Are Belief Boards Better?

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I’m all about any kind of tool that can help us stay on track and in the right state of mind to better intend and attract (even though I KNOW that our imaginations, meditations, actions, and attitudes are the true game-changers). That said, you may be familiar with the term “vision boards.” Back in time, like way before that term became popular, we used to call them ‘treasure maps.’ Let’s look at the basic neurological reason they can be very effective, and then allow me to introduce you to another idea that can augment or even replace your vision board.

A vision board is essentially a collection of images that you want to attract into your life. Some people even have vision board parties where several people bring poster boards and magazines and hopefully scissors, and of course paste. It’s like a preschool party with wine. Anyway, it usually looks like a collage of cool things found in magazines. You know, thin thighs, big diamonds, fancy mansions, cool cars. And of course, the well-thought out envisioner will include images that represent health, love, and happiness.

All good, right? So here’s the theory: that by constantly seeing your vision board, the images become almost subliminally soaked into your subconscious brain.  The pro: your subconscious brain may think you  already have these things and lead you to behaviors that actually help you acquire them. The possible downside: your conscious brain doesn’t buy it for a minute, due to subconscious blocks, thus every time you look at the  thing, you realize you don’t have a dang item on it.

IF you fall into the latter category, consider a Belief Board. I thought of it when I was writing The Law of Distraction & Art of Intention,  in which we’re encouraged to keep a Joy Journal. A Joy Journal is just a recording of good things that happen to you that you can refer back to in times of stress and self doubt. And think about it. Our boss can compliment us and have us feeling on top of the world, but five minutes later a long line at the bank has us all stressed out again, right? So the trick is (and our main challenge in life in fact), to stay focused on the good. When we stay focused on the good, we are not only happier, but we’re also in a better position to attract things that we desire.

For myself, I printed out a bunch of terrific book reviews I’ve gotten on amazon.com. Those make me smile like a drunken sailor. What? Drunk sailors smile. Anyway, I paste those to a poster board, along with some heartfelt emails from students or clients that really made me smile. You get the idea. Maybe you add birthday cards that speak to your soul or photos from events, pictures of awards, any kind of ‘proof’ that you are awesome (because you are).

So now what happens when you see that thing all the time is that your conscious mind has no argument. It can’t say that those things did not take place. That shit went down and it knows it. Further, it REMINDS it that you are worthy and wonderful. Then, on a subconscious level, your sense of self worth increases as well. See? Happy, happy, happy.

If you don’t do a board, try a Joy Journal or Joy Jar. Just jot down fabulous things and keep a record. Read ‘em often, Remember how great you are. Remember, anything you can do to keep your focus positive is good medicine.

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I love you madly,
Tambo

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Be Gentle, It’s my First Time

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I’m serious. I’ve never done it before. What? You think I’m kidding? I swear on all that is holy I have never once, not in twelve books written, ever had a book launch event. Why, what did YOU think I was talking about? Keep it clean, would you? Kids are reading.  *Ahem* Anyway, my new book is just so different than my others (and you’ll have to read it to understand why) that I felt the need to celebrate the publication. That said, I decided to buy a bunch of champagne, have some gourmet cupcakes (that match the book cover for Pete’s sake!) and sign some books. It’s only for an hour and I only have enough sweets and sips for about 100 people, so hopefully five or so will show up and I can take the booze and cupcakes home with me.

Seriously, go to this link and RSVP if you plan on stopping by. Oh, and only if I know you or you’ve read my books or blogs. Wait a minute…you’d have to read my blog in order to see this wouldn’t you?  Hmmm….so never mind that last part.  After all, I can’t just serve champagne to total strangers. Not when there are drunks starving in bars all over the world. Date: This Saturday, June 28th (my cousin’s birthday if you want to get her something—please say it is from me too. What? She is making the gourmet cupcakes so you could at least get her a gift *jeesh*). Time:  4-5 pm.

Place: Arden Hot Yog 4128  El Camino, Sac, 95825.

