Balance

Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings. ~ Rumi

I recently listened to an interview with French high-wire artist Phillipe Petit- the man who crossed the Twin Towers on a wire in 1974. You can see him in action here,  http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=Fc-4Z9SHBs8

Petit got me thinking about how being present to the elements within and around oneself are of utmost importance when balancing high above the earth.

Balance requires an open awareness and listening so that one can adjust and make detailed changes. Obviously,  if Petit had walked wires without regard for the wind, his breath, his field of perception and a myriad of other things he would not have succeeded.  

In yoga practice, we too can cultivate the quality of curiosity and open awareness – a beginner’s mind – to encourage more stability and balance. Each day and moment is different. Balance is dancing with what is here now. 

Yoga helps us to be present, curious and open. From that place, we dance, navigating not only our poses but the joys and challenges on the high wire of life.

Get ready for a fun challenging standing balance practice including eagle, dancer and warrior III pose!

See you on the mat!

Namaste,
 
Kim Metz
RYT 200 hour

Workshop June 14, Saturday 1:00-2:30. 
Yoga, Magic and the Art of Letting Go.
Registration is open. Hope you can come for a fun, eye-opening day of yoga and magic!

Classes this Week

Tuesday, 9:30-11:00am -Beginner Yoga   
Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm -Beginner Yoga
Friday noon- 1:00pm -Lunchtime Yoga
 
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yogaoutside

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~ Khalil Gibran

This morning I practiced yoga outside on my back deck and felt the sun dappled light move across my back warming me while green leaves rustled in the trees and the soft breeze brushed my skin.  There is a different quality to the experience of thinking about the sun touching your skin and feeling the sun touch your skin. 

Try it. Think about the sun touching your skin. And now feel the sun touching your skin. When we feel, it moves us into our body, and we become more present and grounded.

Yoga helps us tune into our feeling body, and gets us out of our thinking mind, which often gets in the way of our being present and connected. 

As we welcome warmer weather, invite a feeling quality into your practice and access each pose from that place of knowing. 

See you on the mat!

Namaste,
 
Kim Metz
RYT 200 hour

Bring a friend week is here- May 27th through the 31st! Bring a friend and enter a raffle for awesome prizes including free massage, or yoga classes.

Classes this Week
Tuesday, 9:30-11:00am -Beginner Yoga   
Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm -Beginner Yoga
Friday noon- 1:00pm -Lunchtime Yoga

Upcoming Workshop

SaturdayJune 14th, 1:00-2:30pm
Yoga, Magic and the Art of Letting Go
Hope you can come! 

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Warrior III

These days I am struck by the speed of life.  As we get speedier, we do things in half steps.  Therefore, the practice of wholehearted engagement is important.  How can we be steady and complete, and what kind of wisdom does that bring? ~ Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche Jan 2013, Shambhala Sun

This week we use the above quote to help us access the qualities of strength and steadiness in our back body in order to find more space, openness and lightness through the front body and chest. We will work on these concepts in key poses like tadasana as well as on our way toward more challenging standing balancing poses like Warrior III. 

Sometimes while trying to find more space in the chest we orient from the front body and push the chest out, bringing the lower front ribs along for the ride and throwing off our alignment.

We can find space in the chest more skillfully by first accessing steadiness and strength in the back body and then navigating from that place. Out of the strength and stability of the back structure, the heart lifts and opens and the shoulders broaden and soften down the back without losing the length, strength or stability of the spine . 

As you practice this week, show up – take your time. Invite steadiness and strength into your back body and then open wholeheartedly into the wisdom of each moment and experience.

See you on the mat!

Namaste,

Kim Metz
RYT 200 hour

Classes this Week
Tuesday, 9:30-11:00am -Beginner Yoga   
Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm -Beginner Yoga
Friday noon- 1:00pm -Lunchtime Yoga
 
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Revolved Triangle Pose

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. ~ Ernest Hemingway

I recently read a post in Daily Good about  “4 Ways to Be More Present in Travel.”

Check-it-out here. It’s worth clicking for the vibrant travel pictures alone!

http://www.dailygood.org/story/729/4-ways-to-be-more-present-in-travel-audrey-scott/

It also got me thinking about how being more present in travel might apply to our yoga practice. This week we take a journey towards the challenging Revolved Triangle Pose (Parivrtta Trikonasana) and implement ways to be more present in travel into our practice. 

According to the post, the 2nd way to be more present is to have a destination in mind to allow “productive” wandering. 

This rule is great because it gives us a path to meander along but allows time to stop and smell the roses- exploring qualities and actions of our poses along the way.

This week we  explore ways to ground our back foot and fire up the back leg to bring more stability to our poses and more skill to aligning and engaging the hips and core on our way toward revolved triangle. 

