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Often people tend to pull us into their drama. Our awareness can get overwhelmed. What if we allow them time for self-correction? What if we don’t always comment about what we are critical of? What if we focus in a positive way and offer love with enthusiasm?

I invite you to practice the zip mantra (influenced by the brilliant Paul Muller-Ortega ) on your mat space as well as in your life space. Do tell us how it goes!

                                        Zip the lip..Potato Chip!

OompaLoompaI must gossip!

     I’ve got to rant!

 So much to say

       Lip Zip, I can’t!

Could you zip instead of Harm?

           Tittle Tattle,

       that’s my charm.

   I could not zip instead

      Of harm.

       I must gossip!

I’ve got to rant!

   So much to say

         Lip Zip, I can’t!

Could you zip when rumors swirl?

I can not zip

When rumors swirl

Scandals make my

                                                       Comments hurl.

                       Would you zip them

      When contracted?

Would you zip them

When distracted!

               Not when contracted.OompaLoompa

Not when distracted.

Not when rumors swirl

Not when comments hurl.

Would you? Could you?

When disturbed?

Zip them! Zip them!


I would not,

could not,

when disturbed.

You could zip when

Full of doubt,

You could zip, don’t

Chicken out!

I would not, could not when full of doubt.

Not when disturbed. I’d chicken out.

I would not zip them

When contracted.

I would not zip them

When distracted

Be Kind! Be Kind?

Be Kind! Be Kind!

Could you, would you

To be kind?

Not to be kind! I’m full of doubt!

Not when disturbed! I’d chicken out!


Thrown off center?

Are you a venter?

Would you, could you,

Find your center?

I would not, could not,

I am a venter.

Would you, could you,OompaLoompa

When misaligned?

Get more refined?

Would you, could you,

For Peace of Mind?

I would not ,could not, get refined.

I am a venter, I am not kind.

I am disturbed. I’m full of doubt.

I can not zip, I’d chicken out.

Make scandals swirl. That’s my charm.

My comments hurl. Don’t mind the harm.

You must gossip? You must rant?

So much to say

Lip Zip, I can’t!

Could you, would you,

Zip a moan?

I would not,

could not.

Zip a moan!

Would you, could you,

Zip a groan?

I could not, would not, zip a moan.

I will not, will not, zip a groan.

I will not zip them to be kind

I will not zip them to refine.

You can not zip them.

SO you say.

Try them! Try them!

And you may.

Try them and you may I say.


If you will tell me how,

I will try them.

Here and now.

                       Zip legs together.OompaLoompa

Inhale to prepare

Breathe out, sit down

Into an imaginary chair

Zip belly as well

And shins like concrete

Send energy from hips

Right down to your feet

Breathe into your vessel

Fill up with power

Breathe out completely

    Release what is sour.

Stay in your squat,

Zip up your lips

Open and let

Kindness whip!

Zip up again, hushed,

                                       Unzip and let loose

                                                A laugh, a sweet sound,

                                                           Or love gone profuse.


                                   I like to zip the lip!

                               I do!

                                  I want to be seen

                                        In the highest way

                                  I will zip my lips

                                        I say!

                                            I will see others

                                    In their best self

                 So they canzip_chip_1

                         Pull it off themselves!

                   I’ll stay out of the drama

                        And move towards the lightlrg_potatochipsbw

                                        My highest self

                                                I will invite.

                                                 Zip the Lip, Potato Chip!

                                                          Zip the Lip, Potato Chip! 



Chakra_GirlIt all began one morning while following Grounded Yoga’s Facebook page. Co-Founder, Amy Haysman posted a super cool picture of Deepak Chopra’s “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheros” that peeked my interest. On the cover of Chopra’s book is a new super hero with the world in her hands and with text that reads, “Harnessing Our Power to Change the World”. I had to go further and research more about the book and the author. In his book, Chopra teaches us that by exploring the boundaries of energy and awareness, allowing us to better understand ourselves and our potential, we are capable of changing the world. Yes! Of course!! This made total sense to me. So, I decided to take on the challenge of saving the world by tapping into my own Chakras. I found that I was becoming more grounded, more creative, more present, and more aware of my surroundings than ever before. My soul just opened up! This was only the beginning of my Chakra Adventure! I had to take what I was learning into my classes. I taught a six week Chakra System series to children ages 4-11 Super Hero style! It was Chakrariffic!!