Do not worry, it will not be hot and you will not need to do yoga in order to qualify for a cupcake. Arden Hot Yoga is just being kind enough to host this little event for me because I am so dang nice. However, if you ARE interested in yoga, coincidentally, Arden Hot Yoga is holding a FREE Yoga Sampler Class right before the book launch 3-4. The sampler will explain and demo a few different kinds of yoga, and you can play along if you like or simply watch. Arden Hot Yoga rocks. So buy a book, become a yogi, and see you there.

What’s the dang book about?

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Cosmic Coincidence?

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Okay, so just for the record, I have never been one to think Jesus puts his face on bread like some boy said he saw in the East of France. Even if it was true, how would anyone in his right mind eat that toast? Could you imagine smearing butter over his beard? That’s just wrong on so many levels. But I digress.

Anyway, I AM a big believer in the fact that we attract our intentions, AND that there is some hard science that explains the phenomena–at least mostly. That said, I had an interesting experience that I wanted to share.

After just getting a proof of my new book, which happens to feature an angel (think Heaven with humor), I did a short but serious meditation and prayer, asking for some kind of sign that this book was something I needed to pursue (keep in mind, teaching intention and meditation workshops is a HUGE jump from selling houses). Holding that intention in mind, I left to teach a class, and as soon as I pulled out of the driveway, I think I got my sign. I had to put the car in park and grab my phone to take a picture.

Note the cover of the book IS a sky and clouds, and about an angel….and well, the picture I took kind of speaks for itself. Chem trail coincidence or a sign from the Universe? What do you think?
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An update to this post. The picture at the top of the page is one I took this morning. What do you see?

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Shoving White Light Your Way

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White Light

I’ve been hearing this advice forever: send white light to those who need forgiving.  I get it, and like everyone else, I want to send a lot of white light instead of dirty emails whenever someone does me wrong. Sometimes the emails win, but I use a white background, so that counts, right? And don’t get me started on my mother. I send her so much white light that the woman should be blind by now.

There’s a Hawaiian teaching that I’ve been studying and practicing for a number of years, and I’m beginning to think there’s a whole lot to it. The Kahuna practice of Ho’oponopono is all about forgiving everything and everyone, no questions asked.  You can read more about it on your own (and here’s my favorite of the several books I have), but there’s a documented case where this therapist healed an entire State Hospital (read: nut jobs with bedpans) within a four-year period. What was really significant about the whole thing is that he did this without ever seeing any of the patients. No lollipops or anything,

Say what?

Yep. You’ll read about him in just about all the books on this teaching. Those Hawaiians not only roast a mean pig, but apparently there’s a lot of magic in them there volcanoes. Dr. Lew Hen understood that as the creator of his own reality he must have somehow helped create the creeps in the shackles. So, he’d go to his office every day, hold the file of one of the committed patients, and pray for forgiveness, offering up unconditional love. There’s a particular set of sentences he used and teaches, but you can read about that on your own; Mommy can’t do everything for you, little cub.

So what was once a dark, drab state hospital with most the staff calling in sick, no visitors coming to see the committed, and no kinds of group therapy, was transformed to a happy hospital with frolicking patients and plenty of group hugs. Staff started showing up for work, someone apparently opened the blinds, and visitors started coming to see their now unshackled loved ones. While I acknowledge Lew Hen as being an above-average skilled practitioner of this teaching, I also understand that any of us could achieve similar results.

Say whaaat?  

I know. Call me crazy (just please, spare the shackles), but there are some pretty basic points to be made. First, we really do create our own reality. Quantum physicists–even the hard-core fundamentalists–cannot deny that any object being observed changes, depending on the expectation of the observer (if that made me sound smart, I apologize).  We also know that our thoughts and feelings are interacting with the quantum field at all times. Okay, so if I created everything I experience, that has to mean, I somehow contributed to creating the crappy stuff too, right? This is not a trick question.