Sometimes the most satisfying moments in yoga and travel are the little things that happen along the way to our destination.

Immerse yourself in your practice and be open to what you find. Maybe more balance, or a bit more space to twist into, maybe the sweetness of lengthening through the spine while feeling buoyant and rooted simultaneously- or maybe moments of strength, clarity and ease. 

Pause long enough to lean into the moments, like a mountain climber leans into the rocks, reading the crevices and textures with his hands. 

Whether you get to the final pose or not, give yourself the freedom to explore and ask yourself, “Were you present for the journey? Did you take time to pause? Did you enjoy the ride?”

See you on the mat!

Namaste,
 
Kim Metz
RYT 200 hour

Classes this Week
Tuesday, 9:30-11:00am -Beginner Yoga   
Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm -Beginner Yoga
Friday noon- 1:00pm -Lunchtime Yoga
 
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breathing lady

Our breath is the bridge that unites body and mind. ~ thich nhat hanh

Have you noticed how babies breathe? They seem to breathe with every cell of their being – their belly naturally rising and falling with each breath.
 
Natural full breathing  can relieve stress, lower blood pressure, improve sleep, ease pain and release muscular and emotional tension but most of us have forgotten how to breathe effectively.
 
In The Breathing Book by Donna Farhi she says, “ Breathing fully is not a matter of adding anything, of acquiring some new technique, or of striving to improve oneself. Discovering the naturalness of our breath has to do with uncovering or removing the obstacles that we have constructed to the breath, both consciously and unconsciously.”
 
This week give yourself permission to undo- to let go of expectations and allow the breath to inspire you, bringing a sense of wholeness, joy and restoration to your practice and life.
 
See you on the mat!

Namaste,
 
Kim Metz
RYT 200 hour

Classes this Week
Tuesday, 9:30-11:00am -Beginner Yoga   
Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm -Beginner Yoga
Friday noon- 1:00pm -Lunchtime Yoga
 
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Upward Facing Dog

Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand. ~ Shel Silverstein

This week make more space in the heart and keep the shoulders firmly supported on the back to give more stability to the shoulder joint and integrity to a pose.

Shoulders have a wide range of motion and are prone to injury through repetitive motion, falls, heavy lifting and movement that is mis-aligned. 

We will practice hugging the scapula firmly onto the back through externally rotating the arms and engage the proper muscles in the back to move with integrity and strength.

The Shel Silverstein poem below reminds us it feels good to hug our shoulders onto our back, not tug our shoulders out of alignment!

Hug O War

I will not play at tug o’ war.
I’d rather play at hug o’ war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles 
And rolls on the rug.
Where everyone kisses,
And everyone grins,
And everyone cuddles.
And everyone wins.
-Shel Silverstein

See you on the mat!
Namaste,
 
Kim Metz
RYT 200 hour

Classes this Week
Tuesday, 9:30-11:00am -Beginner Yoga   
Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm -Beginner Yoga
Friday noon- 1:00pm -Lunchtime Yoga
 
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Mountain Pose

Be willing to be a beginner every single morning. ~ Meister Eckhart

Tadasana (mountain pose) is a foundational pose typically taught in Beginner Yoga Classes. It has many benefits including aligned posture, but Tadasana is definitely not just for beginners.

Tadasana is one of my favorite poses.  At first glance it seems deceptively simple- just stand up straight, right? 

And yet the longer I practice it the more subtle Tadasana becomes and the more it has to teach me. Maybe the ordinariness and even pedestrian like quality of it is where it gets its power. After all, for most of us Tadasana can be found everywhere. Each time we stand up or wait in line at the store Tadasana is there for the taking.

It’s not new or visually astounding like some yoga poses may be that deeply bend the back or balance us on one arm or leg.  And yet, that is where the challenge lies. How do we approach Tadasana with a “Beginner’s Mind” again and again? 

I have been practicing Tadasana for years and whenever I remember to pause and be curious about the pose, it always has more to teach me. Each time I practice Tadasana is an opportunity to see it in a new light, with fresh eyes. I feel gratitude for the earth supporting me, the sky above my head and everything in between. It helps me remember to be present and offers a deeper connection to myself.

Tadasana not only offers strength, stability and spaciousness, but also reminds us that each day, each breath and moment is new.

See you on the mat!

