Jaded?

Warm, welcoming hello to you~

Jaded is the label I am putting on my Yoga practice. Shocker!  Let me continue…

I’ve been living in California since September.  I have practiced Yoga here now for over 6 months.  What I’ve experienced has shifted my devotion.  Yoga isn’t what it was when I couldn’t get enough a few years ago-say 2008?  When none of my friends or family could reach me because I was on my way to-or already deep in my practice.  If they wanted to connect, I’d tell them, “you can come to Yoga practice with me!”

Have I had too much?  Initially, I felt a deeper meaning.  I felt a sense of connection to the greater whole.  Yoga was my escape from reality.  I delve into a another world and explored the universe inside myself.  Is it bias? In Madison, Wisconsin-my practice was incredible.  It was so deep and so true.  There’d be an off day where this didn’t apply-yet that occurrence was infrequent.

Labeling the way I feel at this current moment is more of a question-I’m questioning myself. Introspection. Svadhyaya perhaps.  It’s possible I’m just in a “winter” of my life-a dip-there’s highs, lows~

It’s true, however. It’s very true.  My “asana” practice isn’t what it used to be.  I used to be crazy about “tradition” and how I didn’t like most styles of asana practice because they simply weren’t the “real thing.”

Now?  How do I feel?  I don’t think there were Yogis in the Himalayas doing “upward dog.”  I’m just not feeling it!

What is more important?

Physical Yoga. Hatha Yoga. Asana practice cultivates awareness.

Every dedicated moment on the mat is another opportunity to get in touch with myself.  Knowing my self better enables me to be a person who responds as opposed to reacts to situations in life.  Reaction tends to be unconscious.  Making conscious decisions in life is a skill.

Every moment on the mat is a chance to notice my own patterns, how I respond to difficulty or challenge, what my expectations are, what my desires are…

Discipline in practice translates to daily life.

If this is not my experience, each time I step on the mat-the sense of unfulfilled sets in-immediately.  Am I causing it?

I mean no harm by these words, but I do not feel inspired by the Yoga Instructors in my area.  Giselle Mari.  Yes.  She’s only one.  Prajna Vieira.  Okay, we have two…I’m running out!  I’ve taken some incredible classes here in the SF Bay area.  BUT! Who really has the depth I’m yearning for?!

Oh, and yes. I’m still working on my abs. 😀

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Time to DANCE!

SATURDAY, APRIL 21  7PM   DANCE VISIONS @ CUBBERLEY COMMUNITY CENTER 4000 Middlefield Road Palo Alto

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Follow UP!

My friends!  I have not forgotten.  I am using the power of imagination and manifestation.  ABS!  Core!  Center of physical self! Become strong I ask! ha!  No really, I’v been talking to my abs.  A very smart friend told me to.  Its working, I think.

This photo is from a recent photo shoot, yet it is untouched-no photoshop, completely raw-not a HUGE improvement since it’s only been a few weeks, yet a slight improvement?

I’ve decreased my sugar intake (always a battle with the sweet tooth), significantly and also increased my protein intake.  I am a vegetarian and thus, no animal protein.  Mung beans, garbanzo beans, a bit of whey protein (yes I know it’s dairy).  I’ve also slightly decreased caloric intake.

It would certainly be more compelling if I had actual numbers and knew what those numbers were prior to this goal.  However!  Modern man here-or ANYONE for that matter!  Let’s not get too detailed, here!  AND I don’t want to get too serious or I’ll drive myself nuts as I have before.

Soooo, I’ve lost a few pounds and I do sit ups whenever I am sitting in one place and on an empty stomach.  Simple, simple, here!  My 60 day challenge has ended and I haven’t been at Breathe Los Gatos much, but I have been taking pole dancing classes!  If you want your butt kicked-HIGHLY recommended 😉  If you can’t get in shape pole dancing consistently…won’t finish that sentence.  Try it first, and tell me it doesn’t work!  You won’t 😀

Yes, another professional photo-yet untouched-besides my  very amateur editing skills on my face as it was looking a little scary.

AS for EATS!

I LIVE on kitchari!!

