It's transition time again. The coolness of fall has been hinting at it's arrival. Sandhi is the Sanskit word for the place where two things meet. Kala Sandhi is about time. Kriya Sandhi is about changing activities. Transitions are necessary. Often they are difficult. They can be sweet. At the end of savasana (a kriya sandhi) you often hear me say, “Enjoy the transition.” There's a feeling of renewal. For a few moments you feel only this. You are experiencing the move from alpha brain wave activity (light meditation) to beta brain wave pattern (normal awake state). It's that time when you move from relaxation to awareness. Waking up and going to sleep are both examples of kriya sandhi while moving from summer to fall are forms kala sandhi.
I began teaching yoga at The Mountain View Chiropractic Clinic in Fall 2009, twelve years ago. It's been wonderful. The pandemic, along with some personal issues came along making it difficult to teach at the clinic for more than a year now. It's time to transition (kriya sandhi) to my own space. I will no longer hold classes at the clinic. Many thanks to Dr. Lisa Beighle who held space for Wise Mountain Yoga for all of these years and the past 18 months. She has always been a great friend to and supporter of yoga. Her kindness is much appreciated.
My home studio classes are open as as long as it is safe for us to gather and with guidelines. Monday meditation is now open to live students. You can also find me at the My People Senior Activity Center on Mondays and Wednesdays. Jamie teaches at the Sevierville Community Center and Kappy at the Pigeon Forge Community Center. Check their websites and calendars for times and guidelines. I will be teaching yoga at Parlounge this October in Florida.
Transition between practice and the real world – One of the most important poses of the class (Tadasana, Mountain is the other). It's also the hardest because it is hard to just lie still for 5 – 10 minutes. It's the time when your heart rate returns to normal. Your nervous system has a chance to come into balance, also allowing neural pathways and synapses to grow and connect. It gives your muscles and joints time to integrate the information received during the class. It's a reset button for your entire physical and mental body. If brain chatter happens, it's okay, just let it. Take a breath, relax and know that's normal for all of us. If you are uncomfortable, use props like pillows and blankets. Ask for guidance if necessary. Savasana is a pose just like any other pose and adjustments do need to be made. Your neck and often your back need to be supported. You should come out of savasana feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.
“Skipping savasana is like mixing up the cake batter and not putting it in the oven.” Eoin Finn, Blissology Yoga
A nice way to start the morning
Your favorite pancake mix – boxed or homemade, 1/4 c pecans or walnuts, 1/4 c blueberries, 1 c shredded zucchini
Shred or grate the zucchini with a food processor or hand grater. If you do this the night before, it allows the juices to drain off. Squeeze the juices out of the shredded zucchini, and combine everything. Cook as you do pancakes. Leftovers can be frozen for later.
My studio is now open for Meditation on Monday Evenings
from 5:30 – 6 PM. It also meets on Zoom
We spend a few minutes discussing the method for the evening
10 – 15 minutes relaxing and being guided
5 – 10 minute of silent meditation
The same guidelines apply for meditation class apply for studio yoga