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Spring Cleaning Revisited

The most popular posts on this blog was Spring Cleaning — 50 Things to Throw Out. If you loved that post, I have a poem that you may love as well.

I picked it a few months ago for my meditation reading for the week’s yoga classes. And by some quirk of the universe, several friends and several students that week mentioned their need to clear out things that were no longer needed, to clean closets, to reorganize their lives.


There is a logic to clearing drawers
throwing out papers, used and forgotten.

There is a reason to clear desks and files
putting aside what has already given of itself;

There is a purpose, there is a logic
there is a reason for everything…

We clear out minds, our hearts, our souls
we give ourselves a chance to start again
we accept the unacceptables
cast aside the imponderables
it is good business, it is life and it is growth.

The poem titled “Clearing” is by Barbara Paul-Emile and appears in her book The Dance of Life – Poems for the Spirit. The book was a serendipitous find at the Library books sale.

Stay Strong Project

The Stay Strong Project

The Stay Strong Project in partnership with Global Green USA is a charity offering in which over 30 Chant and Yoga luminaries have joined their voices in support of the Gulf Coast recovery and other environmental and humanitarian concerns.

The Music Video

Participants in Order of Appearance:

David Newman (Durga Das), Mira, Philippo Franchini (guitar), Sean Johnson, Wah, Dave Stringer, Girish, Bob Wisdom, Donna De Lory, Snatam Kaur, Sharon Gannon, Krishna Das, Shyam Das, Jai Uttal, Shantala (Benjy and Heather Wertheimer), Gaura Vani, Kirtan Rabbi, Seane Corn, Govindas and Radha (and Malakai), Radhanath Swami, Suzanne Sterling, Saul David Raye and Tony Khalife.
Additional Participants: C.C. White, Prema Hara, Brenda McMorrow, Amy Barnes, Gina Sala, Yvette Om, Zat Baraka, Terra Gold, John de Kadt, and Steve Gorn…

STAY STRONG is available on Amazon, iTunes and other download sites! 100% of the proceeds go to GLOBAL GREEN USA!

For more information, please visit: http://staystrongproject.org

Spring cleaning – Washing your yoga mat

It’s finally Spring – time to open the windows, air out the house, and do a little spring cleaning. And while you are cleaning, don’t forget your yoga mat.

The Whole Body Spa – the studio where I teach – has it’s own “green” recipe for a  mat cleaning spray.  Students are requested to clean their mat and any other equipment used after each class.

P.S. It really is a good idea to clean your mat regularly – perhaps weekly – or, in the summer, after each use.