Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Flow Workshop @ Mala Yoga Saturday, March 1st, 4:15-6pm

Mala Yoga 162 Court St.
Saturday, March 1st 4:15-5:45pm $35

PRENATAL & POSTNATAL YOGA FLOW will take you on a journey of yoga postures, mindful breathing and relaxation (meditation) to encourage a healthy pregnancy for you and your baby.  Learn useful guidelines and techniques to practice yoga safely throughout your entire pregnancy all of the way into delivery and beyond.  The practice includes: 

·         Flowing movements to relieve tension, energize, strengthen and open the body;

·         Mindful breathing techniques to improve the nervous system for you and your baby and help prepare you for later stages of pregnancy and labor;

·         Relaxation/meditation methods to relieve your mind of any anxiety or distractions.

Ruah uses her experience of teaching yoga for over a decade, as well as her own pregnancy experience and being a mom to help you deeply connect to the best part of yourself and to your baby.  You will leave with a sense of feeling refreshed, invigorated and peaceful in your mind, body & spirit, ready to welcome your child into the world.  Prenatal Yoga Flow is safe for all levels and all trimesters of pregnancy. 

ABOUT RUAH:   Ruah Bhay has been teaching yoga for over a decade and has studied with a variety of teachers from backgrounds from Yogaworks, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, Dharma Mittra and Swami Vivekananda SVYASA University.  Ruah’s teaching style integrates each of these traditions while threading a theme connected to a yoga philosophy that inspires a happy and healthy life.  Ruah’s class seamlessly brings the mind, body and breath into a harmonious union while encouraging a connection to the greatest teacher in the room – the one inside of our hearts. 

Ruah has been in many health & fitness features, collaborated with celebrities such as Russell Simmons and has also appeared in Marie Claire, Time Out, Beauty Logic, FOX, WPIX & NY1.  She holds a B.A. in Political Science, an M.A. in Sustainable Development, is 500 hour Yogaworks Certified and Prenatal Yoga Certified. 
 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Be Mindful When Practicing Yoga (and other physical activities)


 
 
I read The New York Times article, “Women’s Flexibility is a Liability (in Yoga)” by William J. Broad yesterday and at first I really wanted to steer clear of getting involved in the redundant conversation that happened last time Broad published his even more sensationalized article on how injuries  can happen to people who do yoga.  The article was still on my mind this morning both since I had the article in from multiple people in my inbox and I also reminded myself that it is always better to clarify confusion than ignore it, especially on a topic that I dedicate my life to, love and believe in.

As Broad tries to explain at the beginning of the article, “the benefits [of yoga] are many and commonplace while the serious dangers tend to be few and comparatively rare.”  Yoga h
as endless benefits and has been responsible for miracles of health and happiness for all types of people, including myself!  I have seen and experienced how yoga change lives, bodies and minds.  I have also witnessed in my own students how yoga can prevent surgery and heal various injuries with care, patience and dedication.

As much as it is true and possible to injure yourself doing anything, surprise (again), it is also possible to do so in yoga.  As does any sensible teacher, I also believe this is an important topic for yogis to be aware of and for teachers to always consider when guiding a class.  However, Broad, while probably means well, once again skims over the subject and frames it in a way using broad strokes.  The article tries to support a thesis using general evidence and scientific research that neglects the entire picture and fails to ask the right questions, but will certainly get a big reaction for a story by making extreme statements.
The article makes superficial point  like "hundreds of women who did yoga were showing up" to orthopedic doctors for hip improvement or replacement surgery.  The writer fails to mention where these numbers come from, if the doctors are at all familiar with yoga postures (to draw any correlation between injury and yoga pose), who these women are, including their age, other activities, previous injuries and the most important questions like how often/what kind of yoga do they do and did they actually injure  themselves while doing yoga?

In nearly a decade of teaching the only injuries I have ever seen from yoga are when people hurt themselves outside of yoga and then return to the practice too soon and push themselves beyond their limitations, often out of fear or denial of the need to take off time from their routine (a subject I'd like to see more research on - all active people returning from an injury too soon).  The other much less common injury I have seen and have unfortunately experienced myself is getting an adjustment by an overly eager/inexperienced teacher to go further into an at first safe version of a pose when the body/mind is not ready to go any further.

