Friday, May 17, 2013

Book Signing

I will be having a Book signing for Kundalini Rising one week from today on Friday, May 24th at The Bay Leaf Market in Crawfordville, FL.  We are scheduled from 4pm - 6pm, but I expect to arrive a little early.  I'll be happy to sign 1st or 2nd edition copies of my book if you already have them.  If you don't have a copy of the book yet, you can buy the 2nd edition at the signing.  They're $14 each.  We'll also be having a drawing for those who attend.  The prize is a t-shirt with one of my illustrations from the book and my favorite saying, "When in doubt, just breathe."  I say this to my students all the time in my classes, but I think it's a great piece of advice for life in general.

Bay Leaf Market has food and books for sale and a cafe area.  There are vegan and vegetarian options available.  Come in and have a chat with me.  I'll be happy to talk yoga, food, philosophy, health and wellness, or answer any questions my readers have for me.  I may also do a short reading from the book.  I expect it will be a fun, community event. Everyone is welcome, even if you are new or inexperienced with Yoga.

For anyone in the area who is unfamiliar with my work, Kundalini Rising is an exploration of chakra clearing using Yoga postures.  It also includes a lot of general tips about health and wellness and was purposely written to be accessible to both experienced yoga practitioners and novices.  I included a lot of information about how to protect and realign your physical body for healing and to achieve the greatest benefit from each posture.  All of my illustrations that go with the various postures are loving caricatures of real people that I see in Yoga classes.  The 2nd edition includes an expanded index (I labored over that, for the record), new material, and updated information.  I carefully considered feed back and questions from students and readers when I decided what needed to be improved in creating the 2nd edition.

For anyone interested in the book who cannot make it to the signing, Kundalini Rising is available on in both kindle and paperback format.  For those who can attend, I look forward to seeing you there!  Namaste.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May Day

The time has come! I am returned from my 2 month absence.  There were a number of misfortunes and hardships that befell my family recently, and I have needed all of my energy to deal with them.  I didn’t feel I had the reserves to be fully present and focused for my work here, so I decided to hold off on making any posts.  My purpose as a writer and teacher is to uplift, inform, and inspire those who encounter my work.  I want every word I write to come from a place of alignment with my purpose, so if I am not fully present and engaged in my material and message, I am doing you a disservice.  That is the primary reason I decided to wait until I had regained more solid footing again. I apologize to anyone who may have been waiting for the next part of my Aging Gracefully series.  I intend to post two more parts to that series: one on food for youthful health and one concerning the breath.  I also intend to do a more lengthy discussion of the importance of breath work as well as examples and some discussion of inner peace, how to find it, and how to deal with pain, stress, and loss on the road to inner peace.

Today, on the first of May, it is a day for celebrating fertility and fruitfulness.  In between the classes I teach, I have been taking a little time to walk outside in the sunlight.  It is about the most perfect Beltane day you could hope for up here in the Pacific Northwest. I am grateful for the chance to enjoy the sun on May Day even on a busy teaching day.

If you haven't already done so today, take some time to enjoy the abundance in your life, no matter what form it takes.  You could spend time in your garden or tending indoor plants. You could take a side trip to the local market and purchase some fresh fruit, vegetables, honey, or flowers to enjoy.  A cup of fragrant tea shared with a friend would also be a wonderful way to give thanks for the fruitfulness in your own life experiences.

I will pick back up with my Aging Gracefully series in the next week or two. My posts may be slower than I intend depending on the shifting situations of health, family, and professional commitments, but I do plan to finish up that series this month.  I hope Aging Gracefully brings information and inspiration to everyone who visits this page.

I would also like to announce that I will potentially be doing a book signing at Bay Leaf Market, vegan and vegetarian cafĂ©/grocery in Crawfordville, Florida later this month.  I will post more details as I have them.  If you’re in the area, drop in and say hello.