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Grounding Them All!

If I would have know at 13 years old when I was first introduced to yoga that I would be doing what I do now, teaching yoga, I might have taken my practice a little more seriously! The fact that I was interested at that young age back in the 80’s at a time that yoga wasn’t the mainstream that it has become was pretty amazing. I have my mother to thank for that inspiration and for the times that we practiced together on our family room floor!

Now 23 years later I have the amazing opportunity to share this beautiful, enlightening, moving, and empowering practice with children and their families! Beginning in September I will be incorporating the Grounded yoga program into the Teasley Elementary after school program in the Smyrna/Vinings area of Atlanta; I can’t contain my excitement since I have been actively teaching to adults and pregnant women in this community for almost 2 years now. My goal and vision of bringing yoga to families in our community is finally coming to fruition and in such a beautiful natural way.

TW76_bigThe beautiful part of this adventure is that it has blossomed into something even greater than expected! Partners in Education is a program between Teasley and local business to help support children of the school and their education through donations and community events. The Body Bar fitness studio in Smyrna located 1 ½ miles from Teasley where I teach several yoga classes at, has become a Partner in Education with Teasley! The first part of our adventure, we hosted a Grounded Families workshop to introduce the program to some of the families. It was a great success.

The theme of our workshop: “We are One” following the same titled book by Jennifer Black. The focus was working individually and as partners and to bring the family members together yet to help feel their individuality! We incorporated several individual and partner poses which was fun to observe. My personal favorite poses that we did were I See It From Your Side; I See It From My Side and then Double Dog Dare! Watching the reactions on the children and parents faces and how they worked together in a nontraditional way that they are used to within their home, was so uplifting. Our final pose was Garden Club which brought nothing but smiles and laughter from everyone involved. We ended with each parent/child pair sitting facing each other hands in prayer and expressing gratitude and something that they admire in each other before lying in Savasana!

I am grateful for this experience and opportunity as I begin my journey in the school to help ground our children and for the parents to attend our studio classes. We will continue to offer an occasional Grounded Families class to bring them all together. We are Grounding them all through community!


Do you think Mountain Pose is easy?   Or do you tend to squirm and fidget and look around in this pose?

Challenge yourself to make this pose more difficult, more meaningful. Make it matter.  Think of Mountain Pose as your family and the other poses as your friends, teachers, pets, and strangers.  Honor your family by being steady. Stay still and aware. This will build your power. This will build your LIFE FORCE. This will build strength in your family.

There are many ways to lose your power. Fidget, Mountain_1fiddle, move fast, leave your mat,, talk, turn one foot out, hyperextend your knee. You get disconnected and unplugged from your source of what matters.

You will realize, it really is not so easy to be still.

So what to do?  Practice thinking of Mountain as your Family.

We tend to be casual with our family. We might chew with our mouth open, sit slumped, or ignore what they are saying. We tend to pay more attention to our friends at the expense of those closest to us. It’s the same with our poses. Poses such as Crow and Triangle get much more attention. Friends and strangers get more attention. Family is hard.  Mountain is a hard pose. It sounds weird at first.  Just standing with dignity and steadfastness is hard?


So, Honor your home. Honor your heart.

Don’t let yourself become lax or lazy…rather make an effort to find strength. It is there, deep within. Make this easy pose challenging so your challenging poses become easier. Be still and aware of your family so you can hold that space with the challenging people in your life. Tap into that strength at any time, and use it to achieve your heart’s desire.

And tap into it again and again, with each cycle of breath – Stay steady in Mountain. Hold onto your power. Honor the Highest.

Stand with your feet parallel. Root your feet into the earth and rise up inside with your breath. Mountain_2 Connect below and above-into the earth and up toward the sky-rooted and rising as a strong mountain on the horizon.  As you exhale, gently bring your palms to touch in front of your heart. Soften between your shoulder blades.  Inhale and draw energy from your feet to your basement.  Lengthen the sides of your body.  Exhale and bring your shoulders back.   Feel the solid ground within yourself- stable and present in this moment.  Be on top of your mountain, know your brightness, and shine your light out into the world.

Yogi Bhajan taught us to Recognize that the other person is you.

Here’s to the power of recognition. Sat Nam


Atlanta Yoga Movement


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