The article mentions that injury is related to "extreme leg motion" repeated over time, yet what defines as extreme and the frequency of doing the motion is extremely unclear.  In my opinion, the good news is that poses people do in a general yoga class are not the poses that are aggravating or creating injuries. Fortunately, the extreme yoga poses that risk injury are mostly not accessible to average people, even flexible women (like the one used in the picture for the article, Tittibasana C).  Most people could not even get near these poses if they tried!  Correctly aligned basic yoga poses that most people do in a class, even hip openers like pigeon (eka pada kapotanasana) can be done safely if properly done and using props to support the pelvis or reclined on the back if necessary.

Of course, there are always different opinions on exact alignment of poses depending on the teacher's training and style of yoga.  Yet, all good teachers generally follow the basic rule of thumb that if you are struggling and it doesn't feel right then ease out of the pose a little or into a modified version until you can breathe easily and smile in a pose!

In conclusion, I think it is fair to say that the solution to anyone's concern of injury in any physical activity is to be mindful and conscientious, especially in yoga.  Another solution is for people to actually learn how to do poses correctly for their bodies, which may require private sessions with an experienced teacher (the best form of a practice).  While group classes are amazing in many ways, and good teachers always do their best to look out for all of their students and give special care and instructions to anyone handling an injury, it is possible for someone to hurt themselves if they aren't familiar with the pose alignment and/or push themselves beyond their capabilities.

In a private session, a teacher creates a class specifically designed for you and is able to adjust each pose and practice for your needs.  Since private sessions are clearly not an option for all, another approach for yoga students seeking a safe practice should both be to regularly review their basic yoga poses in a beginner class to ensure their correct alignment for their body and always talk to the teacher before class and ask them to specifically check out poses.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Introducing Ruah Running


This class is a chance to achieve your fitness goals by learning how to run in a way that incorporates:
-yoga stretching
-core strengthening
-correct posture
-efficiency of gait
-interval running
-breathing techniques
All of this will help you prepare for a 5k and exercising in a supportive and accessible way.

Ruah Running is especially great for beginners to build strength and stamina for a 5K run and prepare for a running lifestyle.  The class is also a wonderful way for those looking to get back into their running routine where they left off.

All levels of running are welcome.  Come on your own or pushing your little one in a stroller.

Ruah Running was inspired by requests from friends and fellow moms after successfully teaching running to corporate clients and my own running practice as an important part of my commitment to good health.

CLICK HERE FOR SCHEDULE & PRICING

Monday, August 6, 2012

Yoga + Surfing = True Bliss!

Yoga & Surfing Rockaway Beach Day Getaway!

Saturday August 25th, 2012

Click on the link or go to Retreats tab for details:

Here's a video of me riding the waves to get excited!  This could be you!


Yoga and surfing are so intricately connected!    They both evoke an incredible connection to the body mind and spirit!  Ever since my experience of learning to surf for my July birthday, I have continued to dream about a day retreat of surfing and yoga!
Well, dreams do come true and I would love for you to be a part of my dream! Join me for a day of Yoga on the beach and stay to relax and enjoy the view or to have an exhilarating experience on a surfboard! 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Yoga in Fashion! Vivienne Tam Launches




It's no surprise that yoga is fashionable, but now it is literally "in fashion" as Vivienne Tam launches her yoga line this fall.

I had the pleasure of participating in the yoga approach to a runway show, a live sculpture garden of lovely yoginis practing yoga led by yoga superstar couple Rodney Yee & Colleen Saidman. 

Yoga is certainly not about attachment to the material world , but as I mention in the NY Post video below, "for some yogis, they don't feel as comfortable with it, but the way I see it if it (yoga in fashion) spreads yoga to people who otherwise wouldn't do be practicing it, then, it's a good thing."  When yogis feel good about themselves it can inspire them to continue to practice.  In this case, it might be feeling good in glowing bright colors made from organic fabric!

NY POST coverage including sound bite and a few clips of me : )
http://www.nypost.com/video?vxSiteId=fe3e21a8-49f1-4cec-9ba5-cfe372fa6572&vxChannel=PostTopFilmStrip&vxClipId=1458_1304671&vxBitrate=300

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Ruah Yoga for Lululemon in Bryant Park & Soho!

FREE RUAH YOGA
Sponsored by Lululemon
Sun., Sept. 25th 9:30-10:30am: Lululemon Soho
Tues., Sept. 27th 10-11am:  Bryant Park Yoga

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Yoga Journal Magazine Cover!

Please check out my entry and vote for me (once a day until April 15th) to be considered for the cover of Yoga Journal magazine!

