Live for the Longing. Dallas Yoga Teacher. Dallas Yoga Private Lessons. Dallas Yoga Class. Trina Hall

Live for the longing
aching, aching
Live for the longing
diving, diving
Live for the longing
shining, shining
Live for the longing
feeling, feeling

Live for the longing.

Learn to Fly: Arm Balances & Inversions Workshop. Dallas Yoga Teacher. Yoga Private Lessons. Trina Hall

with Trina Hall
$25 in advance, $35 at the door

Saturday, April 30, 2:30-4:30p
Move Studio in Plano, TX

Have you ever wondered how to move safely into a headstand?  What muscles to engage to feel steady in crow?  How do they do running man (did you know it was more than a dance from the 90s)?

Why do the yogis do inversions? They increase blood flow to the brain to improve memory, awareness and concentration. Inversions stimulate the lymphatic system to clear toxins and can help counteract depression and mood swings. They help us and make us feel good! In this workshop, we will explore how to safely get into the most common inversions and arm balances. We will learn how to create more strength and feel stable as we surrender to turn our world upside down!

Playlist 12-7-10. Dallas Yoga Teacher. Yoga Private Lessons. Trina Hall

What I’ve Done by Marie Digby is amazeballs (thanks to Zach Braff for the nomenclature).  Certain songs say, “Hi, I’d like for you to cry today, human.”

TODAY! Secrets of Yoga Workshop. Dallas Yoga Teacher. Yoga Private Lessons. Trina Hall

The Secrets of Yoga with Trina Hall, RYT
Uncovering Ancient Truths to Navigate a Modern World

What are the secrets the ancient yogis knew?  How do we apply the secrets of yoga and translate that into a happier, more fulfilling life right now?

Discover how yoga supports a connection to your intuitive, Creative self.  Go deeper into your practice and find a higher center of awareness and love essential to living the life of your dreams.

This workshop will give you tools to experience a direct connection to a more peaceful version of yourself.

Date: Saturday, March 26, 2011
Time: 1:00-3:00pm
Where: Gold’s Gym Plano – NE Corner of Park & Preston
Cost: $25

Playlist – Heart Opening. Dallas Yoga Teacher. Yoga Private Lessons. Trina Hall

You asked for it… you want to know the music I play in some of my classes.  Here is the first of many playlists I will post so you can find the songs that have inspired something to stir within you as you practice.  I am so grateful to the artists who have inspired me.

So long, Silver Sneakers! Dallas Yoga Teacher. Yoga Private Lessons. Trina Hall

One of my greatest joys as a yoga teacher has been meeting new people in my Friday Silver Sneakers Yoga Stretch classes.  My goal has been to help these seniors connect and experience their bodies in a new way.  We have fun, we laugh, we stretch and we learn about yoga… what could be better??

I developed such a bond with each of these lovely people and I feel so lucky to know them.  Their smiles have highlighted my life in a way I will always remember.

It is never easy to leave something you love and it is never easy to say goodbye.  I will miss you!!!!

Psssst – there are some more photos Margie Woods Brown took in her blog.

Forgiveness is a Choice. Dallas Yoga Teacher. Yoga Private Lessons. Trina Hall

Life is a series of choices. Everyday we show up on the yoga mat, we are making a choice that makes us feel better inside and out.

We are listening to that voice inside our hearts that calls us to love and when we act from that place, we always feel better. Love is the best we can give and our highest calling. We all know we are capable of loving and deep down we know we can love all beings fully.

Forgiving is a choice. Forgiving lightens us mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. It aligns us with our highest self and unites us with our own infinite capacity.
Can you forgive every single person who has ever hurt you? Some people are easy to forgive because, on some level, we feel as though they earned it or deserve forgiveness, but then we have those people who wounded us so deeply we’ve been scarred. Because of the depth of the wounding, we feel it is our right, and even our duty to withhold forgiveness. It makes us feel in control, as we act as judge over someone’s moral behavior.
When we refuse to forgive someone who hurt us, we are the only ones carrying the burden. We are living each day, withholding love. Inside, we know we can act with more dignity and forgive people for their imperfections.

Where I find the practice of forgiveness most challenging and rewarding is when I practice forgiving myself. Hey, big surprise, I’m not perfect.  However, there is still a voice inside my head that expects perfection, expects me to know everything, beats me up for not being good enough, etc… the list goes on and on. Aren’t we all that way?