Namaste,
 
Kim Metz
RYT 200 hour

Classes this Week
Tuesday, 9:30-11:00am -Beginner Yoga   
Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm -Beginner Yoga
Friday noon- 1:00pm -Lunchtime Yoga
 
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Yoga Growth
It’s amazing what one seed can grow. Sown in the ground, planted in the heart, each day it grows a little more true. ~Marc Ian Barasch, Executive Director of the Green World Campaign

Have you seen the newly painted trees? Swathes of vibrant pink cherry blossoms, happy yellow forsythia and puffy white pear tree blossoms burst forth on blue sky canvas. The blossoms grow before my eyes- what a surprise when they show yet again!

The welcome warm weather and new spring yoga session has me reflecting on growth. Although it seems that this spring beauty happens overnight it really is a process that starts originally with a seed in the ground.

Our growth too, starts with an idea or seed that comes from within us. Yoga practice can provide the right conditions and space to nourish and foster this growth.

We pause, notice the earth under our feet. We root into the earth and find our center, our strength and stability. We grow out of that, coming back again and again to that seed, idea or hope – nurturing it, paying attention to it, and caring for it.

What are you growing in your yoga practice? Strength, flexibility, balance, maybe even a new way of seeing or being? How will you nurture it?

Give yourself the time, the space and the courage to root your intention. Breathe it in and see what grows – it might bloom into something more than you even envisioned.

See you on the mat!

Namaste,

Kim Metz
RYT 200 hour

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Tuesday, 9:30-11:00am -Beginner Yoga
Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm -Beginner Yoga
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Restorative-Yoga
When the soul lies down in the grass, the world is too full to talk about. ~ Rumi

This week we  give ourselves the gift of a restorative practice, which allows us the opportunity to actively relax, and “be.”  Restorative poses have many benefits including;  reducing stress, improving circulation, improving digestion, lowering blood pressure, and helping insomnia.  

And yet most of us are “too busy” to relax.  We are conditioned in western culture to believe “bigger is better.”  A bigger house, and a busier schedule must mean we are living a better life and getting ahead.  We have trouble seeing the benefit in “not doing.” 

This value is so engrained in us that we can get caught up in this way of thinking even in yoga.  If one sun salutation is good, then many must be better.  If a modified version of a pose is good, then the deeper version of the pose must be better.  Maybe, but maybe not.  Restorative poses allow us to be still long enough to ask our bodies what we really need to feel supported in each moment, on any given day.  Being still allows us to receive the space and wisdom of our body.

Come let yourself be supported by the floor and props, welcoming the space to “be”  at home in your body, mind and spirit.

See you on the mat!
Namaste,
 
Kim Metz
RYT 200 hour

Free week is here! April 14 – April 19th. It’s free for you and for everyone else. Please spread the word and invite others to experience the benefits of yoga at Awaken Wellness.

Classes this Week
Tuesday, 9:30-11:00am -Intermediate Yoga   
Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm -Beginner Yoga
Friday noon- 1:00pm -Lunchtime Yoga
 
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Explore Yoga

The impeded stream is the one that sings. ~ Wendell Berry

When my daughter learned to drive I fantasized about teaching her Driver’s Education course. I pictured myself in front of a flow chart where everything leads to “Don’t Crash!” 

This fantasy came to me after narrowly missing a large pile of debris in the road. As my daughter drove straight for it, I frantically screamed, “Left, left” furiously waving my hands towards the left as if I possessed Harry Potter-like magic and the car would obey. When I calmed down enough to ask my daughter what she was thinking she said, “ Well, we aren’t supposed to cross the double yellow line.”

Sometimes I picture a flow chart for yoga asana too.  Sure, it’s important to know safe alignment, knee over ankle, and breathing techniques but in the end all things lead to space, length and freedom. Some days there is a bump in the road and a pose will require something different to find freedom and ease. Give yourself permission to “cross the yellow line.”  Explore and don’t be held rigid and stuck by rules, trying to fit yourself into a pose. 

Like driving we have to pay attention to see and feel what is there in front of us. Sometimes it’s smooth sailing but other times there will be obstacles. 
And really that’s what deepens a yoga practice – taking time to be with that something in the road and explore how to flow with it and still find freedom and ease.

Yoga gives us the opportunity to explore – to be challenged and figure out “Ok, how am I going to navigate in this pose, in this moment, in this life?” That is skill in action- that is yoga.

Triangle pose offers many challenges and obstacles. Come explore ways to gain access to your full expression of the pose.  Go deep without sacrificing space, length or freedom.

See you on the mat!

Namaste,
 
Kim Metz
RYT 200 hour

FREE WEEK is almost here. It’s free for you and for everyone else. Please spread the word and invite others to experience the benefits of yoga at Awaken Wellness,
April 14 – April 19th.

Classes this Week
Tuesday, 9:30-11:00am -Intermediate Yoga   
Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm -Beginner Yoga
Friday noon- 1:00pm -Lunchtime Yoga
 
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