Fall in Tucson

I absolutely love fall in Tucson. While we don’t have trees with yellow, red and gold leaves, we do have plenty of vibrant rich color that will last into the new year. This is the perfect time to be outside here in the desert. Temps are in the mid eighties, the breeze is cool and the sun is warm. It’s Heaven I tell you.

Colorful fall flowers in Tucson, Arizona
Colorful fall flowers, Talavera birds and tree spirits in Tucson, Arizona.
Prayer flags blowing in the breeze.
Prayer flags blowing in the breeze. Fall in Tucson, Arizona.
Fairy door.
Fairy door.
Oklahoma rose.
Oklahoma rose.

The puppies love hanging out in the backyard too. We usually have cool drinks in hand and something delicious grilling on the barbecue.

Rylee, our three year old cockapoo,  enjoying the fall afternoon.
Rylee, our three year old cockapoo, enjoying the fall afternoon.
Kona, our crazy little green-eyed mixed breed puppy.
Kona, our crazy little green-eyed mixed breed puppy.
Luna Bella, our three year old Shih Tsu.
Luna Bella, our three year old Shih Tsu.

Reading, drinking tea, journaling, meditating and yoga are some of my favorite things to do outside this time of year.

Cup of tea and a good book.
Cup of tea and a good book.
New journal, new possibilities.
New journal, new possibilities.
Sunrise Yoga in Tucson, Arizona
Sunrise yoga, Tucson, Arizona.

All Hallows’ Eve is one of my favorite times of the year. Days are warm, nights are cool, and it’s a peaceful time of reflection and introspection.

Talavera pumpkin soaking up the sun. Halloween - Tucson style.
Talavera pumpkin soaking up the sun. Halloween – Tucson style.
Chai tea and puppies on All Hallows' Eve.
Chai tea and puppies on All Hallows’ Eve.
Why yes, as a matter of fact, I can drive a stick 😉
Why yes, as a matter of fact, I can drive a stick. That’s my familiar, Harley, in the background.

Where ever you are I hope the weather is beautiful and you are enjoying life.

Morning Meditation

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

Meditation & Yoga Room

“May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all”.

– translation by Sharon Gannon Jivamukti Yoga.

Greeting the Sun – Yoga in the Desert

Good morning from Tucson, Arizona. I’m getting at it early this morning before it gets too hot.

Sunrise Yoga in Tucson, Arizona

We are still waiting for our annual monsoon to arrive here in the Sonoran Desert. At  5 am it is 82 degrees and and humid. The air is heavy – a good monsoon omen.

Sunrise yoga - perfect way to start the day

It’s a great morning to be outside practicing to the sweet music of birdsong and wind chimes and I’m grateful for it.

Thow in a delicious cup of double spice chai tea and vibrantly hued flowers and I’m in a little patch of paradise.

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I hope, wherever you are, that your day is filled with sunshine and love, and is everything you need it to be.

Namaste from the desert 🙏❤️

The Sweet Sound of Tibetan Singing Bowls

I have a love affair with Tibetan singing bowls. I play them daily as part of my personal yoga and meditation practice and also use them in the classes I teach. They are mesmerizing and undeniably relaxing.

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In his book How to Heal with Singing Bowls, author Suren Shrestha explains that quantum physics has proven that everything has vibration, whether it’s a table, a chair, a person, a planet, or a cosmos. And wherever there is a sound, there is a vibration. When we use sound coupled with intention, which is the most important aspect of healing, we can direct sound vibration to raise the body’s vibrational frequency.

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According to Tibetan oral tradition, the existence of singing bowls dates back to the time of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni (560 – 480 B.C.). The tradition was brought from India to Tibet, along with the teachings of the Buddha, by the great tantric master Padmasambhava in the 8th century A.D. (Bodhisattva.com)

Singing bowls are used worldwide for meditation, music, relaxation, sound therapy and personal well-being.  They are played by striking the rim of the bowl with a padded mallet, or by the friction of rubbing a wood or leather wrapped mallet around the rim of the bowl which emphasize the harmonic overtones and a produces a continuous ‘singing’ sound. Different bowls correspond to different chakras and produce different notes on the musical scale.

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Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, director of Medical Oncology and Integrative Medicine at the Cornell Cancer Prevention Center in New York explains the use of sound for healing like this:

“If we accept that sound is vibration and we know that vibration touches every part of  our physical being, then we understand that sound is heard not only through our ears but through every cell in our bodies. One reason sound heals on a physical level is because it so deeply touches and transforms us on the emotional and spiritual planes. Sound can redress imbalances on every level of physiologic functioning and can play a positive role in the treatment of virtually any medical disorder.”

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If you attend one of my yoga or meditation classes, you will likely hear me play at least one, possibly two or more singing bowls. It’s my favorite way to begin and end practice. Soothed muscles and a soothed soul – what could be better than that?