IT IS SAFE FOR ME TO OPEN MY HEART, MIND BODY AND SOUL,
IT SAFE FOR ME TO SEE AND OPEN UP TO THE INNER REALMS AND HIGHER LEVELS OF CONSCIOUSNESS, IT IS SAFE FOR ME INTO LEAN INTO ALL THAT I FEEL AND ALL THAT I KNOW TO BE TRUE.
THROUGH THIS I FIND STRENGTH, HOPE AND LOVE AS I AM GUIDED TO BE ALL THAT I MEANT TO DO AND ALL THAT I AM MEANT TO BE.
“Can we talk?” I hope you heard my inner Joan Rivers voice coming through. I constantly hear about how we can accomplish this, that or the other and “it takes just 15 minutes a day” or do this for 30 minutes a day and you’ll be fit, wealthy, beautiful, happy or balanced.
As a Mom, I completely understand that some days are just busier than others. It would unreasonable to jump on that bandwagon that we all hear “it only takes a few minutes a day”. 10 minutes in the morning to wash and moisture your face, take at least 20 minutes to meditate, 30 to 60 minutes of exercise, take an 1 hour on Sunday’s to meal plan, write in your journal…etc. etc. the list can go on and on.
I always try to stress to others (as well as myself) that you/I just need to focus on the doing the the things that bring out the feeling of happiness and peace. I try to participate (even if it’s just for a few minutes) in what is most important for me and I don’t worry about how long I spend in the process.
Now what makes me happy is probably completely different then what makes you happy and that’s a good thing! If we all did exactly the same things, our lives and world would be dull and not creative at all. In my life, being balanced and happy always includes some form of Yoga and Meditation/Self Care and Reiki. A day without these items just doesn’t feel right but I always, always stress that it doesn’t matter how long your practice is, consistency plays a much bigger role in your overall feeling as well as your inner and outer connections – the people around you will feel the difference when you are not balanced.
Here are some of the things I do to bring myself into alignment everyday:
Give Thanks – First thing after waking up. give thanks for the day and for keeping me and my loved ones safe. I give thanks for not only the day, but for the ability to walk through it, the ability to feel it and the wisdom to embrace all that comes with it. If you can add in in a little overhead stretch in bed, do it! Follow it up with a quick balasana (Child’s pose) and you’ll awaken a beautiful energy and ground yourself in the process.
Smudge/Reiki – I take a few minutes everyday to smudge myself with some Sage and follow it up with some Palo Santo, while again saying a quick prayer, this time to release any negative or stagnant energy and infuse my mind, body and soul with positivity, joyful light and Reiki energy.
Drink water – Every morning I have a glass of water with 1 – 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar. There are endless studies that prove just how effective and awesome the benefits of drinking ACV everyday are (but that’s for another post).
Coffee – That’s right, I said coffee. I love my coffee!!! (see the explanation points?) I know, I know…some people say not to drink it but honestly I like it and yes it makes me happy. I enjoy my time with beautiful cup of Joe every day, so there it is. If coffee isn’t your cup of tea…then have tea (Sorry I couldn’t help that one).
Focus on the day – As I am enjoying my morning coffee, I visualize my day. I see every part of my planned day with happiness and joy in every situation, in every action. It’s a coffee meditation of sorts. At this time, if I can or if I feel called to I write in my journal.
Meditation/Self Care/Reiki – Here is where you might have to get creative, on days when I have extra time my morning meditation consists of some or all of the following: Sitting in easy pose, focused, with candles, crystals, my Mala beads, Chanting a mantra, with music and essential oils and focus on my Reiki practice. Most days it’s much simpler than that. Just allowing the water to wash away anything that doesn’t serve me while I’m in shower can be my meditation. Seriously, get creative here. Meditation time could be while your in the car waiting for the kids to get out of school. walking your kids to school, packing lunches, washing dishes. Don’t worry about the vision of the yogi floating away on some clouds while they meditate. Just fit it in – somehow, someway.
Yoga – I would love to say I have a beautiful, flowing 60 minute practice all to myself, every single day but I don’t. I’m a yoga teacher, mom, wife, I cook, I clean, I go to the market, I’m on homework duty and make sure the kids are clean and get to bed on time…life gets busy. I have to admit there are days when I only have the chance to do Balasana (child’s pose) in bed or fit in a Uttanasana (standing forward fold) and Ardha Uttansana (half way lift) as I doing my hair or getting things out of the pantry or fridge but hey – It all counts! Extra tip here: I lay out my yoga mat in the living room and as I walk by it – I do a quick little flow or a quick pose as I’m getting things done around the house. It works for me and keeps me in my flow.