Instead, it opens up the fastest way toward emotional repair and free oil changes.  So,  as soon as I acknowledge responsibility for everything I experience, and offer forgiveness for creating crap I don’t like, I can move on. You know, be at peace with the world and drink wheat grass and stuff. Okay, seriously, forgiveness is the fastest freeway to inner peace, like it or not. I tried to ease you into this, but if you’re going to make a fuss, I will have to tie you up and tickle you really hard.

Perhaps on a deeper level (and I have a shovel if you need one), the fact that we are all interconnected comes into play. Science shows us that we are all connected and created by the same energy, right? So when someone does something wrong to me, like say that guy who took the last taco at the party, instead of growling under my breath, I should send him white light and Tabasco sauce. Because in essence, I’m not just forgiving him and releasing grudges that might otherwise hold me back, but I am moving past my own issues and taking control of my life. Never mind the fact that I am still hungry. I forgive the little taco-taker and can always get Chinese food.

So go ahead, send someone who’s bugging you some white light today. Even if you have to shove it down their throat, you’ll be a better person in the long run. Forgive and move on. Life is too short for grudges.

In love and white light,

Tamara                                                                                                                    CREATESPACE FRONT COVER

Shameless Selfie: OMG!!!! I am SOOOOO excited about my upcoming book and accompanying workbook! If you’ve never chatted with an ANGEL before, you’ll want to read it! I’ll be taking the book on tour, as well as using the workbook at Intention Workshops around the world. Bwhahahaha! If YOU know of a yoga studio, Unity Church, or other venue that would like to host an awesome event, let me know. PS I only do Tupperware parties if I get to take home airtight storage containers.

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Get Out of My Aura

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This week:

  • Reflections on Auras and soft spoons
  • Yoga Hop #8 Shala Yoga
  • Sexy Videos
  • Shameless book promotion

I’ve had Pam Oslie on the show before, and in fact, she’s one of the only people I know that reads auras, even through the telephone! (including Skype, if you must know). Pam was gracious enough to let me interview her again on the show this past week, and once again, I was blown away with her esoteric wisdom. Pam can read auras, but I can hardly read my own handwriting. Needless to say, I am very impressed with those talents that people demonstrate which cause us to pause and realize that maybe, just maybe, we are powerful beings that can shape our reality and get out of parking tickets.

In Pam’s new book, Infinite You, she even talks about her success of bending a spoon with her mind. That’s right, without any tools or torches, just  her mind alone. Can you imagine the euphoria you would feel at the sight of a droopy utensil melting right in your own hand? I tried to bend a spoon, and I’m not going to lie, I felt stupid as I stared the silverware down just as my husband was walking through the kitchen. He did what he normally does in these situations; walks faster and rolls his eyes. I love that man. So yeah, the closest I’ve come to bending a spoon with my mind is breaking a  fork with my foot, and before you act too  impressed, I must confess–it was plastic.

I used to get readings as often as I changed the oil in my car, you know, every six thousand miles or so. But I haven’t really had one in quite a long time because I haven’t found a lot of usefulness with them. Same with oil changes, now that I think about it. Today, however, I had an opportunity to chat with Pam on the phone, and once again, I was blown away by how much she ‘sees.’ Did I mention this is a woman who can talk to dead people, and I’m pretty sure find them too? I suspect that law enforcement has relied upon her skills on more than one occasion, although she didn’t come right out and say that because  she’s just not that kind of physic.

One of the things I adore most about Pam is that she’s the real deal and doesn’t seem to be swinging crystals and chanting mantras when she talks to me. This is the purpose of spiritual  evolution if you ask me; to be real and open and ready to trust something outside ourselves. And one step further, to understand on some elementary level, that we each create our own reality. And if that’s true, then how empowering is it to recognize that means we can change the reality we’ve created?!?! Super empowering!!! Listen to the show with Pam and you’ll see what I mean about all the potentialities that await us, once we open to them. Oh, and want to find out what color YOU’RE packin’? Go to Pam’s website and take a complimentary quiz to see what color your aura is. Very interesting!

