Dandelion Strong

Let’s consider the humble Dandelion, is it a weed? A nuisance? Something you need to ‘get rid of’? or perhaps its something else.The sweet little Dandelion is one of springs earliest greens that provide us with nourishment after what can often times be a long winter. This plant is rich in vitamins and minerals such as A, C and K, it also contains vitamin E, folate and small amounts of other B vitamins and can provide a substantial amount of several minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium. Pretty good for a ‘weed’ we want to eradicate from our pristine lawns.

This beautiful, yet unassuming little plant has been used as medicine and food for countless generations.  It even makes a nice wine, that Ray Bradbury (one of my favorite authors) referred to as “… summer caught and stoppered…sealed away for opening on a January day with snow falling fast and the sun unseen for weeks…”… So now I’m going to have to try and make dandelion wine, I’ll keep you posted.

The Dandelion is a resilient plant that seems to grow anywhere and under the most challenging of conditions. But here’s the thing, it doesn’t just grow, it flourishes and thrives. It adapts to the ever-changing landscape and makes the best of its life, and blooms wherever the seed lands. And then, as their color and life start to fade, the fluffy little seedlings are carried away by the softest breeze, eventually landing, setting down roots and creating a whole new generation of dandelions.

The Dandelion is a transformative plant, that transforms throughout its life span to become food, medicine and to spread beauty throughout the landscape of our lives

So what do Yoga and Dandelions have in common? They both teach us the value of being resilient, yoga by its process and the dandelion by example. Yoga gives us the tools to become resilient, to grow where we are planted and to then to share the seeds of resiliency with others. The hardy dandelion also teaches us about community, of reaching out to help others and of leaving something positive behind.

So lets all try to be a little bit more like the Dandelion, work on thriving and flourishing no matter what our circumstances and bloom where we are. And let’s do our best to send out the seeds of resilience and encourage helping others to thrive as well.

Om Shanti


3 Potential Health Benefits of Dandelion

  • Highly Nutritious
  • Contain Potent Antioxidants. …
  • May Help Fight Inflammation. …
  • May Aid Blood Sugar Control. …
  • May Reduce Cholesterol. …
  • May Lower Blood Pressure. …
  • May Promote a Healthy Liver. …
  • May Aid Weight Loss.

Happy New Year…Almost 2015

So while the new year still looms ahead, and the old year begins to slip silently into the past, Lets try an experiment.Think back to last January; what were your hopes, plans, goals, resolutions….nay perhaps you set sankalpas? Now fast forward through the year…..How did you do? Don’t stress It’s not a contest just a question. Now look to the future, and see if you can set your sights on 2015. What do you have in mind for the upcoming year? What do you hope is in store for you in 2015? Now lets talk briefly about the difference between a New Years Resolution and a Sankalpa……

There is an old expression ‘If wishes were horses than beggars would ride‘.

Well ‘wishing’, ‘wanting’, desiring change or making empty promises to ourselves in the form of resolutions rarely creates lasting change. What does create those changes you want or need is your intention (sankalpa) behind those wants & wishes.

A resolution is a promise we make ourselves, an action with firm determination; you resolve to make a change….Someday, next week, tomorrow, but soon. Sounds pretty good, right, but then why doesn’t it work. Because It’s a decision based on what we think we need to fix within us (which means we have already judged ourselves as broken) added with the pressure to make it happen (no good diamond was ever created from the pressure put upon an already broken rock). And of course if we don’t accomplish what we set out to do, we feel like failures and that sets in motion the feelings of guilt and unworthiness. It’s a vicious cycle.  Resolutions don’t support what we really want or need, instead it focuses on the outcome and forgets the experience entirely.
Sankalpa (Intention) on the other hand is a physical manifestation of that energy that is the commitment and intent for change. Sankalpa requires us to get to know ourselves better, to truly understand why we do what we do and why we want and/or need this change. This then becomes the intention behind the resolve.

So this year do something different, throw away the resolutions and start a new tradition of setting an Sankalpa.

Just a few of my ‘intentions’ for the upcoming year.



“Desire grows by what it feeds on.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Chronicles of Avonlea

Change is a Yogi state of mind

“we are what we repeatedly do” …..hummmmm So if you need or want change in your life then you just have to change what you repeatedly do. Each time you adjust that old habit or stop doing the same out shit, if only for a moment, you change your neural pathways, you build new ones, new pathways to excellence. Those old habits, you know the ones that don’t serve you or the universe, you didn’t pick them up over night and you wont put them down over night either. But each time you stop, each time you think ‘wow I think I don’t want to do that anymore” you lay down news of thinking, new ways of doing, new ways of being. Creating a new world, your world, filled with excellence.


Om Shanti



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You inspired me

You moved me, love, action, purpose

You showed me the way


What is inspiration? It’s the feeling that right now, right here is perfect, that right here right now your creative spark is on fire and you know if you stop that flame will go out. Inspiration is the juice that feeds that flame.  Inspiration lifts your spirit, it changes your state of mind so that you see clearly and know that all things are possible.

Sometimes inspiration comes without effort; we find it looking at the faces of our children or our beloved. You stumble on it in unexpected places, a friend’s Facebook page, watching an old movie or having a deep conversation with someone you just met.

