Namaste Spring Desktop Wallpaper Calendar

Make your work environment a place of peace.

Set the tone for an easeful and compassionate work day with our second quarter desktop calendar.  Bringing some beauty into your workplace can really make the days at the office just a bit better. So get that airplant you’ve been dreaming of and clean up your desk, and download this desktop calendar so you’ll always know what day of the week it is.

Click on one of the download links below and then right click to save it to your computer.

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With love and respect,

Namaste

 

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Style Stories: Practice On

Style Stories: Practice On

Rain or shine, make the space to get to your practice. Mine has been inspired lately by the rainy weather we have been receiving here in NorCal. I’ve been channeling all sorts of greys and greens and blues, followed closely by the pinks and yellows of the abundant gardens of the world. This rain has spring chomping at the bits.

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Delighting in the moody blues. From left to right: Gossamer Zen double-sided printed yoga mat, Free People Moonshadow legging, Free People High Neck Crop Tank in Jungle Green, SaraLua recycled glass and rudrashka mala, Manduka tie-dye Yogitoes towel mat.

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Blaze ahead. Keep your fingers activated on the keyboard with jewelry from this sacred geometry inspired line, Saraswati. New to our boutiques, this affordable brass jewelry will brighten up any spring look. Yeah, you might need to take this one off and set on the edge of your mat while practicing…but I couldn’t resist sharing!

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Lighten Up. Channel the colors and moods of Spring. From left to right: Manduka grey recycled yoga block, Free People pink turnout Legging, New Harbinger Buddha’s Brain, Magic Carpet printed mat, Onzie waterproof bra (doubles as a bathing suit on retreat!), Wolf Child Venom Vision tank.

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Earthy Grounding. The softness of this faux suede shawl is the best reminder to soften into everything (even your warrior 2!). Plus with our NorCal weather, it’s always smart to have a light layer stowed away in your purse.

Signing off for now!

Helene Cotton, Creative Director of Namaste Yoga

 

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Zen Mind-Beginner’s Mind

ZEN MIND – BEGINNER’S MIND

by Vlad Moskovski

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”

–Shunryu Suzuki (Founder of SF Zen Center)

I love this quote because it reminds me that the mind is the filter through which we see the world around us. What Suzuki meant by “beginner’s mind” is that when when we look at the world with fresh eyes, there is a newness and vividness to what we see that allows our minds to be open to new possibilities.

When we take things for granted, when we stop seeing with fresh eyes, the world around begins to get stale. Old and uninteresting. Beginner’s mind is a way of thinking and being in the world that can re-kindle the freshness and newness that makes everything around us sparkle with vibrancy. When we see the world with beginner’s mind, we become inspired, energized, and excited.

The first step is to engage in a simple thought. Try saying these words to yourself, “I don’t know, but I am curious.” Repeat several times and notice how it feels to be in that place of not knowing but openness.

Now, use the trigger question “What is happening right now?” to uncover how you are blocking yourself and what obstacles stand in the way from seeing the world with fresh new eyes. Take a few moments to either note silently to yourself or to write down everything that you can perceive which includes what you are seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, smelling, thinking, and feeling.

Try this exercise in different settings throughout the day to start to develop your beginner’s mind muscles. After all, when you change the way you see, the things you are looking at also change!

For more inspiration, watch Vlad’s recent video, “Waking Up”  

This post was originally published by Vlad Moskovski on his blog. You can gain more wisdom from Vlad in his upcoming workshop at Namaste Berkeley, Mindful Meditation: Guidance for Daily Living. Sign up for the workshop here.

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Manduka Yogi of the Month: Keely Burke

We’re so excited to announce our yogi of the month for March: Keely Burke.  Keely is a long time Namaste student (and all around awesome lady) that maintains a consistent practice with a full schedule. Read all about her below and send her some love in the comments!