Since we all have that voice inside our heads telling us we need to be perfect and the voice inside our hearts, telling us to love, we have a choice. In every breath we can choose to which voice we listen. That is powerful.
The things we struggle with on the yoga mat are the things we struggle with in our lives. When we approach our practice this month, let’s drop the armor and walk softly to our yoga mat and forgive.  Forgive your body for being different than the person you are comparing yourself to.  Forgive yourself for falling. Forgive the imperfections. Drop the judgment and open to love. See what happens.
Life is filled with endless opportunities to forgive ourselves and others; endless opportunities to feel better. I hope I see you on the mat so we can practice forgiveness and celebrate love together. Namaste.

Standing in My Shadow

My Shadow at PuakoStanding in my own shadow, reflected from the moon’s light on Eve’s eve of the full moon, I discovered I stand in my fear.  Before this point of solid reflection along the path I walked tonight, I felt the importance of foundation.  My lover took my hand as I reluctantly tread across lava graced by the presence of algae, making each step – hand-in-hand – something I questioned.  Was this the right step to take?  Am I going about this the right way?  Is the lighting deceiving me?  Fear after fear poured through my never-ending well of guessing to the second degree.  I voiced my opinions and desire to be on solid ground – I spoke my truth.  Then, in an instant we arrived to his destination and I stood in awe of the experience… standing on hardened lava, the waves rushed in and broke just beyond our vantage point.  Fear had enveloped me along this path, like sand around my toes, I wanted to sift through the truth of it all.  If water represents emotions, I learned that once I conquer the fear, another emotion will come to shore with a desire to be experienced.  It is all the same as long as I don’t assign a label to the experience.  I want to live more in the flow and watch how things come and go – they will and I have a choice.


Santosha.. A type of cheese perhaps?

Santosha = Contentment
This reminds me of my favorite symbol of our culture: the smiley face. When you type the smiley, it is a colon, then a dash, followed by a parentheses.

The colon directs us toward the pause inherently expressed in the dash, and the parentheses closes the thought. Our eyes are open as we pause with our mouth closed, smiling at the moment itself.

There is nothing more perfect than a smiley to express my contentment. 🙂

Driving by intuition

Ever contemplate the “best” route to take when driving somewhere? Today, I dropped all ideas and listened to my intuition to guide me from point A to B. The journey led me to the house I grew up in and the pond that became my sacred place as a child.

All paths lead to the same place, but some roads are more meaningful than others.


Living My City

My art studio is right off McKinney Ave in Dallas and I hear the trolleys go by every 20 minutes. The sound of the tracks rattling a bass line that knows no time and makes me grateful for now. I got a wild hair and decided to take the trolley to dinner while I reviewed a book on sacred sites around the world. I took my creative process outside and explored my neighborhood.

Some of the highlights:

  • Leo, the trolley driver, let me know there are hardly any riders when it is raining and cold. I was one of 12, compared to a normal 200+, on Thursday.
  • When light droplets of rain hit an already rain-blanketed surface, they explode like Independence Day.
  • (from Delphi) Gaia is the Earth Goddess.
  • Ultramarine is the pigment from a metamorphic rock from Afghanistan. That is my favorite blue. It means ‘beyond the sea.’
  • The monks at Mount Athos in Greece live a disciplined and ordered life as they strive for perfection. Interesting that we still subscribe to the idea that perfection exists. Then, Like a Virgin by Madonna began to play over the sound system. Funny.
  • Sri Pada in Sri Lanka is known as the butterfly mountain because you meet several as you ascend the steep 5,200 steps.
  • I read my horoscope when I arrived back at my studio. It said to make travel plans now. 🙂

Don’t get me wrong… I feel grateful to be where I am. There is so much unrealized beauty in Dallas and it is a never-ending well of inspiration.


How do we resolve conflict? I’m practicing disengagement to find my stillness and center. When we are struggling with someone or a situation, perhaps it is best to look at the struggle within. Only in quiet integrity can we approach a situation with stillness, love, acceptance and patience. My mom used to sing to us, “Have patience, have patience, don’t be in such a hurry. When you get impatient, you only start to worry.” Amen, Momma. 🙂

The Beatles Were Right

Today, we started another yogic journey at Eastfield College. It is a great privilege to teach people who have never tried yoga because it is like watching a flower bloom… the beauty is beyond measure. The experience inspires awe. As a flower needs sunlight, we need conscious awareness of our bodies. It just takes some love to blossom.  It really is all you need.

Fun with clay

Yesterday, I asked my kiddos to create a yoga pose out of clay. At first, I gave each only one color of clay and 5 yoga poses to choose from. Essentially, I asked them to be creative and put them in a box, thus stripping away their creative license. Then, I gave them more colors and more poses to create their masterpiece and creativity flowed! We learned that inspiration comes more easily when there is freedom in the creation process.