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Viparita Karani

Viparita Karani

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Community Yoga in Cortez

Heart and Core Yoga Studio in Cortez

Sundays: 12:00-1:30 pm, by donation.

Various yoga styles covered including vinyasa, restorative, and nidra meditation with rotating instructors.  Go to for scheduling.


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Community Yoga at its Finest

The Law of Giving and Receiving

This is something I am trying to realize in my life.  That is to make this Law real.  What you put out there comes back to you.  So, in service we gain riches.  Instead of focusing on what I do not have, I am attempting to focus on what I do have.  I am also trying to give freely without the expectation of anything in return.  I am trusting in the “ripple effect”, where you drop a stone in the water and the movement ripples out into beautiful concentric circles.  It is my hope that the ripple that I make with my stone of teaching will be seen by someone in need of yoga’s healing power.

This brings me to Community Yoga at Heart and Core Yoga Studio in Cortez.  We, the teachers at the Studio, share the instruction of  this class for anyone that wants to join in, and its cost is based on donation.  I enjoy teaching such workshops as:  Restorative Yoga, Core Basics in Yoga and Pilates, and Yoga Therapeutics.  Healing comes in ripples.  I hope my actions can give someone something to heal by, be it a new inspiring thought or a gentle breath awareness.  I love to share all that makes me feel good, inside and out.  What I get back is at the very least, joy!  Experience my weekly Restorative Class onWednesdays at 6:30 pm at Heart and Core Yoga in Cortez, or call me for a private!   It is my pleasure to Give everything I can.  Don’t be shy!

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Goodbye 2014 Hello Newness!

Reflections on the year.  Or shall I say, goals for the new year?  It’s all the same thing, really.  We can try to do better each day, and each year.  My goal for the new year is to serve.  In service we nurture gratitude.  Then it all comes back to us in troves.  I am tired of my old thoughts, “I will never have enough”, ” I will never get rid of all my clutter.”  There’s more.  Lots of excuses and even more distractions.  All I know is how great I feel after a yoga or pilates class, or a therapy session in Durango or Cortez, or at someone’s home.  Whether giving or receiving, I float away.  How to harvest that lightness daily?  It begins with the seed thought.  First notice the negative thought, “I will never have enough”, then reverse it, “I have all that I need”.  Or go for gold: “All that I desire is coming to me”.  This month I focused on giving.  Next month I focus on serving.  First I serve myself (with rest and good eating) so that I may be strong and able to serve others.  Then I keep the spirit of giving and deepen it and broaden it.  I put in more heart, and attach myself less to the outcome.  My hope is that I will feel lighter, whether the bills get paid and the house gets clean or not.  Then, perhaps, the seed is planted for me to make the active changes that I need to make to stick to my budget and re-organize my closets and corners.  I do have to keep feeding the positive thoughts each time I catch a negative one.  Where we put our attention there goes our awareness.  So whether the clutter goes or stays, perhaps it will matter less for the day.  At least I am putting in my cheerful effort to feel good in mind and body.

So for reflections on the past year, I am full of gratitude for health, wealth, family and friends.  I am humbled on all fronts.  I feel deeply for those that suffer is so many different ways.  All I can think about is the excitement of the coming year.  If life gets any better, I just may explode.  Thanks for reading.  Please share your thoughts in a comment or an email.  Find me for a class so that I may serve you.  I am brimming over.  Happy New Year!

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Fall check-in/Calm Core

What happened to summer?  It’s long over, but I just am not ready to settle into winter.  Thanks for fall.  The colors this year were epic.  A perfectly timed trip to Telluride and a ride on the Gondola sealed the beauty in my mind.  This is a great time for creation.  Take one little ritualistic change.  With the time change I get up earlier to center my breath and mind.  No matter what I know there is a calm core there.  Practicing yoga reminds us of that calm core, no matter how deep it lies beneath the layers of leaves and distractions.  Pick one pose, or one class, or one affirmation, and do it consistently.  You will feel that soothing change.  A change for the better.  Now take a few deep breaths, there is your calm core.  Gratitude. Namaste

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The Guru lives on

August 22, 14

Mr. Iyengar died this week in India.  I am sure he is being mourned throughout the world.  I have unending gratitude for him.  As a young and sickly boy (much like Pilates), he sought strength and vitality.  Throughout his life of research and study he made profound discoveries.  His own experience was his teacher and his teachings are now timeless.

After becoming a certified yoga therapist, I am continually awe-struck by the power of yoga.  Its ancient practices can relieve our suffering, whatever they may be.

As a student of Iyengar Yoga I teach with his tools most of the time.  These are the tools of asana (postures and props), pranayama (breathing), philosophy, and much more.  While I incorporate all that I can from my varied education and experience, it is Iyengar Yoga (in its many forms) that I move from and label with.

Although I have lost my chance to meet the great guru, Mr. Iyengar’s teachings will live on through all of the yoga teachers that have been touched by his influence.  I will continue to study his lessons and techniques.  His contribution to Yoga Therapy has enlightened me and I cherish every chance that I get to share what I have learned.

Great gratitude for the guru that brought yoga to the west.  Om mane padme hum.

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The importance of taking sure-fire measures to effectively curb our stress.

I didn’t realize my stress levels were so high. What with multiple jobs, a young son, a garden, and a busy extended family and social life, how could I? In my work I seek those things that relieve stress, like yoga and dance. This is clearly for a reason. I tend to overcommit and say “yes” to every opportunity that comes my way. Well, with age, so comes experience. I have found that the Best me is the one that is not stressed ‘to the gills’ (as my mother would say).

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