All in the Family.

Via on Jun 3, 2010

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family:
 whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. ~ Jane Howard

Treat your family like friends and your friends like family. ~ Proverb

Some Musings

I had the pleasure of being at my grandson’s first birthday this weekend. Even better, I was in attendance with my own mother. There’s nothing like three generations under one roof to get you to wax poetical about the joys of family. To see your grandson walk for the first time? Truly amazing.

But something else put me in the mind of family. I had the honor of attending a mediation and chanting class on Sunday at Karma Yoga Center with Angelique DeSilva, in Denver. Not that going to chant is all that unusual for me, but this class was led by a dear friend, one that was instrumental in shaping my future as a yoga guide myself. My work with Alanna Kaivalya led me to Angelique’s residence more than once for a Kirtan (call and response chanting) or JivaMukti class several years ago and it was there that I first came to experience a new “tribe” created by my practice.   My Sunday sojourn reconnected me, or should I say reminded me of that precious connection. To chant Patanjali’s Sutras with my son beside me, led by a friend and mentor, well it was inspiring, humbling and expansive.  And that experience struck a chord reminding me of the value, the worth, the sheer enormity of “family” and how it means so much more than mother and child, husband and wife, brother and sister…It’s the people we share any bond with and yoga ultimately leads us to that understanding that in the end we are all family. Connected by our divine nature and our human experience.  I spent the weekend with my blood family,  visited a “sister” gained during teacher training, chanted with another yoga sister and then returned home to my husband and my puppy and I look forward to seeing my kula (community) at my classes this weekend and I can’t help but marvel at how much family I have been blessed with…and you? Who is your family? Chosen? Granted? Wished for? Created?  And have you recently connected with them and shown them gratitude for all that they are and all that they teach you?  If you read this and feel that you are in need of family look no further than your yoga studio, your coffee shop, your health food store…we are all family…feel the connection and watch your soul open up and rejoice.

Yoga Pose of the week

Vrkasana (Tree Pose): Grow your “roots”, practice a soft drishti (gaze) and take a moment to reflect. Like our family a strong foundation is important, looking softly on each other and a calm center make for a healthy tree.

Fitness/Health Tip of the week
Workout Buddy! If you are an aficionado of fitness magazines and health tips then this comes as no great revelation to you, but it really can’t be stressed enough.  What we do together, sticks. It makes EVERY thing (even the gym) more enjoyable and we gain the benefit of quality time with our fellow travelers.  Schedules don’t mesh? Even sharing your experiences, tips, and trials on the phone or online can help you stay on track.  Start a meetup group or join one in your area, don’t “exercise” create a healthy, friendly lifestyle.  And since we are on the subject of family — don’t give up kid time for “treadmill” time. Workout time can be family time and there is no better Win-Win in the world (Might I suggest family yoga??)

Weekly Mantra

inhale: we are
exhale: one

About Aminda R. Courtwright

Aminda is a wellness facilitator and founder of ARCreated Wellness, LLC. A yoga teacher, transpersonal hypnotherapist, and Reiki Master, she shares her own healing journey with others in hopes of inspiring and uplifting those she meets. Her yoga classes are gentle and workshop style to invoke a real sense of learning and designed to be truly accessible for all levels. Her biggest hope is to help others take their yoga practice off the mat and into everyday life where it is truly meant to be experienced. (and can be most useful) Refusing to settle into the middle path just yet she prefers to dally on both edges and can be seen swinging right and leaning left. A devoted animal lover and activist and a humanist she is prone to rants and believes strongly that life is to be savored and that “we are all in this together, shouldn’t we enjoy it that way? “ When she isn’t teaching yoga, hypnotizing people, adoring her husband or doting on her grandson she is out riding her motorcycle—promoting the image that yogis are rebels and are a force to be reckoned with! You can also find her on Facebook. To join her for free classes online follow her here.

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9 Responses to “All in the Family.”

  1. coedouglas says:

    The family portraits at the top are absolutely fantastic. Also, I love the idea of family yoga.

  2. ARCreated says:

    Coed – Family yoga is fantstic. I recently guided a class with parents and children ages 6-10 it is amazing to see the familys connect so profoundly and truly a joy to watch children practice so fearless and so bendy :)

  3. Loved “All in the Family”, “Some Musings” and “Weekly Mantra”. Yes we are all one tribe! Awesome!!

  4. ARCreated says:

    Thanks ladies! OH how could I forget Asimov??? He more than anything shows me that family has nothing to do with blood heck it doesn't even care about species. I love the story about your professor…just go out and fill in the spaces…hmmmm I think the next post is perculating :)

  5. Justin Johnson says:

    Fabulous post Aminda! You know Jeremy is the KING of extended family. I can't even count how many "moms" he has – he is like a collector. LOL! And I think it's great.

    I would like to get out more and create an even larger extended familty in my life since all of my "blood-related" family are out of state. The nice thing is that I look at myself as a world citizen and the whole of the human race as my extended family. I look at every interaction with someone new as an opportunity to form a connection with another kindred spirit. We are more alike than we often realize. Finding those common bonds bring me such joy and make me feel connected to the greater whole.

  6. ARCreated says:

    my step daughter said today … you can't spell families without "lies"…hmmmmmm

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