Learn/Read/Listen – I try to learn something new everyday. This old dog really can learn new tricks! With our phones in our hands and social media in abundance, we have amazing access to information. Use it to your advantage and subscribe to some great Facebook groups, Instagram pages or YouTube channels that post positive, uplifting, inspiring and educational content. There is always something you can learn or ponder.
Give hugs – You’d be surprised and how much a hug can affect your day or someone else’s day. There are people who don’t get hugs, so if you have the ability to do it – do it! It makes you and them feel better.
Smile and Laugh – nothing makes you feel better than a smile and a good laugh. Trying singing a song with a smile and then try singing it without a smile, you will feel and hear the difference. Share your light, it makes a difference.
These are the things that I feel are vital in my everday life and contribute to my overall wellness. What things bring out your inner sunshine? Take just a few minutes (hahaha…really just do it) to make a quick list of the things that make a difference in your daily life. See how and where you can apply them, do what makes YOU happy, with whatever time you have to bring yourself balance and energy. It doesn’t matter how much time you do these things, just as long as you do them – every little bit counts.
I am delighted to annouce that I will be teaching yoga classes at Lorna Jane in San Tan Village. I believe yoga is for every”body” so bringing these “All Level” Yoga classes to you for only $5.00 makes my heart smile.
Regardless of where are in your practice or even if you’ve never practiced before – these are the classes will help you rejuvenate and unwind!
Classes begin August 7th so bring your yoga mat, a water bottle, $5.00 cash and any other items that make your yoga practice complete and join me at one or both of these classes!
Tusdays at 10am -11am for a gentle All Levels Flow
Thursdays at 10:00am for a Yinyasa flow
All Levels Flow – We will connect breath to movement in an 60 minute All Levels Vinyasa Flow. This class is suited for every”body”. We will begin with a seated meditation then transition to smooth flowing movements which may included variations of Sun Salutations, standing postures, twists and forward bends followed up with some deep relaxation.
YinYasa – This 60 minute hybrid class will begin with 30 minutes of a gentle vinyasa yoga flow to warm the body and build strength with mindful movements. The last 30 minutes of class will be focused on yin to faciliate mindfulness, release connective tissue and create flexibility.
Lorna Jane is located in San Tan Village, 2281 WIlliams Field Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85296
**All participants will also receive a special offer from Lorna Jane on the day of class**
Hello, did you miss me? I’ve been hanging around here in Gilbert Arizona getting grounded and now I’M BACK!
it’s time to get back to doing what I love, I’m super excited to announce that I will be teaching Yoga classes again very soon. All of the the details are getting worked out and I will have a schedule for your within a few days.
Using meditation to start your day, get through your day or end your day is so important. As a morning practice, mediation helps you prepare for day. I like to start my day by giving thanks and then spent some time in meditation.
Now, let me be honest sometimes that means I only get a couple of minutes but any little bit helps to relieve stress, refocus my energy and receive inspiration for the day. Although including oils and/or crystals is not necessary, I love the balance and intention they add to my practice.
By simply putting a few drops of essential oil on my hands and inhaling makes such a great difference. I also like to put a dab on my forehead, my throat, on my shoulders, over my heart, right over my belly button and on my ankles. I know time can be an issue but this only takes a couple of seconds. If you want to enhance your space even more, put a couple of drops in a diffuser.
This infographic by Organic Aromas has an example of just a few essential oils that can be used and their properties. I am not an affiliate for their products but I do love their hand – carved diffusers.
If you would like some help finding some of the oils mentioned here or have something more specific in mind, feel free to send me an email and I can help find the right oils for you.
Peace, Love & Yoga,
Annette – Project Refined Life
This morning’s ritual included a mantra for wisdom, 108 times to be exact. Later in the day I went in search of some new sandlas…it’s hot here in Arizona. While trying on some sandals at my local Marshalls, I saw a bird fly into the store. I immediately thought “oh poor bird”. I knew that in addition to him becoming scared, some of the people in the store would also become sacred. Sure enough, he flew around the store, people began to scream, the bird become nervous which made him fly faster and made more people scream. The staff came out and grabbed clothes off the rack with the hangers attached, attempting to catch this bird. I was standing there praying that the staff would open the doors and that he would just fly out. Finally, the staff did open the doors but he just kept flying around the store.
