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An ongoing series of Maui 300 Hour Yoga Training

Our First Blog Entry

October 6, 2019

Over thirty years ago I was blessed to meet my friend for life Barb Mandeville.  Our first encounter was as a dental hygienist/patient and then we met again at LA East where she encouraged me to become an aerobic instructor.  Through out our years of teaching we stubbled into "Yoga" through a few injuries and the need to take care of our bodies. Now here we are in Maui taking our 300 hour Yoga training for five weeks.  You never know what adventures will come your way but what I do know is be open to what the universe offers you.  Listen to your inner voice and take chances.  It's O.K. to be afraid but make life about growth.  Everyday learn something new and breathe!  We woke up this morning in a new town, surrounded by locals, geckos and 11 new friends.  Can't wait to start our training tomorrow morning! Until then Aloha!

Our Second Blog Entry

October 7, 2019

There are many different styles of Yoga and today we experienced our first Iyengar Yoga class.  Iyengar is a form of yoga that uses physical alignment to create lightness in mind and body.  It builds strength, stamina, concentration, flexibility, balance and power. Virtually all the props used today in yoga studios around the world were invented by B.K.S. Iyengar.  Props allow the practitioner to experience the benefits of each posture, regardless of physical condition, age or length for study. We ended our day with this Iyengar class after a yoga practice in the morning followed by a lecture on the  autonomic nervous system and breathing.  Through neuroplasity (repetition) we can learn something new and try to obtain Jivanmukti,  an awakening in the body.  To be alive in our body is our goal in the yogic life. 

Our Third Blog Entry

October 8, 2019

We had our first philosophy class on the beach this morning.  We sat in a circle in sukhasana and within minutes found ourselves wiggling to get comfortable in the sand.  We were surprised how difficult it was to set on the earth.  Our instructor said it would get easier as we practice and the goal is to set there for a complete hour and move past the discomfort.  We chanted a beautiful sutra "sthira sukham asanam" meaning steady, stable, motionless, comfortable meditation posture.  I never knew sitting could be so difficult, after all Americans set approximately 10 hours a day... but of course this is in a chair with posture assistance.  "We should be able to it in the floor when we are 90" said our instructor...

Our Fourth Blog Entry

October 9, 2019

The body is always seeking stability...we carry tension in our shoulders and neck because we have not built the stability from the ground up.  Start with the feet, grounding into the earth find your 3 arches by pressing into your big toe and the outside edge of your heel.  Grow your roots in any circumstance.  The  tree demonstrates a beautiful  depiction of growing under any condition and having a firm foundation of roots.  Reexamine your life and find your stability or sthira.  

Our Fifth Blog Entry

October 10, 2019

I do yoga so I can show up in my life!  Yoga has given me so many benefits...better posture, ability to breathe deeply, a positive attitude and overall balance.  The two hundred hour trainees have found yoga at a much earlier age than I did.  One girl is only 17 and most are in their 20's.  I am so envious that they found yoga so young.  They will  reap the benefits for most of their life.  Barb and I were having a conversation at the beach before philosophy with the group.  They asked our age and commented that we are their parents age but yet we seemed so much younger than their parents.  They said their goals were to still be moving and taking no medication as they age unlike like their moms and dads.  This is why I do Yoga...  Yoga allows me to be pain free and enjoy life to its fullest.  

Our Sixth Blog Entry

October 11 2019

Sometimes you just need a break....we start at 7:30 A.M. and often go to 8:00 P.M.  Yesterday our instructor Nadia came in after lunch and said "lets go swimming!"  Our exhaustion was quite evident and she knew we all needed a little fun.  Spontaneous surprises are always the best... within 20 minutes we were in the van and headed to Twin Falls.  We hiked up a trail adorned with peace lilies, bamboo and flowers of all colors.  We got to this beautiful waterfall and all jumped in for a bit of cooling off.  On our way back to the Shala we stopped at Turtle Beach to see  gigantic sea turtles coming out of the ocean.  Nature in itself is yoga.

 A connection to nature diminishes our level of stress and increases our sphere of awareness, bringing us closer to our world and to ourselves.

Take the time to enjoy your beautiful surroundings.

Our Seventh Blog Entry

October 14, 2019

Today  in Philosophy we talked about Santosha-contentment...It's pretty easy to feel contentment in Maui!  However we still can find things to complain about!  We were so surprised when we checked into our apartment that we did not have air conditioning.  What?  It's 90 degrees every day.  How can we possibly sleep without the air on?  We found a couple of fans and sleep under a sheet every night.  We actually don't miss it at all.  We hang our cloths out to dry and walk to the grocery store for supplies.  Today we went to the fruit stand and bought passion fruit ,pineapple and fresh flowers for our room.  Even though we miss our family and friends we have complete santosha in Maui.  We are so happy to be here expanding our knowledge on our love-Yoga.  Try to find peace with your lifestyle even while experiencing  little difficulties.  We should accept that there is purpose for everything and we cultivate contentment to accept what happens.  It means being happy with what we have rather thanking unhappy about what we don't have.  

Our Eighth Blog Entry

October 15, 2019

In Yoga and in life you should work in the "pain free plane" of action.  Reaching your edge is the goal but not over exceeding it.  We need to know and honor the slippery slope of going too far.  

Our body's were tired from eight days of Yoga so we  respected a few modifications that were given.  We worked on headstands and backbends in two different classes today.  We learned so many amazing ways to assist our bodies until we are ready for the full expression of the pose.  It is one fo your superpowers to know your edge and honor it.


Super fun night moon bathing in the full moon last night!  

Our Ninth Blog Entry

October 16, 2019


.Aloha is the true meaning and symbol of the Hawaiian culture and lifestyle: respect and love one another, and live in harmony with everything around you. Aloha is not something that is spoken, it is something that must be experienced.

"Mahalo" is a Hawaiian word meaning thanks, gratitude, admiration, praise, esteem, regards, or respects.

.Namaste translates to "the divine in me bows to the divine in you."

After philosophy class and yoga sessions we end with all 3 words...At first we thought it meant Hello/goodbye and thank you.  There is so much more meaning to these words.  If we all would live by the true definition we would be such a kind compassionate world.