Peace Mantra

The dream that won’t let me fall back asleep in this lifetime is to #teachpeace

So today try a reciting a peace #mantra like

“Om Mani Padme Hum”


Shanti shanti shanti

Peace peace peace


Repeat 108 times or for 10-15 minutes

According to Harvard medical school, Of the many different meditation techniques being taught today, mantra meditation is one of the most highly effective in terms of increasing happiness, well being and health. And of the highly effective meditation techniques, mantra meditation is by far the easiest to learn and practice.

You learn to meditate by meditating. The silence and stillness you experience in meditation and the increased happiness and diminished stress you experience outside meditation are so attractive and welcomed that you naturally teach yourself how to go deeper into that silence and stillness each time you meditate.

To meditate you sit comfortably and quietly with your eyes closed and effortlessly and silently inside repeat a word or a short phrase called a mantra. Your mantra can be any word, sound, prayer or short phrase you like that is in your native language.

Continue repeating your mantra in that same simple, effortless way for 10-30 minutes. That repetition may not be a clear pronunciation of your mantra but instead may be just a faint idea of it.  As you continue thinking your mantra, thoughts and distractions will come, and that’s fine; having thoughts during meditation is natural. When thoughts and distractions do come just gently return to thinking your mantra in the same simple, effortless way as thoughts come. Choose the amount of time you meditate based on what suits you.

It’s important to not strain to make the mantra come, but rather to relax into effortlessness and let the mantra come in the same simple, effortless way as thoughts come. If you strain to make the mantra come that can create stress that tires you.

Avoid looking for experiences or signs of progress or failure with your meditation because that hinders meditation. Just be confident that after some time you will start to notice the benefits of meditating during your day. You may be happier, feeling more at ease and calmer, and getting along better with others. You may start noticing these benefits soon, or it may take up to six months of meditating regularly before you start to notice these benefits. So just get in the habit of meditating regularly and then stick with it. And be patient with yourself – if you stop meditating for a day or two, just go back and start meditating again.

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Awake Dreaming I’ll Meet You There

“You know that place between sleep and awake, that place where you still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting.”
–J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
The blue sky and perfect fluffy white clouds are a beautiful dream in your heart. The colors are so vibrant, whether they are the golden yellow rice ready to harvest or the bright green of the new rice, you feel like it’s all a lucid dream. Maybe you’re awake and maybe you’re still asleep.
This is where you’ll find me waiting in Bali.
Sep 3-24, 2017 #AlchemyofYoga RYT200 Teacher Training
April 1-29, 2018 RYT200 Teacher Training & 4/23 #yogaretreat
Lens #bali #passionpassport #indonesia #asia #travel #humblerice
Kubu Bali Baik Villa, Ubud.

Are you Ready to Move Forward?

There are moments that change us forever. #AlchemyofYoga Teacher Training offers that.
🌴 Are you ready to finally move forward in a big way?
🌴 Do you want to look back on this year with no regrets?
🌴 Has wanderlust got you thinking of #Bali?
Join our most awesome #tribe April 15-May 6!
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It’s Summertime Somewhere

It’s Summertime somewhere… you only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. (Mae West)

Love this mantra: I make my life and no one else makes it for me.
Imagine living amongst people that look so relaxed and engaged in the present moment.
“Each morning the light came through the slats of the shutters in ripples, and as it washed towards the inhabitants of the Casa Luna it smoothed away memories of the past, It was for this that they had endured long hours in the grey English winter or freezing American climes, for this that they had worked and planned and worked extra hours/ The horrible feelings of stress, tension, anger and frustration that coursed through their veins every day almost unnoticed began to fade.”
Amanda Craig

🌻#Tuscany #yogaretreat #travel #Italy #vacation
🌻Vino & Vinyasa June 25-July 1, 2017

I Let Go of Struggle

“Begin today. Declare out loud to the universe that you are willing to let go of struggle and eager to learn through joy.” -Sarah Ban Breathnach
How? Reboot! Go to #Bali April 2-9. Let me teach you to let go of what holds back your happiness, and have FUN, laugh, explore, and come back with a new way to live your best life. 😀

Book today! Doesn’t get any better. $1,008 for 8 days luxury!

Also get tan, eat high vibe food, make adventures!
-airfare around $700 roundtrip

64 Days Until Spring Bali Yoga Retreat Passport of Stamps

I’d rather have a PASSPORT full of Stamps – Than a HOUSE full of Stuff! #TruthBomb
Only 64 days until #Spring!

#HappinessRx: Stuff is over rated. Experiences and adventure have an infinite value.

Where will your #yoga take you in 2017?

Let’s meet in #Bali March 26-April 2 with singing soul sister #HannahMuse or April 2-9 with #DJDrishti for epicasana #yogaretreats

Closing the Chapter on Seattle

This week I am writing the final chapter about my life in Seattle.

I purchased my home June 2010. My Mom drove me to the airport straight from the courthouse and I hopped on a flight for Seattle to sign the papers. It was a flurry of activity due to circumstances beyond my control.

At the time it was the best I could do. Until that it is when it ALL changed.

And that’s how I came to actually start living in my Seattle lovenest January 2011 still owning my beloved yoga studio Total Body Yoga in Chicagoland. What I know now is that I should have taken this as a positive sign of resistance. To stay in Chicago. Instead, I fought against the obvious and pressed forward to Seattle never mind my right to Metanoia.

Defined as (n.) the journey of changing one’s mind, heart, self or way of life.

All I know is that one moment I had built a home with my husband 5 minutes from my Yoga Studio, had taken an early retirement from a successful corporate life to concentrate on creating a family. We had the house built with mindful intention for growing our family: master bedroom as large enough to hold crib so the first baby wasn’t too far away from us when we slept. The 2nd bedroom was ready as a “Baby’s Room.” And the 3rd bedroom was already designated as their “Toddler” bedroom. That way when the second baby came the baby’s room would be open again for them.

We also had a requisite “guest room” for grandma’s and grandpa’s and aunts and uncles to come stay with us for holiday’s and special events. Even the walk out basement was with the intention that ours would be the house where our children and their friends would want to hang out at.

I lived into this future every day excited about it.

Until the point my husband decided he didn’t actually want children.

Fast forward to Seattle. I don’t know how I came to be here. On some level it seems unlikely a place as any since have I have no friends or family here and didn’t have any inclination to be in the Pacific Northwest. But I met a man on a train in Tuscany (you know, that old story…). The next thing you know I’ve made the grand gesture to move across the United States to begin a new life with him 6 months after my legal divorce, more than 2 years in the making.

It has been an interesting part of the story of my life. I couldn’t have ever imagined this would be a chapter, even now I’m still shocked. But here I am, getting ready to sell my Seattle home, writing this final chapter.

You might wonder where am I going? Yea, me too.

I surrender to what will reveal itself to be the plan and purpose for me. Time will tell.