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February News

February News

February News

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Jamie Leigh @ HolisticMojo

February 2011

Anyone Else Stressed?
You might have noticed that I haven’t been teaching your (no doubt
favorite) yoga classes these past few weeks. I chose to head back east
to be with my family to support them during a challenging transition.
My Mother is doing another dance with cancer and fortunately, leading
it all over the dance floor. As many of you can imagine, time with
family can often be challenging, but this trip has been different, or
maybe I’m different. I enjoy watching life unfold and occur all around
me, both on and off the Yoga mat and anything I have ever talked or
taught in a class or in a Holistic Session has come from an observation
of life happening. I have deeply experienced life in the last 2
weeks. It has been an honor to be able to see all the patterns and
traits that flow through my family and for the first time be able to
truly embrace them. From the anger to the frustration and pain, to the
laughter and ease of all things comfortable, I have discovered again
that there is no right and no wrong, good or bad. There is simply
choice. I can see the patterns that run deep in my family, from one
generation to the next, and instead of resenting those patterns because
I dislike them in myself, I offer them compassion because I can
understand that feeling from a personal level. I’m not better or worse
because I chose to handle something differently then my parents or my
grandparents, I’m just different, and its all good, its all choice, its
all a lesson.

I have come to my mat many times these past 10 days and faced my ego
head on. Man, that ego is sometime hard to hear over. Each pose can
become a judgment on what it looked like before or what it is
“supposed” to look like, I’m a yoga teacher, I “should” be able o do
this! On top of that, I have been practicing at a childhood friend’s
yoga studio… “Hello Ego, my name is Jamie Leigh and I want to prove
something based upon who I was 12 years ago…..”

My friend said something brilliant in class the other day, “If your
looking around and judging your practice based on someone else’s then
your practicing in someone else’s body.” So simple yet so profound.
The same idea applies to life. If your looking around and basing your
life’s work on your parent’s, family’s or friend’s then you’re living
your life in someone else’s body, someone else’s reality. Live your
life for you. It’s not god or bad or ugly it’s just is what it is and
you will figure it out from there and undoubtedly learn something along
the way. . William Dufty said in his book “Sugar Blues” (a brilliant
book) that, “We will fight to the death to avoid accepting
responsibility for making ourselves sick.” History is comfortable.
Patterns are comfortable. There is a huge amount of fear in letting go
of them because they are comfortable, safe, and that is ok. But rising
above those fears is empowering in unimaginable ways!

This entire experience has made me really look at my own patterns and
insecurities. I walk into every yoga class and healing session as a
human being with the hopes of helping you become the best version of
you. I can only offer what you are willing to take and sometimes I
strike a cord that is uncomfortable. Sometime I lead us into a place
that is full of fear and sometimes you embrace that and sometimes you
curse me out and leave. Both are ok, as well as everything in
between. It isn’t the experiences in life that make up who we are; it
is the way we choose to allow those experiences to shape us. Shit
happens. You can complaint about it and the idiot who didn’t pick up
after their dog or you can wipe it off your shoe and go on with your
day, hopefully a bit more aware of where you are stepping.

I want to thank all of you for being teachers for me. When you come up
against challenges in your practice or in your life, know that I
struggle with you. I am discovering more and more that it is not my
path to be the person who rewards you for your accomplishments but I
face plant out of a handstand I might giggle (because I’ve been there),
but know that I will be there to help you get your butt back up in the
air, and with any luck at all, stay there.

Peace and Love- Jamie Leigh

Where am I?

I will be in India getting some R&R yogi style from March 1 -8. On
March 3rd I will be participating in the Yoga Aid Challange. This
challange involves 108 Sun Salutations and raises money for Orphaned
children in India. If you are interested in supporting me in raising
money for this cause please visit my pleage page and donate what you
salutations it took me to regret this;-)

Back to regular massage and yoga schedule starting Friday March 11th.

Sundays:

12-6 Massage Yoga Tree Valencia

Mondays:

10am Yin

1pm Hatha

Tuesdays:

10-6 HolisticMojo

Wednesdays:

12-3 HolisticMojo

5-9 Massage Yoga Tree Stanyan

Thursdays:

11-4 Massage Yoga Tree Valencia

Fridays:

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Anyone Else Stressed? You might have noticed that I haven’t been teaching your (no doubt favorite) yoga classes these past few weeks.  I chose to head back east to be with my family to support them during a challenging transition.  My Mother is doing another dance with cancer and fortunately, leading it all over the dance floor.  As many of you can imagine, time with family can often be challenging, but this trip has been different, or maybe I’m different.  I enjoy watching life unfold and occur all around me, both on and off the Yoga mat and anything I have ever talked or taught in a class or in a Holistic Session has come from an observation of life happening.  I have deeply experienced life in the last 2 weeks.  It has been an honor to be able to see all the patterns and traits that flow through my family and for the first time be able to truly embrace them.  From the anger to the frustration and pain, to the laughter and ease of all things comfortable, I have discovered again that there is no right and no wrong, good or bad.  There is simply choice.  I can see the patterns that run deep in my family, from one generation to the next, and instead of resenting those patterns because I dislike them in myself, I offer them compassion because I can understand that feeling from a personal level.  I’m not better or worse because I chose to handle something differently then my parents or my grandparents, I’m just different, and its all good, its all choice, its all a lesson.
I have come to my mat many times these past 10 days and faced my ego head on.  Man, that ego is sometime hard to hear over.  Each pose can become a judgment on what it looked like before or what it is “supposed” to look like, I’m a yoga teacher, I “should” be able o do this!  On top of that, I have been practicing at a childhood friend’s yoga studio… “Hello Ego, my name is Jamie Leigh and I want to prove something based upon who I was 12 years ago…..”
My friend said something brilliant in class the other day, “If your looking around and judging your practice based on someone else’s then your practicing in someone else’s body.”  So simple yet so profound.    The same idea applies to life.  If your looking around and basing your life’s work on your parent’s, family’s or friend’s then you’re living your life in someone else’s body, someone else’s reality.  Live your life for you.  It’s not god or bad or ugly it’s just is what it is and you will figure it out from there and undoubtedly learn something along the way. .  William Dufty said in his book “Sugar Blues” (a brilliant book) that, “We will fight to the death to avoid accepting responsibility for making ourselves sick.” History is comfortable.  Patterns are comfortable. There is a huge amount of fear in letting go of them because they are comfortable, safe, and that is ok.  But rising above those fears is empowering in unimaginable ways!
This entire experience has made me really look at my own patterns and insecurities.  I walk into every yoga class and healing session as a human being with the hopes of helping you become the best version of you.  I can only offer what you are willing to take and sometimes I strike a cord that is uncomfortable.  Sometime I lead us into a place that is full of fear and sometimes you embrace that and sometimes you curse me out and leave.  Both are ok, as well as everything in between.  It isn’t the experiences in life that make up who we are; it is the way we choose to allow those experiences to shape us.  Shit happens.  You can complaint about it and the idiot who didn’t pick up after their dog or you can wipe it off your shoe and go on with your day, hopefully a bit more aware of where you are stepping.

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