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FOCUS OF THE MONTH- MUSIC AND HARMONY

MUSIC AND HARMONY:

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Transitions; My husband and I sold our apartment yesterday to move into MORE SPACE!!! Unfortunately, our rental building did not approve us in time for a seamless move, and so… we were left homeless. Thank goodness for my parents, who have a temporary home in NYC and we are staying there for the next couple of nights, until we get approved, and… we just got approved!!! Now we wait to hear about our new move in date. And so it goes…the ebbs and flows, the highs and lows, the good and the bad. I realize I’ve not been listening to too much music lately during this period, but then I thought, music is more than just songs on the radio, the pandora station, and my itunes. Music is the sound of the Amtrak train running past the apartment in the middle of the night. Music is my husband being near me. Music is transitions. Music is of course also music, defined as, vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion. Let’s all make transitions, let’s all make music, together we can make our own beautiful harmonies in yoga, in song, in action, and in life.

 

Question 1: What is your definition of  music and harmony?

 

My Answer: Being lifted up and transported by beautiful sounds.

 

 

Question 2: What makes you feel music and harmony?

 

My answer: Yoga, Wind in the trees, Listening to my students.

 

Poses for a musical and harmonious yoga practice: A flow through High lunge, warrior 2, Peaceful Warrior

 

Songs for a musical and harmonious singing practice: EVERYTHING!

 

Now find a person who embodies music and harmony… Ask them these questions, do some yoga poses with them, and sing some songs!

 

Post your definition of music and harmony and post your answers below xoxoxo Margo

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FOCUS OF THE MONTH- LOVE AND COMPASSION

 

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Another great focus of the month is  LOVE AND COMPASSION. In a city like New York City, plenty of the faces I see on a daily basis are very hardened, angry, tired, frustrated, and just-so-sick-of-sharing-space-with-anyone. I was on the Metro North yesterday talking on the phone to one of my student’s moms. She was expressing such joy and excitement for her daughter’s lovely voice and talent. I was equally as enthusiastic. My face was in a big broad smile and my tone was light and happy, and it was met with very, very angry responses. The woman seated across from me on the train was glaring at me and began to cross and uncross her legs in frustration at my voice and happiness. The man next to me began to pinch the sides of his head and take huge deep breaths, because he needed it quiet. We all want different things at different times, but in order to exist harmoniously we must accept one another’s needs and adjust accordingly. I lowered my voice and kept my conversation to myself. I could have made the choice to be louder, spread the joy more exuberantly, but I knew that would be the opposite of compassion. I ended the call quickly and sent loving messages silently to these two very seemingly grumpy people. And it is okay that they are grumpy, they probably have every right to be grumpy, but I wish that they become free and happy! Love and compassion is not trying to change people, but letting them be, listening to them completely, and without any judgement. It is easy to try to win and one up and to prove ourselves in this town, but it is important to go back to the basics of eye contact, smiles, and good conversations. Practice love and compassion with yourself and those around you. You can practice through yoga, through song, and by asking your children, students, and yourselves these questions:

 

 

 

Question 1: What is your definition of  love and compassion?

 

My Answer: Listening with your heart.

 

 

Question 2: What makes you feel love and compassion?

 

My answer: Teaching Yoga and Voice and Acting and spending time with family and friends

 

Poses for a loving and compassionate yoga practice:  Restorative Poses: Pigeon, Happy Baby, Child’s Pose

 

Songs for a loving and compassionate singing lesson:  Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Smile, Life is like a Bowl of Cherries

 

Now find a person who embodies a life of  love and compassion… Ask them these questions, do some yoga poses with them, and sing some songs!

 

Post your definition of love and compassion and post your answers below xoxoxo Margo

FOCUS OF THE MONTH- CREATIVITY

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Another great focus of the month is  CREATIVITY. Creativity is defined as , “The use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.” Creativity can turn words on a page into magic, it can turn music into a whole new world, it can turn the yoga mat into a place of exploration and wonder. If you don’t use your imagination, things become quite dull and sometimes scary, it is possible to practice making things more interesting. Use your time on the yoga mat to tell a story.

When I am teaching my youngest students, we become an array of animals, we visit forests and beaches and explore a range of emotions, all within less than an hour of class. We attempt to explore all of life’s many complexities and address balance, focus, magic, joy, and more. We use our creativity, and when one person decides it’s time to stagnate the creativity and say, “this is fake”, it takes the magic away. So believe in your creativity and get interested in your artistic expression. Creativity can be practiced! Teach your children, students, and yourself how to take an ordinary situation and make it extraordinary! Maybe it’s just making up a story together and then acting out the story with your bodies and voices! Paint a picture, sing a song, and dance!

 

 

 

Question 1: What is your definition of creativity?

 

My Answer: Turning the ordinary into the extraordinary.

 

 

Question 2: What makes you feel creative?

 

My answer: Writing Plays, Performing Monologues, Teaching Yoga and Voice and Acting

 

Poses for a creative yoga practice:  Warrior 1, 2, 3 for strength, Savasana for deep relaxation and meditation, Forward Folding for Introspection

 

Songs for a creative singing lesson:  Alex Winston’s Songs, Miss Li’s Songs, Try a song in a different language to get really creative, ZAZ.

 

Now find a person who embodies a life of  creativity… Ask them these questions, do some yoga poses with them, and sing some songs! Teach your children and students about life’s and all it’s creativity, and have fun while doing so! Make up a story together, do a yoga practice that is in synch with the story, stand like tall mountains, build trees on your mountain, have wind come and knock down the trees, meet animals along the way. Get down and play with your children! Be creative.

Post your definition of creativity and your answers below xoxoxo Margo

CONCENTRATON OF THE MONTH- TO BE FREE!

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Another great focus of the month is FREEDOM. Freedom has many forms and many definitions. Freedom can be scary…when we are given the opportunity to make many choices, we can grow overwhelmed! In the yoga practice, we use the forms to find the freedom. While being all bound up, or balancing, we are made to breathe and ease into the pose. This can help us in our life choices. When do you feel completely constricted? Notice it, and then make the choice to let go, even just a little bit. We cannot control everything. The more rules and rituals we set up for ourselves, the more we will be disappointed. Within our boundaries, we must wiggle some extra space. Freedom, to me, is having space to play and create. I find the practice of yoga and singing and acting, the best place to play with freedom, for all art and light is squashed when you try to control it to pieces. So let go, find space, feel the boundaries, and then push past them a little bit. These ideas, can be put into practice. So ask yourself, your kids, and your students these questions:

 

Question 1: What is your definition of freedom?

 

My Answer:  Freedom is pushing away the boundaries, in order to find more space.

 

Question 2: What makes you feel free?

 

My answer: Large open spaces, the ocean, being with my husband

 

Poses for fun and free yoga practice: Flip Dog, Wheel, Camel, Warrior 3 ( Poses to open the heart and fly)

 

Songs for a fun and free singing lesson:  Brave, Roar, Wrecking Ball ( Any song where you can let loose and belt it out)

 

Now find a person who embodies a life of freedom! Ask them these questions, do some yoga poses with them, and sing some songs! Teach your children and students about freedom and it’s many forms, and have fun while doing so! Turn on some music and move around the room the way that you feel free, now add some yoga poses, and try to feel the dance from inside…

 

Post your definition of freedom and your answers below xoxoxo Margo

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Margo Brooke is a trained actress, singer, and writer and a devout yogi. She graduated from BADA in Oxford, Sarah Lawrence College, and Circle in the Square Theatre School. She recently received her 200-hour certification from Pure Yoga and is happy to share her love of the arts and yoga in her private and group classes in and around New York City!ImageImage