Phewish. We made it. Gus is turning one March 14. Been back teaching since August, but to be honest, it’s been a challenge working and having a family. I wouldn’t have it any other way, though, but gosh, as soon as he wakes up (he’s been sleeping through the night for the past four months or so), it’s all systems go. I have a wonderful husband in this adventure who’s right by my side, but we cannot do this alone. Muchisimas gracias to our wonderful clan of friends that are our family out here in NYC who help us out with no questions asked. I have to give thanks to my yoga. When I practice and teach, it’s not about getting it “right” or doing it better. It’s about having space for exploring, moving, breathing, and resting, possibly learning something about ourselves within that process. It’s vibrant, radiant, open, clear, aware, balanced, and serene, if I had to put words to it. My practice and teaching help me learn about myself, hopefully making me a better person, for me and my family. If you want, come practice with me and let’s explore this wonderful process of yoga together! Happy birthday Gus!
Last week of paternity leave. I’m back to teaching at Abhyasa Yoga Center. I love being with my little boy, but I also love teaching and sharing this wondrous process. New schedule starting next week. Mon 4pm. Mon 6:30pm. Thurs 10am. Thurs 12pm. Take care of yourself and experience a breathe-centered individualized yoga practice. Does a body, brain, and heart good.
Been a long time since my last post. It’s been a bit cray cray in a good way. Me and my husband have been exploring adoption for the past five years or so, and it finally happened! Meet August Blake Mosqueda Martinez. Gus for short. He was born March 14, 2016, healthy, happy, Pisces, all good. Took some time off from teaching, prepping for his arrival, and took some off upon his arrival. My classes at Abhyasa Yoga Center are picking up again come August 1 with a slight schedule change, and my kids classes at PS 3 will pick up again come September. Check out the AYC and PS 3 websites as well as my Teaching Schedule page to get the updated schedule. We’re so happy and thankful that our dream came true. Instead of a table for two, we’re now a table for three. Many thanks to our family and friends who supported us on this journey. Couldn’t do it without you!
Slow. Fast. Your choice. That’s what’s great about yoga.
I experienced recently that conversation within my own home practice. I gave myself the choice. What choice you ask? To breathe and move slow, or to breathe and move fast. That is the question. Oh, yeah, to me, yoga is in the questioning and noticing, not in the pose, product, or goal. I digress. Point is that sometimes breathing and moving slow can open doors and windows of this conversation, sometimes not. Sometimes breathing and moving fast can open doors and windows of this conversation, sometimes not. Ok, now you might be asking, what’s the conversation? It’s any kind of conversation that could lead one to clarity, lead one to being fully in the moment as a friend, yoga. Oh, yeah, also, you can’t force it. If you do, that’s when things can lock up, grip, or brace, and that’s when things can stop moving. We’re alive and breathing, and things will move. Why inhibit that? Yoga is about freedom and liberation, and within that freedom and liberation, you have a choice. But I do have to say, that if one cultivates a practice of breathing and moving slower, you got a few things going on. You’re paying attention as you practice (hopefully), you’re paying attention to what you’re doing, and you’re allowing your breath to be your teacher, so if one day you choose to breathe and move faster, you’re not going to deplete yourself of energy, and you’re not going to hurt yourself because you took the time to breathe and move slower.
Last week as I was practicing at home, I noticed that I was breathing and moving faster than normal. I was booking. It was a little bit shocking, and a bit of a surprise. I also noticed that I wasn’t forcing any of it. It just kinda happened, and I went with it. It felt really supportive. I gave myself that space. I wish everyone would give themselves that space. And when my practice was done, I felt a bit more balanced, and bit more even, and that’s a good thing. I’m not going for perfection when I practice or anything for that matter. I’m into the noticing. That day I noticed I breathed and moved a bit faster than normal, but I didn’t deplete myself of energy (and trust, living in NYC can deplete you). Yoga. Who could ask for anything more?
If you’re interested in that space and conversation, come to one of my classes in Brooklyn at Abhyasa Yoga Center. Would love to breathe and move with you. This is America! You have a choice!
The Zen Buddhist library is open.
The Lankavatara Sutra. Chapter IX. The Fruit of Self-Realisation. Page 85.
Even with these eloquent words, words and ideas are not central for the transmission of this teaching. It is a reflection of Zen. Words and letters are at best a description of reality and not the reality itself. Woah. That’s heavy. Put that in your incense burner, and spark it up.