Jiggle Friday

As I was cycling around my neighborhood yesterday, I noticed two of the sakura trees had bloomed.  So of course I stopped, got off my bike, and snapped a picture.  And it was a great reminder of how even when the world feels like it is in chaos, we can still count on nature to reassure us

Go to the Mat!

There is a famous line in Francis Ford Coppolla's, 1972 Academy Award winning film "The Godfather", that says, "We go the mattresses".  This line was made famous again in Nora Ephron's 1998 romantic comedy, "You've Got Mail".  Essentially, "go to the mattresses" is an expression that means to prepare for battle.

Jiggle Friday!

Jiggle Friday is the practice of pausing in daily life to reflect on goodness and what invites gratitude. 

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Cristina Varriale

There is a famous line in Francis Ford Coppolla's, 1972 Academy Award winning film "The Godfather", that says, "We go the mattresses".  This line was made famous again in Nora Ephron's 1998 romantic comedy, "You've Got Mail".  Essentially, "go to the mattresses" is an expression that means to prepare for battle.

There is a famous line in Francis Ford Coppolla's, 1972 Academy Award winning film "The Godfather", that says, "We go the mattresses".  This line was made famous again in Nora Ephron's 1998 romantic comedy, "You've Got Mail".  Essentially, "go to the mattresses" is an expression that means to prepare for battle.

I was watching the US Democratic debate between Senator Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden the other night, and Mr. Biden talked about the need to prepare for battle against the coronavirus.  In a way, he is right.  This global pandemic is like nothing we have ever seen in our lifetime.  In Europe and the US, shops, restaurants, and pubs have closed down and people have been asked to stay inside for the next several weeks.  Here, schools are closed, as are museums, theme parks, and churches.  

All of these rapid changes, plus the non-stop media coverage, as well as the misinformation and irresponsible tweets by world leaders, have invited many people to feel worried and anxious about what is to come.  Now, more than ever, instead of going to the mattresses, I am encouraging people to go to the mat- the yoga mat!  

When I was living in Germany, I had a yoga instructor who believed most of our problems could be worked out on the mat.  Sad about a break-up? Go to the mat.  Stressed at work? Go to the mat.  Struggling with an important life decision?  Go to the mat.  Yoga is about finding balance- which is exactly what we need right now.  Finding the balance between taking precautions and understanding the seriousness of our current situation, without panicking, overreacting, and becoming greedy with daily life necessities.   Yoga helps us reconnect with what Franciscan priest Fr. Richard Rohr refers to as "our true self".  It also helps us build community and compassion.

Today, for Wellness Wednesday, I will be offering a Zoom yoga session at 4pm (the dog may or may not be there).  I will also offer my regular Friday session at 4pm.  The links can be found in the learning hub under the "wellness" tab, and I also sent them to the students via Managebac on Sunday.  If you are unable to join, but would like to practice, here is a Google doc I created of the flow I facilitate, along with articles and videos instructing how to do each pose.  

Here are some other Wellness Wednesday ideas:

- Go for a walk and notice the first blooms of sakura

- Be creative! Color, draw, sing, dance, bake- something that ignites the right side of your brain!

- Practice a meditation

- Enjoy a special treat and eat it mindfully- taking time to savor every smell, texture, and taste

- Take a nap!

- Play a board game with your family

I hope to see many of you at 4pm.  For those that don't, please know I will be offering my practice to the intention of your health and safety.  Namaste!

Jiggle Friday

As I was cycling around my neighborhood yesterday, I noticed two of the sakura trees had bloomed.  So of course I stopped, got off my bike, and snapped a picture.  And it was a great reminder of how even when the world feels like it is in chaos, we can still count on nature to reassure us

Go to the Mat!

There is a famous line in Francis Ford Coppolla's, 1972 Academy Award winning film "The Godfather", that says, "We go the mattresses".  This line was made famous again in Nora Ephron's 1998 romantic comedy, "You've Got Mail".  Essentially, "go to the mattresses" is an expression that means to prepare for battle.

Jiggle Friday!

Jiggle Friday is the practice of pausing in daily life to reflect on goodness and what invites gratitude. 

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