This is Bliss

This is Bliss - Spring 2013

01-Mar-2013 - Shifting and giving in are not the same thing. (from A Year of Living Your Yoga by Judith Lasater.)
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This is Bliss - Winter 2012

01-Jan-2012 - As we come to the end of another year, and I finish up my ninth year of teaching yoga and running Yoga Bliss, I find myself thinking about what practicing and teaching yoga mean to me. Some of the things I've been reflecting on are the beauty and synchronicity of the body and the breath; how the practice encourages us to not only go inward and honor ourselves, but to adapt the practice to meet our needs; how grateful I am for the practice and its ability to soothe my soul and get me out of my head and ultimately out of my own way; how I love our yoga community, and the variety and range of personalities of people coming together to practice; how the practice can teach us whatever it is we need to learn and how it helps us to get in touch with the best parts of ourselves. And while I value all of these things immensely, one of the things that I value most is the fact that it is a practice - how great is that? Just by calling it a practice and framing it in that way allows me to keep coming back to my mat day after day, year after year, and playing with the poses and figuring out how the teachings can be a more integral part of my life. Looking at it through that lens gives me permission to not know, to explore, to be uncertain, to try and even fail and try again. And all I have to do is simply unroll my mat and sit and breathe and move. But the rub is that I, we, have to show up regularly on the mat to sit and breathe and move.
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This is Bliss - Fall 2007

21-Sep-2007 - For the first time in a long time I’m sad to see the summer go. When I was a kid the end of summer meant only one thing – back to school, lots of homework, no more playing jailbreak until 10pm, no more chasing after the ice-cream truck, and no more bike rides to the candy store… When I became an adult, however, summer only meant going to work in the heat, sweating a lot, feeling low energy, and sick to my stomach most of the time. I couldn’t wait until the heat and humidity were gone and the cooler weather arrived.
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This is Bliss - Summer 2007

21-Jun-2007 - As I sit down to write the summer issue of this is bliss, my mom is closing the sale on the house that I grew up in. Luckily I got to go home last weekend to say my final good-byes: to walk through each room and remember the feelings, sensations, and memories associated with each room; to hang out in the backyard where I learned to play football and baseball, where we hosted many outdoor family gatherings, where, with my dad’s coaxing, I first let Jasper, the ex-street dog, run free. I realized we had really done a lot of living in that house.
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This is Bliss - Spring 2007

21-Mar-2007 - Spring always feels like a very creative time of year to me. As I see the flowers and trees getting ready to bloom, I can’t help but think what kinds of things will be blossoming in my own life. Lately I’ve been thinking about how my yoga practice has been growing and changing over the last few years. As many of you know, my first taste of yoga was in a gym class in high school. That was the beginning of my fascination with this practice. My second foray came much later, while I was living in Manhattan during the height of my acting/auditioning “career” when I was busy trying to be tall, small, funny, serious, the young mom, the quirky best friend. But I believe my yoga practice truly began when due to limited financial resources (i.e. no money) I was forced to stop taking classes. Having fallen in love with yoga I wasn’t about to give it up again, so I basically started practicing at home, trying to re-create some of the asanas and sequences as I remembered from class. I would supplement those memories with bits that I read in Yoga Journal and things I would pick up from videos. In the end what was so interesting is that none of those things solely made up my practice. It became a smorgasbord. Before I knew it I had created my own yoga practice and it was coming from me – how I felt, what I needed to explore that day. I had a loose idea about sequencing, but it was really about what felt good.
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This is Bliss - Winter 2006

01-Dec-2006 - One way or another, life is a rush. It can be a rush of time flying by us, or it can be a rush of excitement sweeping us up. Time flies on its own. The rush of excitement comes through the actions of people building a life that they love. You have to create it yourself. from Live What You Love, by Bob and Melinda Blanchard
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This is Bliss - Fall 2006

01-Sep-2006 - We are moving into my most favorite season of all – FALL! One of the things I love most about living on the East Coast is that we get to experience the beauty of each of the four seasons and the changes that arise with each season. By noticing the difference of each season, we are reminded that it is the nature of things to change. Just look outside – the parks that were once filled with people basking in the sun and barbecuing are now a little less populated, the once green leaves start to take on those orange and red hues and flutter to the ground. Even in our homes we see change – like the strategic shifting of our closets from summer clothes to winter clothes (that’s for my NY folks in tiny apartments); or look in the kitchen - one minute the sink is empty of dishes, the next it’s full, and then you clean them and it’s empty, and then of course you eat, and it’s full, and so on.
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This is Bliss - Summer 2006

02-Jun-2006 - Sweet Summer Salutations!!!!
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This is Bliss - Spring 2006

01-Feb-2006 - Well my friends…another season, another issue of this is bliss. I always have mixed emotions as spring arrives. I feel the tinge of anticipation for the warmth of the sun and the sweet breeze on my cheek mixed with the sadness of leaving winter with its holidays, the cuddliness of blankets, the rich darkness, topped off with dread over the heat of summer and joy over having a little extra time with family and friends once the school year is over. (As you can see this is a very confusing time for me!!!!!)
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This is Bliss - Winter 2005

01-Dec-2005 - Welcome to winter my friends. Despite a fall of wind and rain, chilly, chilly days followed oddly by balmy, spring-like days, we have arrived in the dark season of winter. As we move toward colder weather and shorter days, we might very naturally move toward a sense of quiet, hibernation, turning inward, which seems very much in tune with what is going on around us; the trees are barren, the flowers are no longer in bloom, even the squirrels in my neighborhood are all hidden away preserving their energy. And thank goodness for that - my dog, Jasper hates, or shall I say cares very little for squirrels - we can finally walk around the park in peace!
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This is Bliss - Fall 2005

01-Sep-2005 - Happy fall everyone - after a grueling summer we are well-deserving of a lovely fall, abundant in the rich vibrant colors of reds and oranges, the crispness of the air, and of course, cooler weather. This is truly my favorite time of the year. I love the way the air smells – crisp, alive – how it energizes me. I also love that fall is traditionally a time for harvesting. When I was a kid in Cherry Hill there was an apple orchard (you thought I was gonna say cherries didn’t you???) behind my house. The owner of the farm would let us have the apples that had fallen to the ground during harvesting for free. Now it wasn’t much of an apple picking ritual, but there was something special about running through the rows and rows of apple trees and collecting as many apples as possible. What kindness and generosity to allow this privilege of traipsing through the beautiful trees, smelling the fragrance of the apples, and of course delighting in their sweet juiciness. That memory serves me as a reminder that it is also a time for giving thanks. In the past, people may have given thanks for a good harvest that would sustain families through the long winter months.
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