"I make, I am made."

Dear Ones,

"HAR, HARE."
"I make, I am made."

We sound out this mantra as we fold during our kriya this month. 
Nad yoga is the yoga of sound. It gets frequency into the places that our movement and even our breath cannot. Sounding as we fold helps to loosen the tension of our hips and hamstrings. But more importantly it is a declaration; clearing the way internally to say what we mean, to bring out what has been kept in. They release the stories that keep us from the lives we are ready and hungry to live.

Speaking up and using our voice is a way of both expressing and protecting ourselves. This month we are in the root of ourselves; in the feet, legs, pelvic floor. This is the home of our sense of safety, our sense of inclusion - our place in our Tribe. The mantra is there to remind us of our voices, to cheer ourselves on, to keep our pace steady, to ward off those who would harm us, to speak up and share out our ideas and opinions. Our voices must be used and practiced just as our muscles are. This way our voices also gain dexterity, familiarity, and power.

Our small human lives most resemble gods when we create. We create with our thoughts, with our words, with our sentiments. "HAR, HARE." "I make, I am made." Our words, said or unsaid - both equally powerful - make us who we are. Clearing our voices is as important as clearing the inner seams of our legs, building the strength at our core. As a result, we stand tall and speak clearly. 

What stories would you shake loose from your body? Consider this. Bring them to class in your mind and sound them out as we move. You may be surprised how effect this can be. Come try. Clear the way and see what can be built in its place.

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Keep practicing on these unfamiliar syllables. They will see you through (and see through you).

Much love, xxx m

BREAKING NEWS | How wrong I was (in the best of ways)

 
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Dear Ones!

IT'S LIVE.

http://www.marthamcalpine.com/thepractices/

I realize I just wrote to you about how I had to pause the 40 day practice project this morning.

But God bless Donna Naslund for being the first to head right in and buy herself a copy. Thank you.  

Jordan Block did heroic work designing the pages, cajoling me when I thought it was impossible, and solving it all behind the scenes. I had no idea it was about to come together as it did. 
Thank you.

So please - feel free to take a look. To buy one. To buy all three. Focus in or mix and match.
40 days for $40. But they never expire. Yours to keep. RISE. FOCUS. RETURN. This is where we start.

The idea was to give you tools to choose from so that every day you could decide if you wanted to do vinyasa, kundalini, breath, or meditation or any combination of these. Whatever you choose it will create consistency in your energy. You have 4 options with which to meet each day, again and again, 40 times over. 

A forty day practice of anything will affect your life. And these forty day practices will ideally be what creates  an experience of the power of consistency. As well as the support I provide in the sequence  instruction and the printable pdf that goes with each practice. 

That said, if your forty days has some gaps in it, persevere. It all matters. Keep at it. Send me questions. Tell me when you are stuck. Tell me how it can be improved. Tell me what other topics you would like me to provide in the next round of three and we will keep building the library for you.

http://www.marthamcalpine.com/thepractices/

Much love, many thanks.
I am smiling. Such things.
Martha xx

How To Know When Enough Is Enough?

Dear Ones,

I made you something. I made you a practice.

Actually, I made you three. 3 asana practices for when moving serves you. 3 kundalini practices for when you need to shift or restart your energy. 3 breath practices and 3 meditations to settle and for your mind. The trick is to get them to you.

I've had amazing help. I have also had people standing beside with with credit cards ready to dive in right then. Such wonderful support. All the right things. But here's the thing...

To get it finished and online and easy for you to access was harder than I'd imagined.
Squeezing the work into days already full of teaching and learning was painful.

It tipped my scale.
It capsized my boat.
It started to erode the quality of the training to come this weekend.
I became cranky with my kids, hurried in my activities, my energy and interest felt flat and tight.


I simply didn't enjoy my own sweet company the way really love to.

So I had stop. to pause. To have the scary, painful, conversation I'd pushed aside and labeled failure because I'd thought we could pull it off.

In my 100 hour training we spend time every weekend talking and writing and considering, "How do I feel?"

This is the foundation of our choices. Do I feel lonely? If so, no amount of food will feed my spirit - even though I've tried often to fill my heart with food. Do I feel tired? Then doubling down on my exercise and effort won't chase fatigue away. When we come to really know how we feel, we can decide if that's how we want to feel and direct our energies towards true fulfillment.

I want to feel strong and whole and generous.
That means I need more time in my day, in my week, in each project.

I'll get it to you. I'll tell you when it's ready (soon, so soon).
I'm thrilled to share it with you. Just need a moment. 

In the meantime, take this lesson and think for yourself "How do I want to feel?" What do I desire? Give yourself permission to make the change that's needed to feel whole. I give you this lesson; the daring, the vulnerability of trying but not quite making it as planned. I give you the model of someone giving themselves permission publicly to pause. To breathe. To make progress in a way that heals all their relations. This is the power of my prana: The courage to listen, to feel, to respond, to speak. So I can be sound and whole and peaceful - SVASTA: centered in my self.

Come share a weekend with me to know more.
New spring dates for the training are below. Choose one weekend or all of them. 
I look forward to your company.

Or maybe I look forward to your absence even more, as you take the time to be exactly where you need to be. 

Much love and more to come,
Martha
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Class schedule I will be away Sunday December 17 for the 8-9am kundalini class. Crystal Crisp will stand in my place. Keep coming to your practice whoever is leading you. I'll be back for all other December Sundays.

Kundalini By Candlelight is January 1 6-8pm. If you can't find it on the schedule, keep in mind it is a workshop, not a class, located at Federal Hill. Or you can register right here.

Wanderlust book group starts Saturday January 13 noon - 3pm at Federal Hill and meets for 8 Saturdays. We work our way through the 8 chapters of the book compiled by the people who founded the international Wanderlust yoga festivals. We cover philosophy, history, lineage, and modern yoga perspectives. We practice. We have time to write and reflect. We will also have the last 30 minutes of each Saturday devoted to building and establishing your meditation practice. Useful for total beginners and avid practitioners. Register here for all or one weekend. Full descriptions of the particulars of each weekend will be up on my weekend schedule by next week. 

Spring 2018 Power of Prana is now 4 weekends! A little more space in the schedule gives us more time to cover what previous trainings have covered more thoroughly and with less student fatigue. I want to keep improving what I offer, informed by each experience. Check out descriptions of each weekend and the full dates here