Posted on August 24th, 2016

By now, you have read or watched the video of Luca's EVOL garden.  If not watch it now by clicking here. The garden box with EVOL is flourishing!  It just keeps growing!  Yesterday, we picked a huge cucumber that was hiding behind some leaves.  It had grown into the little fence and had sort of an ugly shape to it.  It was indented on one side and kind of curvy.  

Cucumbers are Luca's favorite, so we brought it in, washed it and I proceeded to cut it open.  When I did, something miraculous happened.  The cucumber slice was in the shape of a heart!  My perspective immediately shifted into huge smile.  Of course the EVOL garden would produce heart shaped cucumber slices.  

As I do with everything, I found a way to relate this to your life.  You walk into my class, any yoga class, any relationship, job, situation with expectations and judgments.  Its not something you can stop, its how the brain works.  Generally we aren't even aware of the judgments.  We have this constant running dialogue in our heads that we've gotten so used to, we simply tune it out.  But its there!  So you walk in expecting to be healed, to be pieced back together, to be loved and to be appreciated.  You come in flawed.  And you expect to walk out with everything fixed; no money problems, no body problems and happy relationships. 

But the goal of life is not to 'fix' you.  The goal of yoga is not to correct your imperfections.  The true goal, underneath the hoopla of crazy poses, the true goal is for you to be cut open.  To get to know yourself on a deeper level.  To have those real conversations with your demons and your fears.  To shine a light on your shadow.  And when you do, finding a way to love the shit out of it!  Love your fear, your anger, your history for all it has taught you and all it will teach you.  You say Thank You, for protecting me when I needed it.  Thank you for showing me that shadow cannot exist unless there is also light.  You cut yourself open to find the love, to shine the light.  Thus you move from judgment to understanding, from darkness to light, from illusion to truth.  You are gorgeously flawed, you are ridiculously amazing and you are full of LOVE!  So cut in my friends and relish in your beautiful souls.  

by Wendy Garafalo on June 7th, 2016

​Mama lesson #23. Stay in the moment.

I have a tendency to either dwell on the past, or think and plan towards something in the future. I've started doing it with my kids. I say things like, 'guess who is coming next week?'. When I tell them, they want that person or people to come right now. Then we have to go thru this whole explanation of waiting and patience. Yes, its a lesson they have to learn, but the lesson I'm learning on the back end, is be present. Enjoy this moment. Stop thinking about what tomorrow will bring, take a deep breath and realize that each breath is a gift. So I say this little prayer... 'Thank you God for this day, for this life, for this moment and for this breath. Thank you for all the breaths and all the moments that have led me to where I am today. Help me to live in this moment, to cherish the journey exactly as it exists right now. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. ‪#‎namaste‬.' ‪#‎thisismyyoga‬ ‪#‎nothingfancy‬

by Wendy Garafalo on May 24th, 2016

Mama lesson #24. Imagination.

So, I've mentioned before about Luca and his fascination with the gardener and his leaf blower. Luca turns anything and everything into a leaf blower, from tape measures, to water noodles, everything somehow becomes a leaf blower. I was at Target the other day and I saw an actual kids toy leaf blower. Equipped with sounds, a blower and all! I went to put it in the cart, then stopped. He seems so content making his toys into other things. I love his imagination and how far it stretches. Why do I need to buy him something that takes the imagination out of his routine?

It made me consider my own imagination. And how often, when I want to make a change in my life, generally I rush out to buy something new. A new car, a new outfit, a new haircut, whatever. Instead, can you close your eyes and take a moment to imagine your best, healthiest self. Fill that image with details from your life. See your self in your favorite outfit, in your favorite place, with your favorite people. Notice the sounds, the smells, the tastes. Let the contentment you feel wash over your body. When you open your eyes, look around at your life and recognize how blessed you are. See if there is something old you can get creative with and turn it into something new and different. Piece together a completely new outfit from things you already have. Paint an old piece of furniture and move it to a new place to give it new energy! Allow yourself to use your imagination again! Stop trying to buy your life, just live your life!‪#‎namaste‬ ‪#‎kidgurus‬ Mukti Yoga School Yoga Bound Carlsbad Village ‪#‎thankyou‬ ‪#‎mamalessons‬

by Wendy Garafalo on May 19th, 2016

​Mama lesson #25. Magic Hands.

I had been around a few kids in the past and witnessed the band-aid phase. As cute as it is, I wanted to do something different. When Luca was little, we started doing what we call 'Magic Hands'. I take my hands, rub them together, generate some heat, and place them where it hurts. After Avi was born, whenever she was crying, Luca would come over to us, rub his hands together and place his hands on her. Melt my heart! 

I love the 'Magic Hands' lesson because it is a lovely reminder of how healing it can be to touch. And I'm so glad that my kids are growing up witnessing the healing benefits of touch. My friends in High School used to make fun of me because I was not a hugger. After moving to Los Angeles and finding my yoga tribe, I became a hugger. I even went to see Amma, the hugging saint, when I was pregnant with Avi, just to get a hug! In hugs, in the placement of a hand on someone's shoulder or back, I'm saying 'I'm here and I'm sending you love and healing'. So, the next time someone in your life needs your magic touch, give it to them. And if you teach yoga, when you place your hands on someone during class, have a pure intention behind it. Thank you life for these lessons. 

#‎namaste‬ ‪#‎kidgurus‬ ‪#‎thisismyyoga‬ ‪#‎magichands‬ ‪#‎wendygarafaloyoga‬Mukti Yoga School ‪#‎hugs‬ ‪#‎healing‬

by Wendy Garafalo on May 10th, 2016

​Mama lesson #26. Do your shoes fit?

Anytime I leave my shoes out, Aviana always tries to put them on. Sometimes she actually gets them on, then drags her feet to find and show me. Its so damn cute! But, as always, I see the lesson in this moment. Although I love that she wants to wear my shoes, I want her to find the shoes or 'life' that fits her. 

Sometimes we get caught up living the life or the dreams someone else has for us, or even the dreams we once had. We are constant vehicles of change, so we need to make the changes necessary to fit our evolving souls. 

If your shoes don't fit, stop trying to make them fit. If your constantly living under the umbrella of expectation, stop it. Go make your own life. Quiet your mind, listen to your soul, and be true to YOU! And know that its okay to change, its part of life. 

May you embrace your journey exactly as it exists and may you have the courage to find your own shoes, or go barefoot! Just promise you'll stop fooling yourself, open your eyes and follow the guidance of inspiration that comes to you everyday.

Namaste ‪#‎kidgurus‬Wendy Garafalo Yoga Mukti Yoga School Yoga Bound Carlsbad Villagere:form YOGA ‪#‎lifeisyoga‬ ‪#‎openyoureyes‬ ‪#‎learnyourlessons‬ ‪#‎beYou‬‪#‎TRUST‬ ‪#‎letgo‬