In one of those bizarre ebbs and flows of life, I'm running into a lot of folks who are either pregnant or divorcing. Guess that's a case for when something ends, something new begins. I love how the universe keeps itself in balance. It's a subtle reminder that we, too, need to keep ourselves in balance. Too much contraction without expansion to balance it out and WHAM-O -- we're feeling the unpleasant effects of being out of balance.
Today is a good example of contraction -- I've been running running all day and was surprised to look up at the clock to see how late it is. I had one of those "how the heck did it get so late -- where did the afternoon go" thoughts. As much as I'm called to keep on pushing through, I know it's time to unplug and do some expansive activities -- breathing, yoga, reading, listening to music (I like to take periodic dance breaks). It's time to balance out my day.
Before I do that, I wanted to let all the moms-to-be out there know that there are some great new free yoga workouts on YouTube courtesy of Florida yogini and mother-to-be Sara Varona. You can find the excellent 4-part pre-natal yoga practice (which totals about 40 minutes) on Sara's YouTube channel. Sara has been influenced by Shiva Rea and Gurmukh, so the practices reflect the calm, grace, and strength of that teaching combination. Even if you're not expecting, I recommend Sara's practices because they offer an intelligent use of props and leave the practitioner feeling calm and peaceful yet strong and flexible (wonder if it has something to do with Sara's soothing voice?).
I also wanted to remind everyone that this Saturday (January 24) is Yoga Day USA. Hundreds of teachers/studios are offering free yoga on this day, so if you want to try a new style of yoga or you want to introduce a friend to the powerful practice of yoga, then find a participating studio near you and join in on the fun. I found some fun yoga events taking place in a somewhat local (it's a bit further away than I would typically travel for yoga) studio that I've never been and always wanted to go to. This Saturday is my chance and I'm going to take advantage and check it out. I hope you do the same.