Layers of Rhythm...Breath.Pulse.Drum...


Have you ever noticed that when you put your head underwater in the bathtub it's easier to hear your own heartbeat? When we practice slowing down and LISTENING, we are able to tune into deeper rhythms and the complex ways they overlap and interact. Rhythms in our body. Of the Seasons. Cycles of the moon and  planets. Ups and downs. Phases of conflict and growth. 

Enter in the drumbeat..
.I've gained profound awareness through meditating to the rhythmic sound of AnneSierigk playing her Shamanic drum. I'm so thankful she's joining me for my first Restorative Yoga Mini~Retreat! Anne shares this quote. 

 "A drum is a voice, alive and feeling as with any voice. When it speaks then we must listen and honor the message with our best and noblest selves, for it is a voice with great power and it is a voice that is a gift to us from a greater being. If we do this, then our lives will be full and happy." - Louis W. Ballard Quapcew Cherokee

In the presence of the drum, some people see visual symbols that give them profound insight into their lives. Others get drawn into a deep state of relaxation or meditation. When I hear the drum it opens me to a deep somatic and sensory experience of my own aliveness and I sometimes receive messages about my own healing. Each person has their own unique experience and I am curious what the drum will do for you?

Fall Transition ~ Restorative Yoga with Acupuncture


This is the picture that didn't make it on our flyer...but does express the joy that I experience when co-teaching with my acupuncturist Abby Richardson. We promise to not be too silly at our next RestorativeYoga with Acupuncture workshop, but we will likely crack a few jokes.

What is the fall transition like for you? In the past few weeks, I've felt a deep need to rest. I've also welcomed back hot tea, my wide brimmed wool hat that keeps the rain off my glasses, my first bath, and delicata squash. And now it's back to swimsuits and watermelon!? What's a yogi to do? Ground, settle, play, breathe.....

Seed of the Heart ~ What do Spring & Restorative Yoga have in common?

Have you ever noticed the difference between the action of working hard to create something and the process of allowing something to just emerge?  The latter is like a beautiful doodle unfurling itself from your pen with out much thought or effort. Or a conversation that meanders smoothly like water, so that at the end both participants feel quenched and satisfied. Spring is like that….we just get to enjoy the process as it appears. We don’t have to do anything or work to make the beauty…it just happens. All we have to do is step into the flow.

Where do you notice this pattern in your life?  For me, Restorative Yoga beautifully expresses this process of unfolding. Instead of heating a muscle and actively stretching it, we support the body with props and work with the breath and mind so that the muscle softens on it’s own. I feel its grace in my own body and see the almost magical impact it has on my students. Earlier this spring I completed a Restorative Therapeutics Teacher Training and everything just feels so right about it. I am so happy to have begun offering PRIVATE RESTORATIVE SESSIONS with this work.

The essence of allowing also manifests in relationships. Over the past three years I’ve had the pleasure of receiving Acupuncture treatments from Abby Richardson. From our easeful patient/doctor dialogue (and our nerdy passion for the vagus nerve), an interest in collaborating has emerged. We will be offering a RESTORATIVE YOGA WITH ACUPUNCTURE class on Wednesday May 24th at Rasa Spa (Needle-free treatment available). Join us for this unique opportunity to ease the transition from Spring into Summer. I'm also offering a Memorial Day Morning Restorative class at Rasa Spa - link below!

And while we are on the topic of "new & good" - full disclosure -  I never owned a pair of adult sneakers until a year ago! I've always been active (hiking, biking, paddling) but shied away from anything that involved exercise gear. Working with my inspiring personal trainer Kathy Lucas, has moved exercise from my “to do list” into my self-care toolkit. Check out her all levels SPRING GORGE CIRCUIT TRAINING for a fun way to increase your strength, stamina, and agility. 

Many thanks to these two amazing women! And many thanks to all of you -  whether you are a supportive friend, someone who has attended a Farmscape Yoga workshop, or you come regularly to my weekly class. You all help me to let in and share the light!



Spring Equinox Retreat!

What is your vision for yourself, your family, community, for the the world? These questions seem so important now more than ever. Almost everyone I speak with is really struggling with finding steadiness in this time of unease and transition. Setting aside time to tune in to quietude and connect to community can lead to potent transformation. Denise Hatch and I are creating a space to support you in this process. Deepen your practice and find harmonious clarity in this time of unsteadiness and plant the seeds of your vision for the future!

Come join us at Lakshmi Living Arts March 17-19th for our Spring Equinox Retreat. Through the practices of Asana, Meditation, Contemplation, Divine Dining, Restorative Yoga, and Self-Care, we will explore what it is to restore and stay steady in our own power and move forward with intention. Retreat includes a fabulous candlelit dinner with Iron Owl Kitchen. The retreat is open to all - including beginners so please share with anyone you know who may be interested. 

Reserve your seat at our table and add your voice to our conversation!

Finding Beauty in the New Year

What beauty is awaiting you in this New Year? Where in your body do you experience it and how can you be more open to its grace in your life? 

On New Year's Day, Farmer Melissa showed me how to brush and harness the draft horses at the Finger Lakes Cider House. My senses delighted in the smell of hay and the warmth of the animals. She hooked up the sleigh and took us on a tour of the orchard. The steam was rising from the horses backs' and drew our attention to the sky where we saw a Bald Eagle flying across the farm.  It was just a brief sighting, but in that instant our hearts melded with the freedom of its flight. An auspicious sighting for New Year's Day! For me, the return of the Bald Eagle (once nearly extinct due to the use of DDT) is a marker of the success of the environmental movement. Because of the dedication of  Rachel Carson and other lovers of the natural world, the course of our ecological history was changed. The Bald Eagle and its return to our landscape is a true symbol to live by for the coming years!
Whenever I experience a heartfelt communion with a physical expression of LIFE - plant, animal, or human - I feel the most connected. Communion with Nature is essential at this time. Our Yoga practice facilitates this communion by relaxing us, opening us up, and bringing us into the spirit of breath. Yoga helps us set aside our fears and worries which keep us from from dissolving into the present moment and connecting with the BEAUTY that awaits us.

“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”  - 
Vincent Van Gogh

In this time of new beginnings, set aside some time to facilitate this communion with nature.  Let the beauty in through your senses bathe in our beloved waters, sip a cup of tea as you watch the birds outside your window, or bundle up to take a walk in nature. I'm teaching several special workshops in the coming months that are here to support you in this practice shall you desire! More information below. 

Happy New Year!