Sunday Conference 8.24.14

Sunday Conference with Diana

August 24, 2014

Let’s review!

“Samsara” – old patterns - doing the same thing time and time again
Check in with your emotional and physical well-being – remain present

Why are we on our mats?  It is our spiritual and emotional practice.
Life your life with intention, mindfulness and learning …  

This Semester

Backbending – opening the FRONT of your body.
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (upward facing dog) – Eastern intensive stretch
Paschimottanasana – Western intensive stretch
Release, lengthen and strengthen your psoas and iliacus muscles

This morning’s Conference

“Roll the paper … Unroll the paper” – open up your heart area ~ breathe big and
deeply to open your psoas and hip flexors
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana – engage your legs and press into the tops of your feet while pulling your heart area through (please don’t splay your heels out)
What causes back pain?  Sitting in chairs/cars with poor posture and fear.

Weekly Message



Homework this week
Get a foot massage and/or pedicure

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Our Chain of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

First, Scott McKnight

Next Diana

Then Nyla Stickle

Who's Next?


Fight ALS with the #icebucketchallenge
Take the challenge, donate and help us create a world without ALS!


ALS or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The progressive degeneration in ALS eventually leads to the brain's ability to initiate and control muscle movement. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

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Diana also supports the work being done at The Pacific Marine Mammal Center and their Sea Lion Rescue Program



Sunday Conference 8.17.14

Sunday Conference with Diana

August 17, 2014

Let’s review!

“Samsara” – perpetual suffering – doing the same thing time and time again  
Mindfulness with your bandhas

This Semester

Backbending – opening the FRONT of your body.
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (upward facing dog) – Eastern intensive stretch
Paschimottanasana – Western intensive stretch
Release your psoas muscles
Allow your “muchness” to be big, wonderful and amazing!


This morning’s Conference

Assess your posture while driving, working on computer, eating – all hunched over?  Slouching?
“Roll the paper … Unroll the paper” – open up your heart area-breath big and deeply
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana – engage your legs and press into the tops of your feet (don’t
splay your heels out) while pulling your heart area through.


Weekly Message




Homework this week

Go barefoot as much as possible this entire week.  Take your shoes off when you get home, take them off at work (if possible), go to the beach and walk in the sand and water barefoot.

Roll a tennis ball under your feet (3 points – ball, mid-point and heel)
Also, roll the ball left to right at each point.


Get a foot massage and/or pedicure.

Sunday Conference 8.3.14

Sunday Conference with Diana...

August 3, 2014

Our practice is our “medicine” – svadyaya – self study
“Heart of Yoga” is a MUST for your svadyaya library

Paths toward self-realization – being a better person
Why are you on your yoga mat?

Ashta=Eight   Anga=Limb   Yoga=Union
“Yama” = ethical disciplines (how you are in the world)
“Niyama” = self-observation (how you honor yourself)
“Asana” = posture (hatha = sun & moon)
“Pranayama” = breath control – chi, life breath, energy
“Pratyahara” = sensory withdrawal (no distractions – focus on dristhi and breath
“Dharana” = concentration – hold your mind, remain present in the moment
“Dhyana” = meditation
“Samadhi” = happiness and goodness

What is your “mission statement” for your life?


Weekly Message

The Tao turns the tides
and changes caterpillars into butterflies.
Do you truly believe that it has less magic,
mystery or meaning in store for you?

Pay attention to what within you
is beginning to awaken.
The caterpillar can feel the essence
of the butterfly
even before it begins to emerge.

Remember, butterflies are never
born on the ground.
This type of total transformation occurs only after
an arduous climb up the trunk of the tree
and a perilous trip out onto the barest branch.
Risk is the cost
of attaining anything of real value.

Create your own chrysalis of consciousness;
a protective cocoon in which
you realize yourself more wholly.
Dawning as a radiant light,
awakening others in the same way.


Tao de Ching 78th Passage (As translated by Dorien Israel)