New Year's Rededication

“This

Sky

Where we live

Is no place to lose your wings

So love, love

Love”

~ Hafiz ~

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 The above photo is the view from my bedroom window. It was taken the morning after I arrived home from two weeks leading a yoga retreat in the tropics of Mexico! From flip flops to snow boots, papaya to oatmeal, sand castles to snow angels, beautiful to beautiful! I love to travel and see the wonders of the world both archeological and botanical! However, the reports coming in are of great doom as according to the UN we have 12 years to "limit climate change catastrophe." Desperate to continue to experience stunning differences in temperature and texture has inspired the following words.   

Oh Mother Earth, what have we done? Species are dying, oceans are heating, icecaps are melting, garbage is floating, coastlines are disappearing, fires are raging and the Land Of The Free And The Home Of The Brave is being stripped of every environmental protection possible by "you know who."  

It is, therefore, my desire, my honor, and my duty to spend 2019 and all the years beyond, encouraging my circle of friends, family and students to be conscious consumers. The following are 10 things you can do starting TODAY:

1. Eat less meat. Livestock farming  contributes 18% of human produced greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.  

2. Read your labels. If Palm Oil is one of the ingredients, don't buy it. Farming of Palm Oil contributes to deforestation and drives orangutans and other endangered species to extinction.  

3. Do you really need to put your lone green pepper in a plastic bag in the produce section? If you are not buying  loose button mushrooms or bulk grains, you don't need a bag!

4. Reacquaint yourself with a bar of soap. Ditch the plastic bottled body wash. Cleaning a soap dish is not that hard!

5. Stay away from the nylon tea bags, as they languish in landfills for 30-40 years. I save my natural fiber spent tea bags and put them in flower pots and my garden beds as moisture-holders.  

6. Are you a frequent flyer? Have you seen how many plastic cups and water bottles and soda cans are thrown out each flight? Bring a travel bottle/mug! Did you know all airports have water fountains?   

7.   To continue this theme, always keep a fancy thermal travel cup in your car. You will never have to use a paper coffee cup with a plastic lid again. 25 billion coffee cups are thrown away in the US annually. Think about it.  

8. Have you noticed the fancy plastic suitcases encompassing fruit and veggies? The more we buy loose produce, the less they will package them. 

9. Next to your travel mug, keep an empty container in your car for your left-overs at restaurants. Styrofoam takes one million years to degrade.  

10. Shop at your local Farmer's Market.  Eat at Farm-To-Table restaurants. Stay away from processed foods. Live a little like our ancestors did when all food was organic.    

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  Here are the first offerings0f 2019. I am co-leading Sisterhood Of The Traveling Yoga Pants, A Sedona Slumber Party. Jacci Gruninger and I will be heading out to Sedona for this women's-only retreat in September 2019. Then, the 4th annual Yoga On The Beach in Mexico retreat is from November 2 - 9, 2019. If you have not experienced the serenity of Manzanillo Bay, now is your chance!

There is still plenty of opportunity to be a part of my Yoga Therapy training, and I will be teaching  Scoliosis Yoga Play and regular Yoga Play classes at my home studio. Classes are limited to 5, so email me soon if you are interested. 

As always, if you have any questions or want to know more about my classes, retreats, or workshops, please email me at:
 lisagulotta@gmail.com or visit lisagulotta.com.  

Jai Bhagwan

Lisa

On Becomming An Elder

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"All who have been touched by beauty
are touched by sorrow at its passing."  

  ~ Louise Cordana ~   

   

Dear Friends,  

 When I FINALLY arrived at the age of 21, I was so relieved. I had managed to suffer through the gradual passage of time and now I was an adult! I spent a year smiling, prancing, and celebrating my achievement. As the years passed and I navigated the trials of a life well lived, it never occurred to me that I was aging. 

Fast forward to today...35 years later...and I find myself at a very strange juncture. My mother died three years ago, and my father died this February at almost 97 years old. Here I am, the surviving member of my small family, with the daunting and surprising title of Elder. I still bound out of bed in the morning and hang upside down in the afternoon, but I seem to have taken on a different role in my world. 

The story of the above photo strangely ties into my journey. I took it at 3am in Nicaragua on January 29, 2018. I just woke up, and streaming into my room was the most ethereal light. It drew me onto the porch and I began to take photos of the dreamiest moonscape I had ever seen. I felt so lucky as I knew that I would be traveling during the height of the Blood Blue Moon and would not see it in its glory.

