Shigeko Yoga Summer 2016 Newsletter 

Yoga, Nutrition, Life and Inspiration
Ride The Wave

The other day, someone asked me. 'Shigeko, how's your summer going?' My answer was 'Intense!' It's been up and down, good and bad, hard, emotional and peaceful. It's like the wave of life right now.

My summer started with sad news. My heart has been very heavy since then. I found out that my best friend has stage III breast cancer. Last time I saw her was right before she left for Japan at the end of May. She was healthy and energetic as usual and going to enjoy the whole summer with her kids in Japan. But now she's staying there for surgeries, chemo therapy, and radiation for at least a year and a half. She is focusing on getting well as quick as possible, but I really miss her. It also made me think nothing is permanent, nothing.

There were some summer fun events. I visited the hottest place in the U.S. (a.k.a. Arizona!) in June for the first time. I thought I was going to melt every time I stepped outside, but the scenery was amazing. I've never seen that many cactus in my life! The mountains and the the view from the highway on the way to Sedona were absolutely gorgeous. All the voltages in Sedona were so powerful. And for the record, I drove outside of Colorado for the first time in my life, which I've never even imagined (Coming from Tokyo, driving is not my kind of thing...) I was always like - 'Me? Driving outside of Colorado? No way!' But it happened. I did it. Never say 'Never'.

My family visited me here in Colorado not too long ago. Even though it was a very short stay (It's crazy but they only stayed here for four full days), they had a hard time to adjust to the high altitude, and my studio flooded twice (Yes, twice... it's under construction right now) when they were here. But we still had a great time to visit each other. My father said he might be back before his passport expires in 2018 if he changes his mind. Again, nothing for sure.

Just like my summer, life can continuously bring us waves and tides. Sometimes it's emotional. Sometimes it's intense. Sometimes it's peaceful. Life is forever moving. The question isn't 'Can we stop the flow?' or 'Is it somehow broken?' We all have ongoing waves of experience in life - waves of joy, sorrow, fear and love. So the question is 'How can we ride the waves of life?' or 'How can we accept all waves, both good and bad? Right?

Some of the waves my not seem perfect, but all the waves are made of the same beautiful salt water as the perfect ones. They can be experienced and embraced just as fully. One of the things we can do is to be present so we can launch ourselves on every wave.


May we all be present so we can launch ourselves on every wave.


Upcoming Events
Just to let you know that it's only a week away...

Essential Yoga for Self-Care on Saturday, July 30th @ 10 AM-12 PM @ Shigeko Yoga Studio 
Join Shigeko Yoga and Bailey Smith, the owner of Gold + Arrow for this unique, interactive, and therapeutic essential oil & yoga workshop! The workshop will include an introduction to the use of essential oils, and an explanation of the benefits of specific oils used throughout the yoga practice. Essential oils have been used for therapeutic and holistic health purposes throughout history to simulate healing and enhance overall wellness. This is the ultimate yoga treat!
Cost: $45 includes 4 different essential oil samples to bring home
*Payment required before the workshop. To sign up, please click here:…/goldand…/item/gold-arrow-shigeko-yoga

Yoga Therapy: You Can Be Pain-Free on Saturday, August 27th @ 2 - 4:30 PM @ Kindness Yoga Broadway Studio

Join me for a lovely 2 and a half hour Yoga Therapy Workshop at Kindness Yoga on Saturday, August 27th at 2 - 4:30 PM! As we go through life, we all develop some unconscious compensational patterns. We compensate body, breath, and movement trying to achieve something that is not meeting where we are. Those compensation patterns eventually lead to pain. The workshop will help you look at how you move in your asana from a different point of view. You will notice your compensation patterns and work on techniques to reduce those patterns. When you meet your body exactly where it is, more strength, freedom, ease and joy follow. This workshop is for everyone who wants to breathe better, move better, and feel stronger in your yoga practice and life. You can be pain free! To sign up, please go to the Kindness Yoga website:

Harvest Full Moon Yoga Retreat in Taos on September 15th - 18th
This coming September, I'll be co-leading a weekend retreat in a desert sanctuary outside Taos with my teacher, Mary Beth Hickey! The retreat is your time to rejuvenate, nurture and reconnect with your true self, to play and have fun with life in a peaceful space surrounded by water, under the September Harvest Full Moon. You will be awakening your physical body through a twice daily yoga practice with Mary Beth. Also, you will experience the powerful energy of the Harvest Full Moon, delicious healthy food, nurturing one on one therapeutic yoga sessions with me and time in nature with like minded friends and us dedicated to your transformation! Come along to the Land of Enchantment to activate your spirit with rituals and blessings designed to cleanse and inspire as the bountiful Harvest Full Moon arrives in New Mexico. Details are here:
Have a great rest of the summer and I'll see you on the mat!

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