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Everyone has the right to invite the bell and invite others to stop and practice.



An invitation to sound the bell. Inviting instead of striking is more sacred, more of a nonviolent attention.


  1. Beginning of the day, end of the day, and transitions.

  2. Before meals.

  3. Whenever someone doesn’t feel grounded or the atmosphere doesn’t feel peaceful.

  4. Before a yoga practice.

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Moving on….

Our children have an opinion and I feel it is important for them to be heard. In my classes I welcome discussion and I let my students know that their opinions matter. Yesterday’s classes were magically healing. My Thursday morning class at LEAD Homeschool in Avondale Estates started off the day with heart opening poses and balancing poses. My afternoon class at Decatur Yoga was very similar but we went deeper within ourselves while wringing out the muck so we could create more room for positive and clear communication (the perfect way to end the day).

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I was asked by a high school media specialist if I would be interested in helping their students deal with the anxiety of final exams. “Of course I would, that’s what I do” was my response. On a side note: Witnessing students transform fear into freedom in a matter of minutes is something you can’t un see. Nor can you then deny the potential  value that even more minutes of yoga on a regular basis would have on these kids.  If you want to teach more kids more yoga, volunteering is visible value.

My plan was to teach our Focus Ten: Time and Again series and also base the teaching on their answers to my opening question “How are you feeling about finals?”

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Energy Love

Energy is all around us, all the time.
Imagine if you can access that energy to shift you when you need it the most with just one simple pose.

Energy Circuit!

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To move from here and fro.
With the feeling we like.
That just feels right and shine our light so bright.

Mountain_SG1_bigFind a nice and comfy space.
Sit gentle with grace.
And meet both hand at your heart.

Do not let them part.
Simply feel them as one, not two.
And just as you begin, to feel heat and tingle within.
Rub both hands, fast as fast can be.
Feel the fire… Smell the fire…
STOP but keep both hands as one.HR22 big
Then slowly but softly part them tiny tiny tiny and let them bounce very weeny.
As you bounce and you bounce.
Feel the tingle between the two.
Like magnets pushing against you.
Let them bounce ever more.
Form a ball that will I endure.
The energy that you will ensure.
Whisper your love, Your light,
anything that makes you happy and bright.
All into your ball with sweet energetic light.
Send your ball within or blow it to a friend.
Your energy love TW77_bigthat never ends.


No Mud…No Lotus


(inspiration from Thich Nhat Hanh)

‘No mud, no lotus’,
What does this imply?
That without suffering
There can be no blue sky.

Without the grit
There is no pearl.
We must wake from the dullness
Let’s give it a whirl.

Acknowledge your suffering
Without tendency to dwell
From that acceptance
Work like Alexander Graham Bell.

Invent communication
With joy and with wonder,
From the mired suffering
That is present down under.

Thich Nhat Hanh said
“There is the mud,
And there is the lotus
That grows out of the mud.

We need the mud
In order to make the lotus.”
We need to be mindful
Our breath needs to be noticed.

Out of this awareness,
Compassion may arise
We can perform social action
Without travel or supplies.

Practice Lotus Breath
To remind yourself to bloom~
Even in the midst of muddy thoughts
Where it feels like doom and gloom.

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Press pinky side edges together,
And thumb side edges as well.
Expand the rest of your hands away from each other
To resemble the lotus that swells.

Inhale, raise up your lotus flower
As you squeeze your elbows straight.
Exhale, release your hands out to the sides
Then back into lotus at heart space.

Use your entire inhalation
To stretch your arms up straight.
Use your full exhalation
To circumnavigate.

Use the sound of your breath
To remind you of your focus.
Your mindfulness is work~
That is no hocus pocus.

Lotus seeds sprout
In the dark murky pools
Lotus stems grow upwards
Towards the sky’s biggest jewel.

May this Mantra
‘No Mud No Lotus’ do wonders
To practice our blooming
From our blips and our blunders.


Atlanta Yoga Movement


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