I so desperately wanted to help this bird, I stood there sending out unspoken words, asking that he calm down and relax for a few seconds so he could observe the situation and find his way. This went on for a good 4 to 5 minutes. The next thing I knew he landed within 1 foot of me. I was shocked, this wasn’t a bird – it was a Burrowing Owl!
He looked tired, he almost slouched and looked right at me. I felt so blessed that he landed in front of me, all I could do at the moment was begin talking to him. So there I was, standing in the shoe aisle at my local Marshall’s talking to the owl and everyone in the store was standing there – looking at me talking to this owl. I told him how beautiful he was and that he would be safe but he needed to be calm. I told him he needed to fly out on his own or allow them to help him. He tilted his head a little, as if he acknowledged our conversation. He straightened up and took flight again. It was seriously such an awesome moment. He flew towards the dressing room, I prayed for him again and somehow within a few minutes the staff was able to catch him and put him outside. He was safe and he took flight.
I don’t believe in coincidence, so having an owl land right in front of me inside of Marshall’s in the shoe department has me paying attention and ready to receive the message. Owl’s represent wisdom, intuition & change. The ability to see what others take for granted or do not see.
Getting adjusted to our new life in our new home in Arizona has been both exciting and challenging. Finding our new community, schools for our daughters in the fall, new jobs, a yoga studio to teach at. Heck, just trying to find Costco requires the use of Mapquest. All of that is okay, we came here with full knowledge that being here was in essence, starting all over again. But I do get impatient for all the right answers, the right places, the right people. Yep, it’s was getting to me this morning and I was calling in wisdom to help me with some choices or clear paths for the right answers.
Talking to this owl today (yes, the owl and I talked just ask everyone in the store) brought me the preceptive, the wisdom I need in this moment. We will find the right jobs, even if it takes us a few jobs in between, our girls will be fine at their new schools and I will find a place that sells really great boba. (Seriously though…we haven’t found good boba place yet so if you know of any please let me know) So long as I am able to slow down, have faith, follow my intuition and allow change to come in it’s own time: all will be safe. All will unfold as and when it is meant to be.
So thank you Mr. Burrowing Owl, thank you for the moment of a lifetime. If he can slow down and just allow things to happen for his highest and greatest good, so can I.
Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life.” – Janine di Giovanni
I know it’s been a while, I felt called to reach out and a say that I hope all of you had a lovely Easter. I do believe that Easter is the perfect time for hope, renewal and change. However it is that you celebrate this day or whatever it means to you, take some time tonight to reflect on what has been and look forward at all that this season represents.
The last 30 days have been an adjustment for my family and I. Today, being away from my family was hard. I miss my family, friends and my community however I know that we are where we are meant to be! So with that in mind, I welcome this season and the change that it brings. Let today be the first day of your new life, keep moving forward and smile as you welcome what is to come.
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Our lives are made
In these small hours
These little wonders
These twists and turns of fate
Time falls away
But these small hours
These small hours still remain
Every change in your life comes from something that is uncomfortable but that is where and when the growth takes place.
This past year has been huge for me. So many changes have taken place. Today, I realize that it was just another beginning of something much bigger. At times I feel like a cat…so many lives in this lifetime, I’m blessed to have this opportunity for change and growth.
Join me at my beloved Yoga Squared in Old Town Tustin as these small hours still remain.
My final class here will be filled with soulful, courageous and humble poses set to a very special playlist.
- Saturday, February 24th at 7:00am for my final Soulful Vinyasa Class
FYI – I’ll try not to be emotional but there are no guarantees! The owner, fellow teachers and community at this studio are beyond special. Truly, it’s been an absolute honor.
The time is drawing near. My family and I are moving and this means I only have a few classes left to teach at my yoga home, Yoga Squared in Old Town Tustin. This place has come to mean so much to me, it’s going to be hard to let this go.
I have made life changes at this place, made friends and found people who I consider to be part of my support system. Please join me for one of my final classes. I’ll miss everything about this place and the people who make it what it is.
