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

March 2016 Newsletter

March 2016 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

February 27th, marked the 5 year anniversary of our Founder, Friend and Teacher, Larry Schultz’s transition from this life to the next. In these 5 years, It’s Yoga has changed form as well, although, our dedication and commitment to the Rocket® and Larry’s Living Legacy remains strong and continues to expand the vision of It’s Yoga: to share the love of the practice!

This last month, I was, yet again, reminded of the essence of It’s Yoga. We completed a 200 Hr. Training in Mexico City, and in the final circle a few of the participants shared how they had been a part of many teacher trainings, and that the It’s Yoga Training stood apart in it’s ability to inspire a family atmosphere rooted in love. It warmed my heart to hear this, and I shared this with the group, and now with all of you, that that is what Larry was all about, and that is the Spirit of It’s Yoga: family and love.

Larry was able to transmit the practice with a generosity of Spirit and humor that was truly unique. As the Founder of It’s Yoga and the Creator of the Rocket®, his vision was a million yoga teachers to change the world. Larry committed his life to empowering practitioners of yoga with the tools to share their practice in their communities. He inspired everyone he trained, all over the world, to pick up their mat and commit to their personal practice. Knowing that, from a daily connection to our inner teacher, all would be revealed, all would be healed, and we would indeed manifest our dreams.

And that is what we are up to, with It’s Yoga International.

Check out our IYI Community Page on itsyoga.com! It’s Yoga has trained over 5000 students in our life-affirming curriculum, and I invite you all to get on itsyoga.com and fill out the form and register with IYI! This offers us the opportunity to deepen our connection and offer the world ways to find It’s Yoga trained instructors.

In addition, visit the IYI Certifications Page, clarifying the 200 Hr., 300 Hr., and 500 Hr. designations with It’s Yoga International. We look to inspire you to continue and/or to start your journey on the Rocket®, and join the It’s Yoga International Family! We are dedicated to extending Peace on Earth through the practice of yoga, on and off the mat, and you are invited.

Thank you for you reading this newsletter, and for your continued support of It’s Yoga and the Rocket®. We truly are changing the world, one training at a time.

Namaste,

Marie