The Yoga Is Everything

Monday, February 20th, 2017
Barre Handstand. New Orleans, 2016.  Photo: MBuffett
Barre Handstand. New Orleans, 2016. Photo: MBuffett

Yoga is an umbrella term that encompasses states of mind, body, and being. It’s a lifestyle and a practice. It’s a goal and a means to the goal.

The word ‘yoga’ means union. When we are unified in body, mind, and breath we are in the here and now. For me, this sustained, present-moment awareness is the ultimate goal of any fitness endeavor  whether it be power yoga, foam rolling, pilates, Megaformer, cycling, jogging…
So when people ask me if I teach yoga anymore, I say … Yes! The yoga is Everything! Peace of mind, body, movement, and breath.
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Peace My Heart

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016
The Tree of Life, Audubon Park, New Orleans, August 2016. Photo: MBuffett

For my friend Lynda Lou… who always lit the way for me.

Peace, my heart, let the time for the parting be sweet.
Let it not be a death but completeness.
Let love melt into memory and pain into songs.
Let the flight through the sky end in the folding of the wings over the nest.
Let the last touch of your hands be gentle like the flower of the night.
Stand still, O Beautiful End, for a moment, and say your last words in silence.
I bow to you and hold up my lamp to light you on your way.

~ Rabindranath Tagore


In Praise of Trees – Rabindranath Tagore

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
Tree of Life, Audubon Park. August 2016.
Tree of Life, Audubon Park. August 2016. Photo: MBuffett

“O profound, silent tree, by restraining valour with patience, you revealed creative power in its peaceful form. Thus we come to your shade to learn the art of peace, to hear the word of silence; weighed down with anxiety, we come to rest in your tranquil blue-green shade, to take into our souls life rich, life ever juvenescent, life true to earth, life omni-victorious.”  ~From ‘In Praise of Trees’, by Rabindranath Tagore

To Be Awake Is To Be Alive ~Henry David Thoreau

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016
Bhujangasana, Cobra Pose. Photo: MBuffett
Yoga Practice. Bhujangasana, Cobra Pose. Photo: MBuffett

Even in the midst of a world weary with heavy and depressing events, I still, everyday, aim to live as fully present and awake as possible. On occasion it comes easily. Most days I rely on practices of meditation and mindful movement to illuminate the path that reawakens me to the realities of joy, love, and bliss.

Today is the 199th birthday of Henry David Thoreau. His timeless wisdom on what it means to be fully awake…

We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us in our soundest sleep. I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.

~HDT from WhereI Lived, and What I Lived For


Rainbow Wisdom

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016
Summer Rainbow. Audubon Park, New Orleans. July 5, 2016. Photo: MBuffett
Summer Rainbow. Audubon Park, New Orleans. July 5, 2016. Photo: MBuffett

“The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud. Somebody who may not look like you. May not call God the same name you call God – if they call God at all. I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody. That’s what I think.” ~Maya Angelou

Cast Off Your Worn Out Garments

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
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Handstand Variation. Perdido Key FL, June 2016. Photo: MBuffett

“The yogi conquers the body by the practice of asana and makes it a fit vehicle for the spirit. He knows that it is a necessary vehicle for the spirit. Soul without a body is like a bird deprived of it’s power to fly. They yogi does not fear death, for time must take its toll of all flesh. He knows that the body is constantly changing and is affected by childhood, youth, and old age. Birth and death are natural phenomena but the soul is not subject to birth and death. As a man casting off worn-out garments takes on new ones, so the dweller within the body casting aside worn out bodies enters into others that are new.” ~BKS Iyengar

Happy International Yoga Day

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
Salamba Sirsasana II (Tripod Headstand). Photo Credit: Maddy Rose at Romney Pilates. May 2016.
Salamba Sirsasana II (Tripod Headstand). Photo Credit: Maddy Rose at Romney Pilates. May 2016.

“A lamp does not flicker in a place where no winds blow; so it is with a Yogi, who controls his mind, intellect and self, being absorbed in the spirit within him. When the restlessness of the mind, intellect and self is still for the practice of yoga, the Yogi by the grace of the spirit within himself finds fulfillment. Then he knows the joy eternal which is beyond the pale of the senses which his reason cannot grasp. He abides in this reality and moves not therefrom. He has found the treasure above all others. There is nothing higher than this. He who has achieved it, shall not be moved by the greatest sorrow. This is the real meaning of yoga – deliverance from contact with pain and sorrow.” ~BKS Iyengar

Time Is Now

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016
Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana (Sundial Pose). New Orleans. March 2016. Photo: MBuffett
Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana (Sundial Pose). New Orleans. March 2016. Photo: MBuffett

Ksana Pratiyogi Parinama Aparanta Nirgrahyah Kramah
-Yoga Sutra of Patanjali 4.33

There is no longer a need to focus on the past, or even the future. All unfolds as it should. The yogi finds peace in the present moment.