Greetings Fellow Yogis,
I hope this finds you well. It’s been such a long while since I’ve written. I’ve had some pretty big life changes, and was waiting until I felt settled with those until I reached out.
I’ve also let go of social media. I haven’t been on either my personal or business Facebook account since November, and only hop on Instagram about once a week. It was becoming a drain on my nervous system, and once I let it go I felt quiet and more at peace.
I find in 2020 that I’m feeling more trust and less need to seek or strive in all areas of my life. This deepens my connection to the natural flow and order of life. I feel more rested and receptive.
The biggest change is that I was offered a teaching job in a severely autistic high school classroom. I said yes! Now I am the lead teacher of four amazing autistic students and the commander in chief of three aides. It’s a new world to work in, one that’s both challenging and rewarding.
I still teach two weekly Yoga classes in downtown Santa Cruz. I am currently launching my first 300 Hour Yoga Alliance Training in March. Paula Horvath from Wild Roots Yoga and I have teamed up together to make this course happen!
For now Santa Cruz is still a happy place. Living here keeps life interesting for sure, it feeds my soul, and supports me growing and learning in ways that I feel can help me better serve you and continue to offer heartfelt embodied Yoga Practices.
The weekly Bliss and Yin classes at Village Yoga in downtown Santa Cruz are my staple.
My weekly Yoga class schedule here:
I have two upcoming retreats!
I would love to see you on retreat this spring at Tassajara Zen Center
where I will be co-teaching for my 9th summer with Linda Galijan.
Find out and register here:
My annual Women’s Embodied Yoga Retreat up at Mount Madonna. This is an awesome weekend of like minded women, Yoga, Relaxation, and connection.
I’ve already begun taking registration.
Find Out More and RSVP by Emailing me at Premayoga108@gmail.com
If you would like to feel at home in your body, at peace in your life, and connected through practice, join me for a full week or weekend retreat!
I’d love to see you soon,
Living on the edge fully embodied, grounded in uncertainty!
How can we stay fully present in midst of global warming, political crisis, and daily life? I wish I could tell you how, what to do and offer a list of sound advice that speaks from practical wisdom. I offer you this image of being on the edge, which I literally was up on Mount Tamalpais last week!
We all really have no control. That day as I stood there looking down…I felt at ease in my body. There was trust within and a sense of peace throughout. That’s what we have to come home to, each moment.
My teachings are all about embodiment...Coming home to our feet on the ground, no matter how far away the solid ground is, or how much uncertainty there is. The only real control we have is our mind set, our choices, and our desire to stay present moment by moment in order to BE THE CHANGE!
The world needs you fully present and grounded in order to create real change and offer one another courage and compassion.
I've created a video to share a wonderful restorative pose you can use to loosen up your hips and dropping down into your Root Chakra. Enjoy! Sending a special thanks to Shelli Rusconi-Herred for graciously being my model for this video.
I get excited this time of year! Fall is definitely my favorite season.
What about you? How do you feel or what do you notice when we shift gears and change seasons?
I find that when summer turns to fall there seems to be permission to think about dressing warmer, staying inside more, and browsing through my delicious squash soup recipes.
I also thoroughly enjoy the slight shift to cooler days and the colors that pop out at Farmers Market.
How do you embrace the change of the season?
Let's face it, life is full of ups and downs...
This life as we know it ultimately transforms into a different state than the waking one we are living in now.
Our personal paths sometimes bring us to places where we can feel isolated, lonely or even uncertain of what our purpose or reason is for living.
The practice of non-attachment is crucial when it comes to moving forward in life. The second noble truth in Buddhism says that attachment or clinging, ultimately leads to our suffering.
Let’s face it, sometimes life goes our way, but more than not, life goes it’s own way! It’s usually contrary to the way in which we imagined it or desired it to be.
Buddhism also teaches that we do have the opportunity to find Nirvana, that which is a state of joy. This comes from the practice of non-attachment.
In a mindful yoga practice, we can identify where these states of either clinging (tension) or joy (openness) live in our bodies.
How we move through our daily lives MATTERS!
Traveling through India was an amplified opportunity to DROP IN, COME HOME, LET GO, and realize that I cannot hide from who I am.
I was with my yoga students from early morning until late in the evening. Lucky for me, our group had this dynamic contagious laughter simmering in and out of each stressful moment. We used it as a weapon to get through very long days of travel and overwhelm in different situations.
I’m sitting at a coffee shop, still sleepy even though I taught a 6:00 a.m. Hot Yoga Flow class.
It’s been raining here for weeks and I think about my son in Portland and wonder how he deals with the dreary weather. I’m missing the sun, my daughter, and I am also excited to head to India with my yoga students. All of this happening at once.
I’m also aware of the smell of the baked goods here at the coffee shop, which I am not choosing because they have gluten in them! My coffee is nice, I added almond milk and YAY, it’s warming me up.
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In the past I’ve been all about setting up big goals in January, and determined to work hard, to do all the spiritual stuff that aligns me with those intentions.
This year I find myself quieter, gentler on both myself and in life, and understanding the power of NEUTRAL.
I would love to share a spiritual AH HA about NEUTRAL...
With 38 years as a practicing yogini and 20 years as a yoga teacher and intuitive healer, Lisa Marie brings health and life changing experiences to thousands. Her commitment to her students and to the path of yoga guides her to serve others as they find their own divinity and tap into their essential nature.