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The sequel to Secrets of a Spiritual Guru is out, and for the next week, I’m making it only .99 cents. Really? Yes! In fact, if you haven’t read the first one, buy that too. So little cost for so much fun. Enough with the  shameless self-promotion. On a more serious note, my grandmother needs surgery and so I’m trying to sell a lot of books. Okay, that was a lie.  Anyway, the truth of the matter is that wine is expensive. There. I feel so much better when I’m honest.

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Warrior of Worrier? Or, Why You’re Like a Caveman

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Yes, it’s a long title this week, but there is a method to my madness.

Warrior of Worrier? Or, Why You’re Like a Caveman

  • Before my fun and informative post (do I sound like a PTA Mom, or is it just me?), why not check out the video that inspired it?  So basically, our brains are hard-wired to, duh, protect us. And how does it protect us? By keeping us alert to external dangers that threaten our very existence. As I said in the video, back in the day, you were always on guard against things that might eat you. It was good then if you heard a branch crack, your brain started releasing chemicals that would allow you to…Read More
  • Do Intentions work? Holy cow, DO they!!! The Intentions workshop recently held at Arden Hot Yoga last week had lots of happy endings (not those kind of happy endings, dirty little bird). But the story that reigns supreme is someone who, with the group of about 25 of us, intended for a completely unexpected gift to come to her within 48 hours. Well, guess what? Within that exact time frame she got her unexpected gift…to the tune of $75 THOUSAND bucks. I can’t promise that outcome for everyone, but it’s amazing what happens when you put your intentions out there with a good group of people. More info.
  • Update on the last law of attraction book you’ll ever need: The cover is being designed, the endorsements are in, and the interior is being typeset, so look for a summer launch of The Law of Distraction & The Art of Intention. 

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gain the surge of energy you needed to run or fight. Fast forward to today, and we still are on quick alert, if say, a car cuts us off in traffic or a big burly guy in his underwear comes running at us in a shopping mall (What? Just me?). Anyway, because of this hard-wiring, we’re simply trained to be on the lookout for bad stuff. However, what this usually results in is us constantly thinking about bad stuff. Not good, because as the adage goes, what you think about, you bring about. What you focus on expands, thus, if you’re focusing on late car payments, angry words, or running out of wine (now I know this isn’t just me), you’re programming your conscious and subconscious minds to bring you exactly that.

The trick then begins with not beating ourselves up for being aware of potential  dangers since our awareness can help protect and prepare us. AND to recognize that the majority of what we think about that doesn’t make us smile and giggle is most usually needless mind banter that serves us in no positive ways. Re-programming our minds to keep a laser-like focus on good stuff helps create new neuropathways in our brains, causing different behaviors with different results.

And if you want to get a little woo woo with me, focusing on things that make us happy raises our vibrations and helps us attract things from the quantum field that match our happy little hearts. Ultimately, our lives are so much more rewarding, exciting, and fulfilling when we learn to manage our minds and emotions. One of the best ways to achieve this is through meditation and mental creation. Even a few minutes a day can help calm your mind and renew your energy system.

That’s all for now…Nama-STAY-cool.

 

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Your Underwear is Inside-Out

This week’s Blog is New and Sexy, right?

Well, it IS. And mainly because it’s a new format…you know, like “real” bloggers have, with links and everything. Oh, and underwear.

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This week’s article:

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 For the faint of heart, let me just say right now, the reading of this post does not involve the actual use of granny panties, but rather, memorable metaphor. Can we move on now? Good. Okay, so much like wearing our underwear inside out, we tend to focus the same way. Here’s the truth of the matter: when we put our attention on what we don’t want instead of what we DO want, we tend to attract MORE of what we don’t want. Let me just impress you with a touch of my scientific wisdom…*clears throat and acts important* Read More