Kitchari Recipe (for cleansing)

Ingredients:

Mung Beans (soaked for at least 1 hour)
White Basmati Rice
Ghee
Coriander Seeds
Cumin Seeds
Fennel Seeds
Fresh Ginger
Fresh Turmeric Root
Veggies (squash, carrots, leafy greens, seaweed)*
Fresh Cilantro

1. Crush spices in mortar and pestle
2. Heat a spoonful of ghee in your pot and add spices. Cook until they start to become golden. Don’t burn!
3. Add 4-8 cups of water (depends on how much you want to make)
4. Add equal parts mung beans and rice
5. Add any root vegetables
6. Cook partially covered, stirring occasionally
7. Grate and add fresh ginger and turmeric root
8. Continue cooking until beans and rice are very soft, adding water as necessary as it cooks
9. Add a little salt or Braggs
10. Add any leafy greens, kale, or seaweed towards the end of cooking
11. Serve topped with fresh cilantro. You can add raw sesame or hemp seeds, if you want.

* No onion, garlic, chili, or tomatoes for cleansing. You can add these when you’re not cleansing.

I can surely post another-but here’s one from the other day that I uploaded to Facebook! IN our organic CSA delivery, we had this gorgeous violet cauliflower and I had to throw it in-wasn’t cleansing, and hence, added some aesthetic charm!

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YEAHHH baby! Here we go!

Alright. Here it goes.

I’ve been practicing Yoga…some days kick your a$$, pass out on the floor, can’t walk two days after Yoga and some days-Yin or Restorative, lay on the floor and drool Yoga at Breathe Los Gatos for over 60 days straight now.  They had a $40 for 40 days deal- I started in December and Jan 7 they started the 60 day challenge.

Full of energy.  My clothes are fitting a bit more loosely…tightening up here.  Significant changes are visible.

In July of last year (2011) I attended Tony Robbins “Unleash the Power Within,” four day seminar in Chicago.  Blew my mind.

I “crewed” (volunteered) for the same event in LA, late last year.  I attended “Date with Destiny,” Tony’s six day event in Palm Springs this year.

So enough of my life story.  The point is, I’m motivated-err…wait, ya-off and on-I’m really on a kiddie roller coaster but my highs  are higher than previous highs and lows are not quite as low.

I watched Oprah’s interview with Tony three days ago.  I wanted to climb to the top of my apartment building here in Sunny California and jump off of the roof and fly.  I thought I could.  No, I didn’t do it, but I saw it.  Flying, Soaring. Yes, I’m nuts-but I haven’t met anyone who isn’t and made an impact on this planet.

Alright, #1 Tony Robbins

#2 60+ days of vigorous Yoga practice

#3 Boudoir photo shoot.  I bought a Groupon.  Yes, a frikken groupon.  I was a addicted for a hot second and in the second, I told Joe, my husband, “I want to do this boudoir shoot!”  He said great, we purchased the groupon for a Boudoir shoot in San Jose with Jeffery Warren.

The shoot was great…and for some reason I picked up a few more shoots with other photographers in the area and then decided to create a page on Model Mayhem.

I’ve gotten over 60 proposals to shoot in less than a week.  I am not getting photos taken unless I WANT to look at them.  Time to get my ass in gear.   No ego-I want to reach an optimal level of health and feel full of energy and vitality.  I do not need to look like this lady: 

check out this thread: Facebook

BUT! I wouldn’t mind getting toned and feeling like I can run 10 miles without dropping over dead.

Alright (oh gosh Nora…I don’t know about this :P). Day one:   (I’m shooting for end of Summer 2012)

AS FOR EATS!

E3 LIVE: I take this everyday!!

                            Amazing snippet from the site:   our mission~

“We, the harvesters of E3Live® Aphanizomenon flos-aquae from Klamath Lake, see ourselves as stewards of the earth, humble caretakers of the precious gifts of God and Mother Nature. We believe a major reason why people don’t feel as happy as they can has LESS to do with what may or may not be happening “on the outside,” and MORE to do with what is happening “on the inside” — at the cellular level.

We believe the quality of the food we eat profoundly affects the flux of our moods and emotions, our ability to concentrate, our physical appearance, our endurance and strength, even our spiritual receptivity.

