Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy Happy New Year!

I hope you have all enjoyed the last month of great celebrations, family gatherings, and joyful moments. In addition to yoga classes this month, I would love to have you over to create a 2013 Vision Board. Every year I set my intentions with pictures, words, and phrase which direct my goals and dreams for the upcoming year.

If you would like to make your own vision board among friends, please rsvp for either Wednesday, January 9 or Saturday, January 12 following our scheduled yoga class. Plan on being here for a couple of hours. All you need to bring are magazines and maybe a snack to share. This is simply a time for us to get together and share and focus on where we are going.
Email me for more information.

Yoga and meditation have proven to be a necessary aspect to my daily life even more so now than ever before. As my schedule and personal commitments creep back into BUSY, I am reminded by my physical stiffness and mental chatter that yoga must remain near the top of my list of things to do.

Like you, it is easy for me to let it go and spend my time on what may seem to be more pending. Yet, as I feel my way through this special season of womanhood, my body sends me numerous reminders of what I need to do in order to maintain my health and wellness. Movement, stillness, and calm energy create a space of peace and ease for all of us and can turn a day around quicker than chocolate. :)

Please, please listen to your own body and mind and pay attention to the signals and signs they are sending you.

The January RosaYoga calendar is now posted.

Looking forward to sharing more of what we love together in 2013!


Friday, October 26, 2012

It's a _____?

The clock says 3:30am Hawaii time. Back at home, Kim and Jason are getting ready for their doctor's visit. Today they find out whether they are having a baby boy or baby girl.

The entire family is on alert.

I got up early and walked into the closet, sat Indian-style on the floor, holding my cell phone in my hands. As I closed my eyes, I felt the tears well-up and my heart start racing. I could feel Jason's anticipation and excitedness as he paced the waiting room floor. Kim, always the calm one, elated from the inside out.

A prayer and a blessing, I waited for the phone's message.

"It's a boy!!!"

He is going to be the smartest and most inquisitive boy to grow up with. What a sweetheart!

Our hearts are full and ready to share this lifetime with him. We are still smiling over here. Happy. Blessed. Grateful.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Ahhh, The Joy of Vacations

It has been some time since my last post. I not only feel as though I have neglected the writer aspect of me, but the chance to stay in touch with those of you who mean so much. So here I am.

Hawaii. Every picture in your mind and breath of fresh air you conjure up as you imagine a cobalt blue ocean against the black lava rocks and coral crushed sands with dancing palm trees spotted in just the perfect outlines of the shore is here and well. The change of scenery and opportunity to put my toes in the sand has been a gift. Not to mention the fact that our time has felt unlimited. No rush to fit every excursion and adventure into 7 days. Taking a full month to experience the life and ways of island living has been a blessing.

Life here is simple and casual on the big island.

The routine starts with a conversation with my husband, "Where do you want to go today? Shall we go for a walk or go out to eat breakfast?" Really big and difficult questions to answer. But decisions all the same. Thankfully, we do both.

But food is always in the picture. You may not know this about me, but the conflict of weight gain is a daily conversation topic I have inside my head. And with the "vacation" mindset, my decisions have been a bit too "yippee-ki-o" lately.

My inner dialogue usually goes something like this -
"That waffle looks good."
"It does, but then you will have to take a nap later."
"I know, but you haven't had one in so long."
"I know, but it looks so good."

The dialogue used to last for many minutes before I made my breakfast order. Thankfully, now I cut to the chase and already know my answer.

"Order anything with more good fruits and veggies than anything else."

Honestly, breakfast is my simplest "choose healthy" meal of the day.

That's my update for now. Ahhhh...the joys of vacationing.
"What?" My husband Kelly is calling me from the other room.
"Time for lunch?"
Gotta go.

Love to all of you.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Kelly planted this sunflower from a seed. How terrific is that!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

What do you get when you bring together two culinary graduates, their retreat home in Vermont and four foodie yoga girls? An awesome week of great company, great food and great joy.

Our friend, Melanie, is a wonderful judgement of character. She not only travels the world teaching yoga, but she collects friends along the way and then brings those like-minded women together. Yoga has a way of connecting people without force or setup. It is a bind that exists invisibly, yet is shown through the smiles and laughter it creates.

Our week in Vermont was beyond special. It is hard to actually describe the sense of ease we all had with each other. No television. No news. No internet. No cell service. We had all the time we needed to enjoy each other's company, nature, cooking, and the outdoors.

What a difference a week makes! I love how the energy is still carrying me through my days. Love will do that. xo

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Happy Birthday Grandma Rosa!

Happy Birthday Grandma!