When I returned home, I was immediately called to my father's bedside and remained with him until he died.  Once I began to spread the news of his death, I was not only supported by my circle of loved ones but was surprised to learn that in a 5 week span, 4 other friends and had also lost their fathers who were all over the age of 90. Hmmm, I said to myself. What about this breathtaking moon do I need to know?  At that moment, my psychic friend Maureen sent me an article about the Blood Blue Moon and this is what it said:
 

"Seeing as this Blood Blue Moon falls in the fire sign of Leo, it is really going to be guiding us to take charge of our lives and to step into that role of being the King or Queen of our jungle." 
~ Tanaaz ~ 

Whether you enjoy weaving information into spiritual explanations or you just like gazing at the moon, it is still fun to acknowledge synergy and allow it to suggest new paths and encourage a new sense of belonging.  I plan to jump into my new role as Queen of my jungle....and I hope you are inspired to do the same!  

Speaking of jungles, I am leading two yoga retreats this year (Guatemala,  Mexico) in two tropical paradises and you are all invited!  I have also begun a monthly  scoliosis workshop at my home studio. I hope that you will join me someday, somewhere,  so that we can laugh, dance, travel, and explore yoga together. Please read on to see the offerings of 2018. 

As always, if you have any questions or want to know more about my classes, retreats, or workshops, please email me at:
 lisagulotta@gmail.com or visit lisagulotta.com

Jai Bhagwan

Lisa

Happy Earth Dog New Year

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"For last year's words belong to last year's language  

And next year's words await another voice."  

  ~ T.S. Eliot ~   

 

 2017...What is there to say but.....sayonara! On many fronts, it was a great year. My friends and family are healthy, I traveled to Peru for the first time, my garden was so very fruitful, and my 14 year old cat MacDuff is thriving! On the other hand, well...I must admit to suffering tremendous political fatigue, and sadness regarding the loss of a very important aspect of our society....compassion.  I tried to change the world one yoga class at a time by infusing each moment with love and tenderness. Alas, my efforts did not reach much beyond the confounds of the classroom and the loving hearts of my students.

Hail the Year of the Dog! According to the Chinese Calendar, on February 16, 2018 we begin a new cycle! The following is a quote from an astrologer by the name of Susan Levitt:  

"Dog year is a time of fairness and equality. Controversial issues are given their due, revolutions are successful, politics are liberal, and political oppression is opposed. Integrity and honesty are the values that lead to success under Dog's watchful and just influence."

In the spirit of Man's Best Friend, I propose that we start a revolution! Like a dog greeting you at the door with intense enthusiasm even though you have only been gone 5 minutes, a revolution whose sole purpose is to inject joy into every moment and to be so very grateful for love and companionship!  

I will start by inviting you to continue to move! Movement is life and your body depends on you! I will also continue to offer yoga retreats (Guatemala, Mexico) and workshops (scoliosis...more info on my website coming soon) where we can gather, laugh, dance, travel, and explore yoga together.

As always, if you have any questions or want to know more about my classes, retreats, or workshops, please email me via my website.

Jai Bhagwan

Lisa

It Takes a Hive

My friends Betty Tsosie and Mark Chalom have a house on Lake Abiquiu. One day this spring, a swarm of bees showed up looking for a new home. A relative brought a hive box and the rest is history. Betty took this photo as the bees were coming home after a long day in the field office. Look at the leg sacs laden with pollen! These sacs can hold a million grains of pollen and are filled by the bee as he travels around your garden. This is Mother Nature at her most glorious.....why would you disrespect this magical process by using pesticides and weed killers!?  Bend over, pull weeds. Put on gloves, pick off pests. Open a book, read about companion planting. These little sacs of wonder carried by these little hulks feed our planet. It is all about love!

Volunteer Johnny Jump Ups from my early spring garden 2016. Thousands of them from one plant that must have released a lot of seeds last fall!

Volunteer Johnny Jump Ups from my early spring garden 2016. Thousands of them from one plant that must have released a lot of seeds last fall!

Taste of Thailand

If you haven't been to Thailand, you are missing out on one of the most exquisite, delicious and sensational experiences of your life. Imagine replacing EVERY Starbucks with a temple and EVERY fast food restaurant with a street vendor selling food worthy of an Iron Chef and EVERY drug store with a Thai Massage venue....and that is just the beginning!

Wat Phalad

Wat Phalad

Wat Phalad monks   

Wat Phalad monks

 

Chaing Mai organic market....sticky rice cooked in sugar cane!

Chaing Mai organic market....sticky rice cooked in sugar cane!

Flower Festival noodles.....

Flower Festival noodles.....

Chaing Mai Flower Festival float

Chaing Mai Flower Festival float

Mother Earth wringing the water from her hair...Wat Jed Yod

Mother Earth wringing the water from her hair...Wat Jed Yod

Our room at the  Santitham Guest House

Our room at the Santitham Guest House