In 1990 when I began teaching a yoga class for the City of Plano Parks and Recreation Department, there was one other yoga teacher offering classes in Plano.&nbsp; In addition to teaching group yoga classes, people came to me for bodywork, energetic healing and private yoga lessons. My business earned a small profit in the first year and has sustained profitability ever since. The freedom of&nbsp; being in charge of my own schedule as a small business owner offered exactly what I needed at the time to take my yoga practice to a deeper level.<br />
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Life! Busy, messy, sometimes dull, sometimes more excitement than we can bear… but truly a joy in all of its glory.

One consistent thing about life these days is the constant stream of
• e-mails, texts, Facebook posts
• things you need to do, things you should do, things not to do
• who needs your help, your love, your opinion
…the demand on our attention, energy and time is never-ending.

It was my search for inner peace that led me to Yoga. I soon learned that inner peace was not something I could earn by practicing but something that came naturally and incrementally as a result of the practice. I noticed fairly early that even though my focus was mostly on postures and breathing, I was already experiencing fewer reactive impulses, a quieter mind, and calmer emotional states. Greater strength and flexibility, increased energy, improved immunity, and better balance also became apparent.

Luckily, I do not have cancer and never have. I am simply a yoga teacher who has a great interest in the ways yoga, pranayama and especially meditation can help support someone with a disease like cancer. I’m sure like many of you, I’ve had students who happened to have cancer find their way into my gentle yoga classes. I wanted to have a broader knowledge base and provide them what they needed even though it was an open class not specifically designed for students with cancer. When I found the Yoga Bridge, Yoga for Cancer Teacher Training Program, I signed up.

We are just too busy, too occupied, too distracted, too over-scheduled.

We try so many strategies: new calendars, to-do lists, New Year’s resolutions, and endless promises to ourselves to do less.

But we don’t.

So every day do these three things instead.

One, a 20 minute relaxation. Lie down, set a timer, cover your eyes and totally disconnect from the world.

Two, do not look at your phone during meals. Put it in another room and turn it off.

Everyone seems to know about chakras these days – at least as a concept – but do they really know the ins and outs of activating, balancing, and healing using the model of the Chakra System as the profound formula for wholeness that it is? 

This elegant map to human consciousness is not only a ladder of liberation for achieving higher states of awareness, but an opening into our own deep psyche, with all its issues and illuminations, from its depths to its heights.

The physical, mental, and emotional effects of my first yoga class were immediately noticeable, although I had no real language at that point for describing them, even to myself. What became completely apparent, though, was that I had become so disconnected from my body that I was mostly unaware of it. My daily life and focus were almost totally intellectual.

They say that there are a few events in Life that are top stressors.
In the last 12 months I've faced most of them! 

But ~ I've never been more content.
Tired right now, yes! But content. 
Intentions have guided this eventful year.

Family wise in the past 12 months,
I got married (Eloped with our 4 children in tow)
Said goodbye to Birdie, my sweet 14 year old four-legged fur baby
Sold a car/Bought a car
Moved our “stuff” into storage, moved the family to Venice Beach, CA for the Summer