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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)

Wrestling with Mystery

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons. February 17, 2019 Have you ever fought with someone all night long?? Have you ever fought with yourself all night long? Yeah, me too. Which is why I'm excited to share this week's sermon with you. It tells the story of an epic, night long fight. It's a story that changed my life. I hope it will change yours too. It's a story I've been reading for about 12-years now and it's deeply informed my understanding of the spiritual quest. It's permeated my heart and it shows up underneath, within, and around ... (Continue Reading)

To Weaken the Causes of Suffering (Kriya Yoga)

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons. January 27, 2019 This week we're exploring the practice of Three Essential Things. So obviously, I decided to cover 3 rocks in gold leaf. Last week's sermon was heavy AND optimistic. It reminded us that suffering is real, but we're not stuck in our suffering. We can take steps to move our lives and our world in a different direction. This week we explore those steps. We're diving into the practice of Kriya Yoga (yoga in action), which is a practice to help us weaken the causes of suffering (to weaken our ignorance, ego, ... (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)

The Wild Willingness of God | Christmas

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons. December 23rd, 2018 This week I've got a short sermon to help inspire your Christmas celebrations. However you're spending the holidays this year, I wish you joy and ease. The Wild Willingness of God Watch: or Listen: or Read: I’ve had a ever shifting relationship with the holiday of Christmas throughout my life—maybe we all have to some degree. But last year, just after Christmas was over actually, something strange happened for me. As I was decompressing from the activities of the holiday I was struck with wonder ... (Continue Reading)