Author Archives: P S

God just cut me off

Today I went to several stores to procure supplies for our vacation rental so I saw more people than usual. 

On my way home I was listening to a favorite yogi’s podcast and he brought up “namaste” which is a greeting meaning: the divine in me honors the divine in you. It struck me just a little differently today.

I thought back on all the people I’d seen, and saw them as Divine:

  • The friendly woman in the drug store, she was God;
  • The woman in the home improvement store who had her mask down on her chin, she was God— did she catch me judging, she says with a wink;
  • The older cashier in the face shield who suggested where I might find an additional item, but told me to be sure to use my hand sanitizer in that store. She was God, keeping me safe;
  • The happy teen who wished me a nice day, she was God. It was so uplifting to witness her joviality;
  • The gentlemen in the giraffe-print mask who told me it was leftover fabric from his and his wife’s first bed skirt, he was a jolly God;
  • The woman working feverishly in the takeout restaurant, she was God. What was she doing?!  Why does God do that?  Is she meant to show an example of karma yoga, selfless service? I wondered;
  • The people in these cars going by me;
  • This person in the white pickup truck who is pulling out in front of me right now. This is an interesting one because I didn’t get so angry when it was God “cutting me off.” I imagined the driver smilingly at me and loving me and seeing if he caught me (not that time, and that is a tough one for me !)

What if everything we go through and everyone we meet is God playfully checking on us by providing opportunities.   What if they’re all God, willing us to grow?

Can you stay centered when someone doesn’t follow the rules?

Can you stay centered when THIS button gets pushed?

How would we ever learn if we never had opportunities to try out responses? You can guess how you might respond by watching others, but until you’re in the situation, you don’t know how you will really react.

Can I remember that I, too, am God?  That’s a good one. I feel much differently about myself when I re-member that, more accepting of me and whatever situation I had been regretting, more in-the-moment, more OKAY with the moment. 

Namaste, I pondered living it for 15 minutes.   Kinda liked it. Maybe tomorrow I’ll go for 20.

Spring Rejuvenation Retreat

As soon a you step inside, you will be showered with Reiki to cleanse your whole aura, releasing negative energies and helping you to feel more at ease.

Throughout the afternoon you will be guided through relaxing,  healing techniques to release tension and return you toward your natural state of well being and connection. 

We will begin with a short, gentle yoga practice to get us in touch with the body and connect with the breath. It is designed for all levels and will be slow movement on the mat.

Next, we will take time for a restorative practice of 4 completely propped poses. Light massage, energy work, Reiki, and adjustments will be provided as you just be and give in to the pose. One restorative pose will also include a warm foot soak and lotion application with Reflexology.

Ending our time will be a fully guided meditation done in a pampered Savasana.

Learn to work with your breath, ways to connect with the body in your yoga practice, and things to add to your daily routine to become more mindful in everyday life.

All mats and props will be provided. Just bring your beautiful self and your willingness to release, relax and just be.  Please wear comfortable clothing

Refreshments provided along with a small gift for you to use as you continue on this journey back into the world. Retreat is being led by Jen Frederici and Patricia Strebel.

Spaces are limited. 
Cost is just $49 for the entire afternoon! Sign up now! (Link takes you to the Facebook event. Click on “Find Tickets.” Payment Page shows Evolve Yoga Co.)

Create Your Home Yoga Practice!

Yoga means union.

It is not a set of asanas.
It is not a set of asanas,
although a practice of yoga may include asana.

Yoga is a way of being.

A consistent practice of yoga is a vehicle to bring your being to union.
Let me help you create your practice.

This fall I will be teaching a six-week class in Binghamton, NY that  will empower individuals to create their own practice of yoga consisting of flowing postures, ancient breathing practices, and meditation. Graduating to a home practice allows for a more private, personal experience that fits one’s schedule with no travel time required.   A consistent practice of yoga can help you be more grounded, centered and present in your life both on and off the mat.

All classes will be held at The Yoga Room at Healing Elements in Binghamton (above The Lost Dog Restaurant).   I’m looking for feedback on best time of day to hold the class.

Want more details?  Have a question?  Leave me a reply!

Three Asana on a Mountaintop

Photo by © Malerie Thiel

What IS the Point?

What is the point, you ask?

Life is going to happen.

It can happen with your resistance
With your allowance.
You choose.
Each moment
You choose
Or allow.
Either way life will happen.
Life is the point. It’s not about the human construct achievement.
There is too much focus on this. It is wasted.
Life is.
It happens through you.
With your acceptance
Or not.
Life is.