All posts tagged: De West

The Practice of Dropping: An Antidote for a Busy Life

By Brian Spielmann & De West // When we’re babies, the ability to grasp, which becomes fully developed around 9-12 months, is one of the most important developmental milestones. This core skill demonstrates planning, hand-eye coordination, muscular strength, and motor skills. As adult spiritual practitioners, we have the opposite issue: how do we stop grasping and let go? Our minds are constantly grasping and fixating, creating much suffering in our minds and tension in our bodies. As Mick Jagger says, “You can’t always get what you want.” And that grasping is where samsara begins. The Buddhist and Yogic traditions both offer clear, practical instructions on how to let go fully. When we integrate these traditions, working both with our body and our mental awareness, we have a powerful dual pathway to further relaxation and sense of peace. Take a Load Off The good news is that our thoughts and emotional baggage don’t actually exist. They come and they go, and we can let them arise with no judgment or need to push them away. We …

Simple is Good

By De West // Have you ever tried a new recipe that had clear instructions with simple ingredients, was an easy process and you made the most delicious meal? The simplicity it took to create the meal added to the experience…simple is good. The same experience happens with a simple movement practice: it is easy and feels so good that you want to do it again! Why is simple good? Simplicity builds confidence-you can start at the beginning and build your body awareness and when it feels safe to do so, try new movements, poses and sequences. Your body can trust simple movements and the slow pacing and then your mind can relax. Simplicity relaxes the nervous system moving us from our left brain, the thinking mind, that evaluates, categorizes and labels to the right brain that thinks in a non-conceptual way that creates relaxation, helps digestion and comes from a direct experience. It helps to be guided so your thinking mind can take a break. Keeping it simple can foster spontaneous calm, peace and …

Yoga for Every Body — Interview with De West (Audio)

Shambhala Mountain Center hosts This Moment, Beautiful Moment: Yoga for Every Body with De West, November 7–9, 2014 In De Wests yoga, participants may cultivate deep awareness of body and learn to uncoil obstructions to find greater freedom. In her rejuvenating retreats, we discover where we have developed patterns over the years. Even in the womb we favored one side or the other of our mother’s belly. Through slow, directed movements, we learn where we can focus our mind to create more energy and openness and less physical discomfort and stress — targeting our entire bodies gently rather than stressing some parts while ignoring others. Recently, De took some time to have some discussion around these points. Please click below to her our conversation. And, if you’d like to download the audio, click here and find the “Download” button. ~~~ De West is a leader in the Boulder yoga community and is a co-director of Studio Be Yoga. Her teaching combines principles from Iyengar alignment and therapeutic yoga. As a teacher, De is insightful, intuitive, …