  • If you missed the memo, I’m doing an Intention Workshop at Arden Hot Yoga 3/8 (Saturday). Learn more about the workshop here (and don’t worry, I’m having another one next month). In a nutshell, there is POWER in our Intentions. The problem is that we fail to maintain our FOCUS and what it is we want most in life. The secret is focused imagination and meditation, and you get plenty of both in this workshop. No yoga involved, but I hold them at yoga studios so I can pretend I’m a yoga instructor.
  • If you missed last week’s Yoga Hop, shame on you! Fortunately, I saved you a copy. There was no yoga hop for this week because I was teaching at Sac State & preparing for workshops. Yoga Hop #6…wow I only have 44 to go.
  • In other exciting news, my new and best novel just came out. It’s a novel based on impossible dreams,  called, Dusty Dreams, with a dash of Buddhism & meditation, which is what I teach, right? It’s also on Kindle now to. Help a girl out and pick up a copy here.
  • Also, More Secrets of a Spiritual Guru, is even better than the first one….ahem…that’s what other people are saying too so it’s not just me. Buy it!!!

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So, on a quantum level we are actually comprised of 99.99% (and even I admit, that’s a heck of a lot) empty space. Oh, but don’t you worry little lamb, that empty space is not empty at all, but rather full of waves and particles interacting at a subatomic level. But now I’m just showing off. Okay, moving on. Essentially what that tells us is that a mere .0001% is actual matter. By “matter” I mean things we can touch, see, feel, and um, DRINK. But sadly, we spend all of our time focused, fearful, and worrying about the massively smaller percentage of our lives (and not drinking nearly enough).

As my good friend and colleague, Albert Einstein once said, “Life is an illusion, albeit a persistent one.” (he said it at Starbucks once, but that was a long time ago). Anyway, if you realize and recognize this scientific fact–that the MAJORITY of who we are is NOT the physical lives we are muddling through–than you understand how silly it is to focus so much on the external reality and spend so little time on the internal possibilities. Our minds are our connection to all things we desire and intend, but we have to stay grounded, focused, and clear in order to manifest more than a mosquito. And mosquitoes are annoying, right?

Well, lucky for you I study all of this so obsessively and am willing to share my findings so you can use and apply it without too much elbow grease. See, Mommy takes good care of her little bear cubs. I’ll be adding a resource section to this  site for recommended reading, products that help, as well as continuing with these kinds of posts. Oh, and you can always read my books too (hint, hint).  GREAT NEWS: This summer–wait for it–I’m coming out with my best new book, The Law of Distraction & Art of Intention. Don’t you love that title? It’s all the science & spirituality of manifesting…in LOL reading. See you next time…which may be a long time, being that these dang links took me all day to figure out. XOXOXOXOXOXO

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Yoga Hop 2014: Zuda Midtown

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Thought for the week:  No matter how much we try, we can never change another person. We can threaten, ignore, and stomp our feet like mad little yogis, but ultimately, we’re not changing anything except our own energy, attention, and focus.  On the flip side, we should never force ourselves to endure being treated with anything less than kindness and respect. And ultimately, when we treat ourselves well, we’ll find those who do not, slowly fade away or change their attitudes completely. We’re all one, so starting in your own mind is the surest way to freedom.

Yoga Hop:

ZUDA MIDTOWN!!!

Since Zuda has three studios, I decided to buy the 30-day Intro deal and hit all three of them within that time-range. At least it’s my goal. But don’t worry, I’ll be sure and take a different instructor each time. This week’s post is all about Zuda’s midtown location. For those who are following this blog, you know that I have a bit of out-of-my-area phobia, and this is especially true of downtown. How do people even remember which streets go which ways? Anyway, after leaving extra early, and first calling a nice young lady named Jen to find out where to park, I packed my pockets with quarters and headed off to 19th and O.

The instructor’s name was Jessica, and this was a vinyasa flow class. Jessica had herself an assistant name Michelle. I really like the assistant feature and seem to always get lucky when it comes to shoulder rubs. Maybe they can tell my shoulders are tight by the way I moan when I have to  move them. Jessica was one of the only instructors I can think of who was, well, funny. Similar to when you take a Southwest flight and the flight attendant cracks a joke, you know, while she’s explaining how you can save your life if the plane crashes? Well, Jessica was kind of like that. She would give us some dialogue, add some spiritual insight, and then a snippet of humor. I liked it. It kept things real and made my burning-butt chair pose seem a little less brutal.

