ERICA BLITZ

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    rhythm.melody.harmony.

    “The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.”

    ~Iyengar

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    time to bloom.

    Spring is on the horizon and it's the time of year that we awaken to the parts of us that have been dormant over these long winter months. Just as nature enters a cycle of renewal, growth and expansion, so too does our capacity to expand the energy within us through our yoga practice. What blooms within you?

    Bow into the seeds of your heart - water them with your breath and the light of your awareness.

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    twist away tension

    The holiday season is a time for celebrating the gifts of life and simply being with loved ones. However, the holidays can also be a time of year where stress and anxiety are heightened.  Whether shopping for gifts, travelling, finances or even dealing with uncomfortable family situations, as much as the holidays can be joyful, they can also be quite draining. In the current swirl of commercial and social pressures, it's easy to forget the meaningfulness of the season when holiday stress leads to impatience, feeling tired and being overwhelmed.

    It's also the time of year where there's a tendency to put our own health and wellness on the backburner until the holiday season is through. We shove the gym bags and yoga mats into a corner and instead parade from one holiday party to the next succumbing to the temptation to (over!?) indulge in holiday beverages and sweet treats along the way. By the time December 31st rolls around we're well ready for those New Year's resolutions (you know, the ones that are lucky if they make it past January 17th ) and reversing the tide of over-consumption.

    In the hopes of a healthy and happy holiday season, consider taking time out for yourself and listen to what your body needs. One of the easiest ways to reduce stress is to relax and, fortunately, yoga offers the perfect remedy with techniques to ease your holiday worries and energize the body. It also teaches you to stay calm in challenging situations, while also fostering a sense of happiness and harmony. 

    While yoga has a strong effect on the physical body, it has an even stronger effect on regulating the emotions and subtle energies of the body. The meditative and mindfulness practices of yoga are excellent tools to bring awareness to our emotional states to help conquer holiday stress. Yoga also teaches us to look inside and to focus less on the material things and more on what truly makes us happy.  Roll out your yoga mat, take a deep breath, flow through a Sun Salutation or have a seat for meditation. Guaranteed you will leave your mat feeling more relaxed and energized.

    Namaste!

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    great.full.

    "The ideal purpose of your life is that you are grateful—great and full—that you are alive, and you enjoy it ."

    ~ Yogi Bhajan

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    be still and wait.

    When you are in doubt, be still, and wait;
    When doubt no longer exists for you then go forward with courage.
    So long as mists envelop you, be still;
    Be still until the sunlight pours through and dispels the mists
    -as it surely will. Then act with courage.


    ~ Chief White Eagle

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    1.15. Drsanusravika Visaya Vitrsnasya Vasikara Smjna Vairagyam 

    1.15. Drsanusravika Visaya Vitrsnasya Vasikara Smjna Vairagyam 

    “At the highest level there is an absence of any cravings, either for the fulfillment of the senses or for extraordinary experiences.”

    ~  Desikachar 

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    you.