Yoga Inspiration

9 Apr

Yoga News & Inspiration from Jessie!

1 a : a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation
1 b : the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions
1 c : the act of influencing or suggesting opinions

2: the act of drawing in; specifically : the drawing of air into the lungs


Julie Gudmestad, PT

I just returned from a trip to Portland to Julie Gudmestad’s Yoga & Physical Therapy studio.  I encourage everyone interested to check out her collection of articles written for Yoga Journal on Anatomy of Asana (asana means yoga posture).

Julie is hosting a 5-day intensive Anatomy of Asana clinic at her studio in Portland this coming August 5-9, 2013.  I hope to attend, and invite you to join me!  Check out the details here.


“There is a story in Zen circles about a man and a horse.  The horse is galloping quickly, and it appears that the man on the horse is going somewhere important.  Another man, standing alongside the road, shouts, ‘Where are you going?’ and the first man replies, ‘I don’t know!  Ask the horse!’  This is also our story.  We are riding a horse, we don’t know where we are going, and we can’t stop.  The horse is our habit energy pulling us along, and we are powerless.  We are always running, and it has become a habit.  We struggle all the time even during our sleep.  We are at war within ourselves, and we can easily start a war with others.  We have to learn the art of stopping–stopping our thinking, our habit energies, our forgetfulness, the strong emotions that rule us.  When an emotion rushes through us like a storm, we have no peace.  We turn on the TV and then we turn it off.  We pick up a book and then we put it down.  How can we stop this state of agitation?  How can we stop our fear, dispair, anger, and craving?  We can stop by practicing mindful breathing, mindful talking, mindful smiling, and deep looking in order to understand.  When we are mindful, touching deeply the present moment, the fruits are always understnading, acceptance, love, and the desire to relieve suffering and bring joy.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

ImageTry this Book!

If you are interested in the nature of the mind, how to separate from the incessant chitta vrttis (mental chatter) and cultivate a deep and lasting sense of peacefulness and clarity, definitely read this book!

The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer is a straightforward, easy-to-understand, practical and accessible approach to yoga philosophy and practice that anyone, from the most devout religious to the agnostic–will benefit from reading.

This is the type of book that I know I’ll be reading again and again throughout my lifetime, and will give as a gift to many.


One Response to “Yoga Inspiration”

  1. Jessie May 26, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

    Reblogged this on Jessie Tierney.


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