Archive for May, 2013


Breath. Inhale, exhale, repeat. 28,800 times a day. Usually without effort or thought. Usually.

We all have those days where it’s hard to breathe. You can’t catch your breath, you are late and racing to get somewhere, you count to ten to quell a temper, you hold it in yoga to seemingly  get deeper into a pose when in reality it stymies you. We get stuck. What makes you hold your breath?

When my Mom was terminally ill, every day felt like a failure and I would hold my breath so I wouldn’t cry in front of her, in front of anyone. There were alot of no breathing days in those four months. That started a pattern for me that continues to this day: when I get upset or frustrated, or when I’m trying to do something that’s really hard, I hold my breath. It’s learned behavior. So how do we unlearn it?

One way is through Pranayama. Pranayama is breath work.  Literally it means  prana (life force or breath) and yama (regulating or causing a break). When we tune in to our breath we knowingly break our normal breathing pattern. And when we do that, we bring our attention back to the our internal rhythm and begin to notice the subtleties of movement in our body, and in our lives. A shift here,  a change there.

To paraphrase our wonderful teacher Saul David Raye and his thoughts on breath:

Inhaling is the Nourishment

The pause, that space between is the absorption

The exhale is the release, that moment of letting go

The pause before your next inhale is the void; the feasting, the savoring  of your breathe.

Again and again.

It may not happen overnight, but acknowledging the breath may change your patterns and how you feel and think.  And remember:

it’s okay to have someone or something take your breathe away. Just remember to bring it back.

I like the way you move

Outkast said it best: I like the way you move

Movement seems commonplace to us. Yoga and life are always about movement, be it breath, poses, and oms. But it’s also how we think and act and change. A change of location or scenery, growth, graduation or acclimation.
This week, we moved spaces. Having outgrown our hOMe on 58 Main Street in a mere 16 months, we took a nerve-wracking yet exhilarating  journey ever so slightly north to our new hOMe at 4372 Main Street. It’s just a ½ mile up the road but the trip was nonetheless exhausting!

We were fortunate to have amazing assistance from a community of movers. Yogis donated time, energy, resources and kind words to make our big move a smooth transition. We moved our hOMe in one day, in time to open the new studio the next morning for a 7:30 am practice. Whew!
We kicked off our first day with 4 classes, including a FREE community class taught by Dee, a fabulous graduate from our recent Teacher Training program, and the last Debbiepalooza of the season. The day concluded with an Open House, masterfully coordinated by our very own Bitsy. We celebrated our new space and studios with a wonderful assortment of family, friends, new neighbors and a fabulous community.
It’s been a whirlwind week, and I speak for all of the LEY family, when I say:
We are completely overwhelmed and so appreciative of all the support and outpouring of love we have received. We are truly blessed. Thank you!