On Sundays I often practice with my dear friends Tamar, Kelly and Gina at the studio in Cedarburg (at 6AM).  However, today, I was in Madison at my in-laws house.  I taught as a guest teacher at Bliss Flow Yoga and later joined the family to celebrate the birthdays of my mother-in-law(Susie) and father-in-law(Mickey).

Bliss Flow Yoga has a beautiful studio and great students!  It was a pleasure to teach there.  I met a few students that are considering  teacher training and I encouraged them to sign up for Meg’s 200 Hour training she will be offering in fall.

I woke up this morning to the smell of BACON!  Mickey was cooking up bacon and brewing coffee.   I have not been eating meat for while (just because I feel better when do not eat the following:  meat, sugar, gluten, dairy) Today I enjoyed a few delicious slices of bacon and a strong cup of coffee.  Well, the coffee was a mistake, just a half cup and my hands were shaking from the caffeine.  A few hours later I was still feeling the effects and decided to practice – but where?

The house was filled with cots for our sleep over.   I went outside, and starting to head to the lawn in back.  I was quickly warned that I would be eaten alive by mosquitos if I went back there.   So I set up my mat in the middle of the patio on which the kids were playing  a game of “pop the bubbles with squirt guns” and Mickey and Susie were playing some sort of game with a large ball.

No shade, lots of noise, bouncing balls, popping bubbles, squirting water, family, fun, and my practice.  It was hot and it was short, but it was indeed still a practice.  The best part of practice today was the assist in kurmasana from my daughter Maya. I asked her to lay down on my back and it was the most peaceful, connected moment of the day.

Often times, I will choose not to do something because the conditions are not ideal.  Today was a good example of how we just need to get on the mat and practice.  Practice is not really good or bad, it is just practice.   I am grateful for the teachers that have passed down this practice of yoga to me.  I am honored to pass down what I have learned others.

Ashtanga Yoga Mantra

vande gurūṇāṁ caraṇāravinde
sandarśita svātma sukhāva bodhe
niḥ-śreyase jaṅgali-kāyamāne
saṁsāra hālāhala mohaśāṁtyai
ābāhu puruṣākāraṁ
śaṁkhacakrāsi dhāriṇam 
sahasra śirasaṁ śvetaṁ
praṇamāmi patañjalim
I bow to the lotus feet of our great teachers,
who uncovers our true self and awakens happiness
Like a Shaman in the Jungle he brings total complete well-beeing.
He can even heal the most awful poision of conditioning and illusion.The upper body of human shape, carrying
a mussel horn (original tone), a discus (infinity) and a sword (power of differentiation)
having 1000 bright heads,
I bow to Patanjali.





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