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  • Find Balance With Open Awareness ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200 hour

    June 4, 2014

    Find Balance With Open Awareness ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200 hour Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings. ~ Rumi I recently listened to an interview with French high-wire artist Phillipe Petit- the man who crossed the Twin Towers on a wire in 1974. You can see him in action here,  http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=Fc-4Z9SHBs8 Petit got me thinking about how being present to the elements within and around oneself are of utmost importance when balancing high above the earth.[…]

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  • Tune Into Your Feeling Body ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200 hour

    May 28, 2014

    Tune Into Your Feeling Body ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200 hour Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~ Khalil Gibran This morning I practiced yoga outside on my back deck and felt the sun dappled light move across my back warming me while green leaves rustled in the trees and the soft breeze brushed my skin.  There is a different quality to the experience of thinking about the sun touching your skin and feeling the sun touch your skin.  Try it. Think about the sun touching your skin. And now feel the sun touching your skin. When we feel, it[…]

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  • Invite Steadiness and Strength ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200 hour

    May 21, 2014

    Invite Steadiness and Strength ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200 hour These days I am struck by the speed of life.  As we get speedier, we do things in half steps.  Therefore, the practice of wholehearted engagement is important.  How can we be steady and complete, and what kind of wisdom does that bring? ~ Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche Jan 2013, Shambhala Sun This week we use the above quote to help us access the qualities of strength and steadiness in our back body in order to find more space, openness and lightness through the front body and chest. We will work on these concepts in key poses like tadasana as well as on our[…]

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  • Productive Wandering ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200 hour

    May 14, 2014

    Productive Wandering ~   Kim Metz, RYT 200 hour It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. ~ Ernest Hemingway I recently read a post in Daily Good about  “4 Ways to Be More Present in Travel.” Check-it-out here. It’s worth clicking for the vibrant travel pictures alone! http://www.dailygood.org/story/729/4-ways-to-be-more-present-in-travel-audrey-scott/ It also got me thinking about how being more present in travel might apply to our yoga practice. This week we take a journey towards the challenging Revolved Triangle Pose (Parivrtta Trikonasana) and implement ways to be more present in travel into our practice.  According to the post,[…]

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  • Full Breathing ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200

    May 7, 2014

    Full Breathing ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200 Our breath is the bridge that unites body and mind. ~ thich nhat hanh Have you noticed how babies breathe? They seem to breathe with every cell of their being – their belly naturally rising and falling with each breath.   Natural full breathing  can relieve stress, lower blood pressure, improve sleep, ease pain and release muscular and emotional tension but most of us have forgotten how to breathe effectively.   In The Breathing Book by Donna Farhi she says, “ Breathing fully is not a matter of adding anything, of acquiring some new technique, or of striving to improve[…]

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  • Hugging For Stability ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200 hour

    April 30, 2014

    Hugging For Stability ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200 hour Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand. ~ Shel Silverstein This week make more space in the heart and keep the shoulders firmly supported on the back to give more stability to the shoulder joint and integrity to a pose. Shoulders have a wide range of motion and are prone to injury through repetitive motion, falls, heavy lifting and movement that is mis-aligned.  We will practice hugging the scapula firmly onto the back through externally rotating the arms and engage the[…]

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  • Be A Beginner with Tadasana (Mountain Pose) ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200

    April 23, 2014

    Be A Beginner with Tadasana (Mountain Pose) ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200 Be willing to be a beginner every single morning. ~ Meister Eckhart Tadasana (mountain pose) is a foundational pose typically taught in Beginner Yoga Classes. It has many benefits including aligned posture, but Tadasana is definitely not just for beginners. Tadasana is one of my favorite poses.  At first glance it seems deceptively simple- just stand up straight, right?  And yet the longer I practice it the more subtle Tadasana becomes and the more it has to teach me. Maybe the ordinariness and even pedestrian like quality of it is where it gets its power. After all, for most of us[…]

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  • Personal Growth and Yoga ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200

    April 16, 2014

    Personal Growth and Yoga  ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200 It’s amazing what one seed can grow. Sown in the ground, planted in the heart, each day it grows a little more true. ~Marc Ian Barasch, Executive Director of the Green World Campaign Have you seen the newly painted trees? Swathes of vibrant pink cherry blossoms, happy yellow forsythia and puffy white pear tree blossoms burst forth on blue sky canvas. The blossoms grow before my eyes- what a surprise when they show yet again! The welcome warm weather and new spring yoga session has me reflecting on growth. Although it seems that this spring beauty happens overnight it really[…]

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  • The Gift of Restorative Practice ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200

    April 14, 2014

    The Gift of Restorative Practice ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200 When the soul lies down in the grass, the world is too full to talk about. ~ Rumi This week we  give ourselves the gift of a restorative practice, which allows us the opportunity to actively relax, and “be.”  Restorative poses have many benefits including;  reducing stress, improving circulation, improving digestion, lowering blood pressure, and helping insomnia.   And yet most of us are “too busy” to relax.  We are conditioned in western culture to believe “bigger is better.”  A bigger house, and a busier schedule must mean we are living a better life and getting ahead.  We have trouble[…]

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  • The Opportunity To Explore ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200

    April 7, 2014

    The Opportunity To Explore ~ Kim Metz, RYT 200 The impeded stream is the one that sings. ~ Wendell Berry When my daughter learned to drive I fantasized about teaching her Driver’s Education course. I pictured myself in front of a flow chart where everything leads to “Don’t Crash!”  This fantasy came to me after narrowly missing a large pile of debris in the road. As my daughter drove straight for it, I frantically screamed, “Left, left” furiously waving my hands towards the left as if I possessed Harry Potter-like magic and the car would obey. When I calmed down enough to ask my daughter what she was thinking she said,[…]

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