The students are the teachers….

In the third week of my teacher training at It’s Yoga SF,  the instructor for the 930 AM class didn’t show up.  I was there, journalling after my 7:30 AM practice with “the Yogaman,” and Larry said, “Guess who is teaching at 9:30?”  I said, “who?”He said, “YOU!”

I said, “I’m not done with training yet!!!!!!!!”  He said, “Me either! Take the handout in with you. Put everyone in a circle.” It was so hard to say “no” to Larry.

So I walked in the room, and asked the 3 students to make a circle…I began, and led them through the MPS – Modified Primary Series, with my handout close. After the class, Patricia walked up to me, she said, “Thank you. That was amazing.”

I said, “Really? It was my first class!”

Fast forward 13 years.  Patricia wrote this to me yesterday:

‘Sometimes when things are a bit hectic here and I don’t have time to practice, I do what I call “yoga moment”! I stop what I’m doing, breath, close my eyes and do whatever pose I feel like! When I open my eyes, I very often see my boys next to me trying to do the same pose and it is so beautiful, it brings so much peace to my heart! I light an incense, we have a group hug and celebrate life!”

For the love.  IT IS SUCH A PRIVELIGE TO SHARE YOGA….The gifts of giving just keep coming…and I realize, that I am the one receiving all the gifts.

Let’s FaceTime live Wednesday, February 8th, 6 AM in SF, 9 AM in Toledo, 1 PM in Florence, 2 PM in Tenerife, 4 PM in Beirut, 6 PM in Dubai….if you miss it LIVE, watch later…we can do this!!!

Greetings and Love from Tenerife,

Marie

Keeping it Real

Greetings friends,

I find myself in this question today, how do I keep it real, when it has become so unreal.

It’s hard to believe what’s going on the yoga world.  I suppose after two babies and being in my “yoga cave” the last few years – I am emerging into new territory.  Other than classes, workshops and trainings moving online, it seems that more than before, everyone is a yoga teacher.  My observation is that there is A LOT of skin showing!!!

I’ve been invited to go there, online.  I wonder. What would Larry do?  Would he go? Accept the invitation?  What about privacy, for me, and for you. Can we do this? Do you want to do this?

Some benefits: we get to see each other and practice together regardless of where in the world we are….Costs: there is a screen between us, literally.

So here’s the in between, let’s meet in private first, just you and me, and we step carefully into the new technology, while Keeping it Real. Email me at marie@itsyoga.com for times….

Namaste and Love from the middle of the Atlantic.

Marie

Rock-it, at home

It was time, so thankfully and gratefully, I rolled out the mat.

I felt the breath deep in my chest, opening my heart, to another day of lessons in life, love and “getting here faster.” What does getting there faster mean, anyway?

It means that I shift sooner, than later. I am in touch with my mental modifications, and I know when I am healthy, or unhealthy, authentic self, or adapted self.

And that means, I am acutely aware, of when I am in Love, or when I am in fear.

Since I know that only LOVE is real, I go there, faster. This way, I reside in REALity, in the energy of the divine, and I am at peace. I am one with my Creator, and all is Right in the world.

All that from a few deep breaths?

Yes, indeed.

I did it, I rocked it at home. And I want to share that with you. I want to practice what I teach, and teach what I practice. I want to show you, that you too, can shift, faster, from fear to Love, and to stay there, in the Light and Peace that was intended for you. It is your Choice. It’s a holy choice, and it emcompasses everything on the mat, and more so, off the mat. Every moment counts, in the journey hOMe.

More Rocket Streams, coming soon, to a Theatre near YOU.

Namaste and Love dears, am here for you, as we hold the Vision of: “all beings everywhere, being happy and free.”

Marie

I am a Beginner, again.

It’s a new year, and with it a new-ness to everything.  And I realize, that indeed, I am a beginner, again.

Larry Schultz used to say that the only difference between you and me, is that I have 63,000 Sun Salutes in my hands.  Then he would hold out his large and spacious hands, and laugh his signature laugh.  “Every day, I wake up,” he would say, “I am a beginner again.”

Today, I find myself very much a beginner again in all that I thought I mastered.  In A Course in Miracles, lesson 7 – “I see only the past.”   On my mat, moving through the Salutes with presence of my hands and feet,  in my life as a mother, in my home –  in this new country, a beginner learning a new language.  Everything is new again, and I am beginning to understand what it means to be a beginner, again.

So I read my Purpose for being here, and continue breathing, being, and bending, deeply at times, to see that there is Light in all things, and when being a beginner is hard, I know that I am judging my process.  The only difference between us, is the number of Sun Salutes in our hands.  I can choose again, as a beginner, and simply observe the rising of the sun within me as I begin another year of Mastering….

Keep breathing friends, let’s join in being beginners this year: open, fresh, curious, new and Trusting that all things, are exactly as they should be.

With Love and Namaste,

Marie

Will you still Love me, when I’m 66?

Greetings Friends of It’s Yoga International:

Trust all is peaceful with you, as we celebrate what is Larry’s 66th birthday today, November 14th. I am yet again, invited to reflect upon his gifts to the world. As the Founder of The It’s Yoga® System of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Larry’s vision of unity opened the doors to anyone and everyone who wanted to practice Ashtanga. He was brave enough to create The ROCKET® when the system in place was closed to any modifications. He listened to his inner guide, his internal wisdom, and made choices that reflected his willingness to take the path less traveled, to co-create with the Divine, and to share his love of the practice with the world. I am honored that Larry entrusted me with his most precious gifts to the world, and I am committed to sharing them with authenticity, grace, and excellence.

Larry used to say it was going to take “a million yoga teachers to save the world!” What I’ve come to understand from that statement, is that it is going to take ALL of us, to step up our game, to be the LIGHT we see and feel when we’re on the mat. And even more so, in these times, it is the way that we show up OFF the mat, that is going to make all the difference. If you are a yoga instructor and want to expand your practice and teaching, consider It’s Yoga® and The ROCKET® as your vehicle. Our new 300 Hr. Program is designed to give you the tools that will inspire, inform, and direct your life’s work.

Click here for more information on our 2017 Trainings

We look forward to seeing YOU in the circle.

Oh, and Happy Birthday Larry, we love you.

With love, respect and NAMASTE,

Marie

It’s Yoga International