_Practice seeing your children as perfect just the way they are. See if you can stay mindful of their sovereignty from moment to moment, and work at accepting them as they are when it is hardest for you to do so.
(Excerpt from "Everyday Blessings" by Myla and Jon Kabat Zinn. For more tips from the book visit http://www.shantigeneration.com/blog/12-exercises-for-mindful-parenting-by-myla-and-jon-kabat-zinn)

"If you have high blood pressure or know you are at risk for it, yoga postures, breathing, and meditation can be powerful tools in your self-care regimen. Several studies have shown that yoga can lead to significant reductions in blood pressure, most likely thanks to its ability to calm stress which can be implicated in the long term development of the disease. " (Carol Krucoff. Yoga Journal. March 2012)

Chose daily practices that help you to "undo" the high intensity activities and mental stresses that flood our lives. Find time for quiet, simplicity, and relaxation. Restorative Yoga is a great option. Try to settle into one of more of these poses for 5-10 minutes, cultivating the ability to release tension, slow your breath, and calm the chatter of your mind.
Legs-Up-The Wall

_ Lie on the floor with your legs resting on the wall or on a chair, arms at yous sides, palms up. Place a blanket or small pillow under the lower back if needed for comfort or to release back pain.
_Supported Child's Pose

Sit upright on your knees with your hips resting on your heels. Extend your upper body forward onto a bolster or a folded blanket. Adjust for total comfort.
Supported Seated Forward Bend
_ Sit on a folded blanket and stretch your legs in front of you. Fold over and rest your forehead and folded arms on a chair or bolster.
Try to imagine the world from your child's point of view, purposefully letting go of your own. Do this every day for at least a few moments to remind you of who this child is and what he or she faces in the world.

(Excerpt from "Everyday Blessings" by Myla and Jon Kabat Zinn. For more tips from the book visit http://www.shantigeneration.com/blog/12-exercises-for-mindful-parenting-by-myla-and-jon-kabat-zinn)
_This week I come to you with a few words on compassion. I have really seen how compassion is the energy that can really make or break a situation. Compassion by default, breaks down the barriers between humans and allows for us to accept and love humans regardless of how extreme or painful the circumstances. The tendency for most humans when confronted by interpersonal challenges is to defend ourselves and snub the other. We want to be right and the other is wrong. Unfortunately, this is what most of us do. People don't have to deserve our compassion. We can offer it freely and its power is transformational. Learning to have more compassion involves making the radical shift to assume the best in others and sit in their shoes offering them the loving thoughts wishing for their stresses, pains, suffering, and discontent to be relieved.
Jack Cornfield tells us; "Work with compassion practice intuitively. At times it may feel difficult, as though we might be overwhelmed by the pain. Remember, we are not trying to “fix” the pain of the world, only to meet it with a compassionate heart."

in most of my classes this week, we will explore compassion. I hope to see you on the yoga mat, and if not, please enjoy the contemplations and meditation exercises below.

Here is to a beautiful week filled with compassion!

In love,


Start by examining your feelings when thinking about suffering. Don't sensor yourself, look at this openly and ask yourself freely:
Do I want to suffer? Do others want to suffer and where can I see this demonstrated in others lives or  behaviors? Do I wish anyone else to suffer? Can I wish to be right without wishing for someone to suffer by default? What is so special about me, that I protect myself and not others? Can I forgive my enemies for being imperfect humans, just like me?

You may wish to jot down your thoughts on these questions in a journal.

6 Simple Steps to Compassion Meditation
  1. Sit in a soft but upright posture: spine is straight, hands rest on the things; arms, shoulders, jaw and neck are at ease; eyes are closed or gaze is downward
  2. Gently bring focus to the heart region of the body, breathing in and out from this area; notice any sensations you may feel in this region of the body
  3. Begin by allowing loving, accepting and kind
    feelings toward yourself. Notice and release any judgmental thoughts that may arise
  4. As you breathe in and out, silently repeat
    the words: "May I be free of distress and suffering"
  5. Continuing to breathe in and out, repeat the words, substituting "I" with an individual's name, an animal or situation you wish to feel compassion for. "May _____ be free of distress and suffering."
  6. Come back to the heart region of the body. Reverently and lovingly place your hands over the heart. Stay with the heart for a few more moment, noticing any sensations that arise