Let Freedom Ring

“Yoga allows you to find a new kind of freedom that you may not have known even existed.”  B.K.S. Iyengar

Celebrate July with fireworks and freedom! When Susannah asked me to contribute a blog post for Hudson River Yoga's July newsletter, I was like… “YES” I have the perfect title, Let Freedom Ring.  In July we celebrate Independence Day and the abundant freedoms we have in this great country. Despite living in this free land, many of us are trapped in our own worlds of insecurity and stress. To me Yoga is all about freedom. The freedom to challenge your thoughts, your perceptions and discover your truth. The freedom to accept who you are and not who you think you are supposed to be. The freedom to accept yourself and life as it is. The freedom to be the miraculous manifestation that is you. 

In his book Journey into Power, Baron Baptiste said, “Yoga is ultimately a journey into the truth: truth about who you really are, what you are capable of, how your actions affect your life.” 

From the Yoga Sutras; “Through sustained focus and meditation on our patterns, habits, and conditioning, we gain knowledge and understanding of our past and how we can change the patterns that aren’t serving us to live more freely and fully.”

Through Asana and meditation practice we learn to breathe, focus and, most importantly, to stay. We practice not being reactive to the physical and mental stimulus and cultivate acceptance and trust that we are exactly where we are meant to be.  Through staying, we have the opportunity to observe our thoughts, challenge our perceptions and discover our truth. 

Personally, yoga has set me free from a life of self judgement to a life of self-acceptance where I have the power to rewrite my story every day. As I learned to “stay in the pose” of life and challenge my perceptions, I discovered my truth. True freedom came to me with the realization that we are all miracles put on this earth for God’s Divine purpose. And with that realization I am free to allow the Divine light that resides in me be of service to the Divine light that resides in you.
Namaste
Maureen

 

Explore Meditation | Fuel Happiness

  This is a piece I wrote for lululemon athletica Danbury #fuelhappiness #exploremeditation

This is a piece I wrote for lululemon athletica Danbury #fuelhappiness #exploremeditation

There is no better way to #fuelhappiness this holiday season than to tap into your own wellspring of happiness fuel through meditation.
 

Imagine your life as one big answering machine. Every day, life puts us on the receiving end of a flood of incoming messages. When you meditate, you are essentially unplugging this big answering machine for a few moments to stop the influx of messages cluttering your thoughts. This short break in the messages allows you to be in the present moment, and create space between your thoughts. It is in this moment, with a quieted world around you, and a newly opened mind, that you can find the source of your own inner happiness.
 

Just a few moments of meditation each day will cultivate a connection to your inner self. The more you quiet the outside messages and connect with your inner self, the more you can realize that the source of your happiness comes from within.
 

So slow down and unplug that machine. Create space between your thoughts. Connect with your inner self. Your happiness fuel is inside you and you need only tap into it. Go ahead and practice presence this holiday season; fuel all sorts of happiness for yourself and for others.

My first CSA

For over 15 years I have lived in one of the oldest homes in the neighborhood, just barely 2 miles from the lovely Fishkill Farms. Originally its own apple orchard, my house has lived many lives in its 195 years.  I have come to take for granted my proximity to the beautiful farm that people travel great distances to visit and who's produce is carted to Brooklyn on weekends. On a whim we can drop on over for fresh produce or pick seasonal fruit such as cherries, peaches, and of course apples just to name a few.

This season is different, I now teach yoga at the farm on Saturday mornings and I have joined the CSA: Community Supported Agriculture.  A CSA supports small farms. Members pay upfront to help farms survive through the season. In return. they enjoy a share of the bounties. Each Friday afternoon my family is treated to the fresh picks of the week.  

 Salad with Curly leaf lettuce, Hakurei turnips, strawberries, red onion, pine nuts, goat cheese

Salad with Curly leaf lettuce, Hakurei turnips, strawberries, red onion, pine nuts, goat cheese

After all these years I feel as if I have a connection to my community through supporting the farm in my very own neighborhood. I also like to think that all of the OM's in the orchard are bringing beautiful energy to the crops.

 Individual Strawberry Shortcake

Individual Strawberry Shortcake

Spring Clean Green Juice

The great thing about making your own green juice, is that you make it to your individual taste, using ingredients that you enjoy. Because, to benefit from this nutrition packed juice, you of course must want to drink it! In order to sell this to my finicky family, which I am amazed that I have done, I have a balance of fruit and vegetables.  As the pallet gets accustomed to drinking your vegetables, you will need less sweetness from the fruit, so adjust the ratio and amp. up the veggies,  sneakily tricking the drinker, be that you or your family into consuming more vegetables :)

What I used:

  • 5 leaves kale
  • 3 leaves romaine lettuce
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 kiwi
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger
  • 1/4 of one lemon

Fundamentals of Power Yoga Workshop

Join me this Sunday, March 22nd for Fundamentals of Power Yoga!

Take a step into your power! New to yoga or not, join me for this all levels workshop. Inspired by the Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Methodology, we will walk you through the fundamentals of a power vinyasa practice, breakdown key alignment points and provide variations for modifications. 

No matter your flexibility or experience, you will be given tools that will help you build a powerful practice on your mat and create space for possibility in your life. 

This workshop will leave you feeling confident in your alignment and the basic poses that make up a power vinyasa yoga practice. 

Hudson River Yoga
2600 South Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 
www.hudsonriveryoga.com (845) 204-9111
$25 Pre-registration| $30 Day of event

Register now:  https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/home?studioid=22814

 

 

Perfect for a cold winter's day.

~Roasted Tomato Bisque~

Nothing warms you better on a cold winter's day than the smell of juicy tomatoes, sweet onions, and mellow garlic roasting in the oven.

What I used:

  • 3lbs of sweet Heirloom tomatoes
  • 3lbs of Rome plum tomatoes
  • 2 large Vidalia onions
  • 6-8 garlic cloves
  • 4tbsp of virgin coconut oil
  • 28oz of chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
  • 1 can (14oz) of coconut milk
  • 1/2tsp dried basil

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Core and halve the tomatoes. Slice the Onions. Shuck the garlic cloves. Put them all in a giant roasting pan.

Scatter dollops of coconut oil over the top. Sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Roast in the oven for an hour, or until the tomatoes are beginning to caramelize.

Pour the contents of the roasting pan into a large stock pot. Pour the chicken or vegetable stock over the caramelized mixture until the tomatoes are covered.

Puree with a handheld immersible blender (alternately, a food processor or blender can be used for this step, but it will be hot!).

Once smooth and blended, add one can of coconut milk and basil. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy!! :)