Kids LOVE tapping into their super powers!! Discovering the different levels of activity each Chakra has and igniting them through yoga is life changing! When we gain more balance and become more energized our super powers become stronger helping our senses work more clearly. Just as Hulk, spidermanSpider-Man , Wonder Woman, Wolverine, and Supergirl all have super powers…We do too!!! When we ignite these super powers life becomes more blissful!!  Just ask Chakra-man.

The Red Chakra forms our foundation! “KA-BOOM!” It is related to our survival instincts and the ability to live in the present moment. Breathing in LIFE!! When tapping into this Chakra we feel more secure and rooted! The Orange Chakra connects us to others through our feelings, desires, and movement. “OM-POW!” It is related to creativity and the ability to express ourselves clearly. The Yellow Chakra is known as the “Power Chakra”! “ZAAAP!” It rules our power, independence, and energy level. The Green Chakra is related to our ability to feel centered and peaceful. “Zing!” The Blue Chakra bridges the body and mind and is related to talking and self-expression. “OM-BAAM!” The Indigo Chakra is about insight and visualization. “THWAP! And, the Violet Chakra is about wisdom and awareness. It’s related to our spirituality! “NAMASTE!”

I taught the Chakra System during a 6 week series. We learned about a new Chakra each class and created our very own Chakra Super Heros by the end of the series. Our heart centered word throughout the lesson was “bliss”. Anusara Yoga founder, John Friend was asked in Yoga Journal Magazine’s September 2010 issue if he was happy. He answered, “Yeah, I’m blissed out! I’m dancing better with the Divine all the time.” I want to be blissed out!! I think we all do!! When we tap into our super powers we reach blissfulness. “Chakraaariffic!”

Be on the lookout!! In January of 2012, Grounded Yoga’s NEW Lesson Plan Series on the Chakra System will be available for purchase. To go deeper, these oh so awesome energy centers will also be available on Grounded’s website in worksheet format for students to color.


OM is a Magic Word

We chant OM in order to ground our energy in the present moment. When teaching kids who are brand new to yoga, I am determined to invite them into the wondrous world of all that is yoga without pushing them into a place of spooky sounds, weird ways and stuff completely unrelated to anything they’ve ever known. This mantra is a mode of transportation from where we were in our individual lives moments ago to where we are now – together in yoga.


Since explaining the true meaning of OM may not put all kids at ease, one way to make it less ominous is to give each letter a familiar association. When chanting OM, let O represent the past. The One Outcome that Occurred each instant of your life to lead you to where you are and who you are at this exact moment in time. In other words, once something is in the past, it boils down to the One thing that was, out of all the things that could have been. Let M represent the future. The Many experiences that have yet to unfold. The Mystery of life. When put together, they create the magical moment of NOW. Chant OM and the kids will feel the magic. They will know what we seekers read books about, study philosophy to understand and practice yoga and meditate to experience. That is the truth that the instant you connect to the present moment,  you are plugged into the source of unlimited possibilities and power. When you harness this power you are not held back by what you have done in the past or restrained by the expectations you construct for the future. You exist in the magical moment of NOW. This is the juncture where the singular outcomes of the past meet the infinite potential of the future. There is nothing magical about living life based on what you already know. When you ground yourself between the knowledge of the past and the openness of the future, you are free. I believe we embody freedom by fully expressing our individual authentic unique self with absolute awareness that honors the Universal source of our personal manifestation. The magic of being grounded in the moment is that we become the conducting wire through which the intelligence of the universe flows. We are supported, creative, confident, courageous, intuitive and conscious. We are open to the mystery of life because we know we can handle each moment with grace. After all, we know a magic word to invoke the power of the Universe and embody it through our own voice. Take a deep breath and join in. 


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