The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,
and say, sit here, Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine, Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.
A pose from Preschooler's & Me Yoga class celebrating the end of winter.
How freeing to have your arms and legs in the air like a polar bear!
I'm planning for a Winter Theme for my Preschoolers and Me Yoga class tomorrow.
Hope they enjoy these snow globe cookies along with the other activities planned!
I received a lovely holiday email from a parent in my Toddler yoga class today, complete with her little one in 'Downward Facing Dog' pose. I'm so thankful for the gift of seeing these precious ones weekly!
A Prayer For The Season
Open your eyes to the season's beauty - frost on a window pane, a starry night sky.
Open your ears to the music of children's laughter or the harmony of a familiar carol.
Open your hearts to the comfort of friendship, the security of family and the blessings of love.
"Remember that you are just a a visitor here, a traveler passing through.
Your stay is but short and the moment of your departure unknown, so speak quietly and kindly and be not forward with either opinions or advice.
If you talk much, this will make you deaf to what others say, and you should know that there are few so wise that they cannot learn from others.
Be near when help is needed, but far when praise and thanks are being offered.
Take small account of might, wealth and fame, for they soon pass and are forgotten.
Instead, nurture love within you and strive to be a friend to all. Truly, compassion is a balm for many wounds.
Treasure silence when you find it, and while being mindful of your duties, set time aside to be alone with yourself.
Cast off pretense and self-deception and see yourself as you really are."
A selection from The Dhammavadaka by Bhanti Dhammika
I had the pleasure of working with Shakta Khalsa in 2001. She continues to guide, both through her work in Children's Yoga teacher training, but also through her activism.
Susan Kain is a Registered Yoga teacher, Pilates instructor, and a Certified Personal Trainer with classes for all ages from toddlers to senior citizens.