Today is a very special day in our home. Grandma Rosa was my inspiration and director of how to find joy in my life. Her desire to live without restraint and explore new paths is the reason we are all on this same page of yoga. I thank her every day for being a true pioneer.

While enjoying this morning reflection of just how special she was in my life, I showered as I always do, looking out our window at the sunrise and desert landscape. Today, a slight movement in the trees caught my eye. I focused and noticed a beautiful mamma doe bedding down below the branches.

As always, I am impressed with the divine timing in my life. The synchronicity of the doe feeling safe and welcome at my home on this very special day of connection. She is lying there now, sweet and serene. How wonderful this life is.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Kevin Cavanaugh: HILARIOUS ! ! ! Leslie Uggams "JUNE IS BUSTING OUT ALL OVER"

Kevin Cavanaugh: HILARIOUS ! ! ! Leslie Uggams "JUNE IS BUSTING OUT ALL OVER"

So the back story is this. Leslie Uggams was asked to perform this great song. She hadn't memorized the lyrics and after 2 rehearsals, performed it live and in public. The man with the cue cards of lyrics slipped on the grass and fell. She then sang on, selling it all the way. Watch all the way through.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Spiritual Yoga Experience

This morning feels cool and crisp outside, even if it is the beginning of summer in Tucson. The jasmine flowers scent fills the air and reminds me of just how grateful I am for my life. Yoga, gorgeous views, wonderful women....what a special time it is!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Just in Time is Now

Mom and I went away last weekend up to our home in Sedona. Together, we finished my book, Just in Time. She encouraged me and kept me on track, even through the difficult chapters. I am so blessed to have such wonderful support and her history of our family is so helpful.

Here is a small piece from "Yoga - Grandma's Story" Enjoy.

One Saturday morning, at the age of five, I woke up, still in my pajamas and walked in on Grandma who was in her headstand. “Hi, Honey.” Grandma towered out of the floor like an inverted statue in the middle of the room. Her feet dangled above the edge of her pant legs. She had no problem talking, even when she was upside-down. “How did you sleep?” That’s just like Grandma, keeping up with a conversation even on her head.

Grandma lowered one leg down after the other and sat up on her knees. She looked exactly the same to me from the time I was little until the time before she died. Her natural grey hair hung straight in a short bob, about chin length. Her eyes wide, bright and focused. Her arms and legs, dance-like and flexible, always in motion.

“Come here and get on the floor with me.” Together we reached and stretched, twisted and lengthened, breathed and sighed. “You always learn something new about yourself.”

-- Karen Rose Callan, Just in Time

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Karen and Ellis appear on The Morning Blend

Happy April! We are so blessed to have this beautiful time in Tucson. The weather is cool and crisp in the mornings and then warm and sunny during the days. Perfect for spending yoga time outdoors. We have shared a few classes in the courtyard this past week. Everyone who came left in awe of the birds chirping over us and the light breeze cooling us. Please give yourself the chance to be outdoors...allergies and all. Nature is a great rejuvenator!

Ellis and I had the pleasure of being on The Morning Blend's tv show with Ross McCallister yesterday. We talked about Cystic Fibrosis and our Great Strides walk in Oro Valley this weekend. Ellis was so patient and such a dream as we waited the hour and a half in the green room. She saved her anciness for the camera :)

Follow the link for the Blend's video and enjoy. I love it when she blows kisses.

See you soon in the yoga room.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Added 2012 Classes and workshops!

Happy 2012! Amazing how much we can experience in the course of one year. I am always inspired by the accomplishments of those around me as well as my own past successes. Beyond that, we have a new year filled with new opportunities. Nike chose a great slogan and resolution for its company with "Just Do It!" and I believe that they are truly great words of encouragement.

With so many changes taking place within and outside of us, the need for grounding, balance and calm is more important than ever. Yoga gives us all of that and more in the short time period of an hour. Bring yourself here.

New 2012 classes!
Tuesday at 2:00pm - Flow class without sun salutations
Friday at 10:00am with Jo Hartman - Restorative
*Bring pillows, blankets, cozy socks, eye pillows, or other props you desire.

Check the schedule for regular class times.

Also, here are a few RosaYoga reminders -

- Please rsvp to evening classes if possible.
- Feel free to park in front of the garage and pull up closer to the house.
- When your card is full, it will be set out on the table. you can also check to see how many classes you have left at any time you choose. They are sorted by last name.
- If you borrow a mat, please wipe it down before returning it.
- Please abstain from wearing perfumed lotions or products to class.
- Bring props to restorative classes.

Let's enjoy this great new year together!
Please click on the schedule for regular class days and times.