Ego

January 20, 2015 — Leave a comment

I have seen students intimately connect with yoga recently through a freestyle method of teaching. I first saw this at a teacher training I did in Raleigh. The teacher told us to move into whatever flow of standing poses we wished. I was shocked and nervous at first. But for the next five minutes, I decided to block out the people around me and move as my spirit led me through my favorite standing poses. Continue Reading…

Yoga Therapy

January 16, 2015 — Leave a comment

ttronslien-Yoga is breath and movement. It is a mind-body connection that renews and ignites. There are so many things I love about yoga but one of its most appealing qualities, to many, is its therapy. Not just physical therapy, though that is part of it. But yoga opens an intimate and vulnerable piece of the student through the poses and techniques. Continue Reading…

New Beginnings

January 6, 2015

Let’s see.  . . It was when I was a senior in college. That was six years ago. Six years ago I took my first yoga class. Well, it was yoga/pilates but I quickly fell in the love with the yoga postures, not giving a second thought to the pilates. I loved how graceful the poses looked, moving in slow simultaneous motion with the other bodies around me. I loved the way it made me feel afterward, my muscles groaning from a workout in which I was unaware I was participating in at the time. Continue Reading…

Best Made Plans

December 31, 2014

Five WeeksnewsIt wasn’t until recently that I actually started feeling ambitious. Ambitious for the goals I have set for the New Year. Seth and I aren’t much into “resolutions” per say but we encourage each other to make goal lists every year at this time. Continue Reading…

Passion and Purpose

November 3, 2014

Something that was said recently put my current feelings about life into perspective. “Lord, teach me to count my days so that I might present to you a heart of wisdom.” These are words spoken by Moses in Psalm 90.

I have always loved Psalm 90. It is so dark, and real, and emo all rolled up into one big beautiful prose. I have designated it for my funeral because it speaks so much truth about life and death. Continue Reading…

The Challenge of Coping

September 16, 2014

ttronslien-0749What situations test your limits? When do your true colors show? Maybe it is when you are left alone with your thoughts. Or maybe it is when you are facing a large group of people. Ours fears and anxieties press upon us like a pillow, threatening to smother us and we are faced with the challenge of coping. Continue Reading…

Titles

August 20, 2014

file801343155029I have been thinking lately how some titles have connotations connected to them, expectations almost. When I was younger, Christian was the title that best fit an expectation in the minds of others, sometimes the wrong expectation. For instance, people hear the word Christian and think “judgmental”, “condemning” or “hypocrite”. Others may think, “compassionate”, “charitable,” or “meek”. Continue Reading…

Actually Alone

May 28, 2014

Reflected RaspberryDoes being alone appeal to you? I mean being really alone, unplugged from social media, even unplugged from the busyness of your brain. Is that something that comes easy or does it make you twitch a little just thinking about it? Continue Reading…

Feeling stronger. Breathing deeper. Now that my morning jog has gotten easier and my endurance much stronger, I am able to travel longer distances more easily.  And there is one thing I observed about myself yesterday morning that reminded me of my yoga practice: I felt clear-headed and calm. Continue Reading…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn Sunday afternoons, there is plenty of sunlight for class that I can easily light the room with only one pillar lamp and two windows. Walking around the empty room is part of the routine before people arrive. And it amazes me every time, the difference that occurs in the room, when I adjust the blinds just slightly. The smallest adjustment fills the room with so much more visibility. Continue Reading…