Occupation:

I am an Expressive Arts Psychotherapist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  That means I use the arts: drama, movement, visual art, music, poetry, etc, as part of the way I help people heal their emotional, psychological and spiritual wounds.  My healing work is with adults, couples, families and children.  You can find me at Center for Creative Growth, in North Berkeley. 

Fun Fact About You?

I’ve been studying the fiddle for the last two years learning to play Oldtime, Celtic, Country and Bluegrass music…and I got to play at the Freight and Salvage last May for Manning Music Studio’s student concert.

What inspires you?

My joyful, sweet, loving and playful 12 year old Cairn terrier, Molly, and 2 nieces Collins and Talbot, are great sources of inspiration helping me in my Metta practice very much to love myself and bring more of my loving heart to the world.

When you aren’t on the mat, where can we find you?

Hiking in the hills or redwoods, walking Molly at Point Isabel, blues dancing at La Pena, fiddling at Manning Music, with friends making local veggie filled meals, or traveling – I made it to South India last fall.

Favorite East Bay business?

Besides Namaste?!  Vics Chat Shop, with delicious Masala Dosa, just like what I ate when I was in India in October.

How has your yoga practice shaped who you are?

My yoga practice has influenced every area of my life.  I’ve been practicing for nearly 20 years now.  I started in my teens as a way to exercise.  Over the years, yoga has helped me to focus, soothe, calm and strengthen my body and subsequently heart, mind and spirit.  Being able to do this for myself has made me a better person, friend, partner, family member, healer and citizen. Yoga has taught me to stay with my inner experience, to keep breathing in challenging poses or through sometimes very difficult emotions on or off the mat.  By breathing and staying with my experience in yoga, I always again find peace, connection, bliss and union with the Divine.  Then I can act from that place, with a clear, warm, deep heart.  These gifts of my practice I can then give to my clients and all people in my life. 

Favorite Asana?

Do I have to pick just one?

I love Arda Chandra Chapasana or Half Moon Pose with bow.  I love the combination of balancing on one leg, while doing a hip and heart opener.  I feel like my body can shine out in this pose.  I can never get enough of Viparita Karani (legs up the wall), though. My body loves to sink deep into the ground and get still.

Why do you love Namaste?

I can’t possibly name all the reasons I love Namaste.  Primarily it’s the community that creates such a healing, warm and loving space.  My primary teachers: Kimber, Margi, Abby, Elana, and Alexis, help me love my body and connect to my deepest, highest self.  Through an immersion with Kimber, I got to know deeply a large group of fellow yogis that I get to gets hugs and brunch with regularly.  The managers Christine and Tosha are such sweet and kind lights welcoming me to my classes or my massage.  I’ve gotten fabulous massages, especially with Nathan.  Overall, everyone is so kind!  I don’t know Kimberly well, but under her guidance, all three studios have such a calm, kind, and professional presence that create a regular place for me to tune in.

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Moon Flow Sequence by Abby Tucker

You’re probably very familiar with “Surya Namaskar”, or “Sun Salute”, but do you know the moon flow? If not, you’ll definitely want to check out the “Chandra Namaskar” or “Moon Flow” sequence below, a beautiful way to bring a sense of grounding and rest to the body when you’ve had too much yang energy or need to cool down heat and fire in the body. Modern yogis looking for a very active practice often seek out flows like Surya Namaskar, which builds heat and allows energy to rise, taking us deeper in to our practice. Chandra Namaskar, on a the other hand, invites in the opposite power of soothing and rest which actually replenishes our energy stores. Therefore, this moon salutation really brings us in to a balanced practice and lifestyle. If you feel like you’re lacking energy pay heed to that feeling and instead of doing a vigorous practice try a more meditative practice like Chandra Namaskar. Your body and mind will thank you!

Our resident “Moon Mama” Abby Tucker brings us this delicious sequence for the full moon and new moon dates, or anytime you feel the call of la lune. We’ve mirrored the flow in the sequence below for easy following along. May your nights be bright, shiny and balanced.

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