BUY A BOOK, WIN A TRIP TO MAUI :)
Last May, near my birthday, when the world seemed to be on fire—especially LA rocked by anger, violence, bigotry, racism, & fear from COVID—I decided to DO something. I didn't know what that would look like, but after meditating one morning, I made a simple decision to jot down my guided meditations I had created over the years for my yoga students. A few days later, with more riots erupting and with my family in a serious lockdown with curfews, I began rifling through my photography as an escape. I needed to visualize and to remember beautiful places—and the feelings I felt when there—to become inspired again, and reassured that these places still exist. As I gazed at pictures from Maui, Oahu, favorite Pacific coastal spots, Sequoia, I realized that my breath slowed, and my heart felt lighter. That's when the idea to create a book that married my mini meditations with my photography was born. The Art of Flow: Mindful Mini Meditations will help lower your stress in quick bite-size increments—that can be done anywhere, anytime. It asks that you turn your phone to Do Not Disturb and to set your timer for five minutes. Then you gaze at a photograph that draws you in, read my prompts, and meditate using a mantra until your phone dings. It provides a mindful time-out when life gets overwhelming, so you can quickly get back into alignment and into a flow with life—rather than pushing and fighting against it. The best part about using my little book of meditations, is that it's so easy to do. Here is a sample meditation to see how it works. :)
January 6th, the day rioters stormed Capitol Hill, I got another urge to do something. That's when I decided host a give-away contest for my Maui Yoga & Writers Retreat this coming September. Those who buy my book are automatically entered to win. (To buy, go HERE.) I will draw the winner on May 1st. I had already organized this retreat, to be hosted by my beautiful friend and fellow yoga instructor, Heather Archer, (@heathernamaste) who recently moved to Maui.
Since Heather hosts more yoga retreats than I do (and is a local), I thought, why not collaborate? She and her husband will lead us on a hike to waterfalls and an excursion to swim with the turtles (I can not wait!). I will lead meditation, gentle yoga, and writing workshops to inspire and motivate. Healther will also teach one powerful yoga class. (To learn more go to: Retreat.) It's a little thing really, this retreat give-away, but it's something that I can do in an attempt to uplift and to provide a bit of hope. Isn't it fun to imagine a trip to such a gorgeous island? Maybe I'll see you Sept. 9-13 in Maui? But in the meantime, please take deep breaths and find moments to pamper yourself, or time to walk outside and feel sunshine on your face.