Here is the link:

http://talentsearch.yogajournal.com/view/2243

"Yoga inspires me to find balance in my life, striving towards being the best part of myself in the present moment. It helps me to have faith that everything is a preparation for who I am to become. When I practice yoga, it helps me to let go of any attachment to concerns about the past or the future – appreciating exactly who I am and all of the blessings that I have.

I chose this photo of jumping back into chatturanga since it represents that space where I feel connected to a peaceful, strong and happy self. I remember when I first started working on the effortless “float back.” I would repeat the mantra “I am who I am” since it helped me to focus on the task at hand and smile with gratitude – regardless of what the pose looked like. It was a hard transition to learn at first, but once I found that place where I could just surrender, it became an effortless process.

The Bhagavad Gita reminds us to be mindful and present in our actions, without attachment to what happens next. “Self-possessed, resolute, act without any thought of results, open to success or failure. This equanimity is yoga.” As in “floating back” to chatturanga, the journey is the beauty of life, not only the results of what we do.

My life has taken so many winding paths of successes and failures, yet each stage of life has taught me something about the importance of who I want to be. I grew up in Manhattan, went to college in upstate rural NY and lived in countries like Senegal, Sri Lanka, India and France. As so many of us do, I spent much of my life searching for the right career, place to live and partner in life.

Throughout every exploration, my regular yoga and meditation practice have been the anchors that help me stay healthy both physically and mentally. I always feel at home with myself when I practice yoga and that I am heading in the right direction. Eventually, yoga helped me to trust my path of finding the true loves of my life – my husband, my son and my life as a yoga teacher!

I am so grateful to all that yoga has brought me. Yoga continues to inspire me to be a better person so that I can enjoy life and share love with others!"

Monday, February 7, 2011

Ruah Prenatal Yoga Flow Workshop 2.26.11 1-3pm


Ruah Prenatal Yoga Flow Workshop
Yogaworks West Side
Saturday, February 26th 1-3pm

Pre-reg: $35
Day of: $45
Register: 212-769-9642

Prenatal Ruah Yoga Flow guides you through a sequence preparing you for a peaceful, happy, healthy pregnancy and birth. Enjoy a two hour personal retreat to encourage a healthy pregnancy for you and your baby. Learn useful guidelines and techniques to practice yoga safely throughout your entire pregnancy all of the way into delivery. The practice includes:

• Flowing movements to relieve tension, energize, strengthen and open the body;
• Mindful breathing techniques to improve the nervous system for you and your baby (pranayama) and help prepare you for later stages of pregnancy and labor;
• Relaxation/meditation methods to relieve your mind of any anxiety or distractions.

Ruah uses her experience of teaching yoga for over a decade, as well as her own experience of being pregnant and giving birth to guide you into to feeling deeply connected to the best part of yourself and to your baby. You will leave with a sense of being refreshed, invigorated and peaceful in your mind, body & spirit, ready to welcome your child into the world.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Ruah Yoga Returns!


Atta yoga anunasanam! Now is the time for yoga! After enjoying being a mom and yoga teacher to my baby son Nadal, it's now time to follow the path back to teaching NYC yogis! Starting in January, I'll be back to teaching!

Nurturing another human being has certainly been teaching me many life lessons that are useful as a yoga teacher. Also, the balance that yoga, meditation and pranayama has brought to my life has been integral to getting through the challenges of being a new mom.

I'm so excited to start teaching yoga again (beyond my baby) and share the peace and bliss that yoga brings to all of our lives.

Looking forward to seeing you at Equinox & Yogaworks soon!

Namaste,

Ruah


Nadal Phoenix Bhay is Born!


Please join ,me in sharing positive thoughts and blessings for the new arrival of Nadal Phoenix Bhay, born on Tuesday, 10.12.10 at 1pm sharp.

Labor was a challenging and life-changing experience with 36 hours from when my water broke to Nadal coming into the world. With the help of my team of support from my amazing-beyond-words husband, wonderful doula, Gayle Lemke and phenomonal midwife, Sandy Woods, I was able to push him out after 12 hours of contractions and forty minutes of pushing (all without an epidural) and even catch him with my own two hands!

Nadal is Sanskrit for "fortuitous" and "blessed". Of course, Neil & I are also excited that he shares a name with a great U.S. Open winner! We chose Phoenix, the bird and spirit of fire, as it represents rebirth - just as we are experiencing a birth of a new phase of life!

