RASAMAYA: LIVE INSPIRED. TODAY.

Rasas are the nine core emotions that govern our life; they are the nectar of artistic expression. The juice. The good stuff. 
 

Rasamaya is about living the creative life. It’s about letting the emotions course through our bodies as they will. Emotions are not negative more nor are they positive. Disgust can be a powerful catalyst for change. Love can be jealous.

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DEATH. EAST ROCK. MY BODY AS TEACHER.

I am composing this blog post from East Rock on Star Island during my fifteenth year leading a yoga conference. Fifteen years. It seems impossible that it has been that long. As I sit here staring at the endless sea and thinking about the passage of time, I am also thumbing through a book about death, which has been on my mind a lot lately.

I always say that when I die I want my loved ones, friends, students, old lovers, old enemies, and anyone who I’ve danced with in this journey to come together at sunrise and throw my ashes off of this cliff.   This rock is my home and is infused with memories that range from sunrise meditations and soul-blubbering cries to some fantastic make-out sessions with a variety of lovers over the years.  I can only imagine how many other hearts this rock holds in the crags of its sparkling surface.....

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RETURNING HOME. POETRY FROM STAR ISLAND.

Our theme this year for our 15th annual Star Island Yoga Retreat was, "Returning Home. " This poem says it all.

- Ursula K. Le Guin
Please bring strange things.
Please come bringing new things.
Let very old things come into your hands.
Let what you do not know come into your eyes.
Let desert sand harden your feet.
Let the arch of your feet be the mountains.
Let the paths of your fingertips be your maps
And the ways you go be the lines of your palms..... (click for more)

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15 GUIDING LIFE PRINCIPLES WHILE STUMBLING DOWN THE PATH.

Someday I am going to write a book. It will be a compilation of the stories I've collected over the years and the subtitle will be, "Life lessons while stumbling down the path."

I hardly consider myself a wise woman, but I've seen a lot of different sides of the world, and studied a few things that have offered me a little insight on how to not knock my teeth out as I trip over my next big truth.

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GETTING COMFORTABLE WITH THE DISCOMFORT ON YOUR MAT.

...It pretty much sums up my teaching, a lot of which is getting my students comfortable with the discomfort that is "resistance."

I'm sharing this discussion because as a long time yoga teacher, I know how hard it is to hold space for our students when they don't like us much. Despite what they might think of us, it's important to create a container where learning can happen through grit, sweat, patience, and a whole lot of losing their balance.

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ANGER: HONORING A TABOO EMOTION (RAUDRA RASA)

The Anger Rasa is a stirring within the ego. It rises when things don’t line up. What is surprising about anger is its power to create or purify.  And we can harness it.

The powerful energy of the anger rasa can find an appropriate temporary residence in your core. This Manipura Chakra (or third chakra) is centered directly above your solar plexus and is the physical manifestation of your personal power.  Anatomically, the solar plexus wraps around the middle of our being and serves as the epicenter of our physical body. 

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