March News 2022

Dear Friends,

I send you best thoughts and hope you are well. March is upon us, with a hint of spring in the air. This signals an energetic shift represented by the many seasonal festivals coming our way. One of them is Mardi Gras, which falls on March 1st this year. It's followed by Ash Wednesday, which initiates Lent.

"Laissez les bons temps rouler - Let the good times role!"

There is significant meaning and history to this template. The French name Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday — because of the custom of using up all the fats and rich foods in preparation for Lent, which entails the practice of fasting and abstinence. Mardi Gras marks the close of the pre-Lenten season. This grew into a "party hardy" mindset which created the parades and celebrations we see in the yearly carnivals that take place in New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro and throughout the globe.

"Ashes to ashes. Dust to dust."

In stark contrast, this is followed by Ash Wednesday, the next day. A day to "sober up" and a solemn reminder of our human mortality. It's a time for reconciliation and is the official beginning of Lent.

Although I embraced yoga and the tenets of Eastern disciplines in my teens, I'm still drawn to the Catholic practices of my formative years. I love Lent! To me, it's a time to reconnect and recommit to my spirituality in a deeper way. Lent is a time to reduce and reflect, in preparation for rebirth and renewal. In the Christian template this reflects Jesus' journey of fasting and prayer, crucifixion and resurrection.

For the past several years, I've practiced "giving up something" for Lent as well as committing "to do" something. I've found this to have some lasting effects.

One year I gave up watching "Law & Order" and another year, CNN News. True, I may have replaced these with other binge watching. But at the very least, I completed my commitment those years and I've not returned to watching either of these programs since. For me, this is significant. This year, I choose "to give up procrastination" to at least one major project that I've resisted for years. This project involves giving up things, stuff, possessions. I'll share the results in a future newsletter. Stay tuned!

As for my "to do" commitment, I usually choose a daily reading from a particular spiritual text, book of poetry, or specific mantras or prayers. This year I'm going to gear this toward the completion of my memoir, since this has been such a struggle for me. While I don't expect to be published in 2022, my intent is to have a full first draft completed by the end of the year. For this too, I shall keep you posted!!

Tuesday Yoga Zoom Group & Private Training

I'm available! If you'd like to try my online Tuesday 4pm Yoga Basics Plus class, let me know. The first class is free, thereafter you can either pay on a drop-in basis or sign up for a series. I also see clients privately, on online or in person, in the North County San Diego area.

As always, I enjoy hearing from you. Feel free to text, email or call anytime!

In love and light,

Mara

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March Theme:
Practice

March's theme is practice. The coming season offers us many ways to recommit to personal practices – in the spiritual realm or on the physical plane. It's a time for renewal and rededication. We benefit on many levels when we adhere to the disciplines to which we are drawn. 

For more on practice, read my blog post »

 

March Pose of the Month: 

Utthita Uttanasana - Extended Forward Bend Pose

A standing forward bend, this pose lengthens the spine and stretches the legs. Although an intense stretch, it promotes introspection and relaxation.

 

March Oil of the Month:

Ginger

A common ingredient in many cuisines, the medicinal uses of ginger are many. Its oil is sweet with a hint of spice. It's used as an aid to digestion and to counteract nausea. Ginger is also known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and is believed to be good for both your bones and heart. Additionally, it's considered a stimulant and promotes mental focus.

For more on essential oils visit Doterra and The Oil Mission.

 

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CELEBRATING 50 YEARS

Fifty years of teaching yoga – Wow!  Hard to believe, but it's true. I started my yoga training in 1968 at the Self Realization Fellowship in Hollywood. My first teaching gig was at the Pasadena YWCA in June of 1971. Quite a journey!  

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