Sometimes you have to go out and find it. You have to seek inspiration; you have to call it into being.  Inspiration is found in the sweat from hard work. More often than not seeking inspiration is the hard work.

Finding or seeking inspiration means that you have come to a place where your head and heart are aligned and that not only do you know there is an abundance of life to find, you know where to look.

How do you cultivate inspiration?

You need to step out of your own way. Stop blocking your intuition with negative thoughts and replace them with Positive actions. Know in your heart that you have something to contribute, you may not know what form that contribution will take but know you have a purpose. Allow that flow of energy, that divine energy, to not only move through you, but to simply move you. Stop trying to force things to happen and surrender to that divine energy and experience the creative juice that is inspiration.

Live purposefully!

Give yourself permission to Live on Purpose. Inspiration will follow.

So tell me what inspires you? How do you inspire others?

What moves you to do what you do? To live the life youR live. To be who you are?

First say to yourself what you would be;

and then do what you have to do.


 Om Shanti


Ahhh January! A clean slate

2013-wallpapers-4556564655498 I Love January.

To me January is like fresh paint on the walls, that new car smell or pulling up old carpet. January is a new beginning. A clean slate. From Halloween through December its go go go! With so many extra things going on that our regular routine gets shot all to hell. It starts with Halloween then it’s one holiday after another & by the time January 1 rolls around you’re pretty beat & as much as I love the feasts, the decorations & my family I am ready to get back to normal. So January 1 has always been the day to take down the tree & decorations, to clean out the fridge & vacuum up pine needles. Getting my house back in order is exciting, cleaning closets & restocking the pantry makes me happy (not George Clooney just phoned me happy, but happy none the less) &  with things back in order I can start moving forward.  A new year holds as much potential as a new box of 64 Crayola crayons! Now I have time for all the new things coming over the horizon. I have started a list “100 THINGS TO DO IN 2013!” I am up to about 40 so far, with big hairy & scary (i.e. exciting!) things related to business & smaller mundane things like get the console fixed on my truck, oh and to wear more hats, I also have travel plans (see grandbabies and go to the beach).

So what’s on the horizon for you? Do you have any big plans? How about the small things that always seem to get pushed aside? Try making your own list. “100 THINGS TO DO IN 2013!”  Then post that list on the fridge or in your office and at the end of the year look back at all you have accomplished! When you write your list blog about it, post your list here as a comment or on your own blog (be sure to link to me so I can read your list)  & let’s compare them and then encourage each other (I’ll show you mine if you show me yours). Remember your list isn’t a new year’s resolution and there’s no judgment if you don’t complete everything, it’s just oodles of fun and sometimes it’s needed to stay on track with your goals and plans. il_fullxfull_389884053_7142

For the “to do list” I use click HERE, it’s awesome and part of a cool “have your best your best year ever” workbook.

Om shanti


Whats your WD40 when you get stuck?

 When we get stuck in patterns of behavior or in the same old routine, what do you do to get un-stuck? How do you move forward? Dont get me wrong ‘routine’ can be a good thing, it keeps our teeth brushed and the dog fed. But what can you do to free yourself from the patterns that hold you back, that keep you from your successes? I tell my students, especially the new ones, that when they show up, they have already done the hard part. There isn’t an abdominal sequence or pretzel move that’s harder than showing up.

We have to break the cycle of behavior that allows us to talk ourselves out of or into circumstances that hold us back. When the notions or ideas come into your mind that you ‘cant’ or ‘your too tired’ or ‘why try, you’ve failed before’, STOP!

Slow down. Start a conversation with yourself. Tell yourself, “don’t go down that road” and if your already headed in the direction of negativity, back up and start over.

Think a new thought. Look at the Idea or thought that was negative and spin it in another direction, ‘I’m too tired’ becomes, ‘ well I’ll just get started and see how far my energy takes me’. ‘I’ve failed before’ becomes ‘I’m going to keep trying, the outcome will be different’. Be open to changes in your thoughts.

Open your heart. When we open our hearts we move in a direction that is positive. Moving towards others with open hearts is often times easier than doing something for ourselves, and helping others give us courage to face and accept challenges, to embrace the changes they bring.

Position yourself for change. Put yourself in a position that not only allows change but welcomes it. Make small changes that give you the opportunity to step outside the box, to test the waters.  If your trying to get to yoga class and everything gets in the way, position yourself for change, keep your mat in your car, find a class that’s easy to get to. Change the idea ‘you cant’ to ‘I will” and keep it simple.

So, what gets you to the mat when you just dont want to. What gets you out the door when sitting on the couch seems a lot easier. How do you break free from the old patterns that keep you from trying something new. How can you STOP the old routine and become open to change.

Om Shanti


Sunday Haiku……….Sunday February 26, 2012

new training new skills
new friends for life’s long journey
yoga sweet sweet sweat

I attended a Yoga Life Coach training this weekend in Nash-Vegas! Thats me on the back row, 6th from the left, next to the pretty girl in the blue. We had an amazing time and learned so much. This Sundays Haiku is for all the great beings I met there. Peace to you all.

Om Shanti