Focus and Distraction

We live in an age of constant distraction. Between an endless flurry of phone calls, emails, texts, tweets, breaking news and the bizarre collection of beeps, chimes, chirps and vibrations that accompany them, our attention is being hijacked from morning till night on a regular basis. Both the goal and the strategy in Yoga meditation is ...

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Abundance

Abundance This time of year my garden is thriving. When I was young, summer progressed not by the day of the month, but by the fruit we were canning. And we did a lot of canning. We always started with cherries which were the easiest. You just clean, put them in a jar and cover with ...

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Accepting Help

Which is harder for you? Asking for help or accepting it? As an independent woman I have always prided myself on being able to take charge of my life and all that is in it. My garden is a perfect example. When I first decided to put in a garden years ago, I thought I could ...

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20 Years!

Thanks to all who made our 20 Anniversary Celebration a success. We donated $761 to the West Seattle Foodbank. Shelly put together a great restorative setup for all to try and many did. The West Seattle Blog came and took pictures. Minutes after Patrick left we were trending on the blog. What Fun!!! I have another ...

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Let Your Body Renew

I got up this morning to a day filled with my favorite activity, cooking. I first whipped up an apricot galette, then picked herbs from my garden for a soup and headed to the freezer for fish for dinner. YIKES! My freezer had stopped working. The temperature was up to 40 and warming up. It ...

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Seasonal Changes

As we enter summer I reflect on Ayurveda’s way of looking at seasonal changes. Kapha moving into pitta or what we know as spring moving into summer gives us an opportunity to reflect on how our habits should change to meet the seasons. For instance in the winter I am inside more, I tend to ...

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Atha

Atha, the first word in the Yoga Sutra is filled with a depth of meaning. It implies beginning an endeavor we want to learn or experience and the willingness to put forth the effort to receive the gift of that knowledge. The ability to learn can start and continue throughout our life and is not ...

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Karuna

“karuna” Compassion for ourselves and those around us. This concept comes from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra I.33. Let’s make 2017 the year of kindness. We often think of compassion as something we do for others. In order to have compassion for others we must first show compassion towards ourselves. Self-compassion or kindness starts with awareness. It is only ...

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Olympic Spirit

I was watching the Olympics this week and noticed how people from almost every nation in the world joined together for one common goal – to be the best in their sport. What truly struck me was how everyone was getting along and supporting each other. Countries let go of their differences and the spirit of competition was ...

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Be Present

I have been reflecting lately on the first sutra -  atha yoganusasanam. It invites us to be present. Looking at where we have been and where we want to go. If I am ready I can be open to learning and growing. Like so much of life, if we are stuck in a pattern or ...

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