Our mission is to educate and share with as many people as possible the benefits of E3Live® AFA nutritional algae, which we believe nourishes and detoxifies the body more than any other food.”

Found this in 2007, recommended by an amazing friend that was attending UW Madison for Biochem!  He knew his “stuff” 😉

Basically, I believe humans could live on this algae!  It is incredible!  If you want to know my personal testimony-email me personally as it’s a rather personal story!

A bit of this will keep you thriving for sure!

 

Nora’s Day 1!  2/29/12

SEND YOUR PHOTOS TO ME FOR TEAM SUPPORT!  XXX

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my shamanic shivaratri

LOVELIES!

I am so very tired-after staying up all night for Shivaratri-night of Lord Shiva!  I had an acupuncture session with Amma’s acupuncturist-Dr. Weng.  It was insanely profound and healing!  I wanted to document it here but I was more compelled to record:

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Sowing the seed of Physics with Dr. G

***Read below or be surprised ;)***

Hi! I am Lana, the “young mother” that accompanied! 😉 It’s funny actually, because all of the children asked, “are you Dr. G’s daughter?” I had to giggle and think to myself, “do I look like Dr. G’s daughter?” I forget how young I appear to children that are getting larger and larger at younger and younger ages…Yes! I am the same height as you! ha!

My intrigue began with a prior post of Dr. G’s…about feeding children-taking them to a classy restaurant. A place they’ve never been-a feeling they haven’t felt-being treated like the divine soul they are-being served. You know the feeling right? I can speak for myself when for certain; I love dining at restaurants with dapper waitstaff and lovely decor-I’m sure I need not continue. You know, you know just how it feels!

Thus, when I read about Dr. G’s desire to bring a group of children to dinner-I felt overjoyed! Yes! What a brilliant idea. I’m constantly attempting to conjure up new ways to serve. To practice Seva, selfless service.
Upon speaking with Dr. G, I immediately felt her devotion to do just the same. She is certainly a woman with a strong practice sense of altruism. I felt urged to join her mission. I asked how I could help-hands on-and found myself in East Palo Alto’s elementary school.
The idea of being present for a lesson in Physics, of course, caught my attention as well. 🙂 I love working with Children; co-teaching Yoga to at-risk youth in New Jersey was truly one of the most incredible experiences of my life thus far. Why? Everything is moving at the speed of light! Children seem to progress one thousand times faster than so many adults that I’ve worked with-teaching Yoga/Dance and so forth. I remember entered to teach the first class at the High School in New Jersey-one girl-was the most resistant person I’ve ever instructed in a class before. Two weeks later, she was the most dedicated student in the whole group of 30 high school girls and boys!

Needless to say, working with 3rd and 4th graders in East Palo Alto is nothing short of amazing.
The experience:
I picked up a bag of eco-friendly supplies for dining and met Dr. G at one of the many Thai restaurants in Mountain View-and was beginning to vibrate with excitement as she brought out the massive serving of Pad Thai for the children. In all honesty…what better to feed kids?! YUM! When we dished out about 20 plates or so-and the kids flooded in, their eyes were wide and their faces lit up, as if to ask, “really?” A few kids attempted to search for familiarity, “it’s chow mein! yea! I know what that is-it’s those chow mein noodles!” Then the questions came…”what’s Thailand? Is that corn? Did you make this? Do I have to eat this? Can I HAVE MORE?!” I asked a group of girls, “do you know where Thailand is?” None seemed to know and they adamantly pointed me to a globe. The five girls were eager to learn the origin of their interesting dish. I showed them Thailand, and of course, East Palo Alto and drew a line…they were utterly amazed. Interesting concept-I guess I didn’t think of it much either when I was young. Oh how important it is! The two young girls I sat with giggled and whispered to each other in Spanish as I quizzed them on culture and sustainability. I told them about the eco-plates and forks. Their eyes lit up, once again and they understood the concept as they took a harder look at the earthy colored table setting.