Thursday, February 15th at 5:00 for a Soulful Vinyasa
Friday, February 16th at 5:0pm for YinYasa Class
Saturday, February 17 at 7:00am for a Soulful Vinyasa Class
Saturday, February 24th at 7:00am for my final Soulful Vinyasa Class
Be prepared for laughter, tears and joy in these last classes.
Remember, If your new to Yoga Squared or it’s been 6 months or more since you’ve visited us, rejoin with a second chance intro offer! Get 3 weeks for $30 and fall in love with your practice again! Call/text Casey at 714.625.7230 to get set up!
You don’t have to be a Yoga Junkie to join me this week for one or all of these Vinyasa Flow classes at Yoga Squared in Old Town Tustin…but after a few a class you just might turn into one!
Wednesday, January 24th at 8:00pm for a beautiful Candlight Vinyasa
Thursday, January 25th at 5:00pm for my Soulful Vinyasa class
Saturday, January 27th at 7:00am for my Soulful Vinyasa class
Did you know that If your new to Yoga Squared or it’s been 6 months or more since you’ve visited us, rejoin with a second chance intro offer! Get 3 weeks for $30 and fall in love with your practice again! Call/text Casey at 714.625.7230 to get set up!
This Sunday, January 28th, 2018, dozens of museums located in through out the Los Angeles area, Orange County, Pasadena, Riverside and Santa Barbara will open their doors for FREE!
Plan your day and be ready to experience art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science. Museums Free-for-All is partnering with Metro Bus Line to encourage visitors to fully explore participating museums without searching for parking and getting through traffic.
Museum Free for All Day is for general museum admission only and does not apply include any specially ticketed exhibitions. Regular parking fees do apply. Check each individual museum for for hours and directions.
2018 Participating Museums
- Annenberg Space for Photography
- Autry Museum of the American West
- The Broad
- California African American Museum
- California Science Center- General admission only. A timed reservation with a convenience fee is required for Space Shuttle Endeavour.
- Columbia Memorial Space Center
- Craft & Folk Art Museum
- Descanso Garden
- Forest Lawn Museum
- Fowler Museum at UCLA
- Getty Center
- Getty Villa – Free, timed tickets are required. Visit getty.edu.
- GRAMMY Museum
- Hammer Museum
- Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
- Japanese American National Museum – Free tickets available at janm.org/freeforall.
- Kidspace Children’s Museum
- La Brea Tar Pits and Museum –General admission only; free tickets available at tarpits.org/freeforall.
- LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
- Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
- The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)
- Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)
- Museum of Tolerance
- Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County – General admission only; free tickets available at nhm.org/freeforall.
- Orange County Museum of Art
- The Paley Center for Media
- Palm Springs Art Museum
- Pasadena Museum of California Art
- Petersen Automotive Museum – Tickets must be reserved in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/museum-free-for-all-day-tickets-41631960314#tickets.
- Pomona College Museum of Art
- Riverside Art Museum
- Santa Barbara Museum of Art
- Skirball Cultural Center – Noah’s Ark timed-entry, one-hour tickets are limited and distributed first-come, first-served.
- Sunnylands Center & Gardens – Excludes tours of the historic house and grounds.
- University Art Museum, CSU Long Beach – Join us for opening reception of Robert Irwin: Site Determined 4-6 pm, January 28. Closed January 27.
- USC Fisher Museum – Offering free admission on Saturday, January 27, instead of Sunday, January 28.
- USC Pacific Asia Museum
- Zimmer Children’s Museum
The Ninth Annual Monarch Butterfly Day is coming up! OC Parks invites children and families to come and learn all about Monarch Butterflies.
This FREE event allows children to get a good look at Butterflies and their natural habitat. Children can assist in planting plants to attract Monarch Butterflies and go inside a netted butterfly enclosure.
Butterfly experts will be on-site to provide educational information and answer questions about the beautiful and unique specimens.
Additional activities include interpretive programs, children’s crafts, face painting and a balloon artist. Food will be available for purchase.
- When: Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- Where: Mile Square Regional Park, 16801 Euclid St., Fountain Valley, CA 92708 (takes place in the Forest Shelter near parking lot C)
- Cost: Event and parking are FREE
“The energy of the mind is the essence of life.” – Aristotle
Join me this week for a Soulful Vinyasa Flow at Yoga Squared in Old Town Tustin
Monday, January 15th at 10:00am
Thursday, January 18th at 5:00pm
Saturday, January 20th at 7:00am