Laura's 10 Little Things


"The little things in life aren't so little."  
Dan Zadra and Kobi Yamanda




Laura has been practicing at Pacific Ashtanga since April of 2006 and began teaching at the shala in the summer of 2010. As a CMT and yoga teacher, Laura is grateful to facilitate the light through energy-healing massage and the beautiful tradition of Ashtanga yoga.



          Laura’s 10 Little Things

My beautiful son growing inside me
My boyfriend's infectious smile
The light in students’ eyes at the end of practice
Catching a wave that seemed too big to paddle into
The freedom of riding on a quad on an offbeat road
A dog’s excitement and love when greeting you
Being a facilitator of healing, assisting others in feeling good
Red wine and dark chocolate with sea salt
Taking an unexpected moment to talk with a friend or stranger
Seeing the good in each person and knowing we are all connected




Lesley's 10 Little Things



"The little things in life aren't so little."  
Dan Zadra and Kobi Yamanda


Lesley teaches Tuesday's Yoga Foundations and Intro to Ashtanga on Thursdays


Lesley's 10 Little Things
Cuddling with my boys
Walks by the beach 
Green tea with honey
Teaching yoga
The way the shala smells from the incense :-)
Mysore practice
The calm feeling from Ujjayi  breathing 
Time with my husband
Friends
The warmth of Love





Alessandra's 10 Little Things


"The little things in life aren't so little."  
Dan Zadra and Kobi Yamanda

Alessandra has  been practicing yoga for 11 years and has been teaching at the Shala for a year and a half.  She teaches Friday Mysore and Friday Ashtanga Prep.


Alessandra's 10 Little Things

Having a husband that adores me
Hearing my children say, "I love you."
My yoga practice
Friends that have become family
Passion for food and cooking
Coming from an Italian family
Watching my children cook with Nonna & Nonno
Cradling a baby
Chatting with my mom often on the phone
Kisses on the cheek






Sunday Conference 6.16.13


Notes from our Sunday Conference with Diana


June 16, 2013
Happy Father’s Day

Review:  Refining movement; practice economy of movement and stirha/sukha

“Prayer-thread” drishti:  about 8 - 10” on the floor in front of you;
second point of connection are your feet – very strong and light

Sitbones turned slightly inward.  Bandhas engaged - belly strong.  Move from your center. Articulate – focus - be present – lines of energy – mind training

Example 1:  Lotus.  Imagine a “box” around the areas of your sitbones and bandhas.  Engage and move everything inward, feet flexed - tight and compact – aware of lines of energy – push/pull.

Example 2:  bungee cord.  Tightly roll up a towel.  Toss it around and soon it will open up.  Then tightly roll up the towel again; but this time, wrap a bungee cord around it.  You can throw it around like a football without it ever opening up.  Bandhas are magical bungees…


Yearly Theme:  A mindful practice (vs. mindless practice)

Studies regarding neuroplasticity and mindtraining.  
Jon Kabat-Zinn and two other neuroscientists were at a medical conference.  They presented examples of healthy, as well as health-challenged brains.  An attendee inquired, “how do I get from that unhealthy brain to the healthy one?”  Kabat-Zinn’s reply astounded the audience when he replied, “meditation can be a very positive factor toward a healthier brain."                                                                                         


Homework:

Be mindful with gracefulness and lightness in your practice – focus

Think of the gifts you receive or have received from your Dad.  
Practice gratitude.



Weekly Message:

In observation of Summer Solstice

by Christina Countryman

In recognition of the blessings of being alive on this beautiful planet
With great gratitude I honor the four directions.

To the east and all that lay in that direction …
May the air and oceans enfold you in glorious beauty.
And all creatures thrive upon your shores in health and harmony.
Blessed be.

To the south and all that lay in that direction …
May your mountains and rivers wash clean water to the sea.
And your lakes and forests shelter all who dwell there.
Blessed be.

To the west and all that lay in that direction …
May the big sky of your plains sparkle with crystal clarity.
And gift all life with healing rains and glorious sunshine.
Blessed be.

To the north and all that lay in that direction …
May your midnight sun shine upon a planet filled with hope.
And the possibility of a peaceful world be made real.
Blessed be.



Did you miss the latest Sunday Conference?
You can now schedule personal sessions with Diana.
More info here: Svadyaya Sessions

Sunday Conference 6.9


Notes for our Sunday Conference with Diana...

June 9, 2013

Let’s review ..

“Celebrate Mistakes!”  - Ben Zander – Road Trip Nation


Chaturanga Dandasana - Drishti is about 6-8” on the floor in front of you

Throughout your “holding” in this position, keep the tailbone firmly level in place, the legs very active and sitbones turned slightly inward.  Bandhas engages - belly strong.

Be mindful of form and prepare for your set-up between 3rd and 4th movements – drishti
Articulate – focus - be present – mind-training -


Good form – refine your stirha/sukha – very light and graceful, like a leopard.

Diana’s Storytelling:  Have you ever had a bad day?  Too much stuff not going your way, lots of hurdles and challenges?  Feeling like you should have stayed in bed? 

Pulled out some dollar bills from my wallet and found some little notes written on them about things that make me happy; simple, little things:  windchimes, the sound of white water, smell of coffee, etc.

It’s the little things that matter; make good choices – enjoy those moments of your “wealth”
“Hey, I don't have all the answers.   In life, to be honest, I failed as much as I have succeeded. But I love my Mom & Dad, I love my dogs, I love my house, I love my students, I love my life. And I wish you my kind of success.”  (with great aplomb and zeal….)


Diana’s version of Dicky Fox’s quote in the movie, “Jerry Maguire”

Homework:

Be mindful with gracefulness and lightness in your practice - focus
Continue researching poses prior to your practice along with the 2nd series poses.

Make a list of the little things in your life that bring you happiness and true wealth.


Weekly Message:

“The little things in life aren’t so little.”

~ Dan Zadra and Kobi Yamanda ~

Did you miss the latest Sunday Conference?
You can now schedule personal sessions with Diana.
More info here: Svadyaya Sessions

Maria's 10 Little Things


"The little things in life aren't so little."  
Dan Zadra and Kobi Yamanda


Maria has been practicing yoga since 1997 and practicing ashtanga for over 10 years.  
She has been teaching for 8 years.  Maria teaches Monday pm Mysore.



Maria's 10 Little Things

The feel of my cheek on my Mom's soft arm
My husband's warm smile
A good book
Hearing my sisters' laughter
The smell of the sun on my cats' fur
Being alone in the office
The smell of baking bread
Avocados
The sound of surf as I fall asleep
Om chanted