When the lesson began…and the group made it to the dingy floor, a “teacher” that seemed to be on…well, let’s just say he didn’t seem like he loved children. He came in and boasted, “YOU! CAN! COME! and sit in the PRINCIPALS office WITH ME! IF! you can’t behave.” You know, or something like that. The kids didn’t seem to like that and they sunk down…I tried to pick up the energy by telling them to “massage the top and bottom lip together.” This usually gets even my adult students grinning and wondering. Dr. G asked, “hmmm! what does that do?” “They are quiet!” No one seemed to protest. 🙂

When Dr. G dove into her lesson, the children seemed engaged and inquisitive, and of course, some seemed relatively confused. In all honesty, I don’t believe the confusion had much to do with the lesson and more to do with the event in it’s entirety. You know…who was I? Who was she? Why were we there? Dr. G began by telling them how special they were and how honored she was to be there. I really saw a shirt at that point. How often were they spoken to that way? Not enough apparently! At the end when the children put their thoughts on to paper with color-many clearly stated that their parents would not be enthused to receive their artwork. Heartbreaking, but quite evident by the responses we were getting.

At one point when the children had a bit of momentum going and blood pumping after tossing balls to one another-yet another leap forward. Comfort! The girls crowed around me when we were asked to sit back down in a circle. Dr. G had to instruct the girls to move away and into a proper circular formation as opposed to clumped on top of each other next to me. I suppose their curiosity heightened as well. The girl that had a burning desire to be called upon and answer every single question…put her arm on my shoulder, “I’m the same size as you.” Yes, yes, back to the fact that I could in fact be mistaken as a fourth grader. I guess this gives me an advantage while working with children. More to identify with. Here, I just want to reveal that in less than an hour’s time, the children grew incredibly comfortable with both Dr. G and I. They expressed their sorrow in her departure and asked for another visit. A few girls gave me unsuspecting hip hugs from the side while darting around the room to return their crayons and almost all embraced Dr. G on their way out with the utmost gratitude. In such a short time, there were so many moments to share! The experience was beautiful and I believe the Divine was leading every moment-and Dr. G is most certainly leading her life with ultimate love in compassion that mad it possible. I look forward to many more! Thank you for this experience!

Dr. G’s post:

Friday, February 3, 2012

This is fulfillment

I reached school with Lana (a young mom from my kids school) to a public school, in East Palo Alto; a school for needy kids whose parents are works 2 or more shifts to make ends meet.It took us almost 20 minutes to set up the tables with plates full of pad Thai noodles, forks, napkins and a cup of water in the library. We invited those 22 4th/5th graders inside around tables of 4. They were surprised by the treat as well as the dish they had never seen or heard about. I was surprised with their reactions. Other than a girl in yellow jacket and one boy, everyone tried it gingerly, loved it and asked for second helpings.

***

After that, I sat with my plate on a table with 2 girls and a boy. Lana sat on another table with 3 girls. Everybody was giggling, talking and eating. I closed my eyes to pray, before eating.
The boy asked me, “Do you always pray before eating?”
“Yes”, I answered smilingly to the shocked boy.
I was asking them what kind of they like and they were answering shyly.
“Where do you live?”, the boy asked me very inquisitively.
I had my mouth full of noodles, so I signaled with my hands to wait for my answer till I finish chewing.
One of the girls explained what I meant to him and they continued to talk.
When I was done, I looked at him to answer.
“Why can’t you talk with your mouth full?”, he asked me skipping his previous question.
I just looked at him, for all through those 5 minutes he was looking at me as if I am from another planet; doing things he had never seen or heard about.

***

We got onto the floor in a big circle holding hands. I introduced my self and kicked off the Physics workshop about gravity and gravitational force. When I asked them if anyone has heard about it, only 1 girl and 2 boys shot up their hands.

When I asked them, if they would like to explore science with balls, weighing themselves and tissue roll; all but the boy who did not try screamed yes. So, he decided not to participate and leave the room.

We talked about knowing air is in the room and how can we feel it. Some of them answered through the sound of the fan, by moving hands and feeling it in their hair. We blew the air out of our mouths and then blew out the air onto the tissue paper in front of our face. Everyone raised their hands to see the impact of air and nodding that they all experienced it.

Next, we dropped two books one small/light and another big/heavy from the same height in pairs. They got back excitedly to share their observations about the sound it made, whether they hit the floor together or not etc.

