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Lace up your shoes & get set for 2021

Dec 28, 2020

In many ways, January 1, 2020 doesn’t seem that long ago. 

And yet so.much.has.happened. 

 

At the beginning of the year, I was setting my goals and considered running two marathons this year. As I weighed my responsibilities, time and other goals, I decided it wasn’t feasible for 2020. 

Yet here we are at the end of the year and I actually feel like I ran the two marathons… and then some. 

 

Marathons require months of training and...

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11 Guidelines for Spiritual Parenting

Dec 24, 2020

I was asked for some guidelines on spiritual parenting.  


Me and my kids, 2010.  

Here's what I picked up over the last 22 years (I just empty nested this year!).     

  1. Children grow up treating themselves - not the way you treat them - but by the way you treat yourself. So exercise good self care and boundaries, and this includes with your child!
  2. Tantrums are children's way of saying they aren't feeling seen or heard. Distractions...
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The Most Important Lessons of 2020

Dec 22, 2020

What a year 2020 has been. At the beginning of the year, I became a yoga teacher (!) and learned quickly that even when you teach, you never stop learning. You learn from your students, and you learn from your experiences.

2020 has certainly been a year of uncertainty and challenge for many of us. A year of frustration, anxiety and fear. It has been a year of destruction, change, and hurt. It has been a year of illness, medical crisis, and heartache for many families due mainly to covid, job...

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What's Your Burning Question?

Dec 17, 2020

 

Do you have a burning question relating to your yoga, food, or wellness practice? 
Comment below and ask away! 

Here's the "first" of the burning questions, which was posed to Savitree about a signature practice in the kundalini yoga tradition called the Sat Kriya:

Thanks so much for your article on Sat Kriya, and for including both options of resting afterwards: taking savasana for twice longer than the amount of time you do the Sat Kriya versus doing it for...

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The Surge Before the Transition

Dec 15, 2020

Years ago, I worked in a nursing home. From time to time, I had the honor to sing to a resident as they were transitioning from this life. I remember always being amazed when one of the nursing staff would “predict” that someone didn’t have much longer for this lifetime. 

“How can you tell?” I asked. “ Mr. _____________ has been so much better today!” 

What I learned is that sometimes when someone is about to transition, they have what is...

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Balance Yourself, Create a Ripple

Dec 08, 2020

This is part 11 in IzzyJi's Yoga off the Mat series. 

 

Yin and Yang. Day and night. Light and dark. Sun and moon. Land and sea. Hot and cold. Energy and calm. Awake and asleep. Fire and Water. Head and feet. Left and right. I could go on and on (and on)!

 

We learn early on about balance in yoga. I’m not talking about being able to stand on one foot kind of balance. I’m talking about the polar opposite connections that exist in life. The sun rises and sets-- as...

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Sound Heals

Dec 01, 2020

This is part 10 in IzzyJi’s Yoga off the Mat series. 

 

Music is in my blood. I absolutely LOVE music. My mom said that when she was pregnant with me I kicked a LOT. She used to hold a radio up to her belly and play classical music for me. That, and the sound of her voice reading to me used to calm me down enough so that she could get some rest as well.

 

I love music so much that I took percussion in grade school and began learning piano in Jr. High. I eventually decided...

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Resembles Lemonade

Nov 24, 2020

This is part 9 in IzzyJi's Yoga off the Mat series.

 

“God has not promised me sunshine That's not the way it's going to be But a little rain (a little rain) Mixed with God's sunshine A little pain (a little pain) Makes me appreciate the good times Be grateful”  ~Be Grateful, by Walter Hawkins

 

This gospel song came out in 1978. I remember listening to it all the time as a little girl. I loved it so much that when I had the opportunity...

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Join Us! Annual Thanksgiving Sadhana

Nov 23, 2020

Thursday November 26, 2020 | 8AM - 9AM

Meditation - Reflection - Discussion - Gratitude

Savitree began the tradition of chanting together on Thanksgiving morning more than 13 years ago. And we've chanted with each other every year since. Coming together at the start of the holiday season in community, with gratitude, grounds us and opens our hearts. 

This year, IzzyJi will lead meditation and reflection to launch us into this unprecedented holiday season.

Register Here -...

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Battle of the Minds

Nov 17, 2020

This is Part 8 in IzzyJi’s Yoga off the Mat series.

 

“Anticipation, anticipation Is makin' me late Is keepin' me waitin'...”  

Carly Simon, “Anticipation”

 

Through my surgery recovery, I have come to accept that I need to work on my three functional minds. They are constantly in battle! 

 

Yogic anatomy teaches us  that each person is made up of ten bodies: three mental bodies, the one physical body, and six energy...

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