Overall, the class–full of flow and koans and fun–went fairly fast. Jessica even said at one point we could do headstand if we were interested. I was not, but I thought it was nice of her to offer. Another thing I appreciated was that she kept talking about intentions. Since I’m the Queen of Intention-Setting, I found this a major plus. I always love it when an instructor has us set our intentions at the start of class, but Jessica continued to bring them up throughout the class. She was not about to let us forget whatever commitment we may have made to ourselves. I gotta respect her for that.

About the studio:

Lots of cute clothes! I bought the beads (photo above) because my credit card was on a time out, but there were lots of clothes and books that were begging for my attention. The big room I practiced in has a wall of windows that looks out onto the street and the quaint old houses across the way. It also has cubby-holes to put your personals in. There’s another room that is a bit darker and smaller, and I believe it’s for their yin classes. One thing I fell in love with was the huge gold Buddha statue. I tried to stick it in my yoga bag, but he was way too big. I rubbed his belly and kissed his head on the way out. Changing rooms, two bathrooms, and a water station are other features. I just want to add that they have a ton of things going on; special classes, events, and they even participate in fundraising efforts too, which is a totally awesome thing to do.

I look forward to visiting the other two Zudas in my 30-day plan (which technically means I have to hurry!).

Here’s the website Zuda Yoga - Folsom Yoga Center

 

If you like yoga and you like to laugh, check out my Secrets of a Spiritual Guru series! 

Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to subscribe to this blog, and please look both ways before crossing. Especially when driving downtown.

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Yoga Hop 2014: Yoga Loka #4

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This week’s thought: I recently read something about what separates wealthy people from poor people that I found very interesting. It said that wealthy people spend their time thinking about ideas, whereas less wealthy people spend their time thinking about other people. In a spiritual perspective, we might be able to take that even further and say the difference between enlightened people is that they spend their time giving to others, while less enlightened people spend their time taking from others. Whether it’s a smile, a favor, or a kind word—we always have something to offer others. Namaste.

Yoga Loka!

Inching further away from my comfort zone and nearing closer toward downtown, I thought Yoga Loka might be a good place to hit next. This studio features Hot Yoga, and it seems that it’s all in the “B” style, with the same series of postures and all that funny breathing at the beginning and end.  Like always, I had no preconceived notions of what the studio would be like or what kind of experience I might have.

I was greeted by a long, lanky man with stark white hair who was on the phone, but still smiled warmly and invited me in. He looked like he’d lived in a yoga studio and the tropics, alternatively, his whole life. I would later learn it was Bill, who owns the place along with his wife, Sandy.

A Lovely, soft spoken Asian woman named Jihong was instructing. She was much different than other instructors I’ve had who teach this style of hot yoga. I’m serious here when I tell you that I once had a hot yoga 26-pose person scold me when she caught me looking at the person next to me in the mirror. I also got in trouble once for wiping sweat off my upper lip. Well, this instructor was nothing like that, and I was glad.

As the class proceeded and we assumed the poses, every now and then, the lovely instructor would say, “nice and beautiful,” in a soft Chinese accent. I smiled when she said it, hoping she was talking to me. I have to admit, I really liked all the mirrors. I find that I can hold balancing postures better when I can use my own nose in the mirror as a focal point. What? Is that weird? Anyway, I can always tell when my practice is having the desired effect when I forget external things that have been on my mind, like why does the IRS hate me so much, what should I fix for dinner, and God am I glad I didn’t wear my stretchy star pants to this studio.

“Beautiful and nice.” There is was again. I wanted to see who she was talking to, but the sweat was in my eyes. So, I decided to pretend she was talking to me each time she said it. Never mind the 25 other students who were  also working and pouring with sweat.  Balance, however, seemed to elude me when it came time to fly like a bird—or rather, stand like an Eagle. This is the pose where we work 14 different joints. I am fairly sure I do not have that many joints, but according to Mr. B, I do. Anyway, just as nice and beautiful Jihong was kindly requesting we our raise our beaks and lower our behinds, I came completely out of pose. The eagle had landed.

