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A Beltane Celebration of Fertility and Union

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons. May 5th, 2012 When I was a little girl my grandmother would take me and my sister to the Peaceful Valley Community Center on May Day to make flower crowns and dance around the maypole. It's one of my favorite childhood memories! I've come to learn that another name for May Day is Beltane, which is the Celtic festival of fertility and union celebrated in mid-spring. I've been celebrating the changing seasons for a long time now, but I'm just beginning to deepen my study of the Celtic Wheel of the Year ... (Continue Reading)

Cultivate, Bring About, Dwell Upon

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons. April 7, 2019 Can I offer you a bit of love this morning? I know that all the love we need already exists. It's real. It's in each of us. But sometimes it feels far away. Or hard to gather up, tap into, and send in the right direction. A long-time beloved student, in a one-on-one support session this week, shared the idea that we're all just stumbling through the dark looking for light... I don't have the quote quite right and I don't remember the original source. But I deeply understand ... (Continue Reading)

The Springtime Practice of Intention

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons. March 31st, 2019 I am feeling inspired this morning... Yesterday I spent two hours in conversation and practice with the students enrolled in my online Yoga for Transformation course. All month long we've been exploring the difference between goals and intention and yesterday we worked to craft intention statements designed to support our connection with our highest Self. It's hard work. But it's good work. And apparently it's work that caught my heart... Because when I sat down to write this week's sermon, the topic of intention is what poured out. This ... (Continue Reading)

Balancing our Multi Layered Lives (Spring Equinox 2019)

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons. March 24th, 2019 The spring equinox always feels like an ignition key to me... This is an amazing time of year to ponder big dreams and articulate fresh intentions. This is always true in the springtime, but if felt especially auspicious this year with the equinox full moon. On Wednesday evening I did some moon bathing on our deck and caught this picture. The moonlight lit up our entire field. It was a wonder to see! Balancing our Multi-Layered Lives | Spring Equinox Watch: or Listen: or Read: It’s ... (Continue Reading)

Intentional Experiments with Change (Lent & Kriya Yoga)

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons. March 10th, 2019 Change is constant. Everything about life is changing every moment of every day. And yet, making an intentional change is hard. How are both of these things true?? I don't know. But they are. Right? So I've got some resources to help you work within this reality... (Please note, this is an especially jam packed post! After you've watched the sermon, make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom!) Intentional Experiments with Change (Lent & Kriya Yoga) Watch: or Listen: ... (Continue Reading)

A Ritual of Ash and Dust

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons. March 3rd, 2019 How often do you pause to remember how short life is? I've been taught that yoga practice prepares us for the moment of death. In some ways, I think all philosophical and religious traditions are trying to do this. Because death is a difficult reality. Taking a moment to remember our finitude helps us to stay connected with the reality that every moment we're able to experience Being is utter gift. In this morning's sermon I wrote: "We were made of dust. And we’ll return to dust. But in ... (Continue Reading)

Future Suffering is to be Avoided (Yoga Sutra 2.16)

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons. January 20, 2019 I've got a new sermon for you today! But I have to warn you... It poses some big questions. I hope you'll take some time with this one because our world needs us to ask big questions right now. Are you willing? Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Jr Day and while the civil rights movement made great strides, we still live in a world where it's not obvious to everyone that Black Lives Matter. We're currently in the longest government shutdown of our country's history and my best friend ... (Continue Reading)

Transformation Begins with an Inkling

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons. January 13, 2019 Have you noticed that we’re often in a hurry in January? I don't mean the kind of rushing-from-thing-to-thing that can happen in December. I'm talking about an internal sense of hurriedness. It’s the beginning of a New Year and we want to feel a sense of newness within ourselves. We want change in our lives and we want it quickly. But transformation is a slow process. A slow becoming. As writer Christine Valters Paintner says: "Transformation is a slow journey; in fact, conversion teaches us that it's the journey of a lifetime. ... (Continue Reading)

Intention, Goals, & Identity | Free Journal Pages!

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons. January 6, 2019 Intention, Goals, & Identity - A Journal! We're officially living in 2019. How's it feeling so far? It's already been somewhat of a roller coaster for me... I had to make a difficult choice this week, which came with all the feelings. But I've been reflecting on what I said in last week's sermon about the importance of language (remember my example of saying "anxiety is strong right now" instead of "I AM anxious") and I've been putting it into practice. I have to tell you, it works! Naming ... (Continue Reading)

Who Sets Your Goals? | The New Year

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons. December 30th, 2018 | Happy New Year! With a New Year comes new goals, new commitments, and new dreams. And I want to hear all about yours! But first, I want to invite you into a conversation about identity. This week's sermon is designed to support you before you dive into the hard work of making changes in your life. It's designed to help you think about the strange question of "Who sets your goals?" (It's a good one, based on the first teachings of the Yoga Sutras.) And once you've had a chance to watch ... (Continue Reading)