Reflect and Recharge


The summer months have come and gone with warmhearted reminiscence. As we now

embrace the many new beauties that autumn offers, it’s time to pause and look back on

our previous few months in regards to our routine.

It isn’t always easy in those long, dog days to find and stick to a basic routine. And

when the leaves begin to get crisper, I feel like I am just thrown back into the hectic

without warning. This is where an opportunity arises to take some control of your daily

life. If you follow these guidelines, I promise you’ll find that inner harmony.

One of the biggest obstacles I’ve found when trying to improve my routine is time

management. I cannot tell you how many stories I have traded with friends about how

there is just never enough time in the day. To counter this little hiccup, challenge

yourself to wake up an hour earlier in the mornings. There is nothing like that fresh,

serene feeling of rising with the sun. This, may be a deal breaker for some, but for

others, this time will allow you to wrap your mind around each days’ undertakings. It will

also introduce a much calmer beginning to the day, with that “me” time you’ve been

pining for. Make yourself some breakfast, have your morning coffee, or indulge in

morning meditation, but just treat yourself.

Another life-saver is the art of making a quality list. Or how about a list of all your lists?

There is nothing more frustrating than lying after you’ve conquered the day, only for

your eyes to snap open because you forgot that one thing on the list you wish you’d

made! I’ve been there - it’s a bummer. Getting all of those daily goals jotted down will

clear your mind so you can focus on the day ahead and wholly unwind when it’s over.

And if you think you’re forgetting something, you’ll always have your list as a reference.

These changes to your routine may seems small, but they will monumentally improve

your day-to-day focus and guide you toward your most authentic self.




Spring Renewal

As we head into summer, I would like to think of entering this summer season as a beautiful cleanse.In speaking with many students, friends, and lovely encounters with strangers - this winter leading into spring was a very arduous time for all.  Whether it be emotional hardships, illness (I swear everyone in PGH got hit with that stomach virus, flu or upper respiratory mess at least twice) there was an element of hardship that struck us all.

In reflecting on these past 5 months, it warms my heart to know that we are all connected and pretty much going through the same thing in some way, shape, or form.  Human connection and community is magnificent.  In Yoga, we call it Sangha – the fact that you are not alone in what you feel.  There are others out there that can relate to what you are going through, and simply knowing that can be such a great comfort. 

My family and I recently lost our sweet dog after 11 years.  It was heartbreaking.  My personal grief was unexpectedly overwhelming.  The greatest comfort I received was hearing the stories of those that had experienced the same thing I was going through.  That love, that support – was invaluable to my own personal grief.  I could hear their comforting voices and support in the lowest of moments.  That is Sangha.  One of the greatest gifts we can give to each other is compassion, honesty, openness, and understanding.

After moving through layers of guilt with the idea of getting a new puppy (with the help of our Sangha) we are happy to welcome our new fur baby into our family soon.  It was so incredibly comforting to know that many friends have gone through the same thing and made the same decision.  As we all head into summer, we are all one – moving out of the sickness, hardships, and emotions into a new season.  And who knows what it will bring us – but we are all in it together, and the best thing we can do is to continually support each other no matter what the circumstance is.