The studio is huge, bright, and amply mirrored. I’m guessing the blonde wood floor has surely seen its share of second chakras, based on the white tape lines that have somewhat worn off. I like the idea of tape lines so I know exactly where to put my mat. If I’d been feeling a little more rebellious, I’d have placed it right in the middle of the tape line, you know, just to see if I got in trouble or anything, ‘drop to your knees and give me a Lion’s Pose.’

It’s an older building, tiny lobby, and clearly has a list of dedicated clientele. Plus, I think they have Pilates next door, so  I’ll be visiting here again. Besides, it’s nice and beautiful.

Found this great Groupon deal       Yoga Loka: Website

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 PS– If you’re interested in an Intention Workshop that will help you learn how to better manifest your intentions in powerful ways, by using your own energy and the energy of others in the room…check out this!

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Yoga Hop 2014: ASHA Yoga #3

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This Week’s Thought: When we find that space where it’s just us and our breath, we can remember who we really are because we are fully present. And in the state of being present, we can let go of the illusion that anything is ever separate from us.  We are all one. That is yoga to me.

ASHA!

I’ve seriously considered changing this from “Yoga Hop,” to “Yoga Tour,” because, you know, rock stars go on tour, and they are really cool. Anyway, part of this process for me involves getting outside of my comfort zone. I find downtown very uncomfortable. It’s all the one-way streets and lack of parking that frighten me most. Add to that the whole new-car-that’s-smarter-than me thing, and I’m feeling vulnerable. Never mind that I’ve lived in Sacramento since Stan Atkins was reporting live from Vietnam. Anyway, I was pleased to find out there was a studio in mid-town. Baby steps and all.

Asha Yoga was an unexpected spiritual experience for me. The studio itself is long and inviting. I tell myself each week I will not talk about floors, but they appear to be an obsession of mine. I loved the floors! Dark, distressed wood coupled with the rust colored walls made me just want to sink into the Earth and maybe stay til dinner time. The class was small, only three of us, and led by an instructor named Dana. I must be getting older because the more studios I go to, I swear there are instructors younger than my yoga mat. Dana was no exception. She started the class in a unique way–at least from most Vinyassa flows I practice–in that we did some sort of feet-together-squat with our heels down. My heels did not want to go down. Dana told us we could place a blanket under our heels if we needed to. I needed to. Then we bent over. I do not know the name of  this pose, but I’m calling it Vertical Baby Frog. What? Too long?

Dana rocked at dialogue. At first I thought the class was going to be a little too easy, but before  long, I realized it was exactly what I needed (and it was not too easy!). The instruction and environment allowed me to get into my zone a little quicker than usual, and nice-Dana was pretty brutal when it came to core work. I couldn’t help but admire her boat pose. I swear she looked like a perfect banana, whereas, I looked more like a twisted yam.

I’m a big fan of touch. I realize that when there are a lot of students in a class, the instructor can’t correct alignment on everyone, and I’m not advocating teachers fondle their students–at least not without permission– however, a nice, well-placed touch now and then can be very useful. Dana did not disappoint in this department. The door-prize came at the end. There we are lying in our final Shavasana–where the real magic happens–and I catch a whiff of lavender.

Lavender?

I feel my arms melt as Dana smooths  my collar bones, gently pulling down my shoulders that were jumping with joy. At that moment, I considered having another child just so I could name her Dana. Maybe my next fish will have to do? Having lavender lotion and joints soothed after all those planks was brilliant in my book. In fact, I think I’d pay extra for that.

The lobby of ASHA is hip with good energy and cute clothes. I picked up a copy of Plus One, Finding God On The Yoga Mat, by studio owner, Cori Martinez. After reading several chapters, I realized the reason the vibes of the studio felt so good. I’m a big believer that the energy of an environment is tangible and directly related to the  people who inhabit it. Cori’s love of yoga and people are apparent the moment you walk through the doors. It’s really a nice studio to visit. I give it five planks.

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