Passing the ball to their partner in all possible ways got them rocking. The screams, the laughter, the excitement filled up the room. They got back together in a circle to share whatever way they shot the ball, it came down following a path like a rainbow, even if it did not hit the ceiling. So, we were all convinced that something invisible is pulling the ball down.
“That invisible force is Gravitational force”, I whispered and they looked at each other amazingly.

The last exercise, I told them to place one book on the weighing machine and note down its weight. Then keep on adding 1, 2, 3 and 4 books and to read its corresponding reading on the scale.
I showed them how the machine showed the change in my weight with 1 palm, 2 palms, 1 knee etc.
I gave them this as a HW assignment to find a weighing machine at home, school, hospital or in grocery stores and play around with it carefully noting down the numbers. The machine gives the weight which will be different from the weight of the same person using the same machine for the gravitational force is different. I kept on iterating in the workshop, that they are are all awesome and wonderful and born scientist. Just keep exploring and just keep asking questions. Their eyes would lit up each time I said those words.

***

To wrap up, I asked them to draw or write on a sheet of paper what they liked most or understood. They spread out all over the room, lying down scribbling with colors, peeping into each others sheet.

When I announced, its time for me to go.
Surprisingly, the girl in yellow jacket spoke, “No, I don’t want you to go. Why do you have to go?”
“May be I will come back soon again to do more science, how about that, if you like it.”, I said.
They all screamed happily, “Yes.”

When, I asked them to take their colorful sheets home to share it with their parents. I was shocked to see the drop in their faces, the sadness surfaced. And I heard in their turning away from me bodies, “My parents don’t care for me.”, “They will put it in a trash bin.” , “They will be mad, if I show them something.”

Sensing their dejection, I immediately said, “Hey, give me all your colorful drawings, I would love to have them, see them, keep them.”. All but 3 boys, ran forward with joy and gave me their masterpieces.

I stood at the door to say bye to them and give them a button, “I love Physics” with my contact information. Almost all girls hugged me very affectionately, most boys waved bye, shook hands or gave me a hi-five. While hugging them, I felt a familiar love and an extreme closeness.

As they formed the line outside, I blew out kisses to them and most of them blew it back. All, but the boy sitting on my table while eating were smiling with eyes lit up. He was the last one in the line, he left gazing at me as if I were a strange creature.

***
I drove to pick up my kids, feeling all calm. There was no exhaustion, even though my body was very tired. Physically, I was not dancing to my favorite music while driving, but I was joyful. I was sitting amidst noisy traffic stuck at the red light, getting late to pick up my kids (which usually freaks me out), but I was feeling a strange calmness in each and every cell of my body; similar to what I experience only in deep meditation.

I heard myself say, “This is fulfillment. To love, is the purpose of my life. This is bliss.”

***
Aum Tat Sat (God is Truth)

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I live in a spiritual community…

Namaskaram!

WOW…sooooo.  I live in the Ananda Community.  If you want to know what it is, check out the link.  What is prompting me to write this post: we’ve just attended a “parents meeting”…parents of the children who live in the Ananda community.  It’s incredible.   I actually don’t have words to describe.

Did you know that there are still places in this country where children play outside in nature and swing from trees?  Run in grassy fields and jump into piles of leaves?  There are places where parents agree to accept their neighbor’s children as their own?  Come together…and establish a common ground for their children to plant their feet upon and grow tall and strong?  Fertile soil to grow… to feed the seeds of wisdom planted and stretch deep roots into the earth-wellll you’ve got the picture, yes?

I am so grateful and so blessed to witness, to have the experience of-an environment that fully supports the process of unfolding.  Video games, violence, slander, gossip, aggression are discourages here at Ananda-these children are having the experience of living in a way that enables them to become leaders.  To cultivate and develop a inner nature-an inner landscape of spirituality.  

…just a couple people that are part of the Ananda community

We are here together, we are connected.  Every action we take creates a ripple…and effects literally everything-even if it’s in the most minute way.  It seems that at Ananda and Living Wisdom School…this concept of connection is being deeply ingrained~

Something to be grateful for, yes?  There are people in this world that care for you, that love you, because they are you.  Do you have a child that you can teach this concept to?  Grateful I am, that I do 🙂

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