holiday special on private lessons.

Celebrate the holidays with hope, health, and happiness.

DISCOUNTED PRIVATE SESSIONS

Available for purchase through January 15, 2015.  (A perfect Holiday Gift!!)

Private: 3 sessions for $175 

Semi-Private (2-3 people): 3 sessions for $210

Time and location are negotiable; Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons available.        NOTE: Purchased sessions must be used by June 30, 2015.

Contact: ash.lisamarie at gmail.com or use the contact form at the bottom of this page.

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Deepening your yoga practice is life-changing.  I’d be honored to help you on your journey.

“Yoga has changed my life…I am in great shape mentally and physically since starting yoga.  Like anything else, the right teacher is the key.  Lisa is a great teacher.  Not only is she knowledgeable, but she helps you remember why you practice and how to apply it in your life.  Her teaching style and charming, lovable personality would be great… especially for someone just starting out who might feel unsure.” – Tracey P.

Snow Day vegan (power protein) chocolate chip cookies.

baking cookies on a snow day is a MUST. an absolute MUST tradition.

if you are trying to: power your snow-shovelling, stay vegan, and also reduce your gluten intake, try these cookies!  they are bite-sized, power protein and whole-food wonders.

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1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

2. Combine in a large bowl:

  • 2 c Almond Meal
  • 1 Tbs flax seed
  • 1 Tbs chia seed
  • 2 tsp 100% cocoa powder
  • 1/2 c softened coconut butter or vegan margarine
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 Tbs maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • a dash of salt
  • 1/3 c carob chips (or chocolate chips if you aren’t eating vegan)

Mix, roll into balls, bake on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil (these cookies do not spread out, so you can fit 10 cookies on one sheet) for 8-9 minutes.

Makes about 22 cookies.  (Or 21 if you sample too much dough before baking.)

Enjoy these cookies cuddled up your couch, watching the snow fall!

If you loved this, you may want to check out detoxinista.com, for some more paleo/vegan recipes.

2014 svadhyaya reading list (as promised!)

Here it is:  2014 reading list

The niyama svadhyaya implores yoga practitioners to seek wisdom through self-study.  This has two implications:

  1. First, svadhyaya asks you to seek wisdom in written texts.  They should be texts that are personally meaningful to you; anything that is inspiring is appropriate.  The list could include: the Yoga Sutras, texts of world religions such as the Christian Bible or the Hindu Upanishads, ancient poetry of the mystics or contemporary prose of modern poets, self-help books written by respected cultural critics, yoga practice manuals, vegetarian cook-books, or even your own journal.  Any text that inspires introspection will increase your momentum on your spiritual path.
  2. Second, svadhyaya asks you to use your asana (physical) practice as a setting for self-study.  This means that every pose on your mat is an opportunity to find and meet your physical edge, without moving beyond it.  For example, the ability to focus your eyes on your thumbs in utkatasana (chair pose) is a study of your personal will to ‘stick with it even when the going gets tough.’ The avoidance of urdhva dhanurasana (backbending) may disclose deep seated fears which you thought you had previously conquered.  Basically, every time your feet find the mat, you are engaging in self-study.

I challenge you to engage in svadhyaya in 2014 and to dedicate yourself anew to embracing your own spiritual growth.

Many of my students have asked for book recommendations.  So, here’s my 2014 svadhyaya list for you (alphabetical by author), including one favorite quote from each book:

 1.  The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga by Deepak Chopra

“Yoga encourages you to be as familiar with your inner world of thoughts, feelings, memories, desires, and imagination as you are with the outer world of time, space, and causality.  When you can move through both the inner and the outer domains of life with freedom and finesse, you fulfill the highest purpose of yoga.” (p. 97)

 2.  Meditations from the Mat by Rolf Gates

“We show up, we burn brightly in the moment, live passionately, and when the moment is over, when our work is done, we step back and let go.”  (p. 416)

3. Heart Yoga: The Sacred Marriage of Yoga and Mysticism by Andrew Harvey and Karuna Erickson

“The foundation of yoga rests in non-violence (ahimsa) and truth (satya).  Honor yourself by being fully present with compassion and joy, and this will prepare you to enter the deep meditative and transformative states that the practices are designed to engender.  Compassion is the beginning, the means, and the end of heart Yoga…” (p. 18)

 4.  The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners by Jack Hawley

“When [the mind] can rest steady and undistracted in contemplation of the True Self Within, you will be enlightened and completely united in love with the Divine.  This is where yoga reaches its culmination: the merging of individual consciousness in Cosmic Consciousness.  This is nothing less than the goal of life!” (p. 23)

 5. A Life Worth Breathing by Max Strom

“Your spirituality, however you define it, can be infused into your body so that you radiate who you are from your soul—and what you stand for in this world… I am referring to your life purpose, the vision of your soul’s desire.  Once you do this, your mind will begin to see the world in a way that supports that vision.” (p. 28).  

Have another recommendation? I’d love to hear from you!  (My bookcases are pretty full, but I’ve got Christmas gift cards ready to be put to good use.)  Your thoughts are always welcome.

~lisa

dwelling in the light

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“We are to think of ourselves as immortals, dwelling in the light, encompassed and sustained by spiritual powers.  The steady effort to hold this thought will awaken dormant and unrealized powers, which will unveil to us the nearness of the eternal.”                           – Charles Johnston 

This says it all: the life of a yogi is sustained and encompassed by Light.  The holiday season begs me to dedicate (even a few) minutes of silence in nearness to the Eternal. It hardly matters if you are religious, if you are non-religious, if you have never practiced yoga, or if you practice every day: the Eternal is always near. During the holidays, I am very aware of the mystic, magical quality of life.  Amid the twinkle lights and the holiday decorations, every moment becomes magical.  The Eternal is near to us in the effervescent joys, the promises of love, and the moments of witnessed compassion.

Yogi’s are born mystics and born seekers: always looking for a way to discover more light and joy in this world.  Mysticism is the belief that union with the Absolute may be attained through contemplation and self-surrender. It is the belief that the Eternal is near enough to touch.  It is the Light. May you dwell in the Light this Holiday Season.

holiday special ($5 a class!)

small lotusHoliday Special!

For the month of December…a holiday special on Sunday Night classes!

All Beginning Yoga and Meditation classes  at Liberty Community of Christ Church are only $5 per person (drop-in only, no session discounts).  

If the holiday season is a time when you begin to think, “I really don’t have time to do anything for myself”…. that’s all the more reason to come breathe with us.  Take the time to nourish yourself so that you can be a blessing to others, striving to live a life filled with compassion for yourself and for your community.

Classes are held at 5:30 pm on:

Sunday December 1

Sunday December 8

Sunday December 15

Classes will resume in January.

Liberty Community of Christ Church, 1220 W. Liberty Drive, Liberty MO, 64068

Please bring your own mat and your own yoga block to class.  Contact lisa at: ash.lisamarie at gmail for more information.