I feel so very blessed and lucky to have him join our lives after patiently watching him grow into a unique and beautiful being in my belly! We are so thrilled to now share Nadal with the world. We hope to raise him as a thoughtful, caring, compassionate, intelligent and strong yogi boy to make a difference for the better in the world around him.

You can find out what Nadal is up to and see more photos on his Facebook Page under Nadal Bhay.

I will be sure to keep you updated with Ruah Yoga as it progresses - with a return to teaching classes and workshops in the new year. Finally, always be sure to find me on Facebook and my blog for other updates.

Facebook: Ruah Yoga - Minda, Body, Spirit
http://www.facebook.com/ruahyoga#!/pages/New-York-NY/Ruah-Yoga-Healthy-Mind-Body-Spirit/64080503705

Peace, Love & Light to all!

Ruah, Neil & Nadal

Saturday, October 2, 2010

38.5 Weeks Pregnant




Emotions and senses heightened beyond even my normal sensitive-self;
Blissful in my mind & body;

Grateful for last few days of this life inside me;

Amazed that there are more blessings beyond my imagination to this journey up ahead;

Moving slowly like through water;

Deeply in love with and grateful for Neil, family, friends & yoga;

Indebted to yoga for feeling strong and guiding me through daily headstands, shoulder stands and even arm balances...on the other hand...can barely roll over or get up in the morning;

Dreaming of how this beautiful boy will look and envisioning our first exchange of a heart-felt glance;

Motherhood and a real-life baby seem so far away even though they could arrive any moment;

Wondering what contractions will feel like and how I will (like every other woman before and after me) somehow figure it out when they come;

Looking forward to whatever birth is part of the life-path while visualizing and praying for a natural and blissful one.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Ruah Prenatal Yoga on Lake Winnisquam







Practicing yoga this far into the pregnancy at 35 weeks and beyond truly proves the miracle of what yoga can do for your body, mind and spirit!

Every day I thank G-d for bringing yoga into my life and helping me to feel better in my body and in my mind as this incredible transformation literally happens before my (and everyone else's) eyes.

Here are a few photos of my practice taken by my wonderful mom at the beautiful childhood home of my husband and where my amazing in-laws still live in New Hampshire.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Ruah in Resident.com July Edition

Check out this article on private sessions with a notable mention of me. "Not Your Average Yoga Studio" is written by one of my lovely private students,Add Image Grace Lee. Grace also happens to be expecting and even has the same due date as me in October!

Article on P.27 & 29:
http://view.vcab.com/?vcabid=cgaSncecScegjha

Magazine Website:
www.resident.com

One of the most amazing joys of being a yoga teacher is witnessing the incredible progress of regular, committed students over time. This is especially so with all of my private students. When studying yoga privately, a student has the opportunity to fine-tune their practice and work on poses and meditations that are adapted to the how the student is feeling the day of the practice. Also, private sessions offer a space for students to deepen their relationship and understanding of themselves.

Group classes, of course, award wonderful benefits including absorbing the shared flow of energy and learning from others in the class. However, practicing with a private teacher can really deepen a sense of awareness, encouraging the practice self-study, svadyaya.

When a teacher guides a student through postures that are carefully aligned to the indivual body, the muscle memory returns to recreate the best variation of the posture everytime the student practices. As a student becomes increasingly mindful of their mind-body connection it becomes an effortless process to explore new postures, deepen variations of familiar postures and discover the peace of mind naturally present within all of us. This is how we advance in our practice.

Peace,

Ruah

Friday, May 21, 2010

Ruah Yoga Prenatal Flow at Reebok June 26th 3:30-4:30pm

Reebok Sports Club, 160 Columbus Ave.

Members: $25

Non-Members: $40

TO SECURE YOUR PLACE IN THE WORKSHOP PLEASE CONTACT Anne-Sophie Rodriguez at REEBOK:

ASRodriguez@reeboksportsclubny.com


Enjoy a two hour personal retreat to encourage a healthy pregnancy for you and your baby.
Learn useful guidelines and techniques to practice yoga safely throughout your entire pregnancy and delivery.
Prenatal Ruah Yoga Flow guides you through a sequence preparing you for a peaceful, happy, healthy pregnancy and birth:

Flowing movements to relieve tension, energize, strengthen and open the body;
Mindful breathing techniques to improve the nervous system for you and your baby (pranayama) and help prepare you for later stages of pregnancy and labor;
Relaxation/meditation methods to relieve your mind of any anxiety or distractions.

Ruah uses her experience of teaching yoga for nearly a decade as well as her own pregnancy (she's expecting a baby in October!) to guide you into to feeling deeply connected to the best part of yourself and to your baby. You will leave with a sense of being refreshed, invigorated and peaceful in your mind, body & spirit; ready to welcome your child into the world.




Friday, May 14, 2010

Ruah Detox Yoga Flow at Yogaworks May 16th

Sunday, May 16th 1:30-4:30pm
Yogaworks East Side 1319 3rd Ave., 2nd Floor

Release stress and detox your entire mind & body through intense flowing movement, mindful breathing, guided relaxation. Detox Yoga Flow © maps out a simple union of three essential yoga practices:

Asana: intense flowing yoga postures to strengthen and open up the body;
Pranayama: mindful breathing to improve the nervous and digestive system;
Dhyana: meditation techniques to effortlessly guide yourself into deep relaxation.

Detox Yoga Flow© enhances the hypometabolism (oxygen consumption), stimulates the hypothalamus (body's ability to react/fight or flight response) and improves the nervous system (breathing, digestion, cell rejuvenation).

This three hour personal mini-retreat will leave you feelingl balanced and healthy in your body, mind and spirit.

Detox Yoga Flow© All rights reserved Ruah Bhay 2009.

TO SECURE YOUR PLACE IN THE WORKSHOP PLEASE CONCTACT YOGAWORKS:

Email: hollyr@yogaworks.com

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Ruah Reviewed in Beauty Logic!

For the full article click:

http://www.beautylogicblog.com/2010/04/foxy-fit-mommy-prenatal-yoga-yoga-works.html

Foxy Fit Mommy Prenatal Yoga - Yoga Works

In the early nineties, when Mommy got sick with cancer, she started to turn to a healthier lifestyle, and began Yoga. Because I was always with my mommy at the time, at the age of twelve, I was practicing Yoga right alongside with her. As I grew older, and into my own life, I stopped doing yoga, but then when I hit my early twenties, I began again. The benefits of Yoga are amazing. Not only does it physically help you, but I feel such a sense of calm and wellness as I do it. Anyway, after finding out about Little Mr. DE, Yoga Works, blessed me with a free prenatal yoga session, and I must say that’s just what the doctor ordered. Many of my friends practice at Yoga Works and have given it rave reviews so I was really excited about going. The location I went to was in Soho although Yoga Works has a few other spots throughout the city. My instructor was Ruah Bhay. It’s so important to feel comfortable with your instructor, and I immediately loved her. Her voice, spirit and energy were all so comforting and warm. My session was an hour (although it was going so great that it went way too fast for me), and during the hour, Ruah taught me so many positions. Ones that I really liked were the Balsana Child pose which relieves tension in hips and back, soothes the mind and restores energy to the body. When you’re 7 months pregnant, back pain is a common problem, and this position really helped alleviate the stress on my back. We also did the Seated Cow, which helps create space in the spine and hips and stimulate the mammary glands to prepare for breast milk, (I plan to breast feed my little squirrel) and to improve the immune system. All in all, the poses I did helped me feel amazing. When I walked out of the place, I hadn’t felt that good, well since before my pregnancy. Ruah is a great instructor, and Yogaworks is a place that I will def be making another prenatal yoga appt for.

Balasana Child’s Pose (1 minute)
 Big toes to touch, knees as wide as your torso (or wider for tight hips), point your toes.
 Lower the forehead to the floor or onto a block.
 Extend your arms to straight reaching your hands as far forward as you can.
 Hands shoulder distance apart, fingers spread wide, palms flat and pressing down into the floor.
 Lift the arms up as you press the hands down.
 Inhale, find length in the spine
 Exhale, find depth in the pose.



Seated Cat/Cow. (1-5 minutes)
 Still seated on the blankets place the soles of the feet together about a foot from your pelvis, knees out to the side and hands onto your shins with straight arms.
 Inhale, open the chest and draw the shoulder blades down the back.
 Exhale, round the spine spreading the shoulders on the back and tucking the chin into the chest.
 Add one arm lifting up on the inhale and lowering on the exhale and then switching.
 Add both arms.


For more info on Yoga Works Log on to. www.yogaworks.com
For more info on Ruah log on to her page at http://ruahyoga.blogspot.com/ or follow her on twitter @ruahyoga

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Spring Greetings!

"As the sun shines upon my heart, may my heart shine upon the hearts of others!" - The Upanishads

Dear Friends,

I hope that this finds you happy, healthy and delighting in the beginning of spring!

What a miracle change is! Transformation happens so quickly this season as the warmer weather and moist air brings along all of nature's budding beauty. It is in the air, more change is certainly on the way!

This season of change in Ayurveda (the science of the body) is called kapha, a time when our bodies and minds tend to be slow and even sluggish in the process of awakening out of our hibernation from winter. Now is a time to get to bed early and arise at an early hour to avoid the feeling of heaviness that often comes with sleeping-in during this time. Drink hot liquids with spices like ginger and cinnamon and be sure to include daily exercise to cleanse the body and mind. Create a plan and pave a path for your body and mind to spring into a healthy and happy you! I hope that you will join me Sunday, May 16th for Detox Ruah Yoga Flow workshop at Yogaworks and also please read below for some very special news!

In gratitude, peace, joy, love and good health.

Namaste,

Ruah

Compassion, Love & Transformation


This coming October, with the grace and miracle of the universe, I hope to experience the new joy and blessed occasion of sharing a new sense of compassion and love as a mother!

I have always known that I wanted to be a mother. I grew up loving kids spending my entire young adult life babysitting, playing with children and being a summer camp counselor. It always just felt natural and was what I loved. Now with the actual prospect of becoming a mother to my own little one, I am overwhelmed with excitement, anticipation, fear, and wonder! While I understand that we can never know what the universe holds up ahead, I do feel that this new experience is meant to be exactly as it is, to teach me so many things and hopefully be able to share this miraculous experience with others.

I once attended a wedding where the priest spoke of the Hebrew word for compassion, rechemet, which derives from rechem, which is Hebrew for womb. The miraculous existence of the womb is so clearly connected to how we as humans are able to share compassion with ourselves and with others. In order to be compassionate and to love others, we must first be compassionate to and be in love with ourselves.

As much as it is difficult to fathom, we all lived inside our biological mother's womb at the beginning of life. Our own form as we are now started out barely the size of a poppy seed, growing over time inside of her as we slowly transformed into the physical foundation of who we are today. During this special time inside of our mother's womb, we were equally dependent on our own health as we were on the health of our mother. Likewise, she was dependant on her health as well as ours in order to survive.

As tiny human beings growing at an amazing rate inside our mother's womb so many years ago, we were already in motion to developing into exactly who we are right now. Our mother also experienced the transformation of her body and life as she discovered this entirely new identity that she also learned to accept and love as her new self. This rhythm continued for 40 weeks as we both intimately integrated as one being and eventually gave us life on this earth - capable of passing on that love and compassion we experienced in the womb with others.

So as this new chapter of life develops, I am reminded of the priest's advice, love yourself first and the divine energy within you, then you will best be able to love another. As our bodies, minds and life continue to transform in ways beyond our imagination, it is important to do our best continue to love exactly who we are in each moment (even if your favorite yoga top & jeans don't fit and you can't jump back into chatturanga ; ), so we can focus on sharing the love that we cultivate within ourselves right into the heart of loved ones.

What Next?
In case you are curios, my plan is to teach! I expect to teach as far along through this as my body and this beautiful little one growing inside me will allow and return to teach a few months afterwards with hopefully plenty of new lessons learned. Fortunately for me and other mom-to-be yoga teachers, many inspirational yogini teacher moms have pioneered and paved the path to doing it all - Gurmukh Khal Khalsa, Shiva Rea, Rainbow Mars, Anita Goa and many more. I hope to follow in their footsteps and continue my path as a yoga teacher. We will see what the universe has in store and I will be sure to continue with more updates.

Breath Meditation for Wisdom, Happiness & Peace

Sit comfortably with your eyes closed and spine erect and lower back supported if you have tension (if you become uncomfortable, feel free to adjust your body and find stillness again).

· Inhale for a count of 4-8 and Exhale for the same count.

· Notice the natural retention or pauses between the inhale and exhale.
· Continue to follow the breath up your spine as you inhale and down your spine as you exhale.
· If distracting thoughts come, acknowledge them and then use the breath to draw you back from any distracting thoughts.
· Allow the breath to become more and more effortless and shallow with each passing moment.
· Once you feel a sense of ease, draw your awareness back to the breath.
· As you inhale, visualize a sense of peace and happiness expanding from within you.
· As you exhale, visualize letting go of any physical tension or gripping.
· Allow yourself to care about absolutely nothing, letting go of last moment and freeing yourself from the next.
· Be fully present in your breath and sense of peace & happiness from within.

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