, constriction, create space, destiny, emotions, environment, exhaustion, expansion, feel, frustration, give thanks, growing, inner guide, journal, journaling, let go, listen, marriage, peace of mind, Relationships, shift, spiritual disconnection, spirituality, stress, stuck, transformation, work environments

Woman inside a Cardboard Box

In the last few weeks, I have had several clients and other acquaintances who have shared their discontent. Their challenges range from unsatisfying relationships to chaotic work environments to spiritual disconnection to complete exhaustion. As I listened to each person there was a similar question that kept running through my mind: “Is your container too small?”

New Year’s Wishes for You

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | December 30th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: 2011, affirmation, affirmations, beauty, blessings, change, christmas, faith, freedom, future, gratitude, growth, Hanukkah, holiday, HOPE, intention, journal, joy, life, love, meditation, new year, peace, prayer, Relationships, season, spirituality, thankful, thanks, universe, wishes

 Smiling woman in winter clothing holding a coffee mug

Happy Holidays,

As we moved toward the end of this year, I really began to contemplate how I, personally, wanted to end 2010.

How to Harvest Your Blessings

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | October 15th, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth | tags: affirmation, blessings, contemplation, enjoyment, gifts, give thanks, happiness, intention, spiritual practice, thanks

The fall season is generally a time for harvesting crops. It is the time of year for seeing what has grown from the seeds that have been planted and then moving the harvest into storage for the winter. I was thinking about what I am harvesting at this time in my life, and what came is that I am harvesting a myriad of blessings.