"It's my karma" or, "Oh, woe is me." Karma is so often thought about in a negative way. but it's really a neutral term. Your karma, or life experiences, whether good or bad, is the result of all your previous efforts through your actions (as well as your thoughts and words.) It's also the result of past lives – which of course, means the belief in reincarnation, and another conversation yet inextricably connected to karma. We can except that, even in this life, what we put out there...comes back to us. I've been thinking a lot about my karma lately, especially as I continue to clear and purify my physical surroundings, unleashing my creativity and rebooting my path forward. Read more about Karma »
Pose of the Month:
Trikonasana - Triangle Pose
Trikonasana, or triangle pose, is one of the most common Hatha yoga poses practiced within a standing asana routine. Although it's considered a basic pose which is taught to beginners, it takes a lot of practice to perfect. The benefits are many, and among them are: strengthening the legs, promoting hip joint flexibility, stretching the spine laterally, and opening the chest. Additionally, I like to view this pose as profoundly symbolic. Your back foot and leg anchor you in your past; it will always be a part of you. As you reach out over the leading leg and foot you move into your future; projecting your destination. The uplifted arm and your gaze to that hand represent your focus on the present – being here now. Your whole body represents a triangle with the two feet planted, or grounded to the earth, while you reach upward, toward heaven. When we perform our asanas with this kind of body-mind metaphoric approach, our practice becomes more than physical; each pose becomes a prayer and an affirmation of our connection to the Divine.
I've chosen sage as this season's oil because of its wide range of uses and profound healing properties. The Lakota Indians considered it a master herb and it's been used for centuries in countries across the globe. The word sage comes from the Latin salvere, which means to save. Among its many medicinal uses it's known to remedy respiratory and digestive issues and as an effective anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory agent. Sage is one of my favorite herbs. Its fragrance brings me sweet memories of hiking at Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico, where I lived and worked for several years. This world-renowned health and fitness spa is located at the base of Mt. Kuchumaa — the exalted one — considered sacred by the Kumeyaay, the indigenous peoples of this area. The trails there are lush with sage. This fragrant plant also makes me think of my late mother Iva, who was half Chippewa Cree. She was fond of making sage bundles wrapped in colorful fabrics. She tied them off with yarn, attaching a small printed prayer to each one. Iva did this for several years for her Native American Catholic church group, dedicated to